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Update - bras for wide root shallow breasts

I think there are about 22 of us now, doing "research" on this, and of course everyone kept trying on bras, so I was able to include more bra styles into our list of recommended bras (
(Bras that made it onto these lists fit at least two of us well, bras that fit five or more of us well are in capitals.)

Bras for wide root shallow breasts:
- B.tempt’d Ciao Bella (padded halfcup)
- Calvin Klein Customized Lift Strapless (push-up)
- Cleo Bella (unpadded balconette - personally I wouldn't recommend it as much as Marcie or other unpadded Cleos on this list fitwise, although I do own it and enjoy wearing it because it's so beautiful ;-) )
- Cleo Bonnie (unpadded balconette)
- CLEO BROOKE (unpadded balconette)
- CLEO GEORGE (unpadded balconette, like some of the other Cleo balconettes it usually produces some wrinkles in the thinner material at the top of the cups on wide root shallow boobs, but this does in no way detract from its great fit and the great shape it gives them, plus the wrinkles are usually not visible under clothes)
- Cleo Lana (unpadded balconette)
- Cleo Lucy (unpadded balconette - there were also some it didn't fit in the group)
- CLEO MARCIE (unpadded balconette - IMO the best of the bunch, based on my own experience and what I've seen on others)
- CLEO JUNA (padded halfcup, runs smaller in the cups and wide in the band)
- Juna-sisters: Cleo Martha, Poppy, Sadie, Rita, Ellie, Rihanna, DARCY, Cara (padded halfcups, some have even slightly wider wires and shallower cups than the Juna)
- Cleo Maddie/Karen (moulded T-shirt bras)
- Curvy Kate Thrill Me (padded halfcup - everyone commented that it was a very uncomfortable bra, though, as its wires poked into all of us, and not just at the centre gore, either)
- Ewa Michalak CHPs (padded halfcups - there were also some they didn't fit in the group )
- Ewa Michalak HPs (padded halfcups)
- EWA MICHALAK PLs (padded plunges, there were also some they didn't fit in the group , PLs with open cups at the top are better, e.g. PL Czarny Kropek, PL Black as opposed to PL Milady or Amethyst)
- Ewa Michalak strapless bras (moulded)
- FAUVE BRIANNA (unpadded halfcup-plunge)
- Fauve Mia Halfcup (padded)
- Fauve Marla Halfcup (padded, seems very similar to the Merissa, so might also work well on boobs that need very wide wires)
- Freya Deco Moulded Soft Cup (T-shirt bra without underwires, creates great shape despite this and is a much better bet than the Deco Plunge)
- Freya Deco Strapless (T-shirt bra)
- Freya Erin Halfcup (padded, fit single ones of us, but generally isn't as suitable as the "Summer-type" halfcups)
- Freya Libby Halfcup (padded)
- Freya Patsy Halfcup (padded, cups come up a bit higher than with the older styles of HC)
- Freya Summer Halfcup (padded)
- Gossard Esprit (unpadded halfcup)
- Gossard Tutti Frutti Balcony (padded halfcup)
- H&M "Leo Strapless" (there are push-up and non-push-up versions of this)
- Lepel Fiore Balcony (padded halfcup)
- Lepel Fiore Bouquet Strapless (padded)
- Masquerade Hestia (padded halfcup, runs a bit smaller in the cups)
- Masquerade Maia (padded halfcup)
- Masquerade Rhea (padded halfcup, not ideal, had to be altered by those it fit)
- Masquerade Rosetti (padded halfcup, usually gapping at top of cups)
- ONLYHER LATTE PLUNGE and TABASCO (padded plunges - the halfcups did not work as well)
- OnlyHer Amaretto (padded halfcup)
- Panache Harmony Balconette (unpadded)
- SugarShape Dolce Vita (padded plunge)
- Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless

There are some more bras that could work, but have only been tried on by one of us or present problems:
Cleo Lizzie, Melissa, Natasha (unpadded balconettes), Cleo Swim Pippa (padded bikini), Ewa Michalak 3D and 3DMs (padded and unpadded plunges), Fauve Bethany Halfcup (padded), Freya Elize Halfcup (padded – fit single ones of us, but generally isn't as suitable as the "Summer-type" halfcups, likely to fit people with less upper fullness), Freya Gem Halfcup (unpadded), Gossard Noir Allure, Lepel Flora Balconette (padded halfcup), Masquerade Tiffany Plunge, Pour Moi? Opulence Gel Bra

Sports bras:
- Panache Sports Bra (underwired and padded)
- Shock Absorber Classic (Level 3) B102/N102
- Shock Absorber Max (Level 4) B4490
- Shock Absorber Pump (Level 2) B4246 (comes with thin pads that can be removed)

We also came up with some recommendations for boobs smaller than a (30)D cup, because most of the recommended brands only start at D (at least in the smaller band sizes):
- Calvin Klein CK One Convertible T-Shirt Bra Microfibre (Multiway, band is very tight, maybe order sister size up)
- Calvin Klein Envy Demi Lace Bra (padded halfcup-plunge)
- Calvin Klein Push-ups Coverage Level 1 and 2 (Lace & Micro has got especially wide wires)
- Debenhams set of two balcony bras (halfcups, moulded cups with two vertical seams for decoration, probably also work for people who need wider wires)
- Elle Macpherson Intimates Contour Bras (padded halfcups) e.g. So Pretty It Hurts, Dentelle, Artistry, Cloud Swing
- Ewa Michalak: especially PL, 3D (padded plunges) and 3DM bras (unpadded plunges)
- Freya Deco Moulded Soft Cup (T-shirt bra, sizes start at 28C)
- Lepel Fiore Balcony (padded halfcup)
- OnlyHer Latte Plunge und Tabasco (padded plunges), Amaretto (padded halfcup)
- all of the Shock Absorber Sports bras in this list (tight bands, order sister size)
- The Freya Swim Bikinis listed below and Cleo Juna sisters in a D will often fit women who usually wear C cups, because their cups run shallower and smaller than other bras

The main reason why we started our "research" was that there are a number of women who need even wider wires /shallower cups than the bras listed so far provide. These are the bras that have fit at least two of those women:
- Bravissimo Tanzania Stripe (unpadded halfcup)
- Bravissimo Mademoiselle (unpadded halfcup)
- By Caprice Gardenia (padded plunge)
- Change Basic Florence (padded halfcup)
- other Change styles (e.g. Balcony Bisquit, Rita, Thelma)
- Cleo Frances (unpadded balconette, does not fit people who need very wide wires)
- Cleo Marcie (unpadded balconette, does not fit people who need very wide wires)
- Curvy Kate Tempt Me (padded plunge, does not fit people who need very wide wires, fits better in these colours: scarlet, gold, coral)
- Fauve Brianna (unpadded halfcup-plunge, not for people who need very wide wires)
- FAUVE MERISSA Halfcup (padded, does not fit people who need very wide wires, but some people who need very wide wires have successfully bent them to make the bra fit)
- FAUVE ISOBEL Halfcup (padded)
- Figleaves Just Peachy Daisy Embroidery Padded Balconette
- Figleaves Just Peachy Lace Padded Balcony
- LEPEL FIORE PLUNGE (padded with removable pads) This style has been changed, so only older models work - buy seasonal colours that came out before 2013. Apparently Lepel is going to go back to the old style next winter.
- Pour Moi? Renaissance Padded Bra

There are some more promising models, but these have only been tried on by one of the people needing wider or very wide wires:
generally Bravissimo halfcups such as Rococo Charm, Demi Diva, Moulin Rose (some are padded, some aren't), Cleo Darcy (will not fit people who need very wide wires), Debenhams set of two balcony bras (halfcups, moulded cups with two vertical seams for decoration, probably won't work for people who need very wide wires), Fauve Celine Halfcup (padded), Fauve Mia Halfcup (padded), Marie Jo Charlotte (T-shirt bra), Masquerade Tiffany Plunge (in black and not for boobs needing very wide wires), Panache Harmony and Melody Balconettes (unpadded, Harmony is probably going to work better),
Rosme balcony bras (are really halfcups)

These fit some women requiring wider wires, but not others:
OnlyHer Latte Plunge and Tabasco Plunge, Ewa Michalak CHPs

Sports bra also for people who need wider wires:
- Shock Absorber Run

There were no differences in how they fit among the people in our group, so we'd recommend these to everyone with wide root shallow boobs (even if they need very wide wires):
- Freya Swim Soft Cup Triangle bikini tops (padded, no wires, e.g. Bamboo Island, run one size smaller in the cups)
- Freya Swim Sweetheart bikini tops (padded and underwired, cups run a bit smaller)
- Freya Swim Triangle bikini tops (padded and underwired, e.g. Carousel, cups run a bit smaller)

As before, I hope our list is helpful for some of you :).

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  • Again, GREAT list! Thank you so much for keeping track of all this! :)

    Two bras I myself have more or less recently found that also work well for shallow breasts in the '30DD' range:

    - Braologie Posture-Contour Casual (padded plunge with removable 'cookies'; shallow cups, medium wide wires; gives amazing lift and stunning cleavage also in the smaller sizes)
    - Tutti Rouge Betty (padded half cup; the widest, shallowest cups I have encountered so far; possibly comparable to the Lepel Fiore Balcony, but lower in the wings, and the Bravissimo half cups, but with sturdier wires).

  • Thank you!
    The Tutti Rouge looks interesting, and it's available at Bravissimo, apparently. I love the heart adjusters :). It's a shame it only starts at DD, though, otherwise many more people could try it out.
    Where does Braologie come from, actually?

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