One of the things I rant about the most when it comes to first world problems is bras. I have an unusual size and it is borderline impossible to find something that fits me and impossible to find something that both fits and looks good. This is a pretty common problem from what I’ve heard.
It is my firm belief that underwear is just as important as other forms of clothes when it comes to comfort, confidence, and posture. A bad bra can ruin an entire look. In other words, underwear matters.
After trying on too many ill-fitting beige t-shirt bras and having “fitters” suggest the completely wrong size just to sell me something, I decided to stop hoping that regular stores would cater for my needs. Next I tried specialist stores. Why on earth bra makers think that slapping a mosquito net over a person’s breasts and creating a goddamn elastic corset for the ribcage that is so wide it goes halfway down the ribs equals support, I’ll never know.
After that failure, I turned to online stores. Yes, it’s risky but you have a higher chance of success with a store that at least carries your size. Plus, many have good return policies these days.
One of the online stores/brands I’m truly happy to have found is Pleasure State. I’ve purchased items from them several times and therefor feel comfortable reviewing the brand as a whole rather than a specific product. Naturally, I haven’t tried every single item they sell because that would be impossible.
Band size range: 8-16
Cup range: A-G
Sales: frequent discounts
Shipping: International, company based in Australia
Products: lingerie, garter belts, camisoles & chemises.
On range: Ideally, I would wear an 8H-I in these products, however since they don’t go up that high I end up purchasing the sister size 10G. I really wish they went up to an H rather than just a G, but it’s still a wider selection of sizes than you’ll see in most stores.
Selection: you can ask for their bras to be filtered by size. Currently, there are 14 products available in my size. These 14 bras are the ones I will use to describe the kind of items you can find for the more unusual sizes. Only two are soft cups with underwires, thank the gods. The rest are moulded.
Price: 50-100 dollars per product. The products are of good quality and the prices are pretty decent. It’s worth the money, but I’d recommend keeping an eye out for sales.
Colours: 3 are beige, 3 are white, 1 red, 2 blue, 1 black, 4 have more than one colour.
Styles: 2 soft cup, 8 are plunge bras (varied hight in the middle part), and 4 are balconette.
Matching underwear: available.
Delivery: very quick in metropolitan Australia, can’t say what it’s like in other areas. It appears they ship pretty much anywhere.
Pros: No goddamn high rise in between the cups that dig into your chest, seldom pokes me in the armpit, shoulder straps come in regular width for most bras instead of the goddamn seatbelts other bras come with, varied styles and colours available, quick delivery, frequent sales, looks great. It works well with a vintage style. They range from casual to rather fancy.
Cons: no padded options, all of them have 3 hooks (I strongly prefer two), only 2 out of 4 collections have bras that come in this specific size.