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Re: Sizing of Bras --- How do you get a good fit?


@Tinkrbl44 wrote:

@AngelPuppy1 wrote:

I don't know about any of you ladies, but I just don't feel like my bras are fitting me right these days!

 

One feels too tight in one area, too loose in another.  One does nothing for me or for how it makes my tops look.

 

One pinches or rides up in areas, etc., etc.,etc.

 

How do you go about finding a bra that fits well, is comfortable, looks good, is at a decent price point -- well, does everything you need and want?

 

I don't even know if I am wearing the right size?  

 

 


@AngelPuppy1

 

Oh boy, I feel your pain!    

 

I've been to Nordstroms and had the worst experience with a fitter.   I'm still sorry I didn't take the time to report her.

 

You'll most likely have a different size with different brands .... and possibly a different size in different styles within a single brand.

 

If you google "bra size calculator" and enter your measurements, they will not all give you the same size!

 

Nevertheless, you need to get fitted if you're not getting a comfortable and flattering end result.

 

Personally, I finally did that and found a good bra .... and then bought subsequent additional bras on Ebay at a discount.  HTH


@Tinkrbl44

 

I guess people who do bra fitings are just like any other person doing a job.  Some are good and some don't really know what they are doing!

 

I'm going to have to do some further investigating.  I know in the past when I did hit on a bra I liked, I bought quite a few.  But when they wore out, I could not find more.  Then, it was back on the trail again.  

 

Just like when you find a favorite lipstick.  It's all good and then they discontinue the color!! 

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@KentuckyWoman wrote:

@151949 wrote:

I love Cacique bras from lane Bryant. They were on sale last week buy one get the second half off so I bouight 6 because i wear a clean fresh bra every day, so I wear a minimum of 7 a week.I also like Playtex with the padded straps.


Cacique is the only bra that fits me.  I usually hit their sales twice a year and stock up.  I never wear the same bra two days in a row so I need enough to get me through the week.  I wash them in my machine on the handwash delicate cycle, no fabric softener and hang them to dry.  They last longer that way.

 

The best way to find your size is go to a department or speciality store and try on different brands, styles and sizes until you have the ah ha moment.  That's the only way it works for me.


@KentuckyWoman

 

I went to Kohl's awhile back and must have tried on 20 bras.  Back and forth and back and forth.  I thought I had a couple. But after wearing them for a bit, they were not right either.  Beats me!  Thanks for your post! 

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@jonbon wrote:

I would say by trying lots of them on! In my experience, sizing is all over the place, and just because I get a good fit in one style or brand in a particular size doesn't mean that size works across the board. 


@jonbon

 

Unfortunately, I guess this is right.  Just like jeans.  You might find a pair in one brand that is perfect.  Try the same size in another brand and you can't get your leg in them!  

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@Newgate wrote:

Interesting topic this holiday week-end!  For most of my younger adult life I wore the same  bra in the same size!  Then one day when I was in my 50's that bra just was not doing the job any longer!  My body was changing and nothing was in the same place anymore!   I started a search in the B&M stores trying on about 10 bras in each place!  I found I had gone up one size in band and cup even though my weight was about 10 lbs. less than my younger days!  I discovered l Breezies bra that was good for every day wear but now they no longer make it!Woman Frustrated  I have found a fair replacement but I am still always searching!!  I blame gravity!!!Woman Wink


@Newgate

 

I think something like this is happening to me!  I am getting older and older.  I am really not heavier but things are not firm as they were and things are shifting and not sitting where they were!!!  I am thickening in places where I was thinner before.  Bras --- grrrrr!  DH says --- oh, just quit wearing them.  You are small enough that it won't matter.  LOL.  Uh, no, dear --- that won't fly.  I still work every day and this would not be appropriate.  Plus. I am not comfortable doing this!!!!  I am a covered up type person.  

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@Sunshine Kate wrote:

I like Wacoal as they fit me the best.  The downside is they are too pricey for the quality.  

 

I wear a larger size in a Wacoal than in any other brand. 

 

 


@Sunshine Kate

 

I see that a lot of women like this brand.  I have had good luck with Warner in the past.  Now, I just try whatever and hope for the best! 

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@AKgirl2 wrote:

@Peaches McPhee wrote:

I gave all that up years ago, when I bought my first Genie bra.  Since then, I've purchased similar styles in other brands.  Comfy, sized in S-M-L-XL, and adjust to your shape. 

 

Love them.  Not sure what I will do when they stop making this style - which, alas, they probably will.


Buy them while they have them!  My favorite bra from Warners was discontinued and I haven't found a bra as comfortable since

then😢


@AKgirl2

 

I've worn Warners for most of my life.  And yes, mine were discontinued awhile back, too.  I feel your pain.  

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I am not sure what size you are, I was measured at Lane Bryant and advised what to buy, I am a 42B, with bottom heavy breasts, the sales person was great she advised my what would be best for my shape and size. I knew my size but her help with style was great.

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@Trix wrote:

I think a good bra fit starts with a quailty professional fitting, but that's only step one.  As others point out not all brands fit the same.  Like the clothing industry, bra manufacturing is not standardized to the degree that you will get the same fit in your measured size in every brand.  

 

I am pretty much down to two brands of bras in my wardrobe. Personally, I get a consistent fit in Wacoal and it's sister brand B.Tempt'd.  Please note, B.Tempt'd does have a smaller cup cut than regular Wacoal, so ladies in the D and up cup range may not find this to be true (for them).  I also get a good fit with Bali, and wish they would make more styles in size 32 band.  That said, I like their Smart Size Comfort Revolution bras because the sizes are generic XS, S, M, L instead of 32, 34 36 ABC etc.  These not the bras one would choose for playing tennis, but they provide plenty of shape and support for everyday life.  Many styles are wirefree too.  

 

By the way, for those who like Ahh Bra, Bali's Smartsize Wirefree are equally comfortable with better shaping and lift.


@Trix

 

Thanks for your suggestions.  I am just going to have to take a day -- like Saturday --- and really shop around.  I hate spending a lot of time doing this.  I love shopping but hate bra shoppping!  

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@VaBelle35 wrote:

The specialty store I used to go to closed (the owner retired) so now I go to Nordstrom and get sized every time I buy a new bra.

 

The measuring is just a way for them to have a starting point for a good fit.  Every brand and every style within a brand is going to fit differently based on the amount of material, the engineering/boning and the amount of stretch.

 

A store that has a lot of brands and a wide range of sizes is less likely to try to talk you into a bra size that isn't right just to make a sale.

 

I went to Victoria's Secret once and they sized me.  They tried to tell me that if I went up a band size, it would be the same as going up a cup size.

 

I went to Soma and while they do measure properly, they do not have a wide variety in my size (32H in European sizing).  

 

Nordstrom can order me the size and color I want if it's a bra where I like the style and fit.

 

My bra of choice is the Chantelle Rive Gauche Underwire (which will be in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in case anyone is interested).  This is when I buy my new bras.  I have almost every color now.

 

The thing I love about this bra is the stretch in the cup.  It makes this bra super comfortable.  I knew this was the bra for me when I flew across country and I didn't want to rip this thing off when I arrived.


It's expensive, but worth every penny.


@VaBelle35

 

I think Nordstrom must be about the best of fitting, but I don't have one near me so that's out.  I am going to investigate more the stores around me and see if they have any training with regard to fitting.  Yes, when I get home -- it's get rid of the shoes and bra!!!  

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@I am still oxox wrote:

I am not sure what size you are, I was measured at Lane Bryant and advised what to buy, I am a 42B, with bottom heavy breasts, the sales person was great she advised my what would be best for my shape and size. I knew my size but her help with style was great.


@I am still oxox

 

I am or was 36B but I'm not sure this is accurate any longer.  I am not large at all and am small boned and it seems like all bras pinch, scratch and dig in.  Or else they sag or droop.  Can't seem to find a happy medium!!!  

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