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Toronto Ladies: Bra Sale [Sep. 26th, 2007|04:55 pm]
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zingerella
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I just bought this bra in my size for $15 from the bra store in Kensington market. They had larger sizes too—in fact there were styles I couldn't find in my size because I was too small. Alas, I can't remember the name of the shop, but it's on the same street as the Kensington Community Centre, on the other side of the street.

The bra is weird: Instead of an underwire, it has some sort of rigid moulding on the outsides of the bottom of the cup. I'm wearing it now, and it's way less uncomfortable than the description makes it sound. I'll report back on how comfy it is after an evening of wear, but for now I thought that those of you in Toronto might want to know that there are OMG CHEAP PRETTY BRAS in LARGER SIZES!
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Books I Want to Read [May. 9th, 2007|11:21 am]
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zingerella
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via matociquala's LJ, tanaise wantsto write a very useful book: Yoga With Breasts (and Hips).

"In which we learn poses that can be done with you know, extra flesh in the way."

I SO want this book.
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How not to sell a bra [Mar. 4th, 2007|10:52 pm]
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zingerella
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Via the Gentleman, who has heard my sob stories, the story of this lady's first post-nursing bra-shopping expedition, and a truly clueless salescreature:


taking a deep breath, I said, “I need a fitting and a new bra. It’s been about five years since I wasn’t pregnant or nursing and I have no idea what size I am.”

Within five minutes I was duly trussed with various measuring tape. Perky announced, “you are right between a 34 and a 36 in the ribcage… and you are somewhere between a B and a C cup.”***

Since we were standing so closely together and she holding my chest area lassoed with tape measure, I took the opportunity to sniff her breath for booze. Because although I have been a 34 and even a 36 before, I have only been a ‘B to C size cup’ for about three minutes somewhere around 13 years old.


I feel Ms. Nahm's pain. Really. There's the whole "small-back, large-cup" problem (bra makers don't people with backs smaller than 38 can possibly have large breasts. But we do) limiting her selection. There's the fact that large bras in general tend to be more expensive than the more "regular" sizes. If you want something big and pretty, well, then you're looking at $80+, most of the time.

But I don't think she needs to despair, at least not quite yet. She needs to go to a different store. It's pretty clear to me that the Perky Sales Assistant didn't know how to fit a bra, training notwithstanding.

See, when I've been fitted at the high-end stores that carry my size (32-E, or sometimes 34-D or DD, depending on Various Factors), the assistant has come into the fitting room with me, strapped me into the bra, and poked and prodded, to make sure the bra fit to her satisfaction. Every now and again, we've had to go a size up or down from what the measuring tape told us. And it's an annoying process for everyone involved (although I really admire the bra-fitters' patience and matter-of-factness). I do have to put aside any body shame or self consciousness, and let this complete stranger evaluate the way my boobs fill the bra. But I get bras that fit.
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Sports bras [Apr. 13th, 2006|10:56 am]
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zingerella
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Cycling season is upon us, and I am faced with the sad fact that none of my alleged sports bras is anything more than a glorified cropped tank top. Every bump I hit this morning on my ride to work caused serious jiggles.

So does anyone have good sports bra suggestions? I'm a small-band, large-cup girl, which means I've given up on ever finding anything inexpensive.

Has anyone tried the Enell Sports Bra? According to their website, Oprah apparently endorsed it, but then Oprah also endorsed A Million Little Pieces. Their sizing chart looks like they start at a C-cup, which is encouraging, but before I order, I'd love to know if anyone has any other suggestions.
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From Pandagon... [Apr. 10th, 2006|03:15 pm]
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Still more support [Mar. 29th, 2006|04:12 pm]
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zingerella
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bustingout has goals similar to those here at Tracts of Land, and a lot more members:

[a] place to rest your, eh, dogs, and discuss what it's like to be one of us chicks who has to push the puppies aside to see our toes.


There seem to be a lot of questions and gripes about shopping and fitting, all of which sound really familiar.

So you may wish to wander over there, if you find yourself needing another source of support.
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Welcome [Mar. 28th, 2006|02:35 pm]
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If you're reading this you probably have some interest in large breasts. You may even have large breasts. If you've been looking for a place to talk about them without people salivating or staring, you've found the right place.

The userinfo says it all, really. If you've found yourself making adjustments in your yoga practice to accommodate your front matter, or searching in vain for your size at Silk & Satin, Victoria's Secret, or La Vie en Rose, to be met with blank stares and "I don't think we carry that size" when you request a higher-than-D cup size, or you've found that you cannot find a bra that fits for less than $100, then sit down, have a cuppa tea, let me know you're here.

Some bra-and-breast-related reading:

Bitch.Phd'sUltimate Bra Post, includes advice on fittings in the U.S.:

So listen up. The *vast* majority of women are wearing bras where the band size is too big, and the cup size is too small. Presumably this is because, having been, say, a "C" at 18, a woman decides she "is" a C cup, and when she puts on weight she just goes from a 34C to a 36C. WRONG. When you put on weight it changes the size of your breasts, not your ribcage; in most cases even a fairly substantial weight gain (or loss) won't change your band size more than one step. . . .

Ideally, you want to be fitted by someone who KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE DOING. In the U.S., this means going to Nordstrom's (or, if you're lucky, to a good independent lingerie shop). Do NOT go to Victoria's Secret. In fact, never go there for anything. If you aren't lucky enough to have access to Nordy's lingerie department, you will need a tape measure, your torso, and the ability to add.

Ultimate Bra Post, part II has more information, from one of Bitch's commenters:

The thing is most places don't want to carry cup sizes bigger than a DDD, so they cheat a little bit by putting you in a band that is a little big. If you measure 34 at the ribcage and 43 at the bust, the way I fit you would be a 36G (one cup size up from a DDD) but with the add five method you would be a 40C.


Bras Beyond DD is a useful combination rant and resource, and always makes me feel better after an unsuccessful bra shopping trip. Cat's manifesto" "Nobody should have to wear a bra that has shoulder straps that dig in, or a bra that gives you that uncomfortable, unbecoming, and unhealthy quadruple-breast look."
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