Hmmm I must be wearing the seamless T-shirt style bras that Queen Mum is talking about. So, for instance, I almost never ever wear buttoned shirts. I guess I am very comfortable with my pear shaped silhouette and I would not know what to do if it suddenly reversed! Or check out the curated list of things we love in YLF Finds. June 21, at 9:
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Bras come in various styles, like push-up and full-coverage and sports. If you want something that is simple with lots of support, you don't want a push-up. If you're looking to appear a little bigger than you are, then you do want push-up. Whatever your style, just make sure it fits right. Some easy things to watch out for - the top part of your chest should meet seemlessly with the part in your bra. In other words, you don't want the top part of your chest to appear flat and then you have these bulges where your bras starts.
If you've got the bulges it usually means that your cup size is too small. A quick and painless check is to latch the hooks of your bra, lean over and allow yourself to fall into the cups. If your boobs are pouring out and over, you need to move a cup size. You also don't want bulges on your back. If your bra is too small around or you've got it done up too tight, you'll be able to see it through the back of your shirt and your skin will appear puckered or bulgy.
Your straps should also be loose and not dig into your shoulders. Remember a new bra should fasten at the middle or last hook, cuz the material will stretch with wear.
Eventually, you'll wanna fasten it at the first hook. Do yourself a favor: The fitter also put me in a seamed balconette bra with side panels because she said that most of my breast tissue tended to be on the outside of my ribcage instead of in the centre.
In that bra, for the first time in my life, I had cleavage! And found that my issue with fitted button downs had more to do with the position of the breast tissue than with band and cup size. I think the perception of having a large, regular, and small bust is the combination of a whole host of factors, with band and cup size probably being the least significant.
And, I suspect that the psychological effect on young girls who develop a figure much faster than their peers also plays an enormous role. I think of myself as in the small camp. Not an easy size to find. Before I wore 34Bs. Anyways, I have a concave chest; I only wear balconette bras. I think I can almost get away without a bra, but not quite. I definitely do not like running without a sports bra.
I have always been stick thin with very broad shoulders. I wore a 0 pant and needed a size 10 or 12 shirt to fit my shoulders but then the bust area was way too baggy. I resorted to wearing large t-shirts. The rest of my body grew haha into my shoulders after my hysterectomy.
I was properly fitted about 5 years ago and found out I need a smaller band width in front than in back. This is why I always had trouble getting a proper fit. Wacoal petites fit me the best because the cups are closer together.
I feel that I have an average bust size, and am perfectly fine with that. My boobs and I fight constantly! They want to sabotage my clothing choices by not cooperating and letting me wear button up tops. They always hog the attention in all of my photographs. The problem got worse when menopause started.. Before then they were a mere 38B.
I could buy suits and both the jacket and pants would fit in the same size, Now forget it I am a 40G I still wear the same size pants but I have had to up it two sizes in jackets. I have very broad shoulders and very square ones which always make people think I am taller than I really am.
My question for the forum is how big do your boobs have to be before insurance companies will cover breast reduction surgery. Do they have guidelines for this. Button-up shirts always cause me gaping troubles, but I suspect those could all be solved by moving buttons around.
This is SO interesting! I think I have a regular bust now, although my size would sound like I am large busted. But like your client, I am a tall, large person, so it probably all goes together. I have always thought of myself as small busted 30C but then along came molded cup bras.
I sometimes like the look but they do add a bit to my bust line and in certain clothes it makes me feel too busty which in fact lead me to a 2 year search for a good none foam bra with no padding.
Jane, your shoulders might be broader, which goes a long way to filling out a top or jacket in a different way. I am small busted and have narrow shoulders. But there is just something about regular in that context….
I am average height, petitie and also thin. So 32A size is just proportional to my body. I never feel the need to maximise or minimise it.
I am happy and I love my body the way it is. I make efforts to make my bustline appear smaller. I love wearing oversized, full tops and I have to make sure the neckline is open or else I look much bigger than I am. In pictures I also lift my shoulders to make my bustline appear smaller.
I read all these comments with SO much interest because for most of my life—and to a much smaller extent, still—my nonexistent bust has caused me some body image issues. My most vivid memory of high school is of a classmate teasing me about being boobless. Interestingly, after my daughter was born and I bought an excellent breast pump, I produced more milk than she could drink. But after breastfeeding ended, I went right back to having breasts that looked like beestings, only saggier.
Rib-knit anything with a high neckline makes me look top-heavy, but in most styles I look proportionate. Angie, thank you for the small band size reccommendation.
The fitter put me into Calvin Klein 30D which fit great but are best at the middle hook when new. Those do feel too accentuating. This is a fascinating discussion.
I usually have to do a Full Bust Adjustment. I think it depends on what I wear. Certain things make me look more busty than others. I am petite, so I suppose in comparison the my body, I am busty, but my hips balance out my bust so I might not look as busty as some one with slimmer hips.
I think it has a lot to do with proportion. Also, I do experience things being to tight in the bust if they fit in the waist or not buttoning properly. Its nice to see a lot of other women have similar problems!
I am so glad I hopped back here and found the Simone Perele link from you, Angie. Due to lots of swimming and genetics, my ribcage is super large.
Measurements would indicate me as a 38AA. USA bras have the breasts too close together to just add an extender in the back. I am a freak I suppose. So I have had to give up on wearing bras altogether. Why are nipples so scary and offensive anyway? My breasts look even larger due to my small waist, ribcage and narrow shoulders. As for finding tops, dresses, bathing suits or bras off the shelf, that is almost impossible. If you are a size 10 in jeans and have a 44inch bust, good luck trying to find a two piece swimsuit or a nice strapless dress off the shelf.
Some outfits I buy off the shelf need extensive alterations, which end up costing me more than the outfit itself. I am conscious of what I wear out and sometimes will dress around my bust line. So I was very gangly, thin and self conscious about every little detail. I was wearing a 34B. I guess my bust is big for my rather narrow, small frame.
I think the lesson we all need to learn is to stop comparing ourselves to others. Because other people may be built differently. My bust size has changed depending on whether or not I was on birth control, or what my weight is at.
Last year I was measured into a 34C and they fit good until a few months ago. I was measured at 32D at V. Anyway I have never considered myself flat chested even when I was a smaller cup size when I was tiny. However, when I was I was bigger same height I am now, but lbs I wore a 38C maybe even a 36D and I felt that back then I could be considered busty.
In fact sometimes clothes can make me look kind of small busted if they are not fitted or cut in certain ways. However like she said it can sometimes be a fit issue. Even though it is often minor, in a lot of clothes I can see expecially with some rudimentary sewing skills that although the bust measurement is big enough all round, garments usually would need to be cut with more boob room and less back room so to speak.
I think I make sense haha, but basically things are the right volume, but more of that volume is concentrated in the boobs than clothes are cut for on me. My boobs kind of stick out under my arms which I dislike, and it really does influence the way I dress- I steer clear of anything even slightly fitted.
I know it might sound nuts but if I could have a breast reduction I would, I worry about it so much. There are a few reasons for this. Another is that I wear a bra size that necessitates special-ordering for lingerie, nightgowns, and bathing suits.
My waist is no larger than average, so the contrast between it and a 34G bust can be quite noticeable. However, I do know women with smaller bust measurements who appear to be much larger and bustier than I do. And this is where height and bone structure come in. My bust size appears visually balanced by my hips and shoulders, and I appear to have a large-normal bust. I believe I am what you would call big busted. I was told that I needed to go up to a G or an H.
Does that sound right to anyone? I soo need help with this stuff. While not overwhelmingly so, I definitely feel large busted. My fairly square broad shoulders hide it somewhat — tho just make fitting even harder. My mom and sisters never had large chests either, so I guess I just assumed I wound up with tiny breasts too although my father often asks where the heck mine came from.
Turtle-neck tops, especially fitted ones, draw so much attention to my breasts that I feel uncomfortable leaving the house in them. I believe that my boobs are fairly big for my age and size. Its also extremely hard for me to find clothes. I fell in love with this leather singlet top at the shops, and I went to try it on.
I usually can fit into a size 8 or a 10 Australian sizes and in order for the top to half cover my boobs I had to try on a size But you know what…. It may come from playing with my Barbie dolls, as the image back then was that the bigger your boobs were, the more feminine you looked. Button up shirts are dreadful as they look strained at the front but are baggy at the back. Although I do like wearing baggy singlets as they show off a bit of cleavage.
I used to hate my boobs thinking they were quite small compared to the women in my family and friends! And even more so im only 18 and i want to have bras that are still cute or pretty, but i havent had a bra like that since i was a c cup. It is so frustrating for me, and my mom wears a 40DD and she tells me that she doesnt think im even close to her size.
It makes me wonder if she is larger than me. Here in the U. Look at Bravissimo ads… F, G, H etc are not as big as you might think. My sister was always told she was a 36B at V. This is a very interesting article and thread of comments. I am short waisted and also have a large rib cage and broad back. But my shoulders are quite narrow! I am fit and work out, etc… and have an hourglass figure type.
But I absolutely consider my breasts to be large and heavy. Very difficult to find clothes that fit. No button up shirts, jackets and coats are generally over sized to fit my bust… and are never comfortable.
Getting breast reduction surgery soon though — to take me down to a C- cup. Hopefully will take 6 — 7 inches off my chest! LOL Anyway — good thread! It is such a hassle. I do not have the resources to get all my clothing altered. I love my breast, I just wish there was more clothing available for slim, large breasted women out there. I have huge problems with dressing as when I wear dresses, the bust takes up a lot of the fabric, which then makes the dress ride up and the dress becomes even shorter.
That still feels small, of course!!! The major down-size is dress fitting. Thanks for the excellent discussion. This was a really interesting article, well done! I also have tiny hands and feet, and while my hips are the same measurement as my bust, I constantly have to carefully select clothing around my bust, or be called out at on the street or asked if my breasts are fake. Finding clothes and bras is a daily struggle.
Again, thank you for the article! Feel blessed if you have anything haha. Brand new member here. Just started reading YLF last month and am hooked and inspired. Because of this thread, I went and got professionally fitted yesterday for the first time. I am a confirmed 32A, but since there is very little bone above my breasts, my chest is entirely flat up to where the small breast starts and the many many bras I tried stood away from my body, creating this unsightly and demoralizing gap.
The 2 determined saleswomen helping me were getting discouraged after they tried everything they could think of, and we got to the point where the seamstress was called in to see if she could sew in some pads and tack down a few areas — a real Frankenstein bra.
But when I put it on, all 3 points of the triangle of each cup were pulled in such a way that the material smoothed out beautifully. I am 44 years old and for the first time, have a bra that lies against my body in a natural and flattering way.
Because of my fairly large bust and very small waist, I do have a hard time finding clothing that fits me well everywhere. A lot of times I will look for a dress and the 00 size will fit me perfectly in the waist, but in the bust I would need something like a 6 or 8. I would say that the size of my butt is probably more noticeable than my bust. I know this sounds like a ridiculous problem, but it is honestly quite frustrating!
I love fashion, and it is very hard to dress my body much of the time. I am a 30dddd or 30ff. I am 5ft 2 inches. My underbust is different that yours " but I am 36" around the fullest part, and I wear a properly fitted 28H. If your breasts measure 9" from your sternum to around your armpit where the breast tissue ends, then you probably need to start with a G cup UK G and go from there looking at 28 and 30 bands. Thank you for mentioning my blog: D Please watch my video and read my post here: Wearing bras that are too big will feel less restrictive but they are bad for your posture and health and also your wallet as they will loosen and be useless, where as a well fitted bra should go straight onto the loosest hook and gradually loosen and mean you require the tightest hook in due course.
A bra should feel snug to start with but that is only because it is supporting you properly and it may not be what you are used too.
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