@j-i-a ooh there's plenty in All-of-a-kind Family about soda crackers and hot chickpeas and latkes. I didn't even know what chickpeas were and I wanted some.
@Fear Biter Everything Pudding (probably not delicious) and, of course, onion sandwiches with egg-included coffee.
The thing to do is get a tape measure and measure yourself with this guide as a starting point (taken from the sidebar of reddit.com/r/abrathatfits): http://bustyresources.wikia.com/wiki/How-to_determine_bra_size
If you don't have a tape measure, you can use a piece of string and a ruler. It's important to measure yourself or get a trusted friend to help you, rather than try for a professional fitting, because professional fittings tend to be very hit-and-miss. Professional fitters at most chain stores in the US use an outdated "plus four" method to get your band size, where they add four inches to your underbust measurement get your band size. For more on the "plus four" method and why it sucks, see here: http://busts4justice.com/2012/01/29/war-on-plus-four-the-manifesto/
It's important to note that there are differences in sizing based on where the bra is made. US brands tend to not have their shit together past DD. UK brands (or brands that use the UK sizing system), like Panache, Freya, Fantasie, Elomi, or Curvy Kate, will be a lot more consistent and easier to understand.
Additionally, if the largest size you ever see in the stores is a 38DD or a 42DD or a 46DD, you start to think that bra sizes just don't go beyond DD. How can you know to look for something like an F or G cup (or beyond!) if you don't know it exists?
I also want to mention that the guide is a starting point. Not every style of bra or brand of bra will work for every lady.
I'm in the US also. Can I ask what region of the US you are in? I live near Boston and went to the Eveden Factory Shop in Dedham over the weekend and scored two very pretty bras in my size for under $70 total. There is a list of brick-and-mortar bra retailers here: http://bustyresources.wikia.com/wiki/Offline_retailer
If you scroll down on that page you will see that there are many smaller retailers listed by state under the US section. Nordstrom and Dillards in particular ought to have a wider range of sizes than other chains, and at Nordstrom Rack they will be much more affordable. Head in to the store after measuring yourself with the guide I linked to above and ask for that size (as a starting point).
I hope this helps! And the ladies in the reddit group are a lot more knowledgable than I am (one of them is a bra-fitter in Germany with an encyclopediac knowledge of bra brands and their little quirks), so they will be able to help too, if you feel so inclined.
@anachronistique @fonduewithcheddar I definitely understand about not finding clothes that fit easily. I'm at the high end of straight sizes and the low end of plus, and I cannot just walk into any store in the mall and get jeans or a top, for example. I'm also 5'2" and I've only found one store with petite plus (Talbots).
I was skeptical too, because my idea of reddit was a bunch of creeper dudes. But not everyone is like that, and that subreddit is really supportive and helpful.
@lobsterhug Then that subreddit is The Business for you. Get a measuring tape or some string and a ruler and you will be amazed. You'll learn what to look for in a well-fitting bra and not to settle for less! I could evangelize about this for hours. Don't be afraid to post and ask for help/advice!
@fondue with cheddar @anachronistique @amphora @lizardjellybean
Is this where I talk about knowing The Way And The Truth And The Light when it comes to bras? Ladies, get thee to http://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits and avail yourself of the 'Start Here' information in the right-hand column. It is free, anonymous, and supportive (haha) and friendly.
End the tryanny of 32A-38DD! Having once been 'sized' at 40D, I am now supported and happy with pretty, non-boring bras in 36G thanks to the fitting guide there (and no, that is not an odd size, not do I have a particularly huge rack) and I am never, ever going back to poking underwires or quadboobing or only ugly bras. My band fits and supports me and my cups don't cut into my flesh or gape open at the top. It's time to spread knowledge about bra sizing and demand better lingerie.
(I really, really love that subreddit. Free yourself and go check it out!)
@olivebee I do this too!
@A. Louise why not SEXY Columbia amirite? Ah haha
@octagonfudge WHAT that is fascinating! I want to learn all about this and propaganda and visual storytelling.