Size charts - bust measurements!

FieryRed FieryRed
Okay, I've been reading numerous lingerie reviews, in search of the perfect bedroom-wear for an upcoming trip to an upscale hotel/spa. And I've noticed something. A lot of ladies read the bust measurement guidelines on a given manufacturer's size chart, and think that the number is referring to their bra band size. Girls, your band size is not your bust measurement!

When you get fitted for a bra (because you've done that in the last couple years, right?), the fitter will measure you around the ribcage, just under your bust. She'll add a certain number to that--usually five or six--to get your band size. (I'm positive that a man must have come up with this ridiculous sizing system.) Then, your fitter will measure around the fullest part of your bust. THAT number is your bust measurement! The fitter is going to subtract your band size from your bust measurement, and use the difference to determine your cup size. But the important thing for lingerie, on most size charts, is the actual bust measurement. So, when you see Coquette's size chart, for example, which states that a Medium should fit a 36"-38" bust, it does NOT mean it will fit those with a 36 or 38 bra size. Someone who wears a 34B will typically have a 36" bust measurement. Someone who wears a 36B usually has a 38" bust. Me, I wear a 34C, and my bust measurement is 37". Capiche?
03/26/2013
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Originally posted by FieryRed
Okay, I've been reading numerous lingerie reviews, in search of the perfect bedroom-wear for an upcoming trip to an upscale hotel/spa. And I've noticed something. A lot of ladies read the bust measurement guidelines on a given ... More
This isn't exactly on topic, but the fitter should NOT be adding to your underbust measurement. Fitters that do that are a huge part of why so many women are wearing the wrong size! If you measure 30 around the ribcage, you should be wearing a 30 bra. One thing that gets to me is when people post that they're something like a 36C, and then list their measurements as 39-26-40. The likelihood of there being a ten-inch difference between your waist and underbust is pretty slim. Another is when people post that something will fit a B-D cup. Without an underbust size to accompany that, it doesn't mean anything.

Also, cheers for posting this tidbit! The more women who know how to find their size, the better!
03/26/2013
PropertyOfPotter PropertyOfPotter
That's where I measure for my lingerie reviews, across the fullest part of my breasts.
03/26/2013
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Originally posted by PropertyOfPotter
That's where I measure for my lingerie reviews, across the fullest part of my breasts.
That's because you have fanfreakingstastic reviews.
03/26/2013
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