Last October, I wondered into a department store's intimates section. I knew that this retailer carried Panache and Freya and they'd be my best chance for tripping across a 30G. Mr. Underpinnings and I had driven over an hour to get to this particular Connecticut mall and I'd been looking forward to trying on a bra in person. It's such a rarity, I was psyched. When a saleswoman asked me if she should help me, I replied eagerly and told her the size I was searching for. She reached out and lightly tugged my jacket open. Then she said something I'll never forget, "You don't look like a 30 band! You're probably a 32.".
My wounded ego aside, the scarcity and ignorance surrounding smaller band sizes in the United States is tragic. Recently, a group of full bust bloggers joined forces and created a project to shed light on the industry's persistent denial of sub-32 bands. Here's the mission, in their own words:
Recently at the Curve Expos in both, New York and Las Vegas, brands that cater to large-busted women suggested that 30 bands and under were either for juniors, or that there was no market for them. However, that is simply not the case, there are many women out there who need 30 bands and under and we are not all juniors. While we come in all different shapes and sizes, we all have a small back size in common.
To prove that we are not all juniors and that we exist as a market we have decided to create the Bra Band Project where we are looking for photos of women who wear 30 bands or under. We will make a flickr album and eventually a collage with our photos to show that we are not just juniors but women of all shapes and sizes that need small bands. We’d love your help so please submit your own photo and band size using the form below or email it to email@example.com. Note we need both your bra size and your photo. We cannot include a submission without both of those. If you are a blogger who would like to help out with this project email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had a little bit of trouble with the form mentioned above, but if you'd like to submit this way, you can do so on these (truly awesome) blogs: StackDD, By Baby's Rules, and Boosaurus. Now, get like that bumper sticker and "be the change you wish to see in the world". If you have a small band, please consider submitting your photo and let's all show industry professionals that we're not bra size unicorns.
For the record, this is what a 28GG really looks like: