I feel super insecure about this topic. On the other side it is no secret for those that read my posts on this site that my size has changed over the years. I think it is a topic that affects many of us. Weight fluctuations happen. For me it was a bigger one when I gained 25 kg in 2 ... years time then maintained that weight for a while and since summer 2018 I have been slowly loosing those extra 25kg. I'm now back at my weight of 2012 when I started Bratabase. I started at 32H/30J went up to 34KK/L and back to 32HH/J.
I had to buy a lot of bras over the years. Once I knew how life in a proper fitting bra is so much better I couldn't never be without one. What I noticed on my journey when gaining weight and buying new bras: you can queeze into a too small if you don't swoop and scoop and loosen the straps or wear an extender and still make a bra 1-2 cup sizes too small work.
But when I started loosing weight... at first I could close my bras on the tightest setting to get more support and shorten the straps. But that can give you neck pain very quickly. I really tried to avoid buying a lot of bras in because I wanted to loose more weight and would not be that size very long.
So when gaining weight problems were quadboob or tight bands (extenders helped) and when loosing weight (neck and back pain from unsupportive bras). 6 months ago I thought my size has now settled and I bought a few new bras but since then I apparently went another cup size down. I'm happy about that because yeah my boobs are still very big, but it means having to buy bras again. I'm currently at 0 bras that fully support my boobs. My Ewa michalak bras are only doing okay... but at the end of the day my shoulders hurt. My Elomi sports bra somewhat helps with the neck pain because that bra just keeps my boobs pushed close to chest.
Since I only ever knew the feeling of bras getting to small I had trouble at first noting the signs of a bra getting too big. (Maybe I was also in denial since I did not wanted to buy another bra) I tried many bras this year that were obviously too big. I couldn't believe that I need a smaller size now. I still don't believe it when bra calculators give me 32H/HH
Another thing that I learned: if the cup fits properly you can get away with a bigger band. No I won't buy too big bands. But also I won't buy too small bands to get proper support it will only hurt. My underbust is between 30'' and 32'' these days and I want to wear (true to size!) 32 bands for as long as possible. When bras got unsupportive I tried 30 bands or wore my tts 32 bands on tightest setting... but that gave me pain from elastics and wires cutting in.
I also need slightly different bras now than before. My boobs got softer but are still very center heavy. I need narrow wires when in the past I could get away with some wider wires. Also many bras that used to be great on me are now too tall! (But I have tall roots.) So my main problem at as a 34L was finding bras big enough that are supportive which were Bravissimo full cup bras. A bra couldn't be tall enough. Nowadays I need narrow wires, deep cups and moderately tall bras.
What were your experiences?
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