4 March 2013

DD+ Bras // Rant // Busty Girl Problems

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I'm not normally one to bring "rants" on to my blog but I have a few things I'd like to talk about. Don't worry, this isn't going to turn in to a Jeremy Kyle blog post I just have a few things I'd like to get off my chest (pun intended lol). For as long as I can remember I've found it difficult to find bras that are for the more top heavy ladies never mind at an affordable price. I've always been jealous of my friends that are able to pop in to a shop, pick up a cute matching bra set and have change from £10 - I've only ever been able to do that ONCE. With all the articles flying around the internet about how many percent of women are wearing the wrong bra sizes yet the industry has remained exactly the same? Has no one stopped to think about why some women feel they HAVE to wear the wrong bra size? 

Sizing 
The main thing that completely baffles me is that even though there are now bra companies that specialise in DD+ bras, their sizes are still way off - it still seems an impossible mission to get the right cup and band size attached to the same bra. I'm not talking about every bra company in the United Kingdom, just the ones I've personally attempted to buy from and I've tried a fair few. With Breast Augmentation (enlargement) being "the norm" now and with it being 2013 I would personally love to see more companies catering to everyone. Sure, a lot of companies now range from a DD onwards but what about band sizes? Not every woman with larger breasts wears a 30G bra, back fat still very much exists. Personally, I'm broad in the shoulders and back then have a smaller waist and with being on the "chubby" side I have my fair share of back flab to go with it (sexy, I know) - this normally results in having to wear a band size that's smaller than I need which leads to back ache. Brilliant. 

Price
I'm sure a lot of you who have read this far have been thinking "why not go to Marks & Spencer's or BHS" - The price is why. I love the selection, sizes and quality of both shops but unfortunately, they are expensive. I know from personal experience that when bras are expensive and it's hard to find your size you can sometimes be left with just one or two bras that you're able to wear comfortably. Bad times. I understand that when producing a line of larger bras they need to be more supportive than your average bra but does that really mean they need to be an extra £20. Personally, I find £20+ for a bra excessive. 

Design
I'm sure there are plenty of women who still like to wear a nude coloured T-shirt bras but a lot of us ladies would like a bit of variety. Every time I find a bra that's actually in my size 9 times out of 10 it's hideous. There are bras available in every colour and pattern you can imagine on the market for average sizes but when it comes to DD+, there are about 3. A few months ago I found a lovely floral patterned bra in ASDA for a reasonable price and was over the moon about it. In hindsight, it's pretty sad how this is still a problem for me and thousands of women who are actually excited by finding a pretty bra in a larger size.

I know I've rambled on a bit but this has been my gripe for as long as I've been wearing bras, I'm sure I'm not alone on this topic and would love to hear about your experiences.
Lisa x

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  1. I have the complete opposite problem - finding a bra that I can fill - I hate underwear shopping as makes me feel so unwomanly!

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    1. Ah, I completely get that. So frustrating xx

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  2. I have a similar issue; I'm a size 6, with DDs. I'd love to buy affordable bra and panty sets in a variety of colours and styles on the high street like my friends do, but can't. If high street stores stock larger cup sizes they are generally for larger women, and so I have trouble! I've ranted about this too, and its a big annoyance (although granted, I love the body I was blessed with! I just wish there were more options without having to resort to overly pricey undies and catalogues!)

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    1. Lucky lady, if you're ever on the look out for some back fat I have plenty to go around aha. It's such an annoyance, I don't understand why certain sizes have to pay so much more xx

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  3. I hear you my dear - bizarrely I am the exact size you mentioned (30G), but I still have to fork out an absolute fortune for a bra to fit me properly - even the cup sizes in M&S aren't great on me. So I need to buy from much pricier brands online and that usually sets me back around the £30 mark. It's crazy. Women come in all different shapes and sizes, with different back widths, cup sizes and distances from shoulder to chest, so why should you be penalised for your natural shape, whatever it is!! Great post!

    Lynsey xx
    allsortsandanecdotes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. 100% agree with you! Considering we're finally starting to celebrate women being different shapes and sizes, you still have to struggle with buying bras! xx

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  4. I fully agree about the pricing nightmare. It's truly ridiculous that we have to spend such a lot of money on such a small item! It's actually a pet peeve of mine. They need to sort it out asap! xxx

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    1. Totally agree, Carly! You know pricing is ridiculous you could buy a new coat with the money you have paid for two bras! xx

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  5. I'm fully in love with Asda's underwear range (you're right - the sizing, price and styles you get in Asda are pretty damn good) but the problem I've found is that staff in stores seem to no longer be trained in how to fit bras properly, so despite sticking to one size, I'm still not convinced being told by a member of staff in BHS' lingerie department that "just go try them on and find out if it's comfortable or not" is the best way to go about it.

    Just when you think there's enough information and disappointed customers out there to do sizing correctly, they go and make you lose faith in these companies all over again.

    Emily x
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    1. I think ASDA are one of the best, it's a shame really as there are so many bra companies pushing how great their products are on you. Totally agree with the staff training as well xx

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  6. Wow what a gorgeous bra! I'm sick of having to pay double the price for a larger cup size! So many women have larger boobs these days, so I don't know why so many Lingerie companies refuse to embrace the change! xx

    Gem ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Exactly, Gem! I'm not sure if we all missed the memo about us having to make our own orrr? ahaha xx

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  7. I have the same exact problem it is such a pain shopping for bras, thanks for sharing your experience.

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  8. I really digusted by the fact that DD+ bras look and feel uncomfortable, as well as I have to pay extra for the privilage of the torture. I also can't have the wire too high as ths cuts into my chest, the elimates more bras for me. I however love my boobs and wouldn't change them at all :)

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    1. HAHA exactly this! I also find it annoying when they're cheaply made after spending a fortune and end up with wire digging in to you. URGH xx

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  9. I was shopping earlier & had exactly the same rant, found a gorgeous bra, top size a D, but lots of hideous ones in the larger cups, for twice the price!

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    1. I really do not understand their pricing. Seriously xx

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  10. this post is so relevant for me, im currently a 32h and that means 1. i can only shop in a few shops and 2. those shops are more often than not really expensive!
    Rosie xo
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    1. I feel your pain, Rosie xx

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  11. I have a bit problem because I have a small back but big cup so I normally have to get a bra in the wrong size. Hopefully someone will sort us out eh?
    Roxy's Box of Tricks  
    xxx

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    1. I really, really hope so! I should have mentioned the ladies with the smaller back sizes but got lost in my rants about back fat aha xx

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  12. I have the same problem, anything DD+ seems to look hideous or be incredibly frumpy and it drives me insane! I have found Boux Avenue to be pretty good though, they have sales on quite often so you can still stick within budget :)

    Blouses/shirts however are another rant - have to go up one or two sizes because I'm top heavy and then the arms are too long or the shirt itself looks like a tent on me argh! :(

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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    1. Ooh, I'll check them out, thanks for the recommendation lovely :)

      OH GOSH! THAT'S A WHOLE OTHER BLOG POST!! AHA. I hate how blouses/shirts look/fit me, I don't wear them anymore but it's so annoying because there are so many nice ones available now. URGH aha xx

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  13. Oh how I know what you mean... When I see girls grabbing £3 bras at H&M sale or bikinis in Topshop for £5 I want to cry and I turn green with envy. It is so unfair that we don't have this kind of choice and that we have to pay at least double for the same product. :(

    Mademoiselle-Lala.com

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    1. Haha it's such a downer on a shopping experience isn't it. So many girls reaching for cute bras and you're stood searching with back ache. Argh! I think the pricing really grates on other people just as much as me xx

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  14. Amen, I agree with this post 100%!! I myself am a size 32F and it's the hardest thing in the whole universe to find lovely bras of that size. My mum tells me to go to m&s, well thats all well and good for her perfectly average 34C but I don't think shes seen what a 32F bra looks like. I honestly can say I own 2 bras.. I'm sooo jealous of small/average sized boobs!!
    xx
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    1. I can relate to that 100% - why ladies with bigger boobs have to struggle with 2 bras is ridiculous in 2013! Gah! xx

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  15. I have H cup boobs and finding a bra that's a good price, of good quality and pretty is literally the bane of my life. It's so disheartening to walk round bra shops with friends and watch them pick up endless adorable bra sets, while I look through the 3 bras that go up to my size It's a massive relief to find that others feel the same :)
    xxxx
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    1. It's so fustrating isn't it! It's very unfair as well! You're not alone, lovely xx

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