Now, before we get started, I must warn you that you are going to see my bra-clad boobs in this post. If you’re cool with it, I’m cool with it. This is all in the name of science. Let us carry on.
So today, I finally ventured to a magical bra store called Change. It is a chain, and if there is one near you, I HIGHLY recommend it, as do numerous large-breasted acquaintances of mine.
For a few years now, I’ve been growing steadily more pissed off with my bras. Most of my 8 or so bras are all 34D, with a single 34DD thrown in the mix. The 34D’s cups were all WAY too small, with the band also being to big, while the 34DD’s cups fit well enough, but the band is WAY too big. Observe:
34D Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Push-up (purchased 3-ish years ago)
Now, for those of you who don’t know, when you get a new bra, you are only supposed to be able to pull the band out about 2 fingers on the LOOSEST hook. That is the tightest hook above, and still too big (I don’t wear this one much, I have others that are far more stretched out). About 80% of the support of the bra is supposed to come from the band, so the band should stay parallel to the ground. Too-tight straps can eventually result in ditches in your shoulders, which ain’t so cute. The bra will also stretch out over time, allowing you to change hooks. If you buy it already on the tightest hook, it will just get looser.
Also, as you can probably tell, my nips are very close to slipping, and they often do as I wear the bras throughout the day. My boobs have also taken on a strange, giant-egg-like shape.
None of this is right, and today, I grew so fed up with this that I finally went to Change. The salesgirl was very helpful and kind. She quickly confirmed my suspicions that despite a clearly untrained Victoria’s Secret employee’s insistence that I was measuring at a 36C (HA), I was in fact about a 32 band size. After trying a few sizes, the saleslady and I settled on a 32F (Change uses European sizing, FYI, so this is about a 32DDD US). Check it:
That’s the loosest hook, folks. And no, it actually doesn’t restrict my breathing, because if you’re breathing properly (through your diaphragm, AKA your tummy should be inflating and deflating, NOT your chest), your bra area has nothing to do with it.
But see how much better that looks?! Well, maybe you can’t, because of the shitty webcam quality, but trust. No bulging, and my boobs actually sit nice and high and round and perky. No more giant eggs. And the best part is, they weren’t even ridiculously expensive! About the same price as the average VS bra, anyway ($50 CND about, including tax), and there were even some 25%-50% sale ones. I mean, if you’re going to spend money on bras, get ones that fit, amirite?
So, ladies, my fellow large-breasted sisters, there is hope. We can live with our boobs. If you happen to have a Change near you, they carry up to an H cup, I believe, with varying band sizes and styles.
Peace, love, and good luck,