PLUS SIZE UNDERWEAR DESPAIR
The first place went to was El Corte Inglés. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what that is, it's a department store here in Madrid, and it's famous for being both expensive, and the go-to place to find almost anything you might be looking for. I knew I probably wouldn't buy anything from there, but I didn't expect to find what I found. Almost everything was child sized, despite being made for women. Anything that was made in realistic womanly sizes, was ugly and frumpy. The only thing I saw that I liked, was in a horrible peachy colour, but it would have been perfect if it had come in black. So long story short, I found nothing. My friend Cristina, (in the photo below), is tiny, and everything in the shop was too small, even for her. If a woman her size is 'too big' to fit into these clothes, what can the rest of us expect?
Then we headed to C&A. I found these really cute bras, and I grabbed the biggest sizes available. Cheerfully, I headed to the changing room with quit a few bras in hand, only to end up wanting to cry. These bras were pretty big, and I expected them to fit. They look small in this picture, but they were very big.
So there I stood. Staring at myself in the mirror. The bra fit perfectly around my body, but my girls were spilling out over the top. I wanted to cry. I looked at the bras, and I just thought, "My breasts are not that big... are they?" I mean, I'm not flat chested, and I know I am not thin, but an E cup is too small for my girls? I just can't! I quickly took off the first bra I tried on, got back into my own clothes, and left the shop empty handed, on the verge of tears. We wondered into several other shops, on the hunt for a bikini for Cristina, but we found nothing big enough for her. - And remember, she is tiny thin.
I don't know what horrified more. Finding that an E cup bra is too small on me, or the realization that thin women in Madrid have the same struggles as big women, when trying to find lingerie big enough to fit them. I guess my only option now, is to try online plus size lingerie shops, which I have wanted to avoid. Is it really too much to ask to be able to walk into a shop, and be spoiled for choice at every size?