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Monday, September 17, 2012

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"I wasn’t always like this. I used to be an A cup. I remember at 13 buying that white training bra owned by every other North American tween with the little crossed tennis rackets in the middle and no under wire. I remember being so flat that in high school that one boy actually asked me if I was anorexic. Then I went to university where unbeknownst to me, a microscopic helium tank was invisibly attached to my chest, and slowly increased my breast size each month until I emerged from my freshman cocoon looking like the kind of butterfly that belongs on the prow of a ship."
Soraya Roberts, now size 28G, has a hard time finding bras — in North America anyway. And this is where we all list our bra sizes, for posterity.



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swirrlygrrl

32DD, at this exact moment.

bocadelperro

@swirrlygrrl between a 32 double and triple, depending on the time of the month. (Incidentally, today I learned that Sofia Vergara and I share a cup size. My body looks nothing like hers, though. Sigh.) I like Stein Mart and TJ Maxx for Wacoal Bras. For some reason they almost always have one of my sizes.

sudden_eyes

@swirrlygrrl Yep. 32G here. It is SO NOT FUN finding bras, although thank heavens I live near the Town Shop, one of the best bra-fitting places in NYC. Not cheap, but I'll shell out for expertise.

wee_ramekin

@swirrlygrrl 36DD. Not as awesome as you might think, honestly.

PistolPackinMama

@wee_ramekin 36DD/DDD, and word. Finding ones that fit is really hard, esp since Cacique stopped making their unlined, underwired balconette. And I bought a t-shirt bra on clearance yesterday that doesn't have an underwire, didn't notice, and can't return it. :(

Renleigh

@wee_ramekin Another 36DD here who thinks it's not awesome. I mean, the boobs themselves are, but my collection of bras contains way too much boring beige for my liking.

the roughest toughest frail

@PistolPackinMama Oy, same here (also a 36DD/DDD), and I know your pain. It's impossible to find a cute bra that doesn't cost a fortune; if I manage to find one on sale, it's usually a giant beige underwire-less monstrosity.

bocadelperro

@PistolPackinMama what?! why do they even make non underwire bras for bigger cup sizes. Jeez. (except sports bras, of course)
@Renleigh wacoal makes a great "youth" line called B'Temptd (or something like that) that comes in doubles/triples from 32 (at least) on. Lots of colors and lace and demi cups (and matching panties!) HIGHLY recommend.

PistolPackinMama

@bocadelperro Hie Ye Hence to a Fashion Bug, because they are going out of business. But in the meantime all the non-underwire t-shirt and balconette bras can be yours. In fact, if you want one in cornflower blue, I will happily send it to you. It's actually a 38DD- the 36DDD was just a wee bit too tight in the band size, but sizing up worked okay. But I really hate un-underwired bras. So. Now I have one that will pretty much be only for wearing under sports bras for double support for running if I don't give it away.

bocadelperro

@PistolPackinMama haha, I'll pass. My boobs have been saggy since I was in middle school. No-underwire bras have never been for me.

Ladies Who Punch

@swirrlygrrl Boob Twins!! And boy do I HATE bra shopping.

marybella

@swirrlygrrl Same here!

Springtime for Voldemort

@Renleigh Another vote for b.Tempt'd. They have stuff on Amazon, and have a lot of 36DD and 36DDD (and 38Ds). I wish they did some 40Cs as well, especially in the balconette/demi styles, but alas.

Roaring Girl

@PistolPackinMama Non-underwired bras in that size? FOR TRUE? Because I'm a 38DD, and I finally found ONE just recently, and am so elated about not getting poked in the armpit that I do a dance whenever I wear it. Also, it is vintagey and lacey, which calls for extra-special footwork.

yeah-elle

@bocadelperro Another 32DD/DDD reporting for duty. I love Wacoal too! They actually have a few designs that are functional without being grandma-ish, and cute without being flimsy, and come in more colors than just white, black, and beige. Who would guess that this would be SO HARD TO FIND??

ColdFinger

@sudden_eyes Towne Shoppe (ok, that might be too much, but there's definitely at least one extra "e," I think) 4EVER.

ColdFinger

@ColdFinger Oh. And 32G. Yeppers.

PistolPackinMama

@Roaring Girl shoot me an address at kathleen dot allison dot teresa at gmail and I will send you a cornflower blue one of your very own to try. And then if you like it you can trot off to Fashion Bug/ LB and buy them alllllllll.

bocadelperro

@yeah-elle I find that the non-white ones wind up at Stein Mart (if you have one nearby) and occasionally in the clearance section at TJMaxx/Marshalls

Craftastrophies

@Roaring Girl Cacique (at Lane Bryant) do a couple of lines of non-underwire bras. I just bought some through the website but I would HIGHLY recommend only doing so if you can try them on. Their sizing is totally whacky. I ended up with the 40DD (I'm a straight up always 18DD in Australia) and some of the bands are SO TIGHT and some are totally loose, on the same make of bra. I cannot understand it. The cup sizes also vary - I could do with a DDD or even an E in some. It makes me CRAZY but I'm putting up with it because it is just such a relief to have not have wires, or beige.

For reference, I bought this one http://www.lanebryant.com/cotton-no-wire-bra/p31347/index.pro?selectedColor=None%20selected&selectedSize=50D the animal print and red spot are bang on for size, I could do with a 38DDD in the black and the heather blue, and a 42DDD in the grey and the bluebird. I also tried a satin one and the band size was massive. So big I just returned it, because it was probably three sizes too big.

sudden_eyes

@ColdFinger You'd think the spelling would be weird and I too always want to start throwing extra e's in, but really it's just Town Shop - owned by the same family for over 100 years. AND THEY HAVE A WEBSITE AND IT IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLACES ON THE PLANET - the little old ladies who feel you up, and all.

The brands for "us full-figured girls" that I've done best with are Chantelle (which makes some really sexy bras) and PrimaDonna. (My sports bra is by Panache and is almost frighteningly high-tech.)

New Hoarder

@abetterfate I am a 36D (well, the left one might be a DD), which is fairly average, but I now just buy all my bras online from UK sites or eBay. Best fitting, most flattering bras I own? Lejaby Nuage (in navy blue, cream, beige, and black), all of one which I bought from eBay. SO comfortable and they create a very natural line. I also buy a lot of Aubade bras from one specific seller on eBay; even there they are around $80 (retail for $130-$160) but damn, the French make fabulously well-fitting bras. I have had some of those for years.

New Hoarder

@New Hoarder *all except for one

ColdFinger

@sudden_eyes Yeah, you're right. Actually, every time I go there, I'm like, "wait, no 'e's'?" I'd just forgotten. Also, I know I'm revealing my East Side/West Side preferences here, but I think it's so much homier and more pleasant than the Linda the Bra Lady store, their main competitor.

And Chantal, yes! Sounds like a sassy check-out lady, holds you up like an architect, or, at least, a piece of architecture. (Hope I am not offending any Chantals out there! I love sassy check-out ladies!)

ThisIsJustToSay

@swirrlygrrl I'd always bought 32C at Victoria's Secret until my friend made me go to a good bra shop and get measured. 28DD or E. I still buy 32C when there are sales, though. No about to fork over $130+ every time I want a new bra, and I'm SUCH a sucker for pretty underthings.

ColdFinger

@ColdFinger *Chantelle!* Man, I'm really failing at this spelling/being funny thing.

deepomega

A lady never asks and a gentleman never tells. I think.

aliceandstuff

I know my bra does not fit and if I go for a fitting they will just tell me I need an impossible size I will be unable to find, like 120AAA or something. So I continue wearing bras the do not fit and trying not to complain about it.

Canard

@aliceandstuff Yes! That is my reasoning too. They will tell me I am two lentils perched on an oil tanker. This is also why I don't go to the doctor ("You are a freak of nature and your lifestyle sucks") or fancy salons ("You have the dumbest hair I have ever seen").

anitabath

@aliceandstuff Agree! looking at my body, I feel confident that my boobs aren't all that big nor is my body out of proportion, but bras never fit - and when I go to a fancy store with an actual range of sizes and they do a fitting, we always end up at some size that makes it impossible to shop at any store but the one I'm in!

katekari

@aliceandstuff Good attitude re: impossible sizes. I mostly don't care about my several ill-fitting bras, and I can easily go without if I'm not in the office, but I have to admit that I get ridiculously celebratory when I find a bra that actually fits and looks good. I seriously will. Not. Shut. Up. About it when I find one.

Conversely, I go into mourning when that bra is inevitably discontinued and the company that made it goes belly-up (look at YOU, Jacob Lingerie). It's a silly, pointless emotional roller coaster, and your zen attitude is inspiring.

aliceandstuff

@katekari In the unlikely event this were to happen to me, I am prepared to buy a lifetime's supply.

panquecito

@Canard // Someone told you you have dumb hair?! What a weird and mean thing to say! People are the worst! I bet your hair is not dumb at all.

crisisalert

@aliceandstuff Measure yourself! This guide is what I've used. Don't be shocked if you get some crazy size: http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/comments/rh26h/is_getting_fitted_for_a_bra_as_humiliating_as_it/c469bi0

Roaring Girl

@crisisalert 38J, is what I got. I cannot even fathom that, because I just decided it was time to admit I was a DD. Then again, I still get quadraboob and underwires hurt me, so perhaps I will walk myself down to Cacique and test this crazy new size out.

Punk-assBookJockey

@Roaring Girl I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I don't think they carry the larger sizes in the stores, just online. I have been trying to convince myself to try an E or F but I have never seen larger than a DDD at Cacique. Makes it easy for me to pretend thats my size.

New Hoarder

@elenachicago Semantically speaking, isn't all hair dumb?

aliceandstuff

@crisisalert But I am remaining willfully ignorant!

The Mythical Codfish

I once had a close girlfriend comment "You don't wear bras, darling, you wear scaffolding." I was unaccountably flattered. At least I'm a reasonable enough size that all my Personal Scaffolding is lace and mesh and pretty embroidery - but Victoria's Secret still doesn't make a large enough cup size for me.

HoliandIvy

@The Mythical Codfish
30DD since the 7 month old. 30C before.
Vicky S doesn't make small enough band sizes for me.
herroom.com is my one-stop.

The Mythical Codfish

@HoliandIvy I pretty much live out of Lady Grace, but they're only in the Northeast. My go-tos are Jezebel and Wacoal (the latter of which I always get on sale).

ThatWench

@The Mythical Codfish I loved me some wacoal, before I sized out of them. I went from $50-$70 bras that could be found on sale (wacoal) to $80-$100 bras (premium bra-only store downtown that doesn't do sales).

Theresa Borkowski@facebook

34DDD

Blackwatch Plaid

@Theresa Borkowski@facebook Woo! Boob buddies!

macaroni

@Theresa Borkowski@facebook WHOOP! (DDD is the same as F, right? Because that's what I am.) I REALLY need to go bra shopping, but don't have the $$ to drop at Intimacy right now.

EpWs

I used to be The World's Most Average Size (Or So I Am Told), 34B. Then my body was all WE'RE GROWIN AGAIN BITCHES and now I'm either a 34C or a 32D or something else entirely, depending on what store I'm in and what the weather's like and all that jazz.

paperbuttons

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I still wear a 34 B, but like, I think the girls are shrinking...or flattening. FUN!

MissMushkila

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Me too!! I was a 34B for all of high school and up until my sophomore year of college. Now I'm a 36C or D depending on changing factors. I DID gain some weight since high school, but not much.

theotherginger

@MissMushkila I feel like my body (roughly same weight as high school, with some, ahem, ups and downs in btw) has changed a lot in shape, bigger hips, larger boobs. like, delayed puberty? is that a thing?

Es
Es

@theotherginger I've been 34 B since I grew boobs, and I still am as I rapidly approach my 35th birthday! I still have a few fancy bras that I've had since I was ay university that fit. What irritates me is not being able to find non-padded ones. I don't want to look like I've got tennis balls down my top, I have no issue with the world knowing I own nipples if it gets cold (or hot).

cmcm

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I've always been a 34B, and at one point I think I lost a bit of weight and my bras didn't quite seem to fit... but it was like, there are only 3 possible sizes I could be! 34B, or 34A (please not an A cup!) or 32B if I got reallllly skinny. Basically all of this mystery confusion of bra sizing has never really affected me.

theotherginger

@Es I know. huge personal pet peeve. I'm like, I'm happy with my size, and I'm not into massive padding (I'm looking at you La Senza), and then, all the other bras, wtf? why is this a thing? let's bring back the moment where Samantha adds on nipples.

Es
Es

@theotherginger I thought I was the only woman in Christendom who wanted unpadded bras!

Oliver St. John Mollusc

@theotherginger I think that happened to me too! I was a B cup all through high school and most of college, and suddenly I looked down and was like, "are they SUPPOSED to spill out the top and bottom?" And now I'm an almost-D! It was extra weird because I hit regular puberty pretty early -- I've been the same height since I was like 14 and haven't gained any weight since then either.

New Hoarder

@Es All of my fancy European bras are unpadded. IT'S ALL ME, BABY. I try to rein in my nips by wearing a camisole every day to work (alas, this doesn't work so well with the artic A/C blasting year-round).

AudreyStapina

Five years ago when I was suddenly no longer the nearly-A cup I'd been throughout my teens, I bought a bunch of the cross-back type American Apparel "bras" and that is the only kind of bra I have worn since. So, "M", as far as I know.

oh! valencia

@AudreyStapina I love those! The straps on mine are all stretched out, I need to get some more.

Palmetto

30" band- lefty's a DD and righty's a B/C. D: where's my special bra store!

olivia

@Palmetto You can get bras custom made-a friend of mine was a 30F and went to a specialty bra store and custom ordered her bras. It was pricey but worth it for her.

EpWs

Also, how much do I love that this is tagged as both "boobs" and "breasts"?
So much.

Ellie

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I hate ALL THE WORDS (I think "tits" is suitable in the context of dirty talk, so I guess it's my favorite, but I hate writing it out). There's no ideal!

aliceandstuff

@Ellie Agreed "tits" is tits, but always spoken, never written.

EpWs

(Watch this, y'all, I'm gonna make Ellie yell)

...JUGGS

MoonBat

@Ellie Breasticles.

sarahchristine

That I have the same bra size as Sofia Vergara may be my new favorite life fact: 32F.

Lustful Cockmonster

36D, which according to that article is average??? But I will tell you, when I am getting dressed and nothing looks right AT ALL, I definitely feel bustier than the average bear...
But I try not to complain because grass is always greener, etc. etc.

packedsuitcase

@Lustful Cockmonster Same. I feel like I am constantly having to buy shirts a size too big and have them taken in so that I don't look like my boobs are about to have and attack of the Hulk rage and bust out.

New Hoarder

@Lustful Cockmonster Me too, but it's very very rare that I find a 36D at VS (in a style I like, ugh), Maidenform, or Frederick's of Hollywood. I posted above about this too, but I've had good luck with eBay (US & UK) and European sites (when the exchange rate is somewhat favorable), and my favorite brands are Lejaby and Aubade. Their lingerie fits me so well it makes me feel like a well-uniformed Amazon going into battle.

olivia

32C, which shocked me! I usually wear pullover stretch bras and went to get fitted for a strapless at Nordstrom, which I ended up returning because it was so ridiculously padded. I've put on a few pounds as I've gotten older so my boobs have gotten bigger along with the rest of me. I was always an A cup before and I guess I just always thought of C cup as "big breasts," but my boobs don't seem big to me!

Beatrix Kiddo

@olivia It's ridiculous how hard it is to find bras that aren't padded. I feel like 90% of the options have a ton of padding.

MilesofMountains

@Beatrix Kiddo I find the opposite! All I want are "lightly padded" bras, and it seems all the pretty stuff is unpadded. I worry my nipples are going to put someone's eye out some day!

olivia

@Beatrix Kiddo AGREED. I'm fine with my boobs as is, thanks! I was fine when they were smaller and I'm fine with them now, too. I get Gap Body bras now with no underwire. Love them!

PistolPackinMama

@olivia What is that all about? I don't need another 1/4 in. of breast, thanks. And I just don't get nipple stand up anyway, and even if I did, whatever. Just... nice, well lined bras in fabric that works will do me great, thank you.

New Hoarder

@MilesofMountains Victoria's Secret made a great lightly padded, demi-cup Angels bra a few years ago, and I bought 5 of them, but now everything they have is so padded I have inverted nipples after wearing one for a day.

Nancy Sin

@olivia Same here, and yeah, being small-boobed with a "big cup size" is a mindfuck but I'LL TAKE IT. To the internet, the only place where you can find 32C bras.

This is my new username

@Nancy Sin I am starting to wonder if that is maybe what my current bra size maybe should be? I have been a 32B for many years and now they do not fit right. I assumed I just needed to go up a band size, but that did not feel right. I did not try a 32C at all because that did not seem likely at all. But maybe it is?

SuperGogo

We have little enough as it is--you can't have a magically wonderful rhyming name like ours, other bra committees, so suck it!

Signed,
Member of the IBTC

Pizzahut

@SuperGogo Agreed.

Signed,

38A/B

rararuby

@SuperGogo I'm 33 and still wearing a variation on the triangular-cupped training bra. Happily, I might say.

carolita

@rararuby 34A till my mid-30's, now small 34B. IBTC all my life, and grateful. Got enough on my plate. And I love training bras. If you want to treat yourself to a splurge-y bra with a training-bra look to it, this bra was fitted on me. (http://www.barneys.com/Araks-Antonia-Bralette/00505020458362,default,pd.html?gclid=CMzT1Z7NvbICFcne4AodG2cAwQ)
Actually was fitted on a much older lady with bigger boobs in her size, then checked for IBTC-friendliness on me, in my size. ;) Obviously, size small. It's not for wearing to the gym, though -- even with my ittie-bitties, I still find I don't like running without support.

frigwiggin

@SuperGogo Thirded! We already have to share the scheme with the Itty Bitty Kitty Committee (although I doubt any of us resent that).

Signed,

36A (possibly AA, some of my bras gap at the top of the cup)

Edit: I wanted to add that I do like my boobs! They are small and cute. Although a bit cockeyed. *coughTMIcough* *coughfrigwiggindoesn'tknowwhentoshutupcough*

Bittersweet

@SuperGogo et al: Greetings, my people. The only time I wasn't a member of the IBTC was for 6 months just before and just after popping out Wee Bittersweet.

PistolPackinMama

@Bittersweet You mean before popping out Itty Bittysweet?

whateverlolawants

@SuperGogo Fourthed! 32B, can I be the committee treasurer?

olivebee

@frigwiggin Girrrrl, same here. I am a bit lop-sided (Leftie is an A, Rightie is an AA - aka nonexistant). The gap at the top of my right bra cup in all but one of my bras drives me insane. If I wear anything low-cut or v-neck, my shirt gaps on the right side so you can see my bra, but since the bra gaps, you can see my nipple. I wind up using double-sided tape to stick my bra to my shirt on the right side so this doesn't happen. I like my (very) small boobs, but it'd be better if they were the same damn size.

sceps yarx

@olivebee 30-32AA here. I actually am not totally sure that you guys with B cups are invited to the ITBC. I mean, that seems pretty damn big to me!

sceps yarx

@sceps yarx Also, I highly recommend checking out Lula Lu petites. That company was soooo good for my self-esteem! They have bras for teeny boobs that also look like they are made for sexy grownups. No more gapping! Demicups so the top half of your boobs can hang out looking hot!

sceps yarx

@sceps yarx Although, to be fair, Lula Lu petites also sell B-cups, so I guess you guys are still invited.

Also, if any flat-chested ladies need a self-esteem boost, go onto netflix instant and watch "heartbreakers". It's a funny and sweet french romantic comedy from 2001 and the female lead is really hot and she has NO BOOBS. And she rocks it so hard!

auxamandes

@SuperGogo hear, hear! 32a, chairwoman! uugh all the pretty bras are usually only B-DD, too!

carolita

@SuperGogo I'm still an A cup at Kmart and Sears! B cup in the more expensive brands. Go figure.

elbows on the table

@carolita 34A or 32B, depending on weird things like stores and weather and how I feel at the time of the fitting. Sigh.

whateverlolawants

@sceps yarx I'm pretty sure if you saw them you wouldn't say that. B isn't as big as it sounds. I still find it hard to believe that's what I wear.

carolita

@whateverlolawants Yeah, I'm sure B is the new A, actually. Like I said, all the cheaper, older brands, the A fits me fine. Who knows why they rejiggered the size range. Probably some kind of vanity thing. Maybe to make us A cups feel bigger? Actually, it would make sense if it were a psychological trick -- remember when a lot of A cups would say, "Oh, I don't need a bra, I'm just an A"? Maybe it's just a ploy to get us to buy bras? Didn't need to do it with me, I like my stuff under control. My tits aren't wouldn't be where they are now if I hadn't worn a bra all my life, I always say.

whateverlolawants

@carolita I have long suspected that very thing! And I like going bra-less every now and then, but most days I am very willing to wear one. They don't need to play tricks on me.

carolita

@whateverlolawants have you seen this article? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/16/books/review/breasts-by-florence-williams.html?pagewanted=all
Wherin the breast is like a sponge for all that is bad in the environment? Yikes!

whateverlolawants

@carolita Scary scary scary. Can I get a tin-foil bra?

PistolPackinMama

@carolita Oh god. Tin foil bras for sure.

Also, I would not be in the least surprised if companies are sizing bra cups up. It's not like they are consistent from brand to brand anyway.

(Leading me to wonder, are smaller sizes more likely to be consistent from cup to cup? Or do all women of all sizes get the "try on fifty and hope three fit" treatment, too.)

Verity

30HH! Breasts by about nine or ten, F-cups by the time I was fourteen. What fun.

Verity

@Verity ""Nobody with real boobs usually has those measurements," Vergara told Allure. And she’s right."
Um. I am pretty sure mine are real. I hope so, anyway, as scary possibilities are raised otherwise.

MoonBat

@Verity My two best friends, who are not related to one another, are your boob twins, and I know they didn't voluntarily opt for special order bra club membership! I feel absolutely preteen next to them, at a dainty 36DD.

KeLynn

@Verity I was confused by that statement. Is she saying that hers aren't real and that mos people can't get real ones that big, or was she saying hers are real and some sort of unicorn bra size? 32F isn't that crazy really, it's not blow-your-mind enormous, so I'm confused about what she was saying.

solaria

@KeLynn She's saying that most people with 32Fs have fake boobs (which appears to be shorthand in this article for not needing bras/as much support). I think that the implication is that hers are real. I blame the awkward placement of the word "usually". And for context, she's lived in wealthy parts of Colombia, Miami, and we assume, Hollywood, working as a model and actress. It's safe to assume that most people she's met with 32Fs had fake boobs.

whizz_dumb

Busty Trustees?

fondue with cheddar

@whizz_dumb of the Titty Committee?

Mad as a Hatter!

32C right now, though I'm not sure if it's correct. I've lost almost 20 pounds in five months and I'm pretty sure most of it fell off my breasts. My long-distance guy probably thinks it's a horrible trick.

BornSecular

@Mad as a Hatter! That's me. I'm about a 32C, but VS sales people tell me I can swap that with 34B, but they never fit right. And I know a C cup isn't a strange size, but it really is very hard to find the smaller band sizes, no matter what cup you are! The only place that ever has them is VS, unless you all know of some bra-Shangri-la I'm missing?

olivia

@BornSecular Nordstrom has a decent amount of 32C bras. It is surprisingly hard to find, though.

Mad as a Hatter!

@BornSecular Sadly I am unaware of the location of this magical place. I basically only go to VS and sometimes I will wear 34B instead, however nothing really feels right.

PistolPackinMama

@Mad as a Hatter! I think it's an interdimensional trick. I swear, there are always the sizes below and above mine, but almost never mind. And I am a 36DD/DDD. So if you can't find bras, and I can't find bras, WHO CAN?

whateverlolawants

@BornSecular I bought bras for a friend (who's abroad) in that size from H&M. I can't vouch for how well she liked them, but they were pretty, and I have an H&M bra I've worn for 4 years.

solaria

@PistolPackinMama GET THEE TO A Cacique (.com). I just peeked and they have like 40 of one of those sizes and 30 of the other. We can go together, because they are the only place I don't have to pay a thousands to strap my 40 DDDs to my chest. They also have lots of patterns and thingies, and also the greatest push-up bra of my life.

euphoria

28D. which is like 1000% not happening ever, so a 32C if I can get it, or a 34B more commonly, but I could literally shove a tennis ball into the band of my bra at that size. cups fit though! I've had
one (very expensive!) bra band (marlies dekkers!) altered by a tailor and it worked out pretty good.. added some cost to an already pricey bra though.

itiresias

@Mad as a Hatter! Marshalls. Nordstroms, too. There are usually only like two to five 32C bras on the sale rack, but that's all I buy, because no matter how much those bra ladies tell me 34B is the "sister size" it never fits right and it always feels uncomfortable.

Also, at least for me, Maidenform bras fit perfectly, so I always tell myself I'm going to buy them online and then don't because I'm cheap.

Mad as a Hatter!

@itiresias There's a Nordstrom's close to me, now I have a good excuse to buy something from there!

blueblazes

38B/C like a Renaissance painting...?

Blushingflwr

Perfect. That's what size my breasts are.

I once was talking about how I couldn't wear underwires (which severely limits my shopping, since I wear a 38C bra) and said that my breasts were shaped wrong. A friend of mine (who likes breasts) looked at me and said very sincerely "there is NOTHING wrong with your breasts". I have good friends.

Springtime for Voldemort

@Blushingflwr I cut a lot of the underwires out. Most are too uncomfortable, and shaped differently than my breasts are, so I just cut those fuckers out.

WaityKatie

This article really rubbed me the wrong way, in so many ways. Hey newsflash: unusual sizes IN ANYTHING are hard to find clothes for. Also, Congratulations. How wonderful.

kinbarichan

@WaityKatie: I don't know - I can see where you're coming from, and that, on the surface, it may sound like someone complaining about something that everyone else wants, ("Oh, these stupid Fabergé eggs are so hard to dust!") or a weird form of bragging, but my fifteen-year-old daughter is currently in a 34DD, and should, honestly be in an F cup except that it's very hard to track down an f-cup in small-town Canada. She has no interest in being 'sexy', and may be facing a lifetime of bad bras and back problems. Does that sound deserving of, "Congratulations, how wonderful."?
Part of this discussion is that big boobs don't show up when you're ready for them, they don't wait until you're comfortable with constant cleavage, they don't keep themselves down until your bank account is padded enough to pay for bras that cost SO MUCH MORE than - gah, not even smaller sizes, just the sizes that bra manufacturers imagine most women need.
Not every big-busted woman flaunts her curves - not every big-busted woman is a woman yet - so yeah, this is more than a discussion about bra size, but I'm pretty sure it's not the discussion you're painting it as being, either.

whateverlolawants

@kinbarichan I agree. I'm small all over and I found this interesting. Just because she has an idolized body type doesn't mean it's all peaches and cream. I find it enlightening to learn what other people deal with, even if some people have it worse or have more privilege. And it bears repeating that "unusual" sizes are hard to find, because maybe someone out there can fix that.

I'm also curious why Europe has such a better range of sizes available.

Jawnita

@WaityKatie But the point is that they're actually not that unusual of sizes! If the average size is 36D, quite a few ladies are going to be larger than that. (And to balance, of course quite a few are smaller, too -- the whole idea of B through D being "good enough for everyone" is totally ridiculous.)

Jawnita

@whateverlolawants Another thing is that while you're right that the hourglass body type is "idolized," it's still not exactly respected.

We've set up this cultural thing where breast size = femininity, and all that entails: so while smaller-breasted ladies get beaten with the "you're basically a little boy" side of the sword, larger-breasted ladies get the "you are a pure sex object" side. Which means that strangers think they can tell just by looking at me that I am a dumb slut, and that I slept my way to any power or money I might have. And why should I complain about that, because after all at least they think I'm hot, amirite?

Blackwatch Plaid

@Jawnita Word. Mine went from a C to a DDD in the last year, and street harassment increased right along with them.

solaria

@Jawnita Also, if someone could explain why otherwise-normal people feel compelled to just tell you that they're big? As in, just say, "Sorry, I just have to tell you, you have really, really big boobs."

Yeah, I know. They're almost always right here. Where I keep them. And as for you, (female/homosexual male )acquaintance, no, you may not tou--too late.

WaityKatie

@Jawnita Hm, well, I agree with what you said. I'm just wondering why the article had to be written by someone with the "big boobs/tiny waist" combination, when that combo actually is pretty uncommon. Big boobs are not uncommon, but they generally come with a "bigger" waist, not the idealized 36-24-36 business. We all have unusual things about our bodies that we struggle to fit into mass produced clothing. We all have trouble finding bras that fit properly. Hell, I'm a 38C ("fatty size" according to the author) and I struggle to find bras that fit too. Just, the whole tone of this was "I know I have this coveted body type but wait! It's really quite a struggle." Bleh.

solaria

@WaityKatie I mean, I didn't love her tone either, but part of the point of the article is that she has a coveted body type and still can't find a bra.

WaityKatie

@sunshinefiasco And the whole "and they're real, fellas!" crap at the end? Bleh. Bleh. Blehhhhh.

Whitney@twitter

@WaityKatie Just from my cursory reading of the comments section of this site, you always seem to have the most sour opinion on everything. Lighten up. I recall one day working at VS when a 17 year old girl with the most magnificent rack and itsy bitsy waist came in and we had no bras that would fit her at all and she burst into tears because all she wanted was to have a cute 'PINK' brand bra like every other girl in the soccer locker room and there was nothing we could order her from the catalog, the size just didn't exist. I told her mom to take her to Nordstrom but man did we all feel bad for hours. It's not as uncommon as you think.

WaityKatie

@Whitney@twitter If you don't like my comments, you're perfectly free not to read them.

New Hoarder

@Jawnita I went from a large A cup/ small B cup to a C cup overnight when I was thirteen, it seems. Ruined my budding Olympic career, I think (um, yeah). But the lecherous attention was gross. They weren't even that big (and now I am a 36D) but girls in middle school, many of whom often develop much larger chests at a younger age, shouldn't have to be subjected to that shit.

Plant Fire

@kinbarichan Slightly off topic but since you mentioned having trouble finding affordable bras in her size I really recommend brastop.com. It's a british site but they ship internationally and the shipping is fairly low, and worth it when you consider the discounts on the bras they sell (it's basically an online bra outlet store so you can get $70usd bras for $20usd). They also do swimsuits which is nice. I wear a 30D and had an impossible time finding bras in the US because all the stores are specialty stores that aren't available everywhere and all the online places were too expensive (however herroom.com sometimes has decent sales). Anyways, just thought it would be worth it to recommend the website, I tell all my friends with hard to find bra sizes about it.

whateverlolawants

@Jawnita Oh, I agree. Idolized definitely doesn't mean respected. Someone used the phrase "the patriarchy's prettiest doll" the other day, which illustrates how you really can't win.

sevanetta

@WaityKatie Yes I prefer to frame these conversations in terms of 'Man, mass produced clothing sux for everyone!'. I am a 12A (don't know what that is in American sizes sorry everyone, it's not very big in band size). I have experienced plenty of bra finding problems: can't find my size, can find my size but the underwires are a weird shape, way too much padding, itchy seams (why do bras have seams directly across the cup???? why???), cups that gape... Also, people who make clothing styles mostly still seem to think if you have small breasts, you have a tiny waist. I don't. I was checking sizing for an Australian company the other day and according to their sizing my waist measurement is actually 3 sizes larger than my bust measurement. The other wonderful side benefit of having a small bust and a larger waist is that people forever think you are pregnant. Nope, just kind of skinny with a fat belly.

sevanetta

@WaityKatie From my highly extensive reading of this site, you are one of my fave 'pinner commenters. (not to suck up or anything - just the truth) I often read your comments and think, at least someone else gets where I'm coming from.

WaityKatie

@sevanetta Thanks. Actually, I'm kind of at the point of probably dialing back my commenting due to the apparent "I hate WK" club that seems to have formed around me lately, but it's good to know not everyone on here thinks I should shut up and go away!

sevanetta

@WaityKatie noo, don't! come sit by me instead. hehe

Ellie

I think I’m a 34B but I’m not really sure. However I almost never, ever, ever wear underwire bras, so I don’t really need to know my size. I have one 36C underwire bra from the Gap that seems like it fits but I really am relatively flat chested so I’ve never seemed like a real C cup. Almost every day I wear one of the same four disgusting bras I’ve had for literally six years, but Gap doesn’t make them the same way anymore (they are basically like training bras, but lacy). This kind of bra (“bralette” I guess?) has been in again lately but Aerie’s or UO’s or whatever just aren’t the same.

misskaz

Grew up thinking I was the oh-so-average 32C. Then I read this article on Metafilter
http://www.metafilter.com/116513/finding-the-right-bra-size-and-best-fit
and finally bothered to measure. Turns out I'm 30DD. Tips: don't add inches to your band size; cup size is relative to band so a 30DD isn't nearly as big as it sounds. Also, goodbye cheapo Target bras. *sob*

Megan@twitter

Used to be a 34C, but then I started running. I haven't been re-fitted yet, but I'd guess that I'd have trouble filling a B cup.

But my abs are super awesome now so...worth the trade off?

cuminafterall

@Megan@twitter I used to think I was a 34C, but got measured and found out I was actually a 30B (WTF body!?). That was in March, before I changed my birth control and started lifting weights. I think I've lost half a cup size since then, but whatever, I can go around BRALESS now and it's absolute heaven.

Megan@twitter

@cuminafterall I guess I should get re-measured then. You've convinced me.

I envy your ability to go braless! I don't think I have the chutzpah to try that, no matter how small my boobs get.

Reginal T. Squirge

Just so you know, the regular condoms don't even fit me.

(Too soon?)

whizz_dumb

@Reginal T. Squirge They fall right off huh? I've never noticed any extra small condoms other than those finger condoms. Maybe give those a shot.

JadedStone

@whizz_dumb *slow clap*

Laura Rog@twitter

28F/30E/32DD depending on the bra.

I used to be a 32G and at 5'1" I was seriously considering a breast reduction until I magically lost 2 stone and 3 cup sizes!!

martinipie

34 B. I am into it. I somehow missed the very busty gene from my mom's side of the family, but I feel okay about it, because I am around six inches shorter than all of them as well!

Valley Girl

I was wearing a 40 D but my weight's been fluctuating up and down and I just bought a bunch of new bras in a 42 C. They're giving me way better support now so even though I have the urge to feel bad about the different size I just remind myself that my boobs look amazing now so whatever.

WhiskeySour

@Valley Girl I know what you mean. I felt...weird about moving into the solidly "full-figured" 38DD. But on the other hand looking bodacious is worth it; for me the right bra size totally changed my overall silhouette. I spent years and years squeezed into 36B...

Quinn A@twitter

30D. The day La Senza started carrying a 30 band was such a good day. I got four bras and cute lingerie for my girlfriend for the price of two bras from a specialty shop. :D

Mohawk Chick

32DD but sometimes I can squeeze 'em into a 32D or a 34D depending on the store

Oh, squiggles

You know that song "detachable penis"? I want that, but for boobs. And then boobs of different sizes too. A/B for everyday casual wear. No boob at all for working out/sleeping/relaxing. Big honkers for special occasions.

Or an anti-gravity bra.

whateverlolawants

@Awesomely Nonfunctional That's a great idea. My friend and I were just talking about how we both basically want to date ourselves (like I date myself, she dates herself) but with bigger boobs. But if I could just swap mine out... where would that leave us? Things to ponder!

bocadelperro

@Awesomely Nonfunctional I'd like them to change seasonally, like my dog's coat. I could have small ones in the summer so I could go braless in sundresses, and bigger ones in the winter so I could fill out sweaters.

Oh, squiggles

@bocadelperro Yesss!

Also, why are there not shops that custom builds/sews/creates bras? More than just a band/cup size, but actually based off of location/shape/density of breasts?!

I may need to learn to sew...

bocadelperro

@Awesomely Nonfunctional I'm pretty sure that there are some companies that do that, but that they are super-expensive (bespoke clothes usually are, sadly)

KeLynn

@Awesomely Nonfunctional - There's a company called Zyrra that does that, and relatively inexpensively (I forget exactly how much it costs, but something like $115 for a bra/panty set? Which is not bad at all!). The only thing is, they're one of those companies structured like Mary Kay where people hold parties, sell from home, etc. so you have to hope that someone near you can do it.

BUT FWIW I got a bra from them and the back was wayyyy stretchy and therefore not supportive, so if I were you I'd ask the person measuring to round down an inch or two.

Plant Fire

@Awesomely Nonfunctional I think Ewa Michalak (here) does that. They have a range of bras already made in a wide variety of sizes but if you can't find your size or you you need a different cup size for each breast they will custom make one. I'm not sure how many changes you can get in the custom bras in terms of making things higher/lower/farther apart/closer together but they supposedly have great quality bras so it's something to look into.

cageybee

Oh my god, THIS.
I also used to be teeny and flat-chested, but around age 21 they just wouldn't stop. I went from a tight camisole underneath t-shirts to a 28F. I only discovered my true size about a year ago. No more dropping $15-20 on a cute, thin-strapped bra from La Senza. I'm lucky that where I live there are a few stores that cater to less common sizes, but yeah, all my bras cost between $100-130 each.
Honestly though, The Ladies have never looked better.

eighme

@cageybee It is pretty ridiculous that larger cup sized bras cost so much. I'm a 34G and all of my bras tend to be in that price range as well. I am constantly checking figleaves.com for sales.

solaria

@eighme if Cacique stuff can fit you you can start getting stuff for like $30/each, because they're constantly running a buy something other things off thing. And while I'm not sure about 28F, i feel like they might be able to help with 34 G

Pygmy Lion

@cageybee Check out brastop.com, figleaves.com and eBay. I wear a 28HH/J and the most I've paid for a bra is about $35, so you can definitely find less common sizes for better prices.

Sella Turcica

@Pygmy Lion I am so happy to have stumbled across you and your wealth of websites. 36F.
Thank you ladies.

vunder

As a 32G, I feel my size is more like an apartment number than a bra size. I settle for a 34F but it's not quite right, and the underwire pokes me a bit.

hahahaha, ja.

The hardest part is finding sports bras that hold things up and compress them in with suffocating me. It wasn't a big deal when I was mostly just doing yoga, but now that I've started running, I've spent an unhealthy amount of time and money on appropriate sports bras.

cageybee

@hahahaha, ja. Sports bra shopping is brutal! I ended up settling on one that was "good enough" but they're even harder to find than a regular bra, because the bands are often not adjustable. If it fits in the band it's waaaay too small in the boob area. You get the idea. For the same reason I don't own a bustier.

hahahaha, ja.

@cageybee: I've had good luck with Under Armour, this one in particular. It's got thick straps and it clasps in the back like a regular bra, which is aaawesome since now I don't have to peel a sweaty bra off my body after a workout. They're very limited in their sizes, though, which is unfortunate. :/

Totally with you on the "ugghhh sports bras" sentiment. I'm (gently) fist bumping my computer screen in solidarity.

solaria

@cageybee don't we all just wear 7 of them? I thought we all just wore 7.

cageybee

@sunshinefiasco I (horribly) was just wearing my least lacy regular bra plus a few tank tops.

hahahaha, ja.

@cageybee @sunshinefiasco: I took ballet back in high school, and for the longest time I wore regular bras under my leotard. I suppose that's not as bad as the girl who showed up in a one-piece swimsuit.

Roaring Girl

@cageybee I wear my regular bra with a slightly-too-small sports bra on top to keep everything from... well, giving me black eyes, basically.

oh well never mind

@hahahaha, ja. Bit late to the bra party but I find Shock Absorber running bras to be great. Not too comfortable to wear normally but I don't even notice it when I'm running. Round about a 32D so I don't know how they work for the bigger boob, though.

hahahaha, ja.

@moosette: Ooo, thanks for the heads up. It's never too late to share sports bra recommendations.

hahahaha, ja.

@moosette: Also, apparently Shock Absorber bras are available on eBay for half the normal price, which both delights and confounds me. I mean, it looks legit, but ... half off? That is a large number.

oh well never mind

@hahahaha, ja. I found my latest one on Amazon - the prices seem to fluctuate and become more expensive depending on how common your bra size is. They are pricy at the RRP so it's worth looking for a discount. If you're in the UK, the Sweatshop chain of running shops is offering £5 off if you recycle an old bra at the same time!

SarahP

@moosette I too am a 32D runner, and Gap Body's sports bras are my faaaaavorites. They're comfy and actually not bad looking and inexpensive.

oh well never mind

@SarahP Ooo, thanks for the tip!

KeLynn

@hahahaha, ja. - get the Panache sports bra. BEST SPORTS BRA EVER.

The Freya Active bra is pretty good too, but it gives a super pointy shape so I hate wearing it.

hahahaha, ja.

@KeLynn: Hmmm, I'm wary of sports bras with underwire. I had a bad rash-y experience with one once. How is the underwire in the Panache bra? The internet is telling me it's super cushy, so maybe it'd be ok.

KeLynn

@hahahaha, ja. - I think it's pretty comfortable, and I think I'd agree that it's more cushioned than other underwires, but I haven't had a big problem with underwire sports bras to begin with so I don't know if I can say whether it'd be comfy/un-rashy enough for you.

hahahaha, ja.

@KeLynn: Unacceptable. I expect everyone who comments on threads with me to be familiar with my rashes. You're really dropping the ball here. (Also, thanks for the tip, I'll see if I can get my hands/boobs on/in a Panache bra to try it out.)

Pygmy Lion

@hahahaha, ja. Shock Absorbers actually work well for me (and I did get my off eBay for $12). The only thing is that both the bands and cups run small, so if you wear an H+, you may want to pass.

muggles

Busty LA Pinners: pay a visit "Jenette Bras." It's run by Jenette Goldstein, whom you may remember as the actress who played Vasquez from ALIENS and also the Irish ~Tír na nÓg~ mom from TITANIC.

The slogan is "The Alphabet Begins at C" and everything there is gorgeous. Also I love her.

sarantium@twitter

@muggles does she do bra fittings as well? I am at least a D, but have the horrible suspicion I'm actually a DD or E.

muggles

@sarantium@twitter They do! If you're lucky you'll even get her, haha.

Also I was wrong above, the alphabet is actually D - K.

klemay

Wait, I think I have the helium thing going on, too. :(

Last month I discovered that I was a D, and not a B, and bought all kinds of new bras that fit perfectly. Two weeks later, I was busting out of THOSE bras and thought "oh maybe it's just hormones/where I am in my menstrual cycle." But now, two weeks after THAT, my D cup bras are still hella uncomfortable and I think I have to go up to a DD. :(

Amphora

@klemay My new favorite bra I've had for a month is doing this annoying thing where the cups shrank. They must have, right?
Right??? (I am obsessed with this comic)

klemay

@Amphora Oh god busty girl comics is the best thing on this planet. The one about using your boobs for shade to look at your phone? I laughed for a solid 5 minutes.

Amphora

@klemay Totally clutch my boobs when I run for the bus too.

whatwhat

36A. An uncommonly hard size to find?

chiselpuff

@whatwhat 36A represent!! Most of the bras I wear my mom got for like $6 at Kohls.

whatwhat

@chiselpuff Omg! Yes! You can get lucky at TJ Maxx too sometimes

sarantium@twitter

LA-based 'Pinners: where do you go for bra fittings? My boobs have decided to go from 38B to at least two cup sizes more, probably three, but I'm not sure. Help?

allofthecrafts

44B, my friends. TRY BEING A 44B. There is ONE store, as far as I know, where I can buy bras that are suitable for my 21-year-old self. It is Cacique.

solaria

@allofthecrafts It's always Cacique, girl. ALWAYS.

Springtime for Voldemort

@allofthecrafts OMG! That must be the worst! I have a hard time finding 40Cs (and thus wear 38Cs all the time), so I can only imagine.

Amphora

@allofthecrafts A good friend from college is a 32H. It happened that the guy who took her old dorm room found one of her bras stuffed in the back of a dresser (oh, dorm furniture) and hung it on his door with a note like OMG MONSTER BRA and everyone laughed at it. She was too mortified to ask for it back.

KeLynn

@allofthecrafts - Hey! Have you checked Figleaves? I just did a quick search and they have 45 bras in 44B

allofthecrafts

@KeLynn Yeah but the thing is, a lot of those are mastectomy/prosthesis/nursing bras, or they are just ugly. I found TWO out of those 42 bras that look like bras I actually want to wear. I know they say beggars can't be choosers, or whatever, but I'm 21. I don't want to wear old-lady bras.

Plant Fire

@allofthecrafts Have you tried Ewa Michalak? Currently (at least on the website) their only 44B bra is a nursing bra but I've heard from other people who were out of their size range that they will custom make anything from their regular range in your size if you email them (downside is that you can't return the custom made one's if you don't like it).

Blackwatch Plaid

@Theresa Borkowski@facebook Woo! Boob buddies!

Blackwatch Plaid

@glittercock Okay, but really- why all the double posting comments, Hairpin?

katiethegreat

36F. INCONVENIENT. I also spent ages today attempting to find a cheapish swimming costume and feeling like a giantess because apparently my torso is freakishly long as well, and so even two sizes bigger than usual leaves boobs spilling out the top. I just want a nice costume I can properly swim in without worrying about the blighters :(

HereKitty

@katiethegreat Your vocabulary suggests that you're on a continent where this information won't do you much good, but just in case: Land's End makes long-torso swimsuits and they are a revelation.

Elsajeni

@katiethegreat Also 36F! BOOB TWINS. I own 4 well-fitting bras and I am absolutely religious about caring for them the way the bra-whisperer lady told me to.

Poubelle

@HereKitty I thought I would never be able to wear a one-piece again (long torso and top-heavy) until I found their long-torso suits. They have some pretty cute ones, too!

JadedStone

@katiethegreat
sign up for pinupgirl's sales. They're bound to have a 30% off one soon. I have a few of their swimsuits and they do delightful things for my bosoms, a 34G

http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/swimwear.html

Megasus

I am wearing a D but I think I might need a DD? My bras are not fitting great (though they never do, I have a weird body and I am not just saying that).
But really, we all used to be A cups if we go back far enough.

Janestreet

@Megano! there is literally nothing like getting the right bra size. as a former "i'm totally a d" person (hello 34DDD/E, three years of denial later) gooooo find your unique body snowflake whatevery bra!

wee_ramekin

@Janestreet Seriously! I *just* purchased a 36DD after swanning around in 34Ds forever, and it's amazing. I actually GET why people don't mind wearing bras now, instead of having this constant underlying monologue in my head of "get it off get it off GETITOFFFFFFFF!!!!".

@Megano! Go to Target and pick up a cheap bra in a larger size. See if your world changes.

Megasus

@wee_ramekin I should. I need some new bras (UGH AGAIN) and I think I need a bigger cup size and smaller band.

sony_b

46DD, sometimes. Basically give or take a D depending on the brand. The right bra size is so much bullshit though. Maybe it's just the plus sizes? I have been measured by three different "professionals" in three different stores on the same day (2 Nordstrom and a Macy's), and all came up with different numbers.

LauraRebecca

36H and this is my fav bra -- comfy and makes my boobs look awesome. http://www.bravissimo.com/products/sale/lingerie/sensational-sets/alana-bra/emerald/au01em/

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@LauraRebecca How's the fit on Bravissimo vs. Freya (in general)? Do I need to do a size conversion?

TheclaAndTheSeals

I was a 32F pre-reduction. Or at least that the last size I was fitted for before I went to college and gained 10lbs. Now I'm 32D, 34D, 36C depending on the brand.

Getting a reduction was one of the best decisions I've ever made, hands down. If anybody has questions, ask away.

(Not that I think big boobs = get a reduction, jeeeez. You do you, large breasted ladies of the world. Just offering my experience up if what's right for you is surgery.)

whateverlolawants

@TheclaAndTheSeals I don't have large breasts, but a girl I know got a reduction in high school and seemed happy about it. Did your nipples stay about the same? Did they just remove tissue?

cageybee

Also? Freya bras are amazing. I have their Polyanna in black and in white. They tragically stopped making it, though.

New Hoarder

@cageybee Ah, I have that one in black and periwinkle! So comfy.

KeLynn

@cageybee - I would be seriously LOST without Freya. Every single bra I own is Freya (not for lack of trying to break out into other brands, but nobody else has my size or if they do, they just don't fit me right). This morning I ordered a Masquerade by Panache bra and am feeling mighty adventurous about that.

siniichulok

@New Hoarder I have that one too!! It's the first really pretty bra I ever owned. I will be so sad when it expires.

snowlate

Where were these crazy sizes when I was in high school in the late 90's and a 36G? Over a decade, a less intense upper body workout, and one breast reduction later I am a full 34D. People still think they're fake because of the proportions but I couldn't be happier. Yay to buying tank tops!

Springtime for Voldemort

Question: Is there anyone here who doesn't have a hell of a time finding a bra that comes in their size/shape, and if so, do you live in Europe?

Verity

@Springtime for Voldemort (formerly papayalily) I'm in the UK and I buy all my bras from Bravissimo (I am a 30HH). They have a very good range of large sizes.

Edabelle

30DD before pregnancy, 30F and gaining now. Uncomfortable, and so annoying to shop for! Lately the only bras I can find that fit me are by a UK brand called Fantasie, and I buy them all from BareNecessities.com. They have a huge selection of small band/large cup options. Highly recommend that site for the petite & big-boobed among us. Courage.

KeLynn

@Edabelle - Fantasie is awesome!

Vic1

34E - after 5 years living in the US, like any good Brit I still buy all my underwear from Marks & Spencer. They have a pretty good selection of E+ sizes (bras and bikinis) and deliver super-quick to the US

MassCasulty

Getting to this late but upon a recent measurement... 28E, according to the calculator someone posted upthread. I knew that my bras didn't fit but I did NOT expect that. Its going to be a sad farewell to my drawer full of pretty but ill-fitting 34B vicky's bras. Now I should probably get on with trying on/purchasing something that fits, yeah? I have no idea how or where to do that.

whateverlolawants

@MassCasulty It was so nice for me to get rid of all my old ill-fitting bras, even though they were pretty. And I'm a packrat, too. It was just nice to free up that space and not have them staring at me.

marz

34DD, but I'm not afraid to admit that I've got a lot of old 32Ds in my drawer that get busted out (har har) on a regular basis.

Sometimes it's just hard to let go of the smaller-boobed past.

Miss Violet

I've worn Cacique, Chantelle and Primadonna over the years but I like the latter one best. I had a Town Shop fitting last year but I wasn't crazy about the results so this summer when I was working in Virginia I went to the Intimacy store at the Tyson's Corner mall - had the most amazing fitting experience. (For any Pinners in the DC/ NOVA area I highly recommend a fitting with Harriet.) Turns out I was wearing a band too big and a cup too small! They had a great selection for larger sizes - and then I brought my petite mom in and Harriet found her a beautiful fit too. There are other Intimacy stores around the country - they have a really good philosophy about fit and comfort. Of course all bras can get pricey but a good fit is really worth it. (Also for Pinners in NY I know several costume designers who swear by Bra Tenders for excellent fit work.)

possiblepodbot

38G here. I was a C cup in 5th grade. It seemed like I went to bed one night flat-chested as could be, and woke up the next day with giant hooters. *sigh* I miss not having to wear a bra and when my gal pals didn't give me backaches and migraines.

eraserface

I can't believe I'm actually going to be the first commenter on this thread to proclaim the glory of free-boobing it. FREEBOOBING 4 LYFE.

(For the record, I've been told 32C. About 8 years ago, when I still wore them.)

Fitzsimmons

38GG and ugh. I'm considering a reduction because I have had serious back issues forever because of it, and I can't find bras that fit me. I was like a 34C in fifth grade and have gotten bigger consistently since then.

Nanabelle

34G. Taking off my bra is the best moment of my day, and the days I don't wear a bra are good days by default.

fondue with cheddar

@Nanabelle Me too...except when I have PMS, in which case taking off my bra HURTS SO MUCH.

JadedStone

@Nanabelle TWINSEES

If asked my size I usually say "large enough to smother a man to death"

JadedStone

@a whole thing of candy beans (formerly jen325)
yup. But maybe slightly more pert.

fondue with cheddar

@JadedStone That's fortunate.

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This seems relevant ... Figleaves currently has a 20% off coupon code. MISSU.

JadedStone

@() CRAP I JUST ORDERED SOMETHING LAST WEEK.

Boo.

KeLynn

@() UGH I just placed an order from HERROOM this morning (which I really didn't want to do because I have had a bad customer service experience with them) because everything I wanted to buy from Figleaves came out to just over $200 and I didn't want to pay the cross-the-border fees that you get when you buy $200 from the UK. But with a 20% off coupon I would've been under the limit. Sigh.

whateverlolawants

@KeLynn Can you cancel the order or send it back?

anotherkate

37F? I might have done this wrong. Hopefully, since it seems like that would make finding a comfortable bra even harder.

KeLynn

@anotherkate - You probably didn't do it wrong, they just don't make bands in odd numbers usually so just try 36FFs and 38Fs and 38DDs and see what works.

Nutmeg

My bra says 34C but I haven't been properly fitted in years, gained/lost weight, and I put them in the dryer because I am bad so they might be all stretched out anyways.

I have a vintage bra (no underwire and no nipple hiding but it makes my boobs look so rad with high-waisted anything) that is a 36C and I have to wear the band on the last hook, so I have a feeling this is closer to my true size.

PrettyNicola

40B. God bless Lane Bryant.

allofthecrafts

@PrettyNicola Whenever I tell people my bra size (44B), they're like "I didn't even know that existed".

Princess Gigglyfart

32A, and i hated them before i had a baby, but now i just want them to go bac to how they were.

whateverlolawants

@Princess Gigglyfart How did they change?

ayo nicole

34DD and it's time for me to buy new bras. :(

demondoll

36DD- it's actually easier to find bras now that I'm heavier, 32DD aren't always available in anything cute.

redheaded&crazy

Aw man how did I miss this convo??

Problem is I can't figure out what size I am. I guess 36A/34B but sometimes they fit and sometimes they don't.

I'm gonna go with "a nice handful" yeahhhh buddy

JadedStone

@redheaded&crazie the worst is when a bra fits great and then gradually over time turns into garbage. And you're like NO BRA! I LOVED YOU!

oh! valencia

@redheaded&crazie That's exactly the same as me. I usually stick with sports bras. Small! easy.

FickleMoon

32E/32F if I trust the measurer.

I've been wearing two shitty yet comfy bras around 34D that my nips hang out of (adding a frisson of danger to office meetings) and one expensive, well fitting one I bought to be a grown up that the fitter said 'it fits you beautifully' only to find it cuts into my underarms and body so badly I can only wear it for a few hours at a time.

Time for bra burning round two.

ColdFinger

@FickleMoon Do you think maybe you might need a 34? They always try to get you to buy the smaller circumference size, the rationale being that the tighter the grip, the more support you'll have. That is, actually, true, but not all of us are interested in stopping to breathe as the price for the better support, and the difference is really not that great.

whateverlolawants

@FickleMoon Yeah, they always tell me that I'm a "small 32" and I should go with that size for support! Look, they're not that heavy, so I would like to avoid leaving red marks all over from tight bras. Because of that, I usually get a 34.

FickleMoon

@ColdFinger I took in pretty much every size in from 34DD to 30FF and that bra did fit - I just hoped it would stretch out to comfy! I listened to them telling a girl 'NO 34 is TOO LOOSE' while she was going 'I CANT BREATHE I CANT BREATHE' so all around not a positive experience for the small band sizes.
When I measure myself with a tape measure tho, my body is smaller than a 34... Hm. BRAS.

whateverlolawants

@FickleMoon Why are some salespeople so invested in the small bands? One kept telling me they would stretch so I shouldn't worry about it pinching me now. Sure, it will stretch somewhat, but in the meantime, I'd like to breathe. The multiple hooks are there for when it stretches.

And yeah, I know that too-loose bands cause their own problems. But we can meet in the middle!

yunkstahn

36-38 B-C here. Being fat-ish with small tits is the worst.

I've embraced my bazooms such as they are, though, and have started wearing unlined and unmolded bras. No more odd silhouette! No more itchy foam! No more weird gap between bra and boob! And it's rather liberating to not give a shit about nipple action. If other people find it funny/offensive/embarrassing/hot, that's their own problem, not mine.

carolita

@yunkstahn I've begun wondering if the polyurethane foam they line bra cups with isn't possibly poisoning us. Check this out: http://www.livestrong.com/article/297783-urethane-foam-health-effects/

I'd avoid foam-lined at all costs.

Tafadhali

@yunkstahn WORD. I'm a 38B, and I've gained a few pounds in the last couple months, so I might might might be able to do a C now, but more likely I'm like a 40B or something RIDICULOUS THAT NO ONE ANYWHERE CARRIES. I hate having a wide back and relatively small cup size.

This is why I wear the same damn bra everyday.

Kulojam

@yunkstahn Wiiiiiiide back sister here! I think I shoulda been a swimmer or something. But yeah, I have the broadest back and bras, dresses, etc just don't want to fit sometimes. Glad i'm not alone (sniff)

Jawnita

@yunkstahn I'm learning that "soft cup" is the magic phrase, for me. I'm one of those small-back/large-cup folks, and I didn't even know that it was an option to get something in anything approaching my size that wasn't foam-lined! Then I went on a trip to the UK, and my undergarment situation immediately improved tenfold. My new bras look downright flimsy and are made out of soft, breathable mesh, and yet somehow do the structural part of their job way better than their molded predecessors.

And yeah, worrying about nipples is a sucker's game. At least for me, it's not like the foam actually hid them successfully anyway.

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