Yesterday at work a few of us lady folks somehow got to talking about bras and breasts. I find it always to be a fascinating conversation (I am sure some men might find it fascinating too, but in different ways). One of the main reasons I find talking about bras, breasts, boobs, breast reductions, breast increases so interesting is that we all come in different shapes and sizes and we all have such different and rich experiences from puberty to adulthood.
AND…I believe that most of us are not wearing the right sized bra. How can we really know with sub par service and support? I have two places in Portland that have real knowledge about bras: Nordstrom and a local bra store that cater to women who are pregnant or breast-feeding, women who have had a mastectomy, or women that have a strange size (28D to 56K) – yes those sizes really do exist. Most department stores like Macy’s do not carry the correct bra size, and even Nordstrom at times has had to order my size.
A C cup size was average when I was growing up, and anything larger meant you had big boobs. I can remember a few years ago watching an episode of Oprah dedicated to bra makeovers. Here is a photo gallery + explanation of some good examples. So often we are wearing a band size that is way to large and we sag way more than necessary. A 34D might better fit as a 32E or F (depending on if the bra is a European bra). Just as this Empowher article says:
“D is small, G is average, N is off the charts, so if you think you are a D, you are probably a G. Most DD’s end up as a G or H cup when fits properly.”
The article also mentions that only 15% of all women are wearing their bra correctly. I am part of that small minority. I would pay good money to have a bra that feels invisible, is comfortable, does not hurt my back, and is not atrociously ugly. Often the ones that are attractive are also not supportive. More and more there are boutique shops that are popping up and carrying more accurate sizing. There is chain of stores called “Intimacy” that assist with bra fitting, however we do not have one in Portland. It is a good name for a bra store, as it is an intimate experience to have someone measuring + sizing your wobbly top half.
So, do you know if you are wearing a D but really should be sporting a G?
We have a Intimacy in Boston – and it is the only store I shop at because of their experience and the quality of the bras they sell. They cost a small fortune, which I bemoan during the purchasing process, but I am so glad to have something that fits correctly and is supportive. Why is this such a hard thing to find in a bra and/or bra store? Thanks to the good stores out there that help us out!
I agree. I think mainstream sizing needs to change in regular stores, and maybe as more people see they do not have the right fit, maybe there will be more demand for good bra stores?
Couldn’t agree more! Here’s a lovely post by a friend discussing in detail proper fitting and other important factoids! 😉 http://dievca.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/my-how-you-have-grown/
Thank you for sharing this post by your friend. So helpful!