Does anyone know what bra brands Trinny and Susannah use in their make-over shows? Do they do decent fittings?
Does anyone know what bra brands Trinny and Susannah use in their make-over shows? Do they do decent fittings?
So - how many of you have been wondering about the new Bravissimo Contour bra? Strapless up to a J-cup? Terrible on-site reviews?
I decided to give it a shot and it arrived today. And, um... no. Definitely not. Ugh. There are so many things that are wrong with this bra. I will write a proper review and post some photos tomorrow (it's 2 AM), but I just wanted to share my first thoughts
I'm hearing a lot about migration lately, and although I have a minimal amount to train back over, I think most of it may just be skin and not boob. Any help on the matter is appreciated, or perhaps I just need to try a different style.
A little about me: I'm 27 and have been wearing the correct (or somewhat ... correct) size for the past 5 years. Not much of a change in the way of shape or firmness. If anything I've lost firmness. I'm relatively thin - read = I don't have any rolls on my torso, it's pretty flat/toned and so is my back, but take around a 28F-28FF depending on style. 26 would most likely fit better and currently I'm wearing the Daphne I altered to a 26, but I can't wait to take this thing off the first chance I get! I would never wear something this tight every day! I prefer foam lined bras because they give a more attractive shape than unlined lace bras which offer nothing more than "you'll shoot your eye out". But something is telling me the only way to correct migration is to wear one of these said matronly lace bras. Yeah, I have the Bridgette Basque, but I get cold (pretty often - low body temp), I need the warmth of layers to keep my boobs from hurting, the shoddy workmanship of Freya's lace bras doesn't help this problem either.
As for whether or not it being skin, the migration I have is behind my underarm and above where the band is. Kind of next to where the straps meet the band. The thing is...the tighter the band, the more this area is pinched. And with a large enough cup and trying to force everything back to the cups, this area behind my arm is exaggerated. It looks awful with a fitted shirt because then I look like I have some kind of strange back roll. Basically, I'm moving all that extra skin into my underarm. If I put more of this into the cup I then get spaces at the bottoms, just above the underwires. This causes the band to sit too low - about 3" lower than my boobs. I can tell from the red marks left behind, which are all over the place. Nothing helps. So how do I get this extra skin to go into the cup and not my underarm? If I force it down and then forward it sits under the wire and the band slides around more easily. I've tried this with various sizes and styles...plunge, demi, balcony, 26, 28, 30, E, F, FF, G. What styles are the best for correcting all these said problems? TIA!
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Yet again, I ventured into a store, knowing they would not have my size... I knew they had Freya, so I went straight for that section. The Freya girl was quick to tell me that they had up to H-cups. In UK or EU sizes I ask? This left her very confused. In my attempt to demonstrate what I meant, ... I grabbed a bra, to show her that there are difference between cup sizes in EU and UK, but oh, Freya doesn't translate the sizes, so it said "75FF" for the EU size... She then cheerfully explained that this was a half size, between F and G. I responded that the UK system pretty much always used double letters for sizes, and that it is not half sizes, it is whole sizes, which is why FF is more like a EU H-cup. She was quite happy to tell me that this was what made Freya such a great brand, because it was one of those rare brands with half sizes. Oh my, what a load of BS. <--- this is why I am reluctant to apply for a job in a bra store, I think there is a limit to how much of bra ignorance being passed on to poor bra-searchers I can take....
I was however recommended to check out a bra store not too far from my uni, which on their website states that they have up to K-cups. I'll have to esquire what K-cups that might be. And I don't think I'll be buying bras from there, because all their Freya bras are listed for 1000dkr at their site! That's £107!! The most expensive Freya bra I could find online was £31. What, did they get flown to Denmark with elves or what? I really can't think of anything that would justify that big high of a price...
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The more I see of bra construction and girls in too small bras, the more I believe most of the girls in too small bras are those with wider boobs without a lot of projection. I would say this typically applies to the plus size girls. It simply isn't that easy to decide what the h-ll is supposed to be ... boob and what is "just fat".
After months of scoping and getting into a bigger and bigger cup sizes with wires ending behind my arms I've come to the conclusion that after all this cannot be that unusual.
Because there simply is no such thing as a natural breast crease. Leaning over a lot of us will have a very different crease from standing up. Lying down we will have another crease, and if we turn to the sides we will have yet another crease.
So I've started measuring my boobs my own way. This is how I do it:
1. Take off your bra
2. Grab a pen
3. Bend over. You will need to be in an almost horizontal position.
4. Allow breasts to hang loose and now take the pen, place it in the central gore and follow the line under the boobs (you might need to lift them a little bit to reach that space but don't lift too much because then you will draw the line to high). Stand up and look at the crease. No you know what shape of wires you need in the front. This will not change depending on shape of your bra.
5. Now bend over again. Now try to follow the tissue under the arms. Don't stop until there is no softness left on the sides. Don't assume anything about your shape, just look at that crease. Lean a little to the side and see where it ends as you bend. Also look on top of your boob. If you want to you can follow the crease with the pen again to see the shape better afterwards.
6. Now the most difficult part. Try to emulate a bra with your hand and at the same time look at where your tissue ends. Try to emulate different bra models and see where the tissue ends behind your arms, in the central gore and on top of your chest. Use the pen to draw the different lines if you want to.
You might find your boobs take up a lot of more space then you thought they could do. You probably might find out they are bigger than you thought. Fine. Now at least you know.
I've found out that the best way for me to know if a bra actually fits is the feeling I have when I put it on my boob in a bent forward position. If the wires press at my tissue the bra is too small. If my boobs don't get space in the cups the bra is too small. Instead of looking at pictures of how a bra should fit we should rather learn how it's supposed to feel. Because after all it's how it feels that matters. A bra is there to help you support your bigger boobs, it's not supposed to torment you.
The best way to learn how a bra should fit and feel is doing this on PMS boobs. Because then our boobs are firmer and more sensitive and it's way easier to feel if there is any pressure or squeeze that's not meant to be there.
On my three month journey of boob migration I've been very insecure about my bra fitting, because after all I've been so wrong in the past.
But that was when I tried to follow the guide lines for smaller girls and tried to go by the rules that simply didn't apply to me.
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I was shopping yesterday and got a chance to take a peek at this girl trying on clothes because she'd left the fitting room's door open. She had big breasts, IMO something around a 34K in UK size. The band of her bra wasn't riding up, that would be an understatement... it was sitting a few inches below her neck!! ... And of course, the straps were biting down into her shoulders big time. I felt so sorry for her, she reminded me of myself before I began my journey in the "proper fitting" land. What's worse, her bra looked like one of those you can find in specialized stores, and they should know how a bra is supposed to fit! There's just so much ignorance here in Italy, and it makes me so mad! Another example: a while ago my mom told me she'd found a store here in my area which stocks bras for big-busted women, and reluctantly (because I had a feeling what would happen) I decided to give it a try. The lady there tried to put me into a 36E, while I'm a 32GG in most styles. Go figure, it wasn't a good fit at all, even though she tried to convince me otherwise. Ahhhhhrgh!!!!
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I have been noticing something strange with myself lately and at first I had convinced myself it was all in my head. Well after confirmation from another source other than myself I have to admit it's not in my head: My boobs have gone up a cup size! The tape measurements have been proving this as well.
At first I ... thought that maybe it was migration but everything I've read about this says that this is something that corrects itself within the first few months of wearing the right bra size, not over a year. Plus I seem to have lost a .5" off of my ribcage measurement and I don't think that has anything to do with migration. (or does it? I can't seem to find any real definitive info on this.) I certainly know one thing: my weight hasn't changed and even if it had I usually lose it, not gain. However, with me there is another consideration of which my Dr. seems to think is more likely.
Last year after being hospitalised from an infection gone wrong I was finally diagnosed with a problem I had been dealing with since I was a child but no one was willing to pin down until it nearly killed me: I'm allergic to wheat. This kind of allergy is insidious since it doesn't show in the direct manner most food allergies do. It eats away slowly at your immune system, plays with your digestive system causing general upset and vitamin deficiencies, migraines, brain fog, neverending eczema that only responds to steroids, and just other odd symptoms that can easily be seen but with general testing no cause. What's even worse is that once you stop eating wheat you don't even see improvement until nearly 6 months afterwards because it takes that long for the wheat to leave. I have to be very diligent even down to cross contamination like I can eat M&Ms made on the standard production equipment but have to avoid holiday editions because they use shared equipment with other versions that contain wheat and even the residue left is enough to cause problems.
It's a pain but I've followed this pretty regularly with only a couple of mistakes in the past 1.5 yrs.
My Dr. seems to think that this little bump in boob growth may be related to my body healing; that somehow it's finally finishing things that it didn't have the proper resources to do long ago. He keeps saying I need to give it time and that it usually takes 2-3 yrs for the body to heal, possibly even longer cosidering how bad it had eaten away at me. Either way I'm finding this very annoying. I'll be 32 yrs old tomorrow! I shouldn't be going thru this now WTH?!
Nevertheless, in my endeavour to keep my data as accurate as possible soon I will be redoing all of my reviews and fits etc. It just makes me wanna cry that most of the beautiful bras I have now only fit for one week out of a month now where before they were just a bit too big for one week out of a month.
I just wanna scream!
BTW if anyone has any more info on migration or has any other theories please share. =D
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Just installed new social features in Bratabase, basically an activity stream and follow capabilities to users.
Please let me know what do you think!