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I took my measurements this morning to see where I am. My chest is 36", but my rib cage just below my boobs is 29.5". Does this mean that I'm technically a 30E?!?! That sounds so disproportionate, but I don't look disproportionate! I typically wear a 34D; though I did notice this morning that the back rides up a little...

Tue. Feb 21, 10:22am

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I think the inches measurement is actually ABOVE your bust - so right under your armpits.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 11:10 AM

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Victoria Secret site has step-by-step instructions.

click on the link below and then click on

"Not sure about your bra size? "click here"


Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 11:11 AM

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Huh... According to Victoria's Secret, then, I'm not a 30E, I'm a 34B. I know that's not true - especially at Victoria's Secret! The cups on their 34D's are way too small! At a real store, though, that's kind of what sorta fits... Stupid boobs...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 11:26 AM

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Yeah, mine were way off with Victoria Secret as well - I was fine if I used the difference between ribcage measurement and bust measurement to find cup size - but geez, if you follow their instructions and use the BAND size to find cup size - that's waaaaay off!

You're right - stupid boobs!

Try the jcpenney sizing charts for lingerie...

Measure around the chest, just under the arms, above the bust. This is your BAND OR BODY SIZE. If your measurement ends in a fraction or is an odd number, round up to the next even size.

Measure around the fullest point of the bust, keeping the tape level without pulling tight. Refer to the chart at right, the difference between measurements A & B equals CUP SIZE.

Cup Size
Difference Cup size is
0" AA
1" A
2" B
3" C
4" D
5" DD
6" F(DDD)
7" G
8" H
9" I


Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 11:37 AM

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That's what I thought! Damnit, back to a 30F! Do those even exist?!

I think I may try to find a 32D or 32DD...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 11:39 AM

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For your band size (bra measurement), you're supposed to add 4 or 5 to the actual inches around your rib cage just under those stupid boobs. So if you're 29.5 then yes, 34 would be the correct bra size. As for cups, blech, so much depends on shape that generalizations don't always work.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 2:14 PM

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As a 34B (B as in barely), I wish I could jump up some of the fat in my butt up to my boobs. Don't we always want what we don't have??? :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 6:02 PM

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This site is obviously mostly women, hah.

But, yeah.. And what you have you don't want.. I mean, that's why we're here.. We don't exactly want the body we have.. or at least parts of it.

I'm only 34 B and I don't even want those sometimes... or at least I definatly don't want them any bigger. I'm definatly not a boob kind of person.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 8:29 PM

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sporting a 36C

and loving them! I also really enjoyed the fact that my birth control made me a full C in comparison to a slight one. I guess everyone has there own likes and dislikes, however I like what I was given :)

Tuesday, February 21, 2006, 8:33 PM

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Hey ladies - we had a long discussion about this before. I urge everyone to get a professional fitting - Nordstom's is great if you have one around. There, they measure UNDER the breasts, and that's what they showed on Oprah as well, not over the breast - which I never heard of. If the bra is riding up, you need a smalled band size. Most women are in a bra with too large of band size and too small of cup size. Don't worry about the letters - wouldn't you rather have something that really fits you and supports you?

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 5:04 AM

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After having three kids my breast have went from humongous when pregnant and back to normal so many times that now I am back to a size c but they are not firm any more they just look like deflated balloons. is there any way to get them to perk back up again. It seems like the more i lose weight the worse they get. My husband even made the comment that his friends are leaving:o)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 12:47 PM

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ha! that last comment made me laugh out loud. my mom had breast cancer as well as her sister (both had mastectomys) , so i told my husband when we got married, to enjoy them now, they may not be here forever! :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 1:17 PM

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Glad you thought my husband's comment was funny. I told him that he should be glad I was gifted with so much in that area in the first place or they would have completely disappeared already. My mom died of breast cancer in 98'. She had her breast removed but it did not help.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 3:58 PM

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For the big b00bs...

Go to - its a fantastic british lingerie site. I was a 34F before having a breast reduction recently--it was the only place I could find bras that fit my smallish band size (33" technically) and my big cup size. And by the way, my now "official" 34Cs are 34Ds @ Victorias Secret and my 2 cents is that their products SUCK. My favorite brands were Fantasie of England and Freya--top, top quality and around $30 if you catch a sale. Free returns and great customer service. Watch the balcony bras, though, they are very bad for big b00bs.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006, 9:03 PM

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Definately get fitted, have the proper fitting bra makes the girls look glorious! Well, at least under a shirt! Courtesy of my daughters, mine sag to my knees without a brazier, and I'm only 30!

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 10:22 AM

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Best sports bras

Speaking of bras. If you are looking for a great sports bra. is a great site to go to. They rate them by barbells. The more barbells, the more support. For the bustier active women which I am, I love the 3 reasons sports bra. It doesn't have an underwire but it is so comfortable and SUPPORTIVE. I ran my first marathon in it and didn't get a rash at all. It was the best. And actually it is made by "Moving Comfort" Fiona Bra. You can also find it at REI, Sportsmart or Sports Chalet.


Thursday, February 23, 2006, 2:14 PM

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I am only 25 and my breast are saggy baggies.

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 2:40 PM

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I'm getting annoyed because as I am working out, I'm losing weight from the top down.... i.e. in the face & neck, in the arms and in MY BOOBS... How is that fair?!

Not that I was ever big, I've only barely topped out a B at my fattest... and was a barely B when younger and thinner....

(Don't you hate when you try on a bra that's made of sheer material and it looks like the end of a loose condom where the nipple should be?! It's really hard to find a B cup in sizes sizes above a 34... :-( )

Anyways, I'm trying to keep doing exercises for my pects because otherwise, I'll be back to a "barely B" cup... :-(

Thursday, February 23, 2006, 2:47 PM

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Ladies -

I to have had issues with deflating breasts as I lost weight. I found something that helps and has other great health benefits - Flax Seed Oil. I put some (the liquid) in my oatmeal and smoothies. And I know its worked for people other then me.

Friday, February 24, 2006, 12:30 PM

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I agree lsoing weight will help with your breast. Me who has never been more than 38B all my life and proud of it. I don't have sagging boobs. At 50 I wish my stomach looked as good as my boobs.

Friday, February 24, 2006, 4:33 PM

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yes, this size does exist. I am a 30F, but I can also wear a 32DD. It depends on the bra manufacturer and the style. I get mine from kiss and make up. You can go to the website. The address is

Good luck!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 6:03 PM

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Lol i love the comment about the loose condom... I have that issue too! I did get a fitting at Victorias Secret and wow I never realized I was wearing a smaller bra size than I should have been. Poor things were being squished lol

Tuesday, October 23, 2007, 6:37 PM

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I'm all for Figleaves as mentioned by 9.03 poster. I'm a 30GG - 32HH and wholeheartedly agree with the endorsements for Fantasie and Freya (which is / was Fantasie's more "youthful" line). I also recommend Kalyani. If you are happy to go to UK sites, is brilliant for ladies with a bust size from a DD upwards.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007, 7:27 AM

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Hi - i'm new to peertrainer and am totally loving these postings ... I just recently lost 15 lbs (more to go) and I did an online bra fitting at
they have -what they call - Boobologists!! I uploaded a pic of myself and within hours I was sized online - got a personal email back from the owner Lauren (actually saw them in this month's Lucky mag too for bra fittings) telling me what size I should be wearing with and explanation as to WHY ...
Basically she said that there is no need for measuring tape - as long as your bra is snug in the band on the loosest hook and not riding up - and the cup is covered - you are in the right size. So if your band is not snug - keep going down band numbers until it is ... if your cup is too small -then keep going up cup sizes until it is covered. I also had some questions and she emailed me back on a weeknight ... very impressive!


Thursday, November 08, 2007, 9:23 PM

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