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How to use Balkonetka’s catalogue?

You probably remember one of the Polish portals about brafitting – Balkonetka, I described it once. Today I’d like to give you some instructions how to use its catalogue – add your own photos etc.  It’s amazing how big it became over this year or so. And how all the women there are really friendly, tolerant and kind to  each other. We know nobody’s perfect, so nobody’s body/boobs gets criticized, we tend to limit their comments to the bras that are shown. And even if somebody’s body/breasts gets a comment, it’s a good one. We don’t allow criticizing just for the sake of criticizing and getting somebody upset about it.  I’d really like you to be able to  share this atmosphere and use this great tool of catalogue too. Can Balkonetka’s catalogue become international?  It’s up to you…

How to Register:

Whenever you open the homesite of Balkonetka there’s a log in/register field to click on in the right top corner – after you click register you get the above picture. Just fill in, accept the regulations (they get fairly adequately translated by Live Search, in my opinion they are understandable, if in doubt write to mauzonka@gazeta.pl or ask on Balkonetka’s Facebook site). After registration you get an email from Balkonetka with a link to click to confirm your registration. If you are already registered and just come back to the website, just click log in and you get this:

Straightforward enough so far?

Ok. After you register you can fill in your profile:

Next to the position “how many babies have you nursed” there are options: Nie karmilam (didn’t nurse any) and numbers, you just choose whichever refers to you. A bit lower there’s also a question if you’re a man (mężczyzna) or a woman (kobieta)… Btw, I don’t think there are any man at Balkonetka… It’s not as they could find much of interest for themselves on the website. The breasts that are shown in the catalogue are dressed in bras, photographs are anonymous as you don’t show your face… You can change your settings in the profile with an edit function, change the password or even remove the account at all.

We are getting close to one of the most important functions – adding your bra purchases to the catalogue. To do it, you just need to click onto Twoja Szuflada (Your drawer) on the black menu on the top of the page. Your drawer will contain all your uploaded purchases, it will be visible to anybody who chooses to click onto your nickname. You click Twoja Szuflada and you get this view:

After that you click “Add a new item to the catalogue (Dodaj nowa rzecz do katalogu):

You upload a photo – mind you, one only so it’s better to put several together in Photoshop, Paint, Gimp or whatever other graphic programme, fill in the required fields, click Dodaj (Add) – and done:)  Other Balkonetka users can see what you bought and comment or advise you about it. I suggest using English in your descriptions. It seems to be the most popular and you’ll probably get the biggest feedback… I don’t guarantee you’ll get many responses in other ones…

Sorry for the quality of the images. I haven’t mastered Print Screen yet and I was forced to make photogaphs of the screen… That’s why it doesn’t look as good as it should…

Update:  I was just browsing through Eternal Voyager’s blog. It seems she bit me to writing about Balkonetka’s catalogue… The article’s available  here

How to get yourself a beautiful and cheap bra in your correct size?

You don’t like something about your bra situation? You think the choice available to you is too small? Bras are too expensive? You can’t buy your (correct) size in the nearest lingerie shop? Face the truth: nothing will change unless you do something. Don’t just sit, act!

These are the words of Turzyca, a lobbyist, starting a new thread on the LB forum. The thread about bra lobbying, about changing a bra reality, spreading the knowledge about bra fitting. The great thread that already has gathered a lot of ways to better the bra choice and the amount of good bra shops available. Today I’d like to share them with you so you can start acting too.


Ask about your new correct size at shops that you used to frequent, especially if they remember you. Let this be a signal that they are losing a costumer because of this. If they tell you that you’re just another woman who read all this nonsense in the internet, just answer:”It may be nonsense, but it works. Now my bra fits better and it’s more comfortable.” Ask about a full range of bra sizes in shops that you go to anyway. You may discover a good one…

Generally if you do your lobbying in shops it’s better to be nice and polite – you can chat with shop assistants about designs, colours and sizes and mention that you have friends who need similar sizes that you do. You can say that another shop that happens to have them, sells everything fast because its costumers share information about it online. You maybe lucky and get to talk to the shop manager…

However, sometimes you may encounter salespersons that are simply so thick-headed, stubborn and closed-minded that it’s hard not to get irrited. In such sitations, don’t let them just get rid of you – shock them, lift your top and show your perfectly fitting new bra. Show that such sizes do exist. Something like that stays in mind, they remember it better than just your words.


Are you active online on various fora and other social networks? Try some lobbying there. Why not start a thread about bra-fitting at one of those? Especially if it’s a women’s forum… Or start your own subforum about bra fitting… However if you want to do some bra-size advising, evaluate how good your bra knowledge is before doing it… Maybe it would be better to wait and learn a bit more. Consider also how much time you can devote to it – being a mod or admin of a forum takes time…This solution may require more than one person to do it.

Alternatively you can just add a signature that is a link to a bra-fitting forum or blog about it.

You can also use the link signature in your e-correspondence, especially private one. “Break out of Bra Matrix” may not sound the best in a business letter or a job application;)

React to every bra/breast related piece of news online. And there are quite a lot of them – all these snippets of information about celebrities and their outfits and/or bras/breasts etc. If you read commentaries under them you can often find desperate girls and women who can’t find a bra for their gigantic 36/38DD. You can help them – give links to where they can find information about sizes and shops. You can also find them under more or less scientific texts about breasts – react there too. In general – pay attention to all bra related information in the media irrespective of their correctness. Just show you care, write, call, stay interested in every way so that this subject stops being treated as something not serious. Show that there are (quite) a lot of us and let them get used to this situation where the subject of bra fitting is more and more widely discussed.

Another way of spreading bra knowledge online can be starting your own blog in any language… (that’s what I did). You can also write articles to local papers, or even a school newspaper. Try to get any access to any media – press, radio, TV. Even a short note or TV/radio appearance may help.


Print out Tips for Tits * and leave it around all types of place where women gather – fitness studios changing rooms, beauty salons and hairdressers… If your hairdresser/beautician is a sensible women talk to her and convince her to spread the knowledge too – she has a lot of time for it spending a lot of time with her clients talking about feminine things – and bras and brafitting certainly fall within this category.

Ask your ginecologist, dermatologist or GP for permission to leave Tips for Tits in the waiting room. Get them interested in the subject especially if a correct bra size influenced positively your own health and well-being – no back/neck pain, headaches or chafings. Print out info from the net – there are already some more or less scientific publications about correct sizes influencing health.

Show your new bra in a changing room in your fitness studio or a pool. Smile and admire yourself in a big mirror – this attracts attention. It’s just a pity that bra labels are so small – if only the print on them was three times bigger so that everybody could see…;) Straight up and show the world that you don’t need to adjust your bra, let everybody see that your breast stay up high and proud all day long. Prove that having bigger breasts doesn’t mean they have to be sagging down.


How many women you know wear incorrect bra sizes? Get the information to them too. Get your mum, aunt, grandmum and girlfriends a proper bra fitting. Bring up aware consumers – teach your daugher(s) how to choose a well fitting bra. Let their breasts stay anawere of pain caused by poking in wires and shoulders be free of deep red grooves. In this way you increase the number of demanding costumers. And perhaps your daugher will teach her girlfriends…

Teach your male friends about bra-fitting too. Some of them can be more open to this kind of knowledge than some women are. And your breasts as proof that this works can convince them that it’s worth talking to their girlfriends/wifes about it. They may even recommend you as an expert.


Last but not the leasts write to bra manufacturers. Let them clearly see black on white what is exactly wrong with their offer, no matter if it’s the insuffcient range of sizes or bad construction on bras that don’t agree with women’s anatomy, colours, prices, whatever… Just let them know about it, they won’t change anything without such signals from you. Don’t buy almost fitting easily available sizes at shops – say, you should have 32D which they don’t have but you buy a 34B – which almost fits but… you have bulges everywhere around the rims of cups, the band rides up and your breasts generally sag down. Just don’t add to the statistics saying that avarage women’s bra size is 34B which is not true.

These are definitely not all ways that you can use to spread the bra message around. You can easily come up with other ones. Be smart and don’t let them get rid of you. They throw you out through the door? Come back though the window!

I used/quoted the following lobbyists’ advice: Turzyca, Myszka.xww, kura17, antosia.mama, sineira, malina08, roza_am, swinka-morska, madelaine.eve

* Original of Tips for Tips by butters77,  English translation by nikusz

What does it mean to wear D or DD cups?

Do you remember the note about G and GG cups? I wanted to show you then what G and GG breasts really look like and bust the myths related with the perceived largeness of this cup. Today I want to do the same – but this time I’d like you to have a look at real D and DD cups. Thinking about this cup most people have a picture of big breasts in their mind. If we (I mean – the Lobbyists) try to convince a woman who wears a 34(70)B that her real size is 30D or 30DD, she’s usually shocked to hear that and voices a lot of protests, main of them being “I don’t have such big boobs”.  It’s not only women who misperceive the bra sizes, some bra manufectures are also of an opinion that D and DD cups belong to big boobs and that’s why it’s not necessary to produce bigger ones (as bigger ones can only be worn by some freaks of nature).

It’s high time to finish with this attitude. These harmul stereotypes make millions of women  in the world wear incorrect bra sizes. Ladies (and gentelmen – if any bothers to read this blog) – I’m giving you “Real D and DD busts” in correctly fitted bras- a collage made from photos that readers of Balkonetka post on that blog.  See for yourseves: 

Are these really big breasts????

As you can see, these are slim girls with relatively small breasts. This colage has nothing to do with common belief about “dong” or “double dong” (from that stupid video from you tube that I posted in the note about G and GG cups)…

You may feel suprised though that there are only 28,30,32 and a few 34 bands on the photograph… Well, I agree bands higher than 34 (and also 28Ds) are not really represented here, mainly due to the fact that few wearers of 36 from Balkonetka haven’t sent their consent to use their photographs for this action. I’m still waiting for them to agree, then I’ll be able to replace the collage and show you a more represantative sample.

So far I would like to thank the following girls: alex24, elftherini, magdus, anulla1974, migotka, agugabi, espera_nza, amytyst89, sellenka, minimka, tigga, nivalis, gosha, ava.adore, sunako, sencha, jantarrka and minimka.

Shopping for bras… part 1

If you have been following and reading all the articles that I posted from the very beginning you probably remember the one about bra-fitting in Lisbon lingerie stores. That day I and my friend M returned home empty-handed. However the most of the women that I see every day wear bras, so it means you do buy something in these stores. From other articles you know though that most of these bras are not your real size and don’t fit you well. What I wanted to ask you about today is if you already started looking for these “untypical” bra sizes in shops all over Portugal and what reactions you get from the shop assistants… I must admit, we didn’t really get any comments from shop staff (maybe apart from the fact that shop assistant’s eyes were opening wide when they heard our frame and breasts measurements), but we also didn’t really speak Portuguese at that time (actually we still are not proficient enough, what I can do best is order food and wine at a restaurant).

Polish bra lobbyists who try to carry the torch of “enlightment” into lingerie shops, as well as women who just look for a right bra for themselves but happen to be “untypical” often get reactions like these:

A client asks for 75E, a shop assistant replies:” I don’t have 75E, but I’ll give you 80D. It’s the same and it will be ok, I’ve been selling lingerie for many years and I know everything about it”.

Another example: A costumer in a shop asks for the smallest band and biggest cup that’s available – she gets a 70D. Sighing she decides to try it on hoping for impossible. The bra turns on to be to loose around the frame and cups are much too small. The shop assistant says: “You’re just complaining, just get a needle and thread and take it in. And if the cups are too small it means the bra is sexy”.

Well, we call this effect  “sexy bulges” – but don’t get us wrong, it is ironic…;)

Or a little dialogue like this:

Costumer: Do you have 65G?

Shop Assistant: But such sizes don’t exist.

C: They do.

SA: But not in Poland.

C: But they do exist even in Poland, you just have to look around. I can guarantee you a lot of costumers and a free advertisement on the forum if you start selling 65 band bras.

SA: You’re talking nonsense, such bras don’t exist, 65 bands are for 10 year old girls. You are scaring off my other costumers, you must be from my competitors’ shop. Get out and don’t come back.

Another shop assistant saying: “ Women read all this nonsense in the internet and now they think that they  have to wear 65 and 60 bands” Well, this one can even sound optimistic, it means that more and more women find out about their correct size and go around and ask for it in stores.

You can find more authentic examples of what ignorant lingerie salespeople say here , on the blog of the eternal voyager. You may find them funny, and I agree to some extent as I was laughing loud when I was reading 2 threads listing them (each having 500 posts, and there’s already a third one half full). But it’s a real problem, especially if a sensitive girl with big or small boobs gets into a bra shop, can’t find a well fitting bra for herself and shop assistants display attitude of this kind

It can really distort such a person’s self perception, destroy self confidence, make her dislike her breasts (no matter the size) etc. Even an assertive person can find it hard to stomach such an attitude. Not being able to find a bra for yourself (or other piece of clothing, bras are not the only problematic piece of garment) can really make you think that you’re some kind of freak of nature.

What kind of service should a good lingerie store provide? Well, how about this?  This film comes from The Holy Fit website by Freya (you can also find there a very nice and colorful (as the brand itself) viral promoting good fit). What you see there is a real assesment of the bra that the customer was wearing and you see the the change that this customer undergoes when she puts on a correctly fitted one. You also see a typical reaction to the new size  – on one hand she’s delighted with the looks of her breasts in this bra, on the other one she’s shocked to hear that now she’s an FF cup. Actually the only thing I personally don’t like about this movie is the bra-fitter’s response to “I don’t want to be a double F” . She says: “Don’t worry, nobody needs to know”, as if the fact of wearing a 30FF was something to be kept in secret and be  ashamed of…:(  Such an attutude  is also something that we try to fight with – this “letterphobia” – being afraid or ashamed of wearing D+ bras. Ladies, straight up and get your boobs forward and up,  put on some nice “breast – friendly” tops and be proud of them (irrespective of size).

G and GG cups – do they always stand for “get a reduction”?

Internet and Youtube are full of stupid videos made by people who are complete ignorants about bra-fitting.  Just like this one for example:

It’s totally idiotic, and if you start reading the comments there you’ll come to the conclusions that 95% of them are even more moronic (let’s not be afraid to use this word) than the film itself.  What videos like these do is only to reinforce harmful stereotypes that having bra sizes with cups over DD is something strange, abnormal  etc.(here you can put any other negative adjective). Generally these stereotypes force women to wear bras with D or DD cups (which are considered “normal”) and much too wide bands. Even if any of these women who wear bad sizes happens to enter a store with a real bra-fitting, she’s often shocked to hear that she should wear a 34FF or 34G instead of 38D that she always used to wear, what’s more she may get hysterical saying – I can’t/don’t have such big breasts. And refuse to wear a correct size because of that. This is what we call a “letterphobia” – this fear of wearing DD+ cups.

We  fight with these painful stereotypes. The Lobby organises numerous bra-fitting events and members try to promote the idea wherever and whenever possible. I’d like to present you the latest initiative by butters77 G and GG busts. Dear ladies, look at this photograph.

The caption under the photo says: Don’t believe the stereotypes – G cup is a size like any other –   (biger photo in the link – you can zoom it more than twice there). The point is – all the women shown on it wear G or GG cups with different bands. What’s more, almost all of them wear British G/GG cups, which means if they wanted a continental bra size they would have to go for J, K or L cups

Are these huge, enormous breasts? No, as you can see they vary in size. There are some smaller breasts that sport 60G or 60GG and some bigger ones with 85G but none of them reaches the proportions that were show in this idiotic video from Youtube.

And the bras themselves. Aren’t they beautiful? There’s a huge difference between lingerie that you can buy in so called “normal” shops that don’t carry all the sizes and the ones that do have them available (no matter if they are online or real ones). The bras that I an M were given  when we were doing the research here in Lisbon didn’t even resemble  the ones from the photo by butters77. Frankly speaking they were ugly (though it’s also a matter of taste, and as they say, you don’t discuss taste) . And much more expensive than these colourful, lacy bras that we normally buy.

Ladies, take a look at your breasts. Look around yourselves too. Look at the breasts of your mothers, sisters, daughters, cousins, girlfriends etc. How many of you have similar busts but yet  choose to squeeze them into cups that are too small for them and bands that are much too wide and don’t provide support?

What has a correct bra size given to me?

Why am I trying to convince you all to get a correct bra size? They are not even available at the shops… Why are all these women (and girls) writing their own blogs about bra fitting or setting up forums about the same subject? After all a bra is not really something that is visible under your clothes so why should you care about it???

Well, those of you who have been following my blog already know that the statement from the last sentence is not true. A bra does influence your silhuette even though it’s hidden, it also influences your comfort and also some other things that you may have not thought of considering them “normal”.

I would like to show you what the women from Big Boobed Women’s Lobby and Small Boobed Womens Lobby say about changing of bra size. Let them tell you what happeded to them, their breasts, figures and a general attitude to themselves after switching to their corrct bra size.

 Here we go:

 Aguchiak86 says: “I don’t have to push my breasts into cups whenever I bend down or jump. I look slimmer. I feel more confident. I don’t risk taking someone’s eye out when I work out at an aerobics class. My breast are firmer now, their shape has improved, stretchmarks got smaller.”

 Maheda says:” Before the “enlightening” I measured 87/120cm and shop assistants at Triumph lingerie stores were suggesting 90E or 95E. Do I need to say what I looked like in them? After some time of wearing these 90s and 95s I just had to tie them up on the back to get a little support. If I had to run anywhere I had to hold my breasts – otherwise it was jumping and jiggling in all possible directions. I had two deep, red groves on my shoulders that were always sore at the end of a day. I don’t even mention the hurting spine – it was a nightmare. I was beginning to dream about cutting off these overgrown breasts once and for all. They were not even resembling breasts, they just looked like flat dangling potato sacks. 

Now I’ve been wearing good sizes for more or less a year. My first impression – from the very start – my breasts are really high in this bra. Second impression – Gosh, I can run.  Other people were saying:” My God, you really got slimmer.” or “Excuse me for asking, did you … have a breast lifting?”(…) Generally my breasts look like breasts now. They are rounder firmer, the nipples are high. Soon I may even be able to wear halfcups.  And a funny thing, my breasts look smaller in good sizes…”

Maith says: “Before: When it turned out that a 75D is too small for me I was given an 80D. Or even 85D. What were the results? I had to adjust my bra continously as it just wouldn’t stay in one place, my breast were trying to escape under the cups (as the band was too loose). When I was running (for example to catch a bus) I had to hold my breasts to prevent them from jumping (it hurt). When I wanted to exercise I had to sew the bra on me to make it steady, The first thing that I did at home was to get rid of my bra because it felt uncomfortable. It was like a nightmare. 

After switching to a correct bra size, it suddenly turned to be immobile. Nothing moves now. I don’t need to adjust anything. The breasts have no chance of escaping from the cups. I just put it on in the morning and remove it in the evening before bedtime. I forget about it during the day – it’s so comfortable. And it supports my breasts. When I exercise I use a sports bra or my everyday bra if it’s a low impact activity. It’s enough.”

 The_mariska says: “ Bulges of fat that used to be under my armpits have disappeared (I thought they were the result of the fact that I’m fat). The cups don’t cut into my breasts making me look as if I had 4 breasts. I don’t need to shorten the straps to the maximum to have the breasts at the correct height and suffer from them digging into my shoulders. And these ugly groves are disappearing too. I stopped being frustrated shopping for a bra, Whenever I used to do it I ended up thinking I was looking hopeless after trying on thousands of bras in different stores. I dicovered other bras rather than push-ups and also the fact that I can look better wearing these soft ones. My roommates stopped laughing me because of my breasts “going for a walk”. And all of these because of you!:) You’re great!

Zefirelka says: “I look much better, slimmer and more proportional to my height. Even without a bra my breasts have a better shape. It’s easier now to buy fitting clothes. It’s a surprise actually, that now with my breasts higher more clothes fit me fell. I know that bras for me do exist and I don’t come back crying after shopping for lingerie anymore. I’m happier and more confident. I look better and I feel better because of it.

 Ganbaja says: “ I used to hate my breasts. These ugly, dangling huge sacks… I thought that the band rode up my back was because they were strange. I dreamt about breast surgery – wanted to remove them completely. When men were looking at them I felt really disgusted and pissed. I couldn’t run without holding my breasts with my hands, whenever I bent down they were spilling of the cups.  More, my skin was constantly chafed in summer.  Shame, shame. I’d only wear turtle necks and other concealing garments.  I used to hunch my back and have a lot of back pain.

And now?: I just love decolletage. I love my breasts. I wouldn’t even mind if they got bigger. I feel more confident. I’m still 10 kg overweight but I look better in every outfit. And everybody claims though that I look 8 kg slimmer. Isn’t it beautiful? And and I don’t mind men looking at my breasts anymore.”

Vesper_lynd says: “ The breasts are at its correct place, not lower (…) I suddenly discovered that I have a WAIST. My breasts are firmer and rounder. I’m so happy about it. And I didn’t believe it. At the age of 20 something (no kids) my breasts were sagging, I had stretch marks and bulges, It’s a year now since I got converted to wearing a correct size and the results are incredible – no bulges, they just disappeared. My frame measurement got smaller by 4 cm (I didn’t lose weight), the breasts grew from 98-99 to 102-103. They are round and firm.

Only advantages. As you said – without surgery, dieting, miracle lotions etc. Only a correct size of bra did it all.”

Aadrianka says:” Bulges under my armpits have disappeared. My breasts don’t move anymore too. Well, if I jump wildly then something may move a bit but now no bus will escape me. I say I wear a 65G. When everybody stares surprised at me and asks: “Eeeee, what???? How much?” I add: “ A British 65G, in continental sizing it’s 65J.” Even more surprised they say: “but you don’t have big breasts…”. I say: “ exactly” and leave them thinking hard (…)

Schaetzen says:” (…) Finally I have beautiful lingerie. I stopped thinking something must be wrong with me if I can’t buy a right size for me (…)

Antyka says: (…)I like buying lingerie now. I stopped thinking about breasts reduction. Stopped being jealous of otherwomen with smallerbreasts.   Well, there’s one disadvantege: I went into red…”

Effuniak says: “ I lost all my (old) bras. I just have one. But I got back my breasts, I have my first soft bra. My husband touches a sponge only when he bathes.”

 Asiabbasia says:” First advantages:  no spillage, no having to readjust the bra every moment (how could I have functioned like that), when I run I’m not afraid that my breast will fall out from the cups. I’more confident, I even start to like myself (even though I still have several kg more than I would like to).

Now for “negative advantages”:  where are my savings?!?!?!? (well, probably in my lingerie drawer – all these Masquaredes, Freyas and Panache bras)I’m starting to have an obsession about breasts, mine in particular.   Yes, I am obessed, I look at every women’s breasts trying to see if her bra is correct size. I got addicted to the forum.   I got addicted to shopping online (thus point no 1).

Larenata says: I used to wear a 75B, now I have 65E.  I stopped feeling bad about having small breasts – they are still quite small but they look much better.   I look much better in tight fitting tops.   My breasts are forgetting what gravity is.  They are firmer.  I feel good about buying bras online. When I asked for a band 65 in an average lingerie shop, the reaction was:”Yyyy, 65??? Do they exist? Aren’t they for teenagers?” or “ We have only 65A”.   And I have a mission, to educate women about bras so I talk about brafitting to anybody that is willing to listen,

Sylwiastka says:”Before I had much complex – I didn’t like and accept my breasts and body. I didn’t feel feminine. I used to cover my breasts with heavily padded push ups. I had to adjust my bras all the time.Now: complex about my looks is over. I’m young and I feel feminine, I like my body. I don’t have to adjust my bra. And I got to know what a great forum community means. Girls, you are fantastic!:)

Eriu says:”I started to like my breasts. They finally have a good shape and I don’t need to be ashamed of them. I love seeing myself in a mirror wearing a bra or without it. I started to feel more attractive in general too.(…) Thanks to the Lobby I’m discovering the world of soft, sexy bras I always wanted to have.”

Yaza0701: “Well, I’m only 18 years old but I already managed to harm my breasts. I used to wear only push-ups that were too small and were only flattening my boobs on the chest. I started to wear a correct size in August, I got 7cm of breast tissue back during 2 months and from what I see under my armpits it’s not over yet.  I was always the one with the smallest breasts in the class, I used to wear a 75A from Intimissimi and I never expected to wear anything more than heavily padded push ups. I didn’t like my breasts, it was ugly and was starting to sag . (…) Now? I’m just going to have a “studniowka” party at my school and I’m wondering what bra to buy for it. I’m really looking forward to a night of wild dancing knowing I won’t need to adjust anything and my decolletage will be stunning. I have bigger, rounder breasts. I migrated from 60D-DD to 60F-FF. If it wasn’t for the fact that it’s cold I would be wearing tight fitting tops with my new soft bras all the time. I just don’t know how I could have wasted all those years wearing push ups.  I’m not amused by seeing women with big breasts wearing incorrect bra sizes. I just feel like grabbing her and shouting:” Girl, change it! You’ll suffer! Get rid of this crap!” Each woman, big or small breasted, has become like a sister to me. Every male friend of mine gets a whack on the head if he happens to say something negative about any woman’s breasts. There are no untypical breasts, each of us is beautiful.”

Faforzyca says:”(…) Now I’m not afraid that when I take off my bra I take off my breasts too. Anyway, I always felt that wearing enhencing bras was just deceiving yourself and others.”

100krotna says:”(…) I’m starting to be narcissistic(…) I don’t wonder anymore what to buy to boost my mood – always a bra. (…) Men say:”If I were a woman I would touch my breasts all the time” – it seems I’m a man, I touch and touch them and it feels wonderful (or maybe I shouldn’t admit to it?)

Natashka says” (…) It’s better than a breast surgery, a change from 67/83-4 to 68/93. I just can’t believe it myself.” 

Yarshiva says:” My boobs are gorgeous. I’m so delighted with them. I would look at them in a mirror all the time and touch them:) I love you, girls, I love my breasts:) (…)”

Biljana says: “It’s the first time in my life that I have a soft bra and I do have breasts wearing it. And they are mine, it’s not a sponge from push ups (…) I feel really feminine and sexy. Apart from that the Lobby and bra fitting mission gives a sense of community and sisterhood. It’s a real feminizm”

There are many more statements from the already “converted to wearing a correct bra size”, you can find them here: http://forum.gazeta.pl/forum/w,32203,75213023,,Co_mi_dala_zmiana_rozmiaru_stanika_na_wlasciwy_.html?s=0 and here: http://forum.gazeta.pl/forum/w,50580,80316287,80316287,Co_mi_dala_zmiana_rozmiaru_stanika_na_wlasciwy_.html (if you happen to have somebody that speaks Polish next to you:) ) However there are over 300 post there so for obvious reasons I can’t quote them all here… Anyway I think I gave you a representative sample – from big, avarege and small breasted women who described not only the changes these bras did to their breast but also to their overall attitude to their body etc.

What do you think? Did the girls convince you that it’s worth trying?

Edit: I just found a nice thread on 32D  where a woman expresses her feelings after being fitted.

Bra-fitting blogs and communities, part 5

If you have been following the articles about bra fitting blogs and communities you may start to get an impression that this subject is popular only in Poland… It’s not entirely true… There are communities and blogs that you can join or read if you don’t speak Polish. I have to admit though, that several of them were set up by Polish women;)

Those of you who know German can check out: http://busenfreundinnen.net/ a forum about bra fitting for small and big breasted women. One of the mods of this forum, Aqua (ja_joanna on the Polish forum) says: “A lot of German women are very sceptical about tight bands and migration of boobs. But there are quite some who don’t believe at first, but they still try it and find out it works. Then they come back to the forum to admit it” The other one, Nirmena (aadrianka on the Polish forum) says:” The forum of Busenfreundinnen is growing very fast. We get a lot of thank you emails and post, which is very nice. We have a few very nice girls who learned how to advice about bra fitting and now help with moderating the forum”. My German is not really very good, I would rather say it’s very basic, so I don’t really follow what goes on on there, however I would like to thank you girls for linking to my blog:)

Another place which used to be a bra -desert is Czech but thanks to Vsechno o podprsenkach and Busthalter women there can also find out what a correct size of bra can do for their breasts. The lobbying even spread to Lithuania with the blog of Iskirpte. Those who speak French can check out http://bramania.wordpress.com/un-vrai-soutien-pour-tes-seins/ where Polish lobbyists compiled and translated the basic rules of bra fitting.

 If you speak English only, there are also quite a lot of places you can visit. I suppose you have heard about Busts 4 Justice, a group of dissatisfied costumers who demand that Marks and Spencer should level the prices of G+ bras to the ones with smaller cup. Other ones in English that are worth visiting are: Breasttalk.co.uk , Busting out, Thirty-two-D, Boobius Maximus and Knickersblog, the blog of eternal voyager on xanga.com as well as 80B doesnt’ exist at http://80bmyth.blogspot.com/

How does it sound to you? It seems that there are quite a lot of us even though I didn’t really mention everyody and every blog or community on the subject. What’s more, with time you can only expect more to appear. I know there are women who know their correct bra size and happen to live in Italy or Hungary who plan to popularize this subject there too…

Bra fitting blogs and communities, part 4

I was silent for a while though my original intention was to post a note every week… Almost 3 weeks have passed since I published the last article… Sorry for that, it’s just my laziness (and addiction to Plants versus Zombies) <oops> I needed a kick to get down to work;)  So, today I’d like to continue introducing Polish blogs about bra fitting.

The first one, 35plus ( http://35plus.blox.pl/html ), the one that you can see in the blogroll is written by anna-pia who writes for women over 35 years old who had children, nursed and their breasts are not in tiptop form anymore. What you can find there are opinions and reviews of bras that are best for women of this age. Another blog with reviews of bras is http://nathd.blox.pl/html , Nathd writes also about shopping for bras in different shops.

If you want to find out if a given bra is comfortable or not you should check out  http://wygodne.eu.org/blog/  (Comfortable and uncomfortable bras). The authors describe in a very detailed way bras that were impossible to wear for them for various and multiple reasons such as rough fabrics or too long underwires etc.  http://www.biuperfekcja.pl/ (Boobperfection), a blog of ava.adore affirms cone shaped breasts but you can also find reviews of different brands of lingerie as well as advice about bra-fiiting (btw, this is something that you find virtually on every blog about bras written by Lobby Biusciastych users).

Owners of small breasts (but not only) may find reading “Small cup – oasis of small breasts” http://smallcup.blox.pl/html  and “Stanikowy Matrix” (Bra matrix)  http://b75.blox.pl/htmlboth entertaining and educational. Ametyst89 and Katinkova, authors of these blogs, fight with stereotypes that are usually associated with small breasted women. One of these stereotypes says that they should only wear push-up bras otherwise they will have no breasts visible at all.

Even teenagers write blogs about bras and brafitting. Wera9954 is the author of Stanikologia (Bralogy) http://stanikologia.blox.pl/html  trying to convince her peers (and whoever unaware reading her blog) to start wearing a correct size of a bra and also warning of consequences of wearing a bad one (a note: how to get yourself spaniel ears shaped boobs in 3 years).

Owners of lingerie shops write blogs too, an example can be http://onlyher.blox.pl/html, a blog of Agugabi – owner of onlyher.pl. The most of the contents of her blog though, are “technical” descriptions of bras that are available in her shop. What I mean by technical description is: the length and width of the U, the height and width of the centre gore, the depth of cups, the length of underband – unstretched and stretched to the maximum. These are very important details as all bras (even ones that are declared to be the same size) are different, as they are made of different fabrics, have different elasticity etc etc

These are definitely not all Polish blogs about bras and brafitting – there seemed to be almost an explosion of them recently. That is why I’d like to ask those who were not mentioned above to write about their blogs in the comments though. The authors of the blogs I wrote about can add something too, especially if they feel dissatisfied with my descriptions.

Bra fitting blogs and communities, part 3

 Having written about two main bra-fitting forums and the blog of Stanikomania I would like to continue introducing blogs related with this subject. Today it’s the turn of Balkonetka, “a place for happy breasts”, a blog set up by Mauzonka in March 2008. Balkonetka is a blog about lingerie. As Mauzonka says, she writes about types and cuts of bras – which are better or worse fitting, brands that are worth noticing (meaning with full range of sizes and the bras that are nice looking, well-constructed and good quality), places where you can buy nice lingerie etc etc. There’s also a seperate category on the blog about “Celebrities’ bra sins” – as you can guess, the articles there deal with pop and movie stars that don’t know how to properly dress their assets no matter big or small… Another thing that you can find on Balkonetka is a bra – search engine – Brafinity, which helps you find a given bra on British E-bay and Brastop. The latest initiative Mauzonka’s launching on the blog, is a survey for the Best Polish Online Lingerie Shop, Best Polish Lingerie Shop and Best Foreign Lingerie Shop.

Last spring Balkonetka gained new functionalities. First of all, you can log on to it and set up your profile with an avatar, signature and size. You also get your “drawer” where you can put photographs of lingerie (btw, some readers already demand a “wardrobe” saying a drawer is too small…). Why such a function? The readers of Balkonetka put photographs of themselves in various bras asking about opinion, if just bought bras are well fitting or not, like for example here: http://balkonetka.pl/katalog/bra/fauve-nicole-nior – this girl is not sure if the bra fits well , and the advice she gets suggest to try putting on the bra slightly higher or trying a different band size or also another cut of bra. Other photographs are there to show how a bra really looks on a woman’s body as photographs of lingerie in online shops are heavily retouched with graphic programs – example: http://balkonetka.pl/katalog/bra/panache-masquerade-annalise . There are also photographs of clothes that fit well curvy women – meaning they have enough space for breast but at the same time they are not baggy at the waist, just like this dress from a Polish brand of Biubiu: http://balkonetka.pl/katalog/bra/biubiu-szara-eminencja-40bbb Another “category” are photos showing badly fitted bras, which serve kind of “educational” function: http://balkonetka.pl/katalog/bra/model-wstawiony-w-celach-naukowych The moment I’m writing this, the gallery of bras already has 216 pages , hosting more than 2000 photographs of bras and curvilicious clothes – so you can see how popular it is.

One more functionality that Balkonetka gained last spring is a forum where readers can discuss lingerie and other subjects. And the latest subforum – Bra Swap – where readers can sell bras that don’t fit them anymore, or ones that turned out to be unfitting from the very start.

To sum it up, Balkonetka can be the second most popular blog about bra fitting in Poland with its 15800 visits a month. I can only wish it more popularity and more readers (the same to myself;) )

Bra fitting blogs and communities, part 2

There are a lot of blogs and and quite some forums about bra fitting in Poland as well as in other countries. I already introduced two of these communities to you – Big-boobed women’s Lobby and Small-boobed women’s Lobby. Today I would like you to meet kasica_k – author of Stanikomania (Bra-mania – “booby” state of mind)– the blog I was mentioning a lot of times in my previous notes. The blog that won for “the blogger of the year 2007” in “life” category as well as came first the internauts’ vote. It got the second place in the same contest the following year. In “Blog of the year” contest organized by a different website (Onet.pl), Stanikomania got to the finals and was nominated for the first place twice, however it didn’t win.

Here’s what kasica_k herself says about her blog (very modestly – in 3rd person;) ):

“Stanikomania (Bra-mania) – a blog set up in 2007 by a larger busted woman who wanted to share with others everything she has learned about bra-fitting and DD+-bras. Having gained a considerable popularity, the author was interviewed several times on tv and press, including daily newspapers and women’s magazines. This helped her convince thousands of women in Poland that “size does matter” and that a well-fitting bra is essential for comfort and good looks. She inspired many women to go into lingerie business or become proffessional bra-fitters. Her purpose is also to promote Polish companies and shops that produce or sell good DD+ bras so that every woman could easily get a properly fitted and nice looking bra. Some of them say that it is her who convinced them that it is a good idea to extend the size range and to start caring about their DD+ customers’ needs.”

Kasica writes about her passion – beautiful lingerie. She writes reviews of bras, after each one a good number of her readers tell themselves a mantra “I don’t need another bra, I don’t need another bra, I don’t need another bra….” She has a “busts alive” section where she demonstrates what happens to women’s figures after changing bra size – these articles are illustrated by real photographs sent by her readers. A lot of women got inspired to change their bra size after reading them indeed as the differences are striking. Some of these articles are also available in English – with more to be added (hopefully soon). She writes about what is available on the market and where– new collections or bargains and shops with full range of sizes. She also organises a “contest for sexiest bra” (2007 winner was Freya Arabella, in 2008 it was Masquarade Antoinette (D-G range) and Panache Sienna (GG+ range) ). As an author of a popular blog about bra fitting she was also asked for help creating a new Bra-fitter calculator application for iPhone. If you are interested just check out:  http://bra-fitter.info/

Stanikomania continues to be one of the most popular blogs about bra-fitting in Poland. This year it’s also taking part in “blog of the year” contest (organised by Onet – one of Polish popular websites). Who will you help kasica win this year?

edit:  Latest news: Stanikomania just won The Blog of the Year contest in “my hobbies and passions” category.  Congratulations:)  And here’s a link to a movie with a short interview with kasica_k done at the gala.