Fun with long line bras: A plus size round-up #Fashion Advice#plus size#roundup#undergarments June 2 | Guest post by Andrea D Duh alert: This post is full of bra & panty pics, so it's probably NSFW. Ok, so I already own one strapless bra… which I tolerate, but its not ideal. It's this strapless Va Bien bra. It fits fine in the band, but the cups are a touch too big. I ordered my size — 44D. I think I got this bra from BareNecessities.com. I usually just pull my side fat into the cups and call it a day when wearing halter dresses or casual strapless styles. But I want a bra that fits better for my wedding. I don't want to have to worry about tugging it up or worrying about a nip slip. I would also like a little more support and smoothing across the torso, and obviously a regular strapless bra isn't going to cut it. Initially I decided to get this bra: But I sent it back because of my short torso and big tummy combo. It almost fit around, but was just too snug down in the tummy region. The cups were perfect. It's a Valmont bra. I think I just got it in my regular bra size — 44D. The lesson I learned from this is to size up in the band size when ordering a full length longline bra. I got it from BraExperience.com. They were a little slow to ship but they have a lot of different strapless bras and longlines in plus sizes and petite sizes for you smaller chested gals. It's not the prettiest page, but they are a good place to go to find more obscure sizes. So I ordered this Elila longline from HerRoom.com thinking that because it didn't go down to my hips and cover the entire tummy that it would work: No Dice. I could barely get it latched closed and the cups are HUGE — like, you'd need to triple the size of my boobs to fill it out. I ordered it one band size up and one cup size down, having learned from my previous experience with the Valmont bra. Also there is wire wire everywhere. So I sent that one back to Her Room. But I think for a girl with a serious rack, this bra will keep everything locked and loaded. So, I've decided to go back to a molded cup, because they usually fit me better, and run a little smaller (in the cup). I found this one, thinking since it's even shorter than the Elila I posted above (but longer than regular strapless), it might do the trick: This is a Valmont bra. To be safe, I ordered it two sizes bigger in the band and two sizes smaller in the cup, and it fits perfectly! I wore a tube top with it just to see how it would work with normal every day moving about and its all good — no ride up or slip down. Also, it looks like it will cover to around the bellybutton (which is where the Spanx will take over). Also, not a lot of places carry this style, or longlines than go up to 46, 48 or 50. I had to really scour the internet looking for "plus size strapless longlines." I am not going braless for my wedding, I don't care how well constructed my dress is! I ordered this from LaurenSilva.com. Related Post Strapless unmentionables: A "minus size" round up I loved reading Andrea's advice for finding plus size long line bras. However, I happen to be at the opposite end of that spectrum. After... Read more One thing I have learned from this experience is that you need to be flexible with your size. Your bra size is only your bra size for normal bras. We all go to the store and pick out our favorite brand or style and don't even question our sizes. In specialty bras, your bra size is just a starting point. I do recommend having a professional fitting if you haven't had one done recently — you might be surprised (I know I was when I had it done). Don't be afraid to size up and size down in both the cups and the bands. Every brand sizes differently! And if you are buying online make sure to double check the return policy! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Andrea D Andrea D has Master's degree in Marketing and her beau is in a heavy metal band. She's plus size and freakin fabulous and she don't think she needs to lose weight, damnit. And she's currently planning a retro, old skool hip hop, dance party for their April wedding in Chicago. PREVIOUS April & David's Benevolent and Affable Order of the Jackalope NEXT Questions from readers about my dream blog, getting spotted, and Offbeat Home Show/Hide comments [ 77 ] Awesome job Andrea! I bought a long-line bra on ebay and my streastress said it did nothing for me- so I am going braless myself- I'm a 34D so I was afraid of the idea-but with my dress it seems to work. Great info and tips:) 2 agree Reply I'm not planning a wedding anytime soon, but as an odd bra size (32dd) I jumped right on this write up. I love the Her Room site the author mentions for their great pictures of all angles of the bra's and showing with different style of shirts over them. I also love Orchard Corset, a mom and pop run by an older Jewish couple, that I orig. heard about through Bust magazine. I've been to their store in nyc and they have a website, though neither is super pretty. Go in if you are in the nyc area, the wife takes you in the big communal back room/dressing room, sizes you up and starts handing you bras that are the best for you. The prices are great and my bra's have really held up, despite machine washing. They aren't open on Saturday. 6 agree Reply Yay! 32dd's unite! Thanks for the tip on where to find good places to get hard-to-find sizes! 7 agree Reply Thank you SO much, 32DD represent. (You two are the ONLY OTHERS I'VE HEARD OF.) 5 agree Reply I'm chiming in as a fourth 32DD. 3 agree Reply Woot! They put me in a Dominique 3500 in 32d and it is one of my fav bra's ever. (yup 32d in that one, 32dd/e in everything else I own) 3 agree Reply To be clear, while that Ariel may be a 32DD, I'm not. I'm normally a 34C, but am up to a D thanks to nursing. Not that anyone asked, but just getting into the spirit of things. 2 agree Reply Fifth! I think there are more and more lately as bra size calculators get adjusted to not tell you to buy some giant band size. 2 agree Reply 6th! This post helps a ton as I've been terrified of strapless dresses for this very reason. No strapless bra has ever done well for me or been supportive enough, and I'm a naturally fidgety person who doesn't want to fidget on my wedding day. 3 agree Reply 32F. It's awesome but shopping is a nightmare. 5 agree Reply I had enough trouble shopping for bras when I thought I was a 32C, then I got a fitting and found out I'm a 32F! I'm so glad I can shop online now. I got my wedding "torsolette" from http://www.barenecessities.com and had to get the smallest band size with the largest cup size they offer. Thank goodness it fits. Reply Just knowing that there are other people in the world who share my physique is a huge comfort. SO often when I go shopping I feel like some kind of freak because it's so hard to find bras (and shirts and dresses) to fit a 32DD. I'm so glad I'm not alone!! Can't wait to check out Orchard Corset- I'm local to NYC and I am sooooo going!! Thanks ladies!! PS- To my busty friends, how sick are you of this empire waist fashion trend? It's been hanging on for way too long and I'm tired of looking like I'm nursing in every freaking dress I try on. /rant 1 agrees Reply I'm also a 32DD and I recently discovered that Frederick's of Hollywood sells wonderful bras in this size, and they are almost always having a sale so they aren't super expensive like most places I've seen: http://www.fredericks.com/size-32dd-42f-bras/br50,default,sc.html 1 agrees Reply Just wanted to pop into this thread with a shout out for Bra Tenders. (www.bratenders.com) I bought a longline bustier from Orchard Corset (and their ability to just look at you and know your size is uncanny) but it didn't give me the support I wanted, just coverage. They even gave me pads to add to the cups for pushup, but I still didn't think it was enough. The gals at BraTenders really understood what I meant when I said I wanted CLEAVAGE and pushup — and they made it happen even in a strapless bustier which I was beginning to doubt was possible. They also have a much larger shop with a good selection of lingerie, shapewear, and stockings. And I wear a 32DDD or 30F. Reply I have an update, I got the final bra (the Valmont 3/4 length molded cup) the other day – and it fits perfectly. I wore a tube top on Sunday just to see how it would work with normal every day moving about and its all good – no ride up or slip down. 4 agree Reply awesome! I added that update to the post so it has a happy ending now. 1 agrees Reply Oh Andrea, how I loved this post. I'm glad to hear you finally found one! I've bookmarked the Valmont bra for when I'm ready to go undergarment shopping. That + Spanx should do the trick! 2 agree Reply This subject has been the bane of my wedding planning for a month. I was starting to think I was the only woman sized woman with this issue. THANK YOU. 3 agree Reply I think a lot of people still adhere to thinking that brides are some "perfect" size. And those of us who are bigger or smaller or petite have just been left out on the fringes. And within in that, petite girls obviously have smaller breasts and plus size girls must have big breasts. We all know that's not true because so many girls here don't fit the traditional mold. 5 agree Reply Can I just say "hell yeah!"? I'm a petite plus-size (yes, it's possible to be both) with a 34HH rack. Bras=bane of my existence. Wedding bras = mental breakdown. 9 agree Reply I'm super petite (5' tall) and curvy too (34DD), I found the most expensive bra possible (IMHO) but it keeps everything locked and loaded: Marie Jo strappless with the stick on lifts by Bring It Up, to keep from feeling like you have to yoink everything up all night. Spanx that go all the way up to the bra line smooth out the rest of the look. 3 agree Reply To further confuse the issue, petite-sized clothes are designed for women with proportionally short torsos and arms, and any short woman with average or long torsos are left out in the cold. Personally, I'm in the frustrating position of being a plus-sized lady with an hourglass figure. Clothes that fit my shoulders, bust and hips are way too big around my waist. It's pretty tempting to just say, "screw it, I'm wearing corsets over everything from now on!" XD 9 agree Reply Yeah, when I buckled down and got properly sized I clocked in a 34H. Totally wanted to cry because no only had I never heard of that size, I had no idea where to find it that wouldn't look like armor or cost $200 each. I found a great site with super affordable lingerie (and bra-sized bathing suits-a revelation!!) and I'll never go back! Try bravissimo.com. Shipping isn't cheap to the US but it evens out in savings, I swear. (34H, WTF??) 3 agree Reply I'm right there with ya sister… 30HH. Seriously I blame that sh!t on all the chicken I ate as a child…. 2 agree Reply my sis has similar problems- 17 year olds are not fans of what she calls "old lady bras". Harumph. Check out figleaves.com and http://www.panache-lingerie.com -almost all "odd" sizes (they don't carry 36C, so I can't shop there at all) and really supportive. 1 agrees Reply need to correct that the panache site doesn't have 36C, but figleaves does. 1 agrees Reply I am a 12G (I think it is around a 34?) and I buy my swimmers at panache. They are awesome pretty and I have quite a few bras for after the wedding. They are seriously pretty and you can uy matching sets (this was a first for me). My sister is a 14H and loves panache. 2 agree Reply YES! I am a 34H too, and I echo your WTF. I did end up getting my wedding lingerie from Bravissimo, but I never did find a longline that fit despite ordering several. I ended up doing a weird spanx/girdle/bra-sewn-into-dress combo. Not the sexiest option, but, eh, it held everything in… (oh and p.s. it totally had straps. If someone finds/invents an honest-to-goodness strapless bra that holds up a set of H cups, you will be my personal hero in life. Though I highly doubt it will ever happen…) 4 agree Reply I am a G and had a strapless buy I got seriously torpedo boob. I seriously rivaled madonna in the 80's. It held them up tight but were a little too high. Also the longer fitting ones gave me the hugest muffin top. If you are a little hippy or flabby (like me) something tight and slimming that ends on your hips is not the best option. I had to wear those suck tuck and hide bloomer shorts (down to the knees and everything). 1 agrees Reply I'm a 42DD struggling to find a steel-boned contraption to wear UNDER my retro dress! Who wants to do a write-up on that conundrum?! 4 agree Reply Word UP, Kasandra! I can barely find a bra for every day use with my 42DD's – how the heck can I expect to find something flattering and comfortable for the wedding? Most of the damn strapless bras fit well between the belly and the bottom of the boob, then the support just stops and your boobs are just sitting out there, like they're on a shelf, with absolutely no support. Altho, I'm impressed you were able to find a retro dress that would encompass your rack. I haven't been that lucky yet. 2 agree Reply Jen, actually, I'm having a retro-styled dress made for me. I had so much trouble finding something that fit my chest, I gave in and hired a seamstress! 1 agrees Reply I'm not sure what your dress is like, but a longline strapless, Goddess 689, can works wonders for women who need a lot of lift from a strapless. As someone who used to fit bras, this bra was often the only strapless that worked for women with larger breasts and/or a larger bandsize. Pros: It gives you tons of lift, it flattens your torso, and it's very retro looking, if you're into that thing. You're IN that bra and you're not going anywhere! Cons – it's not smooth, they don't make it in very small bandsizes, the cups make some women look pointy. I highly recommend to anyone to try on bras in a store, if there is such a store in your area. Ordering bras online is a nightmare, especially if you're an "odd" size. With longline strapless, it seems like most women have to go down in the band and up in the cup. Few women wore the same size as their regular bra(you're taking into account your torso size, too) Good luck! 1 agrees Reply I plan on hitting up the underthing store 'Change' for a decent strapless bra. I don't know if it's in the States yet, but it's in Toronto and Vancouver (and strangely, my little suburb Oakville) here in Canada. Super-reasonable prices and they're very committed to good service and great fit. 1 agrees Reply For aussie brides, the other great place to get bras and especially corsetry, long lines etc) for all shapes and sizes (i'm a 46HH and a good friend is a 32A – and we both shop there)is http://www.brastogo.com.au Got myself a lovely fully boned torsolette to go under my retro, polkadot dress – as my dress is boned…but not with enough staying power to hold the girls up!! 1 agrees Reply Oh thanks for this!! I've been ordering from figleaves, but the post from the UK gets expensive and I've not had great success with sizing. I'm a 10F – I think that's equivilent to 32F… 1 agrees Reply I've spoken to the woman that runs Bra Experience (though she may have more staff now), and she's a sweetheart. Very happy to solve any customer service issue. I've become a huge fan of Figleaves.com, which has a lot of unusually sized bras both large AND SMALL. Ideally, I'd be a 33DD but that doesn't exist so I don't really have any bras that fit quite right, but Figleaves has helped me find the 34DD that run small and the 32DD that run big. 1 agrees Reply great article!! Finding bras has become a ridiculous chore, and it's nice to see some good options. I went up to a 36 DDD/E (who knows anymore, every bra seems different) with baby and breastfeeding and it seems to be an impossible size to find where I live. I will have to remember this. 1 agrees Reply I'm a 32F/ 34G and I use barenecessites.com all the time. To find affordable bras for the small ribs/ big boob girls try Whimsy by Lunaire. My other favorite brand is Freya. I'm passing on the strapless bra 'cause I'm allergic to the latex grip strips on the tops of most of them, and am making sure that my dress has enough of a corseted structure to hold my boobs up. 1 agrees Reply this is a great article. its soemthing i hadnt even thought about yet. but im going dress shopping this weekend so it will definately bee in the front of my mind then. 1 agrees Reply Bra sizes run cup: AA-K+, back/band: 28-50+. Mall stores like La Senza, Victoria's Secret etc only carry 5 of those sizes, A-E, 32-38. Thats like going shoe shopping and there only being 3 sizes available to fit into! A handy thing to know is that bra size is determined by the size of your back/band and the cup will change according to this. For example a 36C is the same CUP size as a 40A, 38B, 34D, 32DD, 30E, 28F the only thing changing is the width of the band. Generally speaking the Brits have the best quality and size selection for busty ladies so companies like Freya, Fantasie, Panache, Prima Donna are great options. Smaller busts do well with French companies such as Chantelle, Princess Tam Tam, Wacoal, Simone Perele. These companies have amazing strapless bras and bustier's in a majority of their size ranges, I love my Fantasie strapless. I'm a 34G/GG (Busty), in La Senza I'm 42DD, which is not my size as I have a small ribcage!!. I recommend having a professional bra fitting it will change your life. The bra's may be more expensive but they fit and are so well made, they'll last so much longer than those La Senza pieces of crap. Seriously, I would never go back! Online try: Figleaves.com and Bravissimo.com Best Bra fitters: Secrets From Your Sister in Toronto. 2 agree Reply A professional bra fitting is a must have for ALL women! Find a good bra shop (I do not recomend that certain bra shop in most malls either) and get fitted. All bras are made differently. So it is very likely that you may have several different sized bras in your collection. My cup size ranges anywhere from a D to an E depending on the bra! Yes you are probably going to spend a bit more money by going to bra store than if you are used to just picking up whatever bra is on sale but I will tell you now IT IS WORTH IT! 1 agrees Reply Here in LA, there's Jenette Bras: their motto is: "For busty gals exclusively: The Overdeveloped and Underserved. & "We are the gals who skipped the training bra and went straight to the major leagues." I'm NOT one of those grrls, but every time I walk past their windows, I'm green with envy and utterly in awe..they're really big (only D-K)..and SEXY! I think they've got a web site too.. 2 agree Reply Are you kidding me!? Thanks for that info! *Goes to google that shit asap.* 1 agrees Reply Holy moly! I hadn't heard of them! being a size 34F will be a ton easier using this store Thanks much for the comment about them! 1 agrees Reply DUDE. I had no idea that place existed, I'll have to check it out. I myself am rocking a 42J and buying bras is a pain to start, I'm not excited about finding a wedding bra. Also for LA area girls of all shapes and sizes: Wizard of Bra's in Monrovia is also totally awesome. Reply Jenette Bras is awesome – I'm a 36F or FF and have spent more on underwear in the past year than ever before in my life. It's worth every cent to have bras that actually fit properly. BTW, tip from Jenette: buy your undergarments before buying the dress. (I agree with her on this – bra options for busty brides are in much shorter supply than dress styles that'll accommodate major curvature.) Reply Great post! I have given up on cheap bras. I would rather spend $150 on a bra that will last me 3 years and still be holding everything where it belongs at the end of that than spend $50 every year. I'm just sticking with my local lingerie shop where they check my bra EVERY time I come in, have a file on me (including a bra I wanted but couldn't get), bring me bras, check the fit, even adjust the placement of the bra. Nothing like utterly personalized service. Reply It is so reassuring and comforting to read that I am not the only one out there with a big boob issues. I am Petite 5'2" and 40DDD. I am getting married in two months and I haven't even gone dress shopping yet. I am just so worried that everything I like will NOT fit my boobs. Don't even get me started on bras! Thanks for the tips on the great places to get bras! There is hope yet! 1 agrees Reply This sounds like my bra search for a longline strapless to be a bridesmaid in my sister's wedding. I wear a 48G and I unfortunately did not find anything that would work. I ordered every bra in every size I could think of and none of them had the… uhh… structural integrity to hold my ladies in place. I ended up just duct taping myself into the last one I ordered because, despite starting my bra shopping 6 months ahead of time, I was still left peeling duct tape residue out of my armpits for 2 weeks after the ceremony. I'm glad you were able to find a bra for your special day. Me? I've got a seamstress sewing my dream dress (short sleeves and all) because I resolved to never wear a strapless bra again. Women should never be forced to utilize the handyman's secret weapon on someone's special day. Reply Thanks for this article. I love strapless dresses, but being short, short waisted and a 36ddd, I think this will come in handy when I get my dress. The previous strapless I had was awful, I had to keep pulling it up, and it made my boobs look like they were perched up there- being served up on a platter. Awful. I find that being short waisted with a belly, the best thing to do is get a longline bra and spanx or something similar that come up a few inches under the bra-contraption. 1 agrees Reply Just went through this. I did go to Victoria's Secret and they have well-trained staff at my local branch. My regular size is 38C but every make is different now. They gamely handed me bra after bra in varying sizes (38DD, 38DDD) and models until we finally found a 40D that is by far the most comfortable bra I've ever had in my life, and fits beautifully under my dress. Reply Now we need an article for those of us girls with the total opposite problem. 34A is having a hard time finding a good strapless bra that is comfy and can Ã«nhance"things a bit. Reply As a 34B myself, maybe I can look into that! Reply There's a store in Europe called Women's Secret that is pretty much made for the 34B crowd. They have excellent strapless bras and other intimates. I highly recommend them, but they don't ship outside of the EU. You'll have to find a friend abroad who will be able to ship it to you Reply Ah, bras. The eternally enigmatic undergarment. Thanks for so candidly and openly sharing your experience here. I have to ask, have you had a fitting? They're really eye-opening. You think you know yourself, and then… wow! I learned that I was a full rib measurement too high and a cup size too low when I had mine done, and suddenly, I don't have issues finding the right bra anymore! No more wasted $$. Do keep us posted on your old-skool hip hop dance party wedding! I want pix! 1 agrees Reply fitting, lol. I've been to be fitted in a good half dozen supposedly reputable places and none have sized the same! Why? Because I'm a 42" strap but still to find a cup that will fit as I seem off scale, have tried going up back size but that doesnt help its the cup that causes bulging and poking wires that pierce the skin! I've started writing to manufacturers etc, its only by everyone emailing and boycotting that us women shall ever become comfortable! 1 agrees Reply I'm 28F myself and just visited your site while looking for the store in Chicago area where they sell my size… So, Hi Girls! I'm so desperated, everywhere there are bras but they sell it for $60 + shipping. In Bravissimo or UK Figleaves it would be like 52 with shipping already. The worst thing is that everyone laughs when I'm saying that, No, I don't wear neither 32A nor 32B:( Hey, my boobs aren't that small but if you think that a D cup is gigantic and you constantly keep squeezing your boobs in some 36D, then you think that I wear B cup. But that's not fear, I'd never say someone that she needs to lose weight or something like this so why the heck they are saying that I have small boobs?! I just have tiny, skinny ribcage and fortunately found a way to not wear 34B again (I was never fitting in 32B and push-up as some suggest, brr, I hate push-ups). But 34B was to small too (ouch, underwires on the sides of the breasts, hurts) and the band was like three times too big for me. Maybe in 100 years my grand grand daughters won't have problems with buying a band 28 in any lingerie store haha Reply Stumbled upon this while looking for longline bras in a 32DD. As I'm 111lbs, I'm very glad I read the tips. Echoing others: Bras used to be troublesome for me. but I just bought 11 from Belk.com. I still have a mini-meltdown every time I see the swimsuit section though. Reply Thank you for this! I will be dress shopping this fall (taking things one step at a time) and honestly had a chance yet to consider undergarments seriously. I will definitely take this to heart as a smaller chested girl who sometimes fits standard sizes a bit oddly. I have read that you should have your wedding day bra before you try on and purchase a dress, since it can impact how the dress fits you. What are people's thoughts on that? What if you haven't decided on things like strapless or how low a back you want? Reply THIS! I am a 34DD and am very worried about how the girls will be able to withstand a whole night of no straps. If I decide to go strapless, good to see some options. Reply Thank you so much for this!! I bought a traditional corset but it isn't working out and I was not finding any good options. Reply reading this has been super useful! i am going to be a bridesmaid in my friend's wedding, and the dresses she picked were not made for a plus size body, so i need something to lift and shape. I have been searching for over a month now for an effective longline bra without success. I finally found one and it was terrible! but your blog mentioned websites that all my searching had never turned up. in the end, i bought a valmont bra from laurensilva.com. i haven't received it yet, but i have high hopes. i also really appreciate the size advice, because no one else has been so honest about going up two band sizes and down two cup sizes. thank you so much! Reply 36DD, looking for something that is comfy & breathable (ie not Spanx I hope) to wear at an outdoor summer wedding. I have my heart set on a one-shoulder wedding dress. I hate seeing my boobs "served on a platter" as most strapless bras do. It's hideous and embarassing. I also hate bras that squeeze the armpit fat upwards. I like to hide that sh*t, know what I'm saying? Options? 1 agrees Reply I wear a 42 DDD and got mine at Davids. I looked all over and that was the only one that I could try on and was 50 bucks. I did have to go up in band and down in cup size. 50 C. Reply I'm a 36FF, living in New Zealand there isn't a lot of choice in the shops for larger gals. I did get one for the wedding from Fayreform which is a 36F, still fits fine. When I went to get the bra I went to a department store that stock Fayreform – I asked one of the young shop assistants if they stocked strapless bras, she asked what size so I told her. She look at me then at my boobs and said 'there's only Fayreform and we only stock up to a 36F'. She actually looked confused by my boobs! Reply Have you tried Avokado? I am an 8FF, so struggle to find decent bras, and they are awesome! Reply I'd never heard of them! Thanks for that Reply "Side fat" is often breast tissue that has migrated due to ill fitting bras, so it's entirely possible that when you scoop the "side fat" into your strapless bra that you're just putting misplaced breast tissue back where it belongs. In fact using a "swoop and scoop" method with all bras will insure a better fit. 2 agree Reply I'm a 34 F (I know, right?) and I am actually planning on just wearing my normal bra with my dress. It's strapless but I'm having sleeves added in alterations, and a bra with nude straps, which is what I was wearing when I tried it on, should be fine underneath. I spend so much money on bras whenever I need new ones that I was pretty relieved to find out my dress would work without needing a specialty garment. Reply I was wondering if anyone knows where to go to actually buy longline bras in person, rather than online? I ordered one online and the cup size was too big even though I ordered a size down as instructed. Because I'm in Canada, it costs a lot for shipping/duty to be buying a lot of things online just to try on and have to return it. Anyone have any tips on where to go in Toronto? I've been to Victoria's Secret, the Bay, Sears — all your standard stores here, and they don't have anything close to what I need. Thanks! Reply Yeah… I've never seen a longline bra in my size (34JJ-36K, depending on the bra). And I've looked all over the internet. I don't think they'd fit anyway because of my smallish band size but big belly and gigantic breasts. You know what can support these boobs without straps? Steel. I feel like I end up recommending Starkers! in every post about bras, but Dianna is amazing, and the corset wedding dress she made for me supported my boobs all day and was really comfortable, too! 1 agrees Reply Also, no one's recommended ewa-michalak.pl yet! It is my favourite place to buy bras. Supportive, flattering, and affordable (with a good return policy!). I can get bras that fit a specialty shops (though they usually have to special order) but they're so expensive and they make my boobs look like a flabby mess and have wires that go halfway around my back and dig into everywhere (can you tell I have some buyer's remorse?). It's ridiculous that buying bras from Poland is cheaper and easier than finding bras where I live in Canada, but I'm glad I can find good bras somewhere, at least. 1 agrees Reply Also try the Merry Widow from http://www.arwen.co.za. It's a light weight corset that's designed as shape-wear, so it's super light and no boobs can ever escape (I've bounced in a moshpit and no nipplegate) plus it offers fabulous support and is obscenely comfy (something I find strapless bras aren't). So you get support, shaping and comfort all in one (and they're pretty). Reply There was a bridesmaid at a wedding we did last year that couldn't find a bra to fit. She duct taped those puppies! LOL Reply If you're really in a pickle, your bridal seamstress can fit that sucker to you! I'm long torso, big boobs, all kinds of weird… she took a size up and then pinned me in to it… then altered it right to me like she did my dress! I will guard this thing for life, it's opened up so many strapless options in my life! 1 agrees Reply I was really worried about finding undergarments to fit my bust. I tried several long line bras but they were all too short in the torso and too big in the bust. I was also TERRIFIED of not finding a dress that would fit my bust. I went to one salon in VA Beach and they didn't sell anything bigger than an 8 or a DD cup! My boobs are HUGE! I'm a 34I! I ended up going to a salon in my home town and they do all the alterations in house. You should look into in-house alterations. They are building a custom bra for me to go inside the dress I got and the bra hooks and adjustable parts are separate from the dress for the best fit possible. 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