Before we get started on my review of The Little Bra Company, lets briefly talk about how to measure what bra size you are. After doing a ton of research, I’ve complied three simple steps to determining your bra size. While discovering all the ways and techniques on how to obtain the right bra size, I got really overwhelmed and confused. I read that you add this number and subtract that number and I never got the right size. I’m hoping this will help clear any doubts for ladies who are unsure about how to properly measure your bra size.
Step 1. With a non-padded bra on, take a flexible measuring tape and measure firmly around your rib cage (underneath your breasts). Make sure the tape measure is horizontal and not too high or hanging too low in the back. Round to the nearest whole number. This number is your band (under bust) measurement.
Step 2. With a non-padded bra on, measure the fullest part of your bust (middle nipple area). Make sure the tape measure is completely firm and straight. Round to the nearest whole number. This number is your cup size measurement.
I measure 25″ under my bust and 30″ over = 28C (1st calculator) and 28D (2nd calculator).I always thought that cup size determined how large your breasts were. This is a common misconception. The cup size means nothing w/out the band size. For instance, a 28D is the same cup size as a 30C. As you increase the band size, the cup sizes increase by 1 cup. A 32A is the same cup size as a 30B and a 28C. Most petite women with a smaller bust automatically think they are an “A” cup because that’s what we were told. When in actuality, some smaller busted women are really B, C and even D cups but with smaller bands sizes. A woman with a 28D bra size compared to a 34D is very different even though the cup size is the same.
TLBC specializes in attractive intimate apparel for hard to find sizes ranging from 28-38A, 28-36B, 28-34C. Their bras are made specifically for smaller, petite proportions. They also have a padding scale of 0-5 *’s for how little or thick the padding on each bra is.
They sent me both 28 and 30 band sizes to try. Since my true band size is a 28, I thought for sure the 28’s would work out but TLBC bras do run much smaller than most other bra companies. The cups on the 28 are too small but the band fits perfectly. (Note: if you can stretch out your bra in the back more than two fingers, the band is too big)
I’m hoping TLBC comes out with 28D because that would be my perfect size! Remember a 28D is equivalent to a 30C in cup size but the band size is smaller.
Yvonne Nude Vanilla – size 30C (available in 2 colors)
Padding = ** (2 stars)
This is my favorite bra from TLBC. The band runs the largest out of all three that I’m reviewing. It’s too loose on me when worn on the last hook so I plan on wearing on the tightest one for now (don’t recommend doing this).
(Note: you should always wear your new bra on the last hook so when it stretches out, you can move to the tighter hooks)
I think it’s just as important how the bra fits underneath your clothes as it does alone. I wanted to show how it looks under a form fitting tank so you can see the shape.
Here is what the 28C looks like – it doesn’t cover all of my breast tissue on the sides – where the arrow is pointed. The band fits me perfectly but the cups are too small. This means I should size up to a 28D for it to fit me properly (will settle for the 30C for now).