A complaint I often hear from other women is the fact that large bra sizes aren’t available on the high street, or they’re really expensive. I decided to bring you my high street round-up, letting you know what’s available and where.
George at ASDA
George have a great selection of bras starting at just £4. A wide selection of styles are available in various prints, patterns and colours, meaning that it shouldn’t be too difficult to find the right bra. Quality is generally good, although I find that they stretch quite quickly – be sure to check that they fill well on the loosest clasp, so you have a way to tighten them as they give. Sizes 32A – 42G are available, giving a good spread of sizes although unfortunately G cup begins in 34 and A and B cups are not available in 40 or 42.
Marks & Spencer
I used to swear against M&S sizing. I haven’t been measured there myself for years, but they used to follow the outdated +4 method. However, I hear they are improving and starting to get with the times – hurrah! Even if you don’t have faith in their ability to size, get measured elsewhere or do it yourself and then hit the shop floor. They have bras for everyone in every style and a huge range of sizes. Prices vary and you’re almost certainly bound to get something you like.
Oh, I LOVE Boux Avenue. I discovered this lovely chain in Bluewater shopping centre last year. I was gutted when La Senza stopped doing their larger sizes after rebranding (I think this led to their downfall). Boux Avenue opened in 2011 and is owned by Theo Paphitis who used to own La Senza. Sizes range from 28-38 and they go up to a G. The bras are beautiful and great quality. They are expensive, but it’s possible to get some real bargains in the sale. If they looked at expanding the band sizes slightly higher, they could really be onto a winner. They also stock swimwear in bra sizes. Hurrah!
I’m a big fan of Debenhams. Not only do they stock their own range of bras, but they also stock brands such as Panache and Freya. Some bras go up to a K cup and there’s a huge amount of choice in style. Band sizes are available from 28 and some styles even go up to a 54. Prices vary depending on the brand, but keep an eye out for their Blue Cross sales. This is usually when I tend to stock up. Debenhams also sell a range of sports bras, maternity bras and mastectomy bras.
There is a huge amount of choice on the high street now, but these are my personal picks for those difficult sizes.