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Old 06-24-2005, 06:33 PM   #1
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Smile How to look 10 pounds lighter in an instant! (Warning: Smilie Overdose!)

Yes, really!

Ladies only, I'm afraid. I'm fairly certain this won't have the same effect on the blokes!

Get yourself properly measured and buy a new bra!!

I finally braced myself to go and get correctly fitted for one, and what an incredible difference! I swear it's taken at least 10 pounds off me! Can you tell I'm pleased? It's really highlighted that I have a waist!

I'm not exaggerating when I say it was mentally traumatic for me and it's taken me a good hour to recover now I'm home again, but the lady in the shop was fantastic. She put me at ease and didn't seem to mind my freaky behaviour so I just lobbed out my girls and she measured and fitted me!

I've known for a long time that I was wearing completely the wrong sized bra, but there was no way I was going to allow anyone close enough to sort me out properly. It was easier to grab one from the department store.

I promised myself that when I reached my first mini goal, I would make myself go and now I have! I'm so proud of myself--no false modesty for me!

And get this: the bra chose me rather than the other way around. I tried half a dozen and this one is just the bees knees. It's so pretty yet it has fantastic support; I ran up and down stairs five times and nothing budged! I can barely feel I'm wearing it.

This is just the best reward I could've given myself (well, hubby bought it for me really, the darling) for shifting some pounds. I'm really on a high. Some people baulk at the idea of spending $100 (CDN) on a good bra, but doing that has made my $9.99 shirt look like it cost ten times what it did. I've gone from bag lady to smart/casual with just a change of underwear.

I only bought one (and I immediately chucked all my old ones out) so I'll have to wash it out each night, but given that I intend to shrink a lot more, it would have been a waste of money to buy another. Apart from anything else, how would I have justified it to hubby?

I can honestly say I'll never go back to an ill-fitting bra again.

Please forgive me for going on so long. I'm just so excited. I want to strut about in front of the mirror admiring my new shape!
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Old 06-24-2005, 08:01 PM   #2
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OK, curious minds want to know. What was the wrong size you were wearing and what's the right size? I saw the Oprah show on bra sizes and was amazed at how far off some of the sizes were.
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Old 06-24-2005, 08:44 PM   #3
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Wait for it....

I was wearing a 42DD/44DD and my shiny new one is a 36H!! Truth be told, it was that episode of Oprah that gave me the final push.
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Old 06-24-2005, 09:51 PM   #4
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Wow, that is a serious inspration to get fitted right! I was just shopping today and realized that my bra doesn't really fit that great (I'm kinda swimming in it!). It's just so expensive to keep getting new stuff until I *really* need it. But man, I'm going to do that sometime post-goal. I'm glad it was such a positive experience!

Keep on struttin' your stuff, girl!
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Old 06-25-2005, 12:59 AM   #5
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If you cannot find a good shop that will measure you here is how to do it (you really should have someone else measure so you can keep your arms down at your sides).

Measure around your rib cage right below your bust line - this number is the band size.

Then measure around the largest part of your breast (usually somewhere along the nipple line). Subtract your first measurement from this to get your cup size:

1" - A cup
2" - B cup
3" - C cup
4" - D cup
5" - DD or E cup
6" - DDD or F cup
7" - G cup
8" - H cup

Remember that your band should be at the same level in the back as the front & not pulled way up!

And unfortunately, underwire almost always gives better shape & support.

Sorry - thought I'd add my two cents as I've worked in two plus size lingerie stores!!!

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Old 06-25-2005, 01:43 AM   #6
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Thanks for that lifeguard...I never knew that's how you did it...
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Old 06-25-2005, 02:44 AM   #7
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You're right, Jennifer, it can get rather expensive. I justified it to myself in a couple of ways:
  1. I rarely buy new clothes. Including the $100 I spent on the bra, I've spent exactly $100 on clothes in the last year!
  2. Being the Queen of Cheap, I always work out value for money on the cost per use. E.g., if I wear this every day for 3 months, that's just over a buck a day. Compare that to the Blunderbra I bought 3 years ago for $25 that I've worn less than half a dozen times--4+ bucks an outing.

Lifeguard: That's useful information you've provided there. There are many places that tell us (wrongly) to add 4 or 5" to the rib cage measurement to get the band size! No wonder so many women end up with something that doesn't fit.

I would also like to add though that some manufacturers use DD, DDD, and then go on to E, F, etc.... This is the case with the German bra I bought. It all gets a little sketchy after cup size D which can be confusing if you're unaware which system the maker uses.
For example, standard US cup size H is equivalent to size FF in some English bras, size G in some (but not all!) Goddess bras, GG in Lane Bryant, and F in Miss Mary of Sweden and Felina. Phew!

I really did my homework before buying my bra and this confusion is one reason why I'll never attempt an order over the Internet.
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Old 06-25-2005, 12:33 PM   #8
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"lobbed out my girls"

That's hilarious!

I'm glad you found a good one that fits well - I bet that would really change your perspective! I really need a new one - UGH - I hate bra shopping!

Lifeguard - Thanks for the great tips!
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Old 06-25-2005, 02:33 PM   #9
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I used to work in a store that sold bra's, and everytime I saw a woman with the wrong bra on, I made it my mission to get them into a better fitting bra. It's amazing what the right bra will do for you!! I have the perfect bra for my body, I never feel like I'm wearing it... which is important!

Thank Goodness for Oprah! I hope everyone gets a perfect fitting bra, it makes SUCH a huge difference!

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Old 06-25-2005, 02:47 PM   #10
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I did the exact same thing and bought a decent bra a month or so ago - the difference is amazing! It makes my stomach look so much flatter!

A word to the wise about bra measuring - the only way to guarantee a good fitting bra is to try loads on - that wierd bra measuring calculation is by no means accurate - I did it and came up with 48A (me an A cup, I don't think so!!!) - I went to two different shops and was measured by 3 different people and they all came back with different results. In the end I just tried loads on, and FYI I am a 44DD. That calcualtion is apparantly only accurate for about one third of women.

I don't know if you have 'which?' magazine in the US - they do consumer testing. They sent 'secret shoppers' out to find the best shop for bra measuring and in the end they said they couldn't recommend any of them (I did alot of research before I bought my new bra!) - each person got at least 4 different sizes quoted! Some of this is to do with the outdated measuring system, and some of it down to bad staff training.

Anyway - sorry to rant, but I got really down about this whole measuring issue when I was looking for a decent bra. At the end of the day, trying them on is the only way to find a decent fit - but when you do find the perfect bra, it really does make a huge difference to your shape!

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I actually bought some new bras just recently. I also just had to go buy some new underwear since mine was horrilbe streched out and way too large. Anyway, you're totally right about it making you look thinner, it pulls my gals up and off my stomach and give me a smaller waist.

By the way, I'm totally in love with the new IPEX bras by Victoria's Secret. They have alot of support and are "shaping" too, which means they hold everything in. A few more pounds and I am going to throw all of my other bras out!

Great Topic!
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Old 06-27-2005, 01:03 PM   #12
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Because of my size, I've never looked at anything other than "supremely practical" bras, although to be fair, this one is very pretty. I don't want to shrink too much on top, but it'll be great if one day I can check out those sexy cute undies that skinny minnies can wear.

I just reread my first post in this thread and I certainly didn't mean to imply that you have to spend a lot of money to get a decent bra. Far from it; the one I got was by no means the cheapest (it just fit me the best--typical!). This speciality shop had them starting from around $20 (Canadian! ). And I got excellent service before the lady knew how much I was prepared to spend.
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What used to be my best fitting bra is now strapped in to its smallest limits on its sliders, notches and hooks. My girls are swimming in the cups...Cups which are now almost up to my shoulders, LOL! I've got to get measured and find a good bra. Thanks for the nudge in the right direction!
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Ladies only, I'm afraid. I'm fairly certain this won't have the same effect on the blokes!

Oh, I am going to prove you wrong.. just you wait and see darn it!
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I can really, really, relate to this.

you know, my bras used to be so bad that my mom would beg me to go out and buy new ones. it's worth the "embarrassment." my boobs, although they're huge, look so much smaller and less saggy (WHY OH WHY DO I HAVE TO SAG AT 21??)

Thanks for the laugh.
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