Friday, January 20, 2012

Bra Fitting: Finding a bra online

So, you've looked in stores for a bra that will work for you, and you just weren't able to find your size. Or maybe you just want more choices!

Fortunately, there are many great sites nowadays that offer a wide range of bra sizes. Many of them are based out of the U.K., but shipping is generally surprisingly quick. Some of the ones I list here are larger, very well-known sites, while a few are smaller and not as widely known. All of them, however, are worth checking out!*

I've listed the main brands that each site sells below - this doesn't mean that they don't have other brands available, but there will be the most choices and variety in the brands listed.

Brastop
Main Brands: Curvy Kate, Fantasie, Freya, Gossard, Krisline, Panache
Sizes Sold: 28-46 D-K
Shipping: UK (shipping to US: £6.95, or free with £75 purchase)
Brastop is one of my new favorite sites to order from. You can always find great deals and discounted prices on bras here - it's a great choice if you need to order a variety of sizes to determine your size (you'll have to pay for return shipping, however). Sometimes there will be codes for additional discounts or free shipping! Check back often for new selections and prices, just be aware that your size in any particular bra may get sold out if you wait too long.

Breakout Bras
Main Brands: Elomi, Fantasie, Freya, Panache
Sizes Sold: 28-38 D-K
Shipping: US (free standard shipping)
Breakout Bras has a great page on fitting advice, as well as a larger selection of maternity items. They do offer a variety of sizes and brands, but it's a bit hard to shop by size (select a category first). Their FAQ also states that they will match prices.

The Big Bra Bar
Main Brands: 2wenty8, Curvy Kate
Sizes Sold: 28-36 DD-H (*note: the site plans to offer one of their bras in a 26 band starting in March!)
Shipping: UK (shipping to US: £7.00, or free with £75 purchase)
The Big Bra Bar is a newer site, and has a selection that is really quite small, focusing on a range of just 7 cup sizes and 5 back sizes. However, the offerings are good, and the owner (Nikki Hesford) is both passionate about offering choices to smaller backed/larger cupped women and willing to listen to the desires of customers.

Bravissimo
Main Brands: Bravissimo, Fantasie, Freya
Sizes Sold: 28-40 D-KK, 32L
Shipping: UK (shipping to US: £7.95)
Bravissimo is always chock-full of new offerings and beautiful bras in a wide range of sizes. It's one of the easiest sites to use, in my opinion; you can search by size, style, brand, and color with the dropdown list, and it will update based on how many options are available depending on what you select. They will also offer very helpful fitting and sizing advice if you email them with questions.

Sophisticated Pair
Main Brands: Elomi, Fantasie, Freya, Panache, Wacoal
Sizes Sold: 28-42 D-KK
Shipping: US ($7, or free with $50 purchase)
A smaller, US based site, A Sophisticated Pair has a smaller selection of some of the most popular bras.

Butterfly Collection
Main Brands: Several choices in each of these
Sizes Sold: 30-38 D-K
Shipping: Canada (free US shipping)
One of the few Canadian-based bra sites, Butterfly Collection offers a good variety of brands with several choices each. The sizing choices are solid, though a bit limited in comparison to larger sites. US and UK sizing equivalents and fit recommendations are listed for each bra.

Bare Necessities
Main Brands: Bali, Calvin Klein, Chantelle, Felina, Freya, Le Mystere, Lily of France, Maidenform, Panache, Platex, Wacoal
Sizes Sold: 28DD-H, 30-40 AA-K, 42-54 A-N (US cup)
Shipping: US ($5 shipping, free with $70 purchase)
Bare Necessities offers a wide range of sizes to choose from. It carries more U.S. brands than many other sites, so be mindful of brands when looking for your size.

Figleaves
Main Brands: Chantelle, Fantasie, Freya, Gossard, Just Peachy, Panache, Wacoal (see all brands offered)
Sizes Sold: 28-46 AA-JJ (the majority of sizes within this range, with a few additional offerings in larger backs)
Shipping: UK ($4.95 US shipping)
Figleaves offers one of the widest varieties in terms of brand and size. If you want to explore a wider variety of brands, or you want to order a variety of bra sizes within the 28C-DD cup range from the same site (most small band/small cup sites stop at B or C), this is a good option.

Her Room
Main Brands: Fantasie, Panache, Freya
Sizes Sold: 28-58 AA-K (28 bands only to HH; higher US sizes like L, M, N in larger backs offered as well).
Shipping: US ($5 shipping, or free with $70 purchase)
Like Figleaves, Her Room offers a wide array of brands and sizes. The site is also very user and search-friendly.

Linda's
Main Brands: Anita, Chantelle, Fantasie, Freya, Panache (all brands listed here)
Sizes Sold: 28AA-J, 30-56 AA-N (all sizes listed here)
Shipping: US ($6 shipping, free with $75 purchase)
I haven't had much experience with Linda's Online, but I do know that I'm impressed with the sizes and variety offered, as well as the user-friendly site and good bra advice!

Large Cup Lingerie 
Main Brands: Freya, Fantasie, Parfait, Miss Mandalay
Sizes Sold: Varying; 28 D-H, 30-36 D-K, 38 D-J, 40DD-G
Shipping: Free worldwide!
LCL has a small but solid range of bras, and the prices are definitely reasonable (some in the 15GBP range)! The site is very easy to navigate.

Ewa Michalak
Main Brands: Ewa Michalak
Sizes Sold: Can vary; generally 30-46 A-K, with a few 28 bands and larger cups in some sizes. 24-28 bands (as well as other sizes) can be custom ordered by contacting the owner through the website.
Shipping: Poland (shipping to US: 45pln/$13.50)
Click on the English flag on the top of the page for an English-language version of the site. I've heard great things about these bras, and the prices aren't bad either! Just be sure to convert to USD ;)

Additional Links:
Looking specifically for small cup/small back sizes? Check out Brittany's post on Resources for Smaller Busts.
Tight on cash? Take a look at Bras I Hate's post for tips for bra shopping on a budget.

Have you had good or bad experiences ordering bras online? Any other site recommendations? I'd love to know about them!

*disclaimer: I have personally ordered from several of these sites, but not all of them. As far as I know, all of these sites are legitimate and have good reviews.

Edit: Reader Suggestions
Thanks to readers for these additional online shops!

Big Girls Bras
Main Brands: all brands listed here

Sizes Sold: Range includes 28-58 AA-N cup (mix of US and UK sizing), with not all bands available for all cup sizes (shop "by size" to see what's available).
Shipping: US ($4.95) [to Canada: $8, International, $30]

LoveBras
Main Brands: Curvy Kate, Fantasie, Freya, Gossard, Krisline, Panache
Sizes Sold: 28-48 D-K (all sizes listed here)
Shipping: UK (US shipping £6.95)
The Lovebras site setup reminds me of Brastop - the prices seem to be similar too!

The Bra Chest
Main Brands: Fantasie, Freya, Gossard, Panache (these are the only brands stocked at present)
Sizes Sold: 30-42 DD-GG
Shipping: UK (US shipping £5)
I find it a little strange that they call searching by band size "search by chest size". It sounds a little misinformed! Their sizing that they keep in stock seems rather limited, but the prices aren't bad, and the delivery times seem quite fast.

Belle Lingerie 
Main Brands: Cleo by Panache, Fantasie, Freya, Lepel, Panache
Sizes Sold: 28 D-G, 30 B-J, 32-38 AA-JJ, some cups in 40-44, 32-36 K
Shipping: UK (US shipping £7.95, must use Paypal)
Check for Belle Lingerie selling on ebay.co.uk as well.

Beautiful Bosom
Main Brands: Freya, Elomi, Curvy Kate, Fantasie (these are the only brands stocked)

Sizes Sold: A-K, 28-48
Shipping: UK (US shipping: they say to contact them - does anyone know this?)
There is a link to their ebay.co.uk store on the site as well. BB notes that they stock all sizes available in the bras they carry, and to contact them if your size isn't listed. They seem to use only Paypal as a payment method.

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    1. Thanks! Let me know if you know of any other good sites!

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  2. I just ordered my first sets from The Big Bra Bar! I'm very excited to get them. I've ordered some bikinis from them previously and had great costumer service. I have ordered from Her Room, Bare Necessities, and Figleaves before, all good service. Next is Bravissimo and Bra Stop.
    I wish I had known aboout Breakout Bras 3 weeks ago. I was looking for Freya bras in 28H with fast shipping. I ended up waiting 3+ weeks for UK delivery.
    Great list! I love it. All the shipping information is priceless.

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    1. Yay, I hope they work out for you! And thanks, glad it can be of use.

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  3. I bought bras couple of weeks ago from lovebras.com, and that was a good experience. First time for me ordering online, too. There are lots of bras to choose from, and the delivery was quite fast (about a week) even though I live in Finland. :3 I would totally recommend lovebras!

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    1. Great to know, especially for those in places like Finland where's difficult to find bras, much less places that will ship there! Thanks!

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  4. Have you tried the bra-chest.co.uk ? i bought a bra from them the other week and delivery was really fast and they are reasonably priced!!

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    1. I haven't, but thanks for the recommendation!

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  5. eBay!!!! I have bought all my UK bras (brand new---most with tags) off there for as little as $15 and up to $35. I have also had fabulous experiences with two UK websites who have a store on eBay. They are www.belle-lingerie.co.uk and www.beautifulbosom.co.uk. Belle Lingerie is on the expensive side if you order from their website, but if you visit their eBay store, they got great deals!! I ordered from Belle Lingerie twice from their eBay store and the first time the delivery took about 2 weeks. My second order came in a week. I ordered once from Beautiful Bosom (via eBay) and I had my order in a week! I just placed an order with Bra Stop last week and I am still waitng on my order. I dealt with Breakout Bras about 9 years ago when I was breastfeeding and going to hell and back trying to figure out my "real" size and trying to find where I can find my "real" size. I received fabulous advice from them and finally was able to get a nursing bra that fit well. One more website: www.Beu-T-Full-Bras.com. I ordered from their eBay store.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your experiences! I think I'll start adding some of these reader suggestions to the main post for easy reference...

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  6. Hello Christine,

    Beautiful Bosom (UK) here! Thank you for including us on your blog as an online retailer.
    The bras we stock are limited within the ranges as we personally like the way they fit for different clients and if any body has any other brands they have confidence in we are always open for feedback.

    As a company we are very different to every other bra retailer as our clients generally are ladies that do not want to go to a store for many reasons.
    We are now pleased to offer fitting advice to ladies on skype; Beautiful.Bosom1

    We would love to add your blog to our news page on our website as our vision is for ALL women to be proud of their bodies and it always great for them to see other women sharing their experiences.

    Thank you from Beverley & The Team at Beautiful Bosom

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    1. Hi Beautiful Bosom! It's a pleasure to have you on the list! :)

      I'd love to have my blog added to the news page. xx Thanks for all that you do!

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  7. Do you know any other mall or online that I can buy 26 band size and F cup size bra?

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