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Feb 10, 2020 » All bra adventures


Feb 10, 2020

I didn't know we covered Japanese brands here. Actually buying one would be a dangerous prospect because I use a middleman service that won't process returns, so I settled for wishfully looking at search results instead. They go really nuts with the lace and appliques and layered fabric sometimes. It's very pretty but goes against my philosophy of less is more.

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  • When buying from Japan (well, China too), go one cup size up. Other than that, I like Japanese clothing most of the time, it's of good quality.
    Anyway, the biggest cup size I've seen is F, the smallest band is 65, so it equals to UK 65DD. Plus I've never seen bras with wide straps and bands. Cups in their bras are often cotton lined. Embroidery and lace usually hold up pretty well.

  • Japanese bras can be great with good quality, beautiful embroidery and affordable price, but usually it's not worth the hassle if there is not a brick and mortar store you could visit and actually try the bras on. Most stores can only be found in Japan or major cities in Asia.

    Their sizing is all over the place. Across AND within brands, band and cup sizes are very inconsistent. All stores fit people with the built in +4 method in the European system, but in different brands and models the band could run TTS, 1 or 2 band sizes tighter, and the cups could fit TTS, 1 or 2 cup sizes smaller.

    More expensive (professional) brands have larger sizes ranges. The largest I have seen is 65-90 A-I, which roughly translate to 30-40 A-G in UK sizing, assuming they run TTS. Cheaper and more fashionable often provides only 70-80 A-F, which is roughly 32-36 A-DD as they run small in the cups.

    However I feel that their fabric is of higher quality (or softer and less irritable?) than Western bras, and the wires are softer and more comfortable. They are almost always lightly lined with cookie pockets and removable cookies, and majority are plunge bras because cleavage is commonly desired over there.

    ETA the number of hooks is usually 2 for smaller cups and 3 for larger cups. The cut-off is sometimes seen between D/E or F/G, depending on the size range of that model. The case is same for straps.

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