'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