Bra fitting help » Unsure of size; need help finding everyday bras to suit my shape
Panache » Jasmine Balconnet Bra (6951) » 30G 30:9
I tried the Jasmine in 32GG at Nordstroms and it was a much closer fit (they didn't have 32G, which would have been ideal) but it was still too itchy for me. I'm currently in the middle of trying a bunch of Freya options; their bands are indeed much stretchier than Panache, though I'm still trying to figure out which shape works best for me- I seem to fall out of half-cups thus far. Unfortunately, the Fantasie Rebecca Molded Spacer had a lot of extra material at the top of the cup so it didn't really work. I'm tentative to order Cleos because so few are neutral colors, but I may in the future. I'm going to try Gorsenia near future. Thank you all for your help!
I'm very early in my bra-finding exploration; I was set as 30FF by the ABTF calculator. Currently, my closest-to-fitting bra is the Wacoal Lace Finesse T-Shirt bra in 32G; the band is definitely too big and the cups are too small (quadding) but it's soft, pretty, a nice shade of beige, and I'm used to molded cups. I tried the Panache Envy in 30FF and the cups were noticeably too small for my right side and slightly too small on the left (though the band felt perfect) and there was a lot of wrinkling at the base of the cups (what does that mean?). I tried the Jasmine in 30G (pictured; I'm wearing thin Wacoal liners as well) in hopes of getting less obvious seams. The Jasmine fit much better in the cups but the band seemed much tighter and the wires at the bottom of the cups dug into my chest horribly. I had a large amount of armpit fat. It was also quite itchy everywhere.
I think I'm projected, possibly center full, asymmetrical (larger on the right), slightly splayed, horizontally wide and vertically short roots, and somewhat wide set (like 2.5 fingers wide), with very soft tissue (so quadding is a common problem, which is sad because I like plunges). I have scoliosis and many years of terrible bras have left me with pretty bad shoulder pain, which I'd like to alleviate.
Please save me from my ignorance. I've been trying to compare Bratabase data to find what could work for me but it's really overwhelming. What should I try next? Why was the band so small and painful on the 30G Jasmine? Should I keep trying 30G in other brands and styles or was the small Envy cups an anomaly? Can you recommend some t-shirt bras that might work? I really like skin colored, low profile bras that I can wear with many different shirts, but I also have literally nothing that fits me properly so I'm open to anything. I'm in the US and I'd prefer to purchase through Amazon. Thank you!
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First of all, Panache in general is pretty firm - the wires are pretty much the firmest wires of any bra brand, adn the bands dont give much. I'm surprised it was tighter than the envy band for you, but there is also some variation among different colors
I dont really know t-shirt bras. Honestly at least in my range (32JJ), Jasmine is the most projected and molded bras (which most ppl call t-shirt bras) are generally just not projected - the cups are flatter and wont give you as much room in teh front.
For me, Jasmine gives the best support. But yes, the fabric is rough. WHen I was a 32J, i preferred the Floris, which is similar in wires and band, but smooth fabric.
So many bras cover your size but not mine - hopefully someone else will have more ideas. But I also liked Cleo bras when I started, but I outgrew them - you might look for some (on sale on amazon!)
I sometimes just searched by my size on amazon, but 30G might get you US G cup, and this is UK G cup. But anyways, I'd search on amazon for my size and then come here and read reviews and look at pictures near my size.
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Every Envy I have ever bought had a significantly longer band than other Panache bra so that could be why the Envy band felt better. I note it stretched to 31 and this bra stretches to 30. Because you have so little padding you might feel better in looser 30 bands or tight 32s.
Projected tshirt bras include Fantasie Rebecca Spacer Moulded Bra (2024) and Panache Cari Moulded Spacer Bra (7961). Panache wires are the firmest. You might appreciate softer Fantasie or Freya wires.
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Cleo Hettie, Blake, and/or Skye may fit better in the top of the cup than Jasmime, but Cleo wires are firm, too.
My sister wore a torso-length brace (scoliosis) for years; she likes the padded wires and straps on Wacoal Bodysuede. I have a 28" Underbust and the 34 band holds comfortably firm on me. You'd have to sister size in this model, but the straps are worth it. You may want to transplant them to every bra you own
A Gorsenia half cup may be a low profile, t-shirt -ish bra. There is an innocuous seam. Macchiato was invisible under white knits on my pale skin. the four-part half cup may be your best bet, but it is unclear which models have the horizontal seam across the top 1/3 of the cup. That cut has more apex projection which you may appreciate. The straps are not impressive. Available on Amazon. 65I may be a good starting size.
Freya half cups have wider straps that I rather like. And, with your more wide set breasts, the Freya half cups may be a good fit. 30H may be a good fit, but I'm less certain about Freya than Gorsenia.
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