Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Boob talk


'Allo everyone! If you're here looking for pictures of boobs, sorry to disappoint, you can go away now, I wanna talk just a lil about getting the right bra size. Something I am still trying to figure out at 19. You can also go away if you find talking about boobs weird, like, get over it already. Anyway...

I've never had a "proper" fitting for bras, despite my mam constantly pestering me to go every time I say "I think I need new bras..." and I always disagree saying I can't be bothered and what's the point? I can just try a bunch on and see what fits. Over Christmas some of my bras were starting to feel too small again so I wondered if going for a proper fitting would finally tell me which size I really am. I've been in a battle with my mother, and occasionally other real grown up types (who honestly shouldn't be trying to tell me what bra size I am!) as I'm told I can't possibly be a D cup, apparently  I'm just too skinny for that! I did some googling and found this article about a study done into bra fitting at my own university only two years ago! Please go and read it, at least some of it!

Some statistics (UK):
Roughly 85% of women are wearing the wrong bra size.
In more than 3/4 of cases the tape measure got it wrong.
The traditional method overestimated the band size in 76% of the women who took part in the study, and underestimated the cup size in 84%.

So basically, the best way of finding a bra that fits is to try a bunch on and see what feels the most comfortable. The article has some basic guidelines at the bottom, such as no boob bulging over the bra. I won't be going for that traditional bra fitting anymore and will be sticking to my method of what fits best and listening to myself instead of my mother and other "well-meaning" grown up types (while my mother actually is well-meaning, this other grown up type was rather rude and not at all well-meaning). Now if they could just stop growing 'cos I can't afford to keep buying new bras, but boobs can keep growing up until the age of 23 and many have a "boob growth spurt" between the ages of 18-23 oh goody...

Have any of you been fitted with the traditional method? Did it work for you? I think boob talk is pretty interesting! Glad I found this article, I now have something to back me up when I refuse a bra fitting! xo

11 comments :

  1. I've never had a bra fitting, I'm way too lazy for that. I kind of shop like this: Need new bra, go to shop, pick bras that come in multiple colours that I like, find the right size in least amount of time, buy 5 different colours, don't shop again until they wear out or my boob no longer fit.


    I hate bra shopping, it's cold and they never fit the same when you take them home. Plus depending on the shop, depends on the size I need... I have more trouble with the band size than the cup though. Although last time I bought some bras I just picked up a few from Primark, just because I needed some, I guessed the size and they are some of the best fitting, most comfortable that I have.


    Who knew I had so much to say about titties...

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  2. I am the exact same as you, never had a fitting and just hope for the best! glad a read this as I am always tempted to go for a fitting but dont want to get persuaded to buy a really expensive bra!

    Eilidh from Velvet-Winter

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  3. I have never had a proper fitting, most stores sizes differ anyway! I can be one size in one store and a much bigger size in another!

    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  4. Haha that's exactly what I do :P I ordered the last lot I needed from Next, surprisingly cheap for decent bras and I'm able to try loads on at home and send them straight back. Dunno about in Belgium but delivery here is great, that might be an alternative option to cold bra fittings! I used to have some from primark but they'd go out of shape so fast :( xo

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  5. Trying on and feeling what is best yourself is the most accurate way to go, until they come up with a better method than the traditional fitting anyway! xo

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  6. They do so much! I tried to buy a bra in Jack Wills once but their D cup is deffo not a D cup haha more like an A! :/ xo

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  7. Interesting, different post. I commend this. I'm so happy to read something refreshing.
    But yes, there are unbelievably large amounts of women who aren't wearing the correct size. I have always gotten fitted and it seems to be accurate for me. But after awhile when bras get old and stretch and stuff they do change shape etc. :) I have also measured myself just to see if I was measured properly. But it also depends on the bra because nowadays there are different designs of bras, some of which suit certain breasts better. I am generally a 32 C but I was once fitted as a 32 D on a certain bra. I think it all depends on the bra. :)

    From Ellen in Ireland
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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  8. I've never had a proper bra fitting as well. I'm a small chested girl and started off with a 32A around puberty and one day my best friend (that's about the same size as me) told me that she's now a 34A which led me to trying on 34A bras as well. It fitted me perfectly and to "make sure" I was no longer a 32A, I tried an old pair and it was small, tight and felt like my boobs were about to pop out. However, my mom is about a 34B and she gave me some of her bras telling me it'd fit and surprisingly it does... as much fun as claiming my boobs are 34B, I still buy 34A bras, haha. I guess it all depends on the brands!

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  9. Thank you Ellen :) good for you that the bra fitting worked! Also a great point, sizes vary so much from store to store which makes it even harder to give ourselves a definitive size. No matter what with bras I always try before I buy haha xo

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  10. Usually a range of sizes fit and the study said actually 34A was basically the same as 32B etc it just depends what's comfortable for the individual :) xo

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  11. I think the best option is to get a fitting and try things on. Just so you have a rough idea. Like a 32C and a 32D aren't far apart. Unless the sizes are really deformed, you will always get a bra pretty similar to your measured size. Well, that's the case for me.

    Ellen,

    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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