How I went from an A cup to a DDSaturday, March 05, 2016
Simple answer: I tried a different way of measuring myself and discovered that I was wearing completely the wrong size.
If you're anything like me you learnt to measure yourself from the handy guide at the back of a Marshall Ward catalogue 25 years ago. I'd been doing it the same way for years. Until now.
I'd never questioned if my bra fitted properly, I'd measured myself and purchased bras in that size. They seemed to fit just fine. Why would I question it?
Sure I had a little gaping in the top of the cups but I thought that was because, being an A cup, I didn't have quiet enough boob for the job.
Whilst browsing my Pinterest feed my interest was piqued by this pin about wearing the right size bra (apparently 80% of us don't). As I said I thought I knew my size so I don't know why I clicked through but reading the post and following the links within it, I was suddenly convinced I wasn't the size I thought I was.
I won't repeat the whole post here but I will say give it a read, even if you think you know your size.
This post about proper fitting shows examples of how a bra should, and shouldn't, fit and sit on the body. It was seeing these that first made me wonder.
So with tape measure in hand I tried this method of measuring, I popped my numbers into this bra size calculator and laughed my head off.
30DD? You've got to be kidding.
I dismissed it as nonsense and got on with the rest of my day.
The next day I went to the supermarket and as I wheeled my trolley down the aisles I caught sight of the bras. I pondered for a moment and then grabbed a 32C (30DD not being available, but if you go up a band size and come down a cup size you still get a pretty good fit - something else I learnt from the post).
Inside the fitting room I was astounded. Having used the 'scoop and swoop' method of putting on a bra, it was a perfect fit! So much better than the 34As I'd been wearing. The placement of the underwire was better, not to mention more comfortable, and there was no gaping in the cups.
My old bras had basically been squishing my boobs in an unflattering manner.
Standing under the harsh lights of the fitting room, in front of a full length mirror I would normally feel dreadful, but this time I felt brilliant.
Never under estimate the power of a well fitting bra!
Let me know if you try this method, and if you have a similar experience. What method do you use if different? There seem to be lots of different ways to do it.
I'm so pleased I read the post, even if it does mean I have to replace all my bras.