Thursday, August 2, 2012

Web Searches of July

I find it pretty amusing to see what kinds of searches lead to my blog, so here's sort of a random post to start off the month. Usually things like "bra calculators" or "28H bras" are what generally show up as searches that lead to hits, but there's also the interesting and varied influx of questions that I wish I could just straight-up answer and/or address. I also find it interesting to see what people are wondering about bras and bra fit...

So, here's some examples from over the course of just one week last month:

Questions about sizes and how sizes work:
"is bra size 36B bigger than 34C"
Nope, these are sister sizes. They'll have the same approximate cup volume as each other, but a bit of a different cup shape and a difference of 2" or so in the bands (so, in a sense, yes, a 36B is bigger in that it's bigger in the band than a 34C). If a 34C cup is too small, go up in cup size (to a 34D).

"difference between 30a and 32aa"
These are also sister sizes - same cup volume, different shape and band.

"us 30i bra conversion"
US to UK size conversion chart. A 30I is equal to a 30G in UK sizing. I find it's much easier to stick with UK sizing (even though I live in the US) simply because there are many more options in UK brands - particularly for smaller bands. In fact, I don't know of any US companies that make below-30 bands (and very few even make below-32 bands). [My UK 28H/HH would be something like a 28K/L in US sizing - but I guarantee no US brands make that size]

"which has a smaller band size 34b 36b or 36c"
The number in a bra size is the band size (aka approximate ribcage measurement). A 34 band is smaller than a 36 band.
Also - a 34B and a 36C are sister sizes (same approximate cup volume). A 36C is one cup size up from a 36B. A 36B is one band size up from a 34B, but the cup of a 36B will be bigger than a 34B as well (this is what trips a lot of people up!).

"i measure 30 but bra band feels too small"
Assuming the measurement is referring to the ribcage and the person is wearing a 30 band, either the person would want to go up a band size due to a too-tight band, or the cups of the bra are actually too small, causing the bra to feel too tight overall; in this case, the person would need to go up in cup size.

"Im 30 inches in boob size"
If 30" is the bust measurement, then an underbust measurement is needed to determine the band size (and relative cup size).

"under my bust is 31" what bra size?"
You'll need a bust measurement, too, in order to get a bra size. Someone with a 31" ribcage will usually feel most comfortable in a 32 or 30 band.

"can a too-small bra squish your ribcage"
If your bra is too small, it'll feel uncomfortable and constricting, yes. But more often too-small bras will squish boobage and just feel too tight on the ribcage because of that.

A lot of fitting problems:
"spillage on top of bra"
"the band on my bra is loose"
"bra fitting center gore not flat"
"bra fit problem band pulls away"
"breast spilling out the side of bra"
"why does my underwire keep slipping below my breasts"
"gore sits away from my body"

All of these are pretty common problems - fortunately there are solutions!

Fitting and shopping questions...

"bras without a band"
? (honestly, I'm not sure how these things work... do they make your boobs float?)

"why bra fittings don't work"
It's a sad fact that the majority of places (in the US, at least) don't correctly fit most women for bras. Nordstrom and small boutiques usually are your best bet, or you could save yourself the trouble and just measure yourself at home.

"according to im a 34d but the cups are too..."
[too small? too large? the link cuts off so I can't see D:] Unfortunately, the sizing advice on is going to be off for most women as they add around 3 inches to underbust measurement. With my underbust measurement of approximately 27" they would put me in a 30 band (which is definitely too loose for me), and if I didn't take a tight measurement, I would measure myself at 28" and think I needed a 32 band!
If you're measuring something like 31" underbust and 38" overbust, Heroom would put you in a 34D while your actual size is going to be more along the lines of a 30E (the sister size of a 34D, but you'll be able to get a much better idea of how the cups are fitting if the band is right).

"where to buy 32 band bra"
In the US, Nordstrom carries 32 bands, and several other larger department stores should, too (Dillards, etc). But you may want to look at a list of online stores if you're finding it too difficult to find your correct size.

"the only bras that fit me are too expensive"
Allow me to introduce you to Brastop! :D

"none of my bras fit i'm too small"
You're most probably wearing a band that is too large for you, so the entire bra seems too big. Try measuring yourself!

"does victorias secret tell everyone theyre a d cup"
Ha. No. They do incorrectly size the majority of women, though.

"victorias secret bands are too big"
There is life beyond Vicky's! You're most probably a 28 or 30 band - check out some online stores.

And then, just some random ones...
"katie forced not to wear a bra"
"big stretched boobs" 
"34c boobs video"

...Yeah, definitely going to find what you're looking for here. :P

Other bra bloggers - do you get similar random searches? Or do you tend to get the same type over and over?
What led you to first discover bra blogs (web searches, another website)? I find all this quite interesting :D

If anyone has any bra-related questions like those above - I'd be happy to help answer them!


  1. If you don't mind, may I add another suggestion for those who measure, for instance, 30" under the bust but find the band too restrictive or uncomfortable? My underbust is about 27.5-28", but a 28 band is far too painful for me; I have moderate scoliosis, which is not only curvature of the spine, but has twisted my ribcage so it bulges out more on one side than the other (and 'floats' over one hip more than the other, too). 28 bands flat out dig into and cause pain, but I find 30 bands to work quite well for me, and I suspect this is due to the scoliosis. Just a thought!

    1. Very good point, Jen! Some people may just be more comfortable in a band size - or even two - up (or down!) from what their measurements would indicate. Those with bony ribcages or spine/back issues, for example, often find it more comfortable to size up in the band, while those who have more cushion around their ribcage may find the need to go down in band size in order to get the best support.
      It really comes down to a matter of personal comfort and preference and what gives the best support without being uncomfortable.

  2. I love those web search posts, keep them coming! Most of the searches I get are cup sizes (K cup bra, JJ cup sports bra, J cup etc...), but I also get quite a lot of searches about how empire waists fit busty women.

    1. Thanks, I think they're really interesting to see! :) I'll probably be doing another one for August next month.

  3. If you don't mind answer some more questions:
    1. What is the difference in cup shapes in sister sizes? I suspect that bigger band will have wider underwire and noew shallow cup and smaller band will have deeper cup and more narrow underwire, am I right?

    I really struggle with too narrow underwire/too deep cup and if bigger bands do have wider underwire in sister sizes may be it will be a good idea just buy 80D instead of 70E and have the back altered? Or it is not that simple?

    1. Hi there! I'm sure there are more qualified/knowledgeable bloggers than I who can answer your question better than I can, but here's my explanation! ;)

      Try looking at, for example, a 34B vs. a 28DD bra. These are "sister sizes", but the 34B cup will be for someone with about 2 inches of projection and more width (to fit a 34" ribcage) and the 28DD cup will be for someone with more like 5 inches of projection and less width (to fit a 28" ribcage). So yes, what you said is probably the best way to describe the difference in cup shape.

      If you're finding that the shape of a certain cup size is the best for you while the band is too large, a fix could be to alter down the bands, although this isn't exactly ideal, as the cups will probably get a bit distorted by taking in the band (it's best to only alter down one band size, if possible, to minimize this). A better alternative, if possible, would be to try out brands that have wider underwires. Curvy Kate and Panache, for example, tend to have more of the shape that you describe you need - have you tried them out much? You may also find that you need a larger cup in order to contain all your breast tissue.

      Hope this helps some - good luck! x

    2. (I probably could've worded that a bit better - "5 inches of projection" etc meaning "5 inches difference between bust and underbust" however that's distributed, not that the breasts are necessarily sticking out 5 inches! But you get the idea :B )

    3. Sure, I've got the idea )
      I have Freya (way too narrow wires) and some European brands catering my size locally (have this problem with almost any bra I try), but not Panache and Curvy Kate and post service here is just horrible (lost packages and very expensive returns, e. g. return to GB will cost me about 15 euro for one bra), so I have been looking on all these gorgeous bras since I found out about Panache and Curvy Kate, but never tried them. Have some hopes for business trip to US, but until then I'm stuck.

    4. Hm, I'm not sure where in Europe you are, but I know there are several bloggers out there from different parts of Europe (Austria, Finland, Sweden, to name a few), and they might have some better suggestions for you on where to look! Also, you might want to keep an eye out on the reviews and the sale listings on - there are listings there from all around the world, and the bras are generally sold cheaply! You can also get a better idea of what brands might work for you from the descriptions there x

  4. Thank you for all suggestions and advise!
    And it's Ukraine ) So very chip and good seamstresses and dreadful UkrPoshta.

    1. Hi:) Maybe you go to Poland sometimes? Thera are good bra shops in cities close to Ukrainian border - in Lublin and Krakow. I can find names and addresses if you need it:)

    2. Hi! Problem is I'm living near the opposite border, so it's more then 700 miles away and no direct flights, so Warshaw is closer to me in terms of connections number. I feel I really need to go for shopping to Poland (and sightseeing too), but it's definitely not one weekend mission.
      So I would be really grateful for some tips and addresses. I can't use them right away, because my vacation isn't close ((, but I when it comes they would be veeery helpful.

    3. There is a list of shops in Warsaw:


      •Abrakadabra, ul. Koszykowa 67 ,
      •AISHAbra, ul. Pasaż Ursynowski 1 lok U18,
      •Avocado, ul. Bracka 1,
      •, ul. Szkoły Orląt 4/21,
      •Biustokracja, ul.Żelazna 31,
      •, ul. Drzeworytników 59A,
      •Bra-Dreams, ul. Wolska 50a, pawilon 24 (Pasaż Wolski),
      •Dopasowana, Al. Waszyngtona 122,
      •Lady's Place, pasaż handlowy Metro Centrum, lok. 2001C,
      •Lady's Place, ul.Mehoffera 26 paw.18,
      •Magia Kobiet, Warszawa-Wesoła, ul. Wspólna 11 lok 3,
      •MamBra, Al. Niepodległości 46/50e lokal 190a,
      •Peachfield, ul. Żeromskiego 55/67,
      •SecretHills, ul. Wałbrzyska 11

    4. Wow, ladies in Poland really have where to go for a bra shopping.
      Thanks a lot!

  5. I have a question. On your contest rules back on and before Sept 16th you said "women only" Does that mean crossdressers and transgendered are not eligible? If not eligible, how would you know if a contestant was really a genetic woman or a wanna-be woman?

    1. Hi Anon, when I said "woman", I meant "a female, whether by birth or by choice." I suppose I could've worded it a little better. Basically, I wanted the prizes to go to a person who would actually need them and have daily use for them, as that's who I blog for. Hope that helps clarify! x

      (Also - it's fairly obvious to tell through entries if it's someone who actually needs and uses bras, or if it's a creepy male - I deleted a few of those!)