D Cups and Up and Shirt Sizes: Sometimes the Third Try is the Charm

Good news for those of you who are unsure what size Campbell & Kate shirt to order--the Buy1Try3 Program is up and running. A customer who tried it last month graciously provided photos of the process, despite looking, as she described it, "like a hot wrinkled mess." Since she was our guinea pig, I'll call her "Ginny".

Here are Ginny's measurements:

Bust: 39"
Waist: 31"
High Hip: 39"
Low Hip: 41"

Going by the size chart alone, Ginny should wear a 10S, but she wanted to try other sizes because she said, "I'm shaped a little differently than most ladies. My apex minus my band is 10 inches, but my waist is larger than my band." (It turns out that she is NOT shaped that differently from many ladies, as a recent survey by Braless in Brasil points out.)

Ginny tried sizes 10S, 10M, 10L, 12S and 12L. Both size 12's were too baggy, as evidenced by the photo above, but take a look at the size 10's after the jump to see what size you think she should have kept. I'll tell you what size she chose at the very end.

Power Shirts for D Cups and Up

As I ironed this shirt for my husband last week, I found myself daydreaming about how much I love crisp white button fronts.  "If only women like me could have a shirt like this," I mused, and then stopped short.  Women with large busts DO have a shirt like this, and I'm the one who created it.  How embarrassing to have forgotten, but after a lifetime of battles with baggy shirts that still required a safety pin at the bust, old thinking dies hard. I laughed at myself for forgetting that the war is over.

Four reasons I iron my husband's shirts after the jump . . .

How to Tell a Woman with a Large Bust that She'll Look Amazing in a Campbell & Kate Shirt, Part 2

In Part 1, the key word was "discretion".  Today's word: creativity.

Actually, if you're a woman who wears a D cup or higher, you don't have to be that creative.  You need only wear your Campbell & Kate shirt.  Other women who wear a D cup or higher will tell you how amazing you look, and you will simply tell them where to find us.

But for situations where you must do the approaching, here are three ideas to get you started:

D Cups and Up: Can You Handle the Curves?

This warning sign should come with Campbell & Kate shirts.

That’s because, although most women with a large bust adore the way they look in them, a few are shocked to encounter their own curves. It’s easy to understand why. Many ready-to-wear garments drop straight from the widest part of the full bust straight down to the hem, hiding the waist. When this freefall is tailored, the waist and bottom half of the bust are revealed.  See what I mean after the jump.

Have an Intimate Affair with Campbell & Kate and Other Bust-Friendly Businesses

Bra La Mode is holding its debut "intimate affair" here in New York City on Sunday, January 29, at the famous Bra*Tenders at 630 9th Avenue. Come meet the "bralebrities" that my friend Moira has lined up AND find out which of Campbell & Kate's 18 sizes is right for you.

Don't Get Stuck in the Uniform Rut

Sitting next to this group of co-workers on the Long Island Railroad recently, it was obvious that the two women were on top of their professional game as they discussed financing options for the client they were going to meet.

It was also obvious that they were not on top of their appearance game.  Both wore plain dark suits with unremarkable tops beneath their jackets, and neither wore any makeup.  Perhaps they'd spent the entire night preparing for the meeting to which they were traveling and had only had a few minutes to grab their easiest go-to outfit before catching the train.

Understandable though their situation might be, they were each basically wearing a uniform, and they looked boring.  That's also a common criticism of the classic white shirt--that it's too "uniform looking" and boring.  However these women demonstrate that it's not what you wear that causes you to blend in with the scenery.  It's HOW you wear it.  Do you see any color in this photo?  Any inkling of the women's personalities other than their preference for nice leather bags and an addiction to email? 

Fortunately, it doesn't take too much effort to overcome the "Stepford worker" message sent by the ubiquitous black laptop next to the window.  If you're also in a rut (and who hasn't been?), here's a list of ideas to reclaim your personality in the way you dress and, more importantly, the way you see and feel about yourself

How to Tell a Woman with a Large Bust that She'll Look Amazing in a Campbell & Kate Shirt, Part 1

Everyone I meet knows at least one large busted woman who would look fabulous in a Campbell & Kate shirt. But how to tell her?


First, it depends on who you are. If you're a woman, the sky is almost the limit--especially if you're the genuinely caring type who has even a smidgeon of charm.  If you're a man, it may not matter how caring or charming you are.  There are some women with large busts to whom you can never speak directly about Campbell & Kate.

That's because it also depends on who she is.  If she's your best friend, sister, mother, or girlfriend, then whatever your gender, you can easily tell her about a classic white shirt made just for D cups and up.  If she's a co-worker, you should probably be a woman who knows her pretty well.

However, no matter how well-intentioned you are, some women aren't going to be very receptive to the news, even from another woman.  I learned this last month when I sat mesmerized during this speaker's talk about niche marketing.It wasn't her material that held me rapt, but her full bust atop her slender torso.  I was determined to beat everyone to the front ot the line to speak to her after her presentation.  Unfortunately, I was so premature in my sprint to the front that she thought I had a question for the Q&A session.

"Yes?" she called to me.

Small Bands and D Cups: Don't Judge a Body by its Cover

Last week I sent out a newsletter featuring the photograph on the left and then went to meet my 8M fit model. I asked if she'd seen the newsletter. "Yes," she answered," but you should have used a larger model instead of a tiny girl who can fit into anything." I tried to explain that I had used a larger model, but she didn't believe me.

So for all you doubters out there like my fit model, I give you the photograph on the right. 

What bra and shirt size do you think she's wearing?  I post the answer after the jump.

These Women Are Not Shopping for Safety Pins

Shopping without having to worry about a gapping shirt makes our four Campbell & Kate women feel as high as a . . . well, airplane!

Once you own a foundational piece like a classic white shirt made to fit a large bust, the only items left to buy are accessories to make it your own.

No Safety Pins Were Used in the Filming of this Video

Last May, I made a spontaneous video of my niece wearing her size 4S Campbell & Kate shirt. When my husband saw it, he said, "There really is a need for your shirts!" That's when it dawned on me that simply talking about these shirts for D cups and up will never have the impact of actually seeing one in action on a woman with a large bust.

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