February 23rd, 2013

Signs your bra is the wrong size

So since my post about the importance of wearing a bra that actually fits, I have had a good few tweets, emails, etc from people telling me they had measured themselves and were shocked at how off the mark they’d been! Even a couple of my friends have been re-evaluating the whole over the shoulder boulder holder situation, which is ideal, because it means they won’t have to put up with me nagging them anymore.
I thought I would just quickly show you some examples that I have found on tumblr of ill-fitting bras that upset me, to show you what I mean. It’s often easier to understand if you can see something. I did try to find the sources for these pictures, but failed.

*Image from tumblr*

If your bra rides up at the back like this, you need a smaller back size. Probably even smaller than you think. Get out that tape measure and find out EXACTLY how many inches your ribcage measures under your bust. That is your back size, and that is not negotiable. Obviously bras don’t come in odd numbers, but size up or down one inch only if that is the case. I am 27 inches around my ribcage, but wear a 28 bra. Not a 32. I think this lady is adding at least 4 inches too many here.
If you can pull your bra band away from your back, you need a smaller back size. You shouldn’t be able to pull it away from your body more than about an inch or so. And you shouldn’t have to do it up on the tightest setting as soon as you buy it. You are supposed to start on the loosest, and as the bra stretches with age, tighten up. This is to save you needing a new bra every five minutes.


*Image from tumblr*


If your bra looks like the one this lady is wearing, you need a bigger cup size. She is very attractive and she looks amazing, but a decent % of her breasts are chilling out under her armpit unsupported! That should be in a cup, so she needs to size up. If yours is looking like that then so do you! And when I say size up, I don’t mean just one cup size, it looks like this lady is a good few cupsizes off the mark! You can still get that cleavage with a correctly fitting bra, I promise.
If you missed it, the bra measuring guide I like the best is THIS one here as it explains a little bit too, and gives a true result. You are much better off measuring yourself than going to a high street store that will lie to you to try and get you to buy their limited range. Unless you are lucky enough to live near a Bravissimo or Rigby & Peller, as I have heard they are very trustworthy.
I hope this post helped somebody, and if not, well, at least I provided you with something nice to look at!


22 responses to “Signs your bra is the wrong size”

  1. Rosa says:

    I always use debenhams and they're very helpful. There are soo many women out there wearing the wrong bra size! Some think they're bigger than they're supposed to be and some think they're smaller! Girls either measure yourself or head on down to somewhere that can!

  2. This is soo helpful thank you very much! I'm always trailing the internet trying to find a decent measuring guide- I'm heading straight to the originial post now 🙂

  3. Vale says:

    Great post, so helpful ! Unfortunately I always need a small size so I have no doubts about the size, LOL…but I am very tiny and I often struggle to find the perfect bra shape ! Kisses

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  4. Charissa Rae says:

    I think I'm wearing the wrong size, but no where I know starts with a back smaller than a 32! I think I'm a 28-30 which means because I'm having to get a bigger back size I usually have to get the smallest cup size which probably wouldn't be the case if it was accessible! Thanks for the help xx

  5. gleepface says:

    That's why I always get mine online now, so many sites do free returns, so it's easy to just get a couple of sizes if you're not sure and try on at home 🙂

  6. gleepface says:

    As long as you've got the right back size! I think that's where most people go wrong.

  7. gleepface says:

    Yay, glad to have helped! Get out that tape measure!

  8. gleepface says:

    Here here! I've never actually heard anything about Debenhams fittings, but I know they do have one or two bras in my size

  9. Natasha says:

    I measured myself after your original post seeing as since I last got measured I'd put on weight and lost it again I was well due for one. I'd been wearing a 34D when I should have been wearing a 34F, this is probably the first time I've ever worn the right size so thank you so much!

  10. Camila Alvarez says:

    You seriously, have no idea how much I needed to read this post. I've lost 30 pounds, and all my clothes are no fitting me right anymore. Especially my bras. I'm scared to go into Victoria Secret or something to get measure. So this works out perfectly. Thank you!!!!!


  11. gleepface says:

    I'd steer clear of Victoria's Secret for measuring services anyway, they lie through their ass! Happy to have helped!

  12. gleepface says:

    No problem at all, I'm so glad to hear you've found your size!

  13. Meg Casson says:

    thank you for this.
    i am off to buy new bras.


  14. gleepface says:

    Yay, happy to have helped.

  15. Courtney Melville says:

    This is a great informative post, i'm definitely going to be check my bra size now just to make sure!


  16. Victoria says:

    Such a brilliant post! It really is annoying how many bras do not fit correctly, so finding the right one is such a relief. But I find being a size 30 is too difficult to find, and especially attractive ones, so I always size up to a 32. If youre a 28, you must find them so few and far between! Where do you find are the best places to go for pretty bras? There definitely needs to be more selection made in smaller back sizes!

    inthefrow.com xx

  17. gleepface says:

    Yay, so glad you're gonna check 🙂

  18. gleepface says:

    Just sent you a billion tweets, hope I've helped give you some starting points!

  19. Jillian Lowther says:

    Wow, since I'm so small-chested I never really thought about the whole bra situation, but I guess I'm going to have to measure myself, because a couple of my bras ride up like the top picture. Hmm…

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  20. gleepface says:

    I have virtually no boobs whatsoever braless, but in a well fitting bra they sit perfectly, and cleavage is a thing I can actually achieve! And I am an E! As a 28 back, who tried to wear 30s for a while, I tried to kid myself that the riding up was fine, but bras should not be sat on your shoulder blades!

  21. Jenn says:

    This is so helpful! Thanks! I'm going to check my bra size now! I love your blog!

    I can tell I'm going to spend a great amount of my time catching up on past posts!

    Thanks for sending over your link, now following

    Jenn | Photo-Jenn-ic


  22. gleepface says:

    Yay I'm so glad it's helped! Thank you for following 🙂 x

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