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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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From: droneish
2006-03-29 04:40 am (UTC)
Hey, great links, great info.

On the yoga front, I've noticed that my teachers have had a distinct tendency to force my body - and other female bodies - into an impossibly flat alignment. I always wondered if it was because both my teachers were male, or if it was an anti-curvy bias built into yoga...
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[User Picture]From: zingerella
2006-03-29 02:09 pm (UTC)

Yoga

I've been wondering about the postures too. Most of my yoga teachers have been female, but all but one have been more willowy than curvy (yes, they all have lovely bodies), and responded less-than-helpfully when I asked how to adjust a given pose because, say, my knee was mashed against my breasts, or in a twist, my breasts didn't really fit through the space made by my binding. (I should say that these instructors wanted to be helpful, it just seemed like they'd never really considered the problem.)

Regarding alignment, the best advice I received was from my pilates instructor, who maintained that our bodies would let us know when we were asking something unreasonable. We should, instead of striving for flat alignment, strive to lengthen, accepting our natural curves. Does that make any sense or does it sound really woowoo?

I'd love to hear from any yoga or pilates instructors or practitioners about how they've made adjustments.
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From: droneish
2006-03-29 07:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Yoga

strive to lengthen, accepting our natural curves
Well you did use 'accept' and 'natural' in a single sentence; I thing a certain woowoo quotient has to be acknowledged. ::grin:: But no, it makes sense. Back when I was a dancer-in-training (and had smaller breasts) we were constantly exhorted to lengthen into stretches rather than force our muscles toward the goal.

Oops, forgot to join the community...
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[User Picture]From: syreene
2006-03-29 01:14 pm (UTC)

Huge tracts of land!

Ahh..this is great! I recently discovered that I can no longer shop at Victoria's Secret when I tried to buy a bustier...had to go to Lane Bryant because they VS didn't have anything in a DD.

I think this community will be quite helpful, as I am always having trouble finding a good bra or people who understand the problems that go with having a large breast size.

I used to be a stripper, so I've heard stories from people who've had to have their own clothes made because of their size, as well as the chronic back problems that come with them.
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[User Picture]From: zingerella
2006-03-29 02:01 pm (UTC)

Re: Huge tracts of land!

Hi! Welcome!

I'm lucky, really, in that I live close to one decent independant lingerie shop, and my old neighbourhood had two shops with expert fitters. There's also an expert seamstress near me who does alterations and will replace bits of favourite bras that have worn out.

It just seems strange to me that it should be so difficult to get good about something so fundamental.
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[User Picture]From: syreene
2006-03-29 02:17 pm (UTC)

Re: Huge tracts of land!

Seriously....I used to have to go to this stripper costuming shop to get lingerie in my size. Unfortunately they are closed now, so I am stuck with sports bras and Lane Bryant. :P

You'd think there were would be more designed for bigger chested ladies though...what with people's fascination with them. ;)

My hubbie used to joke about wanting me to get mine bigger, so I told him that when he wore a medicine ball strapped to his pecs for a week, I would think about it, lol.
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[User Picture]From: zingerella
2006-03-29 02:42 pm (UTC)

Re: Huge tracts of land!

Yeah, you'd think we'd get better...coverage.

A lot of women I know swear by Decent Exposures; I've never tried because I can get decent bras close to home and their bras are very functional, and I'm told very comfortable, but lacking in the pretty department. I'm a big fan of pretty.

So, apparently is Sarah Tremellen, founder of Bravissimo!.

[Sarah] was fed up of being offered enormous matronly contraptions more suitable for landing parachutes and being told she could not possibly expect to find gorgeous bras in her size.


Alas, they're across the pond, but the catalogue is really quite splendid.

And it sucks to have to order from a catalogue, in general, when you should be able to wander into a lingerie shop and darned well find a couple of bras that fit.
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[User Picture]From: syreene
2006-03-29 03:04 pm (UTC)

Re: Huge tracts of land!

The Bravissimo one looks really nice...I'll have to check it out more thorughly at home before I start getting stares here at work. ;)

Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: jaymoh
2006-03-31 05:12 am (UTC)

Re: Huge tracts of land!

I checked out Decent Exposures but yeah, not pretty and they don't look like they offer a lot of support or are flattering at all. But they use some organic cotton and they're made in the US, (no sweatshops). Damn my vanity!
Thanks for the bravissimo link- they look like they have some nice stuff.

I wish we could combine the two...
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