So I was under the impression that most D+ bra bloggers were from the UK (and Australia)… but it appears that there are quite a few from Massachusetts alone!
We’ve all got gripes about how hard it is to find D+ bras and clothing in the US and buy most of our clothing from the UK (or Poland!)… so I’ve started a list of US D+ bra bloggers! Let me know if you’d like me to add your blog to the list.
My blog has been a bit quiet for the past few days… moving out of my dorm was hectic and I just started my two-week job with facilities, cleaning dorms (eww). Anyway, my apologies for the lack of boob-news. I’m working on two big posts right now, but they will take a few days (sorry).
- When people move out, they get rid of tonnes of nearly-new clothing. I am shamelessly trashpicking.
- Physical labour + long work hours = sore back and itchy bra bands. :/
- Summer weather is convincing me that I should get a strapless bra…
I found this navy blue jersey “mullet dress” for like $15 at Marshalls last summer. There is a black waistband (a bit too loose) and black bands at the top on the shoulder straps. I desperately needed a lightweight dress that could fit over my breasts… but the neckline was hideous. I wish I had a “before” image… but imagine a really deep V with overly thick straps (about 6 inches thick at the TOP). I gathered the fabric and pulled it to the sides, creating a ruched sweetheart neckline. I did it by hand and it only took a few minutes. The dress looks pretty good now… except that the stomach is floaty, which would be okay if the waistband were tighter. Perhaps I’ll alter that too.
The best part is that, while it shows a lot of cleavage, nothing is popping out! I can also pull the fabric a bit more over my boobs, if I’m not in the mood for cleavage. (Note: lifting my arm to take the photo kind of killed the cleavage. Sorry.)
Close up of alteration:
Edit: here’s the dress with a belt…
I am officially done with junior year! I just handed in my last final paper. :)
Furthermore, I am pleased to note that my Freya Deco (featured in the above photo) held up well during my all-night paper-writing extravaganza! My back is a bit sore from hunching over my laptop, but the Deco was supportive enough to keep pain at a minimum.
Writing a final paper… feeling grubby… half-wearing a sweatshirt, since it won’t zip over my boobs.
[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.
I really, really want to try Ewa Michalak… but I really can’t tell what size to go for, since her calculator puts me at a 34GG. The cups sound like they would be way too big. Should I just get a 32FF or 32G and use a band extender, since I am hoping to lose weight anyway? Or do the cups run small?
My 32FF Freya Deco fits nearly perfectly (band and cups are is slightly big- almost the exact same fit as my 32G Masquerade Tiffany). Anyone have sizing advice for Ewa Michalak?
I might, however, wait a month until I figure out how the changes to my hormones affect my breast size (and ribcage measurement). I don’t want to suddenly be a 30HH and get stuck with a bunch of 32FF bras…
Update: I think I’ve decided on the CH shape (maybe CHP). As for band size, I’m leaning toward getting a 32 and using an extender if it’s snug. No word yet on cup size…