Bra sizes and breast measurements

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  1. snoozan

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    I see a lot of women on here revealing breast sizes, usually in the same way that bra sizes are measured. The part that's confusing me is that I keep seeing breasts described as 48DD or 84EE or 48D etc. My impression was that the first number was band size-- the measurement of your ribcage under your breasts. The cup size is what actually indicates the size of the breasts independent of the band size. So, for example, a woman with a 40C bra size would have approximately the same size breasts as a woman with a 36C or a 42C. Likewise, a woman with a 40C would have the same measurement under the breasts as a 42C, 36C, etc. which in general indicates stature.

    I'm not trying to be snide at all, but I've seen this here and elsewhere. When people post their breast sizes, are they not using bra sizes but instead measuring around the fullest part of the breast for the first number, then the cup size? I normally report my breast size as 38D because that's what my bra size is. Or at least, that's what I think it is. Is there another convention where I'd be a 42D because 42 is the full measurement around my entire bust?

    Also, when people report their measurements, i.e. 36-24-36, is that first number around the full bust or under? I think it's around.

    I've been measuring for new bras since the old ones don't fit anymore, and I can never get a proper freakin measurement, and I started thinking about this. Acoording to one of the sizing charts online, I'm a 42A. According to another, I'm a 36DD. Huh?

    This is a cool site about bra fit, the one that told me I'm a 36DD:

    Intimacy, The Bra Fit Specialist - Prima Donna, Chantelle, Aubade, and More!

    Now this site says I'm a 40D:

    Bra Size Calculator

    Anyway, I'm completely confused. Any of you ladies have any ideas about any of this?
     
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    It was always to my understanding that a measurement on bra sizes was taken at the fullest part of ur breast.Ive never had a problem with different sizes or have ever had thought about the breast size being around the rib cage (thus is wud be rib size.. woudnt it?).. I dunno.. I was always measured at the fullest part of my breast..and it hasnt failed me yet
     
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    Okay, so using this one I'm a 38D, which sounds about right. And that's halfway between the other two sizes that I found, so at least it's in the neighborhood. You know, you men are lucky. You can look at and play with tits all day, but you don't have to buy bras and have mammograms. They suck. And try to run with a pair of boobs and no bra. :biggrin1:

    See, then according to your sizes, I'd be a 42D or so, which I know I'm not. Even when I was at my heaviest, a 42 anything was way loose on me. Now, I would swim in a 42D in the band-- my whole reason for trying to find a bra size is because all my 40DDs are big both in the band and in the cup since I've lost weight.

    I guess this is why there are so many places that offer bra fittings now. One of those places said something like 85% of women are wearing the wrong sized bra. I guess I may have to just go into Victoria's Secret and have one of those ladies with tape measures touch my boobies.
     
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    If you need some assistance during your girl-on-girl fitting session, I would be willing to sit in the corner and masturbate furiously.:rolleyes:
     
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    I'm a professional womens tailor. I can't believe I haven't mentioned this before.

    What kind of pervert are you?!


    :biggrin1:
     
  7. snoozan

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    Boys! No fighting!

    Both of you can come in and help me get measured, though we may have to move this session to the back room so there's enough space. And lube. Maybe we could just close the whole store and have a righteous fuck-fest amidst the panties and bras... Now, which one of you is going to bend me over one of those ridiculous stuffed pink dogs they have in those stores?
     
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    Don't forget sister size rules too:

    38DD=40D AND 36DDD. You can always go down a number if you go up a letter or vice versa.

    Of course once you get past DDD "maternity" sizes, it's all kind of made up when it comes to letter. I have bras that range from DDDD to J cup. They're all the same size, but companies classify differently (and are usually custom-building) at that point.
     
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    I recommend it. Vicky's Secret measures fairly accurately. I discovered my real bra size two years ago when I stumbled on a european lingerie site (i'll see if it's still bookmarked) while browsing online. I was always frustrated buying bras because A cups are too small for me but you can only find B cups in 34, 36, and 38. They suggest women measure around both over and under the breast. I wore a 34 B for years and was always buying new bras every year because I wore it on the innermost hook and the elastic would give sooner. Now that I wear a 32 B, my bras last longer because I start wearing it on the outermost hook and slowly work my way to the innermost hooks when it loses its elasticity.

    Problem is that most stores don't carry 32's, at least not in B cups.

    What's unsaid is that you can usually wear a larger cup size with a smaller sized band or a smaller cup with a larger band which is what I did for a number of years. For instance, 32 D = 34 C.

    Does that help?
     
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    Yes, thanks to both of you. I know a lot of times I did the cup/band size exchange, especially right after I had my son and I was huge. I'd get a 40DD instead of the 38DDD or so that I probably needed because finding a DDD was always difficult. But at that point I was just buying the biggest I could find without really getting measured.

    Now that the older bras don't fit, I don't want to spend $50 on a bra that doesn't fit well. So off to the mall I go to get measured. And from what I'm gathering from you guys, the 38D and 36DD I got were those "sister sizes" and I can go in and those sizes would be the place to start. That and the lady with the tape measure.

    edit: i put a pic of my hot tittyz in my gallery to help yallz pik my syze. if u wanna cam wit me to help me measure, PM me.

    just kidding. but i did put a gratuitous photo of my boobies in my gallery last night.
     
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    I will.


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    I don`t know how to measure, but know what a well fitting bra looks like as I need to for my job. Some bra retailors also recomend looking instead of measuring too.

    The number is the band size, and the letter is the cup size.If you go up a band size, you get a bit more volume in the cup. Therefore as a 38D cup, you would have the same size breasts as someone who was 36DD or 40C . Obviously the perception of the size will be different ie a 36DD will look the biggest in relation to body size.

    That is assuming you are wearing the correct size bra, 60% of UK women don`t.
     
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    Thank god I can get away without a bra, that was all so confusing :)
     
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    I really liked that entire site. I read the jean intervention part too and it was really cool. As much crap as Oprah gets, she really does have some interesting stuff for us middle America mom-types. :biggrin1:

    Ok. I'm going to admit something, right here, right now. It is past time that this gets out. Ok, here goes.

    To all women with small breasts:

    I ENVY YOU. Men, other women, and the media always push on us how great big breasts are. I'm not going to say they don't have their advantages, but naturally small breasts have a lot of advantages especially as you get older. Small breasts are more pert than their large counterparts. They don't sag as much and sag less as you get older. You don't have to have 17 styles of bra that works for every piece of clothing you wear. You can go braless in some of the really cute summer tops and dresses. You don't have constant back problems from carrying around sacks of flesh. You have less of a chance of having a breast tumor missed by a self-exam or mammogram. There are more things, but my mind escapes me.

    Suffice it to say, for all the large breast envy there may be out there, trust me, there's also some small breast envy going on too.

    :biggrin1:
     
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    Great, another fucking BBH (Big Breast Humiliation) thread.:biggrin1:
     
  17. snoozan

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    Lucky for you it's not an MBH (man boob humiliation) thread. :biggrin1::biggrin1::biggrin1::tongue::tongue::tongue::biggrin1::biggrin1::biggrin1:
     
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    *Vows to never again take my shirt off to catch a few rays at Snoozan's house.*
     
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    This is how I was finally fitted for a good bra. I live in Idaho and visit California frequently, I go to a specialty shop for my bras.

    As I understand it, the number is the band size and based on how much bigger you fullest part of your breast is that determines the cup size.

    So someone who is a 38F is far more busty than someone who touts that they are a 44DDD. And I mean busty no the whole upper torso being thick, but just the boobs.
     
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    Well, I went to see the uniformly good looking ladies at Victoria's Secret to get my boobies measured. They measured me at a 40D. So I tried on a few bras, most of the with molded cups, which I hated. I couldn't quite get my boobs situated right in any of them. I tried on a few more bras and found that the 38D fit great in the cup area but was a little small in the band. The 40D was a little big everywhere. I didn't want to buy a bra that I wasn't in love with at Victoria's Secret prices.

    Today, the saga continues. I'm going to Kohl's too see what they have. I also like Lane Bryant bras, but their sizes run big and they don't carry 36s.

    Whee!!!
     
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