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Bra help!
iftherainstops wrote in fatshionista
It seems like there are a ton of bras out there, but none work for me, and I'm starting to feel a little overwhelmed! I'm a 48c, and my biggest problem with finding a bra that fits is that I have "side boob fat" that will cause the sides of bras to ride up or just be super uncomfortable. Anyone have any experience with this and know what type of bra I should be looking for?


Edit: Thanks to so many great comments I went to LB today and had my first bra fitting. Honestly, it was a bit lackluster. I'm not quite sure the person really knew what they were doing as the proclaimed me to be a 60 DDD, and then said, well if you've been wearing a 48C, let's try a 48DD. I have to say, after trying on a couple, the 50C felt better, but didn't feel like magic, so I left with nada.

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No help to offer, but lots of sympathy to offer. I've got the same thing, plus really sloped shoulders so bra straps refuse to stay on my shoulders. Or on my boobs cuz they're small and sort of head toward the sides. It's just all bad, lol.

I hope other members have some good ideas!
:)

Have you ever been properly measured? The day I was measured was the day my bra problems ceased [I found out I was a 38 G, not a 42 DD]. If you already have, apologies.

I actually never had! So I went to Lane Bryant today and the experience was a bit lackluster. I'm not quite sure the person really knew what they were doing as the proclaimed me to be a 60 DDD, and then said, well if you've been wearing a 48C, let's try a 48DD. I have to say, after trying on a couple, the 50C felt better, but didn't feel like magic, so I left with nada.

Okay, I think if you were wearing a 48, that's a hell of a jump to 60. Sucks - sounds like they didn't know what they were doing. Maybe you'll have better luck with the links other people gave. I'm sorry you had a crummy experience. :(

Noooo Lane Bryant is a terrible place to get measured. They are trained completely wrong. Them, Torrid and many other stores train their people to fit you with the +5 method - where they measure your underbust, add 5 inches, and call that your band size. No no no. The underbust measurement should be as close in number to your band size as possible. Otherwise, that's what contributes to side boob. That extra 5 inches they added to the band should be breast tissue that goes into your cups, not tucked under your arms. If you're suffering from sideboob, your band size should go down and cup up because of that.

My guess is that you might feel more comfortable in a 46 or even 44 band, use the scoop and swoop method mentioned in my link below, and get all that side boob into a cup which will probably be closer to an DD+ or more.

If you need a friend to help measure you using that guide linked, do that, but unless it's a professional, independent lingerie place, they're more than likely going to try to measure you in a way that crams you into one of their bras and that will only make Lane Bryant happy.

(That said, I do buy Lane Bryant bras, but I don't let them measure me.)

Sorry for the rant - I've just been in this same position before and it sucked.

that makes so much sense! I went ahead and ordered a measuring tape and will be giving it a go myself with help from the links!

The abrathatfits subreddit changed my life, seriously. I went from wearing a 44D and hating life, down to a 40GG.

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Thank you for the tips, I will check that site out!

I agree with the comments above - you may not be wearing the correct size. I used this guide and went from a 44DD to a 40 F and suddenly bras fit perfectly and comfortably.

That links has a TON of other links, including one to the aforementioned a bra that fits subreddit as well as links to universal sizing, and places to buy bras if you find you're a size that's not easily found in stores. I hope it helps you!

I will check that site, thank you! I think the wrong size is definitely the issue!

Agree with the other commenters that a fit check is in order. If you have a Lane Bryant near you, I've had very good luck with their Cacique line of cotton-blend bras. I'm a 46DDD (aka 46F) who *CANNOT* wear underwire, and I have very sloping shoulders, so I have to find bras with wide straps and wide band elastic, and their bras work very well for me. Good luck!

I had a similar side-fat problem but went down a few band sizes and up a few cup sizes (from 48D to 44E) and everything was much better.

You're probably considerably slimmer around and considerably larger in the cup than your current bra. I'd recommend getting a good fitting. A lot of women are wearing the wrong size bra.

Lane Bryant is a terrible place to get fitted. At my largest, I was properly fitted at Nordstrom--those folks know what they're doing. I've also been fitted properly at Soma. I agree with the poster that said independent bra shops are also good places to get fitted.

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