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blackscorpion
QUOTE(funk0039 @ Sep 18 2008, 04:29 AM) *
http://www.fabulousmag.co.uk/diets/diet_bo...s_issue_025.php

Apparently, men seem to prefer a size 12 female, while women want to have a size 8 body. See the survey results for yourself. Oddly, men don't seem to be as critical of women's bodies as they themselves seem to be.

Kinda bears out what I was writing about earlier, doesn't it? We like you curvy, we really do!





I'm a size 10, with 36DDs...whatcha think about that?
candycane_girl
I just wanted to come in and say that after reading the last few pages, I love you Busties!
crazylitvak
I'm always amazed at how little women know about getting properly fit for bras and then, not having to pay a fortune for them. Seems that if more men understood the difficulty that large breasted women have with their bras, they would learn that it's a great present if you know what you're shopping for. So besides training women how to find the right fitting bra..........maybe we should be training the men too, and let them absorb some of the cost. Hell, the only underwear we men buy are undershorts
auralpoison
WHY WHY WHY WHY DO MEN COME INTO THIS THREAD & THINK THEY CAN SPREAD SOME KIND OF KNOWLEDGE?

Look, Litvak, this isn't a conversation for you. YOU DON'T HAVE BREASTS & THIS ISN'T ABOUT MEN. People are not dogs & we DO NOT NEED TO BE "TRAINED" & I resent the implication.

The reason so many women don't know their bodies is because such shame is ascribed to being female. Many women feel embarassed & uncomfortable asking others about something so basic because we are ridiculed or fetishized by a large portion of the population.

No man will walk a mile in my ddcups just like I won't walk a mile in their jocks. I suppose that the flipside of your comment is that I like a nice ass, so I should pay for part of my man's gym membership? Invest in getting him some new running shoes, maybe? The idea of body ownership not belonging to the person in said body galls me.

Fucking A. I'm going to go away before I go all Funktastic on yo fool ass. Stick to the non-sexual, non-body issue, non-things you just don't understand threads, huh, Litvak. I don't doubt that you meant no ill will, but this is not a topic for you. Trust me. You'd be doing yourself as well as Busties a favor. The last guy that came up in here spouting his nonsense was verbally eviscerated quite nicely.
hellotampon
Hey do they find these threads? When you search for "big breasts" on google, shouldn't 1747563757563 porn results come ahead of this thread?
crazylitvak
Sooooooooo much anger !!! and so many assumptions. What a great solution!! Let's chase him off.
crazylitvak
QUOTE(hellotampon @ Oct 8 2008, 09:52 AM) *
Hey do they find these threads? When you search for "big breasts" on google, shouldn't 1747563757563 porn results come ahead of this thread?


All you had to do is ask and I would tell you how I found the thread
hellotampon
This is a site intended for mostly women, and it covers a really broad range of topics. So when a man shows up and his 1st and only post is in the big breast thread, we are not exactly welcoming. Especially when his first words are "I'm amazed at how little women know." Gee, how flattering. Do you think this is the first time this has happened? It's not. And wouldn't you know, these types of posts from men like you almost exclusively make an appearance in either this thread or the ones about sex. Again, not something that's going to get you a warm reception around here. So sorry if our "anger" and "presumptiveness" are offending your delicate sensibilities. Now bug off.
kittenb
auralpoison and hellotampon - I don't think I've ever loved you more. At first, when I read the post, I thought it was pointless but didn't quite get the outrage. But you are both sooooooo right. I tend to not notice how men so often explain and tell women things in ways that flat out make it clear that women are never going to figure something out themselves because we lack the mental skills. This is clearly one of those times that I've been forced to regonize how much I don't notice the influence of patriarchal views on both men and women.

Thank you for the lesson. You are wonderful!
crazylitvak
QUOTE(hellotampon @ Oct 8 2008, 12:16 PM) *
This is a site intended for mostly women, and it covers a really broad range of topics. So when a man shows up and his 1st and only post is in the big breast thread, we are not exactly welcoming. Especially when his first words are "I'm amazed at how little women know." Gee, how flattering. Do you think this is the first time this has happened? It's not. And wouldn't you know, these types of posts from men like you almost exclusively make an appearance in either this thread or the ones about sex. Again, not something that's going to get you a warm reception around here. So sorry if our "anger" and "presumptiveness" are offending your delicate sensibilities. Now bug off.

Interesting how you're talking to your audience. Yes, I stated a fact.... I didn't say that "how little women know" . I said how little women really know about getting fit properly. I also happened to open the first women's lingerie store in what used to be the good ole USSR. So you say you know everything. Well, i wish I did. I actually believe that discussions between men and women only lead to more openess and understanding. Since you say this is for women only, that's fine too and I respect that. Love you all!!
prophecy_grrl
this is really unbelievable - dude, regardless of *exactly* what it was you said, you still made a ridiculous and unfounded generalization. I don't care what your expertise is, you can't possible know anything about ALL women. I don't recall anyone in this thread asking you specifically or just generally how to "get properly fit." I think it's safe to say that we do not need or want you advice. Take a hike.
pollystyrene
MWET!!

Any woman would tell you that a professional fitting is not what would solve all the problems of being large breasted.

You think you're giving us some profound revalation. Sorry to damage your ego. dry.gif
hellotampon
QUOTE(crazylitvak @ Oct 8 2008, 05:44 PM) *
Interesting how you're talking to your audience. Yes, I stated a fact.... I didn't say that "how little women know" . I said how little women really know about getting fit properly. I also happened to open the first women's lingerie store in what used to be the good ole USSR. So you say you know everything. Well, i wish I did. I actually believe that discussions between men and women only lead to more openess and understanding. Since you say this is for women only, that's fine too and I respect that. Love you all!!


...just like the rest of them, you don't get it. Did you expect us to overwhelm you with replies about how grateful we are for your sensitive-male schtick? Funny how you're all about openness, understanding and discussion between the sexes, and yet you don't seem to have made a genuine attempt to understand why we got so defensive before you decided to make passive-aggressive comments about us apparently thinking we "know everything (when did I say that?). I CAN tell you that as the owner of a pair of breasts, I DO know more about them than you, regardless of your lingerie store. Like AP already said, I would never claim to know what it's like to have a pair of balls... even if I opened the first jock-strap store in America.

auralpoison
Gee, tard-boy, you are ever so endearing. Always with the "angry" feminists, the retardo-cock set are.

I had a goddamn right to pissed when somebody talked out their ass about something they really know nothing about. You opened a lingerie store. Big fuckin' whoop. You still don't have tits.

First of all, you came off as a MWET. Since you're likely too ignant to know what that means, it's "Men Who Explain Things". Y'know, because you came to a FEMINIST, pro-women website & actually told us that you're "surprised that what women don't know is . . ." Thanks for making broad, sweeping generalisations. Um, we aren't Natashas.

Yeah, I was trying to chase you off. You're an asshat. Any man that comes into the Lounge & automatically makes his first un-educated post in the large boob thread isn't somebody I want hanging around because he's *that guy*: The pervy, fetishistic idiot in poor "nice guy" sheep's clothing. Had you bothered to read, I dunno, two/three pages back, you'd have known that you post was pure tonyafoolery & unfucking welcome.

You think you're the first, Litvak? HAH! You're not. We know how to deal with MWETs that don't actually bother to read threads & then denigrate us around here.

And about "talking to [our] audience"? Of course we are. You've made four posts. I've been around for YEARS. So have many of us. So yeah, we don't post like we're farting in the wind like you. We post because we are talking to ACTUAL people. People with breasts! I EXPECT some Busties to read this, so I AM talking to them directly & calling you out for being a douche up in here.

Why you came here doesn't matter to me. What you said when you got here was my issue. You came onto a feminist board & the first thing you picked up on was big breasts & tried to "educate" us about something you don't even understand. Just because you opened the first commie bra store doesn't mean that we should be told that we, as women, apparently know nothing about our finding the right underpinnings to fit our bodies. We're smarter than you seem to think.

And Kittenb, I love you, too. I offer you many motorboatings of affection. BRRRRR!
hcbeck
Every few months UK breakfast TV covers bra fitting tips. Here is the most up-to-date version of the what they had to say:

http://www.gm.tv/index.cfm?articleid=31038
pollystyrene
QUOTE(hcbeck @ Oct 9 2008, 03:25 AM) *
Every few months UK breakfast TV covers bra fitting tips. Here is the most up-to-date version of the what they had to say:

http://www.gm.tv/index.cfm?articleid=31038


Here's something I didn't know- "Always fasten a new bra on the loosest hooks." I think I'd heard the opposite before, that the band size is based on the tightest set of hooks and if you're having to loosen it, you have the wrong size.

This is also a new one on me:
QUOTE
Large bust : DON'T wear a polo neck or clothes with an empire line as your bust will look even bigger; or anything overtly smocky; or anything with a fussy pussy bow


blink.gif

Good to know. tongue.gif
culturehandy
I normally stay out of this thread and the small breast thread, because neither really pertains to me, I got boobies, but I, unfortunately, cannot offer any support to either because I am not in the position of either. It is of my opinion that me posting int either thread would be inappropriate because, simply put, do not know what these groups of women are going through. this is coming from a woman with breasts. See, even I respect the space (except now, when I couldn't resist the urge to keep my big mouth shut).

I am going to have to whole heartedly agree with AP, what the fuck is it with men who come in here and tell women, regardless of breast size, that all we need to do is getting a proper fucking fitting.

To reiterate what you've already been told, this thread isn't *just* about getting a bra that fits properly. There are a whole slew of other issues that come along with larger breasts. But, you wouldn't haved any clue about them, because last time I checked, MEN DON"T HAVE BREASTS!

And why don't you go dispense advise in the small tittie* thread, since you seem to know so much about big titties. Why don't you go tell them to get professional bra fittings so they'll all feel better too? If you took your head out of your ass for 13 seconds you'd see this is not merely a vanity issue.

I have a lot of friends who are men, and when I bitch an complain about tenderness or whatever, they don't dispese advice, they listen.

So, litvak, my suggestion to you is go get your prostate checked out and make sure youdon't have testicular cancer. Also, make sure you have a well fitting jock strap and also if you want kids, ensure that you don't wear briefs. I am surprised how many men don't do this. Am I being condescending enough yet or should I go on?

Stop dispensing advice about a woman's body because YOU DON'T KNOW.

*I say titties, because I like the word, and I'm a big fan of titties all around. I like them of all sizes, shapes whatever.
starpiste
QUOTE(pollystyrene @ Oct 9 2008, 12:49 PM) *
Here's something I didn't know- "Always fasten a new bra on the loosest hooks." I think I'd heard the opposite before, that the band size is based on the tightest set of hooks and if you're having to loosen it, you have the wrong size.


I thought you should use the middle hooks so you can tighten or loosen it slightly if you shift sizes slightly. hmm.
auralpoison
Weirdly, I was taught about the last hook being the one to use. But then, my mommy & her mommy before her were prodigiously lunged. Taking me to JCP's for a fitting was like going into combat. I remember my mom pushing me over to bend at the waist & saying, "That's it. Now SHAKE into it!"
prophecy_grrl
I thought the same thing too and when I went in for a fitting the bra lady told me to use the loosest hook, that was the first I heard of it. The wash and wear reasoning definitely makes sense, though.

I remember Trinny and Susannah of the UK what not to wear saying that polo necks (turtleneck in american , right?) are très mal for busty ladies. Tends to create the dreaded uniboob and makes you look more top-heavy over all.

Good to know about pussy bows - I will be sure to avoid them wink.gif
auralpoison
It's weird. A lot of the "feminine regimen" me ma didn't teach me. Makeup, moisturizing, etc. But when it came to bras, she was on her shit. I had the rack of a twenty-two year old when I was twelve. We got that stuff strapped down tight.

I was so horrified when I got boobs. Nobody else had them yet & I tried to pretend mine weren't there & fought wearing a bra. Until. We had a scoliosis test that required that we be shirtless. I was the only girl in the room with tits. I was eleven. I felt so shamed. I felt like an ugly, misshapen freak. All of these smooth, lithe bodies & poor lil AP had juggs & big fat nipples. And because I am beige, they weren't a nice, rosy pink. I still carry that weight to this day. I love my boobs, but I still hate the man that first made me feel dirty for having them.
anna k
I hated getting breasts. I had been a thin child, then it felt like I got big boobs at 12 out of nowhere, and felt like a freak. I already was treated as different by peers and school officials for years, and having C-cups at 12/13 didn't help. I would try to go to school without a bra, wearing a baggy shirt, and a girl could tell. Or I liked baby tees, but thought I looked like Pamela Anderson when I tried one on. I felt jealous of the other thin, adolescent girls who didn't have round hips and big boobs like I did, me wanting to remain childlike and small. I mostly wore cardigans and big coats and big shirts a lot to cover up having big breasts, until I finally got comfortable with them at 16/17 and wore more fitted shirts. Incidentally, that's when boys started to like me more. smile.gif
pollystyrene
Oh god, the scoliosis test. We got to keep our bras on for them, but they did it in the gym teacher's office, which had a big window overlooking the gym. One day, while in gym class, they did all the girls and the next gym class they did all the boys. Even though they covered the window with sheets of construction paper, I'm still convinced they missed some edges and for fucks sake, I don't know why they didn't do it on a day when the rest of the class would be outside or something. I'm sure everyone was as panicked as I was. They'd bring one girl in at a time and close the door while the rest were lined up outside, meanwhile all the boys are playing dodgeball or something and making jokes about being able to see through the window. It was torture.

I developed at a pretty average rate; I think my first bra was a 32A in 5th grade, but I've always carried my weight in other places...I was always wider, hippier, so my boob size wasn't quite as obvious. I had a friend in junior high, who was probably a C or so and, she could have been a Bustie- I wonder what happened to her....anyway, she'd wear bodysuits and stuff (very in style in 1993/94) and the principal, a man, called her into his office to tell her that she needed to "minimize" herself because she was causing a disturbance or something.
auralpoison
Our scoliosis check was held in the library. We all had to remove our shirts & I was mortified. Nobody else had bags of flesh on their chests. All prepubescent skin & my Playboy-esque rack. It was so AWFUL. I mean, I've always known I was a freak inside, but to have my tits be used to single me out?! I was used to being too smart. But to suddenly have my body betray me? Something that was beyond MY control? ABJECT HUMILIATION. I felt dirty, & ugly & gross.

My FATHER'S friends would make passes at me. He nearly took a guy's head off his neck for insinutating that he'd dumped my mom for a fresh model. I was thirteen.
pollystyrene
Did you have the group shower in gym class? Why would it have been so fricking hard to put up dividers and curtains? Why did they have to make everything so traumatic? They always told us, "everyone's as uncomfortable as you are and everyone's going to be avoiding looking at everyone else." Yeah, lotta freaking difference that made when you were the one who was a good 20 pounds heavier than the little waifs I went to school with, who was getting the stares. I quickly became a master at getting into my gym uniform and showing as little skin as possible.
auralpoison
They don't dress it up this way, but it's all about humiliation. They think it puts us all on the same playing field. It doesn't! It makes us feel shamed for being women. We don't all develop at the same rate. But gym forces us to compare ourselves to others. Which engenders physical dissention. It was fucked up. It created a dissention. I felt so dirty & ugly because I developed early. But it wasn't like girls KNEW better. We were just horribly uninformed at birth.
kittenb
What the hell is a "pussy bow?" Should I buy one for my cat?

I remember staying home sick from school one day and I heard a noise at my window. I opened the curtain and there were about 4 boys standing there trying to get a peek in where I normally would be changing my clothes. It took me awhile to figure out what they were there for. These were the same boys who would call me "fat and ugly" at the bus stop but I guess they liked my naked 6th grade breasts as long as my face wasn't attached to it. mad.gif
prophecy_grrl
ugh don't get me started on early blooming and the humiliations of adolescence.

My mother INSISTED on my first bra when I was 9 and just entering 4th grade. I was definitely developing, but there wasn't a whole lot there - I think she just wanted me to cover my nipples and get used to a bra. Well, no one else in the 4th grade had a bra, natch, so the FIRST DAY I wore it, it got snapped at least 1/2 dozen times. I swore off bras for several years until, in the 6th grade and a B cup, a friend's older sister pulled me aside and told me I needed a bra. I was a C cup by 8th grade and a D by my senior year. I put on weight in college and my bra size went up, but I never got properly fitted until a year ago. Now at almost 30, they're DDD. I really hope they're done growing blink.gif Oh, and then there's getting my period at 11 (the first of my friends) and I confided in my best friend at the time and she told EVERYONE. I was mortified.

The one thing I couldn't do fast enough was start shaving - I've always been really hairy, and of course no one else was. I felt like a big-boobed, smelly, hairy, pimply freak (hell, sometimes I still do wink.gif ) It really seemed like all of those hallmarks of "growing up" were traumatic. I was just resistant to the whole process- like anna k said, I just want to be a "kid" still and look and act like the other girls.

Polly, I new a girl like that in jr high - she had some big boobs then, probably Ds and everybody thought she was a "slut." Honestly, she kind of embraced her bad reputation and had a great "don't fuck with me vibe" (I think I had a girl crush on her), but even then I thought - are we really going to assume a 14 yr old is sleeping around?

Ah yes, and public showers in Jr high gym class. What the fuck were they thinking? Matt Groening was right - it really is the lowest pit in hell.
pollystyrene
QUOTE(prophecy_grrl @ Oct 10 2008, 03:18 PM) *
Polly, I new a girl like that in jr high - she had some big boobs then, probably Ds and everybody thought she was a "slut." Honestly, she kind of embraced her bad reputation and had a great "don't fuck with me vibe" (I think I had a girl crush on her), but even then I thought - are we really going to assume a 14 yr old is sleeping around?


Yep, same thing here....ah, Nicole Bernard, where did you go? She disappeared after junior high. She was a little goth-y before I really knew what that was. She said her mom was into Wicca and witchcraft. We both had this awful English teacher, Mr. Galatano...just the most clueless, ineffectual guy, still in my Top 5 Worst Teachers list. We both agreed we should start doing our quarterly book reports on Anne Rice books, just to freak him out. I think the principal was the one with the distraction problem. That guy was always a little skeevy.

That's true, aural. I think it is all about breaking your spirit. It just pisses me off that boys ever had an equivalent.
girltrouble
wow. that's horrible. i felt very uncomfortable on the boy's side. i was severely body conscious, mostly having to deal with my body in general, but i loathed gym. many days i would wear my gym clothes under my regular clothes so i didn't have to be naked at all. when i couldn't do that i would go on a bathroom break in the class before gym and put my gym clothes on underneath. i don't think i was as bad for most guys, but i don't think anybody had much fun with gym-- except the jocks. i tried never to shower-- ever. the couple of times i did i found it very, very wounding. i don't see why misery should be part of a curriculum. i knew girls had it bad too, as if i didn't already feel like a freak, gym made me feel 10x worse about myself.
hellotampon
I was a late bloomer. I thought I would never get boobs because my grandmother is really flat and throughout all of 6th grade I wore a bathing suit top under my shirt (I didn't need a bra) because I was always afraid they'd do a scoliosis check that day and I'd be the only bare-chested girl in the line and I didn't want everyone seeing me completely topless.
shinyx3
*delurks*

i was wondering if any of you can suggest profesional clothing, ie suit jackets, that would fit nicely over 34dd. i know i willl have to bet pants or skirt separate because i an a 6 on bottom but always have to get a 12 to 14 on top and have it taken in. i also have pretty broad shoulders but i am pretty thin. if any of you have any suggestion . . . thanks

ok, back to the conversation

*relurks*
thirtiesgirl
QUOTE(anna k @ Oct 10 2008, 08:30 AM) *
I hated getting breasts. I had been a thin child, then it felt like I got big boobs at 12 out of nowhere, and felt like a freak. I already was treated as different by peers and school officials for years, and having C-cups at 12/13 didn't help. I would try to go to school without a bra, wearing a baggy shirt, and a girl could tell. Or I liked baby tees, but thought I looked like Pamela Anderson when I tried one on. I felt jealous of the other thin, adolescent girls who didn't have round hips and big boobs like I did, me wanting to remain childlike and small. I mostly wore cardigans and big coats and big shirts a lot to cover up having big breasts, until I finally got comfortable with them at 16/17 and wore more fitted shirts. Incidentally, that's when boys started to like me more. smile.gif

I had a similar experience, being a thin kid and then around age 11, I started getting boobies, and by age 12, they were full blown boobs. I didn't have the hips, though; never have. Just ginormous knockers and a flat ass. Yeah. In junior high, I was either teased a lot by boys (my bra got snapped so many times, I lost count), or the boys completely left me alone, not knowing how to talk to a 12 year old girl with boobs. By high school, I was really into the big shirt thing... when I wasn't trying to fit in with some social group by dressing like they did. Basically, I was either costumed as someone else, or looked like I was trying to hide in my clothes. I'd become so hugely introverted in high school, I couldn't flirt with a boy to save my life. I didn't get any dates, aside from a few sweet but misguided boys who were school boyfriends only, holding hands and attempting to make out in the hallways, but nothing outside of school. They didn't last long.

By college, I was dressing like a comfy, frumpy hippie chick (more big clothes to hide in), but two years in, I kind of got sick of that look and decided to distinguish myself by dressing a little better. It took a lot of trial & error to find my personal style, particularly with a clothing industry that didn't exactly cater to large boobed, plus sized women. Things have definitely gotten better in the past 10 years and I think I've finally learned how to dress my body and have a sense of personal style. I think I actually look ok in 'polo necks' (aka turtle necks, for those of us across the pond), as long as it's a mock neck, and the top doesn't hug my body too tightly. As for bra hooks, I always wear mine on the last hooks. I'm a 40D, so I need all the stretch I can get to fit around my torso.
kittenb
QUOTE(shinyx3 @ Oct 14 2008, 11:34 PM) *
i was wondering if any of you can suggest profesional clothing, ie suit jackets, that would fit nicely over 34dd. i know i willl have to bet pants or skirt separate because i an a 6 on bottom but always have to get a 12 to 14 on top and have it taken in. i also have pretty broad shoulders but i am pretty thin. if any of you have any suggestion . . . thanks

*relurks*


I don't know if this helps but I think that a nice cardigan with some fancy embellishing makes a nice substitute to a suit jacket. I don't care for jackets much on me.
p_176
delurks - in my opinion, not just work-related clothes like suits, but clothes in general, are being made for small breasted women. clothes for larger breasted women assume you're fat all over. suits are generally not flattering to larger breasts, by enhancing how large they look, or making them look droopy.
a lot of the stories below about the first expereinces with breasts are oh so familiar. i had mine in fourth grade, period in fifth grade. since no one really had them, there were rumors that i was stuffing my bra. my response was, why the hell would i WANT to look like this?? for years, i wore clothes that were way oversized. personally, i detest my breasts. the only problem is, i actually have an hourglass figure. so we'll see what the plastic surgeon says in a few weeks about a reduction, or other options to make them less heavy and painful.
hellotampon
Sometimes I wish I could wear "office clothes" but most of the time I'm relieved I work in healthcare and wear scrubs. I have no ass and my hips aren't very big either. I'm short and fairly thin. I'm all ribcage and boobs.
Persiflager
*stands up in circle and waves*

Hello, my name's Persiflager and I have big boobs! Actually 30F, so not too huge in total quantity but huge in propertion to my frame. Generally pretty happy with them except for the problems finding bras in my size mad.gif

In response to shinyx3, have you tried www.bravissimo.com? It's a UK company catering just for big-boobed ladies, and I get most of my bras from there. They sell clothes that cater for different levels of boobiness, e.g. you can get size 12 curvy or size 12 super-curvy (I think there are 3 levels of curviness but I can't check the website at work). The clothes section isn't very big but I'm sure they sell a suit and some shirts and jersey dresses. I like the look of them because they've picked styles that flatter curvier figures, rather than just scaling up. I haven't tried any of these on, but bought a halterneck top with a built-in bra from there a while ago in the sale and was very happy with it.

*sits back down*
shinyx3
thanks persiflager! they have two suit jackets that are nice.
Aithinne
Hello ladies.. I'm actually from the small-boobie support group, but was interested in this forum to read stories of women with larger chests. What struck me was the stories of feeling like a freak when you developed ahead of other girls. I was surprised because I remember feeling like a freak when I didn't develop like other girls. It's sad that girls have to wade through this sea of negativity during the years when confidence is also developing, when girls are so impressionable. How heart-breaking to think about how girls get so much ridicule over something they can't control. It always seems like someone has something bad to say about any and every body type, like you can't win no matter how you are shaped. It reinforces the need to support each other, through all the stages of our lives, no matter what our body types are.

You all rock! Hope you all have a great day!
shinyx3
woo hoo! i just found this site

shopping!

it is pretty basic but i think the black suit will work for me.
auralpoison
Thank you.
p_176
so it looks like i might have a breast reduction next year. anyone have tips on how to handle recovery?
eyelet
p_176-I had a reduction in '99 and I have never regretted it. Set out to be as healthy as you can before the surgery to have the best circulation you can. The oxygen heals. If you smoke or drink much, try to quit or definitely cut down. Take them seriously about not taking blood thinners like aspirin for a while before surgery too. I had surgery on a Thursday and was back at work on Monday (though that was probably pushing it).

I'm pregnant for the first time now, nearly a decade later, and my breasts are temporarily back to being the way they were. It's a weird reminder of how it used to feel to have to sleep in a bra and hold myself when walking up and down stairs. I can't imagine what I'd be like now if I'd never had the reduction!
eyelet
Figleaves.com is having a 50% off everything sale. They have a good selection DD+ swimwear and bras. I am in no way affiliated with them. Just a customer.
Persiflager
Ooh, now it's an 'up to 70% off' clearance sale! I have just snagged the last two 30F bras. Thanks for the tip eyelet!
sassygrrl
Oh yeah. I'm going shopping. Thanks eyelet!
sassygrrl
I went to Intimacy today, and got a sports bra and an everyday bra. It turned out that I'm a 38G, but she said that was a European size. It did make me feel as though I was standing better, and had lost weight. I felt like I was on What Not to Wear or How to Look Good Naked. It was a good experience , and I learned a lot about bras and the way they fit. I still am curious if I can find bras a little cheaper somewhere else though. Some of the intimacy bras ranged up to 200, and that's too much right now. Yet, this was the famous Bra Whisperer store in Atlanta. Maybe you just spend more for quality.

anna k
I hate when I go into stores that sell bras, they're usually single cup sizes, whereas I'm a triple-D, but when I go to Lane Bryant, the band size doesn't go lower than 38, and I'm a 36DDD. I'm big in the front, but have a smaller back. I just get the 38DDDs and they fit, but have to find a happy medium instead of my exact size. Luckily, I just spent $50 for two bras.
eyelet
You can get fitted and determine favorite brands at high end stores and then do your shopping at their clearance outlets (like Neiman's and Saks). Sometimes they even show up at TJ Maxx and Ross. I have been wearing Wacoal brand for years and I frequently find my 34DDD's at outlets. Usually priced $20 or less, down from $80. Good brands for more sexy bras and for swimwear are Freya and Fantasie. And Goddess brand is good for bustiers and strapless.
Juliesara
I did a bit of on-line shopping today, I did intend to buy a few new bras, but came away with tops instead! Bravissimo over here in the UK are selling their tops that normally retail at £40+ at £15 or less, I bought a top & blouse for work/college & saved myself about £50. They don't seem to have reduced their bras by much though!

I am thinking about getting some swim wear & they seem to be going cheap as well.

Unless postage is horrendous to the States, the prices must seem quite attractive to you lot over the pond with the $ up against the old £!

http://www.bravissimo.com/products/sale
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