1. I'm WHAT cup size?!

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    SquirtyPanda [sign in to see picture]
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    MrPink wrote

    you should avoid M&S like the plague!).

    And don't say 'I can't be a D cup'. Of course you can!

    I had a bra fitting in M&S. Said I'm a double d. Bought the bras she suggested as at the time they fitted me. Few months later they're so uncomfortable, ill fitting and the straps dig in. Think I will try Bouxe avenue next. I think I may be an E cup now tbh.

    And your second statement. Yes of course you can. I thought I was a c cup. Turned out I'm a DD. May even an E now. Won't be going back to m&s. 

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    I did a lil test one day. It was around this time Gok Wan was on TV and talking about how around 90% of women were in the wrong bra size. So I needed fitting anyway and went to 4 different high street chains to get fitted. I know that you should get fitted by a proper expert but if I'm buying in a store then surely I want fitted by their professionals?

    I was given 4 different sizes by each of the bra fitters from different stores! How the hell am I meant to know my bra size if the people who do this for a living can't even make up their mind?! For anyone interested I was between a 32 and 34 band in sizes and got given between E and FF/G.

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    Talia [sign in to see picture]
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    Were they by any chance trying to sell four different brands? Then I find the result not all that shocking. Actually, not shocking at all: There's two inches difference between sizes, that's a lot! If you are in between, you'd either have to go up or down - depending on the manufacturer's idea of sizing, the cut of the bra and your idea of comfort (I now have a Flirty bra in M/L and one in L/XL and even with both bras at hand I can't decide which one is the better size for me! Which is probably a sign that neither one is really right...) And I'm assuming that with the smaller band size you were given the bigger cup and vice versa, so it all works out.

    What size do you arrive at when you measure yourself? LH have very good instructions here on the website.

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    I would say if anyone has a Bravissimo near them pop in and get measured, I did a few years ago and finally got a bra that actually fitted me. They also gave lots of helpful info on how a well fitted bra should look and feel . Apparently the main support should come from the actual body of the bra not the straps .
    I agree m&s were as good as useless when I went there previously and the fitter told me I looked good in a bra that clearly didn't fit and was being dragged down at the front by my heavy boobs and up at the back !

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    Hi, girls, Mr Pink's back. Good to see the discussion keeps going - talking about it is the next best thing to going and being fitted into your bra. I still haven't got Mrs.P. to have a proper fitting but I do my best when I buy her lingerie and I take anything back if it doesn't fit. We bought a swimming costume recently (bra-sized) and that took three goes to get it just spot on ...

    But, being there is best of all - not just once, but every time you buy, if possible. You will buy more expensive bras, most likely, but probably not spend more in the long run and you'll have bras which are nice to wear and make you look fabulous. You couldn't go to a surgeon and be re-modelled for £40, but a decent bra will do that for you.

    And don't worry if you're small, big or in-between. Fitters have seen it all - the first lady that fitted me said she could do anything fron ironing-board flat upwards, and the thing is, you all are fabulous whether you crave bigger boobs or smaller ones.

    Another point about being fitted into your bra is that the fitter will adjust your straps. Ho hum, you might say, what's the big deal? Well, if you've been fitted properly you'll probably have found the fitter shortens your straps quite a bit more than you would yourself to keep everything in the right place. The first time that happened to me I went home and lengthened them, but after a couple of wears I'd pulled them back up to where my fitter had them.

    And you can't buy the same size bras year safter year, even if you're exactly the same size and shape you always were. First, you probably HAVE changed at least a bit, and second the sizing, styling and materials all change over time, too.

    I have to say that as far as I can tell, more ladies are wearing well-fitted bras than ever before, but it's still the tip of the iceberg. I can't help but look at every woman I see to check, and I do see some lovely bras on many lovely boobs. Sadly, I also see many nasty bras the wrong size for their wearers and they could all look better, younger and lovelier in the right lingerie.

    I know many of you won't, or daren't, have a fitting, but please do consider it. Go with a friend or explain to your fitter if you're shy, and if you can, please help to keep an independent lingerie outlet in business ... .

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    I'm a 36 GG but to b honest I thinking I've gone up a cup size, which is scary find it hard enough finding bras to fit now

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    Having lost a little bit of weight recently, I'm coming to the dreaded realisation that I'm no longer a 32DD and I'm a 30E now. Only my more expensive bras (that have less stretch) fit me. I'm supposed to be saving money right now, so can't really afford to go to one of the specialist larger cup retailers and buy all new bras. Wish there were more affordable options on the high street. :(

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    No wonder I've always got saw boobs when I'm a 32E but last measurement they told sized me a 34C so for ages I've been wearing the wrong sized bras!

    Think it's time to invest in some new bras!

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    I got measured today and apparently I'm a 30C!

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    I'm a massive 48/50 EE/FF depending on where I buy from :( For everyday bra's Asda do a nice range and go up to big sizes but for sexy bra's... impossible to buy in my price range :( I ordered lots of lovely Undies from LH in the black Friday sales just hoping and praying it would fit - finally got round to/got the nerve up to try it all on last night and none of it fits :( so having to return it... I'd thought one of the Basques was gonna fit so wore the knickers - the basque doesn't fit properly - my boobies are overflowing from the sides and it looks terrible! So now I daren't return it as I've worn and washed the knickers :( I'll save it till I lose weight

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    LadySpider wrote:

    ...... impossible to buy in my price range :( I ordered lots of lovely Undies from LH in the black Friday sales.... So now I daren't return it as I've worn and washed the knickers :( I'll save it till I lose weight

    If you plan on losing weight and want to keep the lingerie as motivation, but all means do so (worked for me - I lost enough weight to be down a bra size, not that that was necessary...) Otherwise, don't hesitate to send the items back as LH's return policy doesn't have any restrictions regarding wearing or washing.

    As for your price range - once (!) in my life I bought two expensive bras (€ 50 each, or so) in a specialty lingerie shop. That was 12 years ago, and I still have the bras, which makes them one of my better clothing investments... It's much better to have ONE perfectly fitting bra than several you don't wear because they are not comfortable.

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    Oh honey I had that problem for yeaaaaarrrsss! I went from a 38E to a 34HH/J.

    The issue is usually that a lot of places won't do larger cup sizes so they tend to put you in bigger band sizes in order to compensate. This can be pretty problematic if you have rather large breasts as you need a tighter back band to support them and take the weight off your shoulders.

    Debenhams and Bravissimo are my go to places for being measured. I shop almost exclusively at Bravissimo because they have such a lot of colours/styles/size options. Would highly recommend!

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    Talia wrote:

    As for your price range - once (!) in my life I bought two expensive bras (€ 50 each, or so) in a specialty lingerie shop. That was 12 years ago, and I still have the bras, which makes them one of my better clothing investments... It's much better to have ONE perfectly fitting bra than several you don't wear because they are not comfortable.

    I agree it's always worth paying more for a decent fitting bra - nothing worse than a badly fitting bra that hurts your shoulders because the straps are too narrow!

    FlorenceRouRou We were up in Cardiff a couple of days ago, so I visited Bravissimo - they only go up to a 40 backstrap - the sales girl told me to go to John Lewis or M&S - saving that for our next trip out! So wish LH would do bigger cup sizes!

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    I am pleased to say that the new bras I bought feel way better than my old ones. I suppose I was wearing the wrong size.

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