Barbie and Boobs

As intriguing as the title sounds, if you are a male and related to me, you probably don’t want to read this post. In fact, if you are a male that I know personally, do us both a favor and skip this one. Trust me. There are some things that once known, can never be un-known. This is one of those “girl” things you don’t want to know. This is your last chance to turn and run away. You can come back tomorrow to a perfectly normal post.

First let me say that this is a personal rant and most people will not identify with it, nor will they care. If more people could identify with it, I wouldn’t have anything to complain about. Men won’t, for obvious reasons, and most women, well… keep reading.

A life-size Barbie may have huge breasts and an unnaturally small waist, but none of that bothered me as a kid. It’s a toy, so why would it? But as I got older and continued to wait (and wait and wait) to have enough to fill out a bra, I started getting a little insecure. Because that’s what teen girls do.

I bought the smallest bras I could find and I still didn’t fill them out. Can you say frustrating? Then I had two kids. I’m probably the only woman on the planet to give birth to two kids and end up with a smaller chest than before I had kids. Now, I’m 35 and in good shape, and I’m actually at a point in my life where I’m comfortable and happy with my body. But these days, my problem isn’t Barbie or what the boys think. It’s finding a stupid shirt that will fit. That’s it. That’s my complaint. I’m a smart, confident, grown woman, and I have to shop in the Junior department to find tops that fit – and most of those are still too big. The cuts are just way too low. Or the armholes are too big. Problems that I assume larger-chested women don’t have because I see other women (and teenage girls) buying those shirts that I can’t wear. I’ve tried the Petite department, too. That doesn’t help, either.

I’ve seen the stick-thin fashion models. They don’t have boobs, either. So why can’t someone make attractive clothes for those of us who are not as gifted as everyone else? I hate shopping because I have to try on 10-15 tops to find one that fits.

Don’t even get me started on bras.

2 thoughts on “Barbie and Boobs

  1. Trust me, we "well-endowed" women have just as much trouble. I've totally given up ever wearing a button-front shirt because they always gap in front. And there seems to be a general notion amongst designers that if you have larger breasts you are also large everywhere else. Summertime is fine because I can wear sleeveless tops but winter is challenging. In order to fit me in the bust most shirts are too broad in the shoulders and too long in the sleeves. And as for bras? Why in the name of all that is holy do bra manufacturers think EVERY bra has to have padding? I don't need any extra. All I want is a nice, lightly-lined underwire. I don't need padding or extreme pushing up. I just want a pretty, simple bra with good support. Is that too much to ask? Apparently.

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