Today, I made a quick trip to Selfridges in London (and by quick I mean I was only in there for a total of 1hr 15mins... Shocking!) to check out their lingerie department in the vain hope that I may find the bra that will herald the end of my quest. Yes, I also went to look at shoes but that kinda goes without saying. Anyway, I digress. Selfridges lingerie department. It's nice. Very nice. Of course, I had been before but I had only ever really passed through it on my way to a different part so I decided that today was the day to have a proper look- and by a proper look, what I mean is, spend about an hour scrutinising every non-padded black bra I could find.
The first thing I see upon entering this particular department are the concessions held by familiar and notoriously luxurious (and expensive) brands such as Bordelle, Agent Provocateur and Myla. More or less everything these companies have to offer appeals to me in some way but again, as always, the bras are just not designed with the larger bust in mind! I would go as far as to say that most of the designs on offer are aimed at women no larger than a C-cup and god forbid said ladies should have any sort of over-hang if they're looking at some of the gorgeous little cupless designs! Now, practicality is the least of my concerns so, were I anatomically suited to these sorts of bras I would no doubt have drawers full of the things, but alas, I am not, and so it was with a heavy heart that I decided to proceed onwards to the more sensible designs. You have NO idea how much it pains me to use that word in reference to something I am looking for for myself.
I did have a hard time moving much further past this baby, it has to be said. Pictured to the left is the 'Bondage Angela' dress by Bordelle. At £525 before VAT, it is a little bit out of my price range so I had to make do with ogling it both on the mannequin and on the hanger and wonder whether or not the deceptively large cups would actually comfortably support these badboys *points at boobs*. In my mind, it's a perfect fit.
Anyway. Where was I? Oh yeah. Sensible. Yawn. It wasn't long before I found a section filled with bras and pants (remember, I am English ergo pants = panties, not trousers) by Wacoal. It wasn't long before I found a few bras that looked promising but even at first glance I could see they didn't check all the boxes. Black? Yes. Underwired? Yes. 36E? Yes. Seamless? Some of them. Sheer? No. They were all see through lace. If it's see through enough, I might, MIGHT, be able to make an exception. So. What happened next? I tried three of them on.
The first of the three didn't even remain on me long enough to get its picture taken. It was useless. The size was fine but the design wasn't. The style was ok but the fabric wasn't anywhere near transparent enough and since this whole mission is based around the need for a see through bra, there was no point even humouring it. NEXT. Wacoal bra number 2! First of all, let me show you the picture of it on their website. Ignoring the fact that they only show it in the nude colour, that is the bra in question to the right. Yes, it's lace, but in person it's quite fine lace and on the hanger it certainly looked like a potential contender. Now let's see what it looks like on me shall we?!
Oh yeah now I remember one of the main reasons having bigger boobs sucks. For some godforsaken reason, all these big lingerie designers seem to think that the whole of your upper half needs to be swathed in fabric and GOD FORBID you should have any visible cleavage. Lift and separate, ladies. Lift. And. Separate. Ugh. Also, too goddamn lacy. It's not transparent enough for my requirements. Shame really because the fit was nice, the shape was lovely and the price wasn't bad either. For anyone interested in this style, it's called the 'Halo Lace seamless bra' and its product code number is 65149. Anyway. NEXT.
Next up is the 'Beyond Basic' lace underwired bra also by Wacoal (product code 855136). The fabric was nice as, even though it was also lacy, it was more sheer than the previous number and offered a bit more transparency as a result. Initial impression of this one on the hanger is that it'd probably do the job at a push. Let's see it in action then!
Yeah, the fabric is good. The shape is good. It has an opaque panel in each cup, off to the side and it has the whole lacy pattern thing going on but, as you can see, it's pretty much see through. However- and this is a big however- once again, my whole chest is covered. Not cool, Wacoal. Not cool. I do like it though, as you can probably tell from the pic.
To conclude todays foray into department store lingerie concessions, I have once again come away empty handed but I have learned that Wacoal, though not really what I'm looking for in this instance, do some nice, comfortable bras that give a really nice shape. I'd definitely consider buying their designs in future when I'm not being such a fussy madam and looking for something that, seemingly, doesn't exist!
Jesus. Who knew I could talk so much crap about bras?!