The right size of your bra

@gxnfly (1147)
China
May 22, 2008 9:52pm CST
A recent study by a bra company, discovered that nearly 90 million women over the age of 18 are wearing the wrong bra size—that's eight out of 10 women! Are you in the dark, too? I'm always confused with those size,so try it on everytime I try to buy a bra to see if it's the right size for me.Are you wearing the right size?How do you do that?
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23 responses
@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
23 May 08
I know my bra is to small I can just tell. I hate buying new bras it is hard to find ones that fit. I know Jcpenney every so often does a bra fitting where they will measure you and tell you exactly what size bra you should be wearing but I have never gone to it.
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• Philippines
5 Jun 08
i've had my fair share of problems with bras before. hell it was hard! but now, yeah im wearing the right size. :) hanes and triumph fit well on me. those bras that aren't strong and, sad to say, unpopular or not branded, usually don't have the right sizing especially those cheap ones. this was discussed on oprah. some brands like avon and triumph also have hints on "how to know your bra size" indicated on their tags.
@Elixiress (3893)
27 May 08
I am 17, so I am not included in the study, but I am wearing the right bra size and always have done. I have always chose my bra's myself and got measured once for prom and was told that I was one of the very few people that are in fat wearing the right size. I basically choose bra's as I choose any other item of clothing ... the smallest size. The rule is that as long as the bit between the cups is resting flat against your chest and your boobs are not being separated into four by the top of cup then the bra is the right size
@littleowl (7157)
27 May 08
hi gxnfly-my bra size fluctuates all the time as i always to lose or put on weight so i just wear the bras i have which are probably the wrong size=littleowl
• United States
25 May 08
I don't think I am wearing the right bra but I am comfortable in it so I won't change yet.I have lost some weight and I think I have gone down a cup size. The only thing I know about bra sizes is that the cup size is the size of your chest and it is AA-DDD. And that the number is the measurement of your part that goes around the body.and it goes from I guess 28-44 or so.
@whittby (3073)
• United States
24 May 08
I know the formula to measure for the right size and do this before I go out to buy a bra. I was buying cheap bras at Walmart and wasn't getting a comfortable fit regardless. What I did that helped even more was I went to our J C Penney store and had the salesperson in the lingerie department measure me and then she made some recommendations for me. I got two on sale and that really worked out well. I don't care for underwires, although that seems to be the most popular style, so we had to hunt to find what I wanted. She told me even with the measurements, every style fits differently and every brand is different. You're like me having to try them on.
@kbourgerie (8781)
• United States
24 May 08
Most better department stores offer you the opportunity to be sized by someone that is trained in measuring you for your correct size. They not only can tell you the size of your bra, but the cup size also. You are right, however, most people are mistaken about what size they actually should be wearing.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
23 May 08
Shopping for bra is the hardest thing to do. I don't like it. As far as proper size, maybe I am in the darkness. I found nice bra size smaller than previous bra, but I am still not sure what size I am wearing.
@twallace (2675)
• United States
23 May 08
This is one of the hardest subjects for women. Finding the right bra that fits just right and comfortable. We can have a draw full of bras and none of them really fit as good as we would like them too. But they are there. I still would like to see a wonder bra that is an all in one. That would really make some of us women happy. I think the wrong size comes in when we look for a comfortable fit. You would go up a size or down a size hoping that it fits just like we would want. Then later after a few washes it doesn't feel as good as it did when you first got the bra.
• United States
23 May 08
I was that way also until I got pregnant with my last child and had to get measured. I find out that you have to measure your back for the number portion and find the correct cup. Now the lady measured me but I wasn't really sure on how they get the cup size but I'll tell you this mine is real big. Bigger then when I was in my 20s. But I'm like you I have to try mines on because I don't care what size I measure out they all don't feel like they fit to the size.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
23 May 08
You asked the question of the century! Thing is they never tell you! I mean, yeah for the number size, but never how to "measure" for cup size! I watched...one of the very few times I have EVER watched Oprah show - an episode where she dealt with this. OF course done in Oprah fantasia style, told hardly nothing that aworked for us normal commoners!! Only thing they said that made sense for us common folk was it is more the cup size than the chest size that is the problem. Just measure "underneath" you chest nad you have your measurment and hten buy on that fits perfectly with the hooks on the very closets one - that way when it shrinks and the elastic stretches, you have 2-3 hooks to make it smaller. But they never said how to choose a cup size, so it is hit and miss there - But what was stupid of the show was that they used models - regular women - but put them in the perfect bra which of course costs a huge bit of money that most of us common folks can't afford! They were not from Mervyns or Kohls! Then the other thing they said was make sure that the strap as it goes around your back stays straight and not pulled up past chest in the front. THing is, gravity takes over no matter what we do, and if you are larger in the front than about a 34C, you battle gravity. THey will fall and that means that will pull the back strap up. NO matter how tight you make it. Yeah, as long as you just stand there and model....it will stay just fine, but start picking up the kids, cleaning house or doing our normal daily activities, and it is going to rise in the back! So start with your chest size and then hit and miss. Trial and error. I hate bra shopping, hate it hate it hate it. More than the sizing is that after having tried on literally dozens to find that right size, I finally find one that fits....and go back to get 6 more so I only have to do this twice a year (or less) of course the one in my hand is the ONLY ONE in my size! Men have it so easy!!!!
@crazed_moma (1054)
• United States
23 May 08
lol there's no such thing as the right size for me! One is a full cup bigger than the other! I got measured and THOUGHT I had bras that were perfect, till I leaned over and had half a boob pop out of my bra!
• United States
23 May 08
I feel like I'm wearing the right size bra because its not too tight its not to loose. So, I easisly figure, its the right size for me!
• Mauritius
23 May 08
It should only fit properly and with age the size also in change.
@mikeysmom (2092)
• United States
23 May 08
i just buy what size i have been buying but it does not always work in my favor because not all the bras my size seem to be cut the same. it is hit or miss but i really hate trying them on. guess i should but i probably will not start now after doing it this way for so many years. bras have gotten so uncomfortable for me that on days i know i am going to be home and just driving my son to school and i can throw a coat on i do not even bother putting one on. i am not the body type though that can go braless without it being obvious so i do not do this often.
@di1159 (1580)
• United States
23 May 08
If there is one thing I really hate is shopping for a bra! I never seem to find one that fits just right. When I do, I wear it until it practically falls off since it's so difficult for me. I have no clue if I wear the right size or not, but if it feels comfortable and serves it's purpose its right for me.
@aplaza (631)
• Netherlands
23 May 08
Wearing a bra that is the right size can make you look a lot better. If you are unsure as to your size go to a store where they will measure you. They'll also give you advice as to which ones will work best for you. And they'll even "do" the straps for you so it will be the right setting. After that you'll know what to look for in future. But you do have to beware of something salespeople will do when they are trying to sell you a bra. They may say we don't have "that" size but here try "this" one. The logic behind this is that if you go up a cup size you can sometimes get away with a smaller width. But it doesn't always work and it depends greatly on the bra manufacturers sizing. Don't let them bully you into getting a bra that is the wrong size! I have a feeling that maybe a lot of people are wearing the wrong one just because they were bullied into getting the wrong one.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
23 May 08
Hi gxnfly! haha..I do try it everytime I buy. Sometimes, I will order the same size that I know is right for me, but then it does not fit right as it has before. So, I have to asked for it to be exchanged for another size. It should be so simple yet sometimes, I always do it wrong. Take Care and God Bless! Happy Mylotting!
@ayessa (1586)
• Philippines
23 May 08
I never had anything to complain about my bra since I am wearing the right size for me. I just followed some instructions of the makers of bra was giving. Some bra tags have those kind of instruction on how to know which size are you. OR you can even ask a saleslady to assist you in choosing the right size.
• China
23 May 08
I have no idea of the right size of the bra , i just wear the bra which i feel comfortable and i will rememer the size , i will buy the same size next time !