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Grade A-Cup: Easy Answers to Small Bust Questions

Today’s guest post is by Gayvin Powers, aka Eve of Eve’s Apples Lingerie. As the founder and owner of a lingerie store specializing in small bra sizes, Eve has been featured in the New York Times, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Marie Clare, and Jezebel. Here, she shares her expertise on how to solve several common problems for women with small bra sizes. Eve also invites Lingerie Addict readers to write her at eve@evesappleslingerie.com with their small bust questions.

Does your lack of cleavage have you in a conundrum? Does the training bra in the ‘tween department fill your nightmares? Are you haunted and taunted by your “A” cup bra?

If you answered “Yes,” chances are you have a small or petite bustline.

Most smaller, natural chested women have run into countless problems shopping for bras over the years. The following are just a few of the obstacles small and petite busters deal with in getting a bra that fits well. But never fear, help is on the way!

* The dreaded triangle training bra — everyone’s had one. No one enjoys it.

Fortunately, several lingerie companies are now specializing in petite bras and flattering bralettes that look divine on a small bust. A few of my favorites are Wacoal, Timpa, The Little Bra Company and Eberjey.

* Condescending comments from Sales Reps with more endowed bosoms. A Sales Rep from a popular store once told my friend looking for a push up bra, “We can only work with what you’ve got.”

It’s unfortunate that every woman I’ve spoken to has endured some kind of ridicule based upon her breast size. As a result, I subscribe to the saying, “No one can hurt your feelings without your permission.”

* Cups that pucker away from the breast. “You mean to tell me that a AA is too big?”

This is the most common bra problem for all women. When the cup puckers away from the breast (leaving a peek-a-boo affect), it means the underwire isn’t gathering the entire width of the breast into the cup. The quick fix is to “Go DOWN a band size and UP a cup size.”

* Bras that look too small for your torso. “I finally found a small bra I like, and you’re telling me that my body is too big even though my boobies are too small?”

Yep, this is a common one too. A larger cup size is needed. Specifically, a wider underwire is needed to gather all the breast tissue into the cup.

* “When looking from the side, my bra makes my breasts look mutated!”

The cup flattens to the top of the chest, looking deflated while bottom of the cup pops out. The result is a deformed look. A lot of women experience this when there is too much material on top of the cup. C’est tres désastre! Try a demi cup, balconette or bralette instead.

* “I’m destined to a life without cleavage.”

Make way, there is help! A great plunge or push up bra will bring out cleavage that you never knew you had. Nowadays, there are several great cleavage bras that go down to a 28AA, providing unbelievable cleavage. I recommend The Little Bra Company’s Lucia Bra, Panache’s Atlantis Gel Bra, onGossamer’s Bump It Up Front Close Bra, and Wacoal’s Embrace Lace Bra.

Trust me, the list goes on. These are just a few of the common bra problems women have when looking for a small bra. For more personal questions answered, you can email Eve (eve@evesappleslingerie.com) with the subject “Ask Eve.”

For women with a small bust or petite bosom, shopping for a bra and grown up lingerie need not be a panic-filled, prepubescent trip down memory lane. Designers, manufacturers and stores are coming together to serve this underrepresented market. Days of the white polyester training bra are over! “Celebrate Your Inner Eve” today!

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

10 Comments on this post

  1. Tiny says:

    Hi! I´d love links to each of the bras mentioned! Also a link to the cheapest priced ones for small/saggy girls (pregnancy)!

  2. Thanks for this lovely post. It is wonderful that more people are talking about bras for the small bust market. We like pretty lingerie too (some of us anyways)

    :) Sarah

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  4. sweater girl says:

    Thanks for posting this and showing some love for us small chested women! It's nice to know that I am not the only one who is bra-challenged when shopping..

  5. Amanda says:

    I may have a white cotton training bra or three in the back of my closet somewhere. I don't wear them, but they probably still fit. My little boobs refuse to be trained or tamed!

  6. Ellen says:

    Gayvin is an expert in this category and her website http://www.evesappleslingerie.com
    can guide this woman to satisfy a plethora of her needs!

  7. Debra says:

    Great post! As a girl with a wide chest but small A-cup breasts, it can be a bit distressing when it comes to cleavage. I've been able to wear the Victoria's Secret Miraculous line in 36AA and 36A but their extra padding doesn't always do the trick.

  8. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says:

    This is a very useful post for woman who aren't largely endowed-Even though I'm pretty hefty in the breast area, I find these tips very interesting!

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for this post. I have always needed help in this area. Lately, I've thought surgery for larger breasts is the only way to be able to fit into a bra properly and to avoid these problems.

  10. daisychain says:

    Perfect post for me!

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