Ode to Dillard’s Lingerie Department

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Just slightly over seven years ago, I was trying to find lingerie for my honeymoon. I was virginal in the most literal way; frankly, the thought of anyone – even my soon-to-be-husband – seeing me without my clothes on seemed utterly frightening.

After one short trip, I realized lingerie shopping with my mom was about as comfortable as eating a banana peel (sorry, Mom, you know I love you, but it’s true). So I ventured out to Ye Olde Victoria’s Secret all by my lonesome.

I felt like I tried on everything in the store to no avail. Apparently there just aren’t a lot of double D-women shopping there for untrashy lingerie. My chest ranneth over.

I’m thinking all this medieval language is my way of making talking about lingerie shopping not embarassing for myself, by the way.

The tears I fought started to spill until I reached the depths of Dillard’s department store. It was like angels started singing as the kindest women I had ever met sought out for me the perfect honeymoon ensembles. I told them the absolute truth and they catered to my every need. I just remember the ache of relief I felt as I left, bags in hand. I could have hugged all of the saleswomen.

Flash forward, oh, seven years and a few weeks. I am once again dealing with My Least Favorite Part of Breastfeeding. For the better part of a year I’ve been battling bras. I try them on. They don’t fit. I order online, which is just about the only place I can find my size. They don’t fit.

Yesterday in Kohl’s, I started to cry. Is there seriously no one else in America with a large chest who’d like to be able to try on her undergarments before purchasing them? I don’t think I’m that much of an anomaly. I mean, really!

Stifling the tears, I saw a mall Dillard’s across the road. I decided to make one last stop.

And you know what? Those same tears welled back up as I saw THEY HAD BIG CUP SIZES. Like, more than one style. Many. Not only that, the sweetest saleswoman I’ve encountered in over seven years came to my side and blessed me with her kind spirit and helpful hands.

I guess this is all to say, thank you Dillard’s. Thank you for stocking items you might not sell all the time just for women like me. I hereby pledge allegiance to your lingerie department. You rock.

And you should give Elayne at the Valley Hills Mall a raise.

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12 thoughts on “Ode to Dillard’s Lingerie Department

  1. I <3 Dillard's. We discovered them a year ago and so amazing! It's so nice to buy bras that fit that don't make me look like a saggy granny (and I'm only 26, with no kids!).

    <3 Dillard's.

  2. I will have to check out Dillard's! I have shopped at Cacique (the lingerie store of the Lane Bryant brand) before & had great success. After my baby, when I ballooned up to DDDs, they were my lifesaver. But I'm glad there's another option out there.

  3. I laughed and then I cried. I don't think I have a Dillards within 200 miles, but I'm sure going to check!

  4. I will agree with you on this one. I am DD as well. I have found some that I love at Victoria's Secret though. Good to know Dillard's has some too!

  5. Thanks for posting this–less for the Dillard's, more for the reminder that I'm not the only one who dislikes/hates her post pregnancy body. Love your blog!
    -kaylene

  6. I wish I had a Dillard's! I've had success at Lane Bryant as well – and the ladies there are helpful and will measure you and give suggestions. I know their bras can be crazy expensive but when they have a sale or promotion it's not too bad. Plus one time the underwire broke shortly after buying a bra there and they exchanged it no problems (gotta love when underwire snaps in the middle of the day and pokes your boob until you can finally get home and take the darn bra off!)

  7. Thanks for this! I also thought I was the only large chested woman who wanted more than the industrial strength mega-white bras I can occasionally find at wal-mart.

  8. I am a DD as well and I always buy my bras at Vicky's. Until recently when I found out that the store was not longer going to carry DD's at that location. he reason being there was not that much demand. What I can not be the only DD in my area. If I want them I am going to have to drive clear across town to get them. The other store was only 5 mins. away. I will check out Lane Bryant as someone suggested.

  9. Dillard's has been my savior many a time as well. They always seem to have just exactly the right thing. But somehow I never remember to check there FIRST! It's always my last resort.

  10. Thanks everyone for your comments! I have tried on bras at Lane Bryant's Cacique (which does have my size) but haven't had much luck there.

    I am bigger than a DDD (an H, if we're being realistic here) when I am nursing. It's insane. So when I say big I mean big. 🙂

    ro, That's ridiculous that they wouldn't even carry a DD when I am sure that is what their models are. (Perhaps not without surgery, but still …)

  11. See, this is why you are my friend. Because I've been seriously stressed about the nursing bra thing. I was HUGE after my first, and I'm terrified that I can't find what I'll need after this one. I've pulled out the old nursing bras and they don't fit already. The problem is….buying them before only to find out that they don't fit when my milk comes in. We literally stopped by Target on our way home from the hospital with our first and my sweet husband went in, bought a few pairs, and then went back in to exchange them to the one that fit while I sat in the car with the baby. THAT is love.

  12. I second how wonderful the Dillards lingerie department is. I've been "blessed" with a large G or H-cup chest and they carry the only bra I have found to work. I'm in my early 20s and I still want to be able to wear something cute/low enough to wear cute tops, and their modern movement t-shirt bra is just that–comfy, low-cut, and totally supportive at the same time! Thanks for calling attention to their department. I never ever comment, but this post has me cheering 🙂

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