Hello everyone! New user here. I have a couple questions at the bottom of this post. I haven't worn an underwire bra for over six years. Now I'm fed up with chafing from sweaty boobs in wireless bras (Rhonda Shear, Torrid bralettes, Champion sports bras) and the elastic in all of my bras is wearing out, so it's time to see if I can find an underwire that fits! Or at least wireless bras that use actual bra sizing and provide some separation.
The prospect is daunting, I remember underwires as painful. Hopefully a good fit will help. Years ago, before I got fed up with the discomfort and marks that my bras made on my ribcage, I wore 32DDD in panache and Lunaire. That size definitely doesn't work for me now, and I'm doubtful it was correct back then.
About me (best guess based on guides): pendulous/projected, short roots high on my chest, slightly center full, narrow shoulders (straps like to fall off). I'm short (5'1"), so I've had issues with wings and underwires digging in my armpits.
Snug rib cage: 31"
Horizontal perimeter: 16.5"
Standing bust: 39"
Leaning bust: 46"
So far, I've added my body measurements to my profile, as well as bra measurements for some of my wireless bras. Next I placed a Prime Wardrobe order (picking sizes like shots in the dark, 34:7 and 32:9 in Cleo, Freya, and Lunaire) and inputted bra fit and measurements for those bras. I was comically busting out of those cups!
32 band seems to be correct. The A Bra That Fits measurement tool recommends 32H or 32GG (UK), 32:10 or 32:11, depending on my monthly fluctuating breast fullness. The Bratabase tool's recommendations are currently 32JJ - 32K (32:14-15).
Question 1: should I remove the wireless bra measurements from my profile, could they be skewing my results? They don't have real cups, and I wear the bands looser than you would for an underwire, because they're not actually lifting the tissue up to the IMF, just holding the breasts down so they don't swing around.
Question 2: is there a way to find other people with measurements like mine on bratabase? Seems like finding a twin or someone close to my shape might help. There's such a wide range between 32:10 and 32:15 that I don't know where to start. And it sounds like I might need a cup with immediate projection?
Any other tips are welcome! So glad to be here and meet all you lovely people.
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