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Anyone found a great bra?

I spent an hour yesterday in the department store trying on bras. I am a 36D and no bra fits me right!! Just wondering if anyone has found "the perfect bra". Thanks!!

Wed. Aug 29, 9:57am

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There is no one perfect bra that fits everyone. If you haven't done so already, have one of the employees in that area take your measurements and have them help you pick several options.

I also recommend going to Oprah's website. She had a whole show on this issue once and information from the show is still there.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 10:29 AM

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I can't believe I'm gonna RAVE about this, but since you asked...

For a LONG time I was buying dept. store bras too. Then I heard about this store in NYC called the Town Shop. It is one of those stores that you think if old lady lingere, and when you go in this woman looks at you and says "oh honey, you aren't a size X, you are totally a size Y." and then she asks you if you want lace, padding, front closure, etc., gets a bunch for you to try on, and follows you right into the dressing room to make sure they fit you right.

I made a special trip to this store just to have this experience this past year, and though I spent $250 on 4 bras, and one pair of underwear, I can totally tell you that this experienced changed my life. I am not kidding. Suddenly, I felt supported in a way that I never had before. I had *thought* that I was a 36C, but all the bras I bought were a 36D, comfortable, nice looking, functional bras. They have fancy stuff too, and cute sets, also bathing suits.

What I realized was that places like Victoria's Secret are for small chested women who want to appear larger. If you already have an admirable chest, go someplace that specializes and talk to a woman about it. Yes, it is a bit like getting your first bra with your mom, but I do not regret that shopping trip one bit!

I know there are other places like this...there is one in Brookline, MA called Lady Grace, and I've heard there is another in Warwick, RI, but I don't know the name. There are old lady lingere shops out there, don't be afraid of them.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 10:30 AM

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Love the 10:30 in greater Boston area and I have been hearing about Lady Grace for years....and you know I think bra buying needs to involve someone who is "in the know" about bra buying. It takes people who have apprenticed in the field, know the product lines and understand breasts....little old ladies who have been selling bras for a lifetime are perfect sales people.

Shoes used to be sold that way for the most part someone does the "go-get" and might talk with you about fit...but they don't get out the measurer and do the whole nine yards anymore.

Reading this makes me think I need a trip to Brookline for a true fitting. The bras are starting to look a little ill fitting with my weight loss.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 11:07 AM

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I'm a 36DD and prefer support to showing off. I wear a Bali minimizer with padded, shaped "comfort straps". I think they make both wireless and underwired versions. It doesn't look old-ladyish, no fake lacy trim, just nice satin. It's not good for v-necks or boat-necks though.


Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 2:07 PM

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A couple of years ago I found a bra at Lane Bryant of all places. I hadn't been there in years but had lost a lot of weight and needed new everything. I have never ever had a comforable bra that moved with me. I am considerably larger than most and when I found this bra it is all I will ever wear. They better never discontinue it.
The item number is Item 5358239
There are no seams in the cup and it is a fabric that gives a bit. And yet you feel supported . I don't know how to post a link but if you go to and enter the item number it will take you there and they are 30% off right now.
The brand name is Cacique.
Happy hunting.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 2:52 PM

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Lane Bryant not only has larger cup size, but they look great, too!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 3:03 PM

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There are a couple of the fancy stores where you can be fitted in Chicago. I think one is called Intimacy, or something like that. There's one in the 900 North Michigan building.

I've been there, but never bought anything. My *true* size, now that I've lost the weight, is a 32E - ridiculous sounding! And, when I've been in, they haven't had anything pretty in my size, and for the price, it had better look good!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 3:17 PM

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Any good places for smaller sizes? Victoria Secret tried to tell me I am a C cup but I barely fit a B. I want to find a good bra.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 7:11 PM

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to 7:11 pm

Other than the Lane Bryant, check out the stores that the other posters recommended. These specialty stores work with all sizes.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 7:28 PM

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I have also been to those 'old lady' shops were they fit you and i loved it! But right now i am loving my Bali bras!! I am a 42 DD. Love them!!! I just bought 4 more because i loved them so much & I was afraid they would stop making them.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 11:30 PM

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