Frequently Asked Questions

 

General

Where are you located?
What are your prices?

Bras

How do I find out my bra size?
How do I know if a bra fits?
How do I care for my bras?
Why do you only carry D+ cup sizes?

Corsets

Do you make corsets?
How do I care for my corset?
How do I find out my corset size?
What do I wear with a corset?


Where are you located?

Custom Curves is located at 135 Portland Street, downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Click here for map, hours and contact information.

What are your prices?

The average bra is priced between $50 - $85 (certain brands priced up to $140). Ready-to-wear corsets range from $90 - $170.

The reason behind higher prices: Bras in an expanded size range are more expensive to stock than bras only available in a limited size range. We carry 90+ sizes as opposed to the 16-30 sizes available in other stores. From more labour intensive construction to more complicated grading (adapting the garment's pattern for different sizes) to higher inventory values needed to stock a wide range of sizes, the associated costs are higher and thus retail prices are higher.
Companies that make D+ bras invest more into extensive design processes in order to manufacture bras that provide essential support and shaping for a heavier bust. With proper care, and provided it is well fitting, these bras will also typically last you longer than a cheap one due to superior craftsmanship, design and materials.
We carry exclusively steel-boned corsets constructed with multiple layers in order for them to be sturdy and supportive.

Please view our collections page to see which brands we carry!

How do I find out my bra size?

Your bra size is determined by two things: band size and cup size. Measure your bare chest- no shirt or bra- with a soft measuring tape (in inches).
Determine Band size:
1. Wrap the tape around your torso directly under the root of your breast- where your breast tissue meets your body- keeping the tape parallel to the floor.
2. After exhaling, pull the tape tight enough that it feels snug and does not move around, but not so tight as to leave a red mark in your skin.
3. Note down this measurement; you will need it to calculate your cup size.
4. Round this measurement up to the nearest even number. (If the measurement is over 36", you may round down) This is your band size.

Determine Cup size:
1. Lean forward until your back is parallel with the floor so that gravity pulls all your breast tissue downwards. Reach around your sides and push breast tissue that may be underneath your arms forward with a sweeping motion.
2. Loosely measure around your bust, with the tape passing over the fullest part of your hanging breasts. Do not bend the tape into your cleavage; keep it perpendicular to the floor in a straight line. Tighten the tape just enough so that it doesn't easily slide off the skin, but not tight enough to press into the breast tissue.
3. Subtract your underbust measurement (previous step 3) from this bust measurement.
4. Round the difference up to the nearest whole number and look it up on the chart below. The corresponding letter is your cup size, and may vary with different manufacturers. (UK and US brands shown for example)

0"1"2"3"4"5"6"7"8"9"10"11"12"13"14"15"
UKAAABCDDDEFFFGGGHHHJJJK
USAAABCDDD/EDDD/FDDDD/GHIJKLMNO

Your bra size is only a starting point. Other factors affect optimal fit such as style of bra and individual breast shape. You may take different bra sizes in different brands or different bra styles!

How do I know if a bra fits?

How do I care for my bras?

Always wash your bras by hand and air dry. This will greatly extend the life of your bra and keep it fitting well!
Use a basin with cool/warm water and mild/specialty detergent (such as Soak or Forever New). I use a small plastic dish tub and soak 2-4 bras at a time (light and dark colors separate).
After rinsing, gently squeeze -do not wring- excess water from your bras. You can also use an absorbent towel. Then simply lay them flat or hang to dry. Never put your bras in the dryer.

Why do you only carry D+ cup sizes?

As an extended sizing specialty store, our priority is to provide options for sizes that are underrepresented or unavailable at other stores. We do not regularly stock bra sizes that are widely available at other retailers. (e.g. 32-44 A-D)
Our specialty is 28-44 band sizes and D+ cup sizes, up to an N cup. Some sizes may be special order.

Mass market retailers tend not to stock sizes larger than a DD cup or smaller than a 32 band, and will often use outdated bra sizing methods to fit customers into the narrow size range they carry.
The most common problem that results from this is wearing bra bands too large and cup sizes too small.
A bra's support diminishes the looser the band gets, resulting in underwires sitting on breast tissue, 'floating wires' not touching the sternum or supporting the bust, a bra band that rides up or chafes, straps slipping- the list goes on!

We do not approve of such methods and focus on achieving proper fit and support.
If you have a fitting with us, we will be honest about what size is best for you, even if we do not stock it.

Do you make all the corsets yourself?

No. Custom Curves is a retail business that specializes in off-the-rack / standard sized corsets. Currently we stock corsets from VG London and Timeless Trends.

How do I care for my corset?

Always loosen the lacing before putting on or removing a corset. Store flat- inside a dustbag if desired- or draped over a hanger (lacing over the bar). Do not roll them up for an extended period or it may warp the boning.
All corsets are dry clean only, spot clean when necessary. Corsets with vinyl/PVC/faux leather accents are spot clean only. We recommend removing the laces before cleaning.

How do I find out my corset size?

Corset sizing is based on "reduced waist" sizing. For an off-the-rack (standard sized) corset you typically subtract 4-5" from your natural waist measurement to find your corset size (e.g: 28-29" natural waist = 24" corset size).
However your body type and personal level of comfort is important in determining your corset size. If you have a thin or muscular build you may be more comfortable with a 2-3" reduction. If your build is soft or fleshy you may be able to wear up to a 6" waist reduction.
Instock corsets are now viewable in our online catalogue.(external site) Corsets are sorted by size!
Please note: online shopping is not available. A fitting is recommended to determine your corset size as well as which corset will suit your body type- feel free to come in and ask to try on different styles of corsets!

What do I wear with a corset?

It's your choice! They are more versatile than you'd expect, adding dramatic shaping to an outfit. Take a look at fashion and costume sources for inspiration.
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