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Bra Interventionists, why did you do this to me??

(13 Posts)
HarimadSol Sat 03-Jan-15 17:51:01

I've worn a size 34A for most of my adult life. Due to pregnancy, breastfeeding and weight gain, I went to a 34D. Or so I thought.


No more easy shopping for me!

singingbasket Sat 03-Jan-15 17:53:16

I feel the same way! It's so much more difficult to afford the bras now but you know you look better smile

AnotherFurry Sat 03-Jan-15 17:56:56

Me too went from 36d to 34dd/e. However they do fit much better now I just need to regulate my weight so it doesn't keep changing blush

HarimadSol Sat 03-Jan-15 18:17:48

Yes, I think I look better, and I definitely feel more supported. So it's worth it, but I wish more companies made and stocked them. Hard to try them on if there are none in the store!

Octopus37 Sat 03-Jan-15 21:28:19

Debenhams do quite a lot in a 30 back, their own brand are quite reasonable.

Octopus37 Sat 03-Jan-15 21:29:05

Try Debenhams, they do a lot of 30 inch backs

TheMuppetsSingChristmas Sat 03-Jan-15 21:37:30

Debenhams can come up tight in their own brand Gorgeous range and trying some of their 32DD's might give you a wider choice.

treaclesoda Sat 03-Jan-15 21:43:19

We need to be more demanding consumers I think. It's a vicious circle - women find it hard to get 30 inch backs (instore - it's very easy to get them online) so they stick with the 34 backs that M&S insist they are. Then shops say ' well , there is no demand for 30 inch backs, most women wear a 34' and so it goes on.

Women wouldn't buy shoes that are falling off us and causing discomfort, yet feel resigned to wearing ill fitting bras.

StatisticallyChallenged Sat 03-Jan-15 23:05:39

try mycurvesandme, leia lingerie, brastop and amazon for bargains!

zipzap Sat 03-Jan-15 23:14:31

I've found debenhams good in the sale - likewise TK Maxx can be great if you hit it on a good day.

Last sale I got a couple of Elomi bras from Debenhams for about £11 instead of £40+ - they are supremely comfortable and I think designed for bigger than DD. When I next need bras I would consider paying full price for some new ones, they are that comfortable - and I say that as a hardened bargain shopper and someone who hates paying out more than I need to for things. However, they are significantly better than the M&S ones that I always used to get without thinking about going elsewhere, and the Debenhams Gorgeous ones that I also have bought when venturing out beyond M&S initially.

I also have a couple of triumph lace ones that are great but not quite as good as the elomi ones.

And sometimes you find that the sizes that aren't thought of as 'normal' (even though they are probably what everyone should be wearing!) don't sell so you get some great bargains on!

StatisticallyChallenged Sat 03-Jan-15 23:18:25

I think there is a big difference between the way the D/DD+ specialist brands are designed and those which are extensions of smaller ranges (M&S!!). Freya, Fauve, Fantasie and Elomi (Eveden Group), Panache and Cleo, Bravissimo own brand, Curvy Kate etc just seem to have much more careful scaling and design, like with each bra they've given consideration to the boobs that it will suit. Whereas I feel like M&S and similar brands just make the same bra as they make in a C cup, but bigger!

StatisticallyChallenged Sat 03-Jan-15 23:19:43

p.s. sale elomi at leia lingerie - it's a direct retail arm of Eveden I believe

HarimadSol Sun 04-Jan-15 08:48:06

Thanks, everyone. I hadn't thought of TKMaxx, zipzap, that's easy for me to get to. Debenhams is a bit more of a trek, but probably worth it. I think once I get used to this size and available brands I'll feel more comfortable ordering online. I tried ordering one from John Lewis and it's not right. Thankfully their returns are easy!

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