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Buying Bras Without Breaking The Bank

by Sierra on April 27, 2010 · 8 comments

in money,Uncategorized

Yesterday, over 80,000 of us were flaunting our cleavage for Boobquake.

I’m guessing that more than a few of us wish our cleavage was a little easier to flaunt. Having and nursing babies doesn’t do much for the shape or firmness of our breasts.

A great bra can totally pick up the, um, slack. Maybe you’re one of those lucky women whose chest is a 34C, and you can find fabulous bras that fit you perfectly in the bargain bin at Target. If so, you can stop reading now.

The rest of you should run, not walk, to a Fancy Bra Store. The Fancy Bra Store here in the Boston area is called Intimacy, and it’s in the Copley shopping plaza.

I’ve also heard good things from Bitch PhD about Nordstrom‘s. Intimacy is the kind of place I expect to be escorted out of by security, not pampered in. You have to make an appointment to shop there, and the two bras I’ve bought there in the past year represent 90% of the money I’ve spend on clothes in that whole time.

They were totally worth it. For the first time in my life, I own a bra that fits me. Two, actually.

That’s changed my posture, and my profile, and my wardrobe. All of a sudden I can wear all these foxy little tops from my pre-baby days that I had about given up on.

I have always had a weird bra size. Since high school, I’ve had to buy my bras at Lady Grace or the back of the department store. They all look like military issue body armor. If we have ever gotten drunk together, you have probably heard me rant about the fact that everyone talks about how big boobs are sexy but no one actually makes pretty bras for them.

Well, it turns out they do. In Europe. And you can buy them here for a LOT of money.

What’s a frugal girl with a 30G bust to do?

Here’s my approach, shamelessly yanked from the friend who initiated me into the mysteries of Intimacy:

  • Go to the fancy bra store. Let them fit you, and try on everything in your size. Take not of all the brands you like, and what styles work well on you.
  • If your budget allows it, buy one. Just one. Because they are really hard to resist, and the nice ladies at the shop do work hard.
  • Then go home, and track your preferred brands/sizes/styles on Ebay. Occasionally something will pop up, and you can grab it for a lot less than you’d spend at the retail shop.
  • Also keep tabs on discount websites that sell bras. Now that you know your correct size, you don’t need to pay the premium to be fitted perfectly into every bra you own. You can watch for online sales and save your pennies.
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  • Maria

    bravissimo.com – British company that delivers to the U.S. They have cute bras, bathing suits, and clothing cut to make room for those of us with a little extra on top ;)

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  • Maria

    bravissimo.com – British company that delivers to the U.S. They have cute bras, bathing suits, and clothing cut to make room for those of us with a little extra on top ;)

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  • http://www.freewebs.com/rachel-hiking Rachel

    You can really buy bras online?
    I haven't found size to be sufficient. In different brands, I might be an E or an F. I tried on one style once where the G still didn't fit properly.
    I might be able to buy another of the same bra, but I could never buy bras without trying them on, just based on size.

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  • http://childwild.com Sierra

    Right. The trick is to look for the brand/size/style combination that you know works because you tried it on and it looked great. You can often find the exact same brands and styles online for less than they cost at an upscale boutique.

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  • http://childwild.com Sierra

    Love them. A lot.

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  • http://anothersuburbanmom.blogspot.com Another Suburban Mom

    These were all great suggestions. I sometimes have trouble finding bras I like because I wear a 38C and some brands do not do a backsize over 36.

    And as another Boston area girl have you tried Filene's Basement for Bras? I find that the bargain stores have a lot of unusual sizes.

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  • Libby

    Hi
    As a FF cup who has lived in Asia for the last years I certainly have had my trials over the last 12 years. However I can recommend a wonderful store in the UK who have a great website and who ship overseas with a fantastic selection, they also have wonderful customer services staff who understand our needs! http://www.bravissimo.com

    Enjoy!

    Libby

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  • Libby

    Hi
    As a FF cup who has lived in Asia for the last years I certainly have had my trials over the last 12 years. However I can recommend a wonderful store in the UK who have a great website and who ship overseas with a fantastic selection, they also have wonderful customer services staff who understand our needs! http://www.bravissimo.com

    Enjoy!

    Libby

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