I'm accustomed to paying a lot for my bras, so the price didn't phase me, but the quality standards do not meet the price. I tried my size (36I) even though there were reviews about a too tight band - alas, the reviews were right - I couldn't even come close to fastening it. I returned it and ordered a 38H, which was so big that I had to hook it on the tightest row, and it still didn't feel snug & started slipping down right away. I think there's a quality issue here - it sounds like if you can get one that fits, you're in luck....but it's a total cr*p shoot to get one that fits. I've been ordering my bras online for years and have never come across such inconsistent sizing - Va Bien is at the bottom of my list - I won't order them again.
This is a mix up between the effects of cup and band sizing. At first glance, if a bra is too tight one would think a larger band would be the solution, right? Not always. Sometimes the bra can be too tight because there is not enough capacity in the cups. If the bust cannot drop into the cups completely and properly, the garment will stand away and be too tight, even if the band measurement is correct. You probably needed a 36J, which unfortunately is not available in this style. In general however, if the cups do fit perfectly and the band seems too tight, what your did is correct – size up in the band and down in the cup. It’s just in this specific case it seems that the cups were too small, which caused a tightness that cannot be relieved properly by sizing up in the band. (Note: the cups of this style do not generally fit small, we do not recommend sizing up unless done so in combination with a step down in band size.)
Cheryl from St Augustine, FL
Average Height (5'4"-5'8")