Lingerie Stores that See the Big Picture for Big Busts

What's even better than finding a great bra fitter? Finding a great bra fitter who will offer you a discount on a Campbell & Kate shirt! The stores below understand that a great-fitting bra is only half of the story--women with large busts want great-fitting clothing to wear over their bras!

California:

A Perfect Fit Fine Lingerie (Tustin)

At Last Bras (Sacramento)

Sheer Pleasure (Covina)

Canada and North America:

Butterfly Collection (online)

Connecticut:

Fripperies (Mystic) (You may want to place your speaker on mute before clicking this link.)

Saxon Kent Lingerie (Orange)

Florida:

Lion's Lair Designs (Islamorada Key)

Sea Cup and Up (Sarasota)

Unique Lingerie (Ocala)

Georgia:

Livi Rae Lingerie (Kennesaw)

(Click "Read more" below for stores in Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon and South Carolina.)

Four Steps to Finding the Best Big Bust Bra Fitter for You

If you've read my last two posts (about the effect of bra fit on clothing fit and how to tell if your bra fits) and can relate to the need of the woman in this photo for a well-fitting bra, you may be wondering, "Where can I find a good bra fitter?" I can't tell you exactly where your best bra fitter is, but I can tell you how to find her.

1. First, click through to the store locator pages of these established full bust brands.

Fantasie

Freya

Panache

Prima Donna

If a store has at least one of these brands, there's a good chance their fitters aren't putting every large-busted customer into a 36DD. However, you should call ahead to make sure they carry the full range of bands and cup sizes. It's also a good sign if a store sells any of the following brands in addition to those listed above: Chantelle, Curvy Kate, Conturelle, Elle Macpherson, Empreinte, Fauve, Fraulein Annie, Kris Line, Love Claudette, Parfait by Affinitas, Simone Perele, and Wacoal.

What if there's no brick and mortar store near you and you're not traveling to a city with one soon?

Getting the Best Big Bust Fit Beneath Your Clothing

You're going to look great in a Campbell & Kate, but as I mentioned in my last post, you'll look even better if your bra fitsHow can you tell if you have the best possible fit? I suggest that you begin with these two resources:

1. Video,"The Three Points of Fit"

Freddy Zappe is the fit expert for Eveden, the respected producer of full bust bra brands Fantasie, Freya and Elomi. Every time I talk to her, I learn something new. You can learn from her, too, by watching this video on the Bare Necessities website. The rest of the advice on the page is also very good.

2. Bra Naked Truth

Erica Windle, co-owner of the North Carolina lingerie store, A Sophisticated Pair, has created a great series about fit. Before you go for a fitting, be sure to check out another of her excellent articles, How to Prepare for a Bra Fitting.

Intrigued by the subject? Then visit Sweet Nothings NYC's passionate post, On Sizing. Click the links to the other blogs she mentions for even more resources.

A Bad Deal for the Big Bust: Bra Bands that Are Too Large

If you wear a size 12 or lower in Campbell & Kate, chances are you do NOT belong in a 36 bra band. Yet there are countless women with waists measuring 31 inches or less wandering around in 36D and 36DD bras.

For the longest time, I didn't understand why this was such a travesty. I'd heard repeatedly that 90% of a bra's support comes from its band, but the concept made no sense until I saw the photo below from a blog by Don McCunn. When a band is snug, large breasts stay up.

On the other hand, when a band is loose, there's nothing to stop the breasts from falling, and the weight of the drooping breasts drags the band up even further in back (illustrations from BabyCenter).

  

It makes sense that if your bust is higher, more of your waist shows, and you look slimmer. You can see this in the before-and-after photo below.

Not Just Made in the U.S.A.

Meet Maria, one of the stitchers at the sewing factory that produces Campbell & Kate shirts. She's been sewing shirts at this factory since she moved to the United States from Portugal 45 years ago.

Below, Nelly and Alda have "only" been working at the factory for 10 and 20 years respectively. In this photo, they're sewing one of the most difficult parts of a dress shirt, the collar.

How the Best Shirt for Busty Women is Like a Great Vacation Destination

What would you do if, at the beginning of October, your husband announced that he had three weeks of vacation to use before December 31? What I did was go a little crazy with Groupon Getaways and TripAdvisor. For someone who loves to travel, it doesn't get much better than having to schedule three weeks off in a period that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Since my husband's sister had rhapsodically described to him her inexpensive all-inclusive vacations in the Dominican Republic, my husband suggested Punta Cana. He doesn't usually have a destination preference, so I was happy to click on every DR travel package I could find.

Each hotel's photos of white beaches and blue waters mesmerized me until I studied its TripAdvisor reviews. There, each getaway seemed like a mass-produced vacation experience for thousands of guests at a time.

An example of one of the mega-vacation experiences I discovered.

Many of the packages that I looked at outside the DR were similar. I became obsessed with travel sites and hotel reviews until I clicked on this one. (Click "Read more" to continue.)

Busty Women and "Nothing to Wear!"

"When a woman says, 'I have nothing to wear!' what she really means is, 'There's nothing here for who I'm supposed to be today.'" Can you relate to Caitlin Moran's statement in her book How to Be a Woman? I sure can.

Busty Women and the Power to Be Ourselves

Question:

What two things do Angela Merkel and Sofia Vergara have in common?

Answer:

Sometimes Your Busty Button Down Needs that Extra Something

There's only one thing I'm looking forward to about the end of summer: we can soon wear blazers and cardigans over our classic white shirts again. A blazer or cardigan makes an excellent Third Piece. According to one of my favorite image consultants, a Third Piece is what adds "excitement and personality to your outfit when everything else you’re wearing are basics". Worn open, their vertical lines also have a great minimizing effect on big boobs.

When temperatures climb to the nineties and above, however, a blazer or cardigan becomes oppressive. That's when an eye-catching necklace can complete your look. This Soho shopper that I ran into last week demonstrates this beautifully.

I only have one necklace that I can rely upon for a similar effect--a multi-strand coral necklace close to the one pictured below. This is why I've been on the lookout for new necklaces to give my classic white shirts a summer boost.

Big Bust Button Placement--How Low Can You Go?

I know you've faced these two unappealing choices before: fasten the higher button and look like an uptight librarian, or unfasten it and look like you're ready for happy hour. If only there were one more button between the two!

In a Campbell & Kate shirt, there sort of is. Remember how the button-spacing in our shirts prevents three-dimensional gapping? Well, having more buttons closer together also gives you more options in the amount of cleavage you want to reveal. Just last week a customer told me, "I didn't think of this before, but since you have decreased the distance between buttons, I have more options about how deep I want the neckline to go--great for making it more versatile."

Here's a look at the range of options that our button spacing gives you:

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