One of the most common statements I hear, after "I hate bra shopping!" is "My size is..."
After years of fitting I have found that one body is not defined by a specific size as the bra industry has not regulated the sizing or measurements of actual bras. While there are commonalities within brands even a style or colour change will have an effect on the size combination required. There are times when a 34F will have a larger/longer band than a 36DD, even in similar styles and fabrics.
The key is to keep an open mind, avoid getting hung up on the number or letter, know the fitter has an in-depth knowledge of bras and how each style fits different bodies. At Victoria Classic Lingerie the staff has over 35 years experience collectively. There are so many cup shapes: full, demi, t-shirt, seamed, three part seamed, contour, minimizer, balcony, shelf, petite, and blaconette. Each fits differently and work with some bodies and not others.
Three key fitting guidelines that make the size of the bra irrelevant:
. The underwires must fit snuggly, like a glove, at the crease between body and breast. No spaces, no skin on skin, no folding and smooshing. Avoid the coconuts on a string effect. If the underwires do not fit snuggly at the crease DO NOT buy the bra. No matter what other elements you like another size combination or style will work better so keep looking. You deserve the comfort and support of a correct fit. The underwire must also encase all the breast tissue. Some are a shallow curve and others sharp.
The band has to be snug, can only be pulled an inch away from the body at the back, and is parallel to the floor. The bra may feel tight but that is ok. Tight, firm, snug and secure are good. on the other hand painful is bad. Wider bands are more secure, stay snug longer and smoosh back flesh less. If the band rides up it is too big.
There has to be enough fabric in the cup to encase all breast tissue and have a smooth transition from bra to body. This includes the side boob as this must be encased in the wires as well. If when you raise your arms the underiwre comes arway from your body the cups are too small. If there is a cut or indentation at the top of your breast creating a quad boob effect the bra is too small. To fix this go up in the cup size NEVER go up in the band size to get a bigger cup.
Sizes have changed. I lined up a Chantelle 166 in 34D, which has been around for 20 years or more, and a Fantasie Deco 1554 in a 28FF, which is a new style, the bands and cups are the same. Though one is a full coverage bra and the other is a plunge balcony bra.