So I thought that based on the combination of me, my 38DD chest and the difficulties of shopping for "foundation garments that deal with one's upper parts" as DrWende* puts it, I'd have some sort of hilarious story involving my personal humiliation. Alas, there is no story. Based on an ad in O, I went to Wal-Mart in search of Curvation bras. They had 3 styles in my size; 1 fit and was workable although I never thought I'd be buying a cotton, non-underwire bra. If it holds up (ha ha, bad pun) to wear I'll be really surprised, but for $13 it was worth trying.
Yes, I am a good thinking liberal intellectual who otherwise wouldn't be caught dead in a Wal-Mart. But I also have a complex financial life involving an Excel spreadsheet.
Next month I'll stop by CC's Lingerie for what I think of as "real bras"--the cantilevered, structurally complex, modest and boring bras I usually have to buy. Victoria's Secret is a place I'd venture only if I really, really, really couldn't make myself feel bad without the help of others, and Lane Bryant has pretty larger size bras but annoys me more than Wal-Mart. Yes, truly.
*This is right up there with use of the term "dress enhancer" as the heroine of The Shadow And The Star phrases it, a term that should be modified for current garments and readopted. Oh, and Wende, bad nylon slips are available at both Target and Wal-Mart; nicer versions are found online at VS.