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« Reply #4665 on: September 14, 2013, 09:29:33 AM »
VS can't do sizes right anyway. I'm a 32C-D depending on brand and I look outwardly like a 34B (which is the same cup size as a 32C, just a smaller band). Most people hear C or D cup and think Jessica Simpson (or Rabbit). I got measured as a 36B by an associate there and told her she was insane. She said I couldn't possibly be a 32C and they didn't sell that size anyway.

I order online only through Aerie or the VS semi-annual sale to get my size for cheap. Department stores don't stock it. If only more women knew how to properly size bras and how to change cup when changing band size they might be forced to sell a little more range. 32C is not an extreme size in the least.

My DD is (IIRC) a 28B! I don't even know if they make a 28. She usually goes with a 30A, again IIRC, but has a hard time finding those too.

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« Reply #4666 on: September 14, 2013, 09:34:08 AM »
VS can't do sizes right anyway. I'm a 32C-D depending on brand and I look outwardly like a 34B (which is the same cup size as a 32C, just a smaller band). Most people hear C or D cup and think Jessica Simpson (or Rabbit). I got measured as a 36B by an associate there and told her she was insane. She said I couldn't possibly be a 32C and they didn't sell that size anyway.

I order online only through Aerie or the VS semi-annual sale to get my size for cheap. Department stores don't stock it. If only more women knew how to properly size bras and how to change cup when changing band size they might be forced to sell a little more range. 32C is not an extreme size in the least.

When watching professional bra measurements on TV, many women with good sized chests seem to be DD or above, yet that size seems so rare in the store unless the band size is large.  Most women seem to have too large band coupled with too small cup. 

I have heard from others that in general VS doesn't do a good job with bra measurements.  I would love to get one from a high quality store once I get out of nursing bras. 

I've heard a lot of stories about VS "fittings", which mostly seem to involve taking measurements, then ignoring them completely to choose whatever size they have most of in stock at the moment.

I've used a number of online sites and resources for doing my own fitting, and I'm very happy with the results. I don't want to threadjack any further, so if anyone's interested, PM me.

VS is on my list of "never darken their door again" because of that exact problem.  When I was much smaller (in band and cup), I used to go there because of the mistaken belief they knew what they were doing.  I wasn't until I got properly fitted elsewhere that I realized I didn't have to deal with poky underwires, spillages, and hiked-up backs.

I go to Nordstrom or, of all places, the Hanes-Platex-Bali outlet to get fitted.  Nordy's bras are longer-lasting and better constructed, Hanes are not as good quality-wise, but still fit and are priced right.

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« Reply #4667 on: September 14, 2013, 09:57:57 AM »
VS can't do sizes right anyway. I'm a 32C-D depending on brand and I look outwardly like a 34B (which is the same cup size as a 32C, just a smaller band). Most people hear C or D cup and think Jessica Simpson (or Rabbit). I got measured as a 36B by an associate there and told her she was insane. She said I couldn't possibly be a 32C and they didn't sell that size anyway.

I order online only through Aerie or the VS semi-annual sale to get my size for cheap. Department stores don't stock it. If only more women knew how to properly size bras and how to change cup when changing band size they might be forced to sell a little more range. 32C is not an extreme size in the least.

My DD is (IIRC) a 28B! I don't even know if they make a 28. She usually goes with a 30A, again IIRC, but has a hard time finding those too.

http://www.biggerbras.com/

Searched by size - http://www.biggerbras.com/catalog/bras-lingerie-swimwear.shtml?ss_1=&ss_2=&ss_3=&ss_4=774

If you can sew and want to make bras for her - there are also patterns and fabric for sale at several places - but the patterns seem to start at band size 32 - there were 32 bands with AA and A cups already drafted - the band pattern pieces might be easily cut down or "copied" at 90% instead of 100% to see if that got it close to the correct size (I did a quick search - not an exhaustive one).  Training bras keep coming up for 28B - I don't know the age of your DD, if she's over 16, she may want a REAL bra, at least some of the time!

There is also a book from Australia - "Making Beautiful Bras" with instructions on drafting bra patterns using various methods (the low tack tape used for keeping hair in "spit curls" comes to mind as a way to mock up a bra, mark it where seams would go, then cut it apart to make a "first draft" of a pattern).  There is also a Yahoo! Group or two where bra making is discussed - if you like to sew and might be interested.
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« Reply #4668 on: September 14, 2013, 10:00:43 AM »
I had that experience with VS too - although in my case, at least the lady was kind enough to be honest with me.  "You come up as a 34DDD, but we don't carry that.  This 36DD should fit in the cup nearly as well, so let's see if we have anything in the store for you."  I tried on a bunch of stuff that wasn't quite my size and ended up buying the only bra in the store that actually fit me (kinda).  And now I wish I hadn't, because it was $$$ and fits just badly enough I hate wearing it and I hit another store during a clearance a few months later and got a ton of better-fitting bras for cheaper.

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« Reply #4669 on: September 14, 2013, 10:11:03 AM »
Frederick's of Hollywood has a surprisingly large range of sizes. I can't speak for the quality, but they might be a starting place.

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« Reply #4670 on: September 14, 2013, 10:37:09 AM »
Okay, I said I wasn't going to threadjack any further, but brastop.com (warning - UK sizing, which varies slightly from North American) specializes in D-K cups. There are frequently deals to be had, especially in fashion colours.

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« Reply #4671 on: September 14, 2013, 12:44:10 PM »
Frederick's of Hollywood has a surprisingly large range of sizes. I can't speak for the quality, but they might be a starting place.

Freddy's is awesome, and I've never bought a "bad" bra from them. One of theirs lasted six months of being worn DAILY, washed every three or four days (I have a hard to fit set of ladies, and not enough money to buy two bras at the time.)

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« Reply #4672 on: September 14, 2013, 01:15:44 PM »
As I was backing out of the drive yesterday morning, I happened to look over at the porch. There was a box, delivered from my online pharmacy, with my INSULIN in it. The box had been overnight expressed, so it was delivered that morning. The delivery person did not ring the doorbell. If I hadn't looked over, the box would have stood there all day in the heat.

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« Reply #4673 on: September 14, 2013, 01:54:22 PM »
As I was backing out of the drive yesterday morning, I happened to look over at the porch. There was a box, delivered from my online pharmacy, with my INSULIN in it. The box had been overnight expressed, so it was delivered that morning. The delivery person did not ring the doorbell. If I hadn't looked over, the box would have stood there all day in the heat.

And this is why I will not buy my meds through the online pharmacy, despite the pleas from my insurance company and knowing that they will be a bit cheaper for us, too. We have three medications that are temperature sensitive, but any medication is not going to do well in 100 degrees or - 20 degrees in the handling/shipping process, plus the fact that it is sitting in my mailbox waiting for me or a thief to get it. Just, no!

We even talked about getting a Post Office box specially for this, but it just doesn't seem worthwhile with the extra transportation for us (even walking a total of 20 minutes from here to the Post Office if we have the time), and we still don't know what dock or truck they have been sitting on for how long.

Can you tell I'm a bit opinionated about this?

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« Reply #4674 on: September 14, 2013, 04:59:23 PM »
I'm going to be quitting my bank this week.  DH and I have a joint account at a different bank (credit union) but I kept a small personal account with BOA.  I already went in once, a few years ago, to close my account when I discovered they had started charging a $10 fee on my used-to-be no-fee checking account.  At the time, they waived the fee and upgraded me to a different type of no-fee account.

Well, I just got a letter saying that if I don't keep a min balance of $5000 they will start charging a $25 monthly maintenance fee.  Not going to happen.  $25 for maintenance?  Per month?  Perhaps this better belongs in the scammers thread because I don't see where that's reasonable in the slightest.  I believe the point of the letter is, they no longer want to bother with holding my chump change for me, so I will relieve them of that burden.

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« Reply #4675 on: September 14, 2013, 06:31:30 PM »
As I was backing out of the drive yesterday morning, I happened to look over at the porch. There was a box, delivered from my online pharmacy, with my INSULIN in it. The box had been overnight expressed, so it was delivered that morning. The delivery person did not ring the doorbell. If I hadn't looked over, the box would have stood there all day in the heat.

And this is why I will not buy my meds through the online pharmacy, despite the pleas from my insurance company and knowing that they will be a bit cheaper for us, too. We have three medications that are temperature sensitive, but any medication is not going to do well in 100 degrees or - 20 degrees in the handling/shipping process, plus the fact that it is sitting in my mailbox waiting for me or a thief to get it. Just, no!

We even talked about getting a Post Office box specially for this, but it just doesn't seem worthwhile with the extra transportation for us (even walking a total of 20 minutes from here to the Post Office if we have the time), and we still don't know what dock or truck they have been sitting on for how long.

Can you tell I'm a bit opinionated about this?
I wish that were an option, but my insurance will not pay for locally filled insulin. My insulin would cost close to $1000 per month if I filled it locally. And that doesn't account for the other meds. If I had all my meds filled locally, it would literally take my entire paycheck- if it didn't exceed it.
The insulin is shipped inside a styrofoam cooler, packed with ice packs, which were slightly melted, but still had plenty of ice. Since this is only an issue 4 times a year, I can plan to be watching for the insulin from here on out.

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« Reply #4676 on: September 14, 2013, 07:56:06 PM »
Oh, my! Most of my friends pay $1000 a year out of pocket for all diabetic supplies.

I hope you can come up with a better system for you.

(So. This belongs in a special US health care expenses folder? Sorry about that.)

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« Reply #4677 on: September 14, 2013, 08:06:10 PM »
My coworker and I had a bad day at work, and after we picked up his fiancee we decided to go out to a local restaurant to eat something and relax. Usually this is a good place to eat, and the waitresses are awesome. I saw that one waitress I absolutely adore was working that night. We'll call her Sally. Well another waitress came to the hostess podium and escorted us to our table, telling us she would take care of us. That was fine with me, it really didn't matter who was taking care of us. This waitress we will call Jamie.

When I got my order part of it was wrong, and the waitress went back to get the right item. I couldn't even eat my burger because it didn't have mayonnaise on the side as i had requested. Finally I had to grab Sally and ask her to do what Jamie should have done, which was go and get the right fries and the mayonnaise she didn't bring. Jamie didn't even check on us during the meal, except to come back at the end and give us our check (without asking us whether we wanted dessert or not!-- it is standard for the waitresses there to ask if anyone would want dessert). She placed my check in a puddle of water that was on the table... so it was soaked. Then after she did that, and after she asked my friends if they wanted refills, she fairly ran away from us, and didn't hear me as I asked for napkins. I ended up having to wipe my greasy hands on my sweater. I then grabbed Sally again, and asked for a box, so I could take the rest of my food home.

When we left, we didn't even leave her a tip, because the service was so awful. The tip that Jamie would have gotten, I gave to Sally, because even though she wasn't our waitress, she was the one who did everything for us! I even explained to the manager what went on, and she said that she would have a talk with Jamie. The way she said it makes me think this isn't the first time it has happened.

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« Reply #4678 on: September 14, 2013, 08:36:39 PM »
^ We have done that! The situation is so similar, except that were vacationing and will never be back anyway.

First server brought us our drinks, took our orders, and that was the end of her. New server brought us our meals and refreshed our drinks.

Yup -- slipped helpful server the tip in cash and didn't write a tip on the credit card slip. The manager kind of smirked and said that it happened before because first server takes a LOT of breaks. I would say that first server had a very expensive smoke break!

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« Reply #4679 on: September 14, 2013, 09:00:11 PM »
VS can't do sizes right anyway. I'm a 32C-D depending on brand and I look outwardly like a 34B (which is the same cup size as a 32C, just a smaller band). Most people hear C or D cup and think Jessica Simpson (or Rabbit). I got measured as a 36B by an associate there and told her she was insane. She said I couldn't possibly be a 32C and they didn't sell that size anyway.

I order online only through Aerie or the VS semi-annual sale to get my size for cheap. Department stores don't stock it. If only more women knew how to properly size bras and how to change cup when changing band size they might be forced to sell a little more range. 32C is not an extreme size in the least.

My DD is (IIRC) a 28B! I don't even know if they make a 28. She usually goes with a 30A, again IIRC, but has a hard time finding those too.

http://www.biggerbras.com/

Searched by size - http://www.biggerbras.com/catalog/bras-lingerie-swimwear.shtml?ss_1=&ss_2=&ss_3=&ss_4=774

If you can sew and want to make bras for her - there are also patterns and fabric for sale at several places - but the patterns seem to start at band size 32 - there were 32 bands with AA and A cups already drafted - the band pattern pieces might be easily cut down or "copied" at 90% instead of 100% to see if that got it close to the correct size (I did a quick search - not an exhaustive one).  Training bras keep coming up for 28B - I don't know the age of your DD, if she's over 16, she may want a REAL bra, at least some of the time!

There is also a book from Australia - "Making Beautiful Bras" with instructions on drafting bra patterns using various methods (the low tack tape used for keeping hair in "spit curls" comes to mind as a way to mock up a bra, mark it where seams would go, then cut it apart to make a "first draft" of a pattern).  There is also a Yahoo! Group or two where bra making is discussed - if you like to sew and might be interested.

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