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Measuring for correct bra size

I hate bra shopping, and I've lost enough weight that the ones I'm wearing no long fit right. I'm 36" around the strap part, but I can't imagine a 36-whatever being comfortable. Help!

Tue. Jan 31, 6:30pm

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Oprah did a whole show on bra fittings, and how most women are in the wrong size. Get a professional fitting, I know Nordstrom's is really good at this, I don't know where else you can get a professional fitting. It's really worth it! I recently convinced two friends to go get a fitting and they are really happy they did because they were in the wrong sized bra. They both liike their new bras.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 6:47 PM

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JCPenney also does bra fittings. They don't just go by the length around. It's more like, they put the tape measure around your back where your bra strap should go, bring it around towards the front, then in the front the measure goes up on the side of your breasts and then meets in the middle above your breasts at your chest. I measure about 37 if you go strictly around but like 42 measured in this manner.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 7:44 PM

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I'm a size 12, 180lbs- my bra is a 34 or 36 D. Most women wear the strap too wide, and it will rise above the bottom of their shoulder blades and look terrible. I agree with those who say get fitted for one. I used to work lingerie, and girls would be like "I need a 38 A" and I was thinking, honey, you're narrower than me, and I wear a 34 C...

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 7:52 PM

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I saw the Oprah episode and then read an article in a magazine (can't remember which mag) but I wrote the info down.

To get your band size: tightly wrap tape measure under breast

To get your cup size: measure at the fullest part of the breast and the difference results in your cup size

1" is A cup
2 " is B cup
3" is C cup
4 " is D cup
5 " is DD cup
6" is DDD cup

For example I am 36" under the breast and 39" at the fullest part so I am a 36C

Hope this helps

Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 9:51 PM

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Thank you to the above poster. I am very modest so I do not want anyone else measuring me for a bra, now I know how to do it myself.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006, 12:47 AM

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Yeah, I know what you mean about the modest thing, but I found it was necessary for me and she actually did the measuring with my bra on. Just so you know, the stap is supposed to be small enough to stay down under the bra line on the back and not ride up, so most women take a size two inches too large. Good luck!

Wednesday, February 01, 2006, 5:08 AM

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I received the Oprah magazine that had the tape measure included in it for bra measuring and it was not right for me. I think it was too general.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006, 11:41 AM

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I don't agree with the measuring suggestion

By your suggestion, I'd be a 32DD. I am a 36C/D. There's no way I could even fasten a 32...

Wednesday, February 01, 2006, 3:09 PM

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not all bras are made equal. I'm the 34D or 36D. Depends on which brand. Really, you have to try numerous ones on, because they're made differently. How wide is the base of the cup? How wide are you across the back? These are all things that go beyond the band/cup size, and they will vary from brand to brand.

You may think you couldn't fasten a 32, but that could be because you wear your bra a little higher, or because your band is too narrow and cuts in. Or, it could be you're wider at the back than the front, so that when the cups are fitted to your girls, there's not enough space at the back. Or some of us have a problem with the cups cutting in onthe top and us "busting out" (not as pretty as you think!!) because the cup width is right, but not the depth...

Really, our bodies are so incredibly different, but bras are made relatively "one 34C fits all 34Cs" which isn't really true. Find a good brand. Me, I'm a big fan of maiden form.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006, 3:25 PM

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When I googled this, most of the sites I came across said to add 4" to the measurement around your chest just below the breasts to get your bandwidth, rounding up if it's an odd number. The for cup size, you use the chest (not band) measurement and do pretty much as the poster above listed to determine cup size.

However, this makes me - a questionable 40DD - into a 40F. Hm.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006, 4:13 PM

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