I’ll just come out and say it: Victoria’s Secret has to be one of the worst places to buy bras if you’re a busty girl. Their so-called bra fitters are underpaid and poorly trained salespeople and their focus is on sexy rather than proper fit and comfort. (Fortunately there are plenty of great bras that are sexy and actual fit those of us with bigger breasts.)
Here are five reasons why I never recommend Victoria’s Secret bras for any DD+ girl…
All that glitters is not gold
You have hand it to Victoria’s Secret, once a year, they get super sexy supermodels to catwalk down a runway wearing lingerie, high heels and angel wings, and scores of envious women flip out (damn you, Adriana Lima for giving us major fitness goals!). So much so that when Bella Hadid strutted past her ex-beau The Weekend last year, it broke the Internet.
And it’s not just us common folk who are swept away by the skimpily clad women because this televised fashion show attracts A-list celebrity attendees, popular musical acts, and lusty male viewers as well.
The reality is that behind all that glitz and glamour, Victoria’s Secret produces ill-fitting, poor quality products and throws major shade at us women. This casting call with for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show offers up plenty of examples of ill-fitting bras:
The first evidence is that the products sold at the store are not the same ones worn by the models in the show (the diamond-laced ones are not for sale, ladies!). In fact, Victoria’s Secret products belong to the lower-end of the lingerie product line.
Secondly, the brand does not even cater to all of our sizing needs due to various problems in their production, marketing and customer service. They are a special nuisance to woman who are fuller-bodied i.e. of the DD+ cup range, making them feel unwelcome and unwanted. Yet somehow, because of their over-the-top marketing, most of us women flock to their stores for our bra and panty needs. It is time to stop!
Victoria’s Secret sells 32B and 34C when they’re confused
Let’s face the facts: the “angels” don’t represent the everyday lady. The national average bra size has been expanding lately; as of 2009 it was 36DD. Yet Victoria’s Secret chooses skinnier and more petite models to represent them each year. It could even be said that Victoria’s Secret’s models have a “breast diversity problem” since all the models are of the singular perky, small boob mold. It is highly unlikely that we will be seeing curvaceous Ashley Graham donning those angel wings anytime soon.
Those crazy fashion shows can also be seen as overly sexualized representation of the female body form or in other words, a brainwashing technique that tells us that if we are not of that coveted 32-34 band size or of the B-C cup size, then we are not “angel material.”
One website outlines a popular belief around Victoria’s Secret’s band sizes are: 32 means skinny whereas 36 and above means fat. This is simply not true because your band and cup size are merely numbers – they are not code for body-shaming. Because smaller boobs are so in-vogue right now, the no-bra movement is lauded by many women.
However, what anyone with a fuller body will tell you is that going bra-less is not the best feeling in the world. The sagging, sinking feeling of being pulled down by gravity is not fun, no matter how “liberating” it might seem. But that doesn’t stop popular media from generalizing all women’s shapes and sizes nor does it stop the increase in breast reduction surgeries. We have to make peace with whatever size we are – no matter what they want us to believe!
Most women with large breasts are wearing the wrong bra size
Victoria’s Secret is a mass producer of bras, thus they carry certain bra sizes, not all. They carry only six band sizes (32, 34, 36, 38 and 40) whereas there are ten band sizes in total, from 26-44. They also carry 9 fewer cup sizes than there ought to be (cup sizes are supposed to range from AA to KK).
As mentioned earlier, the average breast size is increasing and most women are DDD+ but because the VS stores do not carry these “larger” sizes, the in-store staff provide misinformation about what our sizes ought to be. A problem known as sister-sizing arises where the staff might suggest that a 32G wear a 36D only to sell existing products (instead of rightfully informing clients that their sizes are unavailable in the store).
This lying tactic also aligns with how they represent their models wearing the products. Most of them are shown wearing the bras with half their cleavages showing but the whole point of bras is to cover up entirely. The awkward uncovered bra line that is visible over tight clothes has become a problem because of those damned angels!
Furthermore, the models are shown wearing bras with the bands riding up high in the back and for normalizing exposed side boobs (which are supposed to be covered FYI).
Most women buy into these false advertisings and trust the fits suggested by in-store staff. Very few protest and those who do are then told that there is simply no size that serves them thus they are made to believe that they are abnormal or disproportionately sized.
A former Nordstrom employee writes that Victoria’s Secret staff are not even qualified to be providing sizing advice. They measure women over their clothes – a fatal error – and because their products run small, all sorts of misinformation are spewed out. A vicious cycle!
Our bodies and breasts change constantly
There is no other body part that is more symbolic of the feminine form than our breasts – its development transforms us from girlhood to womanhood and eventually into motherhood. Women undergo so many changes in their lifetime undertaking so many roles along the way that it is inevitable that our body parts change too, but this is a seldom documented phenomenon.
How can we take pride in our changing bodies if there is one archetypal gold standard of what boobs ought to look like?
The fatty tissue around our breasts vary with the slightest weight gain or loss, it changes with every new diet or fitness regimen but still this information is seldom dispersed and our sizing woes continue.
DD+ sized bras cost more
It is absurd to fork over more money for a bigger size when it comes to lingerie. Yes, there is a bit of extra material, but not enough to justify a $4 extra cost (which is the average extra price “for DD and DDD cups than for A-D cup bras).” It should be noted that only VS is guilty of this price difference.
This links back to the ill-treatment of “fuller bodied” women by the industry. No wonder we have lower self-esteems, what with the fashion industry telling us that size 0 is the only normal and the lingerie industry telling us that being DD+ sized is undesirable. What if a 32C become a DD+ after motherhood, would she be led to believe that becoming a DD+ was her a wrongful, deplorable move?
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