Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Why I shop for clothes online (and you should, too!)

Do you find it difficult finding anything in department stores that fits you well? Are you spending hours searching through racks and racks of clothing, only to end up disappointed or lusting after something so expensive that it'll break your clothing budget for the year? This definitely describes my relationship with in-store clothing shopping - and it's why I've turned to shopping online for clothes.

"But wait!" you might protest. "Online shopping? How will I know if something fits if I can't try it on? Isn't online shopping really expensive?"

Online shopping used to be a foreign, scary concept to me, too. But within the past couple of years, I've had a definite turnaround. Here's a few reasons why I now do most of my clothing shopping online!

Choices Available/Time Spent
I can't tell you how many times I've spent hours upon hours perusing the racks of department stores, looking in vain for something, anything, that would a) fit me, b) cost less than an arm and a leg, and c) that I actually liked. I don't think I'm super picky, but I have this strange idea that I'd like my clothes to fit well, thank you very much! Shopping at department stores quickly got disheartening. Sizes meant nothing to me - I could be anywhere from a 2 to a 10, from an X-Small to a Large - I just had absolutely no idea until I tried each and every thing on. There were the endless lists of things that wouldn't work for me, ever - button-down shirts, fitted jackets, empire-waist shirts, "flowy" shirts, shirts with buttons or pockets, vests, strapless shirts or dresses, etc etc....

The great thing about online-based companies that cater specifically to busty women is that I don't have to wonder about whether or not something will fit over my boobs - I know it will. I don't have to worry that everything will be too baggy on me. I don't have to immediately discount all button-down shirts - I know that they're designed with my body type in mind. Flowy tops, ruffles, and tank tops? Colors, prints, and textures? I can have them all!

Kontrast shirt from Urkye

Another bonus is that online shopping saves time - no longer do I have to spend a whole afternoon in the vain search for something that fits. I can browse the options at any hour of the day or night, and I can quickly pick out my usual size within the specific company.

Related to this, one of the biggest qualms about online shopping that I hear is the inability to get to actually try on the item before buying. Good online stores will have accurate sizing charts so you can get a very good estimate of your size just by taking your measurements and comparing, so honestly, it's really not too difficult to nail down a size. Still not quite sure which size to pick? You can email the owner/customer service directly, and in my experience, they'll be more than happy to give you sizing advice. [ETA - even if you're a bit out of the range of the size charts on a particular site, don't give up! There's still a good chance that you'll be able to find something that works for you. Remember, size charts are approximations.] You can also search online for reviews from others who may have tried out the company or item; this way, you'll be able to get more advice and see even more examples of how the item looks and fits. If all else fails and you do happen to order the wrong size, it's not the end of the world - you'll be able to return/exchange the item with in a certain number of days, or resell the item on ebay if you wait too long to return.

One complaint I've heard about buying online is the worry that it's "too expensive." While I do agree that there are some online stores that are quite pricey, and you will sometimes have to pay shipping costs, I have to say that I've actually found that buying clothing online from the right places to actually be more affordable than buying clothing from brick-and-mortar stores. And I'm not even factoring in the places you can buy used pieces (like ebay or swap/sell groups), which can drive the costs down even more (although up the risk factor a tad).

Trust me - I don't like to pay a lot for clothes. But I dislike paying for ill-fitting clothes even more. Most of the tops from bust-friendly shops like BiuBiu and Urkye range in price from $20-$35 - hardly extravagant! And, most importantly, tops from these stores are designed for busty women. You won't have to worry about gaping buttons, getting the tops tailored (which adds expense), or a completely wrong fit like you would when shopping at a department store. I'm willing to pay a little more for several pieces that fit me perfectly than pay any price for several things that don't fit me well at all. Quality, fit, durability, and versatility need to be taken into account just as much as the price. A good-quality item of clothing that's made-to-measure or made with your specific needs in mind is worth more than a cheap, off-the-rack item that doesn't fit and won't last as long.

Emerald shirt from BiuBiu

Voting with my Dollars
I know that I have a body type that presents a fair number of fitting challenges within the "usual" off-the-rack choices. It's not just that I'm busty - I also have a sharply-curved back that makes some shirts bunch strangely; I'm shorter and thus have some extra fabric show up in odd places in tops, and pants are always too long for me; I have a wider back and shoulders so some tops and jackets don't stretch enough to accommodate; I have fallen arches on my feet and narrow heels so I can't wear many types of shoes - the list could go on.

But these "issues" don't mean that I (or anyone) should have to give up on well-fitting clothing or settle for less - there are companies out there that cater more specifically to me. I want to give my money to those companies that are actually trying to provide good options for me and other women who can't easily find well-fitting clothes in brick-and-mortar stores. Basically, I have two choices - I could spend hours upon hours wading through racks of clothing in stores, hoping against hope to find something that fits at least somewhat and doesn't cost me a fortune - and I've done this more times than I care to remember. Or, I could spend far less time and choose something that is more catered to my body type, provided by smaller companies who actually care about the fitting challenges many women face.

So, do you buy clothes (or bras) online? Have you thought about it before? Are there specific fitting challenges you face that you wished more stores catered to?

Also, coming up soon - a post on some of the challenges and successes I've had with thrifting.

List of some bust-friendly online clothing stores:
-Campbell & Kate
-Pin Up Girl Clothing
-Trashy Diva
(see also a more extensive list with more reviews from Thin and Curvy)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

10 Ways to Spot a Bad Bra Fitter [Guest Post by Susannah Perez]

Today's guest post is by the lovely Susannah Perez, an experienced fitter and lingerie fanatic who wants women to recognize when they’re not getting the fitting service they deserve! You can read more of her thoughts on TwitterFor more posts from good bra fitters, check out "The Dos and Don'ts of a Bra Fitting" from A Sophisticated Pair and "Is Your Professional Bra Fitter Giving You the Right Size" by Butterfly Collection, and take a look at druber & drunter's thoughts on "The Best Fitting Experience".

It’s a sad fact that a lot of lingerie stores and departments don’t ensure that all of their staff are well trained at bra fitting, or provide them with a set of out of date skills so they simply don’t have the knowledge to get women into the right fit. Almost every woman who has ever been fitted on the high street has had at least one experience where they walked away from the store unhappy with the service they received.

Unfortunately, if you’re not 100% sure of what you should expect in a bra fitting – other than walking away with a comfortable, well fitting bra – it can be really difficult to know whether you’ve had a good fitting or simply been conned into buying the wrong bra.

So, here’s a checklist from a bra fitter that cares: here’s exactly how to spot a bad bra fitter.

Everything is done by the tape measure.
Bra fitting is hardly anything to do with what a tape measure says – it should only be used to provide a starting point for the fitting (if your bra fitter isn’t working by sight), and should not be treated as a rule. It’s only rarely that the first bra you put on during a fitting will fit perfectly.

They only try you in the one size.
Following on from the first point, a good bra fitter should try you in several different sizes to be sure you get the perfect fit – not just try to squeeze you into whatever size they’ve measured you as – they should know that numbers and letters are simply guidelines!

They only try you in one style.
Even if you’re looking for a particular style, your fitter should be honest about whether this will work for you or not, and if not, which style will. Every woman is shaped differently, and has different needs to cater to: no one style will work for everyone.

They only look, don’t touch. 
A good bra fitter will adjust the straps to the optimum length for you, fix the band on the loosest hook, pull gently on the back to check it’s the right tightness, and will check how the central gore and wires sit. You can’t tell simply from looking if a bra is completely the right fit.

They use the +4 method. 
+4 is an old fitting method that is no longer applicable to the stretchier materials bras are made of today. If your fitter adds anything to your initial band measurement, then they will not be calculating your true size and you will most likely end up in an ill fitting bra.

They take the band measurement by measuring over your bust.
This practice is typically used by companies that try to size you between a 32A and 38DD, like Victoria’s Secret. This practice is completely nonsensical and will land you in an entirely inaccurate size – after all, why would your band size be anything other than the measurement of where your band would sit?

They try to size you up or down to fit you into ‘conventional’ sizes.
If your bra fitter tries you in a bra size completely different from your initial measurement as they’ve sized you up or down to fit you into the store’s size range, call foul play. No good fitter will put you in the wrong sized bra simply to get a sale – if you’re measured 28-36, they should be trying you in a 28G/H, not a 32D.

They don’t ask you how the bra feels.
Bad bra fitters will often assume that because a bra looks half decent, it feels okay too – which is simply a sign of negligence. Your fitter should make sure you’re comfortable in the bra, and if you’re not, they should try you in others.

They don’t address your concerns.
If your fitter doesn’t care or know what to do about any concerns you have with the fit, walk out of there. Though a well-fitting bra can feel tight if you’re not used to wearing your correct size, anything from digging in or falling out to space in the cups or wires sitting away from your torso should be addressed and rectified with either another size or style.

They’re not dedicated to finding the right bra.
If you aren’t happy with the fit of the bra they put you in, they should try you in different styles and sizes until they find one that you love – and if this isn’t possible, offer to order bras in for you or recommend another store that may be able to service your needs better. Every woman has the potential and right to sexy and amazing lingerie that fits exceptionally and makes you feel fabulous, and your fitter should embody that promise – if they try to fob you off with a “that’s as good as it’s going to get” attitude, leave!

Do you have any more pointers on how to spot a bad bra fitter? Do you have any fitting horror stories to share?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

BiuBiu Review: Midnight Infinity Shirt

I got my hands on a gently-used BiuBiu Infinity shirt recently, so it's time for a quick review!

I was pretty certain that the size of 36BB/BBB would work out for me given my pretty good success with my first order, and my hopes were not dashed.

BiuBiu Infinity 36BB/BBB

BiuBiu Infinity 36BB/BBB
(sorry for the terrible lighting!)

The material (a viscose/spandex blend) is comfy, but fairly clingy, meaning I'll need to be careful about bra material showing through and what pants I wear. It looked really funky when I tried it on over my too-large pants that I have to wear with a belt:

Behold my amazing sense of fashion! yeah, we'll be avoiding that.

The top of the shirt sits nice and tight against my skin to prevent any gaping. Even with the "V" being fairly deep, I didn't feel too exposed.

As with the previous shirts I tried in this size, I still get the feeling that the top part is just a tad small for me; the seam under the bust doesn't appear to always sit right where it should - instead of being snug against my underbust, it rides up a bit. Maybe I'm just too picky. :P Anyway, since there's no BBB or BBB/BBBB option for the stretchy shirts, I think this would mean trying out a 38B/BB or so if I wanted a little more room, which I may do next time I try a BiuBiu stretchy shirt. The slight snugness doesn't bother me much, it's just something to note.

All in all, this shirt is pretty good success! I'm a little more knowledgeable about my BiuBiu size now, so I'll hopefully be planning another larger site order soon.

Braless in Brasil also reviewed the Infinity shirt (showing examples of several different women/body types who tried it out), so check out her thoughts as well!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Contest Entries (part 1)

There were so many awesome entries to the Blog Contest back in September that I felt I just had to share! Here's a collection of some of the poetry/haiku entries - enjoy! (And don't forget to take a look at the winning entries, too!)

Jessy B -
Full rounded breasts
Unable to gain air
Squashed in frumpy bras
No one would want to stare

Nightmares of ill-fitting bras
Of cups that filleth over
Jabbing wires in tender flesh
Popping out, overexposure

My 38G’s are dying
To be kept up in style
So I can throw away the plain bras,
Which will truly make me smile

I dream of sexy lace
And immaculate fit
Of polka dots and sleekness
With a plunge that’s legit

I need to be supported
In a tasteful design that I adore
Give me bows and stitching
That can make a man’s jaw drop to the floor ^_*

Jovina M -
A 32G is not all it could be
More often than not they’re in the way
But sometimes I dream, of that bra in between
Comfort, and style, trimmed with lace

This bra, you see, is soft but firm
And it has a little black bow
A dark emerald green, with nary a seam
So your bra is no longer on show

It seems like an awesome deal
And it’s sad but true
This bra isn’t real
And the only one who knows it is you

Amy H -
the strength of 3 small elephants
5ml tears from a GG+ teen
7 wishes for a perkier future
2 yards of soft spun cloud
1 anti-gravity pump
1tsp icing sugar
pinch of hope
dash of luck
sprinkle of blind faith

Mix all together and hope for the best

Kristi N - [second half]
There once was a girl from Paneer
Who traveled so far and so near
For support she was needing
Through sizes she was weeding
So she halved a watermelon for a brassiere

Kachel W -
(I wrote three haikus, one describing bra problems, one describing the perfect fit, and another describing the perfect look.)
underwire digging
snap! there goes another one
cups over floweth

goldilocks brassiere
comfort meets with sexiness
move breathe easily

sheer pink floral lace
venturous d├ęcolletage
lusty lingerie

Kjelse R -
smooth and lacy white
snowflakes falling sheer on skin
sexy innocence

red ribbon'd valley
press'd perfect 'twixt mountaintops
no avalanches

smooth ski slopes made of
comfy convertible straps
bra lodge now open

(I'm not sure if I'm supposed to include a bit of a description why it's my dream bra, so here's one just in case:
I'd love a lacy bra that was still smooth under shirts. A tiny bit of red contrasted against a white background reminds me of my winter wedding and honeymoon, and winter is my favorite season, so I'd love a bra themed after it, thus the ski lodge metaphor. There would be no gaping at the sternum (the valley) like almost all my bras have, and my boobs would not spill out of the cups. The straps would be convertible (and if it was a nursing bra, as well, that could convert from padded to no pads, and underwire to no underwire for nursing, that would be even more amazing!).

And this isn't in the haiku, but it would give me great writing powers so I could write better haiku. And finish a NaNoWriMo novel or two in no time flat.)

Nora -
You lift me up, bra,
My ally, support, comfort,
Confidence granter.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What's wrong with U.S. bra stores?

Sometimes, people will ask why I (and other bloggers) "hate on Victoria's Secret and/or [insert name of any well-known U.S. bra store here]." So what if those stores don't sell your size, people say. "You're just bitter because you can't buy anything from them. Just get over it!"

Honestly, I have no real problem with the fact of particular stores in the U.S. selling an incredibly limited range of bras. I know that bra departments and stores can't be expected to stock every size under the sun.

What I do have a problem with is these stores claiming that their size range will fit "every woman". That they'll push bras on to women to make a sale, even if the bras are a blatantly incorrect fit. That they use their position of supposed "expertise" to misinform women. That sometimes fitters insult women who are outside the small size range carried. That, in the U.S., there is an overwhelming amount of misinformation about bras, bra sizing, and how bras are supposed to fit - and it's spread largely by the bra stores (and the media) here - the very ones who are supposed to know better.

[I'm going to add here that I'm in no way trying to put down the stores I mention in general, but just bring attention to their incorrect fitting methods they use to keep customers within a very small range of sizes. Also, there are great boutiques out there with dedicated owners committed to meeting the needs of their customers in terms of fitting and sizes stocked. In this post, however, I'm just speaking in broad terms of what I and others have generally experienced, mostly in the larger, well-known stores - the stores that, unfortunately, tend to carry the most influence.]

Limited Sizing

Stores like the ever-present Victoria's Secret, for example, sell a grand total of 33 bra sizes (yes, I counted) - but only about 15-18 of those sizes are actually really found in the physical stores. Victoria's Secret often claims (overtly or by implication) that they have bras for "all" or "almost all" women.

Do they think that there are only 15-18, or 33, different body types that women have?

Other stores I've seen have an even more limited amount of sizes - in the 8-12 range. Again, I don't really have a problem with stores carrying a very small range of bra sizes. What I do have a problem with is their implication that all or most women should fit into this incredibly limited range. And that you're "fat" or "weird" if you don't.

In reality, there are more than (just counting band sizes 28-40 and cups A-K) 105 bra sizes that are made by many companies - and that's not counting the under-28 and over-40 band, under-A and over-K cup bras. Factor those in, and the number is in excess of 150 bra sizes that are made and worn.

This means that many U.S. stores like Victoria's Secret only stock about 10% of all bra sizes available. They also do not stock under-32 bands (besides a few A and B cups) - odd, since studies indicate that 28-32 bands are the "average" size that many women of "average" weight would ideally be wearing.

Thus, Victoria's Secret, Target, Kohls, Walmart, Macy's, Penney's, Frederick's, Soma, etc. etc. only carry bras that will truly fit a small percentage of the population. However, these stores repeatedly incorrectly fit women (generally by giving them a band that is too large and a cup that is too small) in order to make sales. They act like women are strange if they don't fit into the incredibly limited range that they stock. And really, why should they stock more sizes when they can get away with selling their 10% of sizes to around 80% of women?

Incorrect Fitting

If you were ever fitted at Victoria's Secret, I can pretty much guarantee that you were fitted incorrectly. Heck, I'm not trying to pick on Victoria's Secret in particular - I could pinpoint almost any U.S. bra store for incorrect sizing methods.  Nearly all stores will add around 4 inches to the ribcage measurement (adding inches is unnecessary for most women) to get a band size. Using these incorrect "fitting" methods, I would be deemed around a 32DD, a size that is completely, totally, laughably wrong. A woman who needs a 28D would be put in about a 34A, also completely and totally wrong. And on it goes.

I would honestly mistrust most larger bra stores in the U.S. in terms of bra fitting - yes, including Nordstrom (which, although better than most, still tends to push too-big bands and too-small cups). That's why I pretty much always just recommend that women measure themselves instead of leaving their fittings in the hands of stores that have limited ranges and incorrect, outdated sizing methods.

The reason that (statistically) about 80% of you reading this are (or were at some point) wearing the wrong bra size is at least in part because of the poor fitting methods in U.S. stores. What makes it worse for me is that too often, the poor sizing and fitting seems very blatant. That makes me just a little annoyed at them.

Misinformation about Bras

I can't tell you how many times I've come across women who think that "all D cups are the same" (not true - a 30D, 34D, and 38D are all very different sizes). How many countless times I've come across women who adamantly refuse to believe that they're a "D cup" or above - because "a D cup is HUGE!". Or who think that being a larger cup size means that they're fat, or a freak.

This is simply not true, lovely readers. "DD" doesn't equal being a large-chested bimbo, a porn star, a fat freak. (If you think I'm using strong language or being dramatic here, I'm not - I run across people who think this almost daily). I'm not going to get into correct all fitting misinformation in this one blog post, but suffice to say that cup sizes mean nothing without a band size. All a "DD" means is "about 5 inches difference between underbust and bust measurement." A 28DD woman will be built very differently than a 40DD woman, but both will have about 5 inches of difference between their underbust and bust measurement. Doesn't sound too scary now, does it?

But where does all this misinformation come from? Women have to be learning it from somewhere. In my mind, it's largely the "fault" of bra stores. In my experience, I've frequently come across fitters who have little actual knowledge of correct fit (not knowing that bands should be firm and straight, or that wires should not be touching breast tissue). I've frequently experienced fitters telling me outrageously incorrect things, such as:
-Bands below a 32 don't exist
-34 and 32 bands are for "tiny" people
-28 bands don't exist
-28 bands are for super, super tiny people
-Cups above "DDD" don't exist
-Cups above a C are huge
-The only options for D+ sizes are these ugly beige bras over here
-There is no demand for under-32 bands
-D+ women need to wear minimizers
-You need to wear a 36 band (with a 28" ribcage)
-You need to add anywhere from 3-7 inches to your underbust measurement to get a band size
-Women who wear D+ cups are usually large all over

This is not a one-time thing, everyone. This is constant. This was/is almost every time I go into a bra store. These are the fitters saying these things. Some of these are things I've heard even at stores that have a better range of sizes than most U.S. stores, like Nordstrom, Dillards, and boutiques  No wonder there is so much misinformation out there. No wonder so many women are wearing an incorrect size.

Insulting/Shaming Customers

I'm sure this is going to be a bit controversial, but I'm including it anyway because I personally have experienced this when shopping for bras, and I know many other women who have as well. Of course, there are many women who haven't - but I feel that the number of women I've come across who've experienced this is so large that it deserves mentioning.

I've experienced fitters/employees outright telling me that I'm not a 28 band/over a G cup (I'm actually a [insert a wildly-incorrect size that they actually stock]), telling me I should get a breast reduction, assuming I have implants, laughing at/disbelieving when I tell them what size I'm looking for, telling me my breasts are too large, and more. Again, these are supposed to be professional, helpful people. Imagine the effect these words would have on an uncertain busty teenager who's desperately trying to find a bra that fits well. Bra fitters (or anyone) should never, ever be insulting to their customers. I would hope that would be obvious.

In my opinion, it's bra stores who play a big part in spreading this (mis)information. And it's very, very damaging to women. The misinformation spread is my major problem with U.S. stores - the pervading poor fitting methods lead to an abysmally small selection of sizes offered and countless women who hate bras because "nothing ever fits" and "bras are uncomfortable", and who won't try a different size because "a fitter told me I was a 36C" and "wearing a larger cup/smaller band would mean I'm fat/weird".

So, why do you think there's so much misinformation about bras and sizing out there? Do you think that stores play a big part, or are there other factors at play?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Boosaurus Blog Contest - The Winning Entries

As I've said before, it was really hard for me to pick out the winning entries for my blog contest ("Describe your Dream Bra"). In choosing prizewinners, I tried to focus on the ones that I felt really stood out in particular in terms of showing personality/creativity, originality, clarity, and relating the prompt to themselves personally.

But, you don't want to keep reading what I have to say! So, here are the seven winning entries (in no particular order) - I'll be posting more of your amazing entries throughout the next couple of weeks!

Gabrielle H - "My Dear Brassiere"

"One day as I was shopping through Macy’s, Belk, and Kohls,
I saw a pretty article as dainty as a foal.
It hung upon a little hanger, the pattern bright and shiny
But me oh my, the cups of it were built for someone tiny!

I’m not that tiny little woman, breasts so small and pert…
My girls, so darn voluptuous, could strain the best dress shirt.
While hers might need a little lift, perhaps a good soft lining,
My bigguns need a crane to lift, of an engineer’s designing.

So engineer, I beg of you, do what with them you can
Despite the fact you’re male, and thus, not likely to understand
And don’t suggest the “hand bra.” Thanks for making me feel sleazy.
Anyway, so here it is, I’ll try to make it easy.

My perfect bra: a molded cup, for all those nipply days.
A little lift, but not so much that They meet every gaze.
The wires mustn’t press against my ribcage, leaving red marks
My old bras were all like that…the lines were full-blown arcs.

I’m not built large, except for Them, and They are not wide set,
So put them front and center, like the flags on a Corvette.
A rounded shape, since I’m still young, and never liked Madonna
Let’s stay away from Katy too, those cupcakes aren’t Nirvana.

I’ve never had a pretty bra, let’s think along those lines.
A little lace? Some satin, yeah? For sure, a fun design.
It must be smooth, for daily wear, but still a little sexy…
I’d like to leave my boyfriend in a state of apoplexy.

Let’s redesign to my ideals a bra that fits correctly
And mail it to each company’s designer of bras directly.
Perhaps one day, I’ll find a bra I’ll vow to love forever…
Unfortunately, the likelihood of in my price range? Never."

Miranda - My Ideal Bra

Lyndi M. - My Dream Bra

My "dream bra" is something I've put plenty of thought into over the years.  It seems that my criteria are mutually exclusive because I can never find anything even close.  So here are my requirements:

1.  Perfect fit.  Of course!  Different manufacturers have vastly different interpretations of what 36C or 32G mean.
2.  Smooth, comfortable fabric.  Doesn't really matter if it's cotton, silk, satin, or anything else, as long as it doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.  I find most lace bras very itchy.
3.  Deep V front so it doesn't peek out of low cut tops.  What's the good of having a huge rack if I'm not going to show the girls off a little.
4.  Keeps the girls in their places, even when I pick something up off the floor, walk quickly, or wave to someone down the street.
5.  Moderate lining... Not padding.  I spend most of my day feeling a little "chilly"... and showing it, if not properly lined.
6.  SEXY.  I don't want a bra that looks like something out of the 1956 Sears Catalog.
7.  Moderately priced.  I don't mind paying a little more for a great bra.  But since you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince, I'm not going to pay $75 for a bra that might just be a frog.
8.  Washable.  I do NOT have time to hand wash my unmentionables in a special "delicates" detergent.  It has to be able to stand up to the delicate cycle with the regular dye-free detergent.  I always air dry my bras, but definitely no time for hand washing.
9.  (Now for the more improbable dream attributes):  A bra that never stretches out of shape.  Ever.
10.  A bra that capable of migrating all the superfluous fat from my backside to my boobs.
11.  A bra that facilitates effortless 100% perfect posture.  The sheer weight of my boobs (which were well into the latter half of the alphabet at their biggest, when I was nursing) has made me quite slouchy over the years.
12.  A bra that a girl with a 32G rack can run in without bounce and without being completely smushed.
13.  And last, but not least, a bra that can be easily removed when I want it to be and like Fort Knox when I don't!

While my dream bra will likely remain a dream, it was fun put it all out there, metaphorically of course.  Big boobs rock!!

Erin A - Ivy Green Dreams

A bra made of air, that floats, supports and lifts
enchants my thoughts

Something to show the soft and secret curves of delicate cleavage
between my breasts

Beautiful, romantic, sexy, anything
My dream bra is made of air, but since air is naught but dreams

a more practical solution must be found.

So in class, and at work, and in the hazy time between waking and sleep
I find myself dreaming...

...dreaming of a size 27GG, wide strap, seamed, removable push up pads, emerald green, leaf embroidered, silicone padded underwired, cups set above the band, longline bra!!

27 for the size of my ribcage,
Seamed for the cleavage it gives my bottom heavy breasts,
Removable pads to fill out my right breast so it matches the left.
Emerald green to show off my pale skin and red hair and because there aren't nearly enough green bras in the world.
Silicone padded underwires to cushion my bony ribcage,
with the cups set slightly above the band to fully support my high set breasts on my long torso.
All wrapped up in a longline bra for the extra support and retro look it gives. If two hooks are good, eight are better!

And super powers, you ask? Only the power of comfort, confidence and the sly secret of knowing my breasts are mine and mine alone, in this perfect bra granted to me.

Allison B. - Perfect Bra

Natasha W. - Dream Bra

My dream bra...

It'd be vintage, peach or bronze colored, and give my breasts incredible lift. I imagine that it'd be the type of bra that could peek through a sheer shirt and add intense sex appeal. I'd want detailing on it, lace or silk perhaps, something European and otherworldly. Or else it'd be navy and pinstriped with fierce businesswoman power. But behind its beauty, the bra would be comfortable, not itchy or ill-fitting, something I could wear all day without throwing off all night in relief. It's hard enough finding bras for my size, but sexy bras that are comfortable? They're like the holy grail. No cute patterns like hearts or balloons, something that screams "I was hand-crafted!", something that says "I belong on a woman in a movie making love to the main character in a French hotel with the curtains open!"

Is it just a fantasy? Can you make my dreams come true?

Cass L. - My Dream Bra

My dream bra would reflect my personality. It would have to be flirty
and tough, but provide a sexy feminine shape. Admittedly, I'm drawn to
bras that give me the nice, round, fictitiously uplifted breasts.  But
with support, and minimal bounce.  I'm an active lady and need a bra
that will keep up with my adventures.

Convertible straps would allow comfort in different outfits.  A nice
tight fitting band that doesn't create "rolls of back fat."  Molded
cups would keep the nipples a mystery.  Underwire, of course, because
at 32E, you can't live without it.  The color would have to be black.
A touch of lace would keep it flirty.

As much I like the delicate, fancy, ever-so-pretty bras, I really
need something more robust, yet not sporty looking.  This dream bra
would have to survive a bit of sweat and scampering around, yet still
be classy enough to wear under a pretty dress.

I'd love to meet this dream bra, if it exists. But if it remains just
a dream, I will fondly imagine its perfection in hopes that maybe
someday, something will favorable compare.