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Bra-lternatives for Busty Girls: A Guide to finding "The Bra"


Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by Victoria’s Secret’s bra size selection. (insert all the hand raised emojis). Like being told, “We don’t make this style in your size, but you can try your “sister size” – EYE ROLL. My “sister-size” isn’t my size!

I have a sneaky big bust and I think it’s time we like-busted women UNITE (really, busts of any size are welcome). After YEARS of trying to fit into what seems like every silhouette so strategically styled on pretty little mannequins and pink lacquer tables, I’ve decided to see what else is out there for me and my best gals.

If you’re like me, you’ve tried those “demi cups” and then you realized you can’t bend over, or maybe you’ve tried “full-coverage” and die a little inside knowing your grandmother would be so proud (esp when you buy it in nude). Oh, and you think those little lacy numbers are so cute and you’re dying to try this whole “underwear as outerwear” trend. FORGET IT.

If you’re over the stabbing pain of an underwire, the miserable look of a uni-boob or the “over-flow” that gives you a chest “muffin-top” then continue reading (if you answered no to any of that, you’re lying). As it turns out, about 80% of women are wearing the wrong bra size. Ladies, what are we doing?! So I went out into the world, and this is what I found…

Third Love

Founded in an effort to “Build a Better Bra”, Third Love is a new online Bra Company offering 47 sizes in 15 styles (including half sizes!) You take a quick little survey about your current bra issues, breast shape, size ect and they’ll match you with the bra they think best fits your needs. The best part? You get to Try Before YouBbuy for 30 days for only the small cost of shipping! So cut that tag off, go to work, out to drinks, yoga(?) or just wear it around, and if at any point within that 30 days you decide it’s not for you, stick it back in the box, request a return label and pop it back in the mail! But let’s say you LOVE it...YESHHH! After the 30 day trial time is over, they’ll charge your account the cost of the bra and it’s that easy. Poke around their site to learn more about them, for example, what happens to all those bras that get returned? They donate them to women in need! Pretty sweet, right?

Rigby & Peeler

So that part about how you’re probably not falling into the 20% of women who ARE wearing the right bra size, this is probably because you’ve never been properly fitted. I don’t mean that teen girl in the dressing room with a tape measurer that isn’t going to tell you anything you didn’t already know about yourself. I mean like...actually fitted by a lingerie specialist. Rigby & Peeler can offer you that with their boutique style shops where you can actually set up an appointment. Founded in London 75 years ago by two female corsetieres, they know what they’re talking about. I’m not going to lie to you, their bra’s are a little on the pricier side, but if you’re desperate for something that actually fits, you may not mind. Their selections come in sizes ranging from A-J from 20 different brands. So, that “DDD” that makes you want to hide under a rock when you get asked what size you are by a sales associate, is actually more like a “E” (Yea, you don’t find those at VS). If you don’t have a Rigby & Peeler boutique near you, not to worry, you can order online, but note, they are not like Third Love. All bras must be returned unworn with tags attached within 28 days! So make sure you really love it before your rip that tag off!

Wacoal/B'Tempt'd

This option is great because it’s very accessible to pretty much anyone living in an area with department stores nearby. You can typically find Wacoal/B’Temt’d at places like Kohl’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom ect. Wacoal came to the US in 1985 from Japan and quickly became the #1 selling bra in department stores and known for their excellent fit and comfort. You can learn more about your fit on their site by educating yourself on what to consider when learning your size. They have a category labelled DD+ that has bras ranging from DD-I. Tip: you can snag these at Nordstrom Rack for like $20) If you’re worried Wacoal is a little too mature looking for you, check out their more contemporary brand, B’Temp’D.

TIPS: How to care for your bras:

These bad *girls* aren’t cheap! So take care of them to make sure they last even longer! Be sure to always wash your bras in a mesh bag on a cold cycle and leave them hanging to dry. If you throw them in with the rest of your washing without first placing them in a mesh bag, you risk the hooks catching on sweaters, the straps wrapping around your pants and ultimately stretching out your band...or….ripping it right in half. True story…

Know your Band Width:

When selecting your bra, be sure that your clasp is fitting somewhere on the loosest hooks (I know psychologically we like to snap that sucker as tight as it will go, but don’t...yet...) You want it to fit comfortably on the loosest hooks when buying because as the band starts to stretch out over time...you move inwards. (Yea, I know, I just blew your mind, you’re welcome).

I would LOVE to hear any top tips or tricks you may have for trying to tackle the bust game. Let us know in the comments below and share this with your friends.


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