Apparently, since I am plus-sized I am supposed to have a large chest. Well, I don't! I need a 42/44-B. Of course the "normal" sizes only go to about 38. And the full-figured sizes don't have B cups. Lane Bryant used to carry some in certain styles but even those are getting harder to find. Playtex has some in those sizes but everthing looks like it's made for an old lady. I'm only 33....is there anything out there for me?
I feel your pain; I too wear a 44B and have experienced some serious frustration in finding sexy (or at least not grandma-ey) bras. Luckily, I have several great resources that work for me and will hopefully work for you, too.
I know you said that Lane Bryant doesn't carry the best selection in B cups, but they are still the best source for pretty bras in our size. I talked with one of my contacts at LB who said that, while it's true the stores don't carry much inventory because of lack of demand, the online selection is much more comprehensive. And it's true! I'm especially loving their lace overlay push-up demi bra (show above, $34).
I've had really great luck ordering bras online at JustMySize.com. They have a fantastic feature called Bra Finder- you can put in your size and any other "wants" (underwire or none, what kind of straps, etc) and the site brings up all the bras that fit your criiteria - and a lot of their bras are very pretty. I'm wearing one right now, actually. It's the Glamorise Front Hook Wonderwire bra, $34.99. (Is that too much information?) It's shown at the right.
I've also been able to score discount bras (i.e. under $20) from a line called Vassarette. You can find Vassarette at Target, Wal-Mart, ShopKo and K-Mart. Their bras are typically of the mesh/lace vareiety - very cute. Remember, though, that buying less expensive bras oftentimes means that you will need to replace them more often.
Another thing to keep in mind is that you can have bras alterered - and let me tell you, for $20 at the tailors there is nothing like having a bra made to fit you perfectly. So, if you find yourself unable to find anything suitable in stores or online, pick up a bra as close to your size as possible and take it to a tailor to see what can be done. Happy bra hunting!
If you have a burning fashion or beauty question, either email me from my contact page or ask in the comments.
Photos courtesy of Lane Bryant and Just My Size.