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Question for the ladies

Hi all,

I'm having trouble finding comfortable bras in Switzerland. I'm not sure I'm buying the right size and they just don't feel right. The situation has now been compounded by the fact that my medication is making my body shape change, so my old bras don't fit as well as they used to.

So, anyone know where I can get properly measured for a bra in the Lausanne area (I'd be willing to go anywhere between Geneva and Montreux)? I was going to go to the Marks and Spencer in Geneva but a quick websearch seems to indicate it's closed.

Someone please help! All I want is comfortable underwear... please don't tell me I have to wait until I can afford to go back to England to get some!
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Old 15.10.2010, 22:05
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www.beldona.ch
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Old 15.10.2010, 22:36
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Re: Question for the ladies

I still dont know what size I am, so just go and try them on till you find something comfortable that you can afford - works for me!
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Do go on...

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Old 15.10.2010, 22:42
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Re: Question for the ladies

I asked around a few pajama / lingerie shops here in Basel when I'd been looking for new bras myself and was directed to Pfauen (which I believe is part of Coop).

I went to the lingerie department and indeed, they do have some assistants who can provide assistance with fit. Perhaps there is a Pfauen near you?


Meanwhile, among the places I'd stopped in was Calida and the sales associate seemed quite willing to help as well - alas, they did not carry my size at all so she directed me elsewhere.
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Old 15.10.2010, 22:51
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I still dont know what size I am, so just go and try them on till you find something comfortable that you can afford - works for me!

Actually, bra fitting is fairly simple BUT it is more accurate to have someone else do it.

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Measuring Your Bra Size

  1. Your Bra Size (underbust)
    Firstly you will need to measure around your body under your bust. From here it can be a bit tricky but donít despair, its quite easy. Basically if the measurement is an even number, then add 4 inches (or 10cm), or in the case of an odd number, then add 5 inches (12.5cm).

    An example is: If you measure and find that you are 30inches (75cm) then you add 4 inches (10cm), so your correct bust size is 34inches (85cm). If you measure and find that you are 31inches (77.5cm) then you add 5 inches so this means you are 36 inches (90cm).
  2. Your Cup Size (overbust)
    This time, just measure around the fullest part of your bust. You simply subtract the measurement that you just took from your bra size worked out above. Now the last bit is to check out the chart below to see the size you are in cup.

Now, if you are "curvy" or plus-size, it does get slightly more complicated as some women have more fat on their back (not something we like to think of but true) and some have wide shoulders, that sort of thing.

I imagine similar factors need to be accounted if the woman in question works out or is a swimmer also as she may have thick pectoral muscles which would add to the "overbust" measurement BUT which doesn't affect cup size in the same way as breast tissue.

I *want* to say that the measurement for this is done higher on the chest - above the breasts - and measured around under the armpits basically. This difference from the underbust measurement is divided in half and subtracted from the overbust. It's been a while though so I may be misremembering.
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Re: Question for the ladies

In Lausanne: Beldona (Rue de Bourg), Perosa (Rue de Bourg), Globus (Hanro Shop) Rue du Pont
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Old 15.10.2010, 23:05
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Re: Question for the ladies

The Triumph store at the Outlet in Aubonne beside IKEA.
Great help from the expert sales lady in regards to measurements and finding the correct size.

....but nothing really is as good as the UK in regards to pretty dainty lingerie that is also functional..... sorry to say.
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Re: Question for the ladies

It's actually not too difficult to measure yourself, but the trouble is that we ladies are pretty clueless when it comes to how bras are really supposed to fit. A shocking 80% of us wear the wrong size!! Most of us wear a back size that's too big and a correspondingly a cup size that's too small (because if you go down a backsize you have to go up a cup size to get the same "volume"!)

The figleaves website has loads of advice - and even videos - on measuring yourself, what a "good" fit looks like and how to get a well fitting bra.

http://www.figleaves.com/uk/fitting_room.asp?cat=234

And also I would say that figleaves do lovely underwear and you can get it shipped here. They were my saviours when I was looking for maternity underwear - but their regular stuff is great also.

I do firmly believe that the best way is to try on a hundred bras and see how they fit. Even if you know your size, the style of the bra totally changes how it fits you. For example, I can't wear "balcony" style bras - they just don't fit me - my boobs are just not the right shape but the T-shirt style ones nearly always fit me perfectly.

Hope you find something - have to say, I still, after living here for 15 years, make regular pilgrimages to M&S!
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Old 15.10.2010, 23:07
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Re: Question for the ladies

Don't go to Manor in Lausanne, the people there think they have a clue but got mad when I wouldn't buy a bra that crushed my poor darlings into oblivion, and the only
measurement they took was my band size, which was pretty weird. I'm not surprised to notice a lot of women in ill-fitting bras around here! Maybe Coop is better. Aubade has amazing service but their beautiful things are so expensive. Try taking your own measurements and calculate your size. Then try on different brands and cuts, which make a huge difference, sometimes even in size. Take along a tank top or close-fitting t shirt to check for bulges, and always use the last hooks. If it's the band which is too tight you can buy extenders in the sewing section at department stores. I had a very voluptuous friend with a very tiny back who had to get the bands taken in because her proper size didn't actually exist. I hope this helps, I know how frustrating it is! BTW You can find advice on how to measure yourself on the internet...
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Re: Question for the ladies

Buying bras for any size larger than a C cup seems to be difficult. They seem to come with either thin elastic straps that cut into your shoulders or big thick ones but nothing in between. Beldona is the only place. They will also order in sizes they don't have in stock.

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Re: Question for the ladies

I am very lucky that I go back to UK regularly - M&S is a life-saver, and even BHS is not bad.
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Old 15.10.2010, 23:23
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Don't go to Manor in Lausanne, the people there think they have a clue but got mad when I wouldn't buy a bra that crushed my poor darlings into oblivion, and the only
measurement they took was my band size, which was pretty weird. I'm not surprised to notice a lot of women in ill-fitting bras around here! Maybe Coop is better. Aubade has amazing service but their beautiful things are so expensive. Try taking your own measurements and calculate your size.]
amen. i tried manor too an was greatly disappointed. it's not easy to find bras in larger cup sizes, i stock up when i'm home but if you can get a good measurement, try () etsy- i've found a great woman who makes her own bras and they are pretty and fit like a charm.
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Don't go to Manor in Lausanne, the people there think they have a clue but got mad when I wouldn't buy a bra that crushed my poor darlings into oblivion, and the only
measurement they took was my band size, which was pretty weird. I'm not surprised to notice a lot of women in ill-fitting bras around here! Maybe Coop is better. Aubade has amazing service but their beautiful things are so expensive. Try taking your own measurements and calculate your size. Then try on different brands and cuts, which make a huge difference, sometimes even in size. Take along a tank top or close-fitting t shirt to check for bulges, and always use the last hooks. If it's the band which is too tight you can buy extenders in the sewing section at department stores. I had a very voluptuous friend with a very tiny back who had to get the bands taken in because her proper size didn't actually exist. I hope this helps, I know how frustrating it is! BTW You can find advice on how to measure yourself on the internet...
hear hear !
Manor is really bad in regards to help, I do so very much agree.

Aubade... beautiful yes, expensive yes, size ? noooo for girls like your friend.

She should look for the brand "primadonna" in Beldona or Pelrosa. It's made for voluptuous women who happen to be thin or average.
(this is also the reason why I like Triumph in Aubonne, because the odd sizes can be found there !!)
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Re: Question for the ladies

for the price of a good Swiss bra, you can fly to the UK with EasySqueezy.
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Re: Question for the ladies

Even though some large department stores sell international brands they never have larger cup sizes. The better stores like Triumph may order them for you if you can prove they exist... But they usually claim they do not!!!!
Easier on the blood pressure and pocket to stock up at home!
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..alright ladies, this store http://www.ullapopken.ch/ullapopken/home.up?mand=ch specializes in clothes for more..hmm, what's the word again....curvacious women...and I'm certain that you will find your right size there. ...and this store specializes in bras: http://www.mondelia.ch/lokal.html
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Hmm... I didn't think ulla popkin did lingerie. Don't like the quality of their regular stuff.

You second link looks promising. And pricey. ;-0

But worth a look.
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Re: Question for the ladies

I would recommend a flight to UK. and if you are D+, go to Bravissimo, their fitters actually know what they are doing and won't try to sell you 38B if you really need 32F just because they have the first one in stock, like M&S.
http://www.bravissimo.com/default.aspx
I also love their clothes - they start with UK size 8, so not for plus size only, just have a more generous cut at a certain area.
figleaves is also good and http://www.brastop.com/ is worth a visit every now and then.
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Re: Question for the ladies

I recently found an amazingly comfy bra at C&A, and have to say it's not the first. Unlike a lot of bras you can get here they often have broader bands and not a flimsy two or even one hook fastening that doesn't serve anyone above a C.
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