Fun With Sizing (Or, The Saga of My Brastop Order)

After literally chasing my Brastop package all over town (one missed delivery, one federal holiday, two separate post offices) I returned home mostly triumphant. Even though I had to order a whole mess of different sizes, all the bras that came fit. I’m still missing a black Freya Antoinette and one garter for the Curvy Kate panties, but I’ve heard such great things about Brastop customer service that I’m sure both are temporary setbacks. As a reward for my efforts, I came home to find a lovely package from Butterfly Collection with a nice note from Claire in it! I’m going to be reviewing all of this in depth, but I wanted to put up some pictures and size comparisons today so you can see what everything looks like and how the cup sizes run.

When I put it all together, this is what it looks like (Click the image for a larger view).

From top to bottom, we’ve got:

The Curvy Kate Showgirl Tempt Me Bra in Black/Scarlet

I had heard that Curvy Kate ran very small in the cup, so I ordered up. The 34GG fit me well (That’s also my size in Freya). I’ve heard that the typical rule for Curvy Kate is two or three cup sizes up, and following that rule worked for me. This is my first Curvy Kate, so there will definitely be an in depth review in the future.

Charnos Cherub Full Cup Bra in Emerald Green

I was so excited to try this, because this corsetlette is one of my favorite lingerie pieces of all time. I ordered this bra in a 34FF(H) and it fit perfectly. Strangely enough, it reminded me of a higher quality version of this Figleaves brand bra, which I also owned and wore the hell out of until I dropped a back size.

Gossard Wildflower Plunge Bra in Cream

This was the bra that I felt the most on the fence about, because I normally stick with non-patterned bras. I was also nervous about the fit. Gossard only makes up to a 34FF, so if it didn’t fit I wouldn’t be able to wear anything from them. I was happy to find out that it was gorgeous in person, and that the 34FF was just fine.

Alegro Boudoir Starlet Pink Bra

I’m going to be doing a full review of this for the Butterfly Collection blog, but it was pretty much love at first sight when I opened it. I ordered it in a 34G, and was worried when I put it on that it might be too big! It fit beautifully, so maybe I was just adjusting to wearing an unpadded bra.

Shock Absorber Sports Bra

I ordered this in a 34GG, and without going out and playing tennis in it, it seems to fit fine. I’ll report back once I get out on the court tonight! I’m still dying to try the new Panache sports bra for fun though.

Hopefully all of this helps if you’re considering buying any of these brands! Until we develop some kind of standardized bra cup, we’ve got to stick together and help ourselves.

Do you have any experience with these brands? How do they fit you? Can you give the rest of us advice on sizing?


  • Reply Kim October 12, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Thanks very much for this post! You’re completely right about the sizing variability. We also took advantage of the Brastop sale and free shipping. My wife is a 36H American/36FF European size. That size seems to fit fairly well in Freya, so that’s what we went for as a basis when we ordered this batch.

    We got the Panache Ariza in teal/pink in 36FF; the Curvy Kate Thrill Me bra and short in ivory/black in 36FF and size 14; the Freya Adele in white in 36F; the Cleo Lucy in pink in 36FF; and we’re in Maine. They haven’t arrived yet, but hopefully they will soon. How do the bras that you ordered fit?

    Lastly, when you say “go up two cup sizes for Curvy Kate” do you mean the american-english discrepancy (FF=H), or do you mean a particular idiosyncracy of CK?

    • Reply hollyj October 12, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      I think of myself as an FF=H, but I ordered a GG=J in Curvy Kate. Everything fits great, although the Curvy Kate is very low cut, which I’m not used to. Same with the Gossard. I’m that same size in Freya though, so I’m wondering if that rule works for everyone.

      Let me know how she likes it when you get your order! I’d love to know if everything fit, etc.

      • Reply Kim October 18, 2011 at 11:05 PM

        The Cleo Lucy seems too tight in the band, so I think we’ll need to exchange that for a 38F. The Curvy Kate seems to fit pretty well, even with fluctuations in size due to nursing, and it looks great with the matching shorts. The Panache Ariza seems to fit fairly well, though occasionally there are some voids in the cups, but we’ll see how that wears. The Freya Adele is good, but is perhaps either a bit too big in the cup, or possibly it is unable to cope with FF-cup breasts.

        Can’t wait to see your review of the bras you ordered. Will you post pictures as well? It’s good to see what bras look like on a given body type.

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