Let’s Get A Little Intimate

freya lingerie bras pink

We’re going to get a little personal here. Let’s talk about boobs. I have pretty big ones. Let’s just say they’re plentiFFul. They’ve been around since 4th grade, so by now I’ve gotten used to them. But it’s been a rough journey. I can’t wear anything with spaghetti straps (um hello pretty spring dresses), and for years I felt like I was stuck with ugly, boring bras. When I was in middle school all I wanted was the same cute Limited Too pink polka dot bra that my friends were wearing…but they didn’t make those in a D-cup. So my plain white bra straps would peak out from under my NSYNC tank top. Not cool one bit.

It took me years to learn how to dress my body. Now I can look at a shirt or dress hanging in a store and instantly know if it will fit well or not. I know what works now: v-necks, wrap dresses, no crew necks. And it all starts with a great bra. (I also have a theory that 90% of women are not wearing the right bra size – so please, please go get a proper bra fitting somewhere other than Victoria’s Secret! In DC I love Coup de Foudre.)

freya swim bikini

Right now magazines and blogs are sharing adorable bathing suits from JCrew and Target, and like every summer, I just have to tune out because they’re forgetting the girl like me. (Oh and the suggestions that they do give for “larger on top” girls are just SO wrong.) No matter your cup size, I’ve got a solution for you.

We’re taught in blogging to write about brands you love. Well, here’s one I can’t live without. Freya is a UK based company making lingerie and swimwear for up to a K-cup.  I discovered this brand about four years ago and seriously these bras have changed my life. They fit perfectly and come in many cute colors and patterns – just what I’ve always wanted. Now I buy my Freya online at Figleaves and while they’re a bit expensive, I think they’re worth every cent. Seriously, don’t buy cheap bras – you wear them all day, every day. They need to do work! These bras and bikinis are feminine and fun, which really is exactly how you want your boobs to feel, right?

freya bras swim bikini

Bras: Pixie | Elize | Beau

Bikinis: Tabu | Limbo | Swing | Supernova | Paris


Obviously this is a topic I’m not shy about, so I’d love to hear your bra stories too. Do you have any brands you’re loyal to like my Freya love? Do share!

16 thoughts on “Let’s Get A Little Intimate

  1. Tammy Gordon (@floridagirlindc)

    Great tip!! I also love Coup de Foudre in DC – I was totally one of those people who rolled their eyes at bra fitting, but after the lady looked at me and said, um, honey, you’re not a C you’re a D… and then the bras – wow… yeah, safe to say it changed how everything looked on. I can’t wait to try Freya (my current fave is Elle MacPherson, Huit and Chantelle)!

  2. laura

    AMEN about not going to VS! They don’t carry (or at least didn’t back when I last got sized there, many many years ago) small bands with large cups (eg, 30 DD, or even 32D), so I swear they will lie to you and say you need a bigger band size (eg, 34C or D). It wasn’t until I got fitted at a proper bra store that I realized how awful they were!

  3. foodwanderings

    Funny you should post this. You are such a fine looking girl that everything looks in proportion with you, but you are a savvy dresser and I could probably pick up some tips from you. I had a fitting at Nordstrom recently, had a great woman there that understood the problem. My previous fitting was few years prior. I walked out almost crying, Definitely v neck is a must and thank you for the introduction to the brand out of the UK that you love. I will def check it out. One day when our paths will cross I’ll tell you about the scandalous statement I made at Nordstrom. :)

  4. Jessica

    I had the same problem in middle school/high school – and I’ve never had the pleasure of wearing a spaghetti strap dress (as an adult). I TOTALLY feel you on the frustration! I can’t even wear halter bikini tops because, well, the “goods” are too heavy (I guess I have a bony neck, my halter bathing suit left bruises on the back of my neck). I have a Freya bikini (it’s from a few years ago, but very cute) and one from Figleaves – Figleaves has awesome bras/bathing suits for us more well endowed ladies. Panache and Lepel are also good companies, and Figleaves even makes its own line of stuff in our sizes. I was so relieved when I finally found these brands – because we shouldn’t be relegated to boring white bras. Pffft on that.

  5. kate

    thank you! i’m ALWAYS looking for new swimwear options as a DD. (i read an interview with christina hendricks & she talked about wanting to create a swim line for women with chests–i really want her to!)

  6. Alexa

    Haha. OMG love this Nikki. I definitely don’t have big ones (only time was when I was pregnant, and I was super excited about it, haha)! I can see the issue with the spaghetti straps. Why can’t we all have a perfect C size, right? ;)

  7. Emily

    Another vote for Coup de Foudre — they’re fantastic! I have the opposite problem (very few bras come in sizes small enough for me, or the small sizes fit awkwardly) but I totally understand the challenge of finding something — anything — that fits. Good bras are worth paying $$$ for!

  8. brynn

    This is such a great and honest post Nikki! I have the same problem – I can’t buy bras in mall or department stores. In Toronto I rely on the store Secrets from your Sister for specialty bras. One of my favourite brands is Prima Donna. I love those bathing suits too. I have such a hard time finding suits!

  9. Supal {chevrons and éclairs}

    Oh this is such a great store! I know how you feel. I sprouted early. Mine aren’t too big, but big enough where I should not be wearing spaghetti straps. I think I get more upset because I have a hardtime with the fact that I dont look cute and dainty. Instead I look voluptuous, if that makes sense. I like to run and sometimes sports bras are even hard to find with support [so I have to double up]! I’m glad I’m not the only one!

  10. Joelle

    Hooray for big boobies! I love this post :-) You know what really ticks me off? Cute babydolls or PJ sets that have these tiny little triangles for your boobs – yeah right.

  11. Ashley

    Great post today, Nik. People don’t realize that us A cup people have challenges with pretty bras too. Did you know most VS lingerie doesn’t come in anything smaller than a C cup!?

  12. Jamie

    I’m late to the comment party! BUT I agree with all of the above. I hate bra shopping more than bathing suit shopping because they are always mis-fitting and make me feel fat in places I didn’t even know I had fat. That is until I went to Nordstrom. The ladies there know their stuff and always help me find the perfect fit. I always leave confident and happy.

  13. Melanie

    Just stumbled across your blog on The Everygirl and then this post. I know exactly where you’re coming from. I finally found Wacoal bras at Lord&Taylor, and some of them are actually attractive! Also, I absolutely love your blog-you are such a great inspiration to young 20somethings

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