If you wear a bra, I urge you to read this myTake

22evie

Hi guys!

I'm sharing this myTake today, because I am extremely passionate about helping people understand how bra sizing works.

I have small boobs. 32A seemed to be the smallest size most shops carry, so I assumed for most of my life, up until about 2 years ago, that it must have been my size. Furthermore, Victoria's Secret sized me as a 30B but said I could fit into the sister size of 32A, and Ann Summers sized me as 30B. They're the experts, I thought.

How wrong I was, and how wrong they were. About 2 years ago, I found this amazing subreddit called abratthatfits. They have their own calculator. I put my measurements in, and it gave me the size 26E (26 in UK sizing, but in US sizing this would be 26DDD). It changed my life.

The best thing Ive ever found on the internet
The best thing I've ever found on the internet
This graphic is wrong on SO many levels. Read on to understand why.
This graphic is wrong on SO many levels. Read on to understand why.
Also terribly wrong!
Also terribly wrong!

At first, I was in MAJOR disbelief, because - I have small boobs, aren't E cups for people with really big boobs? Nope. That's the first thing I learnt. Technically, it's wrong to even be talking about 'A cups', 'B cups' and 'E cups' because these on their own are not sizes. The letters mean nothing without the band size. There's a common societal misconception about bra sizing that A = tiny, B = small, C = average, D = large, DD = very large and DD+ = massive, but this is not true. The letters stand for a difference in inches between underbust and bust measurement. So, A = 1 inch difference, B = 2", C = 3" and so on. E, therefore, indicates a 6 inch difference (about 3" of projection per boob - so not as big as everybody thinks). This 6 inch difference will appear differently on different band sizes. For example, on someone with a small underbust measurement like me, 26E appears to be quite a small size. 32E, on the other hand, looks more like a small-average size (not large like a lot of people think). As the band size goes up, this 6 inch difference will appear larger because there is essentially more surface area to cover.

Now, I want to address the fact that of course, there will be many people reading this who actually are A and B cups, I am not denying the existence of A and B cups in the slightest. However, many people are wearing A and B cup bras due to being fitted incorrectly in stores (cough Victoria's Secret cough) and/or lacking in knowledge about bra sizing and therefore thinking that nothing over a B cup can be small. C, D, DD, E and F can be small too on a lot of band sizes - band size is so important. If you wear a 32A and your underbust measurement is 32" and bust measurement is 33", then you're most likely wearing the right size. Similarly, if you're a 34B and your underbust measurement is 34" and bust measurement is 36", then you're a 34B. Never add inches to your underbust measurement - even if the company's size guide tells you to! I'll address this in another paragraph.

Another thing that really confused me when the calculator gave me the size 26E, was that in my 32A and 30B bras, I used to have gaping in the cups, which made me think that the cups were too big for me. But, as I learnt, this is not always the case. There are many possible reasons for gaping cups - it doesn't always mean that you need a smaller cup size. Also, the band felt super tight on some of my 32A and 30B bras, so how the heck could a 26 band work for me? But, I learnt that, if the band feels tight it doesn't necessarily mean the band is too small. If the cups are too small for you, the band can FEEL tight, because your boobs put a strain on the band to try and accommodate more cup space, and this makes it feel tight. To check if you're wearing the right band size, you can do an independent band test. Put on your bra upsidedown, so with the cups facing down. Try to move the band around the circumference of your underbust. If you can easily move it, then it's too loose. If you can't move it at all, it's probably too tight. If it's snug but you can move it if you try, then it's probably the right band size.

The third thing that really confused me, was the idea of a 26 band. I had NEVER heard of a 26 band, nor seen any 26 band bras in shops. I thought 30 was small! But, the truth is, 26 bands aren't uncommon. Lots of women need band sizes that are below 32", but they don't realize this because bra stores use an incorrect measuring method called the +4 method. It tells people that they should measure their underbust and then add 4 inches. This is TOTALLY wrong and puts people in the wrong size completely. For example, I have a 26 underbust and 32 bust, which makes me a 26E. But, the +4 method puts me in a 30B (30 underbust, 32 bust), which is totally wrong for my proportions. Think about it, you wouldn't measure your waist and add 4 inches if you were buying pants, would you? So, why do stores do this? They do it to make more money. As long as they can keep fooling us and measuring us wrong, it means they get to keep their size ranges as narrow as possible and therefore, make more money. This needs to change, because so many women need bands smaller than 32 and because these aren't readily available, they have to settle for 32 bands which are not going to be supportive at all. The +4 method affects us all, whether we have big boobs or small. A lot of people with big boobs wear sizes like 34DD (because they think DD = large) when they actually need a G or H cup. For example, someone who is a 30G, would be put into a 34DD by the +4 method - this is so wrong, and will give them zero support.

I am so passionate about this because, if I hadn't found out about 'abrathatfits' I would still be wearing the wrong bra size, which is bad for your breast tissue, and not to mention super uncomfortable. Furthermore, it frustrates me knowing that so many people are wearing the wrong size and it's all because of bra companies measuring people wrong. Listen up ladies - you do not need to be fitted in store. Once you have a measuring tape and the abrathatfits calculator, you can measure your own bra size, and be way better guaranteed of its accuracy.

I want to address 3 big misconceptions about bras:

This should be entitled "wearing the wrong sized bra"
This should be entitled "wearing the wrong sized bra"

1) There is a general consensus that bras are uncomfortable, end of. This is simply not true. Whether your boobs are big or small, a good-fitting bra, will be comfortable. If you are uncomfortable while wearing a bra, there's a huge chance you're wearing the wrong size. My 32A and 30B bras used to be super uncomfortable. Since I found my actual size, bras feel like a second skin. I literally forget I'm wearing them.

2) Some people think that you should wear a bra on the tightest hook. You should actually wear it on the loosest hook. The other hooks are there so that when the bra loosens out after multiple wears and washes, you can move to the next hook and it should then feel as it did when you first bought it.

3) Have you ever heard of the scoop and swoop? If not, look it up. If you don't scoop and swoop, your bra isn't on right and it's not going to support your boobs correctly. Search it in the abrathatfits subreddit for a better explanation but it basically involves leaning over at a 90 degree angle when your bra is on, and scooping your breast tissue from the sides and underneath properly into each cup of the bra. I didn't realize how bad a fit my old 32A and 30B bras were until I did the scoop and swoop.

Feel free to comment, I would love to have discussions with you guys about this! Also, if you need any help with anything or have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. If I can help even one person, I'll be super happy.

Have a lovely day! #bras

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  • Novaleia
    Oh god I feel you! I discovered the subreddit a few months ago after being braless for over a year and a half! I was so sick of being shoehorned into a 32DD with obvious banding issues and no support at all!

    Tried the bra calculator only to learn i'm actually a 28FF/G depending on the cup shape and style of the bra! The hardest thing about it was the initial sticker shock and the time it took for me to take the plunge and order a bra in the size recommended.

    Day 1 of getting my bra and I was just... Blown away. My initial thoughts were "you mean to tell me, bras dont have to be uncomfortable?". Like holy-. Ever since i've just become passionate about sharing the news with everyone. It's like a whole new level of existence once you put the proper bra on.

    Admittedly, it was hard telling those my proper size if the topic ever arose in conversation as i'd be met with the classic "There's no way you're 'x' size, because i'm 'y' and a lot larger!". It's been difficult compiling ways to convince others the correct way to measure and a lot harder when they meet you with condescension or 'attack' you :(. Almost like they dont understand we're not doing this for our own benefit, we're just trying to share 'feel good' moment we had when we tried on our first properly fitted bra...
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    • 22evie

      Very well said! You remind me of a friend of mine who also wears a 32DD but I reckon she'd be way more comfortable in a 28FF/G. I'm not friendly enough with her to say "so, I think you're wearing the wrong size" LOL.

      I was blown away the first time I tried 28D as well. The calculator gave me 26E so the sister size was 28DD but I was so skeptical of the whole 'DD' thing that I decided to try a 28D instead. So I ordered it online, and when it came I took it out of the package and looked at it - it looked MASSIVE. I was like 'okay, I had a feeling that calculator was wrong, and I was right, there's no way I'm going to fill those cups.' I put it on, scooped and swooped, and it was TOO SMALL. Quadboob central. I did not expect that. I got the same bra in 28DD and it was so much better.

      Yes I'm passionate about sharing this with everyone too! It has almost become a hobby lol.

      And yeah exactly, some people on here think I'm doing this to annoy people or to troll people but that's literally not it! There are 2 main things that drive me to do this and the first one is, because I genuinely want to help people and I want other people to find the right fit just like I did. Secondly, I think it's wrong that in this day and age 26 and 28 bands are so hard to find even though they're not rare at all. I'm lucky that I can at least buy things online, I know some people probably have sizes that are even harder than mine to get online, but god online shopping and returns can get exhausting after a while. I've had multiple bras in my 'basket' on websites lately and I never end up buying because I'm just like "ugh I'll probably have to return them anyway."

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  • ohshee
    You know I've always looked I have always thought did that has to be the most uncomfortable thing to be strapped into something wrapped around your chest holding it tight all day long I would feel too restricted I think it's cool that you have done this for other women or other girls had ex-girlfriends complain about bras and what I really love about you is your confidence I just answered another boob question it seems like she had no confidence and she was the same size as you it's almost as if girls look at their boobs as an accessory the bigger the boobs the better accessory I think he's what they think for me personally I love a girl that has confidence I love a girl that is wise can smile be happy coz beautiful on the inside with a beautiful heart that's what makes the girl for me the outside of a person is just an extra bonus I guess it's not who they truly are except for when you have confidence and all the above you can incorporate the outside with the inside and it's just it's so freaking beautiful yeah I don't even know what size even looks like all I know is if you're beautiful on the inside and you have sensation no matter how small they are then you are the girl for me is what I say still would like to know. Well nevermind LOL
  • Pete671
    Sizes are not consistent across manufacturers, a global standardised system would help, by the way all men should have to wear a bra one day a week so we understand more about how they can be uncomfortable,,,
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    • 22evie

      Bras that fit aren't uncomfortable.

    • hahahmm

      If she doesn't have to take a bullet for me or be mentally prepared to every second of her life, and she doesn't have to get under the car and work on it for an hour, I don't see why I need to put on a bra to know what she feels like.

  • hannahjo022
    I used a bra calculator I found on a reddit sub. My result was 32G and I wear a 36D. I was really shocked and where am I going to find a 32G size bra? But most bra brands measure different than other bra brands so you can be a different size at a different store.
  • incubuskatz
    i have a 34h.. and they seemed to keep growing even to spite i am in my early 30s.. i always educate men and woman alike that they're sister sizes out their that are equivalent to the cup with fitted bands when they measure themselves right they can easily find their sister size...
    • Gagname

      34h and maybe getting bigger, huh?…serious question: how is your back usually feeling (are you in pain much)?

    • incubuskatz

      @Gagname always upper neck and back pain, so i try and hit the gym to strengthen ab muscles and correct my posture with mindfulness at hand. Woman's boobs continue to grow throughout their lives regardless of what anyone says, it's seems i always gain another cup size every year.

    • Gagname

      @incubuskatz I’m so sorry about the pain and glad you’re doing what you can to naturally counteract the pain.

      Would you ever do breast-reduction surgery?

  • debbiedenise
    I have always worn a 34 DD because that is just what I think I wear. Is there a benefit then to a professional fitter? I have heard it said that many of us wear the wrong size.
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    • Gagname

      @debbiedenise The author of the myTake (22evie) has left GAG. But below she said “Stores size people wrong all the time!”

      Here is the calculator that she endorsed (follow the directions and take the measurements in the link)...

      https://www.abrathatfits.org/calculator.php

    • I would definitely not recommend going to a professional fitter. They are unfortunately the reason so many of us wear the wrong size. It's ten times more accurate, and easier, to measure yourself according to the abrathatfits calculator :) Good lucl!

  • linerys
    I think I used to wear a 34D in high school, when I should’ve probably been in something like a 26F. I wish I could’ve gone back and helped teenage me find a better bra.


    Thank you for sharing, I enjoyed reading it!
    • 22evie

      I know, I wish I could've gone back and helped teenage me too!

      You're very welcome, thank you for your comment ❤️

    • Are English bras measured in inches or centimeters?

  • Splatzonelover1
    I am more on shorter then the avenge women didn't wear bra through high school or college. My boobs grow a bit when I get on birth control. I got measure at shop called Mark and Spencer and just give me a training bra or sport bra option. My butt is bigger then my boobs. I sometimes wear a sport bra is the only thing that I can find they can fit my boobs. I can't remember if I did get measure at the same store or my mum did Measure .
  • Bluemax
    What did the bra say to the hat?

    You go on ahead. I'm going to give these two a lift.

    Interesting take.
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  • Mac-One
    Your measurement standard does not make sense. The number is the below breast chest measurement. You can't change that. The letter represents the number of inches by which the over breast measurement is greater.
  • HiveBee
    Thats amazing how it tskes reddit to get the facts out.

    Why do these large companies not know how to do sizing correctly? It doesn't make any sense.
    • Gagname

      They don’t sell all the sizes and lush what they do sell instead of saying “Sorry we don’t sell that.”

      Also many use the Plus 4 method when sizing women an that doesn’t work right for many women.

    • Gagname

      * and push

  • rienna888
    Yeah, i'm a size A and i've been wearing pushup bras everyday. I think it's probably unhealthy or uncomfortable, so imma start wearing sports bras from now on lol.
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    • Sualina

      Same here I just wear bralettes :)

  • LeeannaDD
    I always thought how to measure your own bra size was common knowledge but it seems a lot of girls are unaware. Good take
  • PrettyLittleThing16
    Yah, I have a 26 inch rib cage and 35 inch bust, so I wear a size 26H/28G/30F (US) and I can only ever get that online- thanks for the MyTake!
    • 22evie

      You're welcome! Exactly, a 26 underbust and 35 inch bust is a 26H but the +4 method would put you in a 30DD, or worse, its sister size 32D, which would be so wrong for your proportions. I'm glad you've found the right fit! 💗

  • Gedaria
    Having 4daughters going to town for a fitting, your take brings it all back. Sitting out side the fitting room waiting for my daughters to come out.
    The one thing I told them was make sure it fits properly...
    • 22evie

      Thanks for your response! Yep, it is so important to get the right fit! I sure hope the fitters put them in the right size. To the untrained eye, a bad fit can be difficult to spot, so that's why I always recommend that people check with the abrathatfits calculator just to be 100% sure.

    • Gedaria

      Thing is as they grew their sizes changed..
      I'm very close to all of them not having a mother but there are some things I had to get some one else to make sure...

  • johnsmithjs
    Companies do not mass produce products for people that are different. They determine what the average person is then produce products that fit the majority of the people not the few individuals.

    Try purchasing a suit or dress shirt when you have a 34" waste and and 48" chest and you are over 75" tall. You will not find anything, anywhere. you have to special order your suits and shirts.

    It is the same for women, if they have a tiny frame but big boobs (cup size) then major manufactures will not make a bra that fits them, they will make bras that fit the vast majority of people and most women that have small frames also have small boobs (cub size) unless of course they have fake boobs.

    To be honest, I learned how to measure bra size in high school home economics class.
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  • CookiesAndCream2
    I'm 38DD - natural. Big breasted. As a female friend once joked I've melons on my chest.

    And I've never understood why women can't figure out how to fit a bra themselves. It's as simple as choosing underwear. If you're wearing granny's baggy knickers so large they look as if you've a diaper on then obviously it's the wrong size underwear. So if a bra is too tight and/or makes you uncomfortable it's obviously not the right size.

    Having a brain that comprehends 2 + 2 = 4 not 7 seems to be in rather short supply nowadays.
  • smithkatherine
    That is very informative, thank you so much for sharing this with us!

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  • Elena_the_Star
    Trust an educational guide about bras to have more comments from guys than girls lmao.
  • Christy203
    I totally understand you. I try to wear bras as less as i can
  • DreamCatchcer
    I'm a guy so please help me understand.

    I understand the single Cup sizes... A, B, C, D, E...

    What is the difference between a Double D versus a single D or E?
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