Okay, I've never had a bra fitting before and I'm currently wearing a 36 B but:
- it's way too tight on my shoulders, it's always digging in and leaving red marks, even though i've loosened the straps
- i can fit my whole hand up the band which means it's too big in the band but it doesn't feel like it, it feels more like it's too small, but i know it's not
- the cups themselves really hurt underneath my breasts, like it's pinching. it leaves red marks sometimes and also, the constricting feeling is awful. my breasts also sweat sometimes in the heat, along the red marks.
- even though the bottom of the cups feel way too small, the tops are too loose and there's a huge gap between the bra and the top of my breasts
I don't know, does that sound like the bra is too big or too small? It's all just confusing me and I'm kinda scared of getting a bra fitting, like, would I have to take my shirt off in front of them? I don't know... Do you think I need a bra fitting?
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The straps are digging into your shoulders because your band is too loose to support your breasts. A loose band can feel tight when the cups are too small because your breasts push the too small cups away and stretch out the band. It sounds like the underwire is not wide enough for your breasts. This may be because the cups are too small (highly likely from what you've said so far) or you just need a bra designed with wider wires. The top of the cup may gape when it is too small. Your breast can fit in the cup so it just pushes it away. This is called orange in a glass effect.
You need a smaller band and much larger cups. I do not recommend seeing a store fitter because many of them use outdated 1950s sizing that thinks everyone fits into A-D cups. It is really easy to measure and calculate your bra size yourself.
Modern bra sizing
Band = underbust (rounded up to the nearest even number)
Cup = bust - underbust
A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, etc.
Don't be alarmed if you get a cup size much larger than what you are used to. Remember D does not mean large breasts like it did in the 1950s. D just means a 4 inch difference between bust and underbust. Here is what I look like with a 7-8 difference and it is definitely quite average: http://imgur.com/a/m71Li2