This handy guide is for those of us with DD+ boobs. I have been DD+ since I was 15 and I'm now a size 30J so I know the struggle. With this guide I will be sharing my 13 years of experience as a big boobed woman. I'm talking the best stores to get fitted, finding cheap DD+ bras, looking after your bras, the whole shebang - so lets dive straight in!
Get to Know Your Boobs
Figuring out your shape
You know you have large boobs but do you know your size and/or your shape? Your size we will get to in a minute but your shape you can figure out by looking at your boobs right now. Boobs come in many shapes and each one is as normal as the last. I spent many years trying to 'correct' my shape. Such a waste of time. Now I embrace what I have and let my ladies live. Knowing your shape will help you understand what style of bras work best for you. Click through for a handy breast shape dictionary from ThirdLove.
Finding your size
The best way to get an idea of your size is to go to a store and get fitted. The best time to go is a week before your period when your boobs are at their largest. The fitting process is pretty straightforward and free. Think of the size you end up with as flexible. You will find that your size will vary slightly depending on where you shop. Below are mini reviews of places I have been fitted at that cater to DD+ sizes.
Debenhams: They offer a free service which you arrange in-store with someone from the lingerie team. The level of expertise offered isn't exactly top of the game so it does turn into a marathon trying on session. They do carry a lot of brands so you can see how you fit in lots of different styles. Their GG+ offering is pretty slim.
M&S: This is a free service but you need to book an appointment. You can do this online or pop in-store. M&S does a solid fitting on their own range. The prices are good and the service is on point. However their GG+ offering is also slim and they do not cater to the small back - large cup crowd.
Bravissimo: Fittings are free but this store gets BUSY so it's best to call ahead and book an appointment. The fitting style is a little unusual because they don't use a tape measure. It's all done by eye which is pretty impressive. The store caters exclusively to D+ sizes so the staff are well versed in DD+ issues.
Buying Quality DD+ Bras
Find you brand and stick to it
DD+ bras do not come cheap so I don't like to waste my coins on a pretty little thing with a terrible fit. After a couple of fittings, I found that Panache bras in the Andorra, Clara and Jasmine styles offer me the best fit and I have been brand loyal ever since. The following brands are popular with DD+ girls for good reason. Seek them out and try them on.
Panache is my favourite brand based on fit alone. They keep things in place and they don't compromise on delicate details for their larger sizes.
Cleo by Panache is the flirty younger sister to Panache. Expect brighter colours, animal prints and bralette styles.
Freya is a great brand if you like feminine details like florals and bows. At full price, they are a little steep so it is best to try on, note your favourites and shop around during the sales.
Fantasie is actually part of the same brand family as Freya. I think of it as Freya's older and wiser sister. Lots of classic and elegant designs.
Save ££s by shopping online
Now that you know your size and you've found your brand, there is no need to pay full price for your favourite bras ever again. You'll notice that all the bras from the examples above are currently on sale. Most brands will put out your favourite style in neutral shades and a small collection of seasonal colours. Those seasonal colours 9 times out of 10 end up in the sale and in online lingerie outlets. Enter the name of your favourite brand, style and size i.e. 'Panache Andorra 30J' into Google and you will get results for bras in off season colours at reduced prices.
Looking After Your DD+ Bra
Your bra was probably hard to find and cost a fair bit of money, make sure it lasts as long as you do by taking good care of it. A lot of the advice out there says you should handwash your bras but lets be real no one has got time for that. Putting your bras in the washing machine isn't the worst thing you can do. Just be sure to use the handwash cycle, put your bras in a lingerie bag or pillow case and stop your hooks for damaging the lace by closing the clasps.
Don't wear your favourite bra to death, be sure you have a couple in rotation on a weekly basis. This stops the elastic from wearing out as quickly. Also be careful of how you are putting on your bra. Adopting this method stops you from warping the underwire.
There you have it! A few tips that I wish I had known when I was 15 and struggling to fit my 28F's into 32D's. Busty ladies please drop any wisdom you have in the comments below. Depending on how useful you guys find this post, I will also do something similar on finding the perfect DD+ swimwear.