Bustin' out I'm a girl with curves but don't want to wear bras that look as if they were built for Russian shotputters. Is it a fashion crime to have larger- than-average boobs and yearn for pretty bras? I'm a generous 40-plus inches: where can I buy bras that don't look like scaffolding? Curves With Class, Pokfulam The Dictator rules: I can see how you might have trouble. Even though you failed to mention the other vital measurement - cup size - it's pretty hopeless in Hong Kong, where cheap, padded AAs abound and 38Cs are rare. Looking for stylish, sexy, colourful patterns? Forget it. If you're desperate, try Cachet (Room 503, Pedder Building, 12 Pedder Street, Central, tel: 2521 2251), which has a limited range of Maidenform bras in white and skin tones ($329 to $369), in cup sizes up to D. They sometimes have pretty bras from French brand Millesia (about $740). Private Shop (Times Square, Causeway Bay, tel: 2506 1011; call for other locations) also carries Maidenform's Lilyette brand in lace, neutrals, greys and blacks (from $315), as well as naughtier pieces by Simon Perele ($625 to $685) with matching undies ($495). Then there's, dare I say it, Marks & Spencer (Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, tel: 2926 3330). Red stickers signify size 40, but they only go up to a C cup ($89 to $225). It's always best to try on bras, but you might consider a recommended online option, www.bravissimo.com , which offers great plus-size lingerie and swimwear, a fitting guide, a fair returns policy and overseas shipping service. It might just be the answer to your prayers. Stars of India I've seen pictures of actresses Courteney Cox and Sarah Jessica Parker wearing colourful Indian necklaces and would love to buy some similar jewellery. I don't care if they're real or fake, just tell me where. Jewel Purpose, Central The Dictator: Thanks, you've really narrowed it down. An 'Indian' necklace could come from anywhere in a country of numerous regions, myriad cultures and a jewellery-making tradition of about 5,000 years. The most widely recognised Indian jewellery style seems to be meena kundan, also known as Bikaneri or Jaipuri jewellery, which was particularly popular in the Mughal era. Each piece is an intricate combination of colourful enamel - an artform known as meenakari - gems and gold. Although it's rarely wise to go for cheaper jewellery, even the costume versions receive compliments and add glamour, whether to jeans or an evening dress. For a bargain, visit Oriental Odyssey (1/F, The Fleet Arcade, 1 Lung King Street, Wan Chai, tel: 2152 1015), where enamelled necklace and dangling earring sets cost a paltry $200. At 7 Star Enterprises (Shop 213B, 2/F, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen's Road Central, tel: 2523 2252), there's a wider range of costume jewellery (from $250) and gold-plated silver, enamelled earring and necklace sets ($750 to $800). Or treat yourself to handcrafted, 22-carat gold and semi-precious stone pieces (about $4,990 to $8,940) at Sanskrit (48 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, tel: 2545 2088). But don't wear the earrings and necklaces together just because they're sold in sets; use one or the other as the main attraction.