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No Man's Land: Buying and filling a Bra

There's no two ways about it: if you're going to look female you've got to have a bustline. Unless you're fortunate enough to grow your own, you'll need some way of simulating breasts. Either way you're almost certainly going to need a bra or two in your feminine wardrobe. If you have breasts or breast forms, you'll need one to hold them up; if you've got enough up front to make some cleavage, you'll need one to help lift and shape.

Buying a bra generally involves three problems: determining the right size, selecting a suitable style and actually going and buying one.

Filling your bra is another matter entirely. Assuming for the moment that your cleavage is not a naturally occurring phenomenon, there are a number of ways to produce a pleasing, convincing bust.

We'll tackle each of these step by step:

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we've been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We're no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. it is simply too painful to acknowledge -- even to ourselves -- that we've been so credulous. (So the old bamboozles tend to persist as the new bamboozles rise.) -- Carl Sagan, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection," Parade, February 1, 1987