[Since I just spammed the internet, asking for EM sizing advice (and have already received some really helpful answers), I feel like I ought to offer some advice in return.]
Being broke with big breasts… stinks (were you expecting another word?).
I think one of the reasons it took me so long to start buying well-fitting bras is because I couldn’t stomach the thought of paying more than $30 for a bra. In the US, good DD+ bras range from $60-$98, while you can easily find a C or D cup bra for $10 or $15 dollars. But I eventually cracked and my back (and breasts) are oh so thankful!
Buying (new and used) on eBay has certainly helped defray the costs of buying DD+ bras, but used bras are about $20 and new ones usually go for $25-50. The prices are better, but it still puts a strain on the wallet of a broke college student/starving artist. Here are some things I do:
- guilt trip parents (If you’re still a dependent and don’t have a full time job, it occasionally works. I buy most of my own clothing, but I own two “pity bras”.)
- clearance racks (I got my Sasha Cleo set for about $50 at Nordstrom… not bad.)
- online bra stores (like Brastop and Figleaves… they have great sales… not always the best for US customers, due to shipping, but still a good deal! Ewa Michalak prices are also really good and I plan on trying them out soon!)
- buy on eBay (both new and used are good!)
- alter bras (buy a 36DD/38DD/40DD and take in the band- only if you’re willing to sew)
- sell ill-fitting bras (When I have a bra that is in good condition, but no longer fits, I sell it on eBay. I don’t make a lot, but it’s better than throwing it out.)
Being a broke DD+ woman is a pain, but wearing an unsupportive bra is even more of a pain.