Also, the underwire is covered in really thick fabric, and there is a layer of foam between it and your skin. You don't even know it's there.
I went there on a recommendation of a sales clerk at a high end clothing store, so it was an "insider tip".
[This message edited by Want2help at 3:47 PM, May 15th (Thursday)]
Their exclusive brand is great... Cabaret
But recently I bought Wacola Retro Lace bras... they're $60 but they're totally worth the price. Not sure how they'll hold up long term tho... But they're comfortable and hold me in place.
They are an underwire.
I like Glamorise for a sports bra. It holds you together without feeling like you're in a binder.
I am surprised at the VS responses. My first real good bra I bought at VS, and I never wavered from them. It has been in the last few years that I have noticed a serious decline in quality, but I stuck it out because I had such good products before, and honestly... they are pretty. But I just can't keep replacing bras.
When I buy a bra I want it to last for YEARS, so I am willing to pay for a very good bra. There are a lot of suggestions here! I am going to check out Lane Bryant. I am a 36D, at last measurement.
I was talking to a couple of girls at work, and one girl was telling me she is so top heavy that she wears TWO bras. This surpised me, but she told me she wears a bra, and then a sports bra over that.
Please keep the suggestions coming. :D
Halfway to my date, those underwires were killing me
You're really not wearing the right size bra then.
Measure yourself. If you don't have one, go to Walmart or a fabric store and get a cloth measuring tape. It should only be a couple of bucks or so.
Measure yourself without a bra on, so find somewhere private and strip.
Measure directly under your breasts, where the band of your bra would sit. Check in the mirror to make sure the measuring tape is straight all around your body. If you are extremely large busted, and/or saggy, lift the girls out of the way. You want to measure around your ribcage, and not get breast tissue in this measurement. Write down this number. It's your band size.
If you fall midway between the usual band sizes, chances are rounding up to the next size will work for you, but try on both sizes to get the bra that fits best on your. For instance, if you measure 35 inches for the band, try on both 34 & 36 whatever cup size you get in the next measurement.
Next, measure around the fullest part of your breasts. It helps if you lean forward from the waist. Typically you're going to want the measuring tape to go across the nipples, and you want it to be at the level all around your chest.
For each inch difference between your band size and your bust measurement, you get a cup. 1 inch difference is an A cup, 2 inches a B, and so on. Do not be surprised if your correct bra size is radically different from the size you had been buying for years. Most women wear bras with too large band sizes and too small cup sizes. That's why the underwires are digging into you. Seriously ladies, underwires do not hurt when you're wearing the right size bra and your breast tissue is not being abused.
Hopefully this size chart I found will show up correctly.
[This message edited by inconnu at 8:30 PM, May 15th (Thursday)]
Pretty pretty please, don't you ever ever feel
Like you're less than, less than perfect
"Long is the way And hard, that out of Hell leads up to Light" -John Milton, Paradise Lost
When I buy a bra I want it to last for YEARS, so I am willing to pay for a very good bra.
This is why I go to VS. I've never had a problem. I had one bra from them that the under wire poked out. I had the bra for 5 yrs.
When I was buying them at target for $10 I was replacing them every couple of weeks. So in the long run I was spending more money at Target.
I have a couple that are older (6 or 7 yrs old) from VS and they are still fine. I treat myself when I get Christmas money from my mom (how sad is that? Sigh...)
I feel their quality is very good. I've also heard good things about Fredrick's. They are not as expensive and they have some classy looking bras, too.
There is also a huge pile of recommendations for different sizes on this site, and a lot of information on what to look for in fit depending not only on the size but on the shape/area of most fullness in your breasts, which changes what to look for. Lots of good info.
My girls are riding where they haven't been in years.
I am such a convert that I have been known to lift my shirt and show my friends!!
Do you mean to tell me that those stick on bras are going to HOLD UP THE GIRLS!? Really?
They don't ride up my back and hold the girls up nicely. I'm a 38DD.
The only issue I've had with them is sometimes after I've washed them and let them air dry, I've had the wire area between the breast area (middle) squeak. I have no idea why and I've asked about this. The lady looked at me weird and I said I know it's a strange question!
I rotate mine daily to let them "rest" so they don't get stretched out as fast. I usually wait for the BOGO sales once a year and I get 4 for the price of 2.
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