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Panache » Andorra Full Cup Bra (5675) » 30GG 30:10
I bought this bra after trying it on in my local lingerie store, knowing the size I would need, and seeing it for only $30 on Amazon (I know, I know, support local - but you all know how expensive bra shopping is!!) I decided to get it even though it wasn't quite perfect, because I'm low on well-fitting bras and needed something to tide me over. The problems I have with this bra are similar to others I have had in the past: annoying crease on the bottom (not filling the bottom, but I think the problem isn't the cup size but more the shape), and straps are way to far apart for my narrow/petite frame. Usually I spend 10% of my day shimmying my bra to raise the underwire, and also adjusting the band back down, and moving the straps back in to rest in a comfortable spot on my shoulders. I'm over it.
I've been reading some reviews here and really want to try ordering a Comexim bra, with maybe some alterations, but I'm not sure where to start and what I should ask for. I know I want my straps moved in and the gore the smallest it can go without overlapping. I would also love some help figuring out the type of breasts I have (roots confuse me).
Thanks for any help you can give!!
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Wide set straps will often be a problem. With your level of projection I think you’d do better with Ewa instead of Comexim, but Ewa’s straps will be similarly wide set and she won’t alter them. Andorra isn’t the most projected uk bra on the market by far though and it has relatively wider wires. You need more depth at the underwire than this bra offers. If all you’ve tried is what’s in stores, I’d bet you’d have better luck online. Many if not most UK bras will have tall and wide gores, but you may find better projection in something like curvy Kate Ellace or their new lifestyle plunge which has the benefit of a low gore. I wouldn’t call you full on bottom. More like even with lots of projection, narrow roots, maybe average root height. Cleo Hettie, Kayla, and Skye are all by Panache but have better projection at the wire than Andorra.
Updated on February 25, 2018 Flag this
Your breast roots are simply where your breasts stop on your torso. Do these wires feel too wide for you? Is there empty space on the outside of the cup that isn't filled with boob? How far under your arms would you say you're breasts go?
Updated on February 26, 2018 Flag this
Such a familiar issue I actually screen shot the side view and drew where it seems the wire should actually sit . as far as I can see you're either too wide and shallow in the cup Or too large in band both of which would draw this effect of am overly full coverage style for your side size . I'd try ewa but he aware you may have to compromise like I do where I wear a suspender to keep straps in place yet don't have to readjust myself continually. So a 75% win
Updated on March 6, 2018 Flag this
The first thing I notice is that this bra is tighter in band and larger in cup than your measurements would suggest you need. These two issues might explain why you've ended up with some of the fit problems mentioned. Technically this underwire is too wide AND too tall for your breast, and this is also why the straps are too far apart for you. Band tightness will compensate for extra cup volume (distorting the cup laterally enough to pull the empty parts fairly tight, so they lie flatter instead of allowing the boob to drop in and leave the cup wrinkly and loose). However, you then do have these weird empty portions under and at the side of the breast and the tension is pulling the cup edge shallower than it would be otherwise, so the fit isn't totally optimal, and it is giving you an east-west shape which some people object to. If you like this bra, I'd size up in the band and down in cup volume, probably to a 32FF. However, I foresee you might not love the shape in the proper size as it is a traditional and rather pointy design. I think you might prefer unlined Cleos, for example. Look for whatever size provides a cup depth of about 10", matching your lying down perimeter.
Updated on March 1, 2018 Flag this