Ask the Addict: Bra Shopping after Weight Loss and More!

Today’s “Ask the Addict” feature comes courtesy of Evija, who frequently graces the blog with her insightful and savvy comments. Evija had several questions for me, and I tried to answer them as best I could. As always, if you have something to add, please don’t hesitate to do so in the comments. I love hearing what you all have to say!

Q: Hey Treacle!

I’ve noticed you’ve recently answered quite a bunch of the readers’ questions, so I thought it’s about time I submit mine and see whether you can help me!  

1) Almost every lingerie store has bra extenders as their lingerie accessory. But what to do with a band size a bit too big? I’ve lost some weight recently and feel that even though all bras still do the support part rather well, I’d like the band a bit tighter.  

2) Maybe you could do a post for all the colour freaks all there and post the lingerie sites that allow you to browse by colour? I encountered this when I made a promise to myself “buy more green lingerie!” and I didn’t found much besides Figleaves. I’m rather fanatic towards jewel colours and nearly hate the pastels, and frankly, it makes life hard!  

3) I’m rather tall (nearly 5′ 9″) and with rather massive legs which isn’t too helpful when it comes to finding nylons. So far I have bought only the KMD’s Ophelia, and even though I picked size 5, I had the welt a mere 6 inches above my knee, which isn’t quite the thing I sought for. And I’ve heard the Cervins run even shorter! And StockingsHQ offer only lycra-heavy “extra tall” stockings.

In other news, I think the new Review Wednesday is a rather neat idea, can’t wait to see more!

Best wishes,

A: Hi Evija!  Thanks for writing. I’ll answer your questions in the order you’ve given them above.

1) There are a few different ways to handle a too-large band size. In order of least to most time-consuming, you could try sewing extra hook-and-eye closures onto the band and cutting away the excess. You could also take the bra to a seamstress or tailor who could professionally take in the band for you. Or (and this is the option I’m most in favor of) you could just scrap your old bras and start afresh. I know that’s hard to do, especially when you might have to toss your favorites, but chances are that your weight loss has changed more than just your band size. I recommend going in for a professional bra fitting, and then treating yourself to a brand new lingerie wardrobe!

2) Unfortunately, when it comes to browsing lingerie by color, the only store I know of that allows that is the same one you already use… Figleaves. I’m afraid you’ll have to search for jewel tones the old-fashioned way.

3) As a long-legged 5’8″ gal, I empathize with your hosiery plight. The store that I’ve found has the best stockings selection, in terms of height, weight, color, and style, is Check them out and tell me what you think!

Got a lingerie question you want answered by an expert? Just send a note over to I read every e-mail, and I try to answer them all too!

Credit: Top photo is of me and was taken by Photognome. You can find more photos of me under the tag Treacle.

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

6 Comments on this post

  1. bra extenders fan says:

    i have those bras when i was in college,,, good thing there are bra extenders… that way i could still wear them even if i gained a little weight! =)

  2. Evija says:

    By the way, I did some restocking in my lingerie drawer.. It turns out I've grown from 38C to 36D, oh my!
    Seems I should settle down in buying many bras, as it seems my body is still growing (well, guess it should, being barely 19..)
    Anyway, thank you once again for your response and I will definitely check out the Stockingirl site when colder times come!

  3. larry says:

    A suggestion for long stockings is

    They make a very nice basic sheer stocking in Q1 and Q2 sizes for a very reasonable price. Not fancy but does the job and wears well. I am 6 ft. tall with long legs and the Q2 is one of the few stockings I have found that fits me well.

  4. d.funkt says:

    I see you've completely revamped your site. It looks amazing. Great work. Congrats.

  5. frankufotos Lingerie says:

    Fantastic, X2 – obviously..

    Also – Hey! you're about as tall as my girlfriend – cool!

  6. Panty Buns says:

    Great advice, as always and good links. You look soooooo HOT! in your lingerie in that hallway! OMG, do you ever look fantastic!

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