A Starter Lingerie Guide for H+ Cups
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The D through G lingerie market is booming. More brick and mortar stores are picking up great bras in a variety of styles and sizes, which is making it easier for full busted women everywhere to try on lingerie. Sadly, if you've discovered you fall into the H+ cup range and need to start a lingerie collection, your life is going to be a lot harder.
H+ cups are still relegated to incredibly rare speciality stores and internet retailers, many of whom are located overseas if you live in the US. Today I've put together a guide that includes a ton of information including recommendations, where to buy bras at a discount, how to find y0ur correct bra size and more. Read on to find out more about how to build a basic bra wardrobe if you're in the H+ cup range!
To Start, Check Your Size:
Before you invest in a bunch of new bras, you may want to double check your size. Even if you've been sized in a boutique, I encourage you to double check. Not all boutiques are familiar with larger cup sizes and sometimes they get it wrong. To check, all you'll need is a measuring tape and access to the internet. I highly recommend both the bra size calculator at A Sophisticated Pair and the calculator at Butterfly Collection. If you're new to all of this, it's also good to look at ways to tell that your bra doesn't fit and what to do about them.
Start With the Basics:
I am the queen of crazy and colorful underwear, but everyone runs into those outfits and days where you need something basic that fits really well. If you're new to buying lingerie, this is also a good place to start.
Some basic bras that are popular are (besides the Envy Bra by Panache pictured above):
For Trendy or More Colorful Options:
There are lots of those too! Standout brands in this size range are Curvy Kate, Elomi, Bravissimo, Panache and several brands out of Poland. Most of these can be found at any major online retailer.
Bravissimo bras are sold only through their site and are well worth the investment and international shipping. You can also check places like Brastop and Zulily for sales and discounts to try new sizes and styles. If free returns and free shipping is important to you, Amazon also carries tons of lingerie these days.
There are also several places to buy bras informally, such as the Clothes for Boobs group on Facebook and the swap/sell function on Bratabase. If you see something you love but are unsure about sizing, you may be able to pick it up cheaply in an older colorway to try it. This can also be a way to source non-US brands that don't yet have distribution here.
On Sourcing Polish Lingerie:
In this size range, it's impossible to talk about where to buy lingerie and not mention Poland. Several Polish brands carry this size range; sadly, some are easier to buy from than others.
If you're new to lingerie, I'd suggest starting with some bras from various Zulily sales and swap groups. While they aren't returnable, Polish bras in this size range are easy to resell. Older Kris Line, Comexim and Ewa Michalak bras should be available fairly easily through swap/sell groups and flash sales.
Another new option is to order Comexim through the partnership between Anna Pardal and A Sophisticated Pair. Erica is an expert on sizing and can custom order any sets that you want, as well as talk you through all the alterations that Comexim offers. She also stocks several basics so you can try them for size and not worry about international returns.
Several promising Polish brands that cater to larger cup sizes don't have distribution here yet and are more of a challenge to buy from, namely Avocado and Samanta. If you've fallen in love with one of their sets, you may be out of luck as a US buyer.
A Note for L Cups and Beyond:
If you're larger than a K cup in UK sizing, then your two sources for bras will be either Bravissimo or custom Polish bras. This severely narrows your selection. Many women in this size range are having success ordering custom bras over email from Polish companies, although you may have to make friends with someone who speaks the language to be able to communicate effectively with some companies.
If you are in the H+ cup range, I'd love if you would leave a comment and let us know what your current favorite bra is! It would be great to have more recommendations for women who are new to this size range.
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