Any busty woman knows the struggle. I’ve been looking for a bra that fits and doesn’t activate chronic neck and shoulder pain since literally January of this year. I’ve spent hundreds and returned nearly ALL of them. Finally decided to try the Kindred Bravely bra I was getting ads for even though it’s technically a lounge-type bra and I’m always skeptical of those S/M/L/etc. ranges because they can’t possibly accommodate the real physical dynamics of having a big, heavy bust with a small ribcage. Well, I’m wearing a bra that’s not a retailored sports bra for the first time this year comfortably, and it’s this one. So so far, I like it, which really is saying a lot. It doesn’t hurt, it provides fair support, though I don’t know if I could get by wearing just this bra without significant boob stretching during breastfeeding.
My one gripe is that even with sizes that are supposedly “busty,” they’re just not busty enough. They never, ever are with any company. I have to wear it on the tightest hook (definitely not going to need the bra extender that was included—thanks though) and that’s barely tight enough to constitute band support, and meanwhile my boobs are still not covered by these supposedly large-enough-for-anyone cups. So the fit is just okay, but I’m not in love.
American bra manufacturers need to come awake to the fact that the average woman is not in fact a C cup. The average boob size is in fact going to be closer to a G. Kindred Bravely at least uses a correct sizing paradigm with the band-bust differential and not adding four inches to the band. But can we please just have some bras that actually work and are supportive for a ratio starting at 7”+ rather than always centering around that fictional 3” holy grail (which, if you think about it, is probably your husband or boyfriend’s chest ratio). There are plenty of stretchy bras out there for small-chested women. Almost nobody is selling any that really work for those who are truly a G cup or up. And if you’re marketing a special subset for “busty” women…how about making it actually accommodate busty women?
I’m sure I will purchase more, because it’s very comfortable and I don’t really care about shape or lace or anything besides that, and I haven’t found anything better! I just wish there was an even greater difference between the regular and busty sizing.