The Alphabet Does Not Stop At DDD

3 Sep

I really HATE this stupid ‘joke’:

Have you ever wondered why A, B, C, D, DD, E, F, G, and H are the letters used to define bra sizes?

If you have wondered why, but couldn’t figure out what the letters stood for, it is about time you became informed!

(A} Almost Boobs…

{B} Barely there…

{C} Can’t Complain!..

{D} Dang!…

{DD} Double dang!…

{E} Enormous!…

{F} Fake…

{G} Get a Reduction…

{H} Help me, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!…

It gives an utter misconception about bra sizes and implies that larger breasted women MUST have fake boobs. Some do and that is fine but why assume that they are not just a kind gift from nature?
Here is my take on it:

(A) A handful
(B) Beautifully proportioned
(C) Cor blimey!
(D) Doncha just love em?
(DD) Ding Dong!
(E) Ello Bravissimo!
(F) Fantastic
(FF) Fake?! Feel them!
(G) Great as pillows ;)
(GG) Goodness Gracious!
(H) Hallelujah!
(HH) Hubba hubba!
(J) J’adore!
(JJ) Just so Juicy!
(K) Killer cleavage
(KK) Karma was Kind
(L) Ladylumps

I get angry when people are in disbelief at a bra size or assume the worst. One of my American friends was recently complaining that her colleagues had been talking behind her back about her ‘special’ bras and ‘English sizes’ – there is nothing special or English at wearing a well-fitting bra that happens to go past a DDD, it’s just knowledge and common sense, something that this website seems to lack. If prominent celebrities such as Christina Hendricks are shown as being ridiculous sizes then what hope is there for women who view them as role models. However, I am very pleased to see on Boobpedia Christina is listed as being a far more realistic 32HH, largely due to this awesome article by Miss Sophia Jenner.
However, if Jordan is a 32FF and Kat Dennings is a 38D then something is very very wrong. Both women are very petite in the back, Jordan is probably arund a 26J, and Kat is probably similar to Miss Hendricks at a 32H. This idiotic website needs to get its facts straight and stop spewing misinformation.
People need to realise that a 28D and a 38D are very very different sizes, as demonstrated by these three A-cup bras:

You can be very petite with sizeable boobs and you CAN BE bigger than a DDD.
Take a look at these two images:


Yes the images are of large breasts but they are not so huge that you can imagine the women are falling over. The women are all in correctly fitting bras that will be beneficial to their health, posture and wallet as they bras will fit better for longer and not need replacing so swiftly.
DDD is not the biggest size out there and women are not lying if they say they are bigger, they are simply better informed than those doing the accusing. There is nothing specialist about wearing a bra that is an E, F and so on, they just belong to women who know where to purchase such ‘abnormal’ sizes. I would love to see a prominent celebrity such as Christina Hendricks coming out and being very public about her bras size as I believe this could help a lot of women who are similar sizes to understand that maybe that band riding hammock they have on is not the right one for them.
Please read this awesome article which was an inspiration for my own and remember – the alphabet does not stop at DDD.

44 Responses to “The Alphabet Does Not Stop At DDD”

  1. melissa September 3, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Well done!!!!

  2. Kim Slawson September 3, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Thank you for an AA (awesome article)! I’ve shared it all over Facebook. Bra size diversity FTW!

  3. Kim Slawson September 3, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Also, I hope that soon awareness will rise on the North American side of the pond. Either by domestic distribution of brands like Curvy Kate, Freya and Effuniak, or by US manufacturers pulling their heads out of the sand and admitting there is a (large [har]) market in sizes to either end of the bell curve. The manufacturers and stockists (who ARE conscious) need to lead the charge here, and help women discover fitting and flattering bras.

  4. sophiajenner September 3, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Fabulous post G, and thanks for the mention. It’s about time women really knew what bra size they should be wearing, after all, if they don’t know, then men aren’t going to either!! xx

  5. Gabrielle September 4, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Just wanted to say this was a great post and I totally agree with everything you said. Love your blog! :)

  6. Kathryn Kaupa September 5, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Thanks for this love, I had that all over my feed not so long ago, and really was disappointed that it was mainly women who were posting it… We must really hate each other to post such things.

    Kxx

  7. Diane Phillips September 6, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Hi ya, slightly off topic but I’m thinking you maybe able to help, I have terrible trouble organising my bra’s, I never seem to be able to find the one I want or I totally forget what I have, do you or any of your readers have a foolproof way of storing lingerie please :-)

    • fullerfigurefullerbust September 8, 2011 at 12.53 #

      Hmm, my lingerie drawer extends to the sofa at the bottom of my bed so I’m not much help there! But I do try to give my clothes a regular tidy and sort out – mostly to sell what I don’t what and then buy more! So that they leads me to the unworn bras – maybe you could do that? And any very unworn ones could be eBayed x

  8. confessionsofacurvygirl September 9, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Aren’t you about the same size a Christina Hendricks? It’s to bad you didn’t post a picture of yourself in a 38DD to show how ridiculous she looks in those ill fitting bras.

  9. Lotus September 11, 2011 at 12.53 #

    I love this article <3

    It's very annoying personally, when I tell people my bra size and get the incredulous, "What? There's no way they're that size!"

    It never fails to send me into a rant about proper bra sizing and how Victoria's Secret is not accurate.

    • fullerfigurefullerbust September 12, 2011 at 12.53 #

      Oh I feel the frustration! People think that ‘D’ is just one size and so being a 28D means that you must have the breasts of a 38D…grrrrrrr!!!x

  10. denimandcurves September 12, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Great article.

  11. denimandcurves September 12, 2011 at 12.53 #

    I think most women compensate for cup size with their band size and just end up with the butt boob look.

  12. TEC4 September 15, 2011 at 12.53 #

    I need a source for the larger sizes and i’d prefer not to pay almost $100 for them (I know, good luck). I know about Linda the Bra Lady, but can anyone else point me to somewhere an 44J can find a bra?

  13. Katleen Rousseau (@KatleenRousseau) September 28, 2011 at 12.53 #

    Like! Like! Like!!! :D …from a 28FF, which is not that big! (something like 34DD or 32DDD) ^^

  14. Louise December 7, 2011 at 12.53 #

    in Australia they tend to fit you by measuring your underbust and adding 5 inches, and the difference between your bust and underbust for the cup size.
    I come up with a size 38E
    I do tend to find the band becomes big quickly and don’t get enough lift but what are the alternatives for measurements..?

  15. Penny December 26, 2011 at 12.53 #

    I’m fairly sure I’ve heard that Jordan was measured by Panache as 30G or GG. I can’t find a link to that but Google does find a few sites which admit she is 30G and not [insert normal-large band number here][insert cup size which sounds huge to the untrained eye but is actually not that big at all and definitely not big enough] like most large-breasted models generally claim to be.

  16. bfcidade January 2, 2012 at 12.53 #

    I love your explanation of letters for bra sizes :) Though I usually say G is for Gorgeous ;)

  17. busts4justice January 15, 2012 at 12.53 #

    Awesome post! This is driving me crazy at the moment. Can we teach this in schools please? xx

  18. Elle Gallagher February 24, 2012 at 12.53 #

    I’m so sorry to ask, as I’m sure the info is out there I just can’t find it.
    is 28DDD= 28E and 28DDDD=28F
    I’m confused by how shops do it different and wast the best luck when ordering.

    • fullerfigurefullerbust February 27, 2012 at 12.53 #

      I think so but I’m not familiar with these sizes x

      • Elle Gallagher February 28, 2012 at 12.53 #

        thank you, or any band size. just if the multiple d’s =e,f

  19. mrs.haris December 18, 2012 at 12.53 #

    from where can I get correct sized bra for myself?

  20. Lacey Robins January 25, 2014 at 12.53 #

    Thank you! I have such a hard time finding the right size.

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