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runningfromfat
02-03-2012, 06:06 AM
Ok, probably many of you on here know that I'm really an advocate for getting well-fitting bras, especially after (and during!) weight loss. It can do so much for a woman in terms of self-confidence, support, and can help to avoid back/shoulder/arm pain.

Because of that I created the Underbust Survey (http://braslessinbrasil.blogspot.com/p/underbust-survey-please-read.html) and I'm really hoping that the ladies on here can take a minute out of their time to fill it out. ;) There are only 5 simple questions that are required (although I'd love it if you were able to fill out the rest too! The result of which I'll be posting on my blog at the beginning of March and I will also be sending them to lingerie companies to point out what sizes are needed vs. what they are actually selling to us.

The results are 100% anonymous (I don't ask for an email address, I can't see your location or anything) and I really am hoping to get ladies of ALL shapes and sizes to participate to get an accurate representation of the population. If you have any questions/suggestions let me know! Also, if you have any friends who you think would take it too, please pass it on. :D


124chicksinger
02-03-2012, 08:39 AM
(((running))) - hey girl. Guess what? I came here this morning looking specifically for you. I was going to respond to our last conversation. I measured and I am a 35 under bust "band" size. I know it doesn't exist. So either I'm 34 or 36. Currently, I'm wearing an oldie (older but not really that worn out) which is a 38, and it is on the 3rd hook. D cup. I totally fit into the cup and the "lift" is better than some of my larger now-ill fitting bras (which may have been ill fitting all along...I don't have a clue), but the issue is, if I tighten up the bra straps, the entire back of the bra slides up my back while the heaviness of the girls still pulls the them down. Now I don't know why some people think my boobs ought to rest somewhere under my chin (which always makes me nuts when people have the nerve to comment that my boobs are hanging low.....and trust me, people comment) and I reply....where the heck should the be--on my shoulders?

My boobs are "long". They were always large and I'm sure when I was a young girl - pre-motherhood - they still weren't up high and pointing towards heaven. Also, if you look at a body builder, his nipples aren't in the center of his pec - they are towards the bottom of his pec. Thus, my nipples are in the right place, and my boobs are where my boobs are meant to be. Even tho they're a bit national geographic due to gravity and age!

Anyhow, I have planned to take your advice and bra shop. I will try on 34 and 36. My current drawer full ranges from 38s to 42s, but all are D cup. I will try on larger cups and see how that works out. I plan to camp out in the lingerie department for the day.

Thanks friend. :)

EmmaD
02-03-2012, 06:26 PM
Interesting! It's neat that you are doing that.
There is so much mis-information out there about bra sizing
I kind of just had to try a bunch on and see what fit best. Even with the "right" size there is so much variability between brands ...
(32" underbust, 36" max, best fit I have found is a 34C but it is padded/pushup :p - that's what that Polish bra-fitting calculator (http://www.atlastravel.nazwa.pl/mini/) said I would be, so that is encouraging)


Arctic Mama
02-03-2012, 10:52 PM
Bad bra fitting is a pet peeve of mine, for sure - almost as much as most specialty bra stores STILL not offering 24 and 26 bands, as though many thin women don't have ribcages smaller than 28 inches :roll:

Arctic Mama
02-03-2012, 10:56 PM
And I must say I really enjoy your blog, Venusian Glow, and FullerFigureFullerBust - they're some of my favorite bra blogs and desperately needed!

runningfromfat
02-04-2012, 05:51 AM
but the issue is, if I tighten up the bra straps, the entire back of the bra slides up my back while the heaviness of the girls still pulls the them down. Now I don't know why some people think my boobs ought to rest somewhere under my chin (which always makes me nuts when people have the nerve to comment that my boobs are hanging low.....and trust me, people comment) and I reply....where the heck should the be--on my shoulders?

My boobs are "long". They were always large and I'm sure when I was a young girl - pre-motherhood - they still weren't up high and pointing towards heaven. Also, if you look at a body builder, his nipples aren't in the center of his pec - they are towards the bottom of his pec. Thus, my nipples are in the right place, and my boobs are where my boobs are meant to be. Even tho they're a bit national geographic due to gravity and age!

Anyhow, I have planned to take your advice and bra shop. I will try on 34 and 36. My current drawer full ranges from 38s to 42s, but all are D cup. I will try on larger cups and see how that works out. I plan to camp out in the lingerie department for the day.

Thanks friend. :)


Hey, so with the bra strap riding up it's because the band is too big so it doesn't sit flat. When you're tightening the straps that it pulls the band up and your breasts sit lower up front. If you had a tighter band than your breasts will actually sit quite a bit higher. One of the reasons that you want to have your breasts sit higher (and your band to sit lower) is where it puts pressure on your back. It's better to have the pressure lower on your back, otherwise you're going to feel it more between your shoulder blades and are more at risk for back pain (something I experience almost immediately if my bands start getting to big :( ).

As for having long breast, me too. ;) Some bras are going to fit you better because of that. Look for bras with narrow wires and deeper cups (Freya, Fantasie, Bravissimo, and Ewa Michalak bras are all known for having narrower, deeper cups and I've tried all but Bravissimo at this point and agree).

Good luck with trying on bras!!! I really hope you find something that works for you and is comfortable!!! :D

runningfromfat
02-04-2012, 05:56 AM
EmmaD- There certainly IS a lot of variability between brands, it's extremely frustrating! There are actually a few independent bra makers that have started to go back to the old stiff bands, which means you really would need to add 4 inches (although I seriously want to try one of these because I suspect that stretchy bands are not the wisest thing for women with large busts).

Ultimately it definitely takes some experimenting (and reading reviews). At the moment I own mostly 30'S (but just ordered some 28's because my 30's are too big). However, I have a suit in 32G and it still fits perfectly. :dizzy:

runningfromfat
02-04-2012, 06:02 AM
Arctic Mama- I know of two brands who now offer 26 bands:

The Big Bra Bar has just come out with a 26 band bra in a few limited sizes: http://www.thebigbrabar.com/index.php/products/lingerie/2wenty8-loren-midnight-coming-soon.html and will add more if it sells well

Also Ewa Michalak (http://www.ewa-michalak.pl/) will make custom orders down to 26's.

So far in my survey I'm finding A LOT of women do need 24's and 26's. Some actually need smaller than that!

Also, I'm glad you liked my blog and the others too. :)

Arctic Mama
02-04-2012, 01:20 PM
That's why it bothers me so much - I am a US 34I these days, I can find bras online without much issue. But knowing how many women need smaller bands than what is made, and they're not even all that unusually shaped? Where is the industry's head on this? It's a money maker for them to target that demographic and so few do it!

BettyBooty
02-06-2012, 10:05 AM
OK, so my under-measure is 37 and across the fullest part of my chest is 42. I wear a 38D in molded cups. Although at Macy's they wanted to put me in 40C and it didn't work for me at all. I've tried on 38Cs also, and to be honest my boobs need a 38C in a soft cup bra or the cups pucker. The fit smoothly in a 38D molded when I am standing up.


According to that Polish bra calculator, I should be a 38DD. That would be too big for me.

runningfromfat
02-06-2012, 10:40 AM
OK, so my under-measure is 37 and across the fullest part of my chest is 42. I wear a 38D in molded cups. Although at Macy's they wanted to put me in 40C and it didn't work for me at all. I've tried on 38Cs also, and to be honest my boobs need a 38C in a soft cup bra or the cups pucker. The fit smoothly in a 38D molded when I am standing up.


According to that Polish bra calculator, I should be a 38DD. That would be too big for me.

That's why trying on bras is so important. ;) The shape of your breasts, their fullness etc can affect what size you need. My measurements are:
Bust: 39-40"
Underbust: 29"

That means a calculator would tell me that if my bust is 39" I'm between a: 28H/30GG and if it's 40": 28HH/30H (remembering that the volume of the cup in a 28HH=30H and ditto for 28H=30GG). However, in reality I need a 28HH because all 30's fit too large (I've tried various brands) and 28H's give me serious four boob. I imagine in some styles I even need to go up to a 28J. :dizzy: However, if someone asks me to give a number I say 28HH but there's always the caveat that I need to try on bras first to know for sure in that brand and that particular style. Even though my bust has been measuring 39" there's no way a 28H/30H comes close at the moment (I even have a 30H at home that I check on occasion to make sure) so that means I need to go up 1-2 cup sizes from what's recommended.

All those calculators can do is give you a good starting point (sounds like BMI, right? ;) ) and from there you have to deal with variations between brands. Some brands might not fit you all together because the wires could be too wide or too narrow. Unfortunately, these things can take a lot of experimentation. :(

I will say, though, that finding the right band size is definitely the first step. Otherwise it's nearly impossible to find the correct cup size. For instance, that 30H that still gives me the four boob effect? Well, if I don't put the strap on the tightest hook it looks fine, BUT it gives me major back pain after just an hour of wear. So without the correct band size your cup size might be off but you're not able to see it.

runningfromfat
02-06-2012, 10:42 AM
That's why it bothers me so much - I am a US 34I these days, I can find bras online without much issue. But knowing how many women need smaller bands than what is made, and they're not even all that unusually shaped? Where is the industry's head on this? It's a money maker for them to target that demographic and so few do it!

I honestly don't know. The more results I get back from this survey the more obvious it becomes that the sizes available are WAY off compared to what women need. For instance, I have not had ONE WOMEN respond that she has an underbust of 40" or over (and I have respondents with BMI's well over 35). Yet, if you go to Lane Bryant you can be hard pressed to find a bra that comes in a 38 band, let alone a 36! :?:

ETA: I take that back I do have one respondent with an underbust over 40". If any women do have larger underbusts and are reading this please do my survey so I can continue to update the states. :)

sontaikle
02-06-2012, 10:59 AM
Even when I was at a BMI of 36+ I don't think I ever went higher than a 40 band.

I think it's crazy how those bigger sizes are readily available when there's probably a higher need for the smaller size bands. I have a 30" underbust and there are many, many women who are more petite than I am. I've noticed that some of them have their bra bands riding up so far in the back that they must be getting no support from their bras. Personally that would drive me crazy.

I have seen 30 bands in stores, but only 30As in the training bra section. 32s I've only seen to go up to A or B cups! When I was a 34D that was hard to find in a regular ole department store! I wonder why there's this assumption that smaller band=smaller boobs.

I'm sort of thinking I might need to go a cup higher than calculators indicate too. As much as I love the Panache bra I ordered, I think the next cup size would be better. So, a 30FF. Good thing the other bras I ordered are 30FFs.

runningfromfat
02-06-2012, 11:06 AM
Even when I was at a BMI of 36+ I don't think I ever went higher than a 40 band.

I think it's crazy how those bigger sizes are readily available when there's probably a higher need for the smaller size bands. I have a 30" underbust and there are many, many women who are more petite than I am. I've noticed that some of them have their bra bands riding up so far in the back that they must be getting no support from their bras. Personally that would drive me crazy.

I have seen 30 bands in stores, but only 30As in the training bra section. 32s I've only seen to go up to A or B cups! When I was a 34D that was hard to find in a regular ole department store! I wonder why there's this assumption that smaller band=smaller boobs.

I'm sort of thinking I might need to go a cup higher than calculators indicate too. As much as I love the Panache bra I ordered, I think the next cup size would be better. So, a 30FF. Good thing the other bras I ordered are 30FFs.

So I changed my original response. I do have one respondent with an underbust over 40". However, that's still one person and I have a significant number of respondents in the overweight/obese category so it really has me scratching my head why Lane Bryant isn't carrying smaller band sizes.

Good luck going up a cup size! At least you got a good starting point and now hopefully the other ones will be an even better fit. ;)

ronni62
02-06-2012, 09:04 PM
Hi, I had to read this thread as I have a terrible time finding bras! Unfortunately, I'm having problems at the opposite end of the scale. Having just restarted my weight-loss battle after regaining a lot of what I had lost, I did the survey to give you some data for those with band size over 40".

I'm amazed at the bra size that the Polish bra-fitting calculator said I should wear. At 44" under-bust and 51" at the largest, the calculator says I would be wearing a US 44H!! Right now, I'm wearing a 44 C and it's a very small C as I've been trying on bras for months now and most of the 44B's are so big I can fit both boobs into one cup!! Quite frequently I have to just get simple stretchy athletic bras (you know the kind that just kinda squish you but have very little support). I'm hoping that as I lose weight the search for a bra gets a little easier, but even when I was down at 190 pounds, I had trouble finding bras with my band size that had cups small enough:(

Arctic Mama
02-06-2012, 09:47 PM
Ronni, do look into breast tissue migration and proper fitting. If those are your actual measurements, while a 44H might be too generous in the cups (if you find you have significant fat on your back and shoulders, going down a cup size can make for a better fit to counteract the measurement skew that would cause with the tape measure), there is no physical way that you're scooping your breasts into 44B cups and finding them too big. Cups can pucker when the breast in much too LARGE for the cup (think of shoving an orange into a drinking glass - if the orange is wider than the lip of the glass then all the space at the bottom of the glass exists because the orange can't be shoved into it!) just as the tops can wrinkle if the breast is too small/not full at the top. If the puckering of the cup is on the tip or along the bottoms and sides, it is likely the bra is much too small for you.

Read this, it might give you some helpful fitting tips (it saved me - I went from a 44D to a 40H and my breasts were more comfortable, supported, perkier looking, and it visually slimmed my entire torso):

http://www.venusianglow.com/2008/04/does-this-bra-fit-how-do-i-tell.html
http://www.venusianglow.com/p/bra-matrix.html

Riddy
02-06-2012, 10:47 PM
I did the survey. While my underbust is currently 37", that is down from 42" and DDD cups at my high weight. My 40f's are still working for me, but I think I'm going to need a 38f very soon. I can't even imagine where I'll be in 50 pounds. :dizzy:

ronni62
02-07-2012, 10:38 AM
Arctic Mama-yes, I do have some underarm and back fat, but I truly find B cups with a 44" band too large-I can pull one of the formed cups away and see huge amounts of empty space! To try to fill out a fitted dress shirt, a sales clerk once gave me hugely padded C's and my boobs didn't even take up half the space in the cups-LOL! Plus, I'm short, so the padded cups almost came up to my chin:eek: I have a terrible time getting bras:( I'm fairly certain that if I can get down to a 36" band, I'll probably fit a B or small C, because that's what I wore in high school. I'm one of those people whose boobs did not increase in size when I gained more weight, not even when I was pregnant or nursing! I guess I just don't understand why a B at 44" is so much bigger than a B at 36".

runningfromfat
02-07-2012, 10:48 AM
Arctic Mama-yes, I do have some underarm and back fat, but I truly find B cups with a 44" band too large-I can pull one of the formed cups away and see huge amounts of empty space! To try to fill out a fitted dress shirt, a sales clerk once gave me hugely padded C's and my boobs didn't even take up half the space in the cups-LOL! Plus, I'm short, so the padded cups almost came up to my chin:eek: I have a terrible time getting bras:( I'm fairly certain that if I can get down to a 36" band, I'll probably fit a B or small C, because that's what I wore in high school. I'm one of those people whose boobs did not increase in size when I gained more weight, not even when I was pregnant or nursing! I guess I just don't understand why a B at 44" is so much bigger than a B at 36".

Huh, that is strange... are you sure the 44" band is tight enough? Have you tried going down a band size to see if you have a better fit?

The one thing I wonder is if you possibly have a rib cage that widens quite a bit going up from your underbust? That would explain the large bust measurement that you don't appear to need.

Just out of curiosity, what brand were you trying on? Maybe it's one that runs really large in the cups? :dizzy:

Do make sure, though, to scoup all of your underarm/back fat into the bra when you put it on (bend over and sort of jiggle your breasts into place so that you don't have any underarm/back fat). You might be dealing with a good deal of breast migration, which could at least explain a cup size or two difference. But going from something like a C cup to an H cup? I don't know... I guess if you had a perfect storm of breast tissue migration and a rib cage that widens significantly as you go up that could help to explain it? Honestly, I'm a bit stumped. :)

ETA: One theory that I've heard (not sure how true it is because I never had a well-fitting bra at my highest) is that there may be a need for different fitting rules depending on your size. For instance, if you are plus-sized it could be that you're able to go down a band size from you underbust measurement whereas some women on the low end of the underbust spectrum prefer to go up one band size. I guess it's an issue of extra padding? I apparently have plenty of extra padding still because I always need to go down slightly from my underbust measurement. ;)

dstalksalot
02-07-2012, 12:08 PM
Before I lost some weight I was wearing a tight 42H (SO OVER 40 FOR SURE) , now I am in a 38 H. I am wondering how much weight I will have to loose to get to a 36 F. I recall I was a 36DDD in college.(DDD is the same as an F right? European size vs US? I am loving the Panache Tango II brand and found a supplier on eBay. I can get them for 30 bucks. Any comparable brands out there for a Panache lover?

ETA: I thought I would need a temporary extender, but I lost a half an inch from the time I ordered to the time my new bra arrived. Technically I am now a 37.5. Has any one charted the average inches lost for bra size in weight loss? Everyone is different.

xJox
02-07-2012, 12:12 PM
I did your survey. I went to the link to make sure my bra size was correct. It says I wear a 55 C in US sizes. But it has to be an even number. So either 54 C or 56 C. I checked my best fitting bra and that is what I wear. I tried to find what my size would be in UK sizing but it only went up to 48. That right there is my entire probably. I am shaped like an apple rather than a pear and it is HARD to find a bra that fits correctly.

runningfromfat
02-07-2012, 12:17 PM
Before I lost some weight I was wearing a tight 42H (SO OVER 40 FOR SURE) , now I am in a 38 H. I am wondering how much weight I will have to loose to get to a 36 F. I recall I was a 36DDD in college.(DDD is the same as an F right? European size vs US? I am loving the Panache Tango II brand and found a supplier on eBay. I can get them for 30 bucks. Any comparable brands out there for a Panache lover?

Oh, if you can remember you measurements from your highest weight, it'd be great if you could enter those into the survey too so I have more 40+ bands in there. ;)

I think a 36DDD=UK 36E (someone can correct me if I'm wrong here). I always get a bit confused around the D range because it seems to vary so much between brands.

If you do well with Panache try Curvy Kate bras. I've heard that they have more wider, shallower cups like Panache. Brastop.com normally has a ton and if you get their newsletter they have free international shipping about once per month! Flirtelle is the sister brand to Curvy Kate so they might work well also (I don't have any direct experience with any yet but I'm waiting on some Curvy Kate bras to arrive so I'll review them on my blog shortly). Also, keep an eye on Zulilly because they often have Panache bras on there about 1-2 times per month too. ;)

sontaikle
02-07-2012, 01:39 PM
Oh, if you can remember you measurements from your highest weight, it'd be great if you could enter those into the survey too so I have more 40+ bands in there. ;)

I think a 36DDD=UK 36E (someone can correct me if I'm wrong here). I always get a bit confused around the D range because it seems to vary so much between brands.



I remember my exact measurements from when I was 190ish pounds and a 40D, I can put those into your survey too if you want :) I already did my current measurements.

And a DDD is an E in UK cups :) since DDDD is an F. I don't get the fascination of US manufactures with adding more DDs to cups! It makes it difficult when I'm in that range because I have to see if they use DDDD, or G (or DDDDD or H) but if they go with the single letters then I have to make sure I'm not buying a UK brand and therefore would need the F or FF...

so since I'm not too familiar with all of the brands yet, I've got google open whilst bra shopping so I can research the company!

Arctic Mama
02-07-2012, 05:19 PM
I shop my UK size, too, even though I live in the US. It's just much more common sense in terms of measurements to letter ;)

berryblondeboys
02-07-2012, 05:25 PM
I remember my exact measurements from when I was 190ish pounds and a 40D, I can put those into your survey too if you want :) I already did my current measurements.

And a DDD is an E in UK cups :) since DDDD is an F. I don't get the fascination of US manufactures with adding more DDs to cups! It makes it difficult when I'm in that range because I have to see if they use DDDD, or G (or DDDDD or H) but if they go with the single letters then I have to make sure I'm not buying a UK brand and therefore would need the F or FF...

so since I'm not too familiar with all of the brands yet, I've got google open whilst bra shopping so I can research the company!

Why isn't a DD an E and a DDD an F? Why, even in the UK sizing is there a DD and THEN an E. it makes it especially complicated for me as I'm an F.... Which is a UK G.... But even some Fs in the US arent marked as F, but DDDD. I get confused! So ludicrous. And I always think they like the DDs because they look like boobs.... So DDDD is to imply really big boobs? :o

sontaikle
02-07-2012, 06:07 PM
Why isn't a DD an E and a DDD an F? Why, even in the UK sizing is there a DD and THEN an E. it makes it especially complicated for me as I'm an F.... Which is a UK G.... But even some Fs in the US arent marked as F, but DDDD. I get confused! So ludicrous. And I always think they like the DDs because they look like boobs.... So DDDD is to imply really big boobs? :o

In US sizing the DD is the equivalent to an E and then DDD is F, and it goes straight through the alphabet but some manufacturers just keep tacking on Ds.

So in US sizes I need DDDD or a DDDDD or a G or H cup. While in UK sizes I need a F or FF.

I don't understand it either. It's really really confusing once you go above a DD.

ronni62
02-08-2012, 11:02 AM
I think I've figured out why my measurements don't fit with the stats here or the Polish bra-sizer---On a couple sites I found out that bras are sized differently for plus-size women, but even though I'm plus-sized everywhere else, my chest doesn't fit the criteria:o On this site, www.herroom.com/bra-fitting-advice,901,30.html I found that I would need a 44C which is what I'm wearing, even though I know it's a small C and I just need to find different brands than where I've been looking (Fashion Bug and Kohl's) :D where any bras over 38 are sized by the plus-size method apparently.....

I also have trouble finding jeans, as I'm an apple shape and have no rear to speak of, so when jeans fit my waist, I get the butt-baggies! Did find some Gloria Vanderbilt's that took care of that problem, though! Wonder if GV makes bras......

Arctic Mama
02-08-2012, 03:58 PM
If you have butt issues, Ann Taylor jeans might also fit you well. When I was heavier and more apple shaped they were excellent! I have a flat butt even at low weights, so finding jeans that aren't baggy in the rear and thighs can be a challenge.

runningfromfat
02-08-2012, 05:14 PM
I think I've figured out why my measurements don't fit with the stats here or the Polish bra-sizer---On a couple sites I found out that bras are sized differently for plus-size women, but even though I'm plus-sized everywhere else, my chest doesn't fit the criteria:o On this site, www.herroom.com/bra-fitting-advice,901,30.html I found that I would need a 44C which is what I'm wearing, even though I know it's a small C and I just need to find different brands than where I've been looking (Fashion Bug and Kohl's) :D where any bras over 38 are sized by the plus-size method apparently.....

I also have trouble finding jeans, as I'm an apple shape and have no rear to speak of, so when jeans fit my waist, I get the butt-baggies! Did find some Gloria Vanderbilt's that took care of that problem, though! Wonder if GV makes bras......

Wait... if you're adding 4" to your bust (that's what herroom suggest) then you'd need something more like a 40DD (the volume in the cups would be equivalent to your 44C's but the band would be smaller so you'd get more support). As a starting point for trying on bras you should start with your band=underbust measurement without adding any inches.

runningfromfat
05-16-2012, 11:15 AM
Just wanted to bump this with a link to this post: http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/looking-good-feeling-great/259144-some-bra-things.html I have my results for my underbust survey there and also the links for the Bra Band Project, which many wonderful 3FC ladies helped me with! :D

samcakes
05-16-2012, 11:34 AM
so... i have never tried any of this bra fitting, ive been guessing, but my underbust is 42 inches, and i have always sat between a c and a d cup. how do i find what will fit me properly? ive read a little of your bra blog, but i have a hard time understanding. oh, and i usually wear a 40d, but even then the straps seem too big. so maybe im confused, but i could definitely use some pointers

runningfromfat
05-16-2012, 11:47 AM
so... i have never tried any of this bra fitting, ive been guessing, but my underbust is 42 inches, and i have always sat between a c and a d cup. how do i find what will fit me properly? ive read a little of your bra blog, but i have a hard time understanding. oh, and i usually wear a 40d, but even then the straps seem too big. so maybe im confused, but i could definitely use some pointers

Before I make some recommendations, maybe you could answer some questions first just so I get a better idea:

- How does the back feel? Does it feel too tight/too loose? How far away from your body can you pull it?
- Does the center gore sit flat against your sternum?
- When you put on the bras do you bend over and scoup all of your breast tissue into the cups?
- Does the band sit parallel to the ground or does it ride up your back?
- Are the underwires comfortable or do you feel like they dig into your ribcage or underarms?
- Do your cups lay flat against your breast on top or do you have any quadraboob?

samcakes
05-16-2012, 05:56 PM
-the back is fine, it tends to be a little loose
-the center sits pretty flat, but often can go outward a little if my breasts fill out the cup more
-i tend to put all of my breast tissue (never heard it called that) into the cup, but the sides are loose enough that i tend to fall out
-the band sits parallel most of the time, unless i fill out the cup more, then it will ride up a bit
- i have a hard time with underwires, they dig into my cleavage, not so much the sides
- its hard to get a good fit on the cup. in some sizes a d is too small, some it is too large. in my current bra i have enough space to fit my cell phone and many other random items into the cup, but my other bras are too small on the cup

(current bra is a 40 D)

runningfromfat
05-16-2012, 09:18 PM
-the back is fine, it tends to be a little loose
-the center sits pretty flat, but often can go outward a little if my breasts fill out the cup more
-i tend to put all of my breast tissue (never heard it called that) into the cup, but the sides are loose enough that i tend to fall out
-the band sits parallel most of the time, unless i fill out the cup more, then it will ride up a bit
- i have a hard time with underwires, they dig into my cleavage, not so much the sides
- its hard to get a good fit on the cup. in some sizes a d is too small, some it is too large. in my current bra i have enough space to fit my cell phone and many other random items into the cup, but my other bras are too small on the cup

(current bra is a 40 D)

Thanks for the answers! That definitely gets me a better idea. I'd definitely suggest sizing down in the band to a 38DD (as a starting point).

Lots of signs there that the bands is too loose (your breasts are not able to stay inside of the cups and slide out the sides, the center gore does not always lay flat, the band rides up when you fill up the cups etc). Often in 38 bands and up they can be pretty stretchy so it's quite common for someone with a 40"+ underbust to need to size down (the blogger Bra Nightmares (http://branightmares.blogspot.com.br/) has also experienced this and is around the same band size as you).

I find that often women who are in too big bands have this issue with being in between cup sizes, once they go down a band size then they can get a more accurate fit, hopefully this works for you! ;)

Some suggestions for bras:

- you say that the center gore digs in, I'd suggest looking for plunge bras or bras with lower center gores, you might find them more comfortable.
- look for bras with higher wires underneath the arms. It'll help to keep your breast tissue in place (as will a tighter band).
- start with a 38DD (maybe try also 38D's and 38DDD/E's too). But make sure the bra band is parallel to the floor even if you move around, lift your arms above your head etc. If it moves around still go down another band size.
- make sure to hook the bra on the loosest hook! The hooks are there to tighten up the bra as it stretches over time so you want it on the loosest hook at first.

Also, when trying on bras, always, always, always, make sure to lean forward and scoup all of your breast tissue into the cups (do this always for that matter and it will help to prevent underarm fat).

As for bras to look for. If you're in the states Lane Bryant carries your size so that might be a good starting point (and they have good quality bras for low prices... often they have a buy 2 for 1 sale there). Another good brand is Elomi and I know they have a lot of side support to help prevent breast tissue migration (i.e. underarm/back fat).

Good luck and let me know if you have any questions!!

samcakes
05-16-2012, 09:21 PM
Thanks! i will be going to check some new ones out tomorrow, god knows i need a new bra