It fits! The center gore is about an inch away from my sternum, but that's not a deal breaker. I was worried that the cups would be too wide, but it's totally fine, and nothing is stabbing me under the arm. This thing is incredibly supportive and well-made. Nothing is pinching or pulling or bruising or chafing. There's a lot of raised decorative stuff on the straps and the tops of the cups, but it doesn't show through a t-shirt and neither do the seams. It's squishing my boobs down a little and pushing them to the sides a bit (almost into my arms) rather than to the ...front, a little more than they'd like to be squished, but not enough to hurt, so even though a little more projection and a little less width would be nice, this is honestly perfectly fine. (They do hurt a bit when I take it off, but not while I'm wearing it.) I'd like it if the gore tacked, but I'm shocked at how much coverage I'm getting with this bra. I'd sort of resigned myself to buying full coverage bras that only covered half of my boobs. But nope. This is secure, sturdy, and pretty comfortable. And I'm not popping out anywhere! The straps slip a little bit because my shoulders and neck started to hurt when I tightened them, but that's fine. And my nipples don't show through this fabric. The band under the wire is comfortable and not digging in or chafing. The lace on the cups themselves is slightly itchy, but I mostly don't notice it and I think it'll soften with use. Hopefully the creaking and squeaking will ease with use, too.
Overall, I'm very happy. I think this is a good option for top-full, projected, pendulous breasts, even close-set, narrower breasts. Might work for east-west breasts, though, considering how it seems to want to go out toward the sides. Read more 214 more words
This is a very sturdy bra with a ton of support and lift. The band is nice and wide, not flimsy at all, and with not much stretch. The band fit perfectly, except where the too-small cups were pushing it away (and causing it to pinch just slightly in one or two spots). Even with the center gore and most of the wires floating pretty far away and riding up onto breast tissue, there was still a ton of lift and support. Having finally found an underwire bra with narrow wires (and a proper-sized band), I can now definitively say that it makes a massive difference.
Unfortunately, looking ...at the measurement charts, the next cup sizes up do have more depth, which I need, but also more width, which I don't need, so the wider wires will almost certainly reach under my arms where there's no breast tissue. (My tight underbust is 33" and snug is 34", so I'm thinking I have a narrower chest/narrower shoulders than I realized.) The straps sat nicely on my shoulders, not too wide.
There was a bit of cone-shaping going on, but since the cups were too small, I'm not sure how they'd fill the right sized cup. Still, I think I wouldn't even care too much about the shape at this level of support. It was such a difference from what I'm used to. And it's clearly constructed with large breasts in mind, not just scaled up, which is nice. Read more 139 more words
I had high hopes for this bra. When I tried it on, it is really comfortable, too. But, when I looked in the mirror, I was very disappointed. I started looking at more pictures here and elsewhere and I realized the SMALLER cup sizes look great... larger cup sizes - meh. NOT the shape I'm looking for. Seems kind of pointy, east/west, and droopy. Really disappointed in this one, so it's going up for sale.
Also, this is also a strangely NOISY bra, at least when new. There is a lot of creaking and groaning as the wires move in the channels even with small movements. Hopefully this is something that would stop after a break-in period, but I haven't noticed it with others before.
I have worn this bra for years as it is so comfortable. I keep looking for something sexier that sits lower at the front but I always come back to it. A lot of the bras I have tried are to high at the side and the wires poke into my armpit. It is a little tight at first but slackens off.
One of the few flattering things I can say about this bra is that it completely encases my breast tissue and it is comfortable. I like full-cup bras for daily wear, but I feel no more supported in this bra than I do in my halfcup or balconette bras, and certainly far less lifted. It is a rather dowdy bra in appearance, and I look dowdy when I wear it, as the shape it gives is much more saggy than I like (a "blue" shape). I feel lumpy and fat when I wear it, so I keep it for around the house or under sweaters.
The ...band stretched out quickly. After about one month of use (wearing about once every 5 days) I had to move to the second set of hooks. The center gore is too wide for me, which means that it isn't possible for it to lie flat - one wire will always be angled.
It is important to note that the measurements of the bra were made in early January 2013 and the bra was purchased in late October 2012. The band measurement WILL show stretching!
Update (February 2013): I am now wearing this on the innermost set of hooks, about three months after purchase with wearing it about once a week (and handwashing after each time it is worn). And, to be honest, the band is still too big; if it had 5 or 6 rows of hooks the band would be comfortable. I am not impressed with this, especially compared to my other bras which had heavier use and didn't need to be moved to the middle hooks until about 4.5 months after purchase. This bra is now for weekends around the house only. Read more 188 more words