I just purchased this Natori Reflex push-up bra, and I'm wearing it at home, with tags on, to see if I want to keep it. It's definitely the best fit for me out of the plethora that I tried on at Nordstrom Rack today.
My ribcage is 27" around, upon exhaling, but 28" normally. However, I am so accustomed to wearing 36D bras that almost all of the 30 bands felt uncomfortably tight. I can actually fit my whole hand between this band and my back, but I think that the band is nevertheless staying in place at the loosest hook setting, and it's pretty comfortable (it'll take ...me some time to get used to even this much constriction, I think).
There is some padding in the bra, towards the bottom and lateral side (nearer to the arm than the sternum). The underwire (and padding) come right up under the roots of my breasts, so that's comfy. The gore seemed to tack to my sternum earlier, but the top of the gore is now leaning away from my chest, slightly.
I seem to have a very minimal amount of quadboob when inhaling, but not when I've exhaled, as I tried to demonstrate in the photos from above. I feel like the line is pretty smooth.
I do still have quite a bit of underarm fat, but I don't know that I'd want the side of the bra to come up any higher, as some of the bras I tried with higher sides chafed the undersides of my upper arms, and I'm happy that this one doesn't do so. What do you folks think? Should I keep looking for something that will contain my underarm fat better?
I'm pretty pleased with the shape this gives me (some projection, not too flattened to the sides, nor too pointy), as well as the smooth lines under clothing. Hooray for no nipple show-through!
The straps seem to be nicely adjustable for my short torso, and stay up without any problems despite my sloped shoulders.
A girlfriend who is helping me to assess the bra thinks that it looks better under tops without any gathering at the neckline (as if the projection is too pronounced under tops with gathering...).
Any tips or thoughts about whether I'd be better off keeping or returning this one would be appreciated! Read more 278 more words
Best bra I've found so far. Doesn't chafe my armpit area, gore is comfortable. It has padding along the outer edge of the cup, probably to push the boobs in the center. I have wide set boobs and it works for me. I wish the straps were slightly wider or felt a little more substantial, but I can see it working better this way under certain garments.
Love the fact that there is padding in the bottom outer quadrant of the cups - usually a hard to fill area for me! I am quadboobing slightly after swoop and scoop, but not enough to be super noticeable under clothing. I would defintely prefer this in a 34GG though. Love the plunge. Super stretchy band is comfortable even through bloat/breastfeeding.
This bra never really fit me that well - I was sort of in a rush when I bought it and didn't pay enough attention to fit.
Pros: neutral color, good basic. Also, cleavage.
Cons: not enough projection at the bottom of the cup, therefore the bra tends to be pushed down my chest as my boobs try to find space in the bra. This causes the underwires to rub on my ribs, which is a drag! Cups are too small which causes quadboob.
Can I just say I feel like my rack looks fantastic in this bra? First off, it manages to push my breasts together WITHOUT too much of the dreaded quadboob effect. Then, the underwires go far up enough into my armpits that it keeps almost everything in check there. This is not an easy feat to accomplish when you have spread apart breasts like mine. Things feel pretty damn comfortable, too. Which is weird, because I noticed when I took it off, there were red marks (which I'm told is a normal thing with a snug supportive bra). Maybe I'll be a glutton for punishment (just kidding!) and ...try sleeping in this bra for the ultimate comfort test. One thing, the band seems kind of stretchy for a 32 band.
[Edited to add]: After wearing it a little longer... either my boobs have shifted REALLY recently or I was so excited to have a bra that was better fitting than my old bras that I deluded myself into thinking this bra fit for sure. Well. I went to take pictures, and saw some fit issues I didn't see previously: the quadboob was more pronounced than what I remember when I first got this bra, same with some armpit spillage. Also! the top of the center gore lifts up just slightly. Looks like I either need to go down a band in size or up a cup size or both. Oh well https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> I'll still wear this bra until I get something better. Read more 148 more words