Thanks to Frilly Fusion for all this great info!!
I just thought some of this information might be helpful.
Bra Fit Resources
Bra Calculators are meant to give you a good starting point, you should still try on different band and cups to see what works best. These are the two most accurate I could find.
What do sizes really look like?
Blogs with good information:
VenusianGlow.com All kinds of fitting information. Links to befores and afters.
BrasIhate I’ve linked to her helpful alteration tips.
Butterfly Collection also has an online story for D-K cup sizes.
Invest in Your Chest Bra reviews, will show upcoming styles
Bratabase A database of bras, reviews, and bra measurements so you can determine what size you might want to buy online. Record how your own bra fits and get suggestions from other users.
Small Bust Big Heart (blog)
When adding inches helps:
Small Band Project:
Brands for Full Bust / Plus Size
Cup size is determined by the band. A 36C will have a bigger cup than a 34C. 34C and 36 B will have the same cup volume.
Unfortunately I can’t find a link to an easy guide to how sizing differs between US/UK/Europe/Aus because the systems are such a mess. If anyone has any accurate recommendations, please link and I’ll add.
Where to buy (in progress)
And yes, uncommon bra sizes will cost more, but if you’re savvy you can find them on sale. They’ll earn their value in comfort, looks and longevity.
Once you’re pretty sure of your bra size in a certain brand check ebay for some really good deals.
Nordstrom’s and Nordstom’s Rack
Macy’s carries Wacoal up to G, don’t expect much selection
My favorite conversion chart is the one on Barenecessities’s website! It’s the most accurate, simple conversion I’ve found to date.
Cups are, unfortunately, pretty much impossible to let out. You can take them in (although it often does icky things to the line of the bra), but bras are built with an incredibly small amount of seam allowance incorporated into them so that it becomes virtually impossible to let them out without sacrificing the integrity of the garment or outright destroying the fabric.
I’ve seen people sell new/almost new bras on sites like ebay, especially in rarer sizes, like Freya’s size range. If you’re willing to take a bit of a hit on the price, that might be the way to go.
When I grow out of my bras in the cups, I always end up layering a lot to hide it, which is a slightly less desirable option than having a fitting bra, but we can’t all afford to spend hundreds of dollars every time we gain a cup size. I like to wear a tank top and then a fitted t shirt or hoodie to hold everything in and conceal the “boob muffin” effect as much as possible.
I guess this might be a strange question on another bra blog, but luckily this mod is a seamstress so I’m used to this kind of thing haha!
random… teacup bra!
36 inch bust, 34 inch waist, 47 inch hips
Soma Intimates accepts donations of new or gently worn bras. You can bring them to any Soma boutique or mail to:
Soma Bra Donation
c/o The Bra Recyclers
3317 S. Higley Rd., Ste 114-441
Gilbert, Arizona 85297.
Bras will be distributed to local shelters affiliated with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to help women in need.
Maggie Gyllenhaal for Agent Provocateur
Drool thirty. Goose will appreesh.
This set is fabulous. Sure to be a standout in AW13.
Lascivious AW13. Loving this color, pretty pretty!
I cannot believe Curvy Kate’s audacity to outright steal the work of a high school student for some insipid marketing message.
Shame on you, Curvy Kate. Shame on you.
Original image via: Rosea Posey
SIGNAL BOOST RIP THEM A NEW ONE TUMBLR!
Super ashamed of Curvy Kate right now.