Busting Out

When I was a girl I prayed to God for three things every night before bed: please let Mama, Daddy, and Granny live for a long, long time; please don’t let me have another nightmare about Jason from Friday the 13th; and please make my boobs grow soon. By the time I was in 4th grade all my friends were wearing training bras. Meanwhile, my chest was flat as a board and would stay that way until junior high. I decided to take up this matter with a higher power because I was sure I’d been cursed. According to genetics I should have been stacked. The women in my family filled DD-cup bras easily. So what was wrong with me?

I would eventually make it to a B-cup bra, but that wasn’t enough. For years one of my life goals, sandwiched between “Be a best-selling author” and “Travel to London,” was “Wear a C-cup bra.” Then I discovered feminism, self-esteem and the joy of being able to wear tank tops without worry of being over exposed. By the time I reached my 20s I was finally completely content with my breasts as they were. I even wrote and published columns about them when I was a writer for the Louisville lifestyle magazine Velocity Weekly. 

Then came 2009. I was 28 years old and suddenly my breasts started to grow like I’d hit some delayed stage of puberty.  I also went up a pants size that year, so the increase in boob size was most likely from that dreaded weight gain that all my older gal pals warned would hit as I crept closer to 30. I could no longer button the top button of my favorite vest. My sports bras offered no support when I was working out and I was spilling out of nearly every bra I owned. Nonetheless, I refused to be measured for a new size. I’d worked entirely too hard to be happy with my B-cup boobs for nature to go changing things.

But this weekend while at the Southern Women’s Show with my mom I strolled by a booth set up by the department store Belk that was helping women discover their right bra size. So I decided to give it a try. I stepped behind the curtain and the sales associate asked me what size I typically purchased. I proudly said “36 B” and she laughed in my face. She said, “36 is probably OK, but you’re most likely way off with that B-cup.” So she measured me and then said, “I’ll be back. I’m going to get a bra that I think will fit you.” She came back with one that looked a bit bigger than what I normally purchase, but when I put it on without checking the size. It fit perfectly. Then she said, “That’s a 34 double D.” I almost passed out. I was so stunned by this revelation I had break out my Blackberry and text my cousin/BFF about it. 

The sales associate informed me that the average woman is a D cup and that most women, especially those who consider themselves small-chested, wear bras that are way too small. 

So I’m a 34 DD. You’d think I’d be happy. The curse is broken. But I’m not. DD bras are NOT sexy and the few that are cute are too expensive. I coughed up the cash for one new bra in this newly discovered size, but to be honest, I’ll probably continue to stuff the tatas in my B-cups for a while or just stick to wearing camisoles with built-in bras. I’m in denial. It’s hard to believe my bosom buddies are all grown up.  



  1. Being busty isn’t all its cracked up to be believe me. And when I got my professional measurement I was depressed by the results. 36DDD for me!

  2. Well, I have been professionally measured as well @ Intimacy founded by the “Bra Whisperer” Susan Nethero herself! And let me tell you that my bra size is definitely different than what I was wearing. But thankfully since I got measured, they fit much better and I get the support I need. And Jai, you are very right in that the bras definitely cost more, especially if you want one that will provide the right support and will last. When I first got measured and they told me the size and then I saw the price, I was like WTH! But then, in comparison with spending that every two years maybe versus having to buy a new bra every few months from places like Belk’s and Dillard’s, it was worth the investment.

    Like you, when I was younger, I always asked when I would get boobs. Well, be careful what you ask for in my book because I have had these bad boys since I was in the eighth grade! And I used to HATE bra shopping. It was torture. When I became an adult, it got a little better but was still nervewracking. And then I found Intimacy (light shines with a harp playing). Now my world of bra shopping rocks!

    Don’t let it depress you and just take it all in stride. Your post is the very reason I wish more women would go get measured so that they can start wearing the right bra type and size and it would save them a lot of time, money and sometimes pain. And it’s also the reason I wish women who are considering getting implants would talk to women like me or other super busty women before they do it. While I am very comfortable with my breasts and have been for years, sometimes these bad boys are more than a notion and people have no clue and think it’s all honky dory…umm, yeah. I know folks who have had back problems and had to get them cut down. Fortunately for me, I don’t have that issue and am super thankful but it’s def not all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you see a cute top and you put it on and then you have to go up a size and it’s not as cute because it fits your boobs but now makes you look like a tent at the bottom. There is a lot that goes in to “the girls” that people just never take the time to think about. Great post Jai!

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