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I'm trying to buy bras for my mum and I'm a bit stuck. Using Bra Guru's measuring technique, she comes up as a 40M or 42L.
She hates shopping so I'm trying to find bras to replace the tired 44F bras she is currently wearing, for ones that fit properly.
So far, she's tried on bras in Debenhams (biggest bra they had in store was a 40H, nowhere big enough in the cup or band) and 3 Daisy style bras from Simply Be in 2 different sizes. The 42L was best fit. The 40L ones were too tight round, and the cup was too small. They didn't have a bigger cup size in a 40 back but the 42 was snug anyway, so I'm not convinced that a bigger cup would have sorted the band issue.
The lace in the Simply Be bras was too stretchy to adequately hold up the weight of her boobs, so while the 42L looked to be about the right size, it wasn't the right bra for her.
The Goddess make looks good, but after converting the US sizes to UK, they are too small.
I've found some Elomi bras on Figleaves that are a little small in the cup, but look more supportive than the Simply Be bras so may be the next thing I will get her to try.
Anywhere or other brands I can try ordering for her please? She wants underwired. I want it to fit her better than what she has currently. Bravissimo doesn't go beyond a 40 back. House of Fraser/Debenhams/John Lewis/M&S don't stock anything suitable. Heeeeeeelp!
Have you tried here www.ewa-michalak.pl ? I know it's a Polish company but the blogger Georgina Cox from Fuller Figure Fuller Bust promotes them a lot, and I know someone who actually bought a very cheap day return flight to Poland to buy bras there, and said they were excellent. I think they go up to a 60P, and will walk you through the measurements you need to take over the phone, and (I think?!) even look at fit etc over Skype. The prices are in Polish zolty so don't panic when you look at them!
I think it's amplebosum.com rather than .co.uk. I forgot about them though, and they've def upped their game recently, their early marketing used to be eye wateringly awful. They do have several wired and unwired bras in your mums size - nearly £100 though, but sometimes it's worth it just to be wearing the right size.
As someone who hated tthe whole experience of buying bras (worst of all shopping experiences) I would encourage you to try R&P just once. It is a truly lovely experience with none of the hazards which have made shopping for a bra so horrible for me. No matter what size you need, they will have a range of bras to try on. They do offer customisation, too but you can be sure they will have something for you.
Not cheap, but oh, so worth it, because, well, you are worth it. Book an appointment for a fitting, I find first thing at the weekend is usually quiet and just revel in the experience of enjoyment as you buy a bar. They always offer lovely coffee, or a glass of fizz, can't sayI've even even tried them. Just being offered a range of bras, in a promising size, without being 'measured' removes all of my pet hates of being 'amply proportioned'. I do seriously ❤️ rigbyandpeller.com
Waves back . My very first properly fitting bra was an R&P one. It was ice blue satin and lace. Was in London for a meeting, and booked an appt. I nearly cried when the woman brought me a SELECTION. I was braced for them being snooty and horrible, and they could not have been nicer. It was a revelation not to be in a M&S sizing any more, and she taught me what a properly fitting bra should look and feel like, and the type of bras I should consider so I could look elsewhere in the future. I think I paid about £60, 25 years ago, and it was worth every penny.
They certainly do sell bras larger than that as I buy them regularly. Maybe it's just their own brand which doesn't but the stock lots of others. I always have Prima Donna, which you can see on their site.
I've never used them, but might a bra extender work for 40 bands where the cup fits well? I've seen them on sale in the haberdashery section of some department stores. As it's only 1-2 inches required, the straps might still sit comfortably in the correct place.