About the Blog
If your breasts measure at least four inches more than your rib cage and you know that a DD isn’t the largest cup size on the planet, then Hourglassy is the blog for you. Whether or not you’re a “pure” hourglass, a lollipop, a pear, a square, an inverted triangle or a figure eight, if you’ve got big boobs, Hourglassy can help you
- discover companies that create clothing, bras and swimsuits for the large bust market;
- consider which busty dressing “rules” apply to you and when to break the ones that do;
- see how to make the latest fashion trends work with large cup sizes;
- find solutions to problems that only a large-breasted woman can understand (and if we don’t have a solution, we’ll provide an ample bosom to cry on);
- laugh, vent and share observations about life with large breasts.
About the Writers
Darlene Campbell, Founder
It’s my mission to connect busty women around the world with the clothing and strategies that help us love the way we look. My passion began in 2008 when I left my career as a corporate attorney to create dress shirts for full-busted women. I started sharing my discoveries on Hourglassy and haven’t been able to stop. My husband and I live in Queens with Laly, our failed first attempt at fostering a kitty.
Leah, Columnist, Off the Rack
Having learned to sew at a very young age, as a curve-embracing adult I realized it was far easier to alter clothes to suit my shape rather than find ones designed with an hourglass figure in mind. I want to spread a positive outlook of the busty figure and help women realize that the problem isn’t with their bodies, but with the clothes. Never one to shy away from honesty, my posts sometimes border on the rant-y side–hence the column name, Off the Rack. When I’m not obsessing over bras, I can usually be found editing or reading comics. I live in New York City with a husband who reluctantly listens to all my bra histrionics and our west highland terrier puppy.
Jennifer, Columnist, GG Musings
I love fashion and I have been obsessed with dresses since I was a little girl who refused to wear pants. Finding dresses to fit an HH cup isn’t easy and I’m passionate about sharing my finds with the Hourglassy community. I count online shopping as one of my main hobbies, giving me lots to review (don’t worry most of it gets returned!). I live and work in NYC. When I am not contemplating my wardrobe and minimalism, I love to explore the city, visit my sister and her kids, take ballet classes and study German.
Rosalind, Occasional Columnist
After a sudden growth spurt took me from an AA cup to a C cup at age 14, I struggled to find bras that fit my skinny frame and ever-expanding bustline. By the time I was in my 20s, I thought I had it all figured out as a 30G/28FF. Life was good and the bra options were plentiful. Then, I became pregnant with my first child and gained 5 additional cup sizes! I was frustrated with the apparent lack of H+ cup options for pregnant and nursing mothers. With the support of the bra blogging community I have found reliable nursing solutions that supported me through 32 cumulative months of breastfeeding! I want to help other young mothers who are in similar situations.
I currently live in Connecticut with my husband and our two active toddlers. I love to sew (especially making/altering clothes to fit my bustline!), bake, read mystery and fantasy novels, and do nail art.
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I glossed over your website a few years back looking for bra advice. I just ran across it now and read some articles. It’s really good! I clicked on the link for Bra Concierge and it said the name was for sale. I’m assuming they are out of business. I like the idea of someone helping you find bras that fit. The best fitting bra I have is the 40H Elomi EL8720, which I believe is an older style. I bought the newer EL8722 in a 40H and the cups are stiffer and larger and not so comfortable. What’s with the bras having sharp pointed edges on the bra hook section? There is a scratchy stiffener on there that pokes you all day.
Do you have another bra concierge company to suggest? I live on Cleveland, Ohio and most specialty bra shops have closed. Most department stores have limited brands and stock. Since I order online, so much is trial and error. I’m trying to limit how much goes into my “bra graveyard”. I’ve even been wearing a couple of my “too small” Fantasie Rebecca bras FL2024 in a 38G with bra extender. They are so comfortable and give me a rounded look. I have mostly Elomi and Fantasie bras with varying levels of success. Some I have in a 38H, which is probably the right band size. I always wear underwire and I have a problem with bras poking me in the middle when I sit down. Now I’m thinking I should look for supportive plunge bras.
I am going to read more on your site to see if I can find better options. I’ll also take a look at your custom shirts. I never really thought about that. By the way, do you know of any minimizer bras in a 38H UK or ones that give you the same results. It would help with knit shirts, which are sized properly, pulling across the chest. If you have any advice for me, please feel free to share it.
Hi, Darlene! Here’s my alternative to My Bra Concierge: http://campbellandkate.com/blog/better-bra-fit-afar-fuller-busts
Thanks for the heads up that I need to update Hourglassy as well!
Off hand, I wonder if you’d like the Abbie bra from Essentialbodywear, even though it isn’t UK sizing . . . .
I am desperate for a replacement for the discontinued Fantasie 4500 – full coverage, seamless, t-shirt bra. When I learned a few years ago that Fantasie was discontinuing this bra I bought up all I could find in my size (30G). I’ve lost a bit of weight and now need a slightly smaller cup size. I did not think to buy the bras in other cup sizes just in case. The other bras in this line (4510, 4520) balcony and whatever the other is called, do not work for me.
When you find a bra that is full coverage it always has seams or lace. If you look for seamless, they are always balcony, plunging, or push-up. I would guess that although these are great styles for younger ladies, there are plenty of women in the same quandary as I am. Often what they call “full cup” is not in actuality full cup. I am not in the “seams on bras showing through the shirt” camp, that “look” would really embarrass me.
Where do I look for a full cup, seamless bra in small band, large cup sizes? Is there no alternative to the discontinued 4500? 🙁
Hi, Sharon. I’ll ask our Eveden contact. In the meantime, have you already tried the Fantasie Rebecca (style FL2024)?
Thanks Darlene. I know that Fantasie is pushing the Rebecca as a replacement for the 4500, but I was wary of it based on the picture. The top of the cup does not seem to fully cover the model’s breast making it seem like a high balconette bra. Hard to describe what I mean, but the model’s breast is sort of pushed up at the top as if the top of the cup isn’t meant to cover it. Maybe they just have not fitted her correctly. I guess I should try it though. I’ll let you know what I think.
Who knew my 2 am Google search would actually produce such grand results?!! I am thrilled to find a source of information to help me find clothing and bras suited for one with a curvy upper body. I can’t wait to peruse the rest of your blog tomorrow! Thank you!
So glad you found us!
Thanks for this blog, it’s been very helpful. One bra style that I have not seen covered is front-closure bras. Is this because there are no good options for fuller figures? I ask because I am a 38 E-F with shoulder problems and hooking my bra is painful (even if I twist the hooks around). I haven’t found a good front hook bra, but I’m hopeful one exists. Thank you.
It took me a while to dig up this post, but it explains why there are no (or few?) front closure bras for fuller busts. Interestingly, that post is about why there are no racerback bras for bigger busts, and since then we’ve gotten a lot of racerback options for big busts. However, none of them have come with front closing bras. Your question makes me think I should revisit this. (The Enell sports bra is front closing, but I doubt that’s what you had in mind?)
Thanks for responding. As you surmised, I’m not looking for a sports bra or one of those stretchy pull on styles. When my shoulder is up to it, I like the Prima Donna Madison underwire. My quest continues!
Keep me posted if you find something. When I started blogging, racerbacks were off limits to us, and now we have them. So maybe someone will figure out (or has figured out!) how to offer us front closure bras. I’ll put this back on my radar for Curve in February.
Hello – My daughter is 17, a size 8/10 except a 34 GG. We have difficulty finding youthful fun clothes that suit her figure. Can you make some suggestions- she needs some holiday dresses and clothes to sing in- she is a performer – and needs some pretty things – the sites you specify all cater to an older age range and don’t suit a late teen/early twenties age range.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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Hi, Ellen. This is such a common issue. Two brands on the Clothing for Big Busts page are trying to reach the younger demographic–Taideux and Bustite–but it doesn’t look like they currently have anything for your daughter’s holiday needs. (There are a lot of economic reasons behind this scarcity that I won’t go into right now.) For a quick answer, I’m going to suggest knit dresses and tops with scoop or V-necks that she can accessorize with fun jewelry, shoes and bags. These abound on the websites listed on the Clothing for Big Busts page, and I feel like this season’s velvet options from Bravissimo could really be made to work for her. Without knowing your daughter’s personal style, it’s hard to offer more. I know there are younger IG influencers out there who are busty (but probably don’t know there true bra size) who could be used for inspiration–I think I’ll try to compile a list and post it. Also, don’t discount the idea of enlisting a personal stylist. There are so many times I’ve thought trendy looks were off limits to me because of my bust, and then my stylist friend has found a way to make me look current. If you can find someone who will give her the tools now (especially the use of that all important “third piece”), it will pay off in all her future shopping. She may need a tweak every now and then, but there really is a science to dressing that can be made to work for all ages and styles.
Hello I read that panache change their sizes smaller band and up to J did any knows ?
Interesting–where did you read this? They didn’t highlight this to me at Curve, but it may be that I was supposed to notice it on my own!