Using the term ‘DD cup’ excites the boys and frightens the girls, but mention you are a G cup in polite company and people will look at you in disbelief.
Many, many women think they are D cup and always seek that size, but when they submit to a proper fitting, D isn’t even close.
At Brava it’s not unusual to fit a woman who says she is 14D into a bra that is 10G, it happens all the time. She looks and feels much better, but is often shocked and maybe in denial about her correct size, in fact sometimes we dont tell her. Isn’t it all about how she looks and feels, not about the numbers on the label? We’ve seen women who refuse to wear the correct size and continue to squeeze themselves into D cup – maybe this is a new phobia – this fear of wearing D+ cups. ‘Deecupphobia’!
Contributing to the confusion are images of celebs like Pamela Anderson with reports of her being 36DD (14DD) after breast augmentation surgery. She is a tiny framed woman with full breasts and is more likely to be a 30G (8G). The size 36 (14) band has nothing to do with the size of her breasts. Does her ribcage look like a size 14 and would she wear sized 14 clothes?? Definitely not, she looks like a size 8-10 to us. This is just one of the reasons people see DD as so big.
YouTube images of women with larger cups are often hideous and mostly designed to tantalise morons. If you look around at your colleagues and family, many of the women will be bigger than D cup but chances are they are wearing a badly fitting D cup that makes their breasts look bigger and their grooming a tad scruffy.
The cause of this phenomena no longer exists. For a long time DD was the largest cup size made and people perceived this size as very big. Many women wore DD in a bra that had a band much too big for them, it rose up at the back, the cups werent smooth, the shape was distorted, the support was totally inadequate and the comfort level was abysmal. In those dark days there were no other options unless you could afford to have bras made for you, or took a chance on having them altered.
There are no excuses now, innovative lingerie manufacturers are designing fabulous D+ cup bras that are supportive, beautiful, high quality and affordable. The size range won’t be in all lingerie shops and department stores, for a variety of reasons, but the really good specialist shops have the finest off them. Working with many brands and ranges from around the globe, they test them on themselves and their customers, they review them, decline many and only stock those that do a sublime job of supporting women.
We shouldnt be telling you all about the sizing issue without providing some explanation of how bra sizes actually work to give a better understanding why a D cup is not necessarily a big cup size. Did you know:
- D cup on a size 10 band (10D) is 3 times smaller than a D cup on a size 16 band (16D). The equivalent size of a 10D cup in a 16 band would be 16A.
- A 12G cup is the same size cup as a 20DD
- An 8J cup is equal to a 14GG.
- Generally D cup augmented breasts are measured from a 16D mass, so on a size 10 frame it will look more like an F cup – most surgeons do not take into account the band size of a bra which results in a huge misconception. So when you see these very busty size 10 ‘D’ cup girls post augmentation they probably have equal to a bra sized F cup on their chest.
Confused? The D cup changes in size along with the band size. If you have been wearing a 12DD and we fit you into an 8F, this does not mean your bust size is bigger, it simply means you have been wearing a band that is far too big for your frame. But sometimes all a woman can see is that letter ‘F’ and for her that stands for freak, but we see ‘F’ for fabulous. Still confused? Ask us a question.
By Lin Windram.