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Big Boobs in Korea – TL;DR

July 11, 2012

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Before we begin, let’s just say, from a hilarious marketing perspective, we’re both wary and excited to do this topic. It’s not because we’re particularly fond of talking about big boobs in Korea, but because the name of the article will get a lot of people’s attention. Sure, we’ll get some people coming here looking for teh p0rn0z. Hopefully we’ll convert those random stragglers into regular viewers. Hey you! Random person looking for booby pictures. Sorry you didn’t get them here, but we have other cool stuff to offer instead, like FAPFAP and WANKs! Now that I think of it, I’m surprised we didn’t get those people to begin with…forward ho!!!

It’s a me, Martina-o! Doesn’t work. Okay, so this topic is rather girly, though I did include a tiny section for men when talking about Korean clothing sizes, so keep yer eyes peeled! I wasn’t sure if it would be too weird to do this topic, but after all the million thumbs up, I realized it’s a topic a lot of girls (and maybe guys) were wondering about, so I bit the bullet.

In a nutshell, bring your own bras/underwear/pantyhose/leggings if you want to avoid a hassle.

I want to get this off my chest (hah) before I go any further: I just KNOW I’m going to get a couple comments like:

“Martina you’re so wrong! There is this one store beside my house, down this random street, that sells all the sizes of the rainbow”

Phooey to that! The problem is that most people don’t think outside of their area box. If you’re coming to Korea and you move to a small town, then you’re automatically missing out on a lot of things that are available to me living in Bucheon, thus I don’t want to think from the attitude of “everyone is moving to a city like Bucheon, and everyone has easy access to Seoul.”

Having said that, if you DO know of a place that sells bigger sizes, let us know, cuz we sure as sugar don’t know anything about them! Try to steer away from recommending places that you went into and it seemed like they had bigger sizes, but in reality are in Korean sizes. I visited some places that have C and D cups, but they were no where close to North American sizes, and the ribcage width (i.e.: 32, 34) was limited to smaller sizes. Also: bring your own bathing suits! I looked for weeks to find a bathing suit and all I found was the last large size of the most hideous bikini from H&M out of sheer desperation. Jean + floral + rainbow + barf + strings + gold + large = I’ll take it!

Now one thing I don’t want to do is discourage you from shopping for clothing in Korea, because you can find really awesome stuff. I just want to prepare you in advance from being disappointed and giving up. I suffered from a lot of body image issues my first two years in Korea, because everyone is really small and thin. While I wasn’t overweight in Canada, I looked like a beast beside everyone else, and I don’t mean the cute Fiction dancing kind. All the clothing I tried on either didn’t fit or made me look even bigger in the wrong places. I got to the point where I was like, “FORGET IT! I’M NOT EVEN LOOKING!!!” *throws self on bed sobbing like a Disney character*.

The problem was that I wasn’t being realistic with what could fit me or look good on me. When I talk about “free size,” that will be the biggest roadblock to finding clothing in Korea, especially because the free size clothing is the so plentiful, so cheap, and also SO AWESOME LOOKING! In order to keep from being burned by Korean free size, I would recommend heading to your local Emart or HomePlus (it’s like a WalMart, Target, or Zellers) and spend some time trying on clothing there to get to know Korean clothing. They have a change room, unobtrusive employees, and a range of sizes in the 85 – 105 format. Even if you don’t like the style or you think it looks stupid, just try it on to get a feeling for what you can pull off.

After I did that, I discovered how to make the baggy style look good on me, that 99% of button up shirts/dresses won’t fit ever, tight sleeves won’t fit over my bicep, that certain fabrics will stretch nicely, and how much a skirt/dress/tank top will shorten when I wear it. Now I can tell my Korean dress size just by looking at a dress and pressing it up against my body. Now I can shop for free size and tell right away, “Ah, this fabric won’t stretch at all, it will totally not fit me” or “this is a great size but once I put it on, it will become a shirt and not a dress”.

The last advice I’d give you is to embrace some baggy clothing because the summer in Korea is disgusting hot and you won’t want your clothing touching your body. I found that the simple baggy dresses can make me look like I’m wearing a garbage bag, but the ones that fall off the shoulder, or have a weird asymmetrical cut to them, can look really funky. They may not be as flattering as a fitted dress, but if you match it with cool shoes and awesome accessories, hold your head up high with confidence, you’ll look like a fashion leader.

P.S. Simon here. Boobs.

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  1. YES ZELLERS! CANADA FTW! But did you know they’re taking out Zellers?! They’re getting replaced with Walmarts and Targets! D: So when you take a trip to Canada in the next six months or so, they’ll be no more Zellers :(

    7 years ago
  2. awesome video!  fighting!
     

    7 years ago
  3. So seeing as I’m not tall by any means (I’m 4″11) I suppose a lot of the dresses might be overly long? Or is my height a little more convenient than yours Martina? Though it doesn’t help with the above C bust.

    Thank you for this informative video, this is seriously one of those must know topics. And I’m glad you included Panties and leggings in your post of things to bring. I’m realllyyyy glad a woman of average size and measurements for some western women (like me!$is over there.

    7 years ago
    •  From my friends who are on the shorter side they never really had a problem.  Pants and things here are made shorter than at home (I dont hem mine here, but at home I usually have to cut off 4 inches at least and I’m 5’5″).  There are LOTS of tailors who do great alterations!

      7 years ago
  4. Fanatic ahjummas are pretty common from what I’ve seen. ;)

    7 years ago
  5. Now I know should I ever move to Korea like I one day hope to, I will just have to take my whole closet and then some :-P I have a large chest and I’m a plus size girl. I have a hard time finding button shirts here in America that will not expose my boobs to the world. They can do that enough on their own.

    7 years ago
  6.  When I was in Thailand, Cambodia, and the Philippines, I noticed similarities in sizes.  Korea has regular free size, and then baggy free size.  Things I bought in Thailand were more like regular free size in Korea if a little bigger.  small feet. hmmm. usually the sizes start at 220 I believe.

    7 years ago
  7. I’ve been wondering…why doesn’t Simon just make his own ranch…you only need a couple of ingredients…buttermilk is the only truly difficult one, i think….

    7 years ago
  8. I know you guys talk about tattoos,and I was wondering what about piercings?
    Do Koreans think is something bad?
    Or what do they think about it?
    And thanks for the tip,now I know that I will have to take a lot of them.lol

    7 years ago
  9. VALLEYGIRL IS THE BEST SHOP EVEEER ! It’s like everywhere in Australia

    7 years ago
  10. My dad thought i was looking at porn when i opened to this page. -_- thanks you guys. now my dad thinksim gay. ….

    7 years ago
  11. oh my god!! I got stuck in a dress too!!! I was in Japan freaking out in the dressing stall.

    7 years ago
  12. rofl~~ I sooo know how this feels~ I’m Korean.. but… 5″10… lol… yea…. makes me ㅠㅠ when I want to find clothes in Korea…. omg… and shoes!!! it is impossible!!

    loved this ep~ 
    thanks~

    7 years ago
  13. What’s the job market like for a foreigner? I’m majoring in graphic design and would love to make a living in Korea doing it. Any advice?

    7 years ago
  14. I’ve been watching bits and pieces of their blog and this one is funny. True – asian girls have smaller frames but I never knew shopping over there was such a pain in the butt…loved the skirt comment LOL.

    7 years ago
  15. Same way as they do in the United States…hospitals are common and I think they have disability money like we do in the states,,,

    7 years ago
  16. Martina, next time you dye your hair, will you show us how you do it, and what brand of dye you use? I recently attempted to dye my hair a purple and it failed MISERABLY. Maybe you could show us on OpenTheHappy? THANKS! <3

    7 years ago
  17. I guess I’m good to live there…well my boobs are. Maybe not my waist.

    7 years ago
  18. you guys make the greatest video’s…such great advice from a western perspective. I’ve always wanted to work and live in Asia (Korea or Hong Kong) and watching this helps me to believe that it one day might be possible!

    7 years ago
  19. K

    I go on the website Koreabang.com for info. From the netizen’s comments that I’ve read on it, anything couples do beyond hand holding in public(and maybe a quick peck on the cheek) is generally frowned upon ie viewed as disgusting

    7 years ago
  20. My ex girl friend used a sandpaper like item on her arm hair to thin it out. She also trimmed the neither regions so it didn’t get too jungle-like. She is Korean btw.

    7 years ago
  21. Don’t you think that’s a little rude?

    7 years ago
  22. I know how you feel Martina. I have to order all my bras online, even here in the US.

    7 years ago
  23. When I was there I desperately wanted to fit the clothes that were in the underground shopping malls too…(that “Free Size” thing is a trap!). I’m not even big by North American standards either (it’s the boobs haha). I generally stayed away from anything button-up or not made of anything stretchy. Uniqlo and Emart was where I shopped for clothing, one because they weren’t expensive and two because they’re the only ones that fit my size range. I saw YES! lingerie stores but even though they say they carry C and D cup sizes, they only really fit B cups with a small rib cage (not me). Though I heard that you can get larger bra sizes from Dept stores like Lotte and Hyundai. Victoria’s Secret ships to Korea also, but beware the shipping costs!

    7 years ago
  24. I’m really curious about it too. Like, is there sex education in Korea? In Korean dramas and TV shows, I’ve sometimes heard them talk about porn, but never about real sex (which I find super wrong)

    But I’ve already asked that question a few weeks ago, it got the best rated, yet they picked another one, so maybe they don’t wanna answer cuz they want to remain all-public, I don’t know.

    7 years ago
  25. interesting. i have the same problem in japan and a lot of the stuff you said is pretty much the same over here. i also end up with like 200$’s worth of bras from La Senza whenever i go home, eheh…

    and actually, i was told at my orientation, back in Montreal, that i should probably invest into buying LOTS of white camis to put under my shirts… i thought she was being really stupid at the time but it ended up being the best advice i ever got. lol.

    7 years ago
  26. Thanks for the information! I remember as a kid in Korea, it was pretty hard for me to find sizes then, too. Whenever I visited family, I could never buy any new clothes to take home. :( Hopefully I won’t have the same problem when I visit next year… I have to reach my goal weight first, though. :P

    7 years ago
  27. Yes, that would be so cool! I want to see Korean clothes & shoes & accessories in the stores~ the department stores & the local ones~

    7 years ago
  28. good to know. ive been looking at some of the korean clothing sites that are linked on your blog and I like their clothes but it would suck to buy them and when they get here im all sad and in depressed mode because a shirt won’t go over my boobs and a skirt wont fit my hips. I’m a bit more on the curvy/busty spectrum. My boobs butt, and height cause many problems even in american clothing. In american clothing im too short for pants, shorts are like caprices on me, my butt hikes up skirts and my boobs pop out of shirts. Plus i have a tiny waist but big hips so pants are friggin hard to get right. I’m sure the length of korean clothing would be in my height range but the sizes would not be a “bingo” for me. My aunt is korean and she gave me one of her dresses. it was cute but she is taller than me so if it came to her knees, it came to my calf lol. Also it was a baggy dress and just did not look right on my tiny but busty frame. i even tried pairing it with a skinny belt but the mirror just laughed at me .TT3TT

    7 years ago
  29. I’m also curious about it! My mom & cousin are Korean & I could ask them, but it’s too awkward! -__- Plus my cousin is a little too innocent to really know. xD

    7 years ago
  30. S&M… it’s like a new acronym to match WANK & FAP xD Oh geez… EYK fans are so nasty!

    7 years ago
  31. I shop on Yesstyle, favorite brand…Orangebear. there are only a few brands that have my size but orangebear is my favorite :)

    7 years ago
  32. Surprisingly, also finding this problem in the U.S now with some of the new styles of buttoned up chiffon shirts/dresses (which are really adorable and perfect pastel-y colors, and material and designs!!) Yet, my chest tugs at the buttons in the center and makes awkward spaces where you can see into my shirt (especially if i do a sudden movement that pulls at the shirt).

    I don’t even have a big chest either. I’m usually a C, sometimes a B in some brands.

    6 years ago
  33. Martina your not fat and never were, asians are just naturally super stick thin, tbh I prefer your size.

    7 years ago
  34. Why don’t you try custom tailored dresses?
    I am sure you can find reasonably priced shops for you.

    7 years ago
  35. I simply won’t shop for clothing in Korea, ’cause… that just won’t happen. xD;;

    I remember my mom telling me last year to pack light before coming to Korea, and I told her that, as a bigger gal, there’s no such thing as “light.” LoL. She said to pack less, and if I needed any more clothes, we could go around Itaewon since they’d have bigger sizes thanks to all of the foreigners. I didn’t take that chance, but I am curious about if it’s true.

    7 years ago
  36. I bought a free size dress from a Korean Clothing store on-line. And it named all the things Martina mentioned.
    1. It was was short
    2. Fit me nicely….till the chest area…..stupid buttons… waaa… :( Martina I feel your pain.)

    7 years ago
  37. Usually my biggest problem is price ._.

    7 years ago
  38. Nic

    So, even though I’m a white girl, the boobs thing probably won’t be that much of a problem for me when I move to Korea. It’s kinda sad when most of my Korean friends have bigger boobs than me…. :(  I’m more worried about finding jeans that fit me.

    7 years ago
    • Why is it sad? There are so many different types of breasts, shapes and sizes, nothing be sad about. Embrace your body, what does it matter if some random person prefer big instead of small? There’s too much to this world than for us girls to bother so much about our bodies, we should rather enjoy it and respect it.

      7 years ago
    • I agree with Dark Hollow. I don’t really go for girls with too big of boobs

      7 years ago
  39. This is extremely helpful.

    7 years ago
  40. dont they have brand outlets like miss selfridge, topshop or dorothy perkins there..? cuz most countries do..rite..?

    7 years ago