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Lindz
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hi, I was reading the who discussion on boobs and people talking all about what they like about their boobs. But I have a quesiton and I wasnt' sure if it would get answered there (didnt' want to end up double posting to get the answer) One ofhte volunteers said that the like 34,36,38, and such were your rib cage size, but I dont' quite understand that. See I was sporting 34Cs but then had to move uptoe a 36 C as they were fuller onthe sides and I needed th cup size to be wider. So i don't understand how that really works as my ribs never changed, it was my breasts. Also, I realize I seem more like a D, but I don't know hwo to find the right size for me. Cauase when I checked the difference whe n Iwent bra shopping, a 34D seemed smaller than 36C. I think I may need to get a D bra to have optimum fit and support, but I jsut dont' know what to get. a 36 D will be to big, but wont' a 34 D be to small as I needed the 36 originally to fit the side fullness of my breasts? please give clearity if possible! thanks!
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Heather
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Go get fitted.

Really, it's the easiest way to do this, and any store you buy brassieres at should have someone there to fit you.

But yes: the numercial size is the band size, where the bottom of your breasts are.

A cup size can't really be "wider," so much -- it's the measuremant for what juts out. So, yes, if you needed more room on the sides, you'd usually go up in band size.

If you can't find a staff person to fit you, just try on a bunch of different sizes and styles. Often, each maker isn't consistent anyhow, so it's typical to wear one size in a given brand, and another in another brand.

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Lindz
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you may notife I have adouble post.. it was an accident honest!!! I pushed liek post twice or something,, I TRULY didn't mean it!

Thanks [Big Grin] I'm goingo go try. But see, when I like compare the 34C wit ha 36C, the cup is significantly wider on the sides. I guess I'll just have to go shopping to really know. But thanks alot, I hop eI find what's right.. oh.. in ym double post (SORRY) I had added something.. ithinkthat's why it posted it again, I pushed back probably .. I asked somethign else :

"Also, my right boob is like a half a cup size bigger than my left, so when I try to get a bra, if I get a size to fit the right, the left cup is a bit roomy, but if I get a bra to fir the left, the right is popping out slightly. I do not want to wear padding in the left to help with the roominess, I'm big enough already! "

SORRY for the mistake [Frown] and thanks ofr the help!

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Heather
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quote:
But see, when I like compare the 34C with a 36C, the cup is significantly wider on the sides.
Exactly, and it should be: the cup size is the same, but that band size is larger.

A half cup-size difference is actually a pretty small difference: we're talking less than half an inch. So, that really shouldn't be a big deal at all. It's not for most women, as very few women have perfectly symmetical breasts.

If that DOES bug you, you can opt to just wear sports bars instead of bars with individual cups. [Smile]

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Lindz
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hehe, I dislike sports bras, I dont' know why, I jsut like the way I feel in like cupped bras. well personally, I can't judge the difference in cup difference, as you can see I don't quite understnad the great differences in size jumping. It could be a whole cup for I know. my 36C seems to fit my left pretty well, but it'sthe right that keeps popping out. If I do choose to move up to a D cup, and the 36 is fitting now with the C, would yo usuggest i keep the 36 or move down to a 34? ( I knwo I have to try stuff on, but from what you think/know)
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I'd say to try moving up that cup size, then.

Bear in mind that you can always adjust the strap for the smaller breast: that'll make the cup tighter on that sid, by putting it more taughtly against the breast.

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KittenGoddess
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Usually if you go up a cup size, you'll want to go down a band size. For example, a 36D is pretty close to a 38C.

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Lindz
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Oh thanks so much!?! [Smile] you've been a nice help [Big Grin] I am now more educated. You guys are great
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