Meet the New Bras…

…same as the old bras…only from a new store.  One that I’m not sure if I will order from again.  While it was nowhere near the ordeal Lesley had with Avenue, it was its own sort of Special.

Bras ordered? April 26, 2009.
I send email to check on bras? June 10th, 2009.
Email returned as undeliverable? June 10th, 2009.
Call to check on order? June 10th, 2009.

The guy who answered the phone asks my order number, which dutifully connects to my order. There is the first (of what will be many) exclamations over how old my order is.   He then calls someone else on another phone and therefore ensues a confusing conversation where I don’t know if he’s talking to me or the other person.   It is then determined that they have my Venus by Cortland (style 7101) (formerly Lilyette) 46DDDs, but not in beige.  Only in white or black.  Would I accept white or black?  I would.   Would I accept free shipping?  Certainly.

Bras arrived? June 15, 2009.

…and thus ends yet another purchase in the world of supersize shopping.

Final Scorecard:

Minuses: Delays, bounced email, not reaching out to ask if I wanted another color.
Pluses: Bras are the size and style I want, fit correctly, free shipping.

But then, the “fit correctly” is why I ordered Venus by Cortland (style 7101) (formerly Lilyette) 46DDDs.   This is why I often stick with the same pants and the same bras for, oh, a decade*:  so few brick-and-mortar stores carry my size, so I buy mail order, which makes trying on an expensive exercise in order, try, mail back, repeat (and Lesley at Fatshionista described it so much better than I ever could.)   Sure, there are times that I want to experiment and something new, and (ahem) have the disposable cash to have shipped to and fro simply so I can try it on.  Sometimes I just want to get new bras before the old ones die.  But even that isn’t simple.


*Over the last 15 years I’ve bought these specific bras in 42DDD, 44DDD, 46DD, 46DDD, 48DD, and 48DDD.

 

7 thoughts on “Meet the New Bras…

  1. I found one brand of bra that fit and was fairly comfortable, and affordable (well, if $35 is affordable for one bra). I’ve been buying them for the last 8 years, but now they’re discontinued. Goddess is no longer making that style, in any size at all. The next closest style to it, well, I don’t like it at all. For one thing, the size I wear in the discontinued style isn’t the same size in the next closest style (the cups are way bigger, so I don’t know what cup size I would wear in it, and can’t afford to order 3 different cup sizes just to find one that fits). The next closest style also has 4 hooks in back, instead of the 3 hooks that I like (4 hooks are too wide and too hard to hook even when I put the bra on so I hook it in front and then slide the hooks to the back and the cups to the front).
    So I bought a book on bra-making and took apart an old bra for a pattern. Now all I have to do is find all the fabric and notions I need to make those bras. Then I can tell the bra-making industry to kiss my tush, I don’t have to deal with them anymore, because my size bras are never carried in a bricks-and-mortar store, I have to order them online (not even Lane Bryant and Catherine’s carry a 52H in their stores, only online).

  2. Most Lane Bryant’s quit stocking 48 DDD’s, which is what I can wear in the cotton and balconette styles. Why they only carry rack of doom sizes online is beyond me, since don’t you need to try bras on to make sure they fit?

    • I’m not sure if it’s a company thing or a design thing. Could be both labels are owned by the same company. But yeah, what used to be a Lilyette design is now a Cortland one.

  3. I’m a 34 G and just want to say that many specialty bra shops (like Trousseau in Vienna, VA) will special order bras for you so that you can try them on in the store.

    Also, I’ve had good luck with Nordstrom’s special ordering my size as well.

    I’ve had some success with Biggerbras.com too, come to think…but they do charge shipping back and forth.

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