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Old 04-01-2015, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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At a specialty lingerie store, if you see brands like Freya, Panache, Curvy Kate, Cleo, Elomi, Chantelle, Ewa Michalak and Fantasie they likely have a really good selection of sizes. Nordstrom also has quite a few options.

If you are less busty than I, then Wacoal may work great for you. I am around 2 cups too big for their american sizing.

Online, I like Brastop, Bravissimo and Figleaves. Once you have sorted out a size!

P.S. This isn't perfect math, but if you are under US size 10 and wearing over a 36 band, you are likely in the wrong size/band. Most people under roughly size 10 should be in a 28, 30 or 32 band unless you have a "swimmer build" and then your band might be a bit larger. It is also not uncommon for a person who is a size 14 to be in a 32 band.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:09 PM
 
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For me balconette bras work best, and ones cut for people who are fuller on top. I also need narrower underwires with little space between the two. Wider spaces wires dig into to the sides of my chest and poke me.
Well the reason I asked OP what exactly she was looking for is because it might be not a case of wrong SIZING, but a case of a right cut, that American corporations simply do not manufacture.
On average I find American-made bras to look ugly, not to mention that they are uncomfortable.
You come to department stores and what do you see? Rows and rows of the same padded ugliness of different colors, whether they are small size or large size. In fact the major problem I see with American-made bras ( other than poor quality) is that they manufacture bras with main idea in mind to make you look a size or two bigger. And they don't bother to change this recipe (cut) in already large sizes; if you don't get into their targeted market - too bad.
Therefore in the US women with smaller frames but bigger bras sizes will be out of luck. As I've said, the whole idea behind the production is to make you look two sizes bigger, not smaller even if that's what you really prefer. ( Interestingly enough, this trend is the same with UK-made bras, so may be it's the whole Anglo-thing. )
But if you look at European-made bras (continental Europe that is,) you'll notice the difference; namely - that there are quite few cuts/styles that are noticeably absent from American-made lines.
Of course you'll still find plenty of "breast-manipulators" there as I call them, that intend to add a size or two, but that's not the only targeted market in Europe.
So next time that helpful salesperson in US department store will try to convince you that it's all about the "right sizing," it's really not. They simply do not have in the store what you are looking for.


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Old 04-01-2015, 09:16 PM
 
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At a specialty lingerie store, if you see brands like Freya, Panache, Curvy Kate, Cleo, Elomi, Chantelle, Ewa Michalak and Fantasie they likely have a really good selection of sizes. Nordstrom also has quite a few options.

If you are less busty than I, then Wacoal may work great for you. I am around 2 cups too big for their american sizing.
But Wacoal feels almost as the same kind that some itchy-scratchy hosiery is made of, (nylon that is, lace in particular. *Shudder.*
Even if it looks pretty for American bra, the material is still a poor choice.

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Old 04-02-2015, 07:20 AM
 
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Im in same boat the best bra in that size so far has been betsey johnson balconette, you can buy them at many stores for $50 but also nordstroom rak has then for $20-25.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:20 PM
 
Location: New Yawk
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Go to Norstrom. They have the best selection for women with a small band and large cup size. Otherwise, look into UK brands; the main difference is UK sizing doesn't add 4 or 5 inches to the band measurement, so the sizing is more precise for hard-to-fit sizes.
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Old 04-07-2015, 10:26 AM
 
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A friend recommended Body by Victoria's Secret full coverage bra. I bought 2 and so far so good. The cups run a little small so I ended up with a 34 DDD.
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Old 04-10-2015, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Utah
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After you find your correct size, I recommend Amazon. I buy all my bras there as my size isn't in stores.

It's so frustrating to hear/read about "So many women are wearing the wrong bra size" yet stores don't stock any cup sizes larger than DDD. Almost always I hear stories about women getting measured and find that they need to wear a smaller band/larger cup size. I don't need a 40 or 42 band size, which is what some stores consider "plus size" bras. I need a smaller band size and larger cup size. Why aren't THOSE combinations considered "plus size" and stocked in a plus size section of a store? Also adding to my frustration is I have a petite frame, so underwires (which are necessary for support) cut into my arm/armpit areas and the cups are too far apart.
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Old 04-10-2015, 01:02 PM
 
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Not part of the question at hand, but I thought I would mention it anyway ...

A friend of mine was recently lamenting that she would buy bras and they would immediately stretch out and she'd have to replace them. I asked her if they were too stretched out even when she moved to the third set of hooks. She said no, she buys her bras so that they fit when hooked to the third set of hooks ... she figures that's most secure.

What she didn't understand is that the three sets of hooks is there mainly to allow for stretching. When you buy a bra, it should fit snugly on the first set of hooks. As the band stretches from normal wear, you move in to the 2nd or 3rd row of hooks, as needed. It was a revelation to her! LOL
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Old 04-14-2015, 11:56 AM
 
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P.S. This isn't perfect math, but if you are under US size 10 and wearing over a 36 band, you are likely in the wrong size/band. Most people under roughly size 10 should be in a 28, 30 or 32 band unless you have a "swimmer build" and then your band might be a bit larger. It is also not uncommon for a person who is a size 14 to be in a 32 band.
The problem is that most mass retailers don't carry smaller band sizes. For me a great thing about being pregnant was that I could wear a 34C and buy bras inexpensively and everywhere. Normally I am a 30D (or even a 28DD...but they are even harder to come by) and can only find my size at a few high-end department stores or online. And while I occasionally can get a deal on my size at a Nordstrom Rack or Off 5th, bras in less "mainstream" sizes cost a pretty penny. Of course more women would probably be wearing the "right" bra size if their size were more readily available, and more affordable. Otherwise they'll continue to make due with what they can find that "sort of" works. For years Victoria's Secret tried to sell me 34Bs, because they didn't carry much in a 32C (which was what I thought my size was) and I'd put up with straps that slid off my shoulders because they came closest to fitting.
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Old 04-14-2015, 07:55 PM
 
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After you find your correct size, I recommend Amazon. I buy all my bras there as my size isn't in stores.

It's so frustrating to hear/read about "So many women are wearing the wrong bra size" yet stores don't stock any cup sizes larger than DDD. Almost always I hear stories about women getting measured and find that they need to wear a smaller band/larger cup size. I don't need a 40 or 42 band size, which is what some stores consider "plus size" bras. I need a smaller band size and larger cup size. Why aren't THOSE combinations considered "plus size" and stocked in a plus size section of a store? Also adding to my frustration is I have a petite frame, so underwires (which are necessary for support) cut into my arm/armpit areas and the cups are too far apart.
I feel your pain, underwires suck.
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