Since I was 12 years old I have had big boobs. Through adolescence, pregnancy, thin periods, fat periods and aging I have continued to have big boobs. My big boobs have been the source of many tears over the years. It is not that I really hate having them, it is the clothing challenges they have presented over the years that have been downright frustrating and disheartening. I tried to purchase pretty bras like other women in the pretty lingerie section, but they never had my size. Even when I was young and the ‘girls’ were straight and firm, my only bra options frequently looked like they had been made for a large overweight 90 year old asexual women. In the late 90’s I did start to see prettier bras in plus size stores, thank goodness, but again these manufacturers assumed that I required a plus size. More accurately, my boobs required a plus size but not always the rest of me, so these bras came with issues as well. At least they were somewhat girly, came in a range of colors and there was some selection. I did come to own some beautiful bras in my 30’s that were lacy, provided good support and came in lovely colors. However, these bras were fitted in a lingerie store, costing in excess of $150.00. Although they allowed me to wear bras that looked like all the pretty ones I saw other women buying, I was still resentful that my lacy bra cost five times that of a department store bra that a b cup could wear. Fortunately, as I entered my 40’s, there were a few bras on the market that came in my size and were sold in department stores. I still do not have the selection many others take for granted, but can at least buy a pretty decent bra for under $150.00. I still am envious of the selection, colors and variety that other women experience.
Finding a decent bra that does not look like a straight jacket is only the first clothing challenge you face when you have big boobs. I am not even sure I am going to bring up the whole bathing suit issue as it is just too distressing. I will however say that buying a dress or jacket can bring more tears to my eyes, sucking all the fun out of a shopping expedition. Once again it seems that manufacturers assume that if you have big boobs you must only want to wear black shapeless garments designed to hide or cover every feminine curve you have. A sack clearly does cover your boobs, but on occasion I really would like to wear to a sundress, or a fun bright pattern. If I wear a dress in a regular size, there is frequently a lot more cleavage going on than I am comfortable with. There is only so much cleavage a woman in her 40’s should show, especially at functions where you have your children with you. The other thing is, as a woman who has always had big boobs, the thrill of showing them or men noticing your boobs wears thin sometime around your 13th birthday. All the pretty dresses, jackets and shirts seem to be saved for the less endowed, who have an endless selection.
Apparently boob jobs are really popular these days. I admit I don’t totally get the why, but being someone who has always had big boobs, perhaps I do not understand the other side. The only reason woman having boob jobs kinda excites me, is maybe this will lead to an increase in clothing and options for women with boobs and I will get some selection out of this trend. I would also like to simply state to women considering increasing their bra size, that they may want to consider some of these challenges first, as they can really suck the fun out of one of the best past times on earth, shopping.