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    I kept hearing about getting "professionally fitted" so I went to Nordstrom and they didn't even measure me, just said they didn't have anything to fit. So I went to Macy's and the lady measured around my ribcage over my shirt & sweater, which probably added half an inch so the band size was probably wrong to begin with. And then, without measuring my bust line, she declared I was a C cup. Sorry, I know for a fact that I haven't been a C cup since I was about 12. I went home and did it myself, like I always have.

    It's really easy. Do it in front of a mirror so you can make sure your tape is level all the way around. Wearing your best-fitting bra, measure your ribcage right up under your breasts; round up or down to the closest even number. This is roughly your band size. Now measure around your bust line, and subtract your ribcage measurement (not the band size, the actual number you measured.) A difference of one inch is an A cup, two inches is a B cup, three inches is a C cup, and on & on. Here's where it gets tricky because few of us measure to an exact inch. If you had to round up on your band size, then you might want to round down a bit on cup size, or vice versa. Let's say your ribcage was 35.5 and bust is 38.75, that would probably be a 36C since the extra bit of band will make up for the little less of cup. Or if your ribcage was 34.5 and your bust is 36.5, a 34B would be fine. If you're in doubt and can't try them on in person, then buy one of each size, return the one that doesn't fit quite right, and then you have TWO bras that fit right!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    I kept hearing about getting "professionally fitted" so I went to Nordstrom and they didn't even measure me, just said they didn't have anything to fit. So I went to Macy's and the lady measured around my ribcage over my shirt & sweater, which probably added half an inch so the band size was probably wrong to begin with. And then, without measuring my bust line, she declared I was a C cup. Sorry, I know for a fact that I haven't been a C cup since I was about 12. I went home and did it myself, like I always have.

    It's really easy. Do it in front of a mirror so you can make sure your tape is level all the way around. Wearing your best-fitting bra, measure your ribcage right up under your breasts; round up or down to the closest even number. This is roughly your band size. Now measure around your bust line, and subtract your ribcage measurement (not the band size, the actual number you measured.) A difference of one inch is an A cup, two inches is a B cup, three inches is a C cup, and on & on. Here's where it gets tricky because few of us measure to an exact inch. If you had to round up on your band size, then you might want to round down a bit on cup size, or vice versa. Let's say your ribcage was 35.5 and bust is 38.75, that would probably be a 36C since the extra bit of band will make up for the little less of cup. Or if your ribcage was 34.5 and your bust is 36.5, a 34B would be fine. If you're in doubt and can't try them on in person, then buy one of each size, return the one that doesn't fit quite right, and then you have TWO bras that fit right!
    This is what I do. I was fitted professionally when I around 12, but not since. I measure myself at home. Pretty sure I would be a 42D. The problem is that I have a "Rock in a Sock" problem that makes it so I need support, but I love my comfort. Even blue jeans irritate me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    I so have to do that one day. Are you nekkid from the waist up with someone's face right in your cleave or what? In all my naked freedom at home and my ability to change in a locker room carefree I am a bit skeeved by the bra fitting thing.
    Pretty much, yes. Just like a doctor's office. Plus getting a bra that fits is an investment in your back and shoulder health.

    I went to a bra store, that advertises bra fittings, not a department store. I had to make an appointment, it was like having a personal shopper too (or trying on a wedding dress!). I walked out of there feeling like a million bucks. It reduced my migraines too. Such a good thing to do.
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