quote:Originally posted by quidscribis: Fiazko, I so totally can relate! I'm currently a 38DDD and had a very difficult time finding bras in Canada. I'd usually end up having to suffer with a 40 or 42DD simply because my size didn't exist - even at the specialty shops! (Before I gained weight, I was a 32DDD. That was even worse. Can you say "extremely loose-fitting tops"?) But now that I live in the world of petite Asians . . . Where no bras over a 36C exist . . .
quid...Victoria's Secret... If they don't ship to Sri Lanka, get a Canada relative to order them for you.
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Big personal pet peeve for my wife, who is constantly amazed at the changing and contradictory methods of measurement and "standard" sizes. Right now the description on the Fredericks site about measuring yourself is self-contradictory and she's having trouble getting anyone there to admit/notice it.
Step One: Measure under the bustline. This is MEASUREMENT 1. Step Two: If MEASUREMENT 1 is UNDER 33 inches, add 5 inches. If this number is odd, round up to the next EVEN number. If MEASUREMENT 1 is OVER 33 inches, add 3 inches. If this number is odd, round up to the next EVEN number. Write this EVEN number down. This is your BAND SIZE. Step Three: Measure over the bustline, using your nipples as the guide. This is MEASUREMENT 2. Step Four: Calculate Your CUP SIZE First, subtract MEASUREMENT 1 from MEASUREMENT 2. Then consult the following chart to find your CUP SIZE.
If you follow Step Four, why did you have to do Step Two? Measurement 1 is not the same as the Band Size, as Step Two points out, yet in their instructions they are treated as equal even though there's a 3 or 5 inch difference.
While she assumed that Step Four was supposed to be subtracting your Band Size from Measurement 2, Teresa wrote the webmaster and asked for clarification. They sent back the exact same directions.
And for that matter, why the 3 or 5 inches? By these rules, if you're 32 inches you add 5 to get 37, rounded up to 38. If you're 33 inches, you should add 3 to get 36. For some reason this makes sense to bra manufacturers.
Just today she sent me something she found on a different site:
"Why do manufacturers use complicated cup sizing? They do so to maximize sales, not necessarily to ensure you get the correct bra size. In order to minimize the number of sizes a store carries, larger cup sizes (typically, above a D cup) are measured differently by each manufacturer. An E cup for one manufacturer may be equivalent to a DD cup for another."
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I love this thread. I was just complaining about breasts the other day and mine are nowhere near as problematic much of the stuff mentioned here. But how are you supposed to fit into dresses if part of you is larger when your waist is not?
Oh and shouldn't you be done growing at the age of 25???? I mean I've lost 10-15 lbs in the last year and I think I went up a size. Someone at Victoria's Secret measured me and told me I was a D. Grr I used to be a B/C in mid college. And they get more sore lately. *scowl*
Maybe if I loose another 10-15 lbs they'll behave normally. (And no I will *not* be too thin for those who have met me. If I lose 15 lbs I'll still be a little heavier than I was in college.)
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