Well Endowed.

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Today I'd thought I'd take some time to talk about a particular issue of mine.  It's one I have to deal with every day.  I have to carry it and support it every day of my life, and one I've had since I was about 12 years old.  It's my chest.

Abbie Jess Being Mrs. Beer Seriously, I love this picture...but so much cleavage. Ridiculous.

Yes, I know, you're probably thinking, what's the big deal? A lot of people would love to be well-endowed and it's a normal problem, right?  I'm probably just whining. Would you think the same thing if I told you...

  • that I can't shop for bras in regular stores?
  • that Victoria's Secret doesn't come close to my size?
  • that I think being well-endowed actually hurt my breastfeeding journey?
  • that I wear a bra nearly 24 hours a day, even while sleeping, because I need the support?
  • that my swimsuits need to be bra sized?
  • that every empire waist dress I've ever worn hits the middle of my chest rather than under it?
  • that basic bras for me start at $50 and only go up?
  • that my shoulders and neck are consistently tight and sometimes painful, and that sometimes it's hard to take a full breath?
  • that I just got measured, and I wear a 36H?

I imagine if you were jealous...you're not anymore. I really try hard not to complain, since my chest is something that I've just learned to live with.  That being said, I know I can't be the only one.  I know there are other women out there - women who need my size and larger and have no idea how to find a comfortable bra that fits them correctly.  I struggled to find well-fitting bras for a long time, but I've been fortunate to find some resources for myself over the past few years and wanted to share them.

Bra Resources for the Well Endowed

Getting measured if the first step, and a crucial one.  If you're in the DC area, my favorite place to go is Trousseau in downtown Vienna, Virginia.  Are they pricey?  Yes, but they will find you a bra that fits.  They start by measuring your ribcage to get your band size.  From there, they ask what size you're currently wearing and start bringing you bras to try based on that - whether you need more room or less.  It's very private (once you're in the dressing room you don't leave - they just keep bringing you things), and their staff are trained to be sure the bra fits properly - everything from the band, to adjusting the straps, to making sure you fit in the cups appropriately.  They also offer alterations on the bras they sell - for free.  They can adjust the band, add darts in the cups - whatever you need.  They're a fabulous resource for anyone local to DC.

As much as I love Trousseau, their prices are pretty steep, and I've never seen them run a sale.  This is where online shopping comes in.  If you've been fitted properly, you can then take that information to watch the sales online and snag your bras cheaper, but knowing they'll fit. Two of my favorites are Bare Necessities and Fig Leaves.  They have everything from sports bras (with underwires!), bras, pajamas, lingerie, and swimsuits.  Both run specials and coupons frequently, and both are on Ebates so you can get a percentage back.  Bare Necessities offers free shipping at $70 (which is easy to hit), free shipping on exchanges, and 60 day returns.  Fig Leaves ships out of the UK, so I order from them less, but sometimes their specials are really great.

Lastly, there's a lot of different brands out there, and just like other clothes, they all fit differently.  Some are listed as US sizing, some in UK sizing, some in EU sizing.  It's important to pay attention to that - it really helps you understand how they all fit.  Some of my favorite brands include Panache, Chantelle, Fantasie, and Elomi...but there's so many more out there.  Every brand fits differently, so sometimes you need to try a few to get it right.

Do you have a hard to fit bra size?  Any other well endowed girls out there like me?  

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