I went for a bra fitting early October where I found out I was a 32F rather than the 34C I had been wearing for over 5 years. I quickly learned that when you are sized out of DD bras, you need to order online for better prices and selection. I wasn’t entirely confident in to start ordering online.
I heard it was common to change sizes after the first couple of months of wearing the right bra size. To add to that uncertainty, DD+ sizes are not standardized everywhere – different brands and different countries use different sizing scales. It is all very confusing.
Before ordering anything online, I visited multiple lingerie shops in Montreal and tried on loads of bras. There aren’t many stores that carry above DDD+ and many of them do not carry band sizes smaller than 32″.
I’m early in my journey, but I know this much from reading and running around bra shopping in Montreal. Here’s what’s out there.
Lingerie DEBra 5686 Monkland Ave, Montreal, QC H4A 1E4
I got my bra fitting here by a Bra-fit Specialist. I got sized from scratch, but you can get it done wearing your bra, if you prefer. You have to make an appoint before you go, it’s easy and free. If you are able to choose, pick the older sales associate(s) there to help you.
Once we figured out my size, which was a 32F US, I proceeded to try on 10+ bras. Ultimately, I picked the Fitfully Yours Smooth Molded Sweetheart in black for $68 CAD. They say you shouldn’t pick a molded bra in the beginning, but it’s the type of bra I wear most.
They carry Chantelle, Anita, Prima Donna, Wacoal, Panache, Freya, Cleo, Elomi, Fit Fully Yours, Fantasie, Goddess, Lise Charmel, Rosa Faia and perhaps more, they also carry swimwear.
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Lingerie Courval 4861 Sherbrooke St W, Westmount, QC H3Z 1G9
I’ve chatted a lot with one of the SAs there, I should probably know her name. They carry a small selection of multiple brands including Empreinte, Wacoal, Chantelle, Prima Donna, Natori, Marie Jo and more. Their service is great and you can ask them to call you when something new comes in or keep your size on hold. They carry a number of silk pieces, very pricey, but 100% silk – what can you do?!
Collange Deux Inc 1379 Greene Ave, Westmount, QC H3Z 2A5
Find beautiful silk robes and slips along with Gossard, Empreinte and more. The shop is nice and the staff are approachable. However, they don’t carry anything smaller than 32″ but will order items for you in the appropriate size on the condition that you purchase! Tricky. On a positive note, they sell the Empreinte Cassiopée for $187 instead of $202 CAD. It’s not much.
They told me there aren’t enough women demanding 30″ bands or less to merit them carrying such sizes, however the associates at Deuxième Peau (see below) told me they often sell out of 30″ bands. I think it boils down to the clientele in Westmount.
Ainsi Soit-Elle Westmount Square,4112 Saint-Catherine St, Westmount, QC H3Z 2S4
When I visited, they had a few bras for 30% off, included in the promotion was the Karolina strapless bra by Corin. Unfortunately, they didn’t have my size or any bands under 32″. The associate informed me that they usually carry 30″ bands, so I will definitely revisit. They carry Passionata, Aubade, Simone Pérèle, Prima Donna and Corin amongst others.
Underworld Place Ville Marie, 1 Place Ville Marie, Montreal, QC H3B 3Y1
A small shop with the most Empreinte I’ve seen in one place in Montreal. They carry Empreinte, Simone Pérèle and Chantelle to name a few. I bought my Cassiopée here after debating between the 32E and 30F (the brand runs very deep in the cups).
The SAs are nice and the shop is well organized. On the positive, they have a full rack of sales items in the front oragnized by size. There aren’t any crazy discounts, but it’s a luxury to be able to buy something you can try on first when you’re off the regular bra matrix. A negative, they do exchanges, no returns, even with store tags and receipt.
Lilianne Lingerie Complexe Desjardins, 150 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal, QC H5B 1E4
They carry a small selection of pieces from Simone Pérèle, Chantelle, Wacoal, Corin, Passionata, and Triumph along with loungewear and swimwear. They frequently do small sales of 10%-20% off particular brands at a time.
I was most interested in the fact that they carry a few bras from Corin, which is a Polish brand. Eastern European women tend to be busty and Corin definitely caters to the fuller bust market. In other words, my medium to small bust should be no problemo. Althought the staff mistaken told me that Corin only made bras upto G, when a quick google search told me otherwise. They just didn’t have it in stock.
La Brise du Sud, 3955 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2W 2M4
They don’t carry anything smaller than 32″ but they have a great selection of Prima Donna, Simone Pérèle, Passionata, Marie Jo, Fantasie, Aubade and much more. I explained to the SA that I fit more comfortably in a 30G than a 32F (EU) now, because my underbust has shrunk down from a 31.5″ to 30.25″.
The SA, very patient and kind to help, brought me everything she thought was small for a 32″ band and I tried them on, but a lot of those bands felt more comfortable on the tightest or middle hook. I wasn’t going to spend $100+ on a bra I knew would stretch out in a few wears.
She wasn’t pushy, but I think it’s best you steer clear of that place unless you are 32″ and above or if you want to see a particular style/brand bra in person. Even trying on a sister size can help determine whether you might want to order online in a different size.
Deuxième Peau, 4457 St Denis St, Montreal, QC H2J 2L2
A few blocks down from Le Brise du Sud, this small shop in a dingy semi basement and in all honesty, the shop smells odd but actually carries very decent bras. I had to ask the SA for sizes and things that weren’t on the sales floor.
They carry Aubade, Corin, Passionata, Prima Donna and an array of European brands. They will also order stock for you with no pressure to buy. I’ve requested the Virginia by Corin in 30G or H (it is made a tad snug). They called me a month later, but I’ve been stalking sales online.
Other places to do bra shopping in Montreal:
- Workingirls fine
lingerie – 1001 Rue Lenoir suite a-110
- Lyla Collection Inc – 400 Avenue Laurier O
- Perle D’Eau Douce Lingerie – 6337 St Hubert St
- Bas-Tique Fine Lingerie – 6848 St Hubert St
- CHANGE Lingerie – Place Montreal Trust
- Boutique Anne-Marie / Brassiere Splendide Inc – 6648 St Hubert St (32A to 50DDD)
Ainsi Soit-Elle – Promenades Cathedrale – CLOSED DOWN, google has not updated. Coquines et Câlines – 5654 Monkland Ave – PERMANENTLY CLOSED
Also worth mentioning, I snagged a discontinued 32G Wacoal bra which fits pretty snug for a 32″ at Winners in Montreal Trust for $20 CAD. I’ve also spotted this model there for $19 CAD and I’ve been on the hunt to add a couple of decent inexpensive bras to my rotation so that I don’t wear through my new/expensive bras too quickly.
I just placed an order on Ebay for an Empreinte set and I intend to venture into online shopping for lingerie, because the stores in Montreal simply aren’t cutting it. I also plan to incorportate a couple of lingerie shop visits into my iternerary the next time I travel to Europe.
Where do you buy your bras? Have you been fitted? Are you part of the 10% of women wearing the right size?
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