Friday, July 1, 2011

166. (Simply Yours Lingerie)



For the past few years I did not know how it felt like to have such difficulty finding comfortable bras. I used to have B cups and it was easy to find them at a 40 B or 38 B. However, I've gained weight the past couple of years and sad to say, my bras no longer fit so I shopped for newer bras that fit my 42 DD chest.

Needless to say, I never knew how difficult it was to find bras that gave support and didn't look matronly - plus fitting larger sizes. In Canada, the selection is absolutely abysmal. We don't have Cacique bras or Lane Bryant bras. We only have one national chain and that's from Addition-Elle. When I used to wear B cup bras it was a lot cheaper for me so when I saw the prices for plus size bras I was absolutely sticker-shocked at the big price jump. I was used to buying $20 bras from La Senza and now I'd have to pay $60 - $70 for a bra.



Thank goodness for online shopping. After browsing through several online shops, I was contacted by Simply Yours UK about their plus size line. When I saw their lingerie selection, I fell in love with the wide variety! They offer minimizer bras, plunge bras, push up bras, underwire bras, sports bras and a lot more.





Besides the wonderful selection, their prices are completely reasonable. Doing the conversion from British Pounds to Canadian dollars, the average bra costs from $29 to $85 dollars at the most. Sizes also range from A cups to H cups, which is nice for those who are more endowed. You can look at their Large Cup Bra selection to see for yourself!

What would you like to see more in plus size lingerie? What are some pet peeves? Do looks matter to you in terms of undergarments? I'd love to hear what you guys think!

22 comments:

  1. If your a DD another good place is Fredericks of Hollywood. They go up to a DDD-aka-F cup. Their prices are reasonable to, especially if you get the two or more deals and while I don't know if theirs any in Canada if you come to the US ever we have them and they have bra fitters/experts that can help you out. I use to work for them, good company with a range of products and while not everything comes in plus size they do have a plus size selection (along with some nice plus size corsets). Lingerie and bras run close to true to size depending on style and clothing/swimsuit sometimes fit a size to small depending on style again. I haven't tried their plus size clothing yet since they don't sell that in store yet but they do have some sexy stuff. http://www.fredericks.com/plus/plus,default,sc.html Also Im a size 20 and sometimes fit in the XL in some of the lingerie (babydolls and some of the teddys depending on cup fit of item). http://fashionandlifeofacurvykitten.blogspot.com/2010/03/undergarments-bras-they-are-not-as-evil.html is one of my post on bras, I take bra fitting very seriously. Whatever you do don't get this multi way bra http://www.simplyyours.co.uk/shop/product/details/show.action?pdLpUid=KH200&pdBoUid=3696&lpgUid=11102055#colour:1,size:  I ordered it from the us simplybe and the back strap cut into me even when looser... and since the back strap is what supports your boobs... well you dont want it loose anyways, its the thinness of the strap thats the issue. I suggest instead getting a normal strapless bra if you order with them. Either that or save up the money to get BRA6 from lanebryant, much more comfortable and still has the clear back strap option although it snaps in the sides so its hard to putt on. My pet peeves is the lack of actual retail stores that carry the more affordable plus size bras that are cute... I dislike online shopping for bras, mostly because if you find one in the price range you want and its out of country the cost of returning it/shipping it is almost as much as the bra... and it happens, bras don't come in a exact size all the time type of thing. You have to try them on to know if you got the size/fit correct. I would like to see more actual plus size lingerie stores instead of online places. And more effort put to making the same basics that other sizes have as far as specialty pieces that hold the girls up but dont show under our fashionable outfits. I would also in general (not just plus size) like to see more variations on nude colors for bras (do some of the darker browns, tans, not just cream). I know thats a harder order to do since most women need convincing that skin tones are best under their clothing so it dosn't show but really... its needed.

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  2. My biggest mission is finding a good strapless. I have a couple that get me by, but haven't found one I love. My second biggest mission is finding bras that don't give me quad boob. It's not that I'm getting too small a bra, it's just that I have a very mushy chest which just oozes all over the place. Hot, I know.

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  3. My biggest problem is finding a company that makes reasonably priced large bands, but with small cups. I'm about a 48/50 B and I've never come across a bra that fits. I use extenders, but can only really find C cups in 40/42s. My bra's end up 'dimpling' which is really annoying and unsightly in some shirts. *sigh* 

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  4.  i remember my mom have VERY huge boobies (F or H cup) and she would always have a lot of luck at places like tj maxx and marshalls that would often have a plethora of items that didn't sell otherwise (very easy to find clothes if you're bigger or smaller than 'average')
    i love shopping there for undergarments too, even as an 'inbetweenie' i feel like i have more options there, especially with the summer coming up i love having lace and dainty bras....and i've found some at tj maxx for $12-$15!!

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  5. We don't have a TJ Maxx in Canada. Pity. :( 
    I love shopping in the US! So cheap and so many options.

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  6. Oooh, good one! I found a perfect strapless a few weeks ago. I hope you find yours too. :)

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  7. Ugh! I feel your pain. Actually, I'm not quite sure I am a DD... because I got professionally measured. I tried on a bra and I don't seem to "Fill in" the cups. I think I'm a C more than a D or DD.

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  8. Great advice! I agree with you on the nude bras.
    Unfortunately in Canada we don't have many options. We have one store that monopolizes everything plus size so they think they can just jack up the prices.

    No bueno.

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  9. Actually, I was looking at Simplyyours the other day to buy a bunch of stuff. I'm just a tad too broke right now to afford anything but I completely adore their selection.

    bisous,
    http://grande-fille.blogspot.com/

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  10. I feel your pain. I have G cup boobs and find it insanely hard to get anything that firs. Simply Yours is good and so is Evans. Do you have Bravissimo (or access to their sales site) in Canada?

    http://www.athriftymrs.com

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  11. thanks for the suggestion! i'm really tired of shopping at victoria's secret... they rarely have my size and color!

    -sarah rose
    zezaftig.blogspot.com

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  12. I've had a lot of good luck with bras from Avenue.com, and they can be really really cheap when there's a stock up sale! I generally buy 2-3 nice bras a year and rotate with my older ones, and I rarely ever pay more than $20 per bra.

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  13. Thanks for sharing!
    I wish Avenue shipped to Canada. They have wonderful wide-calf boots as well.

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  14. I know what you mean.
    Occasionally I will shop at La Senza (a British/Canadian version of VS). But I rarely find something perfect for my girls! :(

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  15. Unfortunately, no! :(
    I find Simply Yours and Evans is well-priced.

    PS: I'm following your blog! So cute.

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  16. I personally love sportsbra style support. But it's not always doable for every circumstance. I wish I didn't have to wear one at all! lol

    Maryjane xoxo

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  17. I wish too! Bras are freakin annoying! But I have huge boobs so I can't go without. Oh well! x

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  18. TJ Maxx is the same as Winners, with a different name, so we sure do have it! :-)

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  19. I'm in Canada too -- and am newly in love with FreshPair.com. Free shipping to Canada if you spend $50, and a great plus size selection. Also a good selection of bras at all price ranges which is nice. My first order from them a couple weeks ago I bought 2 Elomi Energise sports bras, which I already knew I loved. Then I took a chance on 2 t-shirt bras -- the Elomi smoothing underwise moulded bra, and the Le Mystere Dream Tisha underire bra. Both are wonderful -- seamless, uplifting, and super comfy. Not cheap but totally worth it for how happy they made me :-)

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  20. I know it is, but we do not carry the same brands (and cheap prices) as I saw at TJ Maxx down south. I recall correctly, there's not many plus size bras either at any of the Winners I've been to.

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  21. After reading you comments I went to the simply yours UK site. You are absolutely right - they have a great selection and VERY reasonable. While trying to "register" to place an order  the site wouldn't take my Canadian  phone number. An email from a rep tells me they only ship ( basically) to the Bristish Isles. 
    How did you get yours?

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