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My new love: Bras that fit! (Ladies, read this!)

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1. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 28 May '10 04:58

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

Britney, get a fitting bra!

Brafitting by Maheda - watch her video on D-Cups, its enlightening!

2. Posted by Q' (Moderator, 1987 posts) 28 May '10 12:08

Me too !

3. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 28 May '10 13:01

Urgh, you are just like Q from Star Trek! Always butting in when you are the least wanted...

Or do you suffer from gynecomastia and are secretly wearing a bra too, Q' ?

4. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 28 May '10 15:23

Quoting t_maia

Urgh, you are just like Q from Star Trek! Always butting in when you are the least wanted...

Or do you suffer from gynecomastia and are secretly wearing a bra too, Q' ?

Oh Maria! That's priceless!!! (Though, I liked Q because he wasn't the typical member of the Continuum.) Haven't seen our Q' for a few years so gynecomastia could be an issue... I think he just likes breasts...

Thanks for the info! (And, the PM - sorry - will get back to you soon!) A bad fit makes for a really bad day, every day. Now must go find a calculator for converting inches into centimeters. Okay, I know how to do that conversion. ;)

5. Posted by Q' (Moderator, 1987 posts) 28 May '10 19:28

Just putting out another view on the topic that's all.

6. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member, 346 posts) 31 May '10 10:33

It seems rather appropriate to post this photo here. The photo is titled "The Biggest Bra In The World" and I took the shot when I was up in Sydney last year.
What someone I know would call "boulder holders"!

7. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 31 May '10 15:32

Since this thread is already degenerating: the thing in the foto is not the world's biggest bra. The world's biggest bra is worn by an American woman who calls herself "Norma Stits". She suffers from Gigantomastia and earns money by starring in adult movies. Her breasts are officially the largest natural breasts in the world. Her bra size is 56 WW (US sizing system), she has a breast circumference of over 2 meters.

8. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member, 418 posts) 2 Jun '10 09:40

Quoting t_maia

Her bra size is 56 WW (US sizing system), she has a breast circumference of over 2 meters.

and to think i'm amazed with the EEs and GGs...

9. Posted by t_maia (Moderator, 3291 posts) 22 Jun '10 22:43

You won't be amazed any longer if you take into account that in order to get supportive bras you need to go down in bandsize. There is a reason they are making bras in 30, 28 and even in 26 backsizes. A woman who wears a 36 A has a 32 E/F and 30 FF/G when she switches to the lower bandsizes.

From what I read around the internet on brafitting around the world it seems that half the asian women out there wear bras with bandsizes that are too large. Grab a tape and use the size calculator I linked, sapphyre! It might open your eyes.

And just so that you can see what a well-fitting bra can do:

http://busenfreundinnen.net/viewtopic.php?f=27&t=6632

This woman switched from 36 B to 30 FF.

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Jun-2010, at 23:01 by t_maia ]

10. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru, 1696 posts) 22 Jul '10 02:05

I've heard something like 8 out of 10 women in the UK are wearing the wrong Bra size.
Good old Marks and Spencer's do a good measuring service and they're in almost every town.