So I found this pin on Pinterest that basically said that most women are wearing the wrong size bra. And I thought, how could so many women have this thing wrong?, so I read the post to at least give it a fair shot. (You can (and should!!!) read it here.)
Basically it said that women are measuring themselves (or getting measured) for a bra standing up so all of your breast tissue is suffering from the effects of gravity, so most of your tissue doesn’t really get measured. But if you measure yourself leaning over, all of your breast will stick out/fall forward and your will get a very different measurement. I figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try. For the last ten years or so I’ve been wearing a 36B. What do you think my size was according to the new measuring system?
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
Wait, what?!? Do they even make that size bra?!? Where do you even find that size?!? There is no way that my girls are that BIG!! But for years, when I’ve gone to Victoria’s Secret and get measured in order to get a $10 off coupon or whatever, they always tell me that I’m a 32 B/C. And I always humor them and try on a bra in that size but usually I couldn’t even get it closed! Or if I could, there was no way I could breathe in it or wear it for longer than 10 seconds. But now it made sense why I was measured as a 32 and why those 32s didn’t fit. The cups were too small to hold all of girls so all that tissue was getting pushed into the band and that made the band too small.
I still wasn’t sure that my “new” size was correct, after all, I am not that big. But I figured it couldn’t hurt to at least try some on in that size, so I went bra shopping to see if I or the website was crazy. I went to Nordstrom because it was highly recommended in the blog post and they carry larger cup sizes. And though their bras are expensive, their customer service in the lingerie department was phenomenal!!!! The woman that helped me was amazing at her job, and was very helpful and brought me different styles and colours and was willing to go back and get different sizes as we tried to figure out what my size needed to be.
And let me tell you, the website was pretty darn close. I am a 32DDD. I bought four new bras, three are a 32DDD and one is a 32DDDD. And my new bras are absolutely amazing! My straps no longer dig into my shoulders from trying to hold up my girls, and while I am still getting used to a tighter band, wearing a bra is actually comfortable!!! It really is!!!
I highly highly highly recommend that you at least measure yourself using this different method, ladies, and at least try on some bras in that size. When you go shopping make sure you go when you are willing to try on more than one or two. I found that in some styles and brands I was a different size than others and some were more comfortable. So while I thought I knew what my “new” size would be, I found out that for the most part I needed a smaller cup size. But this adventure was definitely worth it!!!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to bug me!!