Type in a google search “Plus size, full busted bra blog”. Do any actual blogs come up? Other than the Lingerie Addict, no. And don’t get me wrong, the Lingerie Addict is a great website covering many different topics, including resources for the plus size woman, but Treacle – the author – is not an actual plus size woman writing about lingerie. She does allow The Full Figured Chest to often write and provide perspective. And, while perspective can be gained in many ways, I’ll admit that I want to be able to talk to other plus size, full busted women about what works for them. There should be more women out there, with reviews that are readily accessible!
What I’m saying is that there are not many readily available resources for women like me…..The women who are a 38/40+ band size with a full bust.
When I started to look into bra blogs and really starting to figure out my “true” size, I found that there are a lot of really great full bust blogs. But most of these women are either representing either the (1) middle range, or the also underrepresented (2) small band range. So you’ll find a lot of blogs written by women who are say 32-36 band, G-J cup, and you’ll find quite a few blogs written by women that wear 24-30 bands and various cups…But what about women like me? I love reading those blogs as they really do provide a lot of great information…But at the end of the day, the needs of the plus size, full bust woman are a little bit different. And companies, it does not seem, are readily rising to the challenge of meeting those needs.
Allow me to explain. Popular full bust brands like Freya, Fantasie, Curvy Kate and Panache sizes stop in band sizes 38-40. While most offer an impressive range in cup sizes, I feel as though both ends of the spectrum are certainly being left out. The petite and the plus size. I love seeing reviews of these bras, but it breaks my heart to fall in love with a bra just to learn that the company doesn’t even make it in my size. And honestly, I struggle with the plus size label to begin with. By industry standard, yes, I am clearly plus size. But as I started out at 310 pounds and have slowly lost weight to settle in at 260 pounds, wearing a 40 band – when I used to wear a 46, I feel like there should be more options for me as there were even less so when I was at my highest weight. And yet, I’m still on the cusp it seems. (My own weight and issues with the plus size label are not really the focus of this post, but I feel like it is important to mention the frustration that I feel, even now after losing 50 pounds, that I have when clothing shopping).
I recently went to Nordstrom’s and scoured the racks. Thankfully the store closest to me stocks many different brands, including Wacoal, Panache, Cleo by Panache, Elomi, Freya, and Fantasie. I was so sad that the only brand that I could find in a 40 band was Elomi. There were options to choose from in Panache, Cleo by Panache, Freya, Elomi and Fantasie in 38 bands, but often times the largest cup size was an H (or smaller in the Cleo selection). I had tried a 38 in the Elomi styles and found that they fit, so I wanted to see what I could find in these other brands in a 38. The Panache, Freya, and Fantasie all were too small in the 38. I couldn’t even begin to clasp the Freya OR the Fantasie in a 38, never mind the fact that I was trying to put on an HH cup. I really just wanted to see what the band was like. So disappointing.
In some sense, it’s no wonder that there aren’t MORE plus size, full bust bra blogs out there. It’s probably because the selection is limited!
While I do love Elomi as a brand…. I look to brands like Cleo by Panache and Freya that make very beautiful, more youthful styles. Compare the Elomi Caitlyn to the Cleo Marcie:
I know, I know. The brand focus is completely different for Elomi and Cleo. But why do they have to be?! When I put on the Caitlyn, I honestly feel like I’m being overtaken by bra. This is my own experience, and I know that some women really LOVE the Caitlyn. But I love animal prints. And floral prints. And bright colors with sexy playfulness characteristics. Beige, to me, is boring!
It may seem like I’m all over the place here, and I kind of feel like I am. In some sense, I’m talking about the lack of representation of plus size, full busted women in the blogosphere….But I am also talking about how companies don’t recognize a whole market of plus size, full busted women that would love the chance to buy their products, too! And don’t even get me started on the matching panty problem – limited sizes are such a downer!
I know there is very much a movement within the blogosphere to encourage companies to include 24-28 bra bands in their sizing…but what about 40-44 bra bands (or even higher)? Just because I wear a 40+ band, and a J cup does not mean that I want to wear a turtleneck, beige bra. I want a bra that lifts and supports, projects my breasts forward (and not under my arm…), and is cute and sexy! I know that it may get tricky with the mechanics of everything, but it should be possible!
So here’s my call to plus size, full chested women. I’d love to be able to wrangle a group of women, back bands 40-44, cup sizes F+ to join me in an effort to get companies like Panache, Freya, Fantasie, and Curvy Kate to include larger back sizes!