I wanted to talk to you today about bra size changes. Since I started lifting weights almost 2 years ago, my weight has changed. It’s gone up as I put on muscle and it’s gone down as I’ve lost body fat. I realized recently I must be wearing the wrong bra size when I seemed to be spilling out of the cups of about half of my bras. So I tried measuring myself, and it said I’d gone up to a larger cup size, so I assumed I’d done it wrong and I should go get fitted by an expert.
Bra Size Changes
Our bodies change for all sorts of reasons. In addition to weight lifting, weight loss and weight gain, things like pregnancy, stress, age, and even birth control pills can cause your shape to change.
There are some signs that you may need to get fitted for a new bra size
- Boobs spilling out of the top of the cups (what I was experiencing)
- The cups caving in at the top because they’re too big (opposite of what I was experiencing)
- Bulges around your back, at the bottom of your bra strap (meaning your band is too small)
- Your band moving on your back (your band may be too big)
- Underwire that feels uncomfortable (your cups may be too small)
- Straps digging into your shoulders (could be that your cups are too small or bra doesn’t offer enough support for your cup size)
- Your bra is worn out (doesn’t provide the support it once did)
- Your bra isn’t comfortable to wear for some other reason
I went to Soma Intimates to get fitted. I went in wearing one of my Soma bras that still fit reasonably well (an old 34DD Allura). I explained to the cheerful sales associate that I’d been 34DD for several years but I thought that perhaps my size had changed and that I needed larger cups. She measured me and said ‘You definitely need a larger cup size! Let’s get you in a 36DDD.’
I was a little shocked, because I hadn’t expected to go up a band size in addition to a cup size. I tried on the 36DDD (in the Embraceable Full Coverage Bra) and it fit perfectly. I tried on a few other 36DDDs, some of which fit and one of which didn’t. I settled on 4 bras from Soma in the store. They had a limited amount of products in my size, which is what I’ve often experienced, no matter what store I go to. I also bought 3 additional bras online. Soma had several of the styles on sale, plus an additional 25% off since their Friends & Family Sale was going on.
I bought 2 of the Embraceable Full Coverage Bra in Feline 36DDD. I also bought one in Light Nude.
I bought 2 of the Embraceable Full Coverage Lace Trim Bra in Majestic Plum 36DDD. I also bought 2 of these in Black.
While the cheerful sales associate helped me with my bra fitting, she imparted two helpful tips.
- Always hook your bras on the middle rows of hooks. (which I did not know)
- Always try on different styles of bras, because 36DDD in one cut may not fit you in another. (which I knew)
More Helpful Bra Tips
- Learn your sister bra size, especially if you’re a full bust size like I am. A 36DDD is a UK 36E. Visit my friend Cora at The Lingerie Addict for awesome recommendations.
- Make sure you hook your bras before you wash them.
- Never throw your bras directly into the washing machine. If you don’t want to wash them by hand (and I don’t blame you), buy a lingerie bag (this is the one I own) to put your bras into so you’re protecting them and prolonging their life.
- Never put your bras into the dryer. It will warp them and ruin them before their time. Let them air dry.
- When you put your bras away, stash them the way you see them on display shelves, so they don’t lose their shape.
- Don’t wear the same bra 2 days in a row. You need to rotate bras, switch off, so that they can breathe and retain their shape.
- Don’t wash a bra after one wear. It’ll wear out faster.
- You can wear a bra 3 to 5 times before you need to wash it, depending on your comfort level and how much you sweat.
- I treat sports bras differently. I wear a sports bra only once and I wash them after each use.
The best places to go get fitted are at specialty stores like Soma (Skip Victoria’s Secret, they’re notorious for being unable to accurately fit people, plus their bras suck if you’re a full bust like I am. Love their panties though!) or to a good department store like Nordstrom.
Have you been fitted for a bra lately? Have any tips to share?
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