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In Canada? Check out the replay of the show (when it’s available) on the Marilyn site.
True or False: The average, most common bra size is a B cup.
- The truth is, the most popular sizes I’ve fit on thousands of folks are F and G, which in North America is common DDD or DDDD!
- Lots of folks think that full bust sizes are “too much” or “not normal” but they are very common and totally lovely! Don’t be fooled by “mainstream sizing”. Big box department stores often only stock sizes B-DD, but the bra fitting alphabet goes from AA to O cup (and beyond). Great news! Bra boutiques and online options have opened up the options.
- Don’t be alarmed if the cup size that fits best is beyond a B or a DD! There are plenty of supportive, gorgeous options out there for all sizes, so wear what fits first.
- In fact, on the show, I shared a 32F and 34G in the London Fog Muse bra from Canadian brand, Montelle. Get to know it below!
Montelle – London Fog Muse Bra
- This style is so great for this bust range!
- Stretch lace (which can really accommodate YOUR shape)
- Supportive seams (which are like the support beams on a bridge)
- Adjustable band and straps (for a great fit)
- Full coverage cups are lined for support
- Band lined with power mesh
- Sizes 32-40, European cups D-H
True or False: A DD is considered a large bra size
- Ok, listen. “Big” is relative… and so is cup size! Cup size is relative to the band size, that is. A DD, for example, gets smaller or bigger with the band size. So a 30DD is much smaller in size than a 40DD.
- Lots of people think “Dolly Parton” when they think of “DD”, but Dolly, who has a very small band would be more like a 30K!
- And that also means if we used “sister sizing” to find the cup size equivalent in a different band size, a 30DD has the same cup size volume as a 32D, 34C, 36B, or 38A! This is something we go over in the Bra Confidence & Comfort Course in detail and is so important for every bra wearer to know.
- To help the Marilyn viewers understand, I bought a 30DD (or E in this brand) and 36B from Corin. When I lined up the cups of the Virginia Push-Up Bra (a great basic bra with a little boost) everyone could see that they are equal in volume and when I lined up the band, one was bigger than the other. Remember, cup size is relative to band size!
Corin – Virginia Push-Up Bra
- Smooth t-shirt cups look sleek under tops.
- Ultra light 3D spacer foam is very light and feels great on
- Graduated push-up padding gives a your bust volume a boost
- Deep plunging neckline creates a revealing neckline
- Adjustable straps and band for a great fit
- 30-38 bands, European sized C-G
True or False: This bra is an A cup
- This bra is an A cup! Can you believe it? This wire-free Havanna style from Anita is supportive and comfortable, and a godsend for folks with a fuller band and smaller bust (a very underserved size range). But then again, this A cup isn’t very small at all! And that’s because it’s also a 48 band.
- Because of that “sister sizing” and the cup being relative to the band thing I mentioned before, that means this same cup size volume would be equivalent to an H cup in a 34 band.
- On the show, I held up two of the same bras, one in 34H and one in 48A, and so viewers could see that the cup size is equal and both cup sizes need secure support. So just like a DD can be petite, an A can be full!
- If this is blowing your mind and making you wonder about your size, I’m here to help and you can always shop local with a trained fitter at your local boutique for well fitting brands like Anita. Learn more about this amazing style below.
Anita – Havanna Wire-Free Bra
- Wire-free bra cups with super supportive seamed cups for great lift and a rounded shape
- Center gore (though wireless) helps to separate and define breasts (no uniboob look!)
- A wide band and soft, cushioned straps helps to spread support and take the weight off your shoulders
- Comes in a few colors (the black is classic!) and an amazing size range!
- Sizes: 34-50 bands, European A-H cups (for real!)
True or False: Once you get fitted, that is your size!
- Lots of folks I’ve fit think once you’re measured you’re just that size in everything, but that’s not the case. Bras are similar to jeans. Each style fits a bit differently, and it’s totally common to leave a bra fitting appointment or shopping trip with bras in several sizes that all fit.
- The material of the bra, the cut or style, or even how the manufacturer decided to make it will all affect the size that will fit you best. This is why I teach the Comfort Fit System™ within the Bra Confidence and Comfort Course – because size is just the starting point. Fit is the real focus!
- And keep in mind that our bodies change a lot – mine did especially during the pandemic! And as our bodies change, so does our bra size. It’s OK! Go get a fitting or check in on your size at home.
- Another reason is because some brands label their bras using different sizing methods. The most popular are European, North American or US, and UK sizing – which diverge greatly once you get to DD!
- To prove my point, I share a DD and and E in the Ana bra from UK brand, Fantasie, which are two different sizes, while in the US and EU a DD and E are the same. I know it sounds complicated but it’s quite easy once you know it, and so worth it! UK bras like this Ana bra are really known for great fit, construction, and support. The important thing is to wear a great bra (like this one here) that fits. So knowing which bra alphabet your bra uses is key.
Fantasie – Ana Spacer T-Shirt Bra
- Smooth t-shirt bra engineered with lightweight, spacer fabric that keeps you cool with the breathable knit material
- Underwires offer a great shape and the cups are full coverage
- Stylish (and smooth) jacquard pattern fabric of the outer cup
- Adjustable band and straps and amazing size range for a great fit!
- Size range of 30-40 bands, and UK cups of D-H (and an H is like a K cup in US sizing!)
True or False? Wire-free bras and bralettes are appropriate for work.
- OK, OK, OK, listen up: not all wire-free bras are made the same! But there are some styles out there that are really great for lounging and low key activities, and some that have more support and shape! And especially because so many people are working from home right now, we can rewrite the rules on the level of support you need for work! It’s really up to you.
- Each of the brands I’ve mentioned above make very supportive, firm support, wire-free bras that are just as awesome as underwire styles. And, if you want something more casual, there are options, too!
- I brought an example bra from Canadian brand, Elita, which is super soft and wonderful for at-home or low key activities.
Elita – Bamboo Crossover Bra in Leopard
- Made from an ultra soft natural bamboo and spandex material
- Low support and designed for a natural look.
- Metal free, no hook and eye nor adjustable straps.
- Perfect for leisure or sleeping in, but can also be worn for work if that’s your jam!
- Cross front design provides some bust shape and easy access for nursing parent
- Available in a few colors and this fun print!
It was such a joy to be back on the show and I can’t wait to support Marilyn viewers and the folks in Canada, again. (And of course, you too!) Hurray!
Remember that even the best bras out there need to fit in order to feel comfortable, and that comfort will provide you with all day (and night) confidence! If you wear bras, grab a spot in my Free Bra Class to check on the fit of your bras and take your first step toward saying hurray inside, outside, and underneath™!
Free Bra Class
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