Review: The Little Bra Company – Bra Sizes 28D and 30D

Did you realize that a whopping 80% of women are actually wearing the wrong bra size? I count myself among them!

 At this very moment, most women are grappling with bras that either have bands too loose and cups too small or bands too tight and cups too large. It’s a common struggle. I strongly encourage each of you to take a moment to reevaluate your measurements at least once a year. Weight fluctuations, surgery or age can significantly affect your bust size, so it’s crucial to check in periodically.

I’ve certainly been guilty of perpetually wearing the wrong bra size out of sheer ignorance, settling for what seemed to fit rather than what truly did. I distinctly remember the frustration of constantly adjusting between a 32 and 34 band, dealing with bras that rode up or straps that slid down throughout the day. Trust me, discreetly readjusting a strap in public or at work is no fun. If this scenario sounds familiar, chances are, you’re in the same boat!

But before we dive into my review of The Little Bra Company, let’s quickly go over how to determine your correct bra size. Amidst a sea of sizing techniques, I’ve simplified the process into three straightforward steps. I get it; navigating the sizing maze can be overwhelming. I’ve been there too, adding and subtracting numbers in vain. Hopefully, this breakdown clears things up for those who might be uncertain about measuring their bra size accurately.


Step 1. With a non-padded bra on (no cheating), 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.

Step 3. Type in those two numbers here or here (best calculators I could find).

My Measurements

For instance, I measure 25″ under my bust and 30″ over, resulting in varying sizes like 28C (according to one calculator) and 28D (according to another). The revelation that cup size alone doesn’t signify breast size was truly eye-opening. It’s a widespread misconception. Cup size and band size go hand in hand. For instance, a 28D has the same cup volume as a 30C. As the band size increases, so does the cup size by one increment. A 32A is equivalent in cup size to both a 30B and a 28C. Many petite women with smaller busts often assume they’re an “A” cup by default, but in reality, they could be a B, C, or even D cup with smaller band sizes. A 28D and a 34D may share the same letter, but they’re vastly different in terms of fit. Always remember, the cup size (letter) is meaningless without considering the band size (number).

TLBC specializes in attractive intimate apparel for hard to find sizes ranging from 28-38A, 28-36B, 28-34C, 28-32D. 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. 

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They sent me both 28D and 30D band sizes to try this time. You can check out my review from 2013 for band sizes 28C and 30C HERE. It’s quite ironic that over a decade ago, when I wrote my first review for TLBC, I wished and hoped they would one day carry size 28D and now they do! TLBC bras tend to run much smaller than those from most other brands, so I recommend sizing up from your usual size.

(Note: if you can stretch out your bra band in the back more than two fingers, the band is too big.)

Yvonne in nude vanilla– size 28D (available in 2 colors)

Padding = ** (2 stars)

This bra remains a top favorite from TLBC in my collection. Among the four I’m reviewing, it’s worth noting that this one has the most generous band size. In my previous review, I highlighted that the 30C band felt a bit loose for me. Hence, I was thrilled when they introduced the 28D size option. It’s a game-changer!

(Note: you should always wear your new bra on the last hook so when it stretches out, you can move to the tighter hooks)

Lenna in warm taupe = size 30D (4 colors)

Padding = ** (2 stars)

The “Lenna” bra is an excellent seamless t-shirt bra designed for petite figures. This beautiful smooth-cup bra features contoured push-up padding that provides a natural-looking curve. It is available in small sizes and comes with versatile convertible straps. I sized up from a 28 to 30 band size.

Erika in warm taupe – size 28D (3 colors)

Padding = * (1 star)

This lightly lined petite bra offers subtle shaping and cleavage without the need for underwire or padding. Crafted from ultra-soft microfiber, the cup and band make this our most comfortable bra yet. With its mesh detail and deep-plunge neckline, this bra is attractive enough to show off while providing a smooth silhouette under any outfit.

Sascha smooth in nude – size 30D

Padding = **** (3-4 stars)

Finding a strapless bra that stays put is like finding a needle in a haystack. But guess what? This one fits like a dream and doesn’t budge an inch! This bra not only excels as a strapless but also rocks it as a regular convertible bra with straps. Personally, I prefer flaunting it sans straps. I have yet to find a strapless bra that even compares to this one! I think it’s just as important how the bra fits underneath your clothes as it does alone. Below is how it looks under a form fitting dress so you can see how it looks.

Here’s the scoop: out of the four, this bra boasts the tightest band fit, hugging snugly even on the last hook. It feels more akin to a 28 band size. So, if you’re eyeing this beauty, make sure to size up when placing your order.

Bra: c/o TLBC | Dress: Windsor (size XS) | Necklace: Chanel (similar HERE) | Earrings: Chanel (similar HERE) | Bracelet: David Yurman

I never imagined I’d be writing a bra post after having two kids but here I am. The last time I did a bra post was over a decade ago, years before having Milan. That post has remained one of my most popular because finding the perfect bra is no joke! I had my insecurities and reservations about doing this post due to the changes to my body after breastfeeding and also explant surgery (will talk more about this in a different post).

A well-fitted bra can significantly enhance a woman’s breast support, confidence and overall figure. I hope you found this review informative and beneficial. 🙂

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