Monday, February 22, 2010

Misconceptions

Went shopping this weekend with Terri and another friend.

I'm a little freaked out b/c I finally did a proper bra fitting. And while I've heard over and over and over that most women are wearing the wrong size bra, I was still shocked to discover that I am a 36D.

I had been wearing a 38B.

Now, I love my breasts. But I've always thought of them as relatively small. They're certainly smaller than most of my friends' or my mom's or my sister's. But not "small" per se. I always thought they were proportional.

I'm mean, yes, I have breasts, but they're not ginormous - barely more than a man-sized hand-full (eh hem...) and I always thought: B-cup. I'm a B-cup.

I certainly never imagined I was a D-cup. I had this image of a D-cup as something really large, but it's not.

It's interesting, really. Several of my friends have had professional fittings and most "boobologists" will tell you that 7 out of 10 women who come in are wearing the wrong size and of those, the majority are wearing too large a band and too small a cup for proper fitting.

So I know it's not just me, but I think there's this general misconception about bra sizes. Most women see the "D" as something "huge" when really it's not. And I would guess that most women out there are larger than D.

5 comments:

Roo said...

I get fitted every time I go bra shopping. It takes less than a minute. I also make sure to ask for help because while I might be a B normally, in some cases I'm an A, like with strapless. I wouldn't have known that if I didn't ask.

Angela said...

I'm a 36D/DD (depending on my weight fluctuations) as well. Getting good-fitting bras is worth the money -- so much more comfortable!

cycle003 said...
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cycle003 said...

Is it wrong if this post turned me on? Now, I think I've finally found my career calling.

Patti said...

I found out I had a big chest in high school when some boys kept telling me to touch my toes without bending my knees. Years later in college I kept guessing at my bra size. I bought D bras, mostly... because that's what I thought I *must* be, huge as I was. Besides, cute bras didn't come bigger than D, usually. Just after college I discovered Fredericks of Hollywood sold Fs. I started wearing two different bras at the same time to correct what I called the "four breasting" effect that happened when I would wear a single bra. Finally, a few years ago I got truly fitted. I walked in wearing a 38G and walked out wearing a 34J. So much BETTER.