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A Bra that Fits, My Journey


Please visit https://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits so you too can find A Bra That Fits, be sure to post your measurements as well in the thread as their calculator can be a bit biased towards one measurement.  Also try http://www.sophisticatedpair.com/bra-size-calculator/ I think their calculator though simple is more accurate in some cases.  For further assistance in your bra fitting journey try Busty Resources they have all sorts of information including where to shop for your new size. 

Before A Bra that Fits
After A Bra that Fits








I had been getting annoyed with my bra and decided to go bra shopping.  I went in thinking I just needed to sister size down to a smaller band and larger cup, so from 34C to 32D.  The cups had just been sliding down and the underwire was on my ribcage. I go to Victoria's Secret since Fredericks has closed down it's last store in my area and I'm not a fan of department stores. I can't remember now if I got measured or just started trying on bras.  Either way I think I tried a 32D and 32DD and the 32D was too small so the 32DD in the particular model I tried seem to fit.

After learning what I thought was my new size, I decided to buy some other bras from VS in 32DD (the Semi Annual Sale was going on so...).  I bought one bra in the store (a plunge model that was similar to my old favorite that was the wrong size).  I also have the associate order 2 of another style that wasn't in the store in  my size and even get it price matched to the stores sale price.

The ordered bras arrive and are quite snug.  I was unsure whether the way it was fitting was correct for this model or if it was too small (surely it couldn't be too small).  I decide to wear it to VS and have someone take a look at it to get a second opinion.  I tell an associate my issues with the bra and she takes a look.  She says that the gore should still be tacking (it was a somewhat odd style, don't remember what it was but it had comfy bendy/plastice underwires).  She then proceeds to pull out some of the demis they use for fitting.  I'm then told I'm not a 32DD, but a 32DDD.  I return the 2 bras I had ordered that didn't fit at all, but dont buy anything in a 32DDD because I feel like I don't get much cleavage from them and they aren't a great fit (side note, cleavage is not a determining factor in a good fit, a great fitting bra provides lift and support, but depending on the type won't always give much cleavage)

After a couple weeks of wearing one of the first 32DD bras I got from VS I'm slowly realizing it's not quite a perfect fit, the underwires still seem to slide down.  My other 32DD on the other hand seems to be a pretty good fit.  I do some googling and come to find Bratabase and I decide to post a fit check.  I learn the wires aren't sitting in my IMF, and that the bra may not be projected enough for me.  I also learn that moulded cup bras can hide fit problems.  It was recommended by some users based on my measurements that I try some UK size 30E/F bras.

 Here are photos of me in a Victoria's Secret 32DD, now imagine the awful 34C I had before. lol

Underwires are nowhere near IMF (short for Infra-mammary fold, fancy term for underboob crease) , which at the time unbeknownst to me was part of my whole reason for looking for a better fitting bra. If you don't think this looks too bad keep scrolling.
From this angle you can see some quadding, imagaine how awful a cup volume down would be. You can also kind of see that the gore quite tacking, and since the bra is sitting so low it's doing much of anything.  The quadding is caused because the cup is too shallow so my boobs are trying to fight their way into a a deeper part of the cup.


On top of the cups being too shallow, it's a shape mismatch which is why it gapes (many molded cups will have this issue even if it fits, it's harder to get a good match when the fabric isn't flexible, part of why unlined are suggested for finding your size/shape whether you plan to wear them or not), and now you can also see that the wires are much too wide for me (well kind of see, it's molded so you can't really see where my tissue ends, a hint, it's not in the middle of my armpit as the wide wires would have you think).



After figuring out where to buy this new size, I placed some orders in some varying sizes to try out some different brands.  Although I had yet to learn how to fully utilize Bratabase and ended up ordering some that definitely didn't work.  However, I am finally beginning to learn what works for me and how to utilize the measurements of the bras on Bratabase to my advantage to hopefully end up with more success.

So you tried the calculators, and you get a size you have never heard of, and don't believe it or have no idea where to find this new size.  The best bet will probably be online, although some stores might carry your size.  Nordstrom does carry some sub 32 band sizes as do other department stores, but they probably won't have much in stock.  If you need to try something on you may need to try on a sister size to at least determine cup volume then determine how much smaller the band needs to be, just remember go up a letter for every band size down you go.  For instance 34C fits but band it loose 32D, and 30DD would be the equivalent cup volume, but have smaller bands.  The best bet is to buy off Amazon, and buy products sold and shipped by them so you have free returns, and returning to them is super easy.  Once you get an idea of your size and your size in different brands then you have a ton of cheaper options too.

Also try some unlined or at least not moulded cup bras when trying to determine your shape and size.  Moulding and padding can both disguise fit issues.  Also don't be afraid of lightly padded with seams either, most the time the seams don't show much if at all and the seams are a part of the bra structure and help to support and provide shape to the breasts.  My first semi successful bra was a lightly padded Betsey Johnson 32DD, and my second was a Freya Deco Rebel 30E (30F fit but cups were a bit too tall and wide).  I loved the Freya a Deco and had many colors of it, until I finally tried Polish bras.  I do recommend Deco if you must have a moulded cup or need a gateway into better fitting bras and are coming from the land of the VS Push Up Bra.  I will add photos and a review on Deco at some point in the future, despite them mostly sitting around until I need a seamless nude bra.

Photos in bras that actually fit.
Ewa Michalak PL 65F comparison of PL and M cut

Comexim Dottie 3HC 65H straps moved in 2cm

Comexim Plunge 65H cups reduced 2cm, straps moved in 2cm my review here

Curvy Kate Ellace 32DD


Bratabase look up measurements and reviews on bras, also check out the listings

Bra Swap a subreddit group to buy, sell, and swap bras some good deals and you can swap. Also check out A Bra that Fits for fit requests and advice.

Comexim Polish brand known for narrow underwires and customization, most popular alterations are reduced cups and straps moved in, also gore alterations, style changes, plunge, 2HC, or 3HC.

 A Sophisticated Pair A US bra retailer who carries a wide variety including Comexim.  I have ordered a few bras from them and Erica is extremely helpful.  Has Comexim in stock so if she has your size you can get it quickly without the long wait time from Poland and you an exchange/return easily if needed.

Bra Obsessed Great source for Polish bras both Ewa Michalak and Comexim, based in Canada, so shorter wait times than ordering direct if item is in stock and less confusion for those new to Polish Bras.  While I haven't placed an order through them yet, I hear great things.

Zathiya  Also a US retailer who specializes in Polish bras including Ewa Michalak, Comexim, and Avocado.  I've also heard great things about them, but have yet to order, although I am eyeing their Comexim exclusive Annika.


Zulily has new deals daily, not always on non matrix size bras, but they do tend to get them frequently

Ebay search by size, brand, style, color, there are tons of deals out there

Amazon great selection and free shippping and returns on lots of items

Breakout Bras  buy a grab bag, have bras chosen for you based on you input $60 for 4 bras, they might not all work or be the style you like, but a good opportunity to try new things and get variety you can always sell or swap what doesn't work.  I saw awhile back on Reddit they were asking users what customizations they would like on in stock Comexim if they were to start carrying them, so hopefully we they will start selling them soon.





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