Built-in cups in lingerie?

surreptitious surreptitious
The bout of frustration that I'm suffering over Coquette's gorgeous new lingerie and how I can't wear it has got me thinking. How many women on here (or anyone with breasts, really) are actually satisfied with the size of built-in cups within your ideal size? I am aware that nothing is going to change, I'm just feeling whingy and rather than crying about it, I'd like to stimulate a discussion on the subject. Since it's impossible to cover every angle through a multiple-choice poll, please pick the one that is generally true and make any addendums that you'd like in the comments. =)
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
The built-in cups in my usual size are proportionate to my body
6
I find built-in cups to be too large for my bust...
13
I find built-in cups to be too small for my bust...
29
...but I can make it work by ordering a different size
2
...but I tough it out and wear the wrong cup size
6
...and there's nothing I can do to make the ill-fitting cups flattering
14
Total votes: 70 (48 voters)
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03/18/2013
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surreptitious surreptitious
Since I didn't actually post what has gotten me so worked up, it's that I prefer to wear a medium most of the time when it comes to the band, length and waist size of chemises, babydolls, teddies, dresses, etc, but at a 30HH-J, there's absolutely nothing I can do to work with the cup area of medium-sized lingerie. I would have to order a medium and an XXL or so and then find some way to Frankenstein them together. The fact that I'm very short from shoulder to bust is another problem that I have, because even if I get the cups to fit in soft lingerie, it's likely that the straps are too long.

Tell me about your woes, friends.
03/18/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
I have a very small waist and chest wall, so I wear an xs is just about everything -- but I have a decently sized bust (between B and C). unfortunately, manufacturers think that no one below a medium has a chest at all. =( I tried getting one lingerie piece and was so saddened by the fit that I won't try again.
03/18/2013
sexytileena / absolutely love sex sexytileena / absolutely love sex
I find built-in cups to be too small for my bust or to big. Its hard to buy online
03/18/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by chicmichiw
I have a very small waist and chest wall, so I wear an xs is just about everything -- but I have a decently sized bust (between B and C). unfortunately, manufacturers think that no one below a medium has a chest at all. =( I tried getting one ... More
I honestly don't see why it's not more feasible for lingerie manufacturers like Coquette and Leg Avenue to offer a greater range of bust sizes among their lines. I mean, there's a market for cup sizes in bras, so there has to be some sort of market for babydolls and bustiers and the like as well. I know that busty girls freak out every time a regular bra company decides to release something, and places like LaSenza, Victoria's Secret and La Vie en Rose offer cup sizes on most of their non-standard lingerie (for lack of a better term for things that aren't just bras), so we would probably be all over it if it were more common in other brands as well.

Of course, then the problem for me is that the cup sizes probably wouldn't go high enough, but at least if Eden carried cup sizes already, it would be easier to convince them to carry Bravissimo of Curvy Kate. Aside from which, I'm not the be-all and end-all, and it would definitely make it less frustrating for lots of others.
03/18/2013
libbyv libbyv
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
The bout of frustration that I'm suffering over Coquette's gorgeous new lingerie and how I can't wear it has got me thinking. How many women on here (or anyone with breasts, really) are actually satisfied with the size of built-in cups ... More
sorry, i have not had this problem, i'm only a B cup
03/18/2013
jr2012 jr2012
yep, always almost too small. I am a 36 DDD, and if I had my way I would somehow have lingerie that is a size large with XXL cups (by most company's standards).

It makes me cranky too, because HELLO, we want our boobies looking really good if we're going to be in lingerie.

I also have some fantasy about wearing fancy lingerie under my regular clothes, but can't really pull it off due to this top-fitting issue. Sigh.
03/18/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
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Originally posted by jr2012
yep, always almost too small. I am a 36 DDD, and if I had my way I would somehow have lingerie that is a size large with XXL cups (by most company's standards).

It makes me cranky too, because HELLO, we want our boobies looking really ... More
I definitely agree with you there. One brand that you might like to look in to is Bravissimo - I can't link their site because it could be considered a competitor link (I mean, I don't consider it to be because EF doesn't sell proper cup sizes, but just in case), but a quick Google could find you their page. Curvy Kate also has some great Pinup style lingerie - it's a few seasons old, so feel free to PM me if you need help finding it. =)

I know that's not solving the problem of finding it on EF (and the selection is SERIOUSLY limited compared to other lingerie), but there are some really pretty pieces. And since I'm intrusive and bossy, you should try giving yourself a quick measurement before ordering (unless you do that already) - I think it's really helpful to do that every time. =)
03/18/2013
Femme Mystique Femme Mystique
I can usually make it work by sizing up. I'm a 0 with a 32D cup, but I don't need much support (yet), so generally I can make a medium work and will just have abundant cleavage. Smalls fit me better everywhere else, but the cups usually look atrocious because they cut my boobs in half.
03/18/2013
KinkyKatieJames KinkyKatieJames
I can relate on a smaller scale. I wear a small or medium based on waist/hip size, yet I have a 36D bust. I love the support of a built-in cup, but they are often too small. Corsets are the worst though. I absolutely love them, but cannot find one that accentuates my curves well enough.
03/18/2013
bratcat bratcat
im a DDD, so it's almost impossible to find something with built-in cups that fit, none the less fit well.
03/19/2013
The Vixen The Vixen
I think I'd wear a small for most lingerie brands but I have a DDD cup so I don't think I'm ever going to find something that fits properly. It's a little frustrating.

I usually stick to babydolls and chemises that are stretchy and don't have built in cups.
03/19/2013
kandy anjel kandy anjel
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
The bout of frustration that I'm suffering over Coquette's gorgeous new lingerie and how I can't wear it has got me thinking. How many women on here (or anyone with breasts, really) are actually satisfied with the size of built-in cups ... More
The built in cups are way to small for my breast. I find that my breast are being squeezed right out of the cup wich is very frustrating. Also the built in cups lose their shape after a while and make your breasts look deformed.
03/19/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Holy cow - with this many people finding the cups to be too small, you'd think that lingerie companies would clue in! That's not to say that the people who find the cups to be too large are unimportant, it's just that there are a heck of a lot of people who find them to be too small.
03/19/2013
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
With Coquette I personally don't have an issue when it comes to babydolls my DD/DDD breasts fit nicely in the XL babydolls where in other brands I have to get 3x/4x.
03/21/2013
Aishiteru Aishiteru
I haven't got enough lingerie to be sure yet, but they probably won't fit right in some way for most things.
03/21/2013
karenm karenm
Yes, I have this problem too (I'm a medium and a D cup). I've been wary about ordering lingerie online because either the cups would be too small in my size, or everything else would be too big in another size up.
03/22/2013
Liz2 Liz2
I am a B cup girl, my concern is when my boobs kinda look lost.
03/22/2013
Allison.Wilder Allison.Wilder
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
The bout of frustration that I'm suffering over Coquette's gorgeous new lingerie and how I can't wear it has got me thinking. How many women on here (or anyone with breasts, really) are actually satisfied with the size of built-in cups ... More
I find that built-in cups are always too..something..for me. Either too big or too small or maybe they fit right but they're just really unflattering.
03/22/2013
Cinnyree Cinnyree
i am a 36DDD so it is really difficult to get anything to fit my bust...i just learned to live with it
03/22/2013
Ayogirl230 Ayogirl230
I have small boobies and the built in pads are usually a bit on the big side. They sometimes work in my favor though.
03/23/2013
chicmichiw chicmichiw
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
I honestly don't see why it's not more feasible for lingerie manufacturers like Coquette and Leg Avenue to offer a greater range of bust sizes among their lines. I mean, there's a market for cup sizes in bras, so there has to be some sort ... More
Yes! This! Women already know how to buy based on cup and band size, not sure why tops for lingerie can't do the same. Thanks!
03/23/2013
mandi.myth mandi.myth
There's usual enough room to fit 150% of my boobs in the built in cups.
03/26/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
After my trip to a lingerie shop yesterday, in which I tried over 20 outfits on, I must say that the ones with cups in them tended to run big for me--and I'm somewhere between 34B-34C-36B, depending on the time of month, so I'm not tiny! In some styles, because of my small waist, I was able to wear a Small instead of my usual Medium, and make it work. I do have fuller hips, though, so I can't always do that. The corsets, too, seemed to be designed for women with silicone enhancement, because on me--a 38-year-old woman who's never had children--most of them simply flattened my chest. I know, I know, you get what you pay for...still, I wonder why the designers wouldn't design for their target market (unless their target market is actually porn stars?). Anyhow, It sounds like these S/M/L/XL/etc.-cup sizes are problematic for many of us, yet we keep buying them.
03/30/2013
GirlOnGirl GirlOnGirl
I just avoid buying any lingerie with built-in cups. I often find that the cups they build into lingerie don't offer much support anyway.
03/30/2013
LaSchwartz LaSchwartz
I find they are two big or if the cups fit then its to tight around my hip area.
03/30/2013
indiglo indiglo
The cups in Coquette lingerie run notoriously small. (Just as an FYI)

My cups generally runneth over in lingerie with built-in cups also. (why I sometimes prefer the babydolls and chemises - they come in the cupless variety) However, my man doesn't actually see that as a bad thing. LOL I just try to make sure things are tucked away as neatly as possible before the unveiling, then if I have a nip slip after that it doesn't really cause any problems.
03/30/2013
surreptitious surreptitious
Quote:
Originally posted by indiglo
The cups in Coquette lingerie run notoriously small. (Just as an FYI)

My cups generally runneth over in lingerie with built-in cups also. (why I sometimes prefer the babydolls and chemises - they come in the cupless variety) However, my man ... More
I've noticed that with Coquette - even then things with soft cups where it would be easy to make them a bit bigger (because smaller girls could still pull it off) tend to be very tiny.
03/30/2013
indiglo indiglo
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
I've noticed that with Coquette - even then things with soft cups where it would be easy to make them a bit bigger (because smaller girls could still pull it off) tend to be very tiny.
I know, right? I have no idea why they do that, but you're right, they even do it with the soft cups. It's weird.
03/30/2013
LavenderSkies LavenderSkies
Quote:
Originally posted by surreptitious
The bout of frustration that I'm suffering over Coquette's gorgeous new lingerie and how I can't wear it has got me thinking. How many women on here (or anyone with breasts, really) are actually satisfied with the size of built-in cups ... More
They're usually too large for me. Sometimes just right!
03/30/2013
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