Now that I have finished my Mission of finding the perfect pillow--I go out into the world to find the perfect fitting bra.
This kind of amuses me as I was 14 before I needed to wear a bra and didn't really need one then but for the fact that ALL my girlfriends had one and I felt weird. It was a lovely affair at 32AA.
When I graduated and married, I had grown to a 34A. My best friend Arlene and I were the same size. Within three months of being pregnant, I was a 38D.
She got clear up to a B--"two fried eggs with the yolks broke," as her husband used to say.
Arlene had large hips. Her husband preferred large boobs. I had large boobs, my husband preferred large hips. It was a source of many jokes over the years the four of us were together.
Anyway--I went from folding my arms over my chest to hide the fact I had no boobs, to folding my arms over my chest to hide the fact I had big ones. I was truly embarrassed.
As my weight went up and down, the cup size changed very little I do remember once, after my divorce when I lost fifty pounds, I got into a 36C and bought bras in every color manufactured. That happy phase lasted for about 5 years.
Something odd happened at menopause. I went from a 38 D to a 40D. Same cup size, just bigger around.
Something even odder happened at age 70. Now at an enormous 42DD.
Back down to a 40DD, when Fred died and I lost 30 pounds, but about a year ago, all of a sudden, my cups runneth over!!
I have worn underwire,three-section, Bali Bow bras for years and years. Now, all of a sudden, they aren't fitting right.
In November I went on an internet search. I found a bra that sounded just perfect. 40DD. The Lilyette by Bali and a minimizer thrown in for good measure. It was only $22.00--I am used to pay up to $40.00.
I came. It had a wonderful "U" back which I liked, but it didn't fit. Back it went, returned for a 42DD.
I came. It didn't fit. Back it went for a 42DDD--I had remeasured and was sure I had found it.
It came today. It doesn't fit right. It is going back.
So I went to the Her Room bra website to see what was my problem.
The "bridge" in the center of the bra(s) stick out. They are supposed to lay flat against my sternum. They do not. They bulge out which is very apparent under any top I might wear.
Searching farther--I find reviews by women who claim the Polish company EWA Michalik makes the best bras for big-busted women. Most Polish women are large in the boobie area, I guess.
I got. I calculated my measurements in cm's. By their standards I would wear a 95C.
95C? Is this not the scariest measurement you have ever heard of? DDD is bad enough.
They will build you a bra using many measurements and it will only cost $200.00 EU--how ever much that is in dollars, I have no idea. AND it only takes 3 months for it to get here!!
Back to the reviews. Adorra? Some of them have wider bridges. I need a Balconette bra. Something resembling a balcony, I guess?
I do have a large balcony. If I am not careful, it catches food--I have the stains on my tops to prove it.
It's nearly 9:00 and I am tired of searching for bras. It will resume tomorrow.
Either I find the perfect bra or I will set up a Go Fund me to pay for breast reduction surgery.
EGAD! Wouldn't that be most painful?
I refuse to go another year with my bra bridge sticking out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!