Often I see people post things about how DD is large or not. But I'm here to get a couple things straight. And I always feel like I have to help bravangelize everyone on here sometimes.
Myth: DD is huge, and A-cup is small
- Cup size alone does not determine bra size: Bra sizes are relative to the band they're on (a 34C has much less volume than a 38C and more than a 28C)
- Bras come in these things called "sister sizes": These are bras with different band sizes than cup sizes. A bra (ie: 32FF/DDDDD) has the same amount of volume in the cup as it's sister sizes. TO calculate a sister size up, you would add one band size and decrease by one cup size. So if you want a looser band, then you would sister size up from a 32FF to a 34F. If you wanted a tighter band, you'd sister size down from your 32FF to a 30G (and you can even go further if necessary, to a 36E or a 28GG - these all have the same volume in the cup).
Here's a nifty chart:
Myth: DD is HUGE, that's the biggest size there is
- Fact: According to websites such as brabandproject.com, you can see what a properly fitted bra looks like and not all of the ladies wearing D+ sizes have considerably huge breasts.
I already got measured (at Victoria Secrets/La Senza, etc.) and I know my size
- Stores such as Victoria Secrets/La Senza use the out-dated +4/+5 method for getting your band size. So you may actually measure at 29in around (so best fit into a 30 band) but they add 5 (4 if your measurement was an even nuber such as 30) to give you a band size of 34, which is too loose anf cannot support your chest to it's full potential and will stretch out faster.
- There are good ways to meausure yourself for a more accurate fit. Example = me for this. At a Victoria Secrets, I got measured. They meausred my bust measurement while I had a bra on (wrong!) and then measured my band measurement above my boobs (wrong!) and then used the +4/+5 method (wrong!). This put me at a 36C, when my real size when measured myself is a 32FF. (I have a Cleo Lily by Panache in 32F which is too small in the cup but is so cute, it has parrots on it)
I measured my size according to your link, but it must be wrong/that's not a real size
- Actually the bra band project is really helpful for getting over the initial sticker shock.
- Yes, bras do come in your size and they do come in more than just beige. Brands such as Fantasie and Panache are just two of many bra brands that carry up to KK cup sizes in bands 28-38. (and if you're worried about price, order off of amazon or ebay. I got my favorite bra from ebay for $30 - the style was discontinued at the end of the seasons, because seasons change and so patterns change)
It's not my size, I don't fill out the whole cup
- Are you scooping and swooping? If you don't know what this means, it's basically taking your boob and making sure it fills the entire cup.
- You may have the wrong shape bra. The lovely community over at www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits will be happy to help assist you in finding the perfect bra for your shape and size!
- You might have to sister size down.
How to tell if your bra fits or doesn't fit: A simple guide/checklist
- Does the band ride up/down in the back? If yes, then it is too large
- Does the cup wrinkle or gap and you have already scooped and swooped? Then it is either too large or too projected/shallow
- Do you have spillage (do you get that quadboob effect)? Your cup size is too small.
- Is the gore (center part of the bra) flat against your chest? If no, then you have too small of a cup.