Mar 26, 2012

Barely There, BRING BACK MY BRA! - Keeping the Girls Up When the Economy's Down

I have a hell of a time finding a bra that fits. I've been professionally fitted, still more often than not I end up ordering my bras online because I wear an odd size that I rarely see in the stores. Inevitably these bras are on the more expensive side. Still, pickings are slim so I got to pay. And this week I have my ire up because for the second time, after finally finding a bra that I like and that fits well... 

It has been discontinued!!!!

First it was Bali's Passion for Comfort Cotton Underwire, model #3394 - size 42B; now it is my BELOVED Barely There Gotcha Covered Unlined Underwire, model #4666 - size 40B, or as I like to call it, "THE DEVIL'S BRA!" DUN-DUN-DAAAAH! Potentially Satanic model # notwithstanding, this brassiere has been Heaven! Now I am forced to scour the internet for clearance leftovers...and the dread day has finally come: the cups no longer runneth over, the well of 40Bs has run dry. Oh I saw one on Ebay, but I just couldn't bring myself to go there. Earlier this week I found 2 brand new 40Bs for sale at an online lingerie shop & snapped them up. They were a cute floral pattern --not my first pick as one gets more bang for the buck with neutrals, still, that was all they had. The cost was more than I wanted to spend but I was thrilled to find them. Then I received the crushing blow via email: the items I ordered were no longer in stock and they have credited my account. No bras for me. Oh sure, Barely There has a similar bra, model #4667, but the cups have an inner lining, creating a bothersome and overly padded look. Plus I find lined bras are not as comfortable. So, here I go once more, seeking out a bra to call my own --which will more than likely fall in the $20-35 range (though most online places are discounted & I personally recommend One Hanes Place for good sales).

Dear Bra Industry, do you know that NOT every woman with a broad band measurement is 
a DD or above???

Like many of you readers out there, I am trying to lose weight. According to most weight charts, I should be about 20 lbs lighter than I am but such losses and gains have only a minor effect on my bra size because, don't roll your eyes, I am in fact "big boned". Seriously. If you saw me walking down the street, you wouldn't think "fat". I'm just sorta average, because I'm tall with a large frame: ridiculously long arms and legs, broad shoulders and a very wide rib cage. I'm also fairly muscular --try to move my quads at your own peril. Most of my extra fluff is primarily concentrated in my middle & lower tummy, and not where my bra sits. There's not much cushion between my upper ribs and the world. At my skinniest, 30-35lbs less than I am currently, I still wore a 38B, a 36B sometimes but rarely and that was dependent on the anything but standardized brand. I honestly think it is physiologically impossible for me to get below a 36, even if I was anorexic! So, my point? I can almost never find a 40-42B bra in a store. Usually, the only bras above 38 are special "full figure" models that start at a C with most in size D, DD+. I'm a rather biggish B and every so often I'll try on a smallish-looking C, only to find myself in the dressing room staring down at 2 cups half filled with air. I want bra manufacturing to change! I want the industry to begin to acknowledge the wide-ribbed! But I also want to be able to choose from a large selection of cute, inexpensive bras! So whittling myself down (by healthy means) to a 36/38 it is! 

But tell me this, oh Broad-Banded-B-Prejudiced Brassiere Makers: 
Why, oh why, do you discontinue 
bras that people love??? 

Women have been snapping up my Barely There bra left, right and center on the internet and my size is sold out. Surely there is a demand! Don't you realize what you're doing? The wrong bra can ruin lives --not to mention outfits!!!

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous6/03/2012

    Barely There Model #4666 is the best fitting bra available and the replacement can't compare. BRA makers: Do you not understand NOT every woman wants extra lining and padding!!! BRING BACK MY BRA.

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  2. PREACH, GIRL, PREACH! I knew I was not the only one out there pissed off that #4666 got 86'd! I have looked at the so-called "replacement" but have not tried it out precisely because of the extra lining. Perhaps we should start a petition!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write a comment & I am so sorry it took me this long to review & post it. I know blaming technology sounds so phony-baloney but this just now popped up on my Blogger dashboard & email notifications. Hmmm, perhaps Blogger and Barely There are in cahoots?! I've done a couple follow-up posts on "the bra issue" and I will definitely give your feedback a shout-out in a new post and on our Facebook page. :>)

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  3. Soft, silky and comfortable! They fit great, true to size, the colors are very pretty, and the price is fine. I strongly recommend Bali 24A3

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    1. Thank you Cathy for the tip! I have definitely had a few more bra-ventures since I wrote this post and will be doing more brassiere blogging in the near future. I so appreciate you taking the time to comment! :>)

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