Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Online bra shopping - possibly NSFW

Warning: if seeing me in my bra will bother you, don't go below the jump. Though I did make the photos black and white, because somehow that was less confronting.

I'm planning to start sewing my wedding dress in the nearish future. This made me think about what underwear would go underneath, as I need to take my measurements in it. Then I started thinking about the sad pile of ill-fitting bras in my drawer.

It's important to me to have bras that make me look awesome *in* my clothes. Because 99.9% of people see me that way. This means a tight enough band to hold me up, and a cup shape/style that fits and suits the lines of my clothing. Lifting my boobs higher keeps them from blending into my waist!

I was inspired by K-Line (and Steph) to do a bit of online shopping. I've exclusively bought bras online for a few years, because my size is difficult to buy in stores here. There is one shop in Auckland which regularly carries the right size stock, but I can buy the same bras cheaper from the UK, including tax, currency conversion, and shipping!


Figleaves is new to me, though. I've always used Bravissimo, but I'm glad to have an alternative store that I'm happy with. I bought the Freya Rio - which I've owned before, in a different size.


This bra band is a 34... and I think I need to go back to 32. Despite the bulges you can see underneath, I'm not at all uncomfortable. In fact, the back rides up slightly - the surest sign that the band is too loose (even on the tightest setting).


I notice, too, that there is a bit of extra fabric at the bottom of the cups. This is because I threw it on in excitement and didn't do my usual shimmy! I've fixed it now I've reviewed the photos.


I don't think you need an in-store fitting, necessarily. They can be as useless as guessing! For example, if I go to Bras'N'Things, they will try and sell me a 36E because that is the largest cup size they have. Never mind that I need a 32GG/34G (depending on the brand). Do read online reviews, and email the store if you have questions or concerns.

Do you have fit issues with what's stocked near you? Have you/would you buy bras online? If not, why not? If so, why?

16 comments:

  1. Yes, yes, fit issues. So many fit issues. The tight band/large cup thing- I really can't believe I didn't know about that before a few weeks ago but it makes such a difference!

    Thanks for posting these pics, it looks like it fits pretty well, but if it's riding up in the back then there's a band issue like you said. :)


    Freya Rio looks great, too! Thanks for the recommendation!

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    1. I know, right? Such a revelation! It puts everything back in the right place!

      Happy to provide recommendations :-) If you want any more, or have more specific questions, you can email me on katcphotography.nz at gmail dot com

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  2. I haven't bought bras online before, simply because sizes vary so much depending on the brand (and even within the brand!). It's so frustrating! I'm now seriously tempted to order some stuff from the Freya webiste, though, because I know my size in that brand and I love their stuff. I love it when I find a brand that makes stuff for D cups and above that a) don't kill my shoulders, and, b) make me feel spectacular.

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    1. The Bravissimo website is an awesome source of reviews, if you are concerned about fit. Where there are serious discrepancies with size, they will usually warn you near the top of the page.

      Freya is my favourite, but there are loads of other good D+ brands too. Check out K-Line's website in my blogroll for more ideas :-)

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  3. 20+ years ago I had to buy bras at specialist stores to get one that fit properly but thankfully, these days a 10DD (that actually fits) isn't as difficult to find. I quite often get sets at target on sale, they aren't all right but I find enough to keep my penchant for matching sets satisfied at a good price.
    You're right about bras'n'things, I don't even bother looking there anymore, I could count on the one hand (probably five times) the number of times I've found a bra there that fits and their staff aren't properly trained - they just seem to think that your only option is to go with something they stock, ill fitting or not.

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    1. tigergirl - yes, Bras'N'Things are the worst. They aren't even cheap (aside from their quality and service). Glad you have found what works for you at Target.

      I know what you mean about shopping for larger sizes - until about 5 years ago, I had never seen a bra above an E cup. Thank goodness for variety!

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  4. That's such a pretty bra Kat. I buy online as well, from Oroton and Shopbop. I've never really had any issues. My skin reacts to Nickle so that's the only real concern I have when buying bras that have under wiring. I'm a 10A, so it's not too hard in terms of sizing and fit :) Lately I find I've been drawn to non-padded and non-underwired bras :)

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    1. I hadn't thought about metal allergies being an issue. Thanks for sharing your favourite shopping sites!

      Not that I need padding, but I'm now more drawn to 'natural' shape bras as well. I wonder if it's to do with being more comfortable with ones body?

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  5. I've been a bit jealous of the beautiful bras K-Line has been featuring. Your new bra looks fantastic!

    I'm at the extreme other end of the spectrum and have trouble finding stores that stock bras that are small enough. My two beautiful daughters nursed my boobs away and I've been left with very little. I can find bands and cups that fit, but the cups are often extra close together and not at all in the correct place (I think they are for tweens....not a very small chested 37 year old). I've found that Calvin Klein and DKNY make good bras for itty bitties, and there are some local specialty shops I plan to visit soon. I do like to wear a pretty bra but have admittedly gotten a bit lazy. Time to spice it up!

    Oh, and I'm so impressed that you are going to make your wedding dress. Will you share the process as yoy go, or save it for a big reveal after the wedding?

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    1. I don't have any suggestions for the bra shopping, other than Vanisha's comment above! Thanks for sharing your ideas too.

      Not quite sure what I will do with the wedding dress - I guess I'll see whether the progress is worth sharing :-)

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  6. Pleased to read that Figleaves/Bravissimo with shipping etc still works out cheaper than NZ stores! I'm about due to 'refresh' my favourite styles that I bought before I moved home from the UK, and I might look into that Freya model too - it's pretty but not 'froufrou', which I like. I have had some luck with DimitySo and Fayreform at a nearby Bendon Outlet store - do you have one near you? DimitySo only seems to be available there now. (I'm a 30DD, and most NZ brands don't go below 32). Last time I was at the one in Otaki, I found two bras that fit really well for $16.70!! (total! not each!) Turns out one's far too itchy after about half an hour's wear, but still, $16.70 for just one that fits is cheap at twice the price :)

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    1. I've tried Fayreform/DimitySO - there is an outlet near me. I find for F cups and beyond, their bras don't seem to offer enough support. Perhaps they are just scaling up, rather than recognising that they need a bit more structure?

      Brilliant suggestion though, I hope it helps somebody else :-)

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  7. Hey Kat: Great post. I suggest that the Rio might be a bit more bottom-heavy in design than your actual breasts. Having said that, the fit looks very nice in many parts of the bra. Gives you excellent shaping and uplift! This particular style, which I've owned, fits very deeply in the cups and the band is known for being loose. I do think you should size down in the band if you've got riding up. It's hard to tell in the pics, but make sure that the bra comes up high enough on the sides so that all breast tissue is being contained there. Thanks for sharing your experience and pics with us! I'm sure this will help other bra-seekers to better understand this particular style.

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    1. Thanks for your input! I do agree about the cup shape. I'm now rethinking the band size on all my bras - I think I've lost a smidge of weight and it's enough that I do need to size down.

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  8. Oooo.... proper fitting undergarments. That's been a saga and a half in my life. But I love Freya. LOVE! They fit me well, support the girls properly and I'm just so darn comfortable when I'm wearing one. My other favourite is Aubade. So pretty and it's got a different shape - a little more front and centre.

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    1. I know, it always feels like such a VICTORY when you get the right bras! I'll have to look up Aubade, I love getting recommendations from other people :-)

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