Anonymous said: I see a lot of help resources for people who can't find bras who have fuller busts. I don't have a full bust, but I have an 'unusual' band size, and I can't find ANYWHERE that sells it. I measure 28C, and I can't find one store - in person or online - that sells it. I've also never even tried on a 28C bra (because I can't find one...) to make sure that it fits correctly. I'm starting to get really discouraged. Is there anywhere that I can look, or a similar, more common size that will work?

I actually get questions about where to find a 28C a lot! (HINT HINT, bra manufacturers!) Here is another question I’ve answered that may help in your quest :) But wait, there’s more!

Since I’ve written that post, there has been some great news for those in this often-overlooked size range: Cleo is expanding down a few cup sizes for Autumn/Winter 2014! This means that some Cleo bras will now come in 28-38 B-C, in addition to their current size range of 28-38 D-J. Great news for you 28Cers, which I swear is one of the hardest sizes to find!

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Anonymous said: Where did you get the blue floral and red lace bra? It's adorable

That is a Cleo Melissa, my favorite unpadded bra! Since it is from a few seasons ago, your best bet would be finding it somewhere online. You might be able to find it on sale on one of these sites, but at this point it might be better to scour ebay and the /r/braswap subreddit.

If it helps, some newer versions of that bra style/cut are: Pixie (LOVE that print), Maya, Bella, Ellis, Nyla, and Marcie (which has similar lace).

Best of luck!

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Anonymous said: Hello, I just recently stumbled across your blog and I love it, it is quite informative and helpful. I had a question regarding your fitting guide, what sizing system does it follow? Is it UK, US...?

I’m glad you’ve found it to be helpful, even though I haven’t been posting much! In general, my blog uses UK sizing unless otherwise specified. The short reason is that most brands that manufacture a large size range use UK sizing, and UK sizing is more consistent in general. The long answer can be found here. :)

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Can we talk about how great Victoria secret’s new models are? [x]






GUYS. They even fucking admitted to their own wrongdoings. They even were like “We were wrong once. Now we’re taking steps to change that.”

And these models? Ugh. Go VS. You’re getting MUCH better.


Actually, this wasn’t really Victoria’s Secret, this was a feminist group (FORCE: upsetting rape culture) who created the site as a satirical backlash against Victoria’s Secret’s rape-y underwear slogans. Victoria’s Secret actually contacted the company hosting the Pink Loves Consent website and forced them to take it down, preferring to remove and ignore the campaign rather than learning from it. Unfortunately, many people still believe that Victoria’s Secret was behind this, and wrongly applaud them. Let’s instead applaud the group who pulled such a creative public stunt.

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"It is a privilege to engage in theoretical gender discourse, and while politicians, doctors, families, and friends ask themselves if it is right or wrong, transgender people are being beaten to death. Teenage trans kids are issued death threats, and across the globe our body count rises. It is here, at the intersection of oppression, where violence is commonplace. How can we still wonder which bathroom she should use? Privilege affords the gender debate at the expense of our most vulnerable community members. When a trans woman dies you can read about it in the newspaper, where you see her described as a man instead of the woman she died for. And we wonder how to best protect our children, forgetting that some of our children are trans. TDOR reminds me that our precious politics have a very real consequence. This is a critical moment in the history of transgender rights. Will we remember those who did not survive it?"

— Diana Tourjee, Transgender Day of Remembrance, 2013 (via andrewgibby)

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I guess I should tell you guys why I’ve been so quiet lately…

My lovely readers, I have some good news and bad news. Since I usually prefer to hear bad news first so that I have the good news to comfort me later, I’ll start with the bad news.

I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’ve been a bit MIA lately. This happens fairly often, but usually I’m not gone for long, and am able to bounce back in a timely manner. However, lately I just haven’t been able to find the time or energy to bounce back, and I don’t think I will for a few months. So, I am going on a hiatus.

The good news is the reason I’ve been too busy to run a blog—a few months ago I was accepted into a somewhat prestigious internship program at my university. This is a really awesome opportunity for me, because at the end of this program I’ll graduate with almost 2 years of job experience in my field! However, this means that I have to take a lot of difficult classes (with their big piles of homework) all at once to prepare myself for these internships. I’m having a hard time finding the time to make dinner, let alone write a quality blog post.

So, what does this mean for the blog and its readers?

Everything on the blog (+social networking) is staying up, I just won’t be posting or answering questions for a while. I will probably still post on Twitter from time to time, so if you want to keep up with me, go to my Twitter page! I will do my best to answer the remaining questions in my inbox, as I feel bad for leaving them unanswered for so long, but after that I cannot guarantee any answers until I get back. I will most likely be back around March, as that will be when I start to have free time again.

I’m sorry to leave you for so long, readers, but I thought about this a lot and it seems like the best thing to do for now. Plus, I figured that an official “bbl” post might be better than silently disappearing like I have been.

Well, BBL!

P.S. In the meantime, you should give some of these other awesome blogs a read… they are wonderful!

2 Cakes on a Plate 

A Sophisticated Pair’s blog 


Braless in Brasil

Bras and Body Image

Bras I Hate & Love

By Baby’s Rules

Contrary Kiwi



Invest in your Chest

Fuller Figure Fuller Bust



The Lingerie Lesbian

Miss Underpinnings

Obsessed with Breasts

Quest for the Perfect Bra

Thin and Curvy

Under the Unders

Undercover Lingerista



Voluptuously Thin

Weirdly Shaped and Well Photographed


I’m pretty sure Marina’s wearing a Panache Tango bra,probably the plunge version,here.I saw a video her wearing this dress and was wondering what bra she was wearing.

I think you are right! How fun, Marina wears the same brand(s) I do :)


I’m pretty sure Marina’s wearing a Panache Tango bra,probably the plunge version,here.I saw a video her wearing this dress and was wondering what bra she was wearing.

I think you are right! How fun, Marina wears the same brand(s) I do :)

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Anonymous said: Do you know if it would be possible to do a 38D to 28G alteration? Or would it be possible to use a Rixie clip for that? I know usually alterations are done only to make the band one, maybe two sizes smaller, but 38D is the only sister size to 28G that I could find in my country and I can't buy from the internet :(

You probably could make an alteration like that, but it might not work very well. (Also, a rixie clip would not work, it’s only meant to be used for 1-2 band sizes off.) It’ll probably do until you can get something closer to your size, but any time you alter a band down 2 or more sizes, the fit is compromised a little. Someone who needs a 38 band has a very different ribcage and boob placement compared to someone who needs a 28 band, so it’s likely that the cups will be positioned improperly and the wires will probably be too wide. You can definitely try it, but just know that if it doesn’t fit very well, it’s probably because the construction is just off.

I’m not sure what to recommend alteration-wise to avoid this, but I know you’ll have to do more than take in the band in the back. Also take in the gore, perhaps reposition the straps or bend the wires to be narrow—I’m not really sure. You should ask Dressing Curves, she is more of a sewing/alteration expert than I am, and she’s made bras before so she knows the pattern differences.

Sorry I can’t be of more help… alterations are not really my forte!

Quick Try-On Review: Nordstrom’s Current Offerings

 Since I’m currently working a few blocks away from a Nordstrom, I’ve been visiting a lot this summer just to try stuff on. Most of the things I’ve tried on haven’t worked very well (mostly due to Nordtrom stopping at a 30 band), but a few things worked pretty well, and I’ve had a few surprises! I’ve been taking pictures every time I’ve gone, so I’ve decided to do an end-of-SS13 Nordstrom offerings roundup before the new AW13 styles start appearing.

I tried a 30F Freya Patsy longline in Coral:


It looks really cute and gives a pretty great shape, but the fit was a bit strange on me. If you read my blog regularly, you know that in Freya bras I usually need a 28 band, so this is probably a lot of the problem. However in my opinion, this seemed loose even for a 30 band. The band felt like it would slide around all day. Not only that, but the wires were quite wide and the cups were a bit wide-set. Now, I have shallow breasts myself, but I think that I personally need more lower volume than this bra provides, and a narrower wire. I have tall-shallow breasts, and I think this bra is meant more for wide-shallow breasts. You can see this when I point out all the empty space in the bottom and sides of the cup:


I was a bit surprised by this fit at first, because I’ve owned 4 other Freya longlines (Ivy, Piper, Carys, and Nieve), and they’ve worked quite well on me shape-wise. However, I have tried a Patsy halfcup before, and that had these same shape issues, so I suppose it should be no surprise that the longline version acts the same.

I also tried a 34DD Mimi Holliday Whizz Pop Comfort bra:



Now, I know that I am silly for even trying on a 34DD, but Nordstrom doesn’t carry Mimi Holliday above a DD cup or below a 32 band (Why Nordstrom, why?? Mimi Holliday is manufactured 28-38 A-G!), and I really wanted to try it on. I had some extra birthday money and was thinking about buying a comfort bra (in 30F/28FF or 28G), but I wasn’t sure if the shape would work on me.

I was actually quite impressed with the shape—even though the band was huge on me (it slid when I moved my arms), the bra was still quite comfy and supportive. I think that the stretchy cup fabric helped it work well for my shape, but I have no idea how they managed to keep it supportive. I think that those with bigger and/or softer breasts might find that this bra isn’t supportive enough for daily wear, but I think that is why I’m at the top of the size range. :) To be clear, I would never consider buying this size, but I’m glad that I was still able to make an educated guess at which size and style to order.

This 30F Fantasie Jana was interesting:


Usually, when I go into Nordstrom, I tell the employee who is helping me that I only want to try on colorful bras, in fact I often explicitly say that I’m not interested in “nude” bras. And every single time, without fail, they bring me at least 3 beige bras. Usually, I just leave them on their hangers, but this one caught my attention because at first glance, I thought it was a balconette version of the Cleo Jude.


And when I tried it on, it fit exactly like a balconette version of the Cleo Jude. Super tight on top, a point at the apex, yet shallow on bottom, but with a higher gore and a fuller band. It didn’t seem like it was as difficult to fit, though. Obviously it didn’t work on me at all (the Jude is a terrible fit on me so this is no surprise), but I tried it on mostly for kicks and giggles. If anyone is a fan of the Cleo Jude/Neve but wishes they had a balconette version, here you go.

I found this 30FF Cleo Lucy in Navy/Pink at the nearby Nordstrom Rack, and I was surprised by the shape update:


I love to buy Cleo Lucy bras and their printed cousins (Francis, Bonnie, etc) because of the cute colors and prints, but I always have to alter them. The gore is too wide and the cups are too closed on top, but when I take in the gore, they are actually quite comfortable and only give me a little bit of quadboob. But this newer Lucy style fit pretty well even without the alteration. The cups are much more open on top, are a little bit taller, and the gore isn’t so ridiculously wide. There is also some more room at the apex, as shown on me with wrinkling cups, so the cups seem to be a bit deeper now. I have a feeling that if I altered this one, I would get even less quadboob than usual. But alas, I hate this colorway, and I wasn’t particularly fond of the SS13 purple colorway. Maybe I’ll snatch up one of the AW13 colors.

…And *drumroll* the surprise of the day, a Chantelle C Chic in  65DDDD/G (in UK sizing, that’s 30F):


Now, I have to mention that I’ve had a silly grudge against Chantelle for a long time because of my 32D-wearing-teenager days when I would be pushed into buying bras that were too mature for my age. I wanted a colorful, starry-print bra, damnit, and the most colorful 32D Nordstrom seemed to have was an ugly Chantelle bra in a dingy pink color! But this bra has changed my mind completely. It’s still a bit sophisticated for a teenager, but it’s colorful, has a cute pattern on its not-quite-opaque-not-not-quite-sheer fabric, has a cute emblem on the gore, but most importantly it’s the perfect cup shape for my tall-shallow boobs and it’s a plunge. How awesome is this bra!

Unfortunately, the smallest band size Chantelle makes is 65/30, their bands run a bit loose, so this size doesn’t quite work on me. The band doesn’t feel secure and the cups wrinkle slightly, but the next cup size down is too small. I have a feeling that a 60H would work great on me, but they don’t make this size. I might buy it and alter the band just because of the perfect shape/construction, but $70 RRP is a lot to spend for a bra I’ll have to alter.

In Conclusion:

I tried on a few other bras that weren’t worth mentioning because the fit was so off or I didn’t get a picture: a 32DDD/F Chantelle half cup that nearly fell off me, a 34DD Mimi Holliday padded superplunge with a lot of *ahem* “restraint” issues, a 30FF Cleo Marcie that I didn’t get a picture of because it didn’t fit. But overall, it’s been awesome to be able to walk over to a local store and try on bras that I like. If only I had the luxury to do this with a store that carries 28 bands (in lots of styles) near my usual house! :) As much as I whine about Nordstrom sometimes, I really do appreciate that they carry full-bust sizes that I can try on in lots of locations. I think I will always wish that they didn’t do silly things like stocking D-J Cleo bras in D-GG cups, though. (Why??)