A bra that fits.
It is the holy grail for fat women.
Why is it soooooooo hard to find a bra that fits? Do average sized women have these troubles? I can do math. I can follow instructions. Therefore, I should be able to compute my correct bra size.
Except there are several different ways to compute your bra size. Some say, you measure right under the breast for the band-size; some say take that measurement and add 1″ or 2″ or something else if the number is odd or even. Then you measure around your breasts at the fullest part —- well, what do you do when the fullest part is substantially lower than where you want it to be? Are you supposed to strap those babies in with the tape measure to hold them in place? Do you really want a bra that will fit you like a tape measure wound so tight it can hold your boobs up? And if the tape measure works, why not just use a couple of those?
Oh and by the way, the norm is that your breasts aren’t a matched set – they will usually be two different sizes. I even got measured by a so-called expert at a Bash. Uh-huh. I bought two quite expensive bras, and they don’t fit any better than my usual bras. Plus they are back-hook which I hate.
And should you find a bra that actually fits, chances are it will be a style that your great grandma would have been proud to sport. Coverage almost to the adam’s apple (if we had one, which we don’t because we’re women) – so much for showing any cleavage. Speaking of which, does anybody really want “lift and separate”? I can understand lift alright, but separate? No I want these babies making beautiful cleavage together!
My current solution is to wear the Lane Giant Only Necessities bra-tank tops with the shelf bra built in. They’re comfortable and they even have some strap adjustment available – and it’s just one “shelf” to hold your boobs up – no need to force them into cups. I get them a couple sizes smaller than my top size, so they are tight enough to offer some support. In fact, I got the “surplice” style (on clearance, y’all) and I LOVE those! My boobs are up where they can have a nice view of the world, and the vee-neck gives me enough cleavage so the world gets a nice view of my boobs! Win-win.
But much as I love them, a t-shirt tank is not going to work under a lot of clothing.
So, the hunt continues, as my bra drawer fills up with bras I hate – bitter with unfulfilled dreams of support, comfort and lace.
All I want is a bra that fits, is that so much to ask?