Thanks to Frilly Fusion for all this great info!!
I just thought some of this information might be helpful.
Bra Fit Resources
Bra Calculators are meant to give you a good starting point, you should still try on different band and cups to see what works best. These are the two most accurate I could find.
What do sizes really look like?
Blogs with good information:
VenusianGlow.com All kinds of fitting information. Links to befores and afters.
BrasIhate I’ve linked to her helpful alteration tips.
Butterfly Collection also has an online story for D-K cup sizes.
Invest in Your Chest Bra reviews, will show upcoming styles
Bratabase A database of bras, reviews, and bra measurements so you can determine what size you might want to buy online. Record how your own bra fits and get suggestions from other users.
Small Bust Big Heart (blog)
When adding inches helps:
Small Band Project:
Brands for Full Bust / Plus Size
Cup size is determined by the band. A 36C will have a bigger cup than a 34C. 34C and 36 B will have the same cup volume.
Unfortunately I can’t find a link to an easy guide to how sizing differs between US/UK/Europe/Aus because the systems are such a mess. If anyone has any accurate recommendations, please link and I’ll add.
Where to buy (in progress)
And yes, uncommon bra sizes will cost more, but if you’re savvy you can find them on sale. They’ll earn their value in comfort, looks and longevity.
Once you’re pretty sure of your bra size in a certain brand check ebay for some really good deals.
Nordstrom’s and Nordstom’s Rack
Macy’s carries Wacoal up to G, don’t expect much selection
The remains of the Dublin Bread Company at 6-7 Lower Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street) after the Easter Rising in 1916.
I saw this image in the NLI collection on Flickr and was captivated. The comments thread on the site is well worth reading too. Almost 100 years ago.
Source: National Library of Ireland via the Flickr Commons. Public domain.
It’d be nice.