I’m excited to introduce Amber M., our guest author this month. She discovered this Dolce & Gabbana bra with no help whatsoever from me, and she’s been kind enough to review it so that all of you looking for bras on the small side of an AA cup can check out this brand.
I have never in my life had an easy time finding clothes that fit properly. I’m built…I don’t really want to say “weird,” because I like how I’m built, it’s just that clothing stores don’t seem to like how I’m built. I’m too tall and gangly, too short in the torso, too long in the arm, and so on. Mostly, through a lot of trial and error, I’ve been able to negotiate truces with several stores that seem to carry at least a few things that fit me well despite my proportional oddities, but not a single truce has been made when it comes to covering my practically non-existent bust.
Which brings me to the crux of the matter. I am not really a petite woman, but my breasts certainly are. I measure at a perfectly comfortable 34 band size, but the “AA” part of my measurement often leads me astray as I’m not actually quite that big. I’ve tried a lot of cup sizes: 34AA, 34A, 32A, 32AA. Some of these work…mostly. But far more often than not, they are not-quite-right: they gap, they slide up, they hang open, they don’t fit. So when I find a bra that fits in the cups and fits perfectly…well, I don’t even know how to react because really, it’s never happened before. Until now.
I recently found a brand new Dolce & Gabbana bra on eBay from their D&G line that I have fallen in love with. It’s a gorgeous chocolate brown, with lightly lined cups accentuated by a (not too frilly) lace trim and a pretty bow on the center gore. It’s made of a very soft fabric, and while embellished enough to make me feel pretty when I wear it, it’s not too pretty to actually, you know, wear day-to-day.
…And it’s a 32A. Normally, I’m wary of 32As. They tend to be too big in the cups and too small in the band, and that mostly makes me think they’re not worth my time. But I fell in love with this particular model’s simple look, so I ordered it even though I never really expected it to fit.
Best. Decision. Ever.
It fits in the cups. Oh. My. Gosh. I nearly had a heart attack when I tried it on. This thing…it doesn’t gap, it doesn’t shift, it doesn’t move, it doesn’t slide up. It is the perfect bra!!!
But there is a downside. European bras tend to run smaller than American bras, which I love as far as cup size goes, but is a problem when it comes to band size. After a little research, I’ve learned that the D&G line of the Dolce & Gabbana brand tends to run especially small—it’s designed for very slender, very petite women. It’s no surprise then that this particular bra is a bit snug (to a slightly uncomfortable degree) on my 34 frame, so I will likely be wearing this chocolate perfection with an extender.
If you’re a 34 band size and a not-quite-AA cup — say, if AAA over at Lula Lu fits you pretty well (*whistles innocently as though not talking about myself*), then this particular model will be perfect for you too (so long as you don’t mind extenders). I suspect it might be a bit small for a true 32A, but it will likely fit a 32AA perfectly in every way — no extender needed.
If you’re interested in ordering the same model I purchased, it can be bought for just under $18 here on eBay(Yes, I know it looks black but it’s actually dark brown).
The advantage to D&G’s teensy sizing is that it is perfectly tailored for petites. Therefore, outside of this particular model (which is only available in a 32A), I would suggest going up a size when ordering D&G bras, or maybe even two if you aren’t between cup sizes already. This is just based on how well the A cup in this bra fits me—someone who measures in at less than AA. And because it is Dolce & Gabbana’s second line, not their primary line, their bras aren’t any more expensive than most American petite brands: the bras currently listed on the Dolce & Gabbana website are running between $60-70.
Thanks so much, Amber! I'll be looking more closely into D&G intimates to find out what other styles they have that may fit well on small-busted women. -Amanda
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