You want the support to come from the band, not the straps- think of waist belts on hiking backpacks. They really don't feel different from my 28 bras. My hips are freaking 34" - 36"! So Band inches Bust inches definitely, this time I leaned forward, it's amazing what you miss when you speed read So 9 inch difference, 24G.
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I want to try Ewa Michalak again now, but what size do I get? I can't return them if I choose wrong! If so, would the 65's have 2 hooks and the 60's 3? I can't go visit Polish forums with people that know about this, so I'm so confused! Was it this bra: If the first, I found info from a girl who ordered 65 30 GG and complained about the three hooks.
I suppose they may have been added from some cup G? On the other hand, I found also info on a purple 80D which HAD three hooks, which makes everything even more unclear; here's the link, you can scroll down the page for pics: If it's the heart print bra I can't find a pic online , my mother in law tried it on a shop we went to together.
She tried 80e or dd I think normally she's a 32f in Panache etc and the back had one 3 x 3 row of hooks PLUS a sewn in extender - so in total 6 x 3 hooks! I think I'd do this: I'd write to Ewa, describe your problem, maybe add pics of you in the bras? Ask if they may have been mislabelled. I would still probably say a 60 shd be ok, but one like that black-pink that fits. Since it's going to be made upon special order anyway, ask about the number of hooks, if they can make it for you with 3 x 3 - this also means that the band is wider and more supportive in general, I think?
For the record, I am currently a 28G, although my bust is shrinking rapidly since I started weaning my son. I was a 28E pre-pregnancy, so I know a little bit of both sides of the story, so to speak. I thought I might chip in on Ewa Michalak back sizes. It is still a young company and I dare to say that Ewa improves the construction with each model.
I tried on some of her bras when they still existed only as samples and were made exclusively to order. They were indeed extremely tight and not in a comfortable way. Ewa has always been following internet bra-related fora very carefully, and us, Polish bramaniacs, seem to have thought at the beginning of the bra enlightment a few years back that the tighter the band, the better. Accordingly, Ewa's bras were started out very tight, but were gradually made looser, when the feedback of more "mass" consumers started pouring in.
This would explain why they have an opinion of extremely tight bras, even though they no longer are. There were also a few hiccups like the bra that Ptasia's mom tried on - they turned out to be SO tight, that after the initial reviews the rest of the batch was sold with extenders sewn in. With that said, I must admit I am surprised that the denim one and the aubergine one are looser than the pink and black one. They are indeed older and following the logic they should be tighter.
Other than what Ptasia already mentioned bras happened to be mislabelled on several occasions , I can only think of one thing - the quality of materials was not impressive at the beginning.
I've tried on three of Ewa's bras since the start of the company and I can honestly say, that the bra was better than the one I ordered in , but not as good as the one ; the last one I tried on was this http: The picture so doesn't do it justice. It was very well made, from nice quality fabrics and the fit was just stunning sadly, the boob shrinkage had already started by then and I had to return it.
It was a 30F, the band was just right for my current 26" and the cup was rather generous I'd say a size bigger. This website is an invaluable source of information about the fit of Ewa Michalak bras: I realise you don't read Polish, but already the first few lines could be very helpful, if you know a few phrases: I realise it's not easy to browse without knowing Polish, but maybe Google translation can help ; Eg.
I see that a couple of girls with a similar cup size to yours, but 26" backs, wear band size 30 or even 32 in Ewa Michalak see here: Based on this, I think 28 should indeed be enough for you although I think Ewa could also make you a 26, should you ever decide to give it a go. Pfffff I hope that helped a bit: Luckily my son is a good sleeper, so I could finish this comment in peace.
Take care and please report back if you decide to give Ewa Michalak another try! I forgot to add one thing - Ewa Michalak bras are still thought to be quite much tighter than the standard, which I confirm. In many cases this simple rule proves right for EM bras: If your back measures 24", which is roughly 61 cm, then you should try band 60 It certainly works for me: My own theory about it based on discussions with Ewa on bra-related fora, following the Polish version of "How To Look Good Naked" where she fitted underwear, etc.
If the label says the same band size that what they've been wearing so far and close to their centimetre measurement, they may be easier convinced that it's the right one for them. It would be interesting to hear from Ewa whether I got this one right ;. I talked to the owner of missfituk. But there is not even enough demand for the 28" bras so she is expanding to 30 and I understand the frustrations very well, but what I see is not a big enough demand even for 28" backs so big companies will prob not be willing to go down to a 26" anytime soon.
What I ment was, bravissimo has told me on the phone, that most of their customers are a 32 or a 34 back.
Thus, manufacturers probably aren't aware of the full scope of the demand for sub bands. When I first started to wear bras I wore 34A or AA, and whilst there's no way my ribcage was anything close to 34", I didn't find the bras uncomfortable because I just didn't need the support of a tighter band. It seems as if the larger a person's breasts are, the more they will need a band size that's close to their ribcage measurement. I'm not trying to argue that smaller-busted people don't need bras that fit, but I'd imagine they are less likely to encounter back pain, shoulder grooves, etc.
I used to wear a 34AA from the kids section, and it's harder for us smaller busted ladies to tell if we're wearing the wrong size unless we look closely. But my bras did feel uncomfortable because the wires seemed to poke on the sides.
I got fitted at Intimacy, and that was where I found out I was a 28C. Since they didn't have any 28's, and only had very few 30's, they were willing to alter the 32A's down. The alteration worked somewhat--it's a better fit than not altered but still not quite right. It's really hard to find 28's, especially below a D cup. Oh, I got an idea! I don't know if you've seen the ads or not, but there is the 'Kymaro bodyshaper'. You may not need the shaping part of it, but it's got posture support panels.
In the before and after, the women were standing up straighter, and the busts were lifted many of those women I imagine, were wearing the wrong size. The front part goes under your bust, so you can wear your on bra with it.
So if the shaper can provide proper support for women wearing wrong bra sizes, it might work for you, providing additional support. You may also try the Chic Shaper, which says it improves posture and lifts the breasts up. But yeah, I totally sympathize with you, because although I've also done a lot of research on bra-fitting, and got some of my friends well-fitted, I haven't quite found the right bra myself. I could not find this bra in the LaSenza online store, but a search got me some offers on ebay.
I wanted to add that a lot of women do have v-shaped ribcages, sometimes dramatically so. I've done bra-fitting on about 10 friends now and and all except one had bigger ribcages than waists by ". My waist is " depending on how much I've had to eat and drink lately! My chest gets wider as it goes up I am 31" around under my arms above my boobs, where some people tell you to measure for your bra band size and in many women is about the same circ! I think a tiny ribcage with the same measurement as the waist is more often seen on women with small shoulders proportionately.
I would say it's more rare than anything IMO, based only on my sample size and eyeballing people. If I needed support I'd be looking for 26 bands.
I will write letters on behalf of my small-ribcaged, larger-breasted friends though! There must be millions of girls and women out there with " ribcages who are wearing ill-fitting 32s the number of American women who have heard of 30, much less 28, bands is tiny.
I didn't exactly mean that I thought most women weren't triangular. I think my wording was kind of confusing though Even I do have some difference, esp. For me, I think am a snug 26, or would wear a 24 in stretchier styles if such a size were made.
At least that's my theory. Anyway, I mostly just wanted to illustrate that smaller than 28 isn't that strange of a size as some people would like to believe. I can't believe I've probably been wearing the wrong bra size too all these years! Measuring around my ribcage, I found it to measure about I suppose, since I live in a small isolated town, when I was in the city I settled for the 32" band since it was the smallest size available at the store I was at I would love it if manufacturers started making smaller bra sizes and were more helpful with fitting.
I am still classed as "healthy weight" but have a 26" band now. I can't believe how so many of my friends who seem smaller than me claim to be wearing 32 or 34 inch backs.
Ways to measure need to be better publicised. I have tried writing to companies. I wrote to La Senza and the only reply I got was that they didn't think smaller backs would sell and they are "thinking about" introducing a 30 back.
If we all bug them, maybe they'll eventually give in and make smaller still. I do not know if this will work for you, but the la senza low back converter see the following pictures http: I don't sew much, but with my expierence I can tell it would be ridiculously easy to buy a bra extender, cut it in two parts, and put it on a non stretching fabric so you can make the same principle as the pictures above.
Except the fabric won't be around your waist, but on your ribcage just under the bra. Material-wise the experiment won't cost much, and I don't know if you know someone with a bit sewing experience, but this is something an experienced seamstress could do within 20 minutes. There are a lot of posts connected to this thread that I have yet to read through, but I've read quite a few of them already and something that keeps popping to the front of my mind for the more "well-endowed" ladies is: What we are looking for is balance.
Properly executed exercises such as deadlifts, good mornings, and back hyperextensions would most likely help with the issue of breast-weight-induced back pain, even if the issue of a properly-fitting bra has yet to be resolved. My main issue is that the bottom of a bra can fit reasonably well when I first buy it, but the top of the band is loose enough for me to pull out by an inch under either armpit without stretching the fabric at all.
I'll try the next cup down, but my breasts will be literally spilling over the tops of the cups that way. I measure 25" around, so I guess I'd be around a 26H- the only time I truly look like such a size is when I'm wearing a nice, snug corset. I wish they were appropriate for all occasions! Like I said I'm not a small woman and yet in Canada the smallest band size you can get is 36 and don't get me started on cup sizes larger than single D!!!
I'm a big fan of Freya's Lucy bra, and love it because I can order my size from bravissimo, although their shipping charges are deterant. I held them up to one of my 28 bras after wearing them for a few weeks so they had stretched slightly at that point the bands were pretty much the exact same size.
I wrote them and asked about this, I was ecstatic when I got my 60G CH Onyx, for it was the smallest fitting bra ever delivered on my doorstep.
Anyhow, after wearing it for days it stretched about cm. So I stopped wearing it. But when I looked at it a week later, it was back to it's original size! And my reference material is exclusively tight Freya bands. Erin, Cindy When I mailed them about it I was told: You are first person with problem with band in CH Onyx. Some information for future: I'm looking forward to this one, as a child waiting for Santa! I'm 5'8, but thin, and my waist is 24" and I have a 27" rib cage.
I am not triangular, my upper torso just tapers more gradually due to my height. No one would classify me as "petite" either, I am simply too tall for that.
FYI, small boobs do need support. It is very uncomfortable to run or walk fast in an unsupportive bra. It can be hard to find flattering, comfortable, well-fitting bras in small sizes too. Visually, I look like what people imagine a B cup is, but because my rib cage is small, I need something like a 30C or 28D bra.
I have a feeling this is far more common than people realize for tallish, thin, small-busted women. This is why bra fittings are important for ALL women, not just busty ones. I just recently came to the realization of my true bra size which is a 26C, and I had always been wearing 32's A or B My best friend measured at a 28B.
My sister and mom are definitely less than 30 inches as well. Now I feel depressed that I can't buy any bra that will fit me perfectly I just came to a realization after measuring that I am I'm a 26DD so I know how frustrating it is that you can't buy anything smaller than a 28 back! I emailed Bravissimo asking them which brands tend to come up small in the back so I could try them in a 28D and they were very helpful, they recommended Miss Mandalay and the Panache Tango bras.
I also asked if there was a possibility that they would start stocking 26 backs in the future and they told me that there are no plans for it at the moment but that they would certainly log my request. At least they listened to me: I measure as 29 under my breasts and a 28DD fits great.
However, at pounds, which is small, I see numerous women who are a lot tinier than me, so I don't believe that a 28 bra band is extremely tiny - I consider myself small, but not tiny. It makes me wonder, since there are so many tinier women than myself, why I fit into the smallest band size available How does that happen if I measure 29 around?
So in some styles I would want a 26 band, because I find my 28 stretches out fairly quickly. Right now I am wearing a 28 bra on the tightest hook that I've worn less than a month. I just emailed Freya about providing 26 band sizes. Everyone should email them then they can see how high the demand is. It's interesting to me that people don't realize the need for smaller band sizes. Measuring tightly I'm right under 34 inches and loosely I'm 36 inches and 36 bands ride up horribly.
There there people like my sister who are very slim and wears XXS shirts loosely, yet tried to claim she is actually something like a size 32B. I think a lot of the problem is misinformation to the consumers who think these smaller sizes are abnormal. I too am overweight US size 18 , and basically embarrassed to tell people I wear a band! And even that is sometimes too loose I measure 33" , but I just can't bring myself to wear the smallest band size available in many stores!
I have a friend who is 3" shorter than I, petite built and underweight, who also claims she is a 34"! So if you measure 75cm And no-one fixed it since. Aw man, I know how this goes. I'm 5'5, and at my current weight I have a My waist is People always talk about how tiny I am, so you must be super tiny if you're 5'10 and that small!
I'm a little heavier right now than I usually am but at my usual weight my rib cage goes down to 24" easily! Trying to find the right size, even in specialty lingerie shops, can suck. Until I started wearing the right bra size and stopped wearing baggy shirts people always thought I was flat chested. When I started dressing properly I was asked if I'd had work done! I'd just been flattening the girls against me and going against my curvy figure for years.
The right band and bra size is so important. I don't think there are many if any women who actually have ribcages below 25 inches. I think most women have about " between their waist and ribs, but women with very defined waists due to corsetting or naturally may have a inch difference!
I usually notice that more obese women tend to have waists the same size or sometimes even bigger than their ribcage, where as very thin may have a more significant difference between the waist and ribs. At the end of the day, your ribcage can only go so small much like the pelvis but there is really no limit to how small a waist can go, especially with corsetting.
You can have an 18" waist and 28" ribcage due to corsetting, I know I've seen it. And for the record, my waist is " and my ribs are 28". Now even when I went down to a " waist, my ribs were still " and that was the smallest it would go. I'm 5'0" and 98 lbs and there is less than a 1" difference between my ribcage and my waist. I measure at a 26DD. Both are right around 26" so it isn't just overweight people who have waists the same size as their ribcage. On a side note: My hips are freaking 34" - 36"!
Just depends on my weight and when I'm at my normal of lbs, it's 36". I can't get bras OR jeans to even come close to fitting me. Of course, if you have quite a straight, narrow ribcage, you could potentially have very little difference between the two measurements and be thin like yourself. But I think those with more tapered ribcages will tend to notice a bigger difference between waist and ribs with weight loss as the waist becomes more defined.
I actually do have a severely tapered ribcage. I need about a 28" at my regular weight , but have a " waist. That actually causes its own fit problem, because I think I need a tapered band. If it fits properly at the bottom, it's too tight at the top. If it fits properly at the top, it rides up because the bottom is too big.
My measured bra size is supposed to be a 22d. I live in a small town so the smallest bra the local department store carries is a 32a. I usually get sports bras and wear the 32b or 32c bras inside the sports bra.
I cut off the straps and safety pin the band into place. It works well until I need to wear a tank top or backless shirt. I've also been known to wear swimsuit tops because they're adjustable.
I also have a small ribcage, I measure about around and should be wearing a size 26 D, but instead have had to settle for 30 C when i can find them and 32 B when i cant wearing the 32 B bras is just awful but its the only "standard" size that i can at least sort of fit into. I'll try to email some manufacturers about this, because as you said, there are a lot more people with small rib cages than they seem to think and there is definitely a market for them.
Mabye we small band sizes should create a web page on how to make your own bras and then we could all have a decent lovely fitting bra without having to wait for other companies to get around to it. Or you could try the EM bras. They aren't that much more expensive than La Saneza.
I am just experiencing the frustration of this. She is only 14 and therefore still growing! Angry does not begin to explain Bravissimo gave us an honest measurement even though they didn't stock her size. At least we now know that the chronic back pain she suffers is treatable and not a side effect of health concerns. Hello there and congratulations ,i really like your blog. I too am a pettite framed young woman ,waering the wrong bra size for years.
Currently i m buying my bras from "Bravissimo",and i find that the size 28E is ok but since i measure 26 inches under my bust i suspect my true number would be 26F? Anyway i have found that some 28 inches band from bravissimo run tighter that others so i can hook them on the tightest hook: But i think i should definetely try a 26'' band The thing that puzzles me is that i dont think i am such an exception at all!
I have seen other small framed women many times in my life and what about shorter women? I measue 26'' underbust and i m 5. I dont know and i dont understand how this flawed measuring system developed but i m sure many-many women are wearing the wrong bra size. Anyway today i googled 26'' bands and i just found your blog
my bust is 31 inch and my under bust is inch. what would my uk bra size be? also, a lot people have told me that i am a 32a according to my measurements, but i definitely can't be a 32a because whenever i wear one it is too small and doesn't fit right. can you please tell me my correct bra size? Underwire Seamless T-Shirt Bra with flexible full cup that is lightly padded Sheeny pinstripes decorate this bra in a vertical manner while subtle mesh piping trims the cups and straps. Bras for the sub ribcage- do you need a 26, 24, 22 band size? I have a confession to make. I have studied bra fitting for years, even started a blog on it, fitted multiple people. I also see a lot of petite women who claim to wear a band but then have inch waists. Unless their ribcages are much more triangular than mine, I.