“I’m a WHAT?!”

Hello Ladies,

Often times during a fitting, I hear women exclaim “I’m a what?!” when I tell them the cup size portion of their measurement. “No, I can’t possibly be a (fill in the blank) cup!” Sound familiar? Part of this confusion arises from a long-standing misconception (propagated in part by the media) about how cup sizes relate to a woman’s boobs. The lovely and funny Sofia Vergara, for example, claims to wear a 34DD bra:

So, women (and men) associate a DD cup with Sofia’s ample chest or Salma Hayek’s or Jessica Simpson’s or . . . and the list continues.  One perusal of websites claiming to know “celebrity bra sizes” reveals similar seemingly large cup sizes for celebrities with bigger-than-average chests (Christina Hendricks is a 38DDD?  Are you being serious?).  For what seems like forever, cup sizes have been regarded in this way:

A’s are flat, B’s are small, C’s are average, D’s are big, DD’s are huge, and DDD’s are ridiculous.

The truth is, however, that cup sizes mean absolutely nothing on their own.  But, why?  Cup sizes are only one half an old married couple, and it is their long-suffering partner, the band size, that gives the cup size any kind of significance.  The little known fact to finding the right size bra is that cup sizes vary widely from one band size to another, i.e., a D is not a D is not a D.

Bras, like other fashion items, are built on the idea of scaling proportion, but the scale does not center on the cup—it’s the band that’s the star here.  The band of the bra is designed to represent your torso girth with everything from the width of the cups to the placement of the straps to the length of the wings shifting with each size so that every woman will get a customized fit.  As you step up in band size, the entire bra scales upward because the designer recognizes that the woman wearing this band is proportionally bigger than the woman who wears a smaller size.  This means that if a woman wears a band size too big for her, she will suffer from the underwire extending too far on her sides, a band that does not snugly support her breasts, straps that are too wide set, and proportionally bigger cups that require her to size down.

So, how do cup sizes factor in?  Simply put, they follow a pretty straightforward formula:

A = Band Size + 1, B = Band Size + 2, C = Band Size + 3, etc.

Nevertheless, because there is often a limited selection of sizes available, women will usually buy “cup size equivalent” bras—or bras whose sizes are vastly different but whose cups require the same amount of breast tissue.  For example, all of these sizes are cup-size equivalents:

28G = 30FF = 32F = 34DDD = 36DD = 38D = 40C

And here is the heart of why cup sizes mean absolutely nothing without a band size to define them.  The woman who wears a 28DD, for example, has less breast tissue than the woman who wears the 34DD.  In fact, a 34DD is cup size equivalent to 28FF!

To demonstrate how the band and cup size work together, let’s examine the DD cup:

28DD = 28″ ribcage, 33″ chest
30DD = 30″ ribcage, 35″ chest
32DD = 32″ ribcage, 37″ chest
34DD = 34″ ribcage, 39″ chest, etc.

Now, does Sofia Vergara really look like she has a 34″ ribcage and 39″ chest (roughly equivalent to a US size 12)?  I doubt it, and if I had to guess, I would say Sofia is probably closer to a 30HH in the above picture.

In closing, your band size is the most important aspect of your bra to fit perfectly because it provides over 80% of the support for your breasts and is the basis for the entire proportion of the bra.  All the cup size tells you is how deep a cup you need!

For more information on how band and cup sizing works, please check out our video blog on the subject!

Erica

“I’m a WHAT?!”
Erica

Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.


168 thoughts on ““I’m a WHAT?!”

    • Erica
      January 21, 2012 at 4:04 pm
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      I’ve seen you post on this topic in the past too, and hopefully, we can all work together to get the message out there that cup sizes mean nothing without the band! 🙂

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      • July 24, 2017 at 7:30 am
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        I really wish uneducated people would stop trying to convince Americans to buy the wrong size bra instead of companies just making the proper size. Going up in the band size is NOT going to give a proper fit because you’re body is not large enough to accommodate the band length. This is going to cause the breast to in the wrong place and a wrong fitting bra can actually cause health problems. I’m just curious about where you got your horrible information you decided to spread like disease.

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        • Erica
          August 2, 2017 at 6:13 pm
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          I’m really quite confused where this comment is coming from at all because the entire point of the article is to explain how band and cup sizes work so that a) people feel less stigmatized about purchasing a larger cup and b) realize why sister sizing (usually involving going up in the band due to lack of availability) creates problems. Nowhere in the article do I say that going up in the band will give you a proper fit. In fact, I literally wrote: “As you step up in band size, the entire bra scales upward because the designer recognizes that the woman wearing this band is proportionally bigger than the woman who wears a smaller size. This means that if a woman wears a band size too big for her, she will suffer from the underwire extending too far on her sides, a band that does not snugly support her breasts, straps that are too wide set, and proportionally bigger cups that require her to size down.” So again, very confused where this comment is coming from or to whom it is directed.

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  • January 17, 2012 at 12:00 pm
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    I didn’t say, “I’m a what!”, I said, “No,can’t be.” I absolutely love the bras I bought, they are so comfortable. My other style bras are history.

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  • Dezi
    January 21, 2012 at 3:44 pm
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    I was more shocked by the band size since everyone kept telling me I was a 34 or 36 instead of a 32!

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  • June 19, 2012 at 10:35 pm
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    Thank you so much for this, I just found out I was a 34DD, but was in disbelief and well, turned to google to see how a 34DD would look like. This is when I found out that Sofia was a 34DD as well and then I stumbled upon your site and I agree, she is definitely not a 34DD!! Thank you, can’t believe i’m actually a DD cup haha!

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    • Erica
      June 20, 2012 at 10:55 am
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      It certainly gives some perspective of how skewed Hollywood “bra sizes” really are! I’m glad to hear you were able to find your true size as well. 🙂

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  • June 28, 2012 at 1:01 pm
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    I second what Amanda says. I recently put my measurements into some on-line bra size calculators and got results ranging from 32G to 36E and when I saw pictures of other women who were apparently these sizes, I was sure their breasts were usually larger than mine. I was really concerned about going to buy new bras but had to do it and came out with 34E and 34F bras. This was still a bit of a shock as I had been wearing 34B and was convinced that I probably needed a C cup, so to come out with E/F is something I am still coming to terms with, especially since this now seems to classify as a plus size or full figure bra.

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    • Erica
      June 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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      Hi Daisy, don’t sweat your new size! There are so many gorgeous options available in the 34E/F range, and you’ll be amazed at how comfortable and supportive your new size will be. 🙂

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  • October 6, 2012 at 9:23 am
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    Well I am 5 feet 8 inches and I have recently been told that I am a 34 DDD or a 34 F, I wear a clothing size 4-6 American. Actually I can believe that Sofia Vergara is a 34 DD.

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    • Erica
      October 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm
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      Hi Tracy! She’s recently come out as saying she wears a 32F which I think is closer to being accurate although she still seems like she wears cup sizes that are a little small for her.

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      • Dezi
        October 6, 2012 at 12:33 pm
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        Yeah dunno. I wear a 32F, and she looks thinner than me. Plus, her boobs are definitely bigger than mine. She has a great figure though and at least she’s talking about sizes that go beyond a DD now.

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  • November 30, 2012 at 10:11 am
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    Hi, Erica interesting information i read here.Some days ago i was chatting with my girlfriends,when i told them that i bought a bra in 28e and it fits much better than any other bra i ve ever had.They laughed, because i m not exactly known as a busty girl!Two years ago i started looking for a bra that would finally fit me and i was shocked to find out from on line calculators that i was a 28dd or a 28e.I didnt realise what you were saying before about cup sizes and band sizes back then.After investivating the “bra problem” for two years i finally decided to order on line my first 28dd bra.I was amazed.Anyway i think now i have to look for 26 or 24 bands( i measure 25.2 underbust and 32.3 bust),so probably my true size would be 26e?I ll have to look it soon.The point is that too many women are wearing the wrong bra size and we should be informed.Also the companies need to understad that there are women with “unconventional” bra sizes, such as bands below 28” and i think they should start consiering offering them even in limited numbers.I now try to inform as many women from my environment i can, it s not really worth wearing a bra that doesnt fit.And first thing we need to understand is that there is no cup size without a band size!!!

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    • Erica
      November 30, 2012 at 11:25 am
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      Hara, I am so happy you were finally able to find a bra that, if not perfect, at least comes closer to your correct size. Manufacturers definitely need to take note of the demand for bras in 26 bands and start including them in future collections. I highly recommend sending emails, letters, and Facebook/Twitter messages to them about the lack of sizes. The more women who give them feedback about needing expanded band sizes, the more likely they are to listen up. I know that Ewa Michalak will make 26 bands although they are non-returnable. I also think that the Panache Cleo line tends to cut tighter bands too which could help you get closer to the 26E (or even F) that you need. Glad you liked the article, by the way, and thanks for commenting! 🙂

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  • December 5, 2012 at 11:27 pm
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    I so agree with this. I just found out I am a 28DD not a 32A as i was told a VS. I had always assumed I was an A cup as my breasts are fairly small, and I am only 5’5” and 115 lbs, but after trying on a 28DD I am amazed at what I was missing out on. SO comfortable.

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    • Erica
      December 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm
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      Momo, I am so glad you were able to find your correct size! So many women who consider themselves smaller-busted make due with ill-fitting 32s and 34s when 28 or 30 band would be a much better option!

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  • January 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm
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    I’m from the uk and was amazed when I went in a 36a and was told recently I am a 34d, I wear a 36a on the tightest hook so she said a 34 would be better, I tried on a d cup in 34 and found it a bit loose fitting around the top of the cup, but tried on a c cup in 34 and found I overflowed slightly so I was told to stick with d. I proceeded to a second shop and found the same when trying bra’s on. I am shocked as when I look in the mirror I think no way they are not full and round and seem to have no cleavage at all… But mine are wider apart and after reading this article I would say that affects me. I also had a child (5 years ago) and when pregnant was measured as a 34dd but found 36d a lot more comfortable. After breastfeeding I went back down, or so I thought to a 36a.

    I still have not got my head around the idea.

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    • Erica
      January 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm
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      Jayde, I’m glad you’re finding your correct size! It’s wonderful to get a bra to fit and feel fantastic. The fit issue with the top of the cup could also be the result of the cup shape. Were you trying foam cup bras by any chance? I often see a little gaping at the top (especially near the strap) with foam cup bras because they have their own shape which won’t always match the shape of the wearer perfectly.

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      • January 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm
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        Hi Erica, yes it was a foam cup, I prefer those to thin material ones. The gaping was around the top of my breast. Jayde

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        • Erica
          January 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm
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          Unfortunately, foam cups are always a little trickier to achieve a perfect fit because each one has a unique shape that may not align with your shape. I recommend looking for foam cup bras that use a more flexible foam. You can tell this by pulling on the foam and seeing how easily it will reshape. Good examples are the Natori Conceal Contour and the Wacoal Embrace Lace. These will have a reduced likelihood of causing gaping at the top of the cup. You can also switch to spacer bras. Spacer bras have cups made from a unique fabric that encapsulates a thin layer of air underneath it. The result is a bra with the smoothing of a foam cup bra, but the flexibility of a thinner fabric.

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  • April 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm
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    I am having a super hard time finding a bra that fits! I know that I probably wear something like a 28 or 30d, but I’m not sure how to convert my measurements and I dont know which online converters to trust. Also, once I do figure out what size I wear, where do I buy the bras??? I haven’t found any place that sells bras smaller than 32a =( Here are my measurements: Bust:35in Under:28&3/4in

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    • Erica
      April 18, 2013 at 3:38 pm
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      Hi Jen! From your measurements I’d recommend starting with a 30D or DD. If that feels too lose, you can always size down the 28DD or E, or if it feels too snug, you can try moving to a 32C or D. What style bras do you like? The Wacoal Embrace Lace is a wonderful bra now available in size 30D. Try searching the Freya, Panache, and Curvy Kate website for a store near you (all of them have store locators). There may be a local boutique which could have sizes for you to try. Failing that, please feel free to email me at sophisticatedpair[at]gmail.com, and I’m happy to help.

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  • May 10, 2013 at 2:34 am
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    Thank you! I’ve always wondered about this! I’ve been a 34D, since I was a senior high school and try to get sized at least once a year. Today I went to Victoria’s Secret and found out I’m a 34DDD! It’s SO hard to find that size, though and ordering them is just too long of a wait. Your page is the ONLY one that I’ve found that gave me the info I needed, as to what size is the equal to my new size. I will definitely be showing this page to my friends who have this problem, as well! Thanks, again!:-)

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    • Erica
      May 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm
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      I’m glad our website was able to help you! Depending on where you live, there may be boutiques nearby which would carry a large selection in your size. Also, you can try department stores like Belk, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, or Macy’s as they often will have 34DDDs available. Thanks for commenting, and again, so glad we could help!

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    • July 3, 2015 at 10:33 am
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      You can find plenty of 34DDD new and used on eBay. I have been trying different sizes. I have sold and bought very nice new bras on there.

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  • June 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm
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    So im a 38ddd, whats the equivalent to that. They said im a G but its tight. Can u help me please

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  • August 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm
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    So if you are a 36DD u can get away with a 34DDD

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    • Erica
      August 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm
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      Hi Tamika! A 36DD is cup size equivalent to a 34DDD, so it would take the same breast volume to fill both. Whether or not you can wear the tighter band will depend on your torso width and tolerance for tight bands. Hope that helps!

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  • September 10, 2013 at 12:03 pm
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    I recently found out from the bra size calculator on this website that I was a 28FF, but I am really finding that hard to believe, I mean my 34D is a little small but I don’t fit into the cup of a 34DD which should be the sister size. I do however fill the cup of a 36D, I think maybe my boobs are just weird, but 28FF just sounds way to big for me. maybe I’m measuring wrong, but every time I do I get the same numbers, Ribs:28 and over bust:36… I’m so confused, please help if you can…

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    • Erica
      September 12, 2013 at 7:44 pm
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      Hi Annette, give your measurements a 28FF sounds like a great place to start. How does the band of the 34 feel? Is it comfortably snug on the loosest set of hooks? A 34D actually sister sizes to a 28F, so if the 34D is a bit small, then the 28FF could be perfect. However, that band is going to be significantly tighter, so you could start with a 30F first to see how you like the firmer feel. Then as you grow accustomed to the tightness, you could drop down to the 28FF. Hope this helps, and if you need fitting advice, please feel free to email me.

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      • October 18, 2013 at 8:22 am
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        I did try on a 30F and the cup was WAY too SMALL, I was so shocked I almost cried and I would have gone for the 32F that fit in the cup the back band was HUGH! My measurements have changed, but not by much I’m now underbust: 26.75 Overbust: 36, would a 28FF still be the way to go?

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        • Erica
          October 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm
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          How did the band on the 30 feel? If it was comfortably snug, then I would try bumping up to the UK 30G instead. If you felt like you could go down a band, then try a UK 28GG. I’d bump up two cup sizes since you say the 30F was way too small. A little small justifies one cup size bump, but it sounds like you may need two sizes up. Hope that helps!

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          • October 18, 2013 at 2:31 pm
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            The 30 band felt great, it was the perfect pressure, but the like I said the Cup looked exactly like my bras do now. It looked like I was squeezing my self into the cup, and I was coming out all over and had barely any nipple coverage. a 30G just sounds really big, but I will give it a try.

  • September 11, 2013 at 3:13 pm
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    I’ve read many websites about bra fitting, but I can not believe that I’m a 28GG. Even if I read that being 28, GG doesn’t mean very large breasts, I still thinking that it’s too big. “I’m a what?”

    Doing the method of Victoria Secret’s, measuring with a bra, I have on the band 34” and 36” on the cup size. So, my size today is 34B. And if I measure without a bra, I have 32” and 38”. Measuring below the breasts, I get 29” and 38”.

    My biggest fear is to buy a bra that is more expensive and does not work. If I lose weight, the bra will no longer fit?

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    • Erica
      September 12, 2013 at 7:41 pm
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      Hi Grabielle! Have you considered going to a department store and trying a 32 band and maybe a DDD cup just to see how it compares? It might let you know if you could even tolerate a tighter band or if you would need a larger cup. Given your measurements a 28GG or G sounds about right, but a 30G or FF could work too. Another option is to scan Bratabase or Ebay for a cheap bra in that size and see if you’re on the right track with measurements. I know it’s scary to think you could go from a 34B to a 28GG, but I have seen it happen in the store. You’d be surprised the difference in how the bras fit and how much lift/shaping you get. Hope this helps, and if you need fit advice, feel free to email me.

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  • October 8, 2013 at 4:17 pm
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    Hi I’m having trouble figuring out what my bra size is. I’ve been wearing 34B’s for a long time but the problem with it is that the straps are always falling down no matter how much I tighten it. My measurements are 36 bust and 29 under bust. Online calculators say I’m a 34F but I honestly can’t see how. How could I fit into a B cup if I’m actually an F cup?! Like D cups look huge I can’t imagine fitting into an F cup. I’m Canadian so I don’t know if it’s because American and Canadian sizes are different.

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    • Erica
      October 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm
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      Hi Lara! Based on your measurements and current size, I would recommend a 28F if you prefer a very tight band, a 30E/DDD for more moderate tightness, and a 32DD for a loose fit. How are your existing 34Bs fitting? If the straps are constantly falling down, it sounds like the band is too big for you. Can you scoop all of the breast tissue from the side into the cups without any overflow? Does the band sit horizontal around your back? Is the underwire sitting flat between the breasts? Once I know more about the fit, I can provide better recommendations. Feel free to email me too if you want to discuss this more. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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      • October 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm
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        Thanks for your input! I find that the band is fine but the under wire rarely stays in place like sometimes it’ll go down and I’ll find myself having to awkwardly adjust my bra so that it goes back into place. Sorry for the bad description I don’t think my boobs overflow out of the bra but the bra doesn’t cover 100% of my boobs the top is a little exposed.The cups usually go down anyway because the straps always fall off my shoulders.

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        • Erica
          October 8, 2013 at 5:02 pm
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          Hi Lara! Why not try the 32DD first and see if you like the feeling of a tighter band? When the band fits firmer, it keeps the bra anchored to the body as you move which can help with the underwire issue. Not to mention, 32DDs are a little easier to find, so you could at least test to see how that size fits before trying one of the 28s or 30s. Hope this helps!

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  • October 17, 2013 at 2:26 pm
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    I’m 16 years old. Today I was measured and I have always wore 32 A, however I found out today I am a 30 D I was so shocked.

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    • Erica
      October 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm
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      I’m glad to hear you received a proper fitting and found your bra size!! 🙂

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  • January 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm
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    The cup size is as important as the band size. I wear a size 4 and sometimes a 6 in skirts and pants. My bra size is a 34I. I can wear a 36H but it doesn’t my back well when you increase the band size the support is on the shoulders. The band must fit tight enough to support properly. If the cup is too small the breast will spill over creating too much cleavage.I must confess that I have cleavage with no bra on. Ten years ago I wore a 34D and my dress size was a 2 and a 0 in skirt and pants.

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    • Erica
      January 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm
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      Lia, cup size is definitely important, but it’s so common to make assumptions about breast size based on cup size. It’s that unfortunate misinformation that I’m hoping to correct with the article. You definitely need a bra that is going to fit properly in the cup; otherwise, as you mention, there will be spillage or gaping. Bra sizes can certainly be tricky, but once you find styles that fits, it’s a whole new world!

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      • January 27, 2014 at 10:54 pm
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        Linda, about a few months ago I was measured at v.s. and was told that I was a 36DD and it fit pretty well then I just recently gained weight and my 36DD felt super tight in the cups, spilled out at the top now I went and was fitted again at vs, the lady put me as a 36DDD and same problem I’m pouring out at the top pretty bad, dont know what size you think I should move up to I was told go to a 36F ? Any advice would be appreciated.

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        • January 27, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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          Lol sorry about the name I meant to say Erica!

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        • Erica
          January 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm
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          Hi Linda! I would recommend checking out this page and doing a self-fitting to double-check your size.

          http://sophisticatedpair.com/Bra_Fitting.htm

          If the 36DDD fits fine in the band, but the cups are too small, you may need to try a 36F, FF, or even a G cup depending on how small they are. I would recommend starting from scratch and taking this an opportunity to double-check your fit and size. I hope this helps, and if you have other questions, please feel free to email me.

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          • January 31, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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            Erica hiya!! I wrote you like a couple of days ago about my situation on how I’m supposed to be a 36DDD well I just down my measurements, here’s what I came out with under bust a 34, over the bust 41 which I believe puts me in an f, or a G cup is this right??

          • Erica
            February 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm
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            Hi Traci! Based on your measurements, I would definitely recommend a US 34G or a UK 34F to start. That’s cup-size equivalent to the 36DDD but with a tighter band. Hope that helps!

  • February 5, 2014 at 11:36 pm
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    Hiya Erica now that I know my actual size I’d like to go, purchase some nice padded/push up bras from curvy Kate but there sizing is were I’m a little confused at being that I’m from the states i hear from other people about going up a cup or two, down a band size? I owned a curvy kate bra but would sure love to try one.

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    • Erica
      February 7, 2014 at 3:18 pm
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      Hi Traci! Honestly, the size you need will depend on the style. The older ones like the Tempt Me/Tease Me did run about a cup size or two small, and some women reported stretchier bands. The newer styles are supposed to be truer-to-size, but I still find the brand a bit inconsistent. I tried a Desire, and the 30 band (my standard) was ridiculously tight. I had to wear it on an extender, and I would say it’s more like a 28. If you can, I would recommend ordering a couple sizes and returning the ones which do not fit. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful here!

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  • February 7, 2014 at 9:58 pm
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    Hiya!, Erica I really appreciate for all of your help, advice, ill definitely will be ordering some, seeing which ones fit the best, again thank you!!

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  • March 26, 2014 at 3:34 pm
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    I needed this info….. thank you! I have a 13 year old daughter who wears a 34DDD but I have had a hard time finding that size. So, I needed a conversion table. My daughter will be happy that I found her another size that is equal to her 34DDD! This is exactly what I needed. Thank you! #HappyMom

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    • Erica
      March 27, 2014 at 5:24 pm
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      I’m glad you found it helpful Sydria! I’m not sure what you have locally, but you may be able to find 34DDDs at Soma Intimates. Belk, Dillards, and Nordstrom also carry that size. Since she’s young, I would look for lines like b.tempt’d, Felina, Parisa, Creme Bralee, or DKNY because the prices are all under $40 per bra.

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  • April 20, 2014 at 1:52 pm
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    Well, being a guy going for my first professional fitting, I already had anxiety. The sales lady asked me what I wanted out of my bra, she asked me what size I was currently wearing (40B), she went around and did some tugging around and she brought a few different minimizer and tshirt bras for me to try. You can imagine my surprise when I discovered I was a 38 DD! Being a guy, i didn’t want DDs or DD bras in my drawer. The sales lady was very good and reduced my anxiety I purchased 2 tshirt bras and a minimizer that day and left the shop comfortable and confident.

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    • Erica
      April 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm
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      That’s fantastic, Corey! I am glad you were fitted properly and feel more comfortable and confident. That’s exactly the feeling we hope to cultivate with our fittings at the shop too. Finding the right size really does make a big difference!

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      • June 12, 2014 at 2:40 pm
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        Erica, thanks for your earlier reply. But while we’re on the subject. …..

        I’m a What?!. Well I finally gave up on the minimizers and purchased two new t-shirt bras a week ago. I suppose you’re wondering why I am posting here again on the same subject. Here it is… my underwire was not against the skin under my breasted ( I learned this from your YouTube video) so I went to go get fitted…..again. The lady who fit me had fitted me before. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t crazy. I wore a bra that this same woman had fitted for me. She asked me what size I was wearing and she did a little looking and some tugging and walked out of the boutique wearing a cup size larger in the same bra that i bought 6 months ago. But now in a panache porcelain “viva” 38E which I like very much.

        I know that I am kind of an extream case of gynecomastia, but at 5’10” 175lbs, in your experience, have you come across anyone else who has experienced growth like mine?

        Corey

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        • Erica
          June 12, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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          Hi Corey! I actually have a man lined up to do a guest post who talks about this same issue with growth spurts, so to answer your question, you are not alone. A lot of hormone conditions can easily lead to a growth spurt although it’s also possible for there to be fit differences even with the same style too. As long as you have a bra that fits and feels comfortable, I wouldn’t worry about anything else. 🙂

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          • June 12, 2014 at 2:58 pm
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            Wow! Thanks again. I am comfortable in my bra. I have know problem having my breasts or wearing a bra. You are a world of knowledge when it comes bras and your videos are extremely helpful on your fitting tips and bra reviews. In your videos you review bras in the GG or H cup range. Please don’t take offense but, being a guy I don’t want to be in that range. But if I end up there, I will definitely look you up for a fitting.

            Thanks again for your help.

            Corey

          • Erica
            June 13, 2014 at 10:45 am
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            Hi Corey! No offense taken as I totally understand not wanting to be in a larger cup size, but I wanted to let you know that I can fit people regardless of size. Professional bra fittings are a large part of my job, so I am familiar with fitting everyone from a 28C to a 50H. Take care!

          • August 18, 2014 at 10:51 am
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            I was recently fitted with a Curvy Kate Dare plunge bra in a 38F the fitter told me that it is a UK 38 F. What surprised me is when she told me it was equivalent to a US 38G. I was WHAT! !! I am still a guy! Right?

          • Erica
            August 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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            Hi Corey! The fitter is right that a UK F cup is equivalent to a US G. Don’t worry about it! What’s important is that the bra fits, not what the size tag says. 🙂

          • November 27, 2014 at 10:17 am
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            I appreciate your help and it has helped tremendously!

            I went for a fitting just a few days ago in Dallas. It was a reputable boutique with great reviews. I told the fitter that I was currently wearing a Curvy Kate 38F. She was familiar with the fact that more and more men are starting to wear bras. However she could not believe that I was wearing such a large cup size. I usually wear loose bulky clothing to cover up my bust. She looked briefly at me and brought me back to the fitting room with a couple of sizing bras. One in a 38B and a 38C. After trying them on to show her. She came back and low and behold, I was fitted and I was still a US 38G. She thought that I had implants and I told her no, just blessed I guess.

            But a 38G is a far cry from the 42 C I was wearing a year ago. When you wear a bra for 16 hours every day, being large busted, it is so much more pleasant when you have a proper fitting bra. Thanks Erica for making sense of how a bra SHOULD FIT.

            Corey

          • Erica
            November 28, 2014 at 1:51 pm
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            You’re most welcome, Corey! You are so right that the fit of a bra makes a large difference for long term comfort, and I’m glad you have found your size. Fortunately, the market has exploded with new options in the 38G mark too, so there’s a lot of great options for you to consider. 🙂

  • May 31, 2014 at 7:14 pm
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    I’m having a hard time keeping this straight.. I’ve worn a US 34D for a while, but lately while the band of the 34D still fits perfect, I need a 36D cup. This translates toooo..?

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    • Erica
      June 3, 2014 at 3:40 pm
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      Hi Ky! If the 34D fits in the band but the 36D feels better in the cups, try a 34DD in the future. That will give you the firmer band of the 34 but more volume in the cup for breast tissue. Hope that helps!

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      • June 3, 2014 at 6:47 pm
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        That’s kind of what I thought then someone told me something else.. Awesome, thanks!

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        • June 11, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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          What size appropriate?
          freya ,panache e fantasie
          31 ‘back
          39 ‘bust

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          • Erica
            June 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm
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            I would start with either UK 30G (US 30I) if you prefer a tight band, or if you want something slightly looser, consider a UK 32FF (US 32H). Hope this helps!

  • June 20, 2014 at 5:59 pm
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    Only just recently got around to measuring myself and was a little shocked to find that I was a 28DDD as i was told i was a 30. Going to attempt to find some bras to try on at least but I had a lot of trouble just finding 30 bands, do you know of any major chain stores that carry a stock of lower bands?

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    • Erica
      June 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm
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      Hi Kelsey! To the best of my knowledge the only major store which carries a semi-decent stock of 30 bands is Nordstrom, but many of them do not have 28s. I would check out websites for brands like Freya, Panache, and Curvy Kate and use their “retailers” button to find a local boutique. If there are none, many boutique owners, like myself, are happy to help with email fittings.

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  • July 18, 2014 at 10:25 am
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    Hello

    My size is a 28FF (at least that’s what the lady in the store told me) but I feel like it´s a little bit too tight on my back but the Cup is alright. What would my options be ? 30F or a 30FF

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    • Erica
      August 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm
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      Hi Vanessa! If the band of the 28 feels too tight for comfort, try a UK 30F in the future. It will have the same cup size volume as the 28FF but will have a looser band. Hope that helps!

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  • November 2, 2014 at 10:31 am
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    Mam I have a 32 inches bust size and 26 inches waist size. That makes me a 28DD. So mam are 28DD and 28D the same? If not what are the sister sizes of 28DD?Iam currently wearing a 32A and seriously cant believe Iam a DD. Even my boyfriend doesnt and Iam being made a laughing stock. Please help!

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    • Erica
      November 4, 2014 at 11:56 am
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      Hi Shikha! Is your underbust also 26″? A 28DD may be a good size for you, but if your 32A bras fit in the cup (watch the sides to make sure the underwire isn’t too shallow), consider sizing down to a 28C or a 30B. Sister sizes for a 28DD are 30D and 32C, so it’s possible you may need a little smaller in the cup if your 32A bras fit okay. Check out companies like Affinitas, Little Bra Company, Natori, and b.tempt’d for options in those sizes! It’s totally normal to have a smaller bust and wear a C or D cup. Cup size, after all, doesn’t mean anything without a band size. 🙂 Maybe send the link to this blog to your boyfriend so he’ll understand better?

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      • November 5, 2014 at 2:21 am
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        Haha yes I forwarded this link to him and he understood it all pretty well.
        Wow, thank you so much for your guidance!
        I will definitely make sure to try out the sister sizes 🙂

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  • November 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm
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    This post is really old, but I just came across it while searching for bras in my size and was wondering if you could help me. I was recently measured at Intimacy and told that I’m a size 28E (US). Now that I know my real size, I’d love to find some bras that actually fit (I’ve been wearing 34B for years and it is clearly wrong). The problem is, I can’t stand underwires. I can’t even wear the size 28E bra that I bought at Intimacy, because the underwires poke me in the ribs.

    I’m having a really hard time finding wire-free bras in size 28E. I’ve only found two so far: the Freya Deco and the Royce Charlotte. Are there any other options out there?

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    • Erica
      November 25, 2014 at 3:09 pm
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      Hi Sarah! Wireless bras in the 28 band mark are pretty rare unfortunately. Have you checked out Fortnight? Undiegamer has some great reviews of their products: http://undiegamer.com/2014/05/11/fortnights-current-longlines-luna-mira-vega-compared/

      You may also want to look for bras in the 30DD range simply to open up the selection a little. Also, watch the shape of the underwires. Sometimes it’s more an issue of the shape being wrong for the ribcage and digging into sensitive spots. To this effect, some women who measure in the 28 band size range have more sensitive ribcages anyway and choose to size up once or even twice in the band for a more comfortable fit, especially when underwire is involved. Hope this helps!

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  • January 21, 2015 at 11:20 am
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    Great article! Thanks for writing it!!! For years, I thought I was a 38A or 36B until I recently got a real measurement done at Victoria’s Secret and found out that I’m a 34DD. I was literally pushing my chest back and creating fake arm pit fat as well as buying bras that would cut into my skin if I moved the wrong way. I was in such disbelief that I had them measure me 4 times (2 different sales women at 2 different Victoria’s Secrets). Our media portrays an awful perspective on how we should expect to look at certain bra sizes so we definitely need to band together and fix these misconceptions. Now that I have the right size, I’m actually comfortable!!!

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    • Erica
      January 21, 2015 at 2:10 pm
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      Hi Lalla! I am so glad you were finally able to find the size which fits you best! It can be very uncomfortable wearing the wrong size, and it sounds like your new bras are a great fit. Glad you liked the article, and thanks for commenting!

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  • March 25, 2015 at 12:11 am
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    For the longest time I wore a 36c and I really thought it was the only size that I could get because I thought it was the best fit. Recently after buying the wrong size by accident when I went to go return them the sales associate asked if I’d like to get fitted just to make sure and I thought “why not?”. Even though she said I technically had the right size she suggested I try out a 32DD and I felt my jaw literally drop. I can’t say I didn’t have the same thought as the title of this article because it was exactly what I thought. I would never have thought I could fit into a size bigger than a c. So I tried it on and it was the best fitting bra I had ever owned so for the past month or so I’ve been tossing some of my old bras and buying new ones, kind of slowly replacing all of the old/not really that cute/kind of tight fitting bras. This article definitely opened my eyes and helped me kind of accept my new bra size.

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    • Erica
      March 25, 2015 at 11:07 am
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      Hi Allysa! I am so glad to hear you found the right size. It’s funny you mention being a 36C as that is one of the sizes that makes me raise an eyebrow because 9/10, it’s not right for the customer. It’s such a popular, easy-to-find size that I think it incorporates women needing smaller bands and/or bigger cups. A 32DD is often harder to find, but if that is the size you need, it really impacts how you feel wearing your bra. Check out b.tempt’d from some great options in that size range. Their Ciao Bella is really pouplar here! Thanks for commenting!

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  • April 10, 2015 at 11:29 pm
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    Hello Erica!
    I’ve been struggling about bra fit ever since, especially when I was starting to enter teenage…Now I am at my early 20 but still struggling eventho I find it better to get a lot of useful info in the internet nowdays, much better than those past days..But there’s still a lot of false information all around the net so here’s my case. I started to wear bra quite early some people said I already need it from my earky elementary years while lots if my friends still stick to wear nothing or just a simple miniset (very simple adolescene bra;ni wiring no pad;no support). I remember I was wearing a B cup by then (elementary school).It’s considered quite big since I am Asian. But it never felt quite tick. I was chubby back then. Then when I am at my senior year on junior high I started loosing weight but I still stick to my B cup size with the band of 32 I remember (so hard to find any band less than 32 or more than 40 in here..;^;) and some of them usually a half cup bra. It was never until when I was at my senior year in my college I realized that I prolly wear the wrong size (I got fatter again after the first tear of college almost as chubby as when I was in the past or prolly I’ve been more than that without realizing.Long story short, my current measurement is 86-87cm (almost 34″) underbust and 97-98cm (around 38.5″) bust.I’ve been consciously wearing a 36B for almost 2 years 3years ago cos everybody cringe at anything above a B (they will be like “are you really sure you’re a C?” As for D “there’s no way you’re a D!”) that let alone mine.Then there’s this one time around 1year ago I went to bought new bras cos all I had that time just felt extremely uncomfortable especially some of them already start to loose the stretch and it makes the bra just didn’t hold to its place (it’s riding up above my chest constantly). So I stroll around the dept store and try some bra then t that time a sales assistant come to look up at me ( this has never happened here in my whole life, we fit our own bra in my country and I never knew that actually you need a professional fitter to fit the bra for you; and i feel this sales assistant is not one professional either she just trying to get me some bras).But she then realized when she accidentally enters when i was still wearing my own bra she said that it looks bizzare and the band is riding up a lot furthermore i got a lot of boobs overflowing from the cup. She also said “look, you developed a very bad side boobs cos you were wearing bra too small for your whole life).i fit a few of her suggestion to go down a band and take a bigger cup but bcos I was too afraid of going up a lot of number I end buying 34d and 36c (most if them are c just one 34d). Weird thou at that time I fit maidenform 34d a lot better than a 34d from a local brands (eventho that both still has overflowing boobs but with the local brand half of my boobs ar overflowing.) But the thing is the 34 band of maidenform i wear it at the tightest hook but i think that theres no way i am a 32..i felt maidenform has the biggest 34 i’ve ever tried. Tho there’s one thing eventho at first it overflows when i got in some position it looks gaping at the top of the bra when i use this 34d maidenform. I thought that i prolly just wasnt D but i tried other D I cannot fit most of 34 D..36C fit is almost like 34 D but i think that it’s quite loose so nit too comfortable wearing it too often…but D cup is the biggest they had so never tried anything bigger…but just wanna ask for help tho is it the empty part on top of my boobs when i wear that 34d maidenform bcos i am smaller than a D(at first it overflows than at some position the top part is gaping, i am reading what you said about foam bra below is it that or i am just a smaller than D?).i also picked a lot of online measurement and the most common result I got was I am a 34DD or even E.and It actually got me really shock cos even wearing that 34D maidenform , I was thinking like theres no way thats why i on)y bought one 34D).

    if it’s true i am more than a C anyone know how to find such bra around Asian country?and where can i got a professional fit here?.Sorry this is very long but I desperately need help and this sounds like a very bad rambling…(sorry i don’t bother to edit anything above so it can sounded very confusing indeed, very hard also to type fast on this device without any typo).

    And I thank you so much if you help me!
    (Been holding this up forever cos too embarrassed..:()

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    • Erica
      April 11, 2015 at 10:47 am
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      Hi Katya! Based on your measurements, I would definitely suggest looking at the 34D to DD depending on the cut. If the 36s always feel too loose, you need to step down to the 34 as the bra should not be moving or riding up when you wear it. Maidenform can sometimes run a bit generous, and there is also the possibility that the cup shape is wrong as well. Have you checked our Large Cup Lingerie online? They offer free International shipping. You may also want to go to websites like Panache, Freya, Fantasie, Natori, and Wacoal to use their store locator. There may be a department store or specialty place nearby. If not, definitely try Large Cup Lingerie. They may be able to ship you bras for free which would lessen some of the issues. Also, one of the best communities for bra fit information is the Subreddit /ABraThatFits. They have fit checks and a lot of knowledgeable people there who may be able to help you or help you find a place nearby. Hope this helps!

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      • August 21, 2015 at 7:02 am
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        Dear Erica,

        It’s been a while..I tried buying a 36 C in US, it fits better than all bras I found in here (I wear it with the tightest hook) at that time they don’t have 34 band as it’s a big size store I stumbled upon.I just got back here and tried to put my measurement to ABraThatFits that you recommend but the result is not anything near what I thought..If possible I would love to send screenshot via PM or something and hope you will be willing to take a look at it, cos I am very confused now…Thank you very much!

        Sincerely,

        Katya

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        • Erica
          August 25, 2015 at 11:03 am
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          Hi Katya! Please feel free to send an email to sophisticatedpair[at]gmail[dot]com, and I’ll see what I can do with pictures/clarification.

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  • May 1, 2015 at 5:24 pm
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    Hi Erica,
    I don’t know if you are still responding, but I’m trying to find a decent bra as well. I’ve been squeezing myself into 34A bras for years, but I don’t think I’m getting enough support from the band, the cups overflow, and the straps fall off so often. I tried to measure myself, and I have a 28/29underbust and 34/35 overbust while standing. I was sized as a 32DD by a Victoria’s Secret specialist, and I get wildly differing sizes from online calculators (US 30D from another site and 28DDD from this site). What do you think my bra size is?
    Thank you!

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    • Erica
      May 5, 2015 at 4:29 pm
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      Hi Emily! Use my contact page and send me an email, and I’ll be happy to help. If you could answer the following questions too, that would give me what I need to get started: When you tried the 32DDD, was it comfortably snug on the loosest set of hooks? Did the underwire sit flat in the center? Did the cups fit without any gaping or wrinkling? On the side, was all of the breast tissue encapsulated by the underwire without any poking/digging?

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  • May 1, 2015 at 8:56 pm
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    I am a 36HH UK what size would it be in America size? 36hh hard to find?

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    • Erica
      May 5, 2015 at 4:27 pm
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      Hi Iris! A 36HH would be equivalent to a US 36L. It’s a size easier found in specialty boutiques or online, but there are options, including brands like Panache, Elomi, Anna Pardal, Curvy Kate, Freya, and Fantasie.

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  • June 1, 2015 at 5:42 pm
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    Hello, what US size would I be if my ribcage is 27 inches and my breast are 34?

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    • Erica
      June 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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      I’d try a US 28F, 30DDD, or 32DD depending on how tight you want your band to fit. 🙂

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      • June 2, 2015 at 9:22 pm
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        Oh ok thank you, where could I find these bras?☺

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        • Erica
          June 3, 2015 at 12:53 pm
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          I would do a google search for Panache, Curvy Kate, and Freya. Their websites have store locators for the brand where you can find someplace local. If there isn’t a local store, try searching the web for online retailers who will ship to your address. Have a great day!

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  • June 22, 2015 at 6:34 am
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    Hi.I just recently got measure at vs and they said I’m a 32DDD but actually im skinnier than a 32, whats the sister size to that? Im really bad at calculations. Also what are some good places to find bras?also to have in mind ,I’m under 17 and from a low income family and can’t find a job….so anywhere with deals would be great ❤vs rarely gets triple ds, so I was only able to snag a 32DDD and 34DD at vs on sale but the band is kinda big on the 34 . thank you in advance. ireally love this article and wish more people were informed. My gfs are suprised when i tell them my size and are like wow , they make triple d’s ,isn’t (insert celebrity who claims a smaller size than they are here) a d/dd. It drives me nuts!!haha

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    • Erica
      June 23, 2015 at 11:30 am
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      Hi Malina! A UK 30F/US 30G would be the sister size of a 32DDD, and I would recommend checking Bratabase for that size. Unfortunately, most new bras are going to be more expensive because they cost more to make and are made from better quality materials. However, Bratabase members often sell their older bras which are gently used or like new for significantly less. Since your budget is tight, this may be a better way to find bras that fit for a cheaper price. You can also sometimes find this size at Nordstrom Rack too or on Ebay, but I’d start with Bratabase. The website also has a lot of information on taking measurements of the bras themselves to help you determine which size is best for a given style. Hope this helps!

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      • June 24, 2015 at 4:53 am
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        Thanks so much. I’m going to check it out. There’s not a nordstroms by me and so hard to find a bra that fits at vs ,not too mention ..the quality isn’t all that .you’re a lifesaver

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        • Erica
          June 24, 2015 at 12:43 pm
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          You’re welcome, Malina, and good luck!

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  • July 17, 2015 at 9:50 am
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    Thank you so much for this wonderful article. It did wonders reassuring this worried mom of a 11 year old that was just measured for a 28H 🙂

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  • August 25, 2015 at 3:03 pm
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    Hi, wondering if you can help me. I want to be able to wear evening dresses that exhibit a little cleavage for special evenings out with my husband. I’ve been measured a number of times at VIctoria’s Secret and other places as 34DD but in every place I’ve shopped, none of their cleavage enhancing bras work on me…I’ve actually boggled saleswomen’s minds because they tell me “you have a big pair, why can’t we get them to show?” Any ideas on why this happens to me? I know I’m heavy on the outer and lower sides of my chest but those specifically lift and push together so…I’ve put many people at a loss. Thanks!!

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    • Erica
      August 28, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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      I’m happy to help! Look for bras with a graduated cup, like the Freya Deco or Wacoal La femme, if you can. Graduated cups are shallower toward the side and bottom to push the tissue up and to the center. If 34DD is your correct size, the La Femme is a great one for this because the underwires are a little wider than Freya to really create cleavage. You can also try push-up bras, but I’d look for ones like the Skarlett Blue Minx or b.tempt’d b.wow’d. Double check your size first though! 34DD is one of those sizes that I hear a lot because it’s more readily available, but you may actually need a bigger cup or a tighter band too.

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      • September 11, 2015 at 11:38 am
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        In regards to being the right size, I’ve been measured half a dozen times by different people at different stores now, over the course of about 8 months. They all say I’m a 34DD. Yes, I try their graduated cups, the super lift ones with padding on the outsides and bottoms but none seem to prop me up for the cleavage you see women having in V neck dresses. As I mentioned earlier, I even had one saleswoman boggled as she said “You have big boobs…why can’t we get them to show or cooperate??”
        (Sorry for the delayed response, your e-mail got lost in a pile of stuff apparently.)

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        • Erica
          September 12, 2015 at 10:44 am
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          My concern is that if you’ve been going to chain stores, your size may still be wrong, but it could also be the style of bras they are recommending. If you send me an email to sophisticatedpair@gmail.com, I may be able to help further. Here’s what I need to know:

          * When you a buy a bra, is it comfortably snug on the loosest set of hooks?
          * Does the underwire sit behind the breast tissue on the side and sit flat at the center?
          * When you scoop the breast tissue from the side into the cup, do you completely fill our the cup without any overflow?
          * What brands and styles have you tried?
          * What’s your per bra budget?

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  • September 29, 2015 at 2:21 am
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    Hi Erica,

    I thought I would share with you a colorful, detailed account of my bra history. I remember being so proud when the sales lady at the “old” Cacique (pre-plus size, more VS-like), fitted me in a shiny new 32B underwire t-shirt bra right before the start of 8th grade; no more training bras and bralettes for me! I naively wore those same 32B bras until junior year of high school, when I finally realized that they didn’t fit as well as they used to. Then my mom bought me some bras in 34C, which fit a bit better. Sometime during senior year, I went for a fitting at VS, and they sized me at a 32D, so I went all out buying beautiful, lacy unlined balconette bras that I wish felt as luxurious as they looked (read: scratchy). At that time (1999-2000), a 32 band in a cup higher than a B or C was difficult to find at VS stores, so I mostly ordered from their catalog. At some point between then and my sophomore year of college, VS resized me to the much more standard 34D, which is the size I wore for a good many years, until the spring of 2014, to be exact. I noticed that I would often “fall out” of 34D demi-cup bras from Target and Aerie, and I always rationalized it as: “I shouldn’t be wearing demi-cup bras in the first place – I’m a D cup, after all!” (Side note: I miss buying $10 Target bras and $20 Aerie bras. Sigh.)

    One Saturday in March of 2014, I happened to stop into a local bra specialty shop in my town, and the fitter measured me as a 34DD. A light bulb went off in my head – all of those ill-fitting demi-cup bras were an entire cup size too small! The shop didn’t have many bras in my size so they special-ordered a Fantasie moulded-cup bra. When I finally tried it on, I wasn’t in love with the fit, but still felt obligated to pay for it (they also had me pay for half of its cost when they ordered it). Another small shop and VS also confirmed my size as 34DD, so I went ahead and replaced all my 34D bras with my new size. I even bought some demi-cup bras, which, to my sheer delight, held me in without constantly adjusting!

    Fast-forward to this year. Last Saturday, after months of increased back and shoulder pain and slouching (not to mention, disliking my posture in photos), I decided I wanted some more supportive full-coverage bras (like the Le Mystère Dream Tisha lace bra I once owned in 32E – sized a few years back at Saks), and made the 45-minute drive to my nearest Nordstrom. I asked for a bra fitting just for confirmation…. aaaaaand, lo and behold, was fitted to a 32G!!! At first I shook my head in disbelief – “No one has said I was a 32 band since, like, 1999 (besides the one at Saks). Plus, it’s too tight!” Kayla was the most knowledgeable, patient, attentive, and thorough fitter I have ever had. (Side note: Nordstrom fitters go through at least a month of formal training, which I dare say is longer than standard VS training.) Kayla said that the right band might feel a bit tight at first, especially as I was used to looser-fitting bras in my wrong band size, but that the band would inevitably loosen over time, as soon as a few days or the first wash. She noted that the bra’s gore lay flat against my chest, that she couldn’t comfortably fit a finger under the band, and that the cup didn’t cut me off at the top of my breasts nor on the sides. Also, even if I cut off the straps, the band and cups would support me regardless. For the first time in years, I finally felt supported, and my posture even improved through no apparent effort of my own (and here I had thought that my slouching had more to do with laziness than an ill-fitting undergarment!). Most importantly, my back and shoulder pain had all but vanished. Imagine that. After Kayla explained that Nordstrom stores no longer carry Le Mystère, I bought 2 Natori bras and 1 Wacoal bra. All in all, the best $208 I’ve spent in a long time!

    Yesterday at work, I didn’t have to stop to rub my back and shoulders nearly as much as I had previously, and my short-sleeve cotton tee fit much better than it had in a while. I’ve already told two co-workers and several friends to get fitted at Nordstrom, because I am now convinced that it’s more like 99 out of 100 women (as opposed to a mere 80%) are wearing the wrong bra size! One can certainly not trust every fitter, as many stores care more about selling what’s in stock (generic sizes AA-DD, and in some cases DDD) than anything. The U.S. brands need to wake up and follow the U.K.’s lead in carrying above a DDD, particularly in smaller band sizes!!!

    Thank you for reading my bra autobiography thus far, one that I predict will only grow more colorful with each passing year. And, thank you for taking the time to assist a multitude of lost, confused women uncomfortable in their bras and unsure of their correct size. I almost wish there were a required bra fitting class in high school! 😉 As you know, the right-fitting bra makes a world of difference.

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    • Erica
      October 3, 2015 at 10:25 am
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      Thank you for sharing your bra journey, Jane! My story mimics yours as well where I kept sizing up in the cup but never addressed the band situation. Nordstrom was actually where I received my first proper fitting too, and I was given the same Fantasie Molded cup bra. At the time, I was in love with it, but I realize now I loved it more because it was the only bra I had found which actually fit me rather than because of the bra itself. When I finally decided to open my own store, I knew I wanted to give people more options than just one or two bras per size although it is certainly a challenge. Some sizes have more options than others, but we wanted to create a well-rounded store. I am so happy you found several bras which fit you well. Natori is one of our best-sellers because the bras are like second skin. Check out their new Plus Support line if you haven’t already!

      P.S. I have approached several high schools about coming to talk about bra fitting, and not a single one will return my calls. It really should be taught in schools during health class, particularly things like it’s okay to have one side bigger than the other, etc.

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  • October 8, 2015 at 11:49 am
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    I’m I can really figure out what size I am I don’t have a way to find out I think I wear a 40 but my cup don’t fit very good I fit good in a 42b but the band is wrong but the cup fit nice on the flip side I can’t fill a 40b the band fits amazing but the cup don’t fit at all

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    • Erica
      October 9, 2015 at 12:08 pm
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      Hi Marina! I recommend looking for a 40A is the band feels comfortable but the B cup is too large. Certain styles can also run generous in the cup too which means you may need a 40B or even a 40C in certain styles. When you put on the bra, be sure to reach behind the underwire/cup and scoop the breast tissue forward as well. A lot of people forget they have side tissue which needs to be pulled into the cup to improve the overall fit. Feel free to check out our Bra Naked Truth section too as I have instructions for measuring and fixing common bra problems too. 🙂

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      • October 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm
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        I have a 40c on it fits mostly the straps are a little long but everything else is perfect

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  • October 21, 2015 at 7:29 pm
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    Will you please help me? Maybe I am just slow. I usually measure a 34DDD. I am a 34″ band and 39″ bust. The middle never sits againsy my sternum correctly. The breasts seem to be held nice and my band seems correct and sits correctly; only in the bra I am currently wearing. Its maidenform. Does this mean I fit a 34DD also or not? I have never found a bra yet that I have said, “YES!” I just want to be supported and comfy for once. I also want more options. Victoria secret truly has never gotten my chest correct with bras. I am just hanging away in each bra. There isnt many options in the stores near me for my size. Or i am just too frustrated to really try anymore. Thank you for your help and time. 🙂

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    • Erica
      October 29, 2015 at 2:54 pm
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      Hi Brandi! It could be that you actually need a larger cup size than a 34DDD if the middle never sits flat between your sternum. Have you seen some of the Bra Naked Truth articles (link in the menu above) because I go through some great material in a video where you can really see the issues. It may help get you started. I also want to say that some of the less expensive brands like Maidenform can have fit issues in higher cups because they are not designed as well as some of the bras made for the D+ crowd. It could be worth branching out into some new styles. Have you checked to see if there are any boutiques/stores further out from you? One of the best ways to do this is to go to lingerie brands like Curvy Kate, Freya, Panache, and Parfait and view their “Stockists” page. Typically a store carrying those brands will offer professional services and a better selection. If you’re still having some trouble, feel free to use the Contact tab on the menu and send me an email. 🙂

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  • December 22, 2015 at 3:54 am
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    Hi erica I loved this blog, I like many women have finally accepted that i MUST be wearing the wrong size bra because nothing has been comfortable i.e being poked in ribs or arm feeling too lose in the top part of the cups, to tight in the band or too loose. I have spent the better part of 2 weeks researching for bras and what would suit my budget.

    Here is my gripe where I live has 0 bra boutiques and only one Walmart which isn’t ideal for bra shopping especially when I cannot drive. Many online calculators fluctuate between 40DDD to a 42i some sites say to do under bust and fullest part of bust others say to do top of bust and fullest part. Some places tell you to let it ALL hangout and measure leaning forward others say stand up right. My issue is due to weight gain and loss and ill fitting bras I have what they call pendulous breasts which means I have a lot of sag and droopiness at 32 years old I feel I have the breasts of someone much older because of it. and I am so confused!!!!!!

    if I stand naturally no leaning have a 39 under bust and 46 round my fullest part which doesn’t seem right to squidge into the DD cup suggested by some sites as that is what i’ve been wearing and its never fitted flush against my rib cage at the front I always had a gap. have tried a 38 but the fit felt too tight and leaves bending painful If I do the leaning forward I have 39 underbust and 50 bust What measurement should I go with? I long for a proper fitting bra that actually supports me not just a ok this will do as I’d like to LOOK supported in the bust area, i’ve had several comments that it makes me look worse and frankly it’s embarrassing and upsetting to think i’ve been suffering because I wasn’t able to buy something suited to my size because I didn’t know I had the wrong size!!!

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    • Erica
      December 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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      Hi Emmy! I am a big proponent of using the standing measurement to start simply because I have seen too many women come into the store who used the leaning measurement (or some combination thereof) and wound up with cups that are way too big. I recommend taking your band measurement directly underneath the ribcage and then taking the bust measurement across the widest point (without a bra on) to use as a starting point measurement. Check out the link below:

      http://www.sophisticatedpair.com/bra-naked-truth/

      It takes you to the main part of our website and has links for articles and videos who show how to measure, how a bra should fit, and how to address common bra problems. It’s a great starting resource to get you headed in the right direction. I recommend starting with one bra in the size you think and then using the fit problems to figure out which direction to go from there. Sometimes it may take a few tweaks in order to get everything just right or to find the best style, but knowing a starting point size is essential. Hope this helps!

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  • January 24, 2016 at 12:21 am
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    Hi! I was wondering what is the proper way to measure your bra size? There are different methods out there and I just wanted to clarify.

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    • Erica
      January 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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      Hi Alex! I personally recommend using the technique outlined in our Bra Naked Truth section. There are videos to help you measure yourself as well as to address common problems. Click the tab at the top to take you there. 🙂

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  • February 7, 2016 at 4:23 am
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    hi Im a UK 36DD but find i hard to fnd that size is there another bra size equivalant to it

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    • Erica
      February 7, 2016 at 8:20 pm
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      Hi Sharon! Sadly, there really isn’t an exact size equivalent although you can sister size to a 38D if you don’t mind altering the band tighter. You can also search for American brands that do 36DD or European brands where it is known as the 36E.

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  • March 4, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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    Hi there I’m size 34f but I can’t find it anywhere I have hard time finding then can you plz help what other size at will fit me plz

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    • Erica
      March 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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      Hi Maya! You can sister size to a 36DDD but it will impact the overall fit. Have you tried searching the “Stockists” section on website of fuller-bust brands like Freya, Panache, Fantasie, etc.? There may be a store in your area that can help you. Otherwise, there are a lot of online stores to shop from too!

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  • March 15, 2016 at 10:09 pm
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    I know that people say that if you go up a band size you go down a cup size right? Supposedly I am 28DD, say I want to go up 2 band sizes which would mean I would have to wear a 32C correct? The problem is that 32C is huge on me, the only cup size that does fit me is 32A and occasionally 32B(depends on the brand). I’m just curious, shouldn’t it be if you go band size up an go down two cup sizes because technically you are decreasing the difference of your band size and breast size by 2inches or am I wrong… Since 32C is meant for women with a 35 inch breasts whereas a 32A is meant for women with 33 inch breasts and 28DD is meant for women with 33 inch breasts like me. Do you see what I mean?

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    • Erica
      March 17, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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      Hi Diana! Sister-sizing up two band sizes is definitely tricky. I think it can depend on which sizes you are switching between. Have you tried a size 28DD? You say it “supposedly” is your size which leads me to believe you haven’t tried it yet. It could be that your 28 band size is actually more like a D cup. Different brands also can have unique cuts. We’ve seen people sister size fairly easily through Elomi or Goddess but run into problems with brands that have firmer molded cups.

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  • April 9, 2016 at 5:04 pm
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    I’ve always thought I was a 38 B and so looking at all the online calculators that are telling me I’m a 38G or 40F is definitely a little disconcerting (I remeasured about 5 times to be sure I got it right) because whenever I look at bras that are even DDD they look hugely massive and I don’t feel like I’m anywhere near big enough to fill a bra like that. I haven’t been able to get to the store to actually see if they carry bras in stock in a G size but I am curious to try and see if it’ll fit or if I’ll feel like I’m swimming in fabric. Who knows though!

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    • Erica
      April 9, 2016 at 5:36 pm
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      Hi Cali! My advice is to read through our Bra Naked Truth series (there’s a tab) and pay attention to the common bra problems. It’s possible that you may need a 38DD instead of the DDD. I will say that we do hear a lot in the shop that the cups look very large, especially on molded cup ones which have a very defined shape, but once the bra is on the body, it fits very well. There’s also something to be said for the fact that some bra companies do cut very large in the cup. I think it’s always good to try on the bras but also to look through the fit issues you have with your current ones to guide you too. That’s generally how we fit in the store rather than going strictly by what the tape measure says. Thanks for commenting!

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  • April 26, 2016 at 9:23 pm
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    Hey I was wondering if you knew of any plunges that come in a 30H? Hopefully with at narrow, short wires. If not I can always bend the wires in to try and match my shape more. I recently had to size up again and am finding it impossible to find a plunge bra. They feel so much better to me because they don’t dig into my sternum like higher gores do but finding a plunge a higher cup size is seeming to more difficult than I thought it would be. Thank you for whatever you can do to help!

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    • Erica
      April 28, 2016 at 11:31 am
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      Hi Shelby! My gut reaction is to tell you to go to my “Reviews Tab” and look at everything on Comexim. They are plunges with narrow, short wires and projected cups, which sound like exactly what you need. If you prefer to stick with the UK side of things, you can always check Curvy Kate’s plunge, Tutti Rouge’s Jessica, and *maybe* some of the Freya plunge bras that only go to the H cup. 🙂

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      • May 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm
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        Thanks you and I agree and would love to get my hands on a Comexim bra. They sound amazing in both quality and construction. In one of your reviews you said that they’re narrower than Cleo bras, which does sound like what I need. I’ve been looking at the sizing on here and how you recommend to go up the band and cup and I’ve looked at the measurements of the bras on Bratabase and the sizing chart on the Comexim website and I’m confused on what size I need. On the Comexim website it looks like I’d need a 75HH or maybe a 75J, on Bratabase it looks like I’d need a 65K or more preferably a 65L, then theres the adding of a band and cup size… could you help me narrow it down? My measurements are 30.5 underbust and 41.5 overbust if it helps and my current size is a 30H in most brands, sometimes I have to size up to a 30HH. Thanks you again!

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        • Erica
          June 13, 2016 at 9:48 am
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          Hi Shelby! I’d consider trying a 32H or HH (70K or 70L) if you can. Some of Comexim’s brands are stretchier, and you could use a 30HH or J (65L or 65M). However, that’s also an area where people sometimes require alterations like reducing the cups, moving in the straps, or playing with gore height. I would see if anyone on Bratabase has any of those sizes up for sale and try them out first before going forward with an International order!

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  • June 2, 2016 at 4:58 pm
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    Oh hi.
    I’ve been wearing a 34dd/36d bra for whole my life. And they were beyond comfy…
    I’ve been trying out different calculators and they are giving me 36g.. How is it even possible?
    Have my whole life been a lie?
    (Under Bust=80cm, bust=105)
    Thanx ^^

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    • Erica
      June 13, 2016 at 9:59 am
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      Hi Anna! According to our calculator, I’d recommend a UK 32GG (Us 32J) or a UK 34G (US 34I). Measurements and calculators are just a starting point though. I recommend looking through our Bra Naked Truth series (tab above) as there are great articles on fixing common problems and checking to make sure your size is correct.

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  • July 20, 2016 at 8:17 am
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    I totally love this:) I wear a size 36C but if I measure my size is actually a 28F. People need to be more aware of proper bra sizing and find out for sure what works for them…which may include not wearing a bra at all

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    • Erica
      July 21, 2016 at 10:14 am
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      I’m glad you enjoyed the post! You are so right that the most important element to bra fitting is to find what works for you, and yep, sometimes that’s no bra or a bralette or a sports bra . . . and so on. 🙂

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  • July 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm
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    I’m 14 and been wearing a 34B for the last 3 years. I measured myself and I got a shock – apparently according to the calculator I need a 28H! I can’t get my head round it! I don’t look big, and I’m not sure that I fill an H cup.

    A friend suggested that I go to Bravissimo and get measured and fitted, but I’m scared to go in case I’m not big enough and I get embarassed when they measure me. I’m not sure what to do, can you suggest anything? I measure 28″ under the bust and 39″ on the fullest part.

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    • Erica
      July 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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      Hi Maureen! From what I understand, Bravissimo is known for great service, and they are trained not to make you feel upset about your body or your size. I’d totally recommend going there if you can. Your measurements do seem to indicate a 28H, but they are only a starting point. If I am not mistaken, Bravissimo only stocks D+ cups, so even if you are smaller than the H cup, you do seem to be larger than the D. Hope this helps!

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      • August 4, 2016 at 7:33 pm
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        Hi Erica, today I conquered my fear of embarassment of being too small for Bravissimo, and I feel so silly about even doubting that I could be that big. They tried me out on a 28H, but I got a shock when it was too small for me! I then tried out a 28HH and it fits perfectly and I fill the cups very comfortably. I can’t get my head round it! I don’t think I look particularly big and the cups look enormous but there’s no doubt 28HH fits me! Why did I ever think my boobs were still only a 34B? Insane!

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        • Erica
          August 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm
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          I am so happy for your, Maureen! It sounds like you had a wonderful experience and were finally able to find bras which fit properly. <3 It's a great feeling, and I know it will help later on too. Congratulations!

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  • August 8, 2016 at 11:49 am
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    What is uk size underbust 34 inch and 39/40inch over

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    • Erica
      August 11, 2016 at 8:57 pm
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      Hi Karin! Check out our Bra Naked Truth link on the menu as well as the Bra Calculator link. Those are the best resources for getting you started! 🙂

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  • August 16, 2016 at 11:22 am
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    Even after looking at calculators etc. I’m still confused as to what my size should be. I’ve been wearing a 30c from aerie which is way too small in the cup and too loose in the band. I don’t have any stores for bras in my size nearby so any bras I get will have to be ordered online. I went to aerie to try on bras that were in sister sizes to some of the reccommendations and found 32c to be too small in the cup while 32d fit in the cup. Bra calculators are telling me 26e 28dd 28e and 26f so I’m confused. My measurements are snug underbust 26.5 tight underbust 25 standing bust 32 leaning bust 33.5 lying bust 31.7

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    • Erica
      August 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm
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      Hi Rebecca! If the cup of the 32D fit well in the cup, but even a 30 band was loose, then I would consider starting with a 28DDD or UK 28E. That seems to fit with your measurements as well. I’d consider starting with the 28E and playing around with styles and sizes as needed. Also, check out our Bra Naked Truth series (link at the top) as we do have some additional articles there on addressing fit problems, a guide to certain styles, as well as tips for measuring yourself. Hope that helps!

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  • September 13, 2016 at 1:18 pm
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    I have a question. So I was told that I’m a 34DDD. Is that the same size as a 34F? Thank you.

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    • Erica
      October 13, 2016 at 2:19 pm
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      Hi Sherisse! A US 34DDD is the same as a UK 34E or a European (and sometimes American) 34F. The important thing to distinguish is which sizing system a brand uses. Brands like Wacoal, Natori, Skarlett Blue, and Curvy Couture use US Sizing, meaning you would need the DDD cup. Brands like Panache, Elomi, Fantasie, and Tutti Rouge use UK sizing, thus you need the 34E, and finally, brands like Le Mystere and Cake uses the third sizing system, where you would need the 34F. I know it is crazy confusing, and if you’re ever in doubt, you can always email customer service or research the brand’s dominant sizing system!

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  • October 23, 2016 at 2:01 pm
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    I was shown I was a 28DD, I usually wear a 32B, on the last hook and they seem to be comfortable. I was looking at sister charts and they seem to fall in the same line, but I dont know if all sister sizing charts are the same or what? I’ve never even ever seen a 28 band size, I already have such a hard time finding anything less than a 34!

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    • Erica
      October 26, 2016 at 5:33 pm
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      If 32Bs are comfy on the loosest setting, then I’d consider staying with that band size. Not everyone prefers a band that tight. Just make sure the cup size fits. If you have any overflow or if the wire does not sit flush, consider trying the 32C instead. With no standardization, it’s possible for you to find a few sizes that work depending on the brand and style. 🙂

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  • November 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm
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    Hey this is life changing!(and I’m not exaggerating even a bit!!)..
    I found I measure 28FF..underbust=28,over bust=36.
    I have close set,wide and tall roots..between even to full on top shape..With central fullness(with slight splayed nipples…)
    Any suggestions would be a blessing !!

    One doubt..
    I’m confused that if at all I had to size up the band for a particular model..how to equate ..The cup volume equal to 28FF?..eg ..28FF = 32??

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    • Erica
      November 4, 2016 at 4:18 pm
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      Hello fellow Erica! If you need to size up in the band, start with a UK 30F first and then possibly go to the 32E (US 30G and 32DDD, respectively). Do you have a boutique or a Nordstrom nearby? I highly recommend going for a fitting to try stuff on, but here are a few of our best-sellers in that size range: Freya Deco, Freya Idol, Comexim Plunge, Panache Envy/Jasmine, Cleo Marcie, and Parfait Charlotte. Cleo from Panache has some other goodies like Kayla, which uses a stretch lace top, and Blake, but Marcie is their basic, find-easily style. Deco is usually our go-to starter bra for that size because it tends to give good lift and shape while also being friendly for closer-set breast types. 🙂 If you get stumped along the way, feel free to email!

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  • March 22, 2017 at 2:29 am
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    So I wear non-wired bras (for me, underwires are always torture), and through trial and error have figured out that a 38D works for me. Because they’re wireless they wear out pretty quickly (every few months) and aren’t always supportive enough, so I’m always trying to see if I can find a more perfect bra for me.

    Putting my measurements into various online calculators has me coming up as around a 34F! (Measured tonight, band is between 33″ and 34″ and bust is 40-41.)

    ARGH! It is already extremely difficult to find a soft-cup wire-free bra that isn’t beige/black/white. I can’t shell out for $150 bras either. Certainly I can’t walk into Sears and buy a 34F in a softcup! So this news is frustrating. I see that a 38D (or a 36DD or 40C, which I have attempted in various brands) is a sister size of the 34F. I’m also dubious that going *down* a band size would actually work, because the new 38D Warner’s bra I bought yesterday is already quite snug, and 36″ bands dig into my skin.

    So I guess my question is, am I okay with wearing a 38D? Does it seem like a reasonable compromise?

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    • Erica
      March 28, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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      Hi Nenya! Some people are sensitive toward tighter bands, and if you are one of those, then a 38 is totally fine. However, if you measure closer to 34, you may find your bras give you better support and last longer if they are tighter, even if it means stepping down to a 36DD or DDD (both of which should be easier to find locally). You can also use extenders to ensure the bands are firmer too. The wireless market has come a long way. Brands like Anita, Wacoal, Royce, Goddess, and even Warner’s do have more colors. For what it’s worth, I typically do not carry some of the same lines as Sears because the quality is lower overall. We focus on the bras that do cost $50 to $75, but the construction, support, and lift is so much better. German brand Anita, in particular, puts a certain thoughtfulness into their designs to ensure they support even without a wire. I hope this helps!

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  • April 28, 2017 at 5:45 am
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    I remember I was once told I was a 38DD, in my shock I replied I think your measuring incorrectly, and insisting on getting measured at another store. Later (after weight lost) I was measured at 30F (although some bra’s I fit into a 30FF). The only downside to being a large cup size is the fact many lingerie brands don’t do 30 back sizes or the fact that you have to buy two sizes bigger to fit around the cup size, and then the straps hang.

    I personally can not opt to downsize to a 32E or 32F because my bust doesn’t feel as supportive and I often have to pull the straps up to high, which results in me getting red marks on my shoulders. I just try to stick to one particular brand.

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    • Erica
      April 28, 2017 at 5:46 pm
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      Hi Cally! Yes, it’s so important for that band to fit properly. I don’t know which brand you like but Freya, Fantasie, Panache, Curvy Kate, Playful Promises, Comexim, Ewa Michalak, Natori, and Parfait all make bras in the 30F/FF size. It’s getting a little more traction, so you may have more options available now. 🙂

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  • May 1, 2017 at 2:38 am
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    I have been measured quite a few times by “experts” and been told I’m a 34c..so..that’s what I’ve been wearing. I have been so uncomfortable for so long, the straps slip all the time, gaps at the top and I’m constantly adjusting…aaargh!!! I did your calculator and it gave me 36DDD. Can that possibly be right?

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  • May 1, 2017 at 2:47 am
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    Oh and my under bust is 36 and full bust is 42″

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    • Erica
      May 2, 2017 at 11:34 am
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      Hi Gill! Your measurements do seem to suggest 36DDD, but it’s only a starting point. If you tried 34 bands only to find them tight, then sizing up to the 36 is a must. With the cup size, it’s harder to make suggestions. Sometimes a cup can gape at the top even if it is too small simply because the shape isn’t right for you. Does the underwire sit flat in the middle, separating the tissue completely, as well as sit behind the tissue on the side? Can you successfully scoop all of your breast tissue into the cup? If the answer to all these questions is “yes,” then try a 36B or 36A, but if you find you have breast tissue in the middle or on the sides that is not encapsulated in the cup, it’s time bump up in the cup and look at other bra shapes. 🙂

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      • May 2, 2017 at 12:24 pm
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        Thanks Erica, my answer to all those questions is no! Time to start trying on some new bras, different styles..starting point 36DDD. Thank You!! 🙂

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  • June 19, 2017 at 10:17 pm
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    This is my size as well. I was measured by someone at Victoria’s secret years ago and she said we can also wear 36D. However it seems neither of these sizes can be found in stores so I end up having to get a size close enough to it to fit right. As far as I know only online catalog shops carry these exact sizes. Victoria’s secret does as well but I’ve heard their bras do not fit even when they are your size and they fall apart pretty quickly. Kinda said that stores seem to discriminate against that size. It’s not like we asked to be that size. I personally would prefer to be a small C or a 32B.

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    • Erica
      June 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm
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      Hi Belle! Have you tried Belk’s, Dillard’s, Nordstrom, or Macy’s? Most of those stores will carry a 36DD or 36D although specialty stores definitely will. Great lines for that size include b.tempt’d, Triumph, Anita, Wacoal, Natori, Skarlett Blue, Simone Perele, and Parfait. 🙂

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  • July 10, 2017 at 12:15 pm
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    I really wish I could find more pictures of real women and real bra sizes. I measure at between 34dd to 34f somehow, when I personally think I look about a 36b, honestly. I’m also 165 lbs and when I try to see similar women I come up with girls that are about 120lbs with implants, so disappointing.

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    • Erica
      July 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm
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      Check out the bra blogger sphere or bratabase! There’s lots of sizes and body shapes out there. 🙂

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  • July 14, 2017 at 1:55 am
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    Hi Erica !! What is the sister size of 36H ?!

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    • Erica
      July 21, 2017 at 2:17 pm
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      If it’s UK, then 38GG or 34HH. If it’s US, then 34I or 38G.

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  • July 24, 2017 at 10:59 am
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    So I recently got measured and my bra size turned out to be 34DD I was really shocked as my breasts are not big and I’m 13 but after reading your article I finally understand. The bra I got pokes me a little near the sides but I doesn’t hurt, as I’m still developing I think that I made the right choice in staying with a bra a teensy bit bigger but I would like to know if I made the right choice.

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    • Erica
      August 2, 2017 at 6:14 pm
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      Hi Melanie! I am so glad the article helped you. 🙂 It could be you need a bigger cup but some bras are also higher on the sides too. Some bra fit problems relate to the size itself while others can be part of the style. Not all bras work for all people, but if you’re still growing, I usually err on the side of the cup being slightly big than too small.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 4:23 pm
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    With the way modern media shows breathtaking size I always thought I was tiny but when I went to get messured at 15 and found out I was a 36DDD I couldn’t believe it.

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    • Erica
      September 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm
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      I think that’s a big problem with the media. It gives clients letterphobia too when they hear DDD, G, or HH or something, and they feel freakish when it’s a totally normal, even common size. I’m glad you were properly measured!

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