Post # 1
That post about real bra size vs convenient size got me thinking. I’ve never felt comfortable in a bra, EVER! I always figured my breasts were too small to fit into proper bras, and just bought 32A and 34A that were on sale. Now that I know some ladies also had trouble with VS/department store bras (although at the opposite end of the breast size spectrum), I’m wondering if I could get my hands on some proper fitting bras also.
So where does one go to buy these awesome things? I’m in Canada, but please share where you find properly fitting bras anywhere, so other unfortunate souls in your neighbourhood can benefit!
PS I’ve been nursing for 9 months and I’m self-conscious about my breasts. They don’t seem as firm as they used to, and I’m only 28. Should I bother buying a bra now or wait until I’m done nursing? Can any moms shed some light?
Post # 3
I went to a local private lingerie store known for good fittings. If you’re near Cincinnati – it’s called Knickers of Hyde Park. I’d look for a small, non-chain store that has employees that have training in bra fitting. Ask around at work and see if local ladies have a good suggestion.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
@AlexisB: I’ve fallen in love with Bravissimo, and will only buy bras from them now. But they specialise in larger bra sizes, so not sure how much help that will be for you!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
I got fitted at a Nordstrom to know my size and what brands fit me best. Since their prices were astronomical I instead shopped for the bras online. Figleaves, Herroom, Bareneccessities, Bravissimo are all good starting points, but honestly I get most of my bras from ebay. I just search “Wacoal 32DD NWT” (new with tags) and I get moderately expensive well-fitting bras for under $20. 🙂
Post # 6
I got mine at Nordstroms. I went during their sale, on a weekday, and got really great service. They measured me and then brought me a ton of different bras to try on to see which brand/style was most comfortable and then we adjusted from there. I am sooooo much happier and more comfortable now!!!
Post # 7
@AlexisB: I went to Dillards and was much more happy with my fit there than in Victoria Secret.
Unfortunately in my area there is probably not a knowledgeable fitting department within a 5 hour drive of here.
Post # 8
@AlexisB: where in Canada are you?
In my city (Toronto), there are a small handful of independent boutiques that sell lingerie and swimwear. Where I go, you basically book an appointment, and they bring you things to fit you. I tend to really like Freya bras, and now I know what I tend to wear and can order the same one in different colours online.
For the record, I have a small bandsize (28) and large boobs. For women with small band size and small boobs, the indie stores have lots of things in stock! For women with atypical sizes (like me), they tend to have smaller selections and will order items in for me instead.
I never shop at LaSenza, VS, and even the Bay doesn’t carry any brands that would fit me.
Post # 9
@AlexisB: There’s a company called Itty Bitty Bras (http://ittybittybra.com) that specializes in bras for the smaller chested.
If you measure yourself, first fit the measuring tape around yourself, looking in the mirror to ensure it is exactly parallel to the floor (not dipping on a side) and then lower your arms before recording the number. It is much easier to do when someone else measures you.
Post # 10
@flowercrowns: I’m in the GTA. I’ve googled Freya bras and pulled up some lingerie stores in the area! I’ll check them out. 🙂
Post # 11
I’m on the larger scale so I’m not sure about smaller sizes. I educated myself on how to measure, I’ve been measured at the chain stores and I generally have luck with La Senza – I’ve never bothered with Victorias Secret.
There are a lot of specialty stores around, try those out, but you’ll probably pay a premium for them.
Post # 12
Soma Intimates has really nice bras
Post # 14
I second TJ Maxx. It’s the only store that carries bras that fit me properly. I can’t wear underwire bras due to a chronic pain condition, and I am easily able to find bras without underwire there.
Post # 15
I got a fitting at Nordstrom’s, which is the best bra fitting I’ve ever had. It was very touchy feely but I was put in a bra that actually supported me and I felt wonderful.
They sell my size at Nordstrom’s rack, and that’s about it for “cheap” stores. Also Nordstrom’s and there are a few brands Macy’s, Bloomingdales, etc sells. I fluctuate between a 34F (European sizes) and a 36E (European size).
I buy majority of my bras on ebay and figleaves. British brands tend ot have the best bras and swimwear for my size. Freya!
Post # 16
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
I would wait until you’re done nusing because they’re going to go through some more changes and it would be a shame to spend money on a good bra only to find it’s not the right fit again in a few months.
I found the best bras at Costco of all places, they’re Maidenform, but I can get 2 bras for like $30 which is GREAT!