How to Find The Perfect Fitting Bra for Woman with a Big Chest
Okay, here is more than I normally admit, but I am naturally a 34J. I'm not going to tell you tales of back aches, name calling, or anything like that; but having a larger chest is not all that it's cracked up to be. I'm lucky that I don't appear as big as I am with clothes on. That being said, my freshman year in college I complained to a friend that my chest went up a cup size. A girl that lived across the hall peeked her head in the room and asked, "Are you talking about Angie's breasts? Yeah they're big!" I was then a 34D.
Another story, my daughter when I first adopted her said to me at the dinner table shortly after she moved in, "How come you have such big boobs?" My husband excused himself as I could see his back shaking with laughter. Still, I will say I am fortunate, for the most part, that I don't look as big as most girls with triple D+ girls do.
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TIPS IN BUYING THE RIGHT BRA
Now, after ten years of bra hassles and annoyances, I have finally started being able to buy a bra in my size that looks cute for my husband and for me, while also not costing me a pretty penny. Here are my tricks:
First Make Sure It Fits Well: I strongly recommend getting measured, and not just by anybody, but someone who is experienced at measuring sizes. I always try to pick the Victoria Secret lady I recognize, which means they have been at it longer. Then once you are measured look for cute bras in your size and try them on.
Things to look for when trying bras on: When trying on a bra, you need to make sure it looks good as well as fitting in the proper places. Here is a very basic list:
- The straps are snug on shoulders, but if you pull them off your shoulders, you are still being supported. The straps should be there for extra comfort and perkiness, but should not be the sole support system.
- The band around your chest should be snug, but not tight around your chest. The band should also be parallel to the ground not riding up your back. If it rides up your back then you need a smaller band width. For instance if you are wearing a 40 and it is riding up your back, then go to a 38 and see if it's snug but comfortable.
- The portion in between the breasts should be flat on your chest. If you can drop a quarter in it like it's a slot, then it's not the right bra for you. There should be no gap between your chest and the little portion between the cups.
- The breast cups should contour perfectly to your chest. There should be no gap between the pad and your chest, nor should you have what my friend so eloquently calls "butt boob" where your chest literally bubbles out of your chest. This is actually the hardest part for those of us who have larger more shapely breasts. Some of us rounder, some of us more oblong, so what fits one person with your size, might not fit you.
- How Does It Look Under A T-shirt put on a light t-shirt over your bra to see how it looks with a t-shirt on. This is so incredibly important, because there are bras I thought were good, then when I put them on, I noticed I had some overflowing action happening.
If you are like me, Isabella Snow has an awesome website that gives great bras that would be excellent for those who are skinny, yet larger chested. I also have placed three of the bras she recommends for bigger chested women that I found on Amazon throughout this page if you are interested.
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Big Chest Insecurities
Bathing Suit Shopping: Of course, in a bathing suit, I can't hide my natural endowedness. In fact, I don't like wearing swimsuits unless they are intended for grandmas, but you also just don't feel sexy in a grandma bathing suit. My dad's comment came while wearing a bikini that I was initially excited to find. It was my first and last bikini I ever bought.
Bathing suit shopping is akin to having a pelvic exam. No, I take that back, even my pelvic exams do not lead to the same embarrassment often found during bathing suit shopping. All for the same reason as everyone else, the tummy, but also because my chest does not fit in typical bathing suit tops.
Triangle tops look ridiculous. A larger chested woman must choose between covering the nipple or the bottom of the breast. Because a typical triangle top will not cover both. The square top looks great, but often you must buy a much larger size top than bottom. Unless the top and bottoms are sold separately, you are out of luck.
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Modesty For Bigger Busted Woman
I Had To Throw Modesty Out The Window... To A Degree: Now, I know some girls would really love to have a large chest. I'm lucky, and in someways, I'm happy with my size. But I will have to say, shirts never look as cute on me as they do the thinner flatter chested woman. Now, I am thin. I have large hips, large chest, but my stomach is flat and I am well in my range of healthy weights.
I used to be completely modest and refused to wear anything that was slightly low-cut, because I would have cleavage. Low to a degree that smaller chested women would not have cleavage and it would look modest on them, but I was constantly feeling like I could not find cute clothes.
It was several years after I got married that I gave up on trying to be completely modest, because it was nearly impossible when you have a large chest. People think tight shirts and low cut shirts are immodest. Unfortunately, if you get a shirt that is loose on the top, your waist drowns in it, and you look much heavier than you would with a more form fitting shirt.
Then there's the low cut issue. Seriously, find a non-low cut, non tight fitting shirt that does not make you look huge, and I'll buy it! Unfortunately, they don't sell. I have found myself forever addicted to camisoles under low cut form fitting shirts. Since I don't want to say peek-a-boo to everyone, camisoles are a must.
Gawkers: Since I gave up trying to be completely modest, I do find there are shirts I don't feel comfortable in. When you are larger chested, if you choose to show it off, guys and girls alike will stare. When that happens, the shirt goes in the Goodwill pile, and I make a mental note on not buying that style again.
Now, I know that people don't gawk at my chest just because they are lusting after me, but because well, they are there and it's like looking at someone with a big zit on their face, and you're trying your hardest not to stare! Fortunately, empire waisted shirts are a good look on me that does not encourage gawkers, does not drown my waistline, and coupled with a cami can make a very modest choice.
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The Bra Buying Issue: I think the worst part of all this is bra shopping. DD is common for 40DD people, but when you are thin and larger chested, forget it. IMPOSSIBLE. I have less fingers and toes than how many times I have gone bra shopping and left crying.
I remember the first time I went from 34D to 34DD and actually I was pushing DDD right then. The Victoria Secret Lady said, "I'm really sorry, we don't have anything in that size. Really? Nothing in that size? You are Victoria Secret for goodness sakes. It was about three years after that they started selling my size, and only one bra that was cute. Since then, they have begun marketing to us more awkwardly shaped, skinny ribs, larger chest. I partly think it's because of the increase in breast implants or my mom thinks that girls today are growing bigger boobs because of hormones in meat. For whatever reason, Victoria Secret finally sells my size with more choices to choose from.
© 2010 Angela Michelle
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