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Old 10-19-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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bra sizing confusion

ugh, i hate bra shopping. i'm so confused i don't know what size to get.
i've measured my bust (with a good fitting bra on) and came up with
31.5 under bust
38 full bust
35.5 over bust
i contacted a bra specialty store online and they said a 32 F US size and 32E UK size.
i calculated my size on another site and came up with 36 B.
the bra i'm currently wearing that fits good and is comfortable and supportive is a 36E (motherhood brand)
I have an anita brand that is a 34F that fits pretty good, is a little more snug in the ribcage than i'm comfortable with, i can't wait to get it off and breathe better.

I'm so confused i don't know what to get. the 32 seems like it would be way too small.
can anyone offer any help?

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Old 10-19-2012, 10:24 AM   #2
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Re: bra sizing confusion

do you live in a place with a good lingerie store or a bali's outlet or even a macy's?

I found the best thing was to get measured and try on bras. In the end it saves time and energy rather than trying to buy a bunch of stuff online. Plus if you measured yourself, you might not be holding the measuring tape evenly and affect the results.

I just got measured and they said I was a 36, but the 36 I was wearing was digging into me. I tried the same bra on in the next band up and it was heaven. The bra itself can also affect comfort and fit, trying a different style in the same size might do the trick to.
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This site was recommended on here: http://www.breakoutbras.com/sizing

I love it! It's the most common sense measuring/sizing I've seen. I'd been wearing a 38B, and after nursing I just couldn't go back to wearing underwire, they were so uncomfortable. Used these measurements and found out I'm a 36D - went to try on bras and they felt great!
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Old 10-20-2012, 07:53 AM   #5
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32 F is the right size. When you wear the wrong cup size, the band is going to feel wrong. breakoutbras has a great sizing calculator. Herroom.com has a "know your breasts" bra finder that will help you find the right style for your body. If you can snap your bra in the front and then turn it around to the back, you are in the wrong size!

When putting on a good fitting bra, lean forward, put the bra under your breasts and reach behind you to attach the clasp. Stand up and fit breasts into cups while you put straps onto your arms.
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Old 10-20-2012, 08:30 PM   #6
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Hmmm I've always snapped my bra in the front and turned it around. That's what my mom did and her mom did. I asked the consultants at breakout bras and they are the ones who told me the size.
How do you get the hooks done behind your back? I can barely unhook them half the time. I'll have to order one in the size I was told. Too bad they pointed me to a $52 Anita bra. I can't afford that. I'm sure it's awesome and worth the price but it's not realistic at the moment.

Can anyone recommend a good bra that has good support, lightly padded cups to hide headlights, full cups that cover and hold everything in and is affordable?
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:32 PM   #7
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Hmmm I've always snapped my bra in the front and turned it around. That's what my mom did and her mom did. I asked the consultants at breakout bras and they are the ones who told me the size.
How do you get the hooks done behind your back? I can barely unhook them half the time. I'll have to order one in the size I was told. Too bad they pointed me to a $52 Anita bra. I can't afford that. I'm sure it's awesome and worth the price but it's not realistic at the moment.

Can anyone recommend a good bra that has good support, lightly padded cups to hide headlights, full cups that cover and hold everything in and is affordable?
I can't , I'm in the same boat. I couldn't afford expensive bra's, so I bought one from motherhood for 20 something and the wire is coming out after 4 weeks. I bought another one from Macy's for 20 something and the plastic nursing tab randomly comes unsnapped when i move around. I wish I just bought the expensive one to begin with, maybe I wouldn't be out 50 bucks and lots of frustration.
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:54 PM   #8
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I bought one $70 bra when I was a 32F and nursing and that thing lasted through 15 months of nursing! And it's still in good shape - the straps aren't pilly, the lace is intact, the underwire is still in place, etc. It was washed every 2-3 days or more. It would definitely be worth it, and you can make one bra work... Just make sure to do your delicate laundry at night.
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