For years I was wearing the wrong bra size (I was wearing a 34D but really needed a 30G in UK sizing). My large breasts were totally unsupported through my too-loose bra band, and I felt very ashamed — especially as a teenager. I would not wear low-necked shirts or move too fast because my girls would have jumped out of the bra.
Finding out my correct bra size (30G) helped me a lot — it changed my life both physically and emotionally. Since I was fitted into a 30G, I’ve gained weight and both my band and my cup size have gone up and now I’m wearing a 34G and still like my breasts. (That doesn’t mean that other women have to like their breasts, too, or that I can not understand that breasts can be a struggle.)
After I found my right bra size, I was so happy with how my life improved that I decided to get trained as a bra fitter, and I’ve been making a living at this line of work for last 18 months. The store where I’ve worked is specialized in big cup sizes up to UK K-Cup (US O-Cup).
I wish I could fit you all personally, but here instead are my tips to help you start your search for the right fit…
Saying “I’m an A/DD/H” cup says absolutely nothing
It’s like giving the time by saying “it’s quarter past.” The cup size is always related to the band size. So a 34DD is one cup size bigger than a 32DD. Or my 34G is two cup sizes bigger as my former 30G. Knowledge about bra sizes although helps to understand that a band size can’t change through a breast reduction (for example, a 38H could be a 38F but never a 36F because of surgery since the surgeon doesn’t alter the ribcage).
Not all fittings are equal
I have seen many women coming from stores where they had been “fitted” before, but they were still wearing the wrong size — centre gores (bridges) and bands riding up in the back. I realized that not every bra fitting is equal. It even happened to me. Before I was fitted into a 30G (US 30I, AUS 8G) with a band tight enough to finally lift the weight from my shoulders, and give my breasts excellent support I had been fitted, several times, into wrong sizes.
Here are some bra size resources
- The Bra Band Project: To get an impression what a DD cup really looks like (on a 30/32 or 34 band and so on — you might be surprised that a 34DD for example is rather small!)
- A Sophisticated Pair and Butterfly Collection – both wonderful shops in North America with very helpful information and blogs about breasts and bras.
- Wikipedia gives a good overview about how the numeration of band sizes is different around the world, but they can be compared to each other.
I know the anger and depression that large breasts, and especially breasts in ill-fitting bras, can bring. I remember my teenage years with ill-fitting bras, and the shame I felt for myself and my breasts. If this post can only help one person then I’ve done my job… virtually.