Since the guys had their shaving thread I thought I could rant here too!
I am a large girl and my two ladies aren't small either. For the longest time of my life I thought I was a 48 D/DD/E. All the traditional charts and size calculators confirmed it. Until last October.
In October I went to London for the TP meet-up. Fate then led my steps into one of the London stores of Bravissimo. I was lucky, it wasn't busy and the sales clerk offered to do a fitting. Turns out I am not a 48 D/DD at all. When I walked out of the store I wore a 40 J, just three cup sizes smaller than what bra-maker Panache markets as "Britains largest bra". I almost fainted, but the fit and the uplift was so worth it! Instead of being totally flat with everything hanging down to my navel I finally got something that actually juts out from where it should be. Yeah!
I then wanted to find out where I could find more bras in my new size and stumbled upon a German forum on bras and brafitting. Just by reading and posting there I learned more about bras and brafitting than most sales persons.
Here is what I found:
- Tradititional size charts don't work because they were designed during the 1920 with non-stretchy fabrics in mind. Nowadays the bras are made from stretchy fabric. Also thanks to better nutrition and contraceptive hormones breasts are getting bigger. But nobody has adjusted the sizing charts!
- The band should do all the work of supporting the breast. If your straps dig in you are wearing the wrong bandsize. The band should fit as tight as the hipbelt on a backpack. (Which is why those soft and super-stretchy bands are so bad.)
- In traditional sizing charts the band is measured loose on the skin. This is wrong. Instead of measuring loose you should pull the tape as tight as possible. Exhale when you measure. In US-sizing charts you are also told to "add 4 inches to get your bandsize". Utter crap. To get the right support you do not need to add 4 inches, instead you should substract 2-4 inches, depending how much "padding" you have on your ribs.
- The only decent size calculator online is http://www.atlastravel.nazwa.pl/mini/ It is based upon the same principles that are employed by the bra fitting experts at Bravissimo and Figleaves. Enter your measurements in centimeter.
And here is some more info on brafitting
Brafitting by Maheda - watch her video on D-Cups, its enlightening!