Not-So-Average (aka: Bra-Shopping Woes)

I finally broke down and did it. It was something so hard to do, that I kept putting it off. But today, I decided that I could not wait any longer. It was time to face my fears and jump in with both feet. So, I did it.

I bought a bra.

so many brassieres for other peopleYes, yes, I know. You are probably frowning right about now, and wondering how on earth shopping for a brassiere can be such a difficult task. In that case, you probably belong in one of three categories:

  1. You’re a dude.
  2. You are so flat-chested that bras are optional.
  3. You have an average-sized bust

The world of women’s fashion was created for the average female bust size. It’s true. All those cute, sexy Victoria’s Secret Miracle push-up bras? No miracles there for me. And those Target and JCPenney racks (pardon the term) full of adorable, lacy things in every color of the rainbow? Nope, can’t wear those either. Oh, how I long to be able to walk into any lingerie department and find a dozen $30 bras to try on – ooh, maybe even with matching panties! But alas, it is only an unattainable dream. bra shopping sucks

Truth: If your cup size is somewhere in the B-D range, and your band size is 34 or higher, the world of lingerie is your oyster. You are the gem of Bali, Playtex, and Vanity Fair. You could probably breeze through the bra section and happily spend less than $50 for a couple of those foamy padded things I now see filling the underwear section of every store. Even “normal-sized” overweight or full-figured women can find a delightful and affordable selection.

Truth: We *ahem* bustier women, and/or we women who learned our true bra sizes, thanks to Oprah, have a tougher time of it. Especially those of us who not only have a rather large cup size (let’s say more than a DD), but paired with a rather small band size (let’s say smaller than 32). Yes, we do exist. No, I did not achieve this type of figure by surgery (nor do I judge the women who have). But to buy something as simple and necessary as a well-fitting bra is CRAZY HARD TO DO! Not to mention expensive. But once we find a bra that actually might work for us, we are willing to pay almost any amount of money.

Truth: Most well-fitting bras for large cup, small band-size women cost somewhere between $50-$80. I am not even exaggerating. Oh – and most of those bras are made in the U.K. Because apparently, here in the U.S., all women with large breasts are overweight. Or nonexistent.

Truth: Getting properly fitted for a bra is an embarrassing experience. Especially for those of us who are shy about our bodies. But knowing and wearing the correct bra size can make a huge difference in our appearance and comfort. Plus, it’s totally free.

bras are a difficult fittips on finding the right bra

But anyway, I bought a new bra. A $63.83 new bra. From on online shop somewhere on the other side of the world. So yay. For the moment, I can relax, and hope that it will fit. And I will   try very hard not to think about the swimsuits that have begun to appear in the department stores .