I started wearing bras at about 12 (and I did need one) - like many girls my Mum took me and I got a good bra, but over the years since have mostly bought cheaper makes that tend to come in for around £10 a bra, less sometimes. Now these do fine, but they do fall apart quite quickly, wires poke out, they misshape...
Last december I read of a multibuy offer on Gossard's superboost satin range, that basically gives you 3 bras for the price of one - they have other items too, shorts and thongs, plus sets of bras + knickers. All are great savings. I got 3 of their plunge and 3 of their multiway bras, all in black (I didn't realise you could mix and match colours for the same price).
I've just ordered my 2nd set of 3 bras for £28 (plus £3.95 P&P) - they work out at under £11 per bra for a great make (RRP is £28), the downside is all my other bras are never really used. They are incredibly supportive and comfortable. The straps are detachable and after 8 months, 1 of mine broke - Gossard are now sorting a replacement for me! Fantastic customer service and the bras are really gorgeous.
I have 3 of these and won't be getting more - the bras are lovely i just wear a plunge style for comfort most of the time. These can be worn strapless, halterneck, crossover or as standard. But they're a great bra and having a multiway available is very useful. RRP is £30.
Basically these are great bras and if you can get the offers (easiest way is to sign up for their newsletter, it's not too often and isn't spammy and has all their best deals) they cost the same amount as cheap underwear but with gossard quality. They feel true to size in the cup (I don't wear my "correct" size band as like many larger women, I find the correct doesn't fit properly - I assume this is as fat is somewhat pliable!) and are incredibly supportive.
I'm tempted to buy yet more - they're hard to resist!
They come in a range of colours - some colours end at size 38 band but others go up to 44 in a range of cup sizes.
A great bra and well worth the money. At the time of writing they have the multibuy offers you can find the link to online, plus some ranges are on offer.
It has been a tradition of mine and my sister's to shop for underwear together. Unfortunately this can be troublesome since we have quite vastly different chest sizes- my sister wearing the smallest you can get and myself wearing a D cup on average.
Previously we decided that La Senza was ideal for us both- providing the padding she preferred to give her the cleavage she desired and the wiring to keep my chest in tow. However I grew increasingly tired of the less than desired quality standards I encountered at La Senza. I also had sizing issues, sometimes needing up to two sizes bigger than my measured chest size. The padding in La Senza bras can also be too much, leading to half of the bra being filled with padding and only half actual breasts.
I came upon Gossard- having never heard of the brand before despite its long history- after seeing a Groupon voucher which promised 60%. I immediately snapped this up and bought myself two bras from the Beau range. Since it was online, I had a small issue with sizing since I found the cup sizes a little small but after being promptly delivered it came with clear instructions to return them if I wished. I had the correct size I wanted within a week of originally buying them- fantastic customer service!
The satin material on the bras was exceedingly soft, good quality and well received by my boyfriend. The bra straps were also made of satin and proved very comfortable as well as being stylish but not over the top. I'm not much of a fan of having a large cleavage on display but found that even with small vests, these two well wired, well padded bras (the padding itself is removable) still allowed a reasonable amount of cleavage without drawing too much attention away from my face in certain company.
I have had those two bras for over a year now and since then have bought two superboost multiway bras in nude and black by using the multi-buy codes. The multiway bras are endlessly useful and thus far the most successful in maintaining position and lift without straps allowing me to wear these bras for any occasion!
Both me and my sister have been more than satisfied by their customer service and despite our different chest sizes and preferences, we both love Gossard bras!
They're more expensive than the high street brands but well worth it! It's obvious to me now why Gossard has been so successful for so long!
If you need to return something then you would be better giving it away, I returned an item I bought from their website 5 weeks ago, ive emailed them loads and get the standard reply its not our dept, passing the buck from one to the other dept. eventually I sent an email demanding either my item Id paid £25 for or a refund, still no response! they have horrendous customer service, buy from a shop at least you know you can physically exchange it there!
Well they're not a death trap or anything lol, but Gossard claim to do these Ultrabras for bigger cup sizes....but it only goes up to an F!. I was so disappointed as I thought 'finally, a bra that gives a great cleavage for big boobs'...but no, only if you're F cup or smaller. For those of you like myself who need a bigger cup than that we're gonna have to look elsewhere, but doesn't it make u wondr tho, if they can make an F then why not a G etc? After all, boobs are getting bigger nowdays lol
I've always had quite a large bust. And although many of you may think "Why does she even need an Ultrabra then?" I have to say (and sorry for being SO personal) that (as many girls already know!) real boobs are not those lovely pert little things that stay where you want them too. I own a wide variety of bras, some are the "wrong" size however the style of the bra means they fit perfectly. Now these bras are not ultrabra ones. They do however provide a nice lacy hammock to keep my boobs up in the day. Anyway I'm getting sidetracked - I wanted to talk to you about the Gossard Ultrabra Superboost for the larger cup. Near my hometown there is a Gossard factory shop. Cheap bras all day every day! As I'd been going here with varying female family members for years I recently took another trip there and finally found the perfect bra. Last time I went in I spotted this lovely pink bra - an ultrabra superboost for the larger bust. I ran to the shelf to see if they had my size and sure enough they did. I ran to try it on and sure enough it fit fine. then I looked at the price £12.50! I ran out the changing room with a "hallelujah" and paid for my bra. Bras are cheaper from here naturally, but this was a complete bargain. Being a 36F it is increasingly hard to get bras in my size (hence my excitment) that really flatter your cleavage and not push it 6 miles apart or just simply have no support at all. And also they are normally naff colours and not that attractive. Ultrabras have all the opposite characteristics. I find them immensly comfortable. They give your boobs a nice lift and shape, they also come in a variety of colours; black, white, cappucino, pink, blue etc etc. (they are the ones I own!) and they also support your boobs all day long. After wearing this bra for a couple of days and really believing how comortable it was I knew I had to have more. Being back
at uni I opted for buying from Figleaves.com. A bit more expensive but I used a £20 voucher. And altogether £62 for 4 ultrabras is good value considering that they retail at at least £25 in Debenhams or somewhere. I think that some people do only wear ulrabras at night or when they are on the pull, but whats the point in that when you can have a fantastic cleavage, a nice set of underwear and comfort all day? I know that some people sometimes say that ultrabra's are fine if you're standing still, then when you walk anywhere their boobs flop out all over the place. I did have this problem with one of my bras, but then I realised I'd gone up a size....so I think it really comes down to that age old fact that hanuts us everywhere - we do wear the wrong bra size! I wash mine on a 40c wash and tumble dry them and I've had no problems with them stretching out of shape or the colours diminishing etc.
I needed a bra for when I wanted to wear a really low cut top without my bra showing, and the cheapest, surprisingly, was the Ultrabra superbOOst. Initially, I thought that it'd be functional, i.e. not visible under my top, but fairly uncomfy. I couldn't imagine that I'd actually feel supported, comfy and confident in a bra like this. But I did. I haven't got small breasts, and needing a 34D bra meant that I really wasn't expecting much from this bra, but it's great. Firstly, it's comfortable, being really well padded and holds your breasts in. I always thought that you'd be constantly worried about popping out in the middle of a nightclub. Put these fears aside, because this one's really reliable. It's also sexy for a big bra, which I think's great, I feel really busty, but not tarty, and it's hard to see my feet. It's about time that manufacturers realised that women with larger breasts don't want Granny bras, and do like to look sexy. It's not as if 34D is HUGE either... These bras also wash really well. I thought thet because they are lightly padded, they'd go manky and flat in the wash, but so far so good....6 months later and it's still great. A good test of what's a good bra is what percentage of my time I spend wearing it. I hardly ever take this one off. Definitely got the thumbs up from me.
May be it was down right vanity, a hot date or that secret need to get cleavage that saw me aged 22 and a little bit ( yes you could get wonderbras in the 80's so nah nah!)standing in the middle of one of those underwear shops looking discreetly at the racks of bras and what I would class as pulling pants( you know the ones folks all silky n lacy and only worn for best or that special occassion!!). Within moments I was accosted by one of the more mature lingerie assistants who soon had me whisked away for the measuring. It isn't really suprising that half of the Uk population wear the wrong size bra as this was rather an embarrassing experience ( at least you blokes get to measure in the comfort of your own home) finaly the dear sweet woman came up with a bra size and yes I had been wearing the wrong size. Now I'd secretly wanted a Wonderbra - for all that wonderful cleavage I was gonna get so off she went and returned with the said item. Back in them days Wonderbras came in two colours black or white and were off the lacy design. So budding sex sirens in the 80's really were very limited, no satin look, no rampant red, no virginal pinks only black or white lace for us. The design of the Wonderbra makes it a very sturdy and supporting bra as it whisks your breasts into unbelieveable positions. Comfort doesnt come into - it well its a small price for cleavage isn't it?? The Wonderbra is build on akin to civil engineering projects think Humber bridge think Wonderbra. The Wonderbra is built to last. With underwired cups cut away at the front to seperate and lift the breasts, an elasticated back and side section ( when I say elasticated I mean elasticated in the way surgical support stockings are elasticated)with extra support at the back and the usual 3 hook and eyes. This little beauty has been engineered to give you that all desired cleavage and it has that extra special bit of help - the removalable pads to gi
ve you just a little bit more oomph should the need arise(lol). Now since I spent the 80's in baggy jumpers, old shirts and the occassional baggy T shirt I'm still wondering why I actually bought this bra. Low cut for me was leaving the second button on my shirt undone!!! On trying the bra on I was rather disappointed to say the least. Where was my cleavage where was my come n get em boys boobs??? BUT that secret bit of padding did kind of help matters and my friend also mysteriously muttered buy it we'll sort it out at home. So I parted company with the best part of £15 and took the treasured object home. My friend soon remedied my lack of mega cleavage by stuffing a old sock down there and wahooooo I had cleavage of near mega proprtions ( well for me!). So strapped into this contraption dressed in my usual attire of baggy shirt leggings etc I was off for a night out with the man of my dreams ( who turned out to be Mr Nightmare) The one thing I found with this bra is it isn't comfy. Ok maybe you shouldn't be wearing it with "extra padding" but I found on all the occassions I did wear it ( without "extra padding" as well I hasten to add) that it felt like I was strapped into some kind of medieval tourchering device. It was too supportive, the lacy bits itched and I don't think my boobs were meant to be held at such an angle!! I also found I was constantly trying to adjust it to make it a wee bit more comfy, rather difficult in polite company I can tell you. Now a word of warning should you decided to give mother nature and the wonderbra a little bit of a helping hand in getting mega cleavage ie stuffing a sock down the front as well do take said sock out should thinks get a little bit "hot". Looking back I can giggle now about it but at the time I was mortified!!!! Would I recommend a wonderbra? Probably not due to the fact they are prehaps the must un comfy
bra I've ever worn 2 out of 10 for comfort. On the cleavage scale it gets an 8 !
I know this is going to sound like a cheesy pun, but I really have to get this off my chest; I am having a great deal of difficulty finding nice, fashionable bras in my size in all of the major brands, and I don't even think my chest is ridiculously big (38DD - E). Wonderbra do go up to a 38DD in some styles, as do gossard (but these seem to be rather small), but the sizing varies a great deal between styles, and I find that it is only relatively few that will fit me (the wonderbra bliss range seems to be the safest bet), and generally not in those that maximise cleavage (balcony styles being my favourite, but I can hardly ever find these). Debenhams glamour range have started to stock fashionable styles in larger sizes, but I feel that major lingere retailers should follow suit, only last week in la senza (where in the past I have been very happy with what I found) I discovered that all of the styles they were promoting as new stock only seemed to go up to a 38D. Retailers should realise that girls with larger chests want uplift as much as everyone else, and begin to cater to these needs, as I have several friends with the same complaint.
I was delighted when I heard about the new gel bra, and seeing as my 'assets' aren't so much of an asset to me, I decided to get one and see if I could make an improvement, seeing as mother nature hadn't smiled upon me when boobs were given out! Well, the gel bra is nothing short of a miracle. It feels quite heavy at first and all 'mushy' to touch, but once on it feels more comfortable than any of my other wonderbras. All my friends started comenting on my amazing expanding clevage (they don't all stare at my boobs but the improvment was hard to miss) and whenever I wear it I feel like a million dollars!! Your supposed to hand wash, but I always stick mine on a delicate or wool wash, and so far it's been fine, so it's pretty sturdy. You don't have to worry about it breaking in the middle of a club! It's pretty pricey at £35, but you can now get a few different brands and makes, some of them cheaper, and it's cheaper than a boob job....and less painfull. Oh, and it keeps your boobs nice and warm...not so good in the summer though!!!
I shall start, in my own inimicable fashion, with an anecdote which has a laugh at, you've guessed it, me! I was at a rather tedious research colloquim in the summer and had sat through a day an a half of boring "group hug" sharing of research strengths, weaknesses, strategies etc. You know, the sort of thing where you are invited to share your greatest personal weaknesses with a room full of strangers and, even worse, a selection of your colleagues. So I had confided how I fiddle with my pen or my hair when I'm nervous and how I get so het-up before giving a conference paper that I usually throw up in the Ladies and we were now moving on to the serious business of what we thought our strengths were. We were having a rather "fun" ice-breaker about our most amusing conference moment which, to be honest, was no fun so I stopped listening and started sketching the man sitting opposite me on my note pad (I mean I sketched him on my note pad, of course, not that he was sitting on it). Anyway, to get to the heart of my anecdote, it was soon my turn to speak but I had totally forgotten what we were talking about. A friendly colleague sitting next to me whispered that we were supposed to be confessing what item had had the most significant impact on our lives so I said truimphantly "The Gossard Ultrabra" There was a stunned silence and the colloquim facilitator pointed out gently that he had meant the most significant impact on our working lives!!! Nevertheless, I still stick to my point that it is the Ultrabra. My Ultrabra gets men to mend photocopiers for me and agree to trade seminars with me if I need to take the day off. I am, in reality, a embryonic feminist who believes that I should be treated equally for my academic ability but who is enough of a realist to appreciate that my colleagues do favours for me becuase I have stunning boobs!! The disadvantage of making this comment was that the predominantly male
population of the colloquim spent the remainder of the week staring surreptitiously at my boobs but I did get bought ever such a lot of drinks in the evening. Anyway, back to the plot - the Ultrabra - what can I say? More comfortable than its near neighbour, the Wonderbra, probably due to the thicker but oh so lacy straps, this marvellous piece of innovation guarantees a cleavage to die to that looks equally impressive under a tee-shirt or adding a feminine touch to a conventional business suit. There is a reasonable variety of styles and colours available although the size range is rather limited - I suppose the rationale being that once you get to a certain size, cleavage enhancement is not particularly necessary (can't say I agree but you can see the logic). I particularly like the lacy ones but these tend to show through too much under tight tops but there is a seamfree range which deals nicely with this problem. The main problem is finding a shop that stocks the full range of styles but this can be circumvented by checking out the website where the full range is available at shop prices (sometimes with extra discount) and free delivery. To sum this up - plift and comfort - what more could a girl want (OK - boobs that look like that with no bra on!!!)
Being a teenager, and a rather scrawny one at that, was not much fun for me. Why? Well, because I had next to no bosom at all! I put up with the jeering taunts from the "lads", you know, the really "funny" ones about you being an ironing board substitute, or the one about you being like buried treasure.........SUNKEN CHEST. Hahaha, Oh how I would titter! *Yesidoo looks knowingly at the flat chested girls reading!* I was 15ish when Gossard and Wonderbra first hit the headlines BIG time, with their new range of push up bras. Me and my best mate could not wait to buy ourselves one. At the time, the cost of one was £24! Which was twice was I was earning as a saturday girl at Wilkos!! Still, we both weighed up the options, on the one hand.....No boobs, but spare cash, on the other......CLEAVAGE and skint!! So, obviously we chose the latter. I think I wore that bra every day of my teenage years, (well, obviously my mum washed it, I didn't literally wear it for 4 years non-stop LOL) Since then I have never looked back. Gossard have brought the cost down for some of their ranges, mainly through competition. The styles are fabulous, and come in a variety of ranges, from Sexy, sultry, practical, and comfy. I have never used anything else, and even though my chest has umm, well, it's better than it was when I was 14 put it that way, I still use them now!. You can trust the style, quality, and "push-upness" of them any day. Without them my teenage years would have been much more full of angst. THANKYOU GOSSARD!!!