A cupful of misery

First, an informal statistic:

34B is one of the most popular bra sizes in the country. “That size is always the first to sell out,” the Aerie saleswoman said as she checked for the size among the dozen or so lightly lined options in the store — the only ones left were in beige and black. “I swear, half the people who come in here say they are a 34B,” said a saleswoman at Victoria’s Secret, “and they buy that size whether it fits or not.”

A subsequent test with nine women reporting themselves to be 34Bs suggests that “not” is the most common result:

Some of the women had been professionally sized previously. Some had not. Some were wearing bras that were only a few months old, while others had been wearing the same bra for years, despite the fact that most bras lose their elasticity after six months to a year of regular wear. No one fit every bra. Some people didn’t really fit any of the bras. Bra sizing is so weird.

And that’s just one size. Imagine how complicated this gets when you get beyond 34B.


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 October 2015 · 9:56 am

    From my own informal shopping experience, 38 C seems to always be sold out, which suggests to me it’s the size many women ACTUALLY take, as opposed to what they claim to take.

  2. McGehee »

    5 October 2015 · 10:38 am

    I think the engineers behind the ISO standards may be needed to sort this out.

  3. Lynn »

    5 October 2015 · 8:24 pm

    I am neither a 34B nor a 38C and I am certain that my size sells out first. If they ever stock it in the first place. I’m really not sure about that.

  4. CGHill »

    5 October 2015 · 8:38 pm

    “If they ever stock it in the first place.” That may be the tricky part right there.

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