My co-bloggers and I recently had a lively discussion over what each of our definitions of full busted was and whether or not we considered our own selves to be full busted.
Personally, being in the 30G / GG UK range, I just don’t consider myself to be full busted. I wear ‘full busted’ bras and swimwear, but I feel that is only in the sense of the bra cups being larger in contrast with the bands being smaller. That plus (in my area) anything below a 32 band is available only in a specialty shop. Sure, G for Ginormous and all that, but on a 30 band? Its not all that and a bag of chips if you ask me.
According to this article from Medical Daily, the average American woman wears a bra size of 34DD. If you sister sized me into a 34 band (I realize that wouldn’t fit, but just for argument’s sake…), I’d be not much over that average size.
According to Wikepedia, the definition of a full bust is having a cup size of at least C. I have a question for Wikepedia. C what? C28? C48? There is a difference and the difference is real. Real big.
So if we go with 34DD as the average size, then are most women full busted?
To me, I equate being truly full busted with having difficulty in finding clothing that fits properly, with having back pain, with struggling to find a bra that offers adequate support, coverage and comfort, having shoulder straps that dig in painfully due to breast weight. My issues are limited to occasionally struggling to find fitted dresses that fit properly. The small band / larger cup bras and swimsuits are out there and easy enough to obtain so I don’t count bra / sport bra / swimsuit issues. Back pain? Never. My issues sounds pretty petty, don’t they?
I’ve asked a few of my co-bloggers to tell us their thoughts…
I view full busted as more along the lines of proportion. The bust being fuller in size compared to hips and shoulders, not necessarily just the ribcage/band measurement. I fit the definition of full busted but I actually feel I am in proportion with my hips and shoulders.
That said, I do have some problems finding clothing but nothing extreme that I can’t get around by ordering online.
I more look at the “big picture” when I think about bust size and if I would consider someone (including myself) full busted. Purely looking at the numbers (proportion and cup size), I would be considered full busted. My bust is wider than my waist and hips and I wear a GG to H cup, though my band is 28-30. However, I personally don’t think I look like I have humongous boobs at all. I also think there is a difference in the appearance of “big boobs” if you look at most natural breasts compared to enhanced. In comparison, I think my boobs look very comparable to natural DDs. So am I full busted? Yes. Do I perceive myself as full busted? Not really.
I agree that breast size is relative to the body they belong to. I am 5’9 and almost 200 lbs, I’ve been called ‘statuesque’, ‘amazonian’, and ‘big boned’ but the reality is I’m a big girl 🙂 I was a 36B prior to my surgery, and received 800cc implants. On a smaller woman, 800ccs can look huge, but in my opinion I just look well proportioned. I now wear a 36Gish UK, which most would consider full busted, and I suppose I am, but I don’t have any problems finding clothes or bras. I think a lot of that is due to the fact that, unlike many of my fellow bloggers here at AEE, I don’t wear a small band. I also wore a larger clothing size prior to my augmentation, so all my clothes still fit fine…better even!
The terms “full busted” and “projection” seem to get thrown around quite loosely. I agree with my fellow bloggers and their opinions on being full busted. I am a 36I US. I am what most women would consider to be full busted. Do I have problems finding clothes that fit properly? No. Are my breasts constantly exposed because my tops are too tight or too small? No. Don’t get me wrong. There are some things that just wont work. Some things will not fit well and won’t look good but these things are easily replaced with other styles. Like my fellow blogger Treschic, I am not a smaller band size. I wear an average band size. My bust size is pretty consistent with the rest of me. I do have a smaller waist, but I have hips and booty. Definitely curvy.
Let’s look at the other end of the spectrum. My daughter measures at a UK 28FF. Is she full busted? My opinion, and hers: absolutely not. She is tall and thin. That still doesn’t put her in the “full busted” category as far as we are concerned. She can wear whatever she wants; string bikinis, bralettes, etc. She doesn’t experience back pain or limitations because of her bust size. She is comfortable with her natural size and doesn’t feel the need to exaggerate it, or play up the fact that she is a 28 FF. She considers herself normal. No one stares at her, no one asks her about her “huge boobs”.
We’d love to know what you think? What is your definition of full busted? What do you think the definition should be?
Until next time,
Jelz and the AEE team