Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Thoughts for the Road: Full-On-Top Boobs in a World of Lower Fullness


Today I spent a long time thinking about why I stopped blogging.

Part of it was (I’ll be honest) the hurt of reading questions on forums when I’d spent hours writing up detailed posts answering those very questions. It seemed like it wouldn't matter if I disappeared.

Another part of it is my continued ambivalence about my boobs. I've never been the type to enjoy showing off cleavage; I'm all about bras that minimize and tops that smash my boobs. I have to deal with having big boobs, and I refuse to act like it's hard (it's not), but I don't necessarily have to like it. And sometimes I just want to cling to the Tutti Rouge Liliana and live it up in flowy crop tops. (At the end of that post you can read about my concern that this bra would allow me to relapse into my insecurity. I guess maybe it did.) And that doesn't really give me much to blog about. I don't want to spread my ambivalence, but right now I've retreated into it.

Part of it is that my passion faded. The bra world dealt me a few minor blows, and a few major ones, which snowballed together and everything started to seem disappointing.

Tutti Rouge abandoned their cute aesthetic in favor of this upcoming Fifty Shades of Gray foolishness. Meanwhile their shipping to the US remains so high that I can’t justify ordering the bras I love from their current collection, even as they sell out one by one, never to be replaced.

Even worse news came from Freya. The Marvel, the best bra I ever found for my shape, didn’t even make it to a third season.  They’re “replacing” it with a modified side-support full-cup which doesn’t look like it will be open on top at all. They’ve also recently added piping to the top edges of their Deco, which will reduce gapping experienced by full-on-bottom users, but will mean it no longer works for full-on-top boobs. You can see from these comparison photos the way in which the Deco has been edging away from being full-on-top friendly for years. 
Old Freya Deco (Pomegranate)


Freya Ashlee (Deco Variant) in a cup size BIGGER
The new Deco has a tighter top edge like the Ashlee pictured, but the biggest change is a deeper, smaller apex that just does not work with full-on-top boobs.

Both these moves, I must assume, are meant to correct issues encountered by buyers with lower fullness, who make up the majority of the market. I GET all this, I understand. It is not really news to me. The best bras for full-on-top boobs will always live fast and die young. I know that the majority of boobs have lower fullness and I know that companies want and need to cater to the largest sections of their audiences. Still, I wish…

…that there were more of us?

That companies were willing to produce smaller runs of bras for us and just warn off the full-on-bottom buyers?

The alienation I felt as a woman with full-on-top boobs was the biggest, most painful, and most important reason I started a blog in the first place. I guess it’s ironic that now it’s the factor that’s forcing me out. At the time, it was so hard dealing with what felt like a world of bras that wouldn’t fit me in any size due to cutting in on the top edge. It was so hard having bras that looked cute on so many people make my boobs look so sad. The hardest thing was struggling with the fact that people erroneously assume the shape is a synonym for "perky", when in reality full-on-top boobs have a lower apex and tend to point down naturally. I know now that full-on-top boobs are not something to be ashamed of, they are just different than what most people have and are familiar with. But, oh, it was SO hard back then.

I try to be more philosophical now. I try to keep in mind the expanded options. I try to forget the worst slights . I try to snap up the best bras when they come around. I try to spread knowledge so that those who share my shape can feel okay with it.

But right now, I just don’t have the love in my heart, and I'm sorry. Let’s go over it one more time, together, because I don’t know how long it will be before I come back. Here’s how we full-on-top ladies can navigate a world of bras that just won’t work for us.
Bravissimo: The Boudoir Beau is the only unpadded balconette that can work. It’s still a wiggle, but it works. Half cups are always good (Bravissimo’s run small).
Cleo: Marcie is a good bet. Avoid Meg. For other balconettes, wide gores allow you to take in the gore to make the shape more open on top—another good bet (try Lucy, but expect to take in the gore).  Half cups (Juna) are always good.
Panache: Avoid the sea of full cups. Avoid Tango like the plague. Avoid Tango knockoffs. Seek only the rarer-than-hens’-teeth balconettes (like Sienna) and the full-cups with elastic on the top (Jasmine, Envy, Andorra, Clara).
Freya: Avoid the unpadded balconettes. (I know, I know… but save yourself the grief. Avoid them all.) Marvel is perfect (wide, though, if that’s not your thing). Patsy and other padded half-cups are a great bet. That includes the longlines. Unpadded plunge swimwear is a miracle. (Wear as a swimsuit, wear as a bra, wear as a shining shield of good feelings.) Look for the oldest Decos without the trim on the top edge.
Curvy Kate: Avoid all the balconettes, especially the padded ones. Half-cups (currently Ritzy, formerly Tease Me/Thrill Me) are a good bet.
Fantasie: Most are not ideal.
Masquerade: Half-cups (Rhea, Delphi) are always a good bet.
Tutti Rouge: Liliana works for the shallow. Betty (half-cup) is a good bet. Sophia/Mae is okay. Avoid Frankie/Olivia and Birds of a Feather/Evelyn and their knockoffs.

Avoid anything with horizontal seams.

Seek vertical seams.

Good luck out there.

64 comments:

  1. I will really miss your insightful posts, and I'm sorry you haven't been "feeling it" with the blogging as of late. Best of luck in all your endeavors and I hope to see you back online at some point :]

    I have to disagree, though, that the majority of bras are made for full-on-bottom (FOB) breasts. I'm very FOB (and slightly above average full-on-top [FOT]) and the only bras that TRULY fit right are Polish brands Ewa Michalak and Comexim. Even good ol'Freya, including Deco both new and old, is too shallow at the base of the cup. There's empty space and the fabric folds over and pushes the underwire down my ribs instead of sitting under the breast. I get the same phenomenon with Parfait, Bravissimo, Panache, Cleo (except for the Meg), Claudette to a lesser degree...almost every UK or American brand. Fantasie is okay, but their bands start at 30 FOR WHATEVER REASON and I need 28.

    I don't think the majority of bras are made for FOB or FOT. I think they're made for an "average" shape. But most big-bust women are either FOB or FOT (or both). So you're definitely not alone in feeling like there are no bras out there made for you! :P

    But I do agree with your assessment of Tutti Rouge's gross new catalog style. It's SO cheesy!

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    1. I completely agree with you re: bras being made for an "average" shape. Before I found this blog, I was so ashamed of my breasts because of their size and shape as they didn't work with most of the bras I found. I felt like I was some freak because I couldn't breeze on into a Victoria's Secret store and walk out with a "Perfect Fit" bra. So, thank you BrasIHate and all the commenters/readers, because I don't feel so bad about my "abnormal" 45" bust line anymore.

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  2. I'm more balanced than full on top, but Ewa Michalak and Comexim have been a godsend for being open on top. British bras are just the beginning.

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  3. I was so excited you were back! And now so sad. Happy boob travels until next time.

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  4. I'm so sorry to hear you're having this moment of existential bra misery. I've certainly been there, though our shapes are not the same. Mind you, there aren't a ton of styles that work for me and my best brand (Empreinte) happens to be so expensive that it's not really an easy purchase. I'm fortunate that I can afford it well enough - and I've got Cleo and the occasional other styles / brands picking up the slack. My biggest issue is the weight of my breasts (now 44 years old and having lived through a pregnancy). I can't do with flimsy. Even if it fits, it won't support. And I will not bounce. I do love your blog though - so please find something new (or talk about what you hate!). Love your reviews.

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  5. I've missed you and I was happy to see a post and unhappy to hear you're going away. I'm a full on topper and I've always loved your blog and your advice. Hang in there and hopefully you'll get inspired again. I really love your blog. You and Miss Underpinnings are the only people who helped me finally find the right bras!

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  6. I can feel your pain. I'm FOB but I have have oddly shaped breasts, which are projected but have very wide roots, a problem exacerbated by my recent weight loss (the roots actually wrap around my torso now).

    Bras suited for projected and FOB breasts often have too narrow wires for me and bras suited for wide roots are too shallow and give an odd shape even if I size up. Add in the fact that I'm short (with a short torso), and I find that I don't own a single bra that really fits me well.

    Freya, Curvy Kate, and Fantasie are no-gos. I don't even bother with those brands anymore. Cleo is my go-to, but every "balconette" is a full-cup (and I'm only a 28G), every half-cup gives me a square shape, the straps are too wide (even for my comparatively broad shoulders!), and the bras chafe under my poor arms. Comexim makes the only bras that give me any cleavage at all (I don't like showing much, but it's better than seeing the whole bra down my shirt) and the straps don't fall down, but the wires are a nightmare.

    I think I could live with never having a really good bra if people would just accept that my shape exists and that no, I do not need a bigger cupsize (I've tried that, the gaping is impossible to fix). As supportive as the full-bust community can be, sometimes people are in a rush to judge, and no one wants to admit that sometimes a wellfitting bra, even if you can find one, won't fix all full-bust issues.

    It's your decision whether you come back or not, but I hope you do. There really aren't many young full-bust bloggers who are not around a size 12 and/or do not prefer vintage dresses and skirts (not that there's anything wrong with that! I'd just like a bit more representation because as a 19 yr old, US size 4 who prefers androgynous styles I'm not even sure my demographic exists in the full-bust world). You have some of the most amazing and informative posts out there (your sweater tutorial changed my life, I swear!) and if you never post anything again I want you to know how grateful I am for what you've posted in the past, and that you will be missed. You've helped a lot of people and provided amazing resources. Still, you shouldn't come back just because people want you to. If this isn't something that makes you happy anymore, move on!

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  7. Those freyas man, I loved them too!

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  8. The archives of this blog have so much useful info, it will keep new readers busy for a while. I just wanted to chime in as someone, who realized thanks to this blog that my own ambivalence towards my breasts could be due in part to being a bit fuller on top (not measuring up to the perky ideal even while young and firm, the "fake" comments, etc.), something I would never have guessed otherwise.

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  9. I'm also sad to see you leave, despite the fact that I've got much smaller boobs. I've always liked your style (of writing) and enjoyed your blog :).

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  10. Your blog has always been one of the greats to me. You'll be sorely missed <3

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  11. As a fellow FOT, I feel you. Thank you for all the advice and helpful reviews! I was really happy to find someone with boobs similar to mine and feel like I wasn't the odd one out anymore. You are the best and I'm sad to see you go but I hope you'll take this time to fall in love with your shape. That jaded feeling won't last forever! Until next time, my boob sister. :)

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  12. As a fellow FOT, I'm really sad to see you go. But I understand that jaded feeling about feeling different and being frustrated that there isn't much out there for us. I was so happy to find you because of that! Finally, someone who gets me, I thought. I hope you'll take this time away to really appreciate how beautiful you are. Screw the norm! Until then, my boob sister. :)

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  13. I appreciate all you've done for the blogging world. You've helped me and others a great deal.

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  14. I'll miss your blog. I think your posts have been very helpful. It was while reading your blog that I got some ideas about how to better fit my breasts, which often behave like FoB but which have some FoT characteristics when it comes to sports bras. I appreciated your explanations and drawings, and have often pointed people at your purple/green/blue shape which I think has become a standard way for many of us to talk about lift/profile shape.

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  15. I'm commenting just to let you know that your posts are very much appreciated.

    I was first directed to your site by a post on /r/ABraThatFits and despite going through the sub, your blog was the most interesting and useful resource I had come across on finding a good bra for a big-busted clumsy (referring to myself, not you) woman (a term I'm still in the process of embracing for myself) (not pretending its hard but not giving into liking it either, just like you!) in a world of well-fitted women.

    I can particularly relate to the stuff you like and dislike (in terms of style and fit), which is mostly bizarre to other people I express these thoughts to (which mostly end up being boyfriends - who can't seem to fathom why in the world I'd have a problem with big boobs, or friends who well, can't relate I guess). So do keep writing. I can't read regularly or keep up with posts as they are posted but you're definitely my go-to resource on bra woes

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  16. I hope you come back to the bra blogging world soon! You are the main reason I know I have FOT breasts and your blogs have helped me immensely!

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  17. I am new here, but have been using this as a resource. As a blogger who "lost the drive" as well once upon a time, I understand where you are coming from, but as a woman who has independently fell in love with the same bras you have, I have returned hoping for new posts of bras you have fallen in love with because right now I've been scouring eBay for any sign of my dear Sienna. Do what's best for you, but know you've been appreciated.

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  18. I am FOB, but I've read all of your reviews and soaked up your advice anyway. You'll be missed in the bra world. I have enjoyed reading your reviews and I will miss them.

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  19. I am so sad to see you go. As a fellow FoT you made me feel good about my boobs when TV and media made me feel like they were lacking. Feel better soon.

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  20. Likewise, I have really related to your posts and how hard it is to find a good fit. Please don't stop! Take a break. Let the sails down while you recover your wind. But please keep writing! The world (and I) need your voice to sweeten and season this wild, weird place called life.

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  21. I understand where this comes from but please also know this; you have the best blog out there on this subject. Your in depth reviews, insights and advice have been invaluable to me and I'm sure to so many others as well. Thanks for sharing so much with all of us. You have and will be greatly missed.

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  22. I'm a FOT, hate my boobs, and have followed this blog almost religiously since I found it because it's so immensely helpful in finding things that will fit.
    It's really sad news that this is unlikely to continue; there are a lot of us FOT girls and I think we're the ones who most need help because there are so few styles out there that are suited to our shape.

    Every single bra I have and feel good in, I have on the advice of this blog!

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  23. Your blog has been my favorite. I've been reading since you began it, & it has helped me more than any other bra blog. Your detailed posts on shape - the revelation of being FOT helped me find more fit & comfort & a better feeling about my boobs than ever before. You've had a unique, wonderfully written voice. Frankly, you can retire from the field with honor, on the glory of The Elf Shoe Post alone. But I will miss your blog. I want you to know that you made a difference to ME, & I spread that knowledge to two generations of my large Irish family, so the ripple effect is in place.

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  24. You have been a HUGE source of help to me. I am sorry to hear that this is no longer a passion for you. Do what you need to be happy.

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  25. I'm a mid-40 year old small band, big cup chick who has nursed 3 kids, worked in scrubs and pondered redux surgery every few years.
    I've searched for bras that fit and don't kill my back for the last 30 years. No one I knew was ever built like I was or had the issues that I did. I was told what a great problem I had.

    I've always felt a love-hate deal with my boobs. I've had them called great, i've also had them called pendulous.
    All I ever really wanted was a cute bra that didn't hurt. I wanted to be able to go for a run and not wear 3 different layers for support.
    Based on your reviews I found my first bra in a color. I never knew that was even an option for me, and while I am pretty practical and will probably stick with neutrals, I'm loving my new bra wardrobe.
    I appreciate that you don't just give a review, but you have broken down construction and the reasons behind the fit.
    I will say that it is still kind of hit or miss for me. I still don't know if i'm full on top, bottom , or balanced. But like with most articles of clothing, you have to try things on and see how they really work for you. Your time has helped me cut thru some of the poor choices and make better, educated ones and I thank you for that.
    I guess what I'm trying to say is that I have really valued the conversations here (i always feel like we could be sitting in the same room chatting and bitching about our clothes in your posts). I've learned a lot about bras but also about myself and how I view my body.
    I hope you find a happy place and come back to share what you've learned, be it about bras or something else.
    ~kimi

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  26. I was so happy to see a new post on your blog, now i feel sad after reading it. As a FOT girl, you have helped me soooooo much! Your knowledge of bras has inspired me to do more research and help others with their bra issues.
    I wish the best for you and hope you come back soon to share more with your loyal followers! :)
    Take care, girlie.

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  27. I learned so much from you. Thank you so much and best wishes

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  28. Please please please...do keep blogging. Your advice and knowledge gave me a reason not to hate my boobs. I think i am same size as yours. I feel bad when i think boys like me because of my boobs. I hate it. I sometimes just do not want any boobs at all. But reading your blog made me feel good. I know that there are people like me in the world. I too feel ambivalent...its natural. But you are important to this blog ...please blog again....it helps...i keep thinking that you are blessed to think of writing a blog on this topic. You have helped me tremendously...Please do not stop :(

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  29. I just wanted to let you know that I've been in love with your blog for over a year, since I first discovered it. I think your reviews are incredibly written and informative, and I appreciate your non-review posts, like the alterations or even the washing guide one, more than anything else. You will definitely be missed. Take care <3

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  30. I just want to thank you for the most relevant information I ever got on types of bras. I am about 34F in GB, 75G in EU sizes, I have very rounded, full on top and extremely close set boobs. I don't like showing cleavage. And I live in Croatia. The only manufacturer (Triumph) that was available to me in shops that had my size and shape of cups that was ok for me just stopped importing my size to the Croatian market, and it looks like they discontinued two of the best models (for me) all together. I will just have to start ordering bras from the internet although I am dreading picking out a bra without trying it on. So thank you for the info and for making me feel normal and less alone.

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  31. I'm FOB but have long enjoyed your blog. Perceptions are funny--I seem to find only bras for FOT. Whether you continue or not, you have helped educate and inform many grateful readers.

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  32. I just had to add in a comment to say that your blog has been immensely helpful for me, and that while you've been gone I was checking to see if you updated at least once a week for quite a while. I do hope you come back at some point because as was already mentioned, you're a bra blogger I can most closely relate to. You're younger, FOT, full-busted, and don't wear vintage froofy dresses, and that's something I can seriously relate to. I've seen numerous other blogs link to your website for the breast shape diagrams you made, and I think that really proves that you are of great value to the bra blogging world. It's up to you whether you decide to come back though, you shouldn't feel pressured to do anything one way or the other.

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  33. Just came to say thanks and hope that you decide to keep blogging.
    I greatly enjoy your blog.

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  34. You will be missed! Everything I know about bras I learned from you. I pored over your blog posts for months before going shopping. I'm FOT, and I felt bad about my boobs until I saw you feel good about yours. Bra shopping is still a nightmare, but thank you for distilling your lessons in those brief last lines. It is so very much appreciated.

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  35. So sad you won't be blogging anymore... I found your blog only recently and it's been amazingly helpful. I'm also full-on-top although I only understood it while this blog (and I'm 37!). I started to "discuss bras" recently with a friend who's also big. She told me her favourite bras, I tested them all in the hopes of finding something new, but nope, none of them worked for me. For example a Fantasie bra that was supposed to be a balconette and looked like a balconnette on my friend, definitely wasn't a balconette on me... The end result was just horribly squashed & pointy, same with Freya unpadded plunge (as you've listed above.... I couldn't understand why, started to google and found you... Thanks for your blogs and this last post with last navigation tips. It was just what I needed :)

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  36. I've always enjoyed your reviews - your blog helped me learn so much and gave me the courage to actually experiment with brands and styles, learn about this industry that affects so many women, and figure out what worked for me and what didn't. I hope you find inspiration again (in any form), and in the meantime, I'll keep re-reading your archives.

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  37. I will miss your blog! I, too, struggled with feeling like my boobs were ugly, saggy, hideously deformed. I still struggle with it. But your blog helped me find bras that actually made me feel cute again. (Marcie, the miracle made out of magic!)

    Happy travels.

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  38. Aww. Sry for the dissapointing state of mind! We are here waitinf for you to "return" you have helped so many gals understand their girls and given support, we will be missing you but dont takr to long. Im very early in my journey for the perfect fit and need your advise as you were my go to in tine of dispair, ill fittings, and bad advise in stores n online. You are a go to for many of us. Thanks from all your "fans". Vacation is good but you always must come back. :)

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  39. You were pretty much my first window into the bra blogosphere and I still find your blog to be the most fun, informative, and comprehensive in your reviews. I hope you return to blogging if you feel the itch again!

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  40. Another FOB chiming in to say I enjoyed your reviews, guides, and advice. Best of luck in whatever you choose to pursue!

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  41. It seems you have a lot of support from a loyal and grateful readership, but I wanted to add my voice to the chorus. You have provided an amazing service to women with this blog of yours. I'm so grateful for your care, time, honesty, and attention to detail - you have helped me immensely. An ill fitting bra, and the skills and language about how to get a better fit are not things readily available to women - and with your blog you have helped to educate and empower women to improve their quality of life. And I don't think I'm overstating things by saying that. Thank you!!!!!! Emily

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  42. Don't stop blogging! I never thought I'd be so emotional about a blog, but really it would be lovely if you would stick around only if it's just once in a while posts. I've struggled with every aspect of having large boobs and this blog has not only been an amazing resource for me in buying bras that work but it's also been so nice to read your posts and not feel like everything is fitting wrong because I'm the wrong shape. I'm FOB and literally each time I walk away from a bra fitting I feel horrible and like I bought a bra that does nothing for me. Dealing with the effects of pregnancy and nursing again right now, I'm so frustrated with what's out there and how little the stores know about fitting you properly. I logged on here desperate to find a bra I can have altered into a nursing bra- this blog is the first place I go whenever I need to know anything. Thank you :)

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  43. I'll miss your reviews, quite a lot.

    Just wanted you to know that I have six Fantasie Rebeccas, and I'm a EU 75F full on top.

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  44. Long time lurker here and fellow full on top (G-cup) your blog was/is my go-to resource before buying any Bras.
    Thanks for all your research and the witty posts.
    Greetings from Germany

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  45. Hi,
    I was just searching on google and came to your link and really i must say your posts are awesome. You have explained each and every thing about bras in such a detail, i really liked it. Even the blogs that you have shared are also awesome and i have gathered very useful information from there too.
    Thanks and keep posting.

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  46. once upon a time i was squeezing myself into uncomfortable 34As. i can't remember how, but during a late night of browsing the internet i found your blog which improved my self esteem so much. i am now several steps closer to finding bras that fit me. i am probably one of many people whose lives have been changed by you. it is your choice whether you come back, but i wanted to tell you that you are loved.

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  47. Just want to say I AM SO THANKFUL that I recently discovered you blog. I am a 36HH FOT and you have been a lifesaver in helping me to figure out what bras work for my shape. Sadly it's not as many bras as FOB but I can't thank you enough for helping me to navigate the market. Miss your posts and hope you come back!

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  48. This breaks my heart...I just found you and your amazing blog! Please come back and share. You have a message that is really helping people! A good fitting bra can be life changing! (•)(•)

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  49. I discovered your blog about a year ago and was SO grateful for all your thoughtfully explained, detailed posts. Because of you I wound up understanding my shape and finding bras that fit for the first time in my life. We actually have very similar shape/size; I am definitely a FOT sister, so I don't know what I would have done without you.

    Bras are not a huge passion of mine so I haven't been here in a while, but I'm sad to see you're struggling with this stuff -- especially since you helped me so much with the same issues. As a side note I think you are lovely and you don't look at all strange or oddly proportioned to me, which is part of what helped me start to embrace my own figure. <3

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  50. I hear your frustration and disappointment. I stumbled on your blog a few short weeks ago, and have been back over and over -- it's a tremendous resource and much appreciated.

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  51. I have been searching an article about bra to get some knowledge and write my own. thanks fir shearing such a great information. i enjoy your article so much

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  52. Your blog has been my life saver. I'm extremely full on top with 28HH/28J sizes and everything is a nightmare. Learned the hard way that curvy kate is not going to work (any of their designs) and freya's half cups just dont go up big enough, but by some miracle of bending the wires and sewing in the gore, i got their patsy to fit me.
    I'm tempted to just buy cleo's half cups like the Juna and darcy a thousand times in 30H because that somewhat fits, but you're right, the marcie is great.
    All of panache's main line is the horizontal seam, and if the tutti rouge runs small as you say, then that's not going to work either.

    Might as well start learning how to make bras myself or take out a loan to fund return postage and their actual price.

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  53. Hiya,

    Are you still active? What do you think about strapless adhesive bras (link in signature) for big boobs. Do they work?

    Many thanks for the interesting posts.

    Sarah

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  54. Freya make great bras, theyre all I wear! Enjoyed this post. Also, for a reliable quick-fitting guide, visit here - http://www.justemoi.co.uk/pages/1/bra-fitting-guide. Thanks.

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  55. I love the colour of the bra and the fitting feels so well , I guess the blogger is leaving the blog , I will miss that too.

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  56. I buy bras once a year, and I needed some new information. Thanks for all of your fitting tips. Even though your reviews are old now, I buy on ebay, where a lot of old, but never worn are still sold. I would love some updates on 2015 styles. Hope to see you back someday!

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  57. Commenting over a year later because I find myself reading your posts once in a while and they're all SO informative! Let me tell you, I'm totally FOB but I've only found one bra in years upon years of trying that actually really fits me, doesn't hurt, leave marks, or have to be altered, and of course, it was discontinued. I wear a 28G or GG and the 28 band is only after gaining 16 pounds. Before that, I just wore my bras too big, had a few that ran small. . . but still. I do NOT understand why all the Freyas now have two hooks. That is NOT enough support for a full bust! I've bought their long lines and altered them myself. . .now there's none of those. It's FRUSTRATING!!! I can understand your frustration, but y'know what? Most of the bra buyers are just bigger women, not FOB women. If you're full bodied, there'll be more choices. I don't understand, also, why there isn't ONE American bra company that makes smaller than 32 inch bra bands, and even 32 is hard to find (and are usually way bigger than their stated number). New online companies spring up and one gets messages, "Sorry, we do not stock your size at this time. . ." What's a smaller gal to do? Complain is all!! If I had capital, I'd start a bra company!!!

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  58. The lingerie catalog is very nice and touching. I liked very much.

    http://www.cosabella.com/en-us/lingerie

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  59. Your blog has been my life saver. I'm extremely full on top with 28HH/28J sizes and everything is a nightmare. Learned the hard way that curvy kate is not going to work (any of their designs) and freya's half cups just dont go up big enough, but by some miracle of bending the wires and sewing in the gore, i got their patsy to fit me.
    I'm tempted to just buy cleo's half cups like the Juna and darcy a thousand times in 30H because that somewhat fits, but you're right, the marcie is great.
    All of panache's main line is the horizontal seam, and if the tutti rouge runs small as you say, then that's not going to work either.

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