When I published this WhatLauraWore outfit post on Saturday, I didn't realise that quite so many readers would email me about it. In the post I mentioned that, for my size, I haven't got the large chest that may be expected and that I often need to pin or have my dresses sewn, as I did in that post in order to get them to fit. Its reassuring to know that I'm not alone in this and that there are lots of plus sized girls out there that haven't been blessed with a large chest and indeed lots of girls who aren't plus sized that don't have large busts either but would like the appearance of one.
I deliberately wore this dress without the bra that I'm going to talk about tonight and instead I wore a regular plunge bra because I wanted to show girls who were bustier than I that there is a lot of room in the bust so the dress would be great for them. Sometimes I think that I may look quite busty in some photos and I don't want to give the wrong image of how the dress will fit on others when it is a clever bra that I'm wearing.
Many of you asked for my advice on different matters of the bust and whilst I am by no means a lingerie blogger, I thought I'd give you a little insight into my troubles when finding a bra and what I do to try to boost my bust to the look that I like for me. This isn't something I would generally write about on my blog because as you know, I'm a very private person but lots of you asked for my help and I feel like I should respond. I can't begin to give advice to others and I wont say what I think looks great or not so good on others, I can only say what I like for my own body. If you are looking for a blogger who knows A LOT about lingerie then might I point you in the direction of my friend Georgina who writes the blog Fuller Figure Fuller Bust and Caroline who writes CurvyWordy. Both great blogs written by two gorgeous and intelligent women.
The trouble that I have with finding a bra to fit me is that generally speaking, there aren't bras out there for women who require a large back size but who need a smaller cup and would like the bra to be padded. I have found that a lot of the time bras that are padded to any great extent will stop at a 38D. This was more of a problem at the beginning of last year when I had a larger back size than I do now however what I would do when I found my ideal bra was to add a bra extender into the back of it to make the band bigger.
|Boux Avenue Bra Extenders|
Now I know there will be lingerie companies out there crying out that this will be a poor fit, blah di blah, but the reality is that this is my real life scenario and using a bra extender enabled me to wear the bra that I wanted whilst feeling comfortable while wearing it.
Bra extenders are available everywhere. I'd recommend getting some in white, black and nude so that they will match your staple bras, then if you're wearing a colourful bra, I'd opt for the nude as they generally can't be seen through clothing. I've bought bra extenders from Boux Avenue and Debenhams in the past. I would recommend the Boux Avenue ones the most as whilst the Debenhams ones are good, the Boux Avenue are more robust and they sell both two hook and three hook bra extenders, the latter of which is generally very rare to find.
You might be wondering what style bras I wear. Generally, I wear t shirt bras, plunge bras, strapless or occasionally a Balconette bra from places like Asda, La Senza, Boux Avenue and sometimes from the Knickerbox line at Ann Summers. I do have some bras from more pricey brands like Wonderbra but generally I tend to not spend a lot of money on underwear. Perhaps its because I don't really have it on show and to be honest, I've found some really awesome bras for under a tenner that I don't see the need to spend more.
The stand out bra that really was a game changer for me is the 2 Sizes Bigger Bra from George at Asda that I discovered during the summer months last year. These bras are underwired and padded with the aim of increasing the appearance of your bust by two cup sizes.
These are the bras that they currently have online in the 2 Sizes Bigger Range:
|George at Asda's 2 Sizes Bigger Bra|
They sell both a plunge style that looks great under a lower cut top and under t shirts as the seams don't stand out too much and they also have a multiway style which I haven't tried and didn't know they did until I saw it on their website but I will DEFINITELY be buying it as the only other multiway/ strapless bra that I have is from Boux Avenue and I'd really like a one that has bust boosting qualities! The bras are available in 32A to C, 34 and 36A to D and 38 B to D (again, if your back size is larger, just add an extender in if you find it a comfortable fit).
Asda have lots of different styles of this bra but there are some consistencies in that they always have a plain black and white offering, usually with very minimal lines so they look great under tops and they're always £6 which is an absolute bargain for such a great bra. Their quality is fantastic and they wash so well; they're a bra that doesn't need any special attention, no fuss, just a great fit every time. What makes them even better value is that when they go in the sale, they are always priced around £3 to £4 depending on the design.
Speaking of design, Asda also make the 2 Sizes Bigger Bra in different colours and patterns- I have a pink leopard print one that is just gorgeous- and they have some with lace and bows on them too so you're able to get a bra that looks just as attractive as all the others on the shelf but with lots of extra padding for those that want it. The bras in the photo above have all just been taken direct from the Asda website but I'd imagine there would be more in store as when I go in they always have lots to offer. I'm going to have a look this weekend actually as it was during the summer that I last bought some and I quite fancy trying a more wintery style!
I guess all that is left for me to talk about now is the difference that this bra makes to my bust. The photos below speak for themselves.
|Right hand photo courtesy of Simply Be|
Both of these photos were taken in March of this year, neither have been Photoshopped and both dresses are similar in their cut at the bust in that they have a low plunge with a wrap over. The only difference is that in the photo on the left I'm wearing a plunge bra from Asda and in the photo on the right, I am wearing the 2 Sizes Bigger Plunge Bra from Asda, both in the same size. I wish my boobs looked like that all of the time!
Another tip to make the most of your bust regardless of what bra you're wearing is to add a little bronzer to your chest to define your bust. I'd only really recommend doing this if you're going out at night or wearing a top that shows your cleavage. Simply pop on your bra, grab a big fluffy brush and sweep a little of your favourite bronzer over your chest, lightly tracing the outline of your bust. This is a trick that a lot of make up artists and celebrities use to make boobs look more perfected but again, it depends on how you would like your own bust to look, I can only speak for myself.
I hope this post has helped give some you ideas and given you an insight into how I try to make the most of myself. What I will say is that we are not alone girls- there's so many people out there who are unhappy with their bust whether they think that their boobs are too large or too small or are a shape they are unhappy with- 25% of all cosmetic procedures in the UK are for breast augmentations which is the highest of all people going under the knife! Findings on Mya show that 'most women want a bust like Pamela Anderson or Britney Spears' and whilst a bra isn't going to give you the look of a particular celebrities bust, I know that finding and wearing the right bra for me, depending on the outfit that I'm wearing, really helps me to feel comfortable, confident and content.
This isn't to say that having a large bust is the ideal look to go for, its all down to personal preference at the end of the day and I think that shape is most important too. For me I like to look a little more in proportion for my size because I am so much bigger around my tummy than at my chest and I think looking a little more busty on me, looks really nice. One thing that has really distorted my proportions was losing 6 stone last year- I lost 16 inches off my bust before I lost 1 off my waist! If were to drop a few more dress sizes then I would hope that I wouldn't lose too much more off my bust as I like my boobs as they are!
So go forth in your quest for YOUR perfect bra!