Bra fitting help » Loose band, gore doesn't tack, don't fill lower cups.
Panache » Clara Full Cup Bra (7255) » 30D 30:4
This bra is beautiful and comfortable and I want so badly to make it work! Being 4'11", I almost always have issues with cups gaping and gores coming too high, neither of which are issues with the Clara in 30D.
-The band seems a bit loose. It sits parallel when trying it on briefly, but it stretches out a bit far which makes me wonder. When I slip the straps off my shoulders, the weight of my breasts definitely lowers the whole bra, making me feel like the band isn't doing enough supporting on its own. In the pictures, I have the straps loosened as much as possible.
-The gore doesn't tack.
-The bottoms of the cups are wrinkly.
-My nipples sit above the silky fabric and under the stretchy lace instead, which leaves them completely visible under clothes (is that where the apex of this bra is supposed to be?).
I wish I could try this in a 28DD, but if Panache makes the Clara in that size I can't find it anywhere. I failed to order a 30DD to try, but I suspect that if I did I'd have gaping at the top like with every other bra I've tried. I'm new to figuring out actual bra sizing, and I still haven't found any underwire bras that actually work well for me, so any help or advice is appreciated! Thank you!
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I would say that you definitely should be trying a 28 band instead of the 30s. 28 bands are more difficult to find in stores, though they can be found fairly easily online. Are you in the US? Amazon and eBay are both wonderful resources for bras, and often the prices are budget friendly.
Panache wires are usually pretty rigid, so if your gore isn’t tacking, it leads me to think that either the cups are too small (which would also account for you not being able to get your breast tissue into the bottom of the cups) or that you are very center full with this bra not providing enough center room, or a combination of both issues.
You are correct; the center seam is usually where the bra apex is. Ideally your nipples should sit around that seam, but it can vary and with you being full on bottom, yours will most likely sit a bit above that seam. (Mine almost always do.) As long as you are fine with it and the bra otherwise fits and is comfortable, I wouldn’t be too concerned with that.
I would suggest checking online for some 28DD (28:5) and 28E/DDD/F (28:6) bras. If you are in the US, I know Amazon offers free returns on most bra orders that are fulfilled by Amazon directly, so it’s a great way to try out several without the hassle of hunting them down in stores or the frustrations of returns. Keep in mind that sizing can vary by brand and even by style or model within the same brand, so most of us are a size range and not one singular size. This is completely normal, although it can be a bit frustrating for sure.
If you can let us know what you are looking for in a bra, we may be able to make some suggestions for you to specifically look for. (Such as half cups, padded, stretch lace on top, etc)
Updated on February 16, 2019 Flag this
Are the straps able to contribute ? From what I perceive, they are rather loose, at their most extended setting.
Bras need straps tension. The whole structure is designed to work it's best when straps contribute to cup upwards support. Think suspended bridge.
However if the back is loose, it will ride up making things worse. Forcing a strapped bra to operate as ill positioned strappless. Which is what it was not designed to do.
In my opinion a stiffer less elastic wider band and rather J shaped wires would be of great help as it provides far more support and anchors the cups without being too tight nor gore critical.
Updated on August 31, 2019 Flag this