Monday, May 9, 2011

Clothes for curves/big breasts-- the complete list.

DD Atelier
Ok, so here it is: My full list of all of the companies that cater for curves/ big busts. I will be updating this list regularly- if you have any additions please let me know, I am trying to be comprehensive! I am going to put a link to this post up in my links section for quick reference, as well. I have highlighted in pink companies that may be good for smaller (under 26-28") waists. If you have tried any of these companies and have written a review on your own blog, let me know and I will link to you. If you own one of these companies and are interested in sending me something to review, please email me at brittany [at] thinandcurvy [dot] com. I hope this is a helpful list!


Companies I have tried:

Trashy Diva-- Click here for my review. Good for smaller waists!

BiubiuClick here for my reviews.Good for smaller waists!

Bravissimo-- (Now rebranded as Pepperberry.) Click here for my review.

Carissa Rose --Wasn't crazy about shirt, didn't fit me like they said it would. Not recommended for
Made In Preston
thinner curvy ladies.

Made in Preston --Sells clothing, previously branded as The Big Bra Bar. Shirt review here!

Jailyn Apparel- Great for smaller waists, review here.

Bounteous Review soon!

DD Atelier  ~(Review Here!)Good for smaller waists

Effie's Heart   Good for smaller waists!



Things I have found, but not tried:

Presenza

Saint Bustier Good for smaller waists!

Women With Boobs

Simply Voluptuous -- Only in sizes 12+ (UK, so more like US 6-8.)

Jailyn Apparel
Odyl

DBusted --This one takes the approach of gathering together "lucky finds" and placing them for sale. AU based.  Potentially good for smaller waists!

Campbell and Kate- Button-down shirts by the author of the great blog Hourglassy   ~(Guest review Here!)~

Collectif   Good for smaller waists!

Pin Up Girl  Good for smaller waists!

Urkye  Good for smaller waists!

eShakti

Hour Shape

AJ Rumina

http://www.etsy.com/ (various sellers) Potentially good for smaller waists!


http://www.shoshanna.com/ Brand available on eBay for much cheaper. Potentially good for smaller waists!

http://moi-meme.com/PerfectFit-fullchest.html Potentially good for smaller waists!

http://www.getcutie.co.uk/dresses/ Cup sized or custom available. Potentially good for smaller waists!



More specialized designs: (All custom so all potentially good for smaller waists)

http://zizzyfay.com/ --Custom Faerie inspired clothing 

http://www.senjoclothing.com/ --Custom Faerie inspired clothing


http://www.fanplusfriend.com/ --Custom fit steampunk style clothing




For curvy hips:
Trashy Diva (Skirts)



90 comments:

  1. I found your blog through The Lingerie Addict, and I cannot thank you enough for compiling this list! I'm not exactly thin, but I have some really awkward measurements - I'm 5'10" with a 34G/H bust (47" around), 32" waist currently, (usually 28" but I'm bloated at present), and 41" hips. It's virtually impossible for me to find dressy clothes that fit my bust but aren't a tent around my midsection. I will definitely be checking some of these out!!

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  2. Very comprehensive post Brittany!

    About 2 years ago I bought two silk blouses from Miss Fit UK (now the Big Bra Bar) and they were huge in the waist and the quality was terrible. Just thought I'd let you know in case you were thinking of trying. They still sell the exact same styles so I doubt that the overall quality has improved.

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  3. Thanks for the overview!
    I heard rumours that there will be a new Polish company soon. (Which, admittedly is great for us in Europe, whereas not so much of a help for you in the US.)

    BTW:
    I don't know if you 've already heard about this:

    Pepperberry released a statement on Facebook saying that they will stop vanity sizing and return to their original sizing system.

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=202079656493842

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  4. You forgot to mention PZI jeans for pear-shaped/curvy hip women! I have had a very difficult time dressing the bottom half of my hourglass figure and I've never had a pair of jeans fit as well as PZI. The smallest waist size they can accommodate is 26 inches, so they may not work for the thinner ladies, but I'm sure a lot of people could benefit from having PZI jeans on the list. My hips are 15 inches larger than my waist and I was just amazed the first time I pulled on my pair of PZI jeans and saw that they could actually fit at the waist AND the hips without wearing a belt. The only clothes that have ever fit me as well as PZI jeans is trashy diva, which I found thanks to your blog. If I could, I would wear nothing but PZI jeans and trashy diva . . . sadly I need to wear other clothes than just jeans and dresses but at least I've got those areas covered.
    http://pzijeans.com/index.html

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  5. Diane- Sounds like you have similar proportions to me! Don't worry, my site isn't only aimed at those who are thin. It's called Thin and Curvy because *I* am, and because I want to make the point that you *can* be. Good luck trying out clothes and let me know if you try any of these out and what you think. :-)

    lucindajane- Thanks, and I'm unlikely to try Miss Fit UK's clothes until they introduce smaller sizes, the smallest they go to is a 26" waist and mine's 24," and in my experience if I buy for any bigger than that things end up much too big. Sorry you had a bad experience with them!

    george- A new company would be awesome! Please let me know when you hear more about this! I did see the Pepperberry note, and that is good news but unfortunately they say they are just trying to bring things more in line with their sizing chart, not making the clothes any smaller, which means they still won't go small enough for me and other girls my size.

    Zoe- You're totally right, I did forget PZI, thanks! I added them and also a few more jeans companies that cater to curvy bums. ;-)

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  6. Lucinda, I just received a message from Nikki, from Miss Fit UK. She saw your comment but she's having computer issues, so she can't comment herself. But she wanted me to post this message/response from her:

    "Hi Lucinda, thanks for sharing your thoughts - feedback is very valuable to brands and consumers and were always grateful for it. As you can imagine with the huge quantities of product we sell, not everyone is going to be delighted, however this is the first complaint we've ever had about quality.

    We are aware that some people find the fitted blouses too baggy on the waist, there is a good reason for this - our blouses are not split sizing, so a size 8 fits up to a DD cup, a size 10 up to an E cup... And so on. We often get people buying a size up, for example they're an 8 but a 30E so have bought a size 10, or people who are extremely busty with a perfectly flat tummy (lucky you!). As a manufacturer we're in a lose/lose situation, if we made the blouses tighter at the waist we'd receive complaints from our customers that its too clingy around their muffin top, which is a more common anxiety than people saying its too baggy. On this matter we have to go with the majority and apologise to the small minority who would prefer it to be tighter.

    As always we offer a complete money back guarantee and if you do have a quality issue you can return it to use without a problen for a full refund. However in the past 2 years we've sold thousands upon thousands of clothing, lingerie and swimwear and this is the first time the quality has been brought to my attention. I will however go and take a closer look!

    Thanks, and if anybody has any queries I can always be contacted at nikki@missfituk.com"

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  7. Whoops I meant to say, she's having issues commenting on her phone and can't get to a computer... just to clarify. :-) x

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  8. @Pepperberry & not-small-enough-sizes:
    I really hope they will broaden their size range. At Busenfreundinnen.net I often hear people complaining about the same issue.
    So write mails, lots of mails!! :D

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  9. Thanks for the reply! I think since I am similar proportions but "scaled up" all over, I might have better luck with Pepperberry than you have had but I'm still apprehensive.

    However, I am *really* excited about DBusted. I am a sucker for really pretty lingerie, but it's so hard to find in larger sizes.

    I'm not sure where you live, but when it comes to bras, I am a huge fan of Change of Scandinavia. They have locations all over Europe and Canada, and I believe they are working on moving into the US. Their stores carry, by default, items from a 24 to a 44 band, in cups AA to J (some of their "fancier" items only stock up to a G but that is still a vast improvement from most places). If they happen to not have an item in your size in stock, they're usually very happy to order one from another location.

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  10. Thanks for this list. I wrote a blog about some of these same companies. My small waisted 32F product tester had a positive fit experience with the Carissa Rose shirt. Look forward to reading your future posts and reviews! http://www.thebreastlife.com/home/item/21-full-bust-clothing-answers-bethenny-frankels-busty-problem.html

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  11. Brittany, I'm wondering what the silhouette type was of the Carissa Rose shirt. The fit of each shirt is drastically different, depending on its silhouette type. I own the Hannah Short Sleeve Shirt (Urban Fit) and the Emma Shirttail Hem Shirt (Semi-Fitted) in the same size (LR), as well as several other Urban Fit shirts. I have found that the Urban Fit shirts are more forgiving to my stomach, since they flare out from the natural waist, even though the Urban Fit is described on the website as being the narrowest silhouette. The other two fits seem to be more tailored through the torso, and might be better suited to your body shape. When I wear my Semi-Fitted shirt, I look professional and streamlined, but I feel much more conscious of my stomach and often end up wearing Spanx :)

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  12. Anna Marie, that's interesting about the different fits... mine was the Hannah with the urban fit. I do have pretty curvy hips, though, so flaring out so much should have been a good thing. I honestly just think it was much too big- my mother who is a bit bigger than me, but with my same shape, has it now and it fits her much better.

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  13. Yay! I (dbusted) made the list! Whoo! Ok, so I'm a bit slow on catching up on all the awesome blogs...

    I'm very similar bust size to you Diane, I'm a 34GG (well, I was before I got pregnant). I seem to be on the cusp of most stores here in Aus - most cater up to a G cup and I'm that one cup size too big lol!

    Thanks for the link Brittany!

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  14. I'm a sixteen year old 32F...must've shot a baby in my past life.

    I tried dieting my boobs away, got to about 32DD/32D before I realized 400 calories a day is insane&passing out on NYC subways should be avoided. I'm back to my natural normal healthy size...welcome back, back pain. My bras are in my actual size but my shoulders are so sloped the straps of bras that are the right size don't even stay on. I don't have enough money to invest $60 in a bra to find out the straps don't tighten enough, seeing as I have to buy ALL my bras off the Internet.

    But the worst part is CLOTHES. Seriously! What am I supposed to wear? If it's tight and shows cleavage, I'm a jailbait slut and every godawful male from 10-80 years old I've ever met suddenly forgets that I HAVE EYES. If it's not tight or shows cleavage, and therefore hangs, I look like I'm pregnant. I never get to wear the type of clothes I like or are cute or that my friends get to wear! I live in tanktops made of spandex because they happen to actually fit me. Until they slide down and I get reprimanded at school for 'dressing inappropriately.' And now, summer is coming. Great. While everyone wears cute dresses and flowy shirts, I'll have my fucking spandex tanktops, that only seem to exist in either white/black/gray.

    What's the point of being sixteen if I can't even look nice? I've spent the last six hours crying about this, because I'm so tired of being the badly dressed one who either looks pregnant or slutty. Are there clothing companies like these to cater to people my age? Are there bras that will actually stay on my shoulders? Are there clothing/bra companies that will make things that fit me that I can...idk...ACTUALLY AFFORD?

    Well, it was nice to get at least something off my chest. (pun intended)

    Sincerely,
    "AYY YOU WIT DEM FINE-ASS TITTIES"

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    1. Hey :)
      I feel you're pain. I'm often find myself in a similar predicament.I went from the 13 year old girl with no chest whatsoever, to a 16 year old with boobs the size of Mount Everest. When I was 13, it all seemed so simple. If I wanted boys to like me, I needed boobs, like all my friends. So I prayed and prayed that the teasing would stop and I'd actually be blessed with a chest. Well, you know what they say: "Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it."
      I know find myself with horrible back pain and a 34E/F (depending on my cycle) chest. All my friends have smaller boobs, and now they spend their time "wishing they were so lucky". Little do they know, it's not all it's cut out to be.
      I also struggle with finding clothes that flatter my shape, with out dressing like a total slut.
      I'm sorry I can't be of help in finding companies that provide appropriate clothing, but I thought it might offer at least a tiny amount of comfort to know you're not alone. There are a lot of us out they in the world.

      Lily xx

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    2. boy oh boy, i guess the grass is always greener.. ive stumbled on this site by accident, and ive to say i wish i had your problems. Ive been a straight up and down rake growing up, and now, in my 20s, im stuffing my face trying to get bigger.. i felt so happy when i finally went up to a C-cup haha. On a more serious note, its quite sad that a lot women seem to never be content with what mother nature gave them. Be happy with what you got, i know id kill for a big rack and wide hips.

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  15. Hi Phillipa

    G cup shouldnt be hard to find in Aus. You could try www.bravalingerie.com.au for bigger cups. They have a store in Prahran in Melbourne, they specialise and have the brands mentioned in this blog. I got a great fitter there and lots of choices for my 10GG frame.

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  16. This is amazing! I just went shopping for a summer dress, and felt annoyed that I lost weight, but still can't fit into clothes cause I am busty and have a butt. I'm 5'1, and a 35 C, which isn't too big, but clothes these days make them look bigger, and although my waist is thin, I have wide hips,so therefore I look frumpy. I stumbled upon this site, and the dresses I have found on your recommended sites look great, and might fit me!

    Keep on Posting!

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  17. To anonymous who posted above, I totally feel ya. It's not fair! Our bodies are bangin' but you'd never know it because our clothes DON'T FIT. They aren't made for people with a 32 size band with actual real boobs.

    When I was sixteen I was about your size, and now that I'm 22 I'm happy to tell you that I'm a DD, DDD if its around that time of the month. I don't know if they're smaller now because my hormones have calmed down or if its the birth control I'm not on. When I had a brief period of anorexia, I went down to a small DD. My huge boobs looked fake, for sure, on my bony chest chest(103 lbs, 5'8.5", DD... how is that even possible?). Clothes fit WAY better. Not really worth it though.

    Anyways, I've kind of given up on trying to find cute clothes. I have two options: boobs out whore or frumpy pregnant woman. No thanks. I think I'm going to learn how to be a seamstress or just suck it up and have every single piece of clothing I own tailored, which is not very attractive as I'm in college and not exactly rolling in the doe.

    So if anyone actually has anything to say about SKINNY, actual SKINNY, girls with huge boobs being able to find clothing at stores, make my life and share.

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    1. Wheretheelfroamfree, I completely understand big bust and slender. I always go with certain fabrics that are form fitting- cotton blends that are comfortable look good and maintain their shape. form fitting T shirts the are cotton spandex in pretty colors. Plus you can get cute spaghetti strap tanks and halter tops and wear a strapless in the summer.

      I have been 97 lbs and a D cup, 110 lbs, then I went to 120lbs and a DD/DDD.
      Heres the deal about slender and big boobs, its your body. The only ppl that are having the problem is them. You look good, you be you and wear your clothing and don't worry about everyone else.

      V
      augustmonth@hotmail.com

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  18. I WISH I were as lucky to be all of the sizes above. Try being 5'3" and 32H! You all have nothing to complain about. In order to fit my breasts I wear mens tshirts in size XXL. Then I always look like a sack of potatoes.

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  19. Hello. I'm 44 years old and I have the same issue as you. what I can tell you is that chantelle is the only company that has big numbers, nice and stable. try them. As for clothes, there I have a huge problem.

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  20. Im 35 and my boobs are a 34 k cup which I really struggle to find and trying to find clothes is a nightmare. I am not that skinny a European sie 14-16It's either wear tops or dresses that look like sacks or try to buy things I can alter. the thoughts of a day shopping with the girls fills me with dread because the only thing I can buy that are normal fit are shoes. I have even started wearing men's pjs at night purely for comfort. I would love an ideas people have as to where I should shop

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  21. One more for you to possibly check out:
    http://www.mycurvyclothes.com/

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  22. I'm 18 with 28H bra size. I am a student and therefore broke.So where the hell am I meant to get bras from..unless I want hideous full cup see through "nude" granny ones.
    Gets me down that at this point in time I have one bra that fits and one that I wear while the other ones being wahsed which has given me cuts under my arm
    PLEASE help me find some cheap but nice looking bras, hours of stressing on the internet is actually starting to upset me.
    OH and one more thing when Im having a stress that I dont look good, or I've put on weight, could people not just say..yeah but you've got amazing boobs. I do have other features. Thanks

    Sorry..rant over.
    xxx

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    1. I am having the exactly same problem :(

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  23. Just want to say that I had a terrible time with AJ Rumina — they never shipped my item, and I couldn't find any customer service to speak of. They did respond to an email literally MONTHS after I had sent it and said the issue was that the color I had chosen was out of stock. I asked them to send me a different color, and I never heard from them again. Buyer beward.

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  24. Hour Shape's website turned me off immediately with the reference to "dressing like a slut." The implication that women whose clothes are revealing are promiscuous, and the negativity attached to judging other women's appearance and sexual behavior, grossed me right out and assured that I will never shop there.

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  25. hello, have you ever tried asos.com?

    i bought a dress size 14...big mistake it fit well for the bust part ( me:94 cm)
    but the rest of the dress was too big, i don't know if i should try a size 12...

    have you or something who read this blog ever tried asos dresses?

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  26. One other website to add to the list for small waist, large cup friendly stores. Stop by Effie's Heart - I find their size vintage-mod flavoured size XL fits my 32H figure really well, ie, enough room for the cup size, and neither baggy nor sleazy fit in the body. www.effiesheart.com

    Only proviso, it's best to hand wash the clothing and fold it rather than hanging it, the pima cotton looses its density after awhile.

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  27. Hello, what a great site! I work for Odyl Design, which is one of the companies listed on the site, thanks so much for listing us! We are a small company which has had a management review and we are just expanding our clothing ranges.
    We have a small selection currently online with much more coming in the next few months, if anyone would like a discount code, please type in AUG15 at checkout to receive 15% off. We make fitted shirts, jersey pieces and wrap dresses from sizes 8-16 in cup sizes D-G.
    Your feedback would be greatly appreciated as to what you'd like to see on our site- ie. more evening wear/ more shirting etc.
    We realise our range is very small at the moment but its growing, so keep checking back!

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  28. Hi Brittany,

    I think I may have found another company that caters for big busts and small waists: www.dd-shop.ru

    They are based in Russia and the site is sadly in Russian only (I’m a speaker so not a problem for me but something like google chrome should give a good enough page translation).

    Looking at their sizing chart the smallest in their clothing range is size 70E, which, if I understand the chart correctly, is an equivalent of a 26 bra band size (waist 26”, hips 36”). The chart suggests that the biggest cup size they cater for is F but I had a look at the forum pages where some of their customers post their photos and I am certain their jersey styles can accommodate a larger cup than that.

    I am a 30H and am seriously considering placing a trial order with them. If I do, I’ll share my experience with you.

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  29. Hi I'm from Poland I have the same problem like You...I found bra with are good for us, girls with big busts... (I know that I will never pay for bra less then my "smaller" friends). Ewa Bien have baeutifull bra and they are not too expensive http://www.ewabien.com/ewabien2012/eng/index_eng.html
    I'm sorry for my english by the way....

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  30. Great Site! I'm 28, U.S. Based, 140 pounds and a 34DD. I've recently lost about 20 pounds and have discovered that I do have a waist! It would be nice to show it off!

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  31. I am 23 about 5'7 a size 6/8 and I wear a 30H bra ....clothes are an issue for me as well..i work in a school so its definitely an issue to make sure I am appropriately dressed.. when it comes to skirts flared and a line are best..i have a 30 waist and 40 something hips..so skirts that fit my waist and flare out are best..but tops are the biggest issue..I have extremely long arms..small shoulders huge breasts and a small but long torso..its a nightmare..most of my shirts are 3/4 bc long sleeves are difficult for me to find..i recently discovered j crew which does have shirts that are long enough for my torso and sleeves come down to my wrists..but when it comes to button down shirts, they are either too tight to button so i have to go up a size and then they look unflattering and dont contour to my small waist which makes me look bigger than i am..ughh

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    1. You can totally find the perfect dress for work at Quincy. Check out their fabulous dresses! http://www.quincyapparel.com/collections/dresses

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  32. i wear a 0 in pants and have a 32DDD bust what do i do im 15 and can not find many thing to wear!

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  33. you are amazing. i'm an 18 year old 32f and i can't find anything to wear. definitely looking through your list!

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  34. Another good curvy jean is the Q-baby and other Aura line jeans from Wrangler. They're made for riders (who tend to have curves) and are specially cut not to gape at the back.

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  35. SO glad I found this blog! I can't stand when family/friends tell me to stop complaining and I can "wear anything". I've grown to love my body but I have an extremely hard time buying all clothes and bras. I'm 5'2", 115 lbs, with a small frame. However, I have a distinct hourglass figure and decent size chest. I'm a 32C or D, my measurements are 34"-25"-37". When I buy jeans or pants, they always fit my hips, then gap at the waist....and don't get me started with inseams. Short lengths are either not short enough or too short. "Petite" sizes seemed to be designed for 14 year old boys. Despite getting properly measured at a bra boutique, bra shopping is still very tricky. Shirts can be just as annoying, especially if it involves low cuts and straps. Anytime I buy a nice summer top, I need to buy a medium to fit my chest and then get the straps tailored, as they are way too long. I'm glad I'm not alone! Thanks so much for this awesome blog.

    By the way, I haven't yet tried them but has anyone heard/tried Levi's Curve ID? I'm tempted to give it a shot.

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  36. Brilliant blog! I always used to ask my ex to describe me as "slim yet curvy" as people always seem to associate "curvy" with fat! I'm a 30HH so totally relate and glad someone has given a voice to the issues being thin yet curvy poses!!!

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  37. Thank GOD I found your blog. If you are debating on updating it still, please do! I know I will be checking back!

    Every top I buy has to be in one size too big and then tailored or else I look like a house. I just bought ordered some shirts from PepperBerry. Its expensive but totally worth it if it fits right. Thanks again!

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  38. A friend of mine with very similar curves ot yours told me about biu biu and I stumbled upon your blog. I always thought I was pretty well informed when it comes to the more inpractical bra sizes as I am a 34 GG/H depending on the exact model of the bra, but you are a genius!

    I'm not as curvy as most, i'm more of an apple, which is no less impractical, but with a different set of problems!

    keep up the good work!

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  39. This is so helpful. It has been so hard for me finding clothes that will fit my waist without ripping near the brest, or being uncomfertably tight. Im so glad someone is finnaly adressing this issue.

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  40. Another bra compagny that may interest you: Freyalingerie.com

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  41. Any of those companies have prices similar to biubiu.pl ?

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  42. I have a pair of "Bold Curve" Levi's Curve ID jeans and while they fit better than the average jean, I have a 25 inch waist and the smallest waist they make is a 26. >.< Perhaps a "Supreme Curve" would help, but the smallest waist is still 26.

    I noticed that a lot of women are ranting about clothes not fitting, and as a 28 FF with a 10 inch difference between my waist and hips, I know it's tricky to get clothes to fit. If it fits at the waist, you look "trashy" up top, or you can't actually zip the jeans, etc. One solution is sewing your own clothes. I know it takes a little skill, but it can be done. Start with a simple pattern (like a simple peasant blouse or an a-line skirt) and work your way up from there. You could also alter simple skirts and tops at the waist to make the waist smaller.

    Simplicity makes these "Amazing Fit" patterns with different pattern pieces according to "curve". They only go up to a D-cup, unfortunately, but with a little creativity and a little effort you could probably size it up to any size. (I've never used these patterns because I do most of my own alterations.)

    Hope this helps someone.

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  43. Hello!

    I'm loving that Russian site... going to see how much it costs to post to the UK. I'm going to look at getting some of those bold curve levi's too... but probably from ebay where I might get them at a better price!

    Annonymous 16yo... Evans does shirts/blouses/tops that fit ok sometimes. Also, jersey tops with a bit of stretch work really well. They hug your figure nicely, and if they have the right neckline, don't look slutty. Bravissimo in a Sale. The rest of the time, look at www.thebrastop.com for bras you can actually afford! EBAY for cheaper bravissimo/pepperberry. If something's slightly big, you can always add a waist cinching belt, to show that lovely (non-pregnant!) waste off. Expect other girls to be jealous of your figure... they all wish they had boobs that size! I have a nice fitted jacket which is from Next which fits well. The easiest thing I've found top-wise is to go for slightly tailored looking items, or those with a bit of stretch. I used to be about the same size- I was a UK size 10 at the waist, but had to wear a 12 or 14 at the top! (I'm a 14 all over now, which actually makes it easier... but I miss my small tummy!) So that's another option... you could eat MANY MANY pies! Also... Gok Wan... when I have on occassion watched his programmes... ahem... tends to encourage "top heavy" women, to wear skirts that add a bit of volume at the bottom. 50's style skirts are all the rage at the moment, This one... http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/skirts/2-button-black-flared-skirt_232408801 gives you a bit, without looking "too much"... and this one http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/clothing/skirts/icat/skirts/new-in/brandy-poplin-colourblock-riviera-skater-skirt/invt/azz70280 is SOOO on trend at the moment, a bit 50s looking. They have some great "skater skirts" on BooHoo, and it's pretty well priced. The idea is to balance out the top, creating an hourglass. That will highlight the waist in the middle more. You're looking for A-Line skirts, if you go for body-con skirts, it might end up looking a bit slutty... Some of the tops on BooHoo (I'm mentioning because of price...) you can see are cut to show an hourglass shape- slightly tailored. That means even if you have to go for a larger size to accommodate your boobs, you'll still look like you have a waist! This top, you can see is cut that way... http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/clothing/tops/icat/tops/new-in/leah-daisy-print-peter-pan-collar-top/invt/azz67878 (And I have almost decided I WANT it... seen lots of other tops like that elsewhere, but without the tailoring) This one http://www.boohoo.com/restofworld/clothing/tops/icat/tops/new-in/kim-colour-block-shell-top/invt/azz67421 is really smart looking, again, slightly tailored, and would make a good top to use instead of a shirt or blouse for work or an interview. (I can rarely find shirts/blouses in my price range that don't gape at the cleavage too). Wrap style tops are always a good option. Hope that helps!

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  44. My name is Rose from Kenya...a full-fledged 34G and * boy isn't it hard to get a bra on this end of the world. In addition i'm 20 and a student and many clothing junctions here don't cater for sexy but modest clothing for 'busty' women. So could you kindly recommend a website that's affordable with reasonable shipping arrangements...may I also point out there is a very big, wanting and receptive market for women's clothing tailored for the curvy, busty and big reared...kila la heri:) i.e best of luck...

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  45. This store, Ureshii, has boob-friendly clothes. The owners are very sweet and helpful. They helped me figure out flattering colors for a bigger bust, and adjusted measurements accordingly. Their clothes are a bit pricey, but completely worth it. I ordered a gorgeous dress- it is well made, comfortable, and the fabric is beautiful. I've worn it out so many times and have received many compliments. Ureshii knows how to flatter a woman's body. Check them out: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ureshii?ref=seller_info

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  46. Thanks for the detailed overview! I have a large waist and I have been looking for some stuff that I can try out. Luckily, I found one in a store which featured Australian designers while shopping last week. I might go back to try some of these though.

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  47. This site is very helpful! Has anyone ever told you that you look like Claire Danes?

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  48. Is there anything for women who have really small hips but big waist and breast?

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  49. Please help! I have been having trouble with The Big Bra Bar. I did not have good intuition about this company, from the start. Please try to listen to your gut.

    I asked the owner if the red silk blouse was warm or cool tone, as it looked warm in one photo, yet cool in another. She assured me that the blouse was cool tone. So I ordered it. I waited for my package to be shipped, from overseas. When I finally got the blouse, it was orange-red. Too warm tone for me to be able to wear it. I returned the blouse. But she wouldn't refund my shipping. It was her mistake, not mine. That was a bad experience. You would think I would get a gift card, for all that trouble.

    I ordered a 2wenty8 bra. Trying to be positive, I wrote a kind review on the site. Then, I found all kinds of issues with the fit. So I updated my review. The owner kept the positive part, but would not post my negative update. The merchandise was moved from Miss Fit UK to The Big Bra Bar, so the review was taken down, to my relief. Then I was appalled when I found my review, but only the positive part, not the negative. posted as a testimonial on the Miss Fit UK site. The owner had my name and country listed, as well. I do not support her products, so I do not want my words to be used to sell them!

    I asked the owner to take down my so-called testimonial, as it would be lying. She has refused. All this time, she has been selling bras, with those words. I feel distressed, that I am being connected to a product that I do not like.

    I asked her once again, to take down my testimonial. I haven't gotten a reply for a while. The testimonial is still there.

    I feel that writing on this site, may be the only way to stop it.

    Thank you.

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  50. Have you tried http://www.maximila.de/? The website is only in German, but they do say on their FAQ page that they'll ship within the EU as well as to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Russia, Canada and the USA -- and potentially to other countries on request. (FWIW, their size chart starts at a 66-70cm waist.)

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  51. There is Russian shop ddshop.ru, They sell their own line of clothes and offer fitting service. They also have bras, but prices are a little bit higher then in Europe or US, so it's for Russian girls who want to order locally. The only problem - everything is in Russian. But thanks Google for Google translator.

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  52. Add Quincy to your list! Quincy finds your perfect fit--great for curvy women!

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  53. THANK YOU for this list, I thought Bravissimo/Pepperberry was the only option but I find the styles frumpy, the fabrics cheap and the prices far too high for the quality of the clothes. I am hoping one of these will be the answer for me! And where on earth do you find anything under a 28 back size? I am a 28/30 JJ/K and that seems difficult enough.

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  54. Another option is eShakti, which allows you to customize your size by giving your shoulder, chest, bust, under bust, waist, hip, upper arm, length of arm, and height. It costs a little bit extra to get a custom size, but significantly less than it would cost at the tailor. Some of the dresses and tops also give you the option of customizing the neckline, which can be helpful.

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  55. I am 28 yrs old, 4'11, and only 80lbs, but I wear (I believe) a 28 E/F or a 30 E/F. It is hard for me to find a strapless bra, any recommendations.

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  56. urkye.pl is a new Polish one. Similarly priced as Biu Biu.

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  57. Can I just say a humongous thank you?!!!!! I stumbled upon your blog by accident...(no accidents) and I am incredibly excited by the possibilities. It has been so difficult...and tiring to go out and shop. At 41yo, as 42DD - greatly smaller waist and curvy hips, I know exactly what I need, and what will fit my body when I see it, so I don't need to go into the stores, as everytime I do - I never SEE anything cute or that will fit my body.

    Thanks again!

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  58. I have had recent luck lately with Ann Taylor Loft and Outlet. I am a 36/38 F/G with wide shoulders... so my challenge is finding a tshirt with wide shoulders AND room for boobs. The basic Ann Taylor scoop t's work great for me and are inexpensive. I also love their shorts. My waist isn't as small as it used to be but their ratio works well for me now.

    I have also had some luck with H&M t's - they make some long scoop necks (I need long lengths to balance out my torso ratio).

    New York & Company clothing has some stuff that works for me too; however, I'm not fond of their blouses since they typically use thin material and I'm not a fan of see-through tops. I do love their knit skirts, though! Their shorts don't seem to be a good small waist/wide hip ratio to me... though they didn't have a lot in my size to try.

    I also have luck with (of all things) Kmart - the Sofia Vergara line is GREAT if they have something in a style you like (I usually manage to find at least one t there per visit). I haven't tried her other stuff (dresses, etc.).

    I have learned to layer tops - a tight knit tank with a shrug or lightweight cotton vest over the top works well. The challenge is finding a shrug that shows my waist so I don't look like a blob.

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  59. HI Thin and Curvy,

    I thought I would drop you a line for a small defence of Pepperberry/Bravissimo. (no, I don't work for them).

    I think some of their stuff is a little hit and miss, but when I read their reviews, I wonder if different clothes are for different shapes, as some slate what really works for me.
    These are a couple of items I have come to love (among others!):

    Linen shirt of the sort I thought I would never get to wear: http://www.bravissimo.com/pepperberry/products/tops/shirts-and-blouses/linen-roll-sleeve-shirt/white/md03wh/?show=16&sort=1&level=1

    Top that has a clever elongating effect:
    http://www.bravissimo.com/pepperberry/products/sale/tops/short-sleeve-tops/pleat-knot-jersey-top/multi-print/lo06mp/?show=all&sort=1&level=2

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  60. Thanks so much for referral to D-busted in Australia! I live in Canada in a city where size 0 rules. Phillipa, the proprietress, is a riot, wonderful, funny, and so in our collective corner in the hard work she does convincing mainstream designers to let her sell their product that fits women like us.

    I just celebrated turning 50 tomorrow with a couple of great looking dresses. I can't tell you how great it is to buy from a website that tells you what cup size is going to fit in a dress. Awesome. Don't let my age deter you, Phillipa is young and has great taste. Check out her site, and remember the reverse season thing means you'll be looking at fall clothes on sale now.

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  61. For me it's not just boobs, but bum and thighs, too! It is impossible for me to get a decent sized pair of jeans. I am a UK 10 in shirt size, but I have to wear UK 14 jeans because they're the only ones that get over my thighs...and then they're really baggy at the waist/hips and slip down constantly.

    *sigh*

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  62. Are there any clothing stores out there that aren't as expensive. Just because we're curvier doesn't mean we have to spend more!

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  63. Thanks sooooooooooooooo much for this...I have never been able to find a shirt to fit as I am a 30F with a 30" waist and 32" hips so anything that is large enough to go over my bust is way too big in the waist and hips...I've died and gone to heaven! You have also done a lot for my body image than you sooooooooo much for sharing all this wonderful info.

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  64. Hi all, this site is awesome and so thrilled to see everyone talking about a topic close to my heart! Just want to introduce you to "Bust-a-Move" the new bust-size shirt from our shirting company, Mr. Rose in Australia. We have different bust sizes - Bud, Blossom, Bloom and Full Bloom that works with our standard body size. Its a made-to-order service so we get the perfecto silhouette! Take a look and if anyone wants to talk shirt with me, please say hello! Best wishes from downunder, Sophie
    http://www.mrrose.com.au/bust-size-shirts/

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    1. Oh my goodness, those have to be the cutest names for the different bust sizes that I've ever heard! And- am I seeing right- you have petite and tall sizes too? That's going to be really exciting to some people! Will you email with me and tell me more about your company?

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    2. will do - glad you like the names!! be in touch soon!

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  65. Bebe makes clothing for women with cup size G/H in most of their clothing. Like I wear 30G and xxs/00 at Bebe and the fit is perfect for being curvy.

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  66. Thank you so much for your Blog. I have already used your clothing list to order clothing.

    It's SO hard to find curvy clothing, because when searching anything with the word curvy, hourglass all that comes up is plus sized clothing! Nothing against plus sized women, but it makes it damn hard for me to find clothes.

    Seriously, Thank you. Life changing!

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  67. this blog is amazing!!! so glad i stumbled upon it.
    It would be great if anyone has suggestions for swimwear.
    There are the typical answers of figleaves, asos, bravissimo and other sites mentioned above. I love summer and going to the pool/lake/beach etc. but hate that I can never find cute suits!!!! I end up ordering 15-20 suits in different sizes and maybe have 1 or 2 that actually end up fitting.
    Any suggestions for cute swimwear would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks!

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  68. Thank you so much for this blog! So many magazine articles over simplify body shapes so that "hourglass" becomes a euphemism for overweight and clothing to cater for that shape, and then the "petite" body shape recommends the exact opposite! What if you're both?! Nice to find out there are other people in the same boat, who love pretty shirts etc but always have to go with the baggy looking size so avoid the giant gaping hole in the cleavage. Thanks for the clothing sites, will definitely check them out!

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  69. Try DecentExposures.com They custom-fit bras (I wear a 39H "cut down" from a 40H pattern), make swimsuits with built-in bras that actually fit (and not those horrid little boob-doily-cups that just sit there like yarmulkes with zero support), they make pants and shorts, nightgowns, tunic dresses, tops, and more. They have over 25 years of experience fitting over the phone and online, they have ZERO UNDERWIRES, and they go from around an A cup all the way up to an L. Plus, the bra straps aren't thin little lines that cut into the shoulders. They're wider and quite comfortable.

    My suggestion? Buy 1 bra, send it back and forth until it's fitting perfectly. (Mine had to be sent back twice.) Then buy several. Above a certain $$ break they give a discount on larger orders. And for a custom fit bra made in the USA (mine require a larger size, double-lined front and back, etc., etc.,) the price is actually very reasonable.

    And no, they're not paying me to say this. I've just been a super-happy customer for over 10 years. I get exactly what fits me, I can get it in a wide range of colors, I have a swimsuit that not only fits, it SUPPORTS, and all for a very reasonable, competitive-with-department-store-crap price. (And I don't get holes poked in my armpits from the torture of under-wires, so I'm super, super happy about that!)

    The clothing styles tend to be more casual, but I've found the velvet (high quality velour) fabric actually looks nice enough that I was getting complimented at fancy restaurants in my mock-turtle and pant set. And again, custom-fit. So for those of us with a long gusset--or a short gusset (that's the seam that runs from the belly button down, through, and up to the spine)--instead of an average waistline get exactly the length we need.

    A note on the swimsuits, since that season is upon us: They don't have a lot of choices for the swimsuit fabric on hand, but the one I got, a shades-of-blue in a rippling pattern, was very well-matched. I also recall seeing a comment somewhere about if you bring in a lot of the appropriate sort of fabric, they would be willing to cut a suit out of it...but as I do not work there, and it was years ago that I heard about that, I cannot guarantee they're still offering that particular service. (Polite inquiries never hurt, though!)

    Like I said, happy customer for over 10 years. :-) Just make sure there's an S on the end of DecentExposures, or you'll get the website for a PR firm. >.>*

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  70. Hello Brittany,

    I am an 18 year old law student who will be joining the workforce in 2 years time and finding professional clothing to wear to mooting sessions at university is extremely difficult (never mind when I actually go to the workforce)with my ridiculous hourglass proportions, 41-27-40. I often have to buy formal dress shirts several sizes larger than my usual size 10 (I literally need a size 16 to contain my bust)and have my mother or a seamstress alter them. I have tried clothing companies like Biu Biu, Carissa Rose, Dd Atelier, Pepper berry and most of the others on your list but unfortunately my measurements leave me sized out of their size range too. (Ironically so since they are made for smaller waists and bigger busts.)

    My only other option is to have certain garments like jackets custom made (but the cost is restrictive as I am a student, and I cannot afford this often)


    I live in Australia and would be perfectly willing to buy my clothes online, do you have any recommendations for where I might find professional, well-fitting attire for a reasonable price.

    Thank you in advance

    PS. I'm 5 foot 5. I'm not sure if my height is important but I'll include it anyway. Also I realize I stated that I am a size 10. According to size charts, that is my "theoretical" size, but in reality I need a size 14-18 in tops to fit my chest and a size 10/12 to fit my hips.

    (Gosh is it so hard for clothing manufacturers to fathom that people with small waists and large busts exist? I'm sure I'm not alone and that there are many more thin and curvy women out there! We exist and we need work attire too!)



    Thank you again =)

    xoxox Lily

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  71. Hi, I'm 5'2", 135 lbs with 38 DD bust size and a 35" waist. I don't have a ton of money to spend on tops, so is there a store in Texas that I can go to that will accommodate my weird measurements? I want to physically go in a store and try things on before I spend money buying things online. I have looked on every website listed and even scrolled through the comments to find more links and there was nothing that I could find with tops that I liked with the location in the US. Am I really up a creek without a paddle? I just want to look appropriate and not have to wear clothes that either make me look pregnant or the buttons are busting at the seams. I really appreciate anyone who could help me! Thank you!!!

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  72. Hi, I'm 5'1'', 145 lb with 32G bust, 29" waist, and 41" hips. I would like to recommend the British company Boden. They make some absolutely perfect dresses for curvy ladies. I especially like the Amelie Dress, it fits me perfect in their size 8. They have lots of patterns for people who like those and bright colors (I'm more of a monochromatic dresser).

    http://www.bodenusa.com/en-US/Womens-Dresses/Above-Knee-Dresses/WH489-BLK/Womens-Black-Amelie-Dress.html

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  73. Great resource here, I'd like to say that the British company 'Coast' sometimes does dresses for us curvy girls. You have to try the dresses on to check, but they do very good wrap dresses especially (so do Hobbs, Planet and LK Bennett actually).
    AS for Jeans for those with big bums, another British company 'Next' does some jeans which are ace and much cheaper than others, they have the 'Sexy High Waist Jeans' which fit okay or their 'Lift and Shape' line which fit very well and help pull in any floppy bits too.
    Next also stock Salsa Jeans which is a EU curvy jean company. Salsa do have a website of their own as well.

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  74. THANK YOU. I am so glad I found this page. I have always had a hard time getting bras to git properly. I would go to the store and have them measure me, and they would always guess (what I call it!!) way to small. I measure using your guide and was shocked at the size. Armed with the measurement I took (based off your page) and went to the store. I did just as you suggested I tried a few different bras in different measurements and cup sizes and was glad to feel so well in the bra. I have NEVER had a bra fit me the way they new ones do, and it is all because you armed me with the knowledge of how to figure out what my TRUE bra size was. .

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  75. Hey Brittany,
    I did want to suggest a solution for the cleavage problem. Half tees from www.halftee.com. I order medium and it is perfect. It solves the cleavage problem without adding bulk to your midsection or riding up your hips. Available in a range of colors and sleeve lengths. I wear all my summer shirts/dresses with the long sleeve halftee for my cold Canadian winters!

    I am so glad for your blog. I am a 28G bra size. My husband always says that I am either squashing or hiding my breasts. But I cannot find anything to fit! I have my first orders coming from PZI, DD Atelier, Pepperberry & Biubiu. I was so excited I went a little crazy (And am anticipating having to return items).

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  76. Hey,

    Dont forget to also have a look at http://www.madeinpreston.com (UK but low cost international delivery)

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  77. Finding a great fit with CiCi, a local designer here in Vancouver BC and available online. I wear anything from a 32H to a 34F, depending on the manufacturer. I find I get a great fit in their tops, as well as their skirts. I have to go up to an XL to get enough ease in the bust at my size, but the shirts and dress fit very well - body con if you want it - and don't droop in the shoulder. I have bought a shirt, a sweater, a dress and a skirt http://www.ciciclothing.com/fw-2013/ Price point is not as accessible as one would wish, but the items I purchased are very good quality.

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  78. Thank you so much! My measurements are 39, 28, 39 and OH MY GOODNESS is it hard to find clothes that actually fit, I just end up looking a lot bigger than I actually am. I think young girls need to be aware of this as well, I grew up and had a lot of self confidence issues because I just thought I was overweight. I absolutely love your blog and am so happy someone out there had the confidence to say something and do this for all of us who are in the same boat! THANK YOU!

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  79. Thank you so much! I am a 5'2" hourglass, so these links are super helpful! >.< I was looking at Trashy Diva, but was wary until you posted a review. And omg... non-corset clothes for 12-inch difference in bust to waist ? XD I never knew those existed. I wonder the hips fit the same ratio, though.

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  80. Hi friends, I'm 5ft tall and have DD's. I am petite and find it difficult to find affordable clothes. Any suggestions?

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    1. Try glamourous gladrags via ebay.it or ebay.co.uk. They will post to asia, america, europe. I'm 5 ft tall with DD. And yes, it is certainly a nightmare for finding affordable clothing to fit a petite frame with cup size larger than B or C.

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  81. The only place I can seem to find PERFECT fitting jeans (near where I live - because I like to try on clothes before buying, if possible) is at Ann Taylor Loft. I finally found that 00 petite curvy was gold. No gap in the back, I don't have to wear a belt, and they're not too tight in the legs/thighs. They also have an online sale pretty much every day. Just wait until the perfect deal, and you can get a pair for $25 or less if the stars are aligned. Very classy, at that.

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  82. Thank you very much for this blog as for years I was having difficulty finding clothes that looked good on me.
    After having 4 kids in a short space of time, my breasts grew like crazy and I ended up being a 36 DD with a 5 foot frame (it runs in the family), and a post natal tummy. I tried Urkye, delivery was very good and their clothes are very well made. I thought I'd like to contribute to anyone interested that I found by chance on ebay.co.uk a site called "Glamourous Gladrags" and they sell vintage type clothes for a much less high street price. I just received my 3 dresses and tried them on. I must say that for my short frame, I risked UK size 10 but they fitted so well. The material was very good as well. I paid around 78 euros for 3 dresses including delivery to Italy from the UK by normal post. It isn't geared towards big breasts per se but vintage dresses usually have a shape that fits well on a small frame with large breasts. Hope it helps somebody!

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