I know it’s not a lot of followers to some people’s standards, but I wanted to know that you guys are all excellent and I appreciate you!
I should be getting my laptop in the mail tomorrow and will try to put together some posts for you, let me know if you guys have any requests about what you’d like to see, whether it’s certain sizes, brands, or styles!
This is a really cool project that I encourage people to check out, and if you have a 30 or under band size and feel comfortable with it, submit!
I know that in certain brands I should be wearing a 30 (my underbust measurement pulled tight is actually 30”), but they’re so hard to find. This is a great way to increase visibility for those of us with smaller band sizes.
You will thank me in the long run for this post - maybe literally!!
I will apologize before hand for the fact that this is a super long post, but I assure you it is defiantly worth the read!
So from having experience working in a sporting goods store that sold work out clothing and from working in a lingerie store I have learnt a LOT in regards to the girls. I have learnt the importance of a good fitting bra as well as a good fitting SPORTS bra. You NEED to know this.
It is very true that 90% of women are not wearing the right bra size, it’s also hard that even when you get measured it’s very hard to get someone who knows what they are doing. From my experience I was 99% accurate with my measuring, and the girls that I helped were so thankful for me, the benefits of having a well fitting bra are unbelievable.
Did you know?!
- scientific findings show that a proper-fitting bra can actually exercise your trapezoid and back muscles so that you will be more resistant to shoulder and back pains.
- when you are wearing an ill fitting bra it doesnt give you the lift and support you need, which will in turn actually make your girls sag more in the long run.
- wearing a sports bra when you are doing vigorous activity will prevent your ligaments that support the girls from stretching, they are composed of soft glandular tissue that can easily stretch, so wearing a bra will help them from straining.
Signs you are wearing the wrong size;
- the girls fall out the bottom of your bra
- the girls come out of the top of your bra with any movement, or just in general
- you have indents on your shoulders where your bra straps are sitting
- your band is not sitting snug and straight accross your back
- your straps are slipping off the sides of your shoulders, even when tightened all the way
- you are able to stretch your bra band out, you should not be able to pull this
- when you first buy your bra you are wearing it on the tightest hooks already
Some tips when buying a bra;
- GET SIZED. even if they are sloppy, its a starting point. Make sure if they measure you with a measuring tape like at la senza and victorias secret that they are pulling it SNUG around your rib cage, it should almost make you gasp for air (a measuring tape does not stretch but bra straps do!) Also when you get measured, do so at EVERY place you buy a bra, as amazing as it is sizes do vary from each retailer! When they measure you around the bust make sure they are not pulling tight, there should be atleast a two finger width from the middle of your chest.
- your bra band should sit straight across your back, it should be snug. you know that back fat? get over it ! EVERY LADY has back fat!! No matter what ! If you give up a snug fitting bra because your scared of a little back fat you should not even bother wearing a bra.
- your straps should be comfortable, if your straps are falling off you when they are at their tightest that is usually an indicator that the band size is too big. Or you need to use a bra strap clip. If you find that they are the right size but digging into your shoulders it could be that your bra is the wrong size or you need a wide strap because you are large chested.
- the girls should fit comfortably in their cups, I find if you are over a D (in Canadian sizes) you should avoid the cleavage bearing bras for every day - I stick with balconette types so it keeps everything in their place and i’m not getting the double boob effect.
- the middle(gore) of your bra strap in the front should fit flat against you. If it is sitting off your skin then your band size is too big and/or your cup size is too small.
- your girls should sit 90 degrees from the ground, if you are sagging you need more support in your bras. this one is pretty self explanatory.. haha
- if you bubble out of your bra, your cup is too small. You have 2 options, if your band is fine, try on something just a cup size bigger, if your band is also too small you need to just go up a band size, the cup size gets bigger with the band size, just because they are both a B does not mean that they are the same size.
Bra stores have what they call “sister sizes” for the cup sizes. Here is how it works:
a 32 B is the same size as a 34 A for the cup. a 36 DD is the same size as a 34 E for the cup. You pretty much just go down in one and up in the other. If you were to look at these sizes on a charge they would be diagonal from each other. All 32 sizes are actually the same cup size as the ones below them, IE 32B is a 34 A, a 32D is a 34C cup. Catch the drift ?
As an example I am a 32E, but I wear a 34DD from the Canadian La Senza, now I shouldn’t do this because my band around is way too big after about a month and I am going to have to sew the band tighter - which is defiantly an option if you need to save some money, specialty size bras are ridiculous in prices. But there is always a sister size and alternative, now the sizes aren’t exact to a T but they are very similar.
So if you need a smaller band but the cup feels perfect go down in the band size but up in the cup size! and vice versa!
Some tips if you live in Canada and shop at a La Senza / La Senza Express
- ALL Perfectly Me bras (excluding perfectly me ultra soft lightly lined) should only be worn every day if you are an A - C/32D cup size. Because they have very small straps and only a single layer of fabric for the band they do not do much for support for larger busted ladies.
- If you are a large C or D/DD I reccommend the ultra soft lightly lined or the So Free lightly lined and balconette for support for every day bras. They are super comfy and have larger straps and double layers of fabric on the bands which make them better for support, I personally wear the ultrasoft because it is more of a demi cup and it is super comfy to wear every day. I have tried the So Free Balconette and their sizes almost fit a size bigger so if you do wear say a 32E or a 34E i would try a 32 DD or 34 DD in those. You can also wear the Body Kiss but I find personally they fit really weird..
- Almost all push up bras are a no go for every day support if you are a large C or D/DD (most do not even come in a DD) specially the double push up (hello sugar) or the beyond cleavage. These are made for smaller chested women or on those special days where you want the girls to show a lot hahaha.
- If you wear an A - C/32D then go nuts, you don’t have to worry so much about support because you aren’t very big but still make sure that everything is fitting properly!
NEVER be ashamed by your bra size!! It is just numbers and letters and every girl is different, embrace that! And if you do have big girls, embrace them! Also if you do get a proper fitting bra it will make you look slimmer and the girls smaller if they are on the larger side!
ALWAYS WEAR A SPORTS BRA WHEN WORKING OUT OR BEING VERY ACTIVE.
I can not stress this enough. Even if you have little A or B cup girls you still need to! Do you wank pancake girls in 20 years? Didn’t think so!! You need to make sure they are secure against you and not bouncing so much. Now I do understand that for girls E+ in Canadian sizing it is very difficult to find a sports bra and they can be quite pricey, but invest in one! It is worth every penny! I think I bought mine a couple of years ago and it was about 60$, best money I have EVER spent. I am no longer going to take someones eye out when I workout. I also bought mine a size down then what I should have to make sure I’m secure. Now that I’ve gained weight and went up a cup size it is quite snug and hurts my shoulders so I do recommend going no more then 1 size down. I wear the under armor standard ones that come in bra sizes instead of S, M, L. And I can also not stress enough to not only make sure you get the right size but to get a good quality one. I also suggest avoiding the ones with the zippers, those will do nothing but embarrass you at the worst time by coming undone. Like I said before I am a 32E but my sports bra is actually a 34D, and how I mentioned before I cannot wear it for long periods of time because it causes me neck pain, I however won’t put the money into getting a new sports bra because I am hoping fingers crossed that when I start to lose weight I will go back to a 32DD haha.
I think I have written enough for this post hahaha if you have ANY questions about this do not hesitate to ask me! I have over a years experience being one of the number one fitters at a large La Senza store in a busy mall with a 99% success rate and 2 years experience working in the clothing department of a Sport Chek sporting goods/clothing store, I was trained there about sports bras.