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You know, I wouldn't have to keep making these posts about bra shopping if I'd stay the same damn size for more than five minutes straight.

Three months ago, or thereabouts, I bought a new bra at Victoria's Secret, where they kindly informed me that I was a 40D, probably headed towards 40C. Okay. I could handle that. Sure, you don't get the really cool bras, but at least you can buy something there, instead of being relegated to the icy hinterlands of DD. (...So...cold....)

And yeah, I've lost a little weight since then, so the looseness of said bra was no great surprise. I assumed that, as is normal in women losing weight, I'd dropped a cup size. In the course of packing, I also came to the glum conclusion that my underwear drawer is an absolute disgrace to humanity, threw out about ten pairs that should have been mercifully executed years ago, realized that my underwear shopping also hadn't kept up with my weight loss, and decided it was time to go blow some hard-earned book advance on what is euphemistically known as intimate apparel.

Off I went. Victoria's Secret is my choice for bras, because a bra is a complex beast and it is best left to the professionals. I slouched in and was accosted by a dead-eyed saleswoman. "40C?" I asked hopefully. She looked vaguely past me and waved in the direction of the back, where they keep the sizes for those of us who are more Bouguereau than Nagel. I sighed.

Once in the back, another saleswoman, much less dead-eyed, descended on me, like a blond whippet on a despairing rabbit. "What are you looking for?"

"40C?" I asked, much less hopefully.

She eyed me up and down and said "No."

"...um...?"

"You're not a 40. There's no way you're a 40."

"...really?"

"Not a chance. Come on." She unslung her tape measure and hustled me into the back. "You're a...yup...36D exactly."

"...I am?" I haven't been below a 40 in years.

"Yup. Perfectly on the nose, too, not a half size or anything."

"Well, I did lose a lot of weight recently...Does this mean you have more bras that will fit me?"

"Do we ever. Here, take these...and these...and these...and this one..."

So, having apparently dropped four inches around the ribcage in three months--but not a cup size--I then spent far, far too much money on a pair of bras that actually fit. Because suddenly Victoria's Secret had a whole shit-load of stuff that fit me.

I stared in the drawers that were now my size and thought They actually make bras in colors other than white and beige?

Dude. I mean, I don't NEED leopard print or stuff with rhinestone hearts, but it's nice to know that if I felt the urge, the choice is there!

(Mind you, in another few months, I'll probably be back there shopping again, but wow. Divorce is one HELL of a diet plan.)


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I'm jealous. I recently lost a full pant size, and my bra size went up. 42DD is bad enough when you're looking for normal underwear, but when you're trying to hunt down a wedding-suitable strapless bra? Set me on fire now, please.

I swear, I've ranted to more people about my bustline in the months since I got asked to be a bridesmaid than I have in the rest of my life combined. I feel like I need a permanent TMI disclaimer.

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And make you blend in at Victorian recreation festivals!

Trust me, if I could find/afford one...

*has wanted a good corset for ages*

A wedding is a good excuse to splurge. You're about to pose for a ton of photos that you and your family will display for years to come and which will also sit in your friends' photo albums. Consider it part of the cost of the dress.

http://www.galleryserpentine.com. Annette makes my day, no kidding :) And hey, AU prices, which means you get to cut 'em in half to get US dollars!

I was going to say the same thing. I love my shoulders. I hate the abominations sold as strapless bras. The upper half of my wedding gown will be a lovely black overbust Victorian with the deepest plunge I can get away with in my grandmother's presence.

So, do you know you've gone too far when you take a deep breath and your grandmother falls over dead?

Oh, that sounds about as much fun as hearing "No, we don't carry bustiers with cup sizes that small" at the wedding boutique. "We'll have to sew in cups to our bra so you fill out the dress. Or we could just sew the cups into the dress, since you don't really need a bra at all!"

Romantic fa dee la white chintzy "my special day" feeling like a fairy princess my ass. I offer you sympathies from the other tail of the normal distribution.

Two of my fellow bridesmaids are in the same boat. Out of the five of us (four bridesmaids and the bride), three of us can't find anything in the normal shops, one's on the lowest possible end of what most places carry, and one's comfortably in the middle of the retail range but losing weight at a rate where she's hesitant to buy just yet.

I had to get mine at a maternity shop. Strapless bustier, no super-pretty, but fit me properly.

There's a store in my area that might have a bra that would work; they probably ship, but I don't know for sure. They have bra sizes through 50 and A through H, and a lot of them are strapless or fancy-wear.

http://donnabellalingerie.com/Store_intro.html

There is a serious lack of variety in bras at most stores.

This thread in the Wapsi Square forum might be helpful to you and a lot of other women out there.
http://www.blanklabelcomics.com/community/viewtopic.php?t=136

There's discussion of the problems they've faced and mentions of both online and offline stores where the sizes don't just range from 32A to 36D. These women are serious about their bras! :)

Also, Nordstrom. They have professional fitters and a wider than usual range of well-constructed bras.

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