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Prima Donna » Candle Light (0163120) » 90D 40:4
Hello, I'm from Germany so I'm used to EU sizing, but the bra claims it's UK 40D.
So ever since I gained weight and bust I've been struggling to find a good fitted bra, so I went to a bra fitting store now that they're open again and after one hour of trying on different models I went for the one that fit best. I'm used to wearing molded cups, but nothing in the store felt right and I decided to try a lace one.
I was very sensitive on that day due to my period, but I only noticed after wearing it at home for a while the wire sits uncomfortably under my left boob. It is not poking, like I'm used to, but rather just pressing into the skin very uncomfortably. After wearing it for a few hours it felt like my left boob was hurting, so I assume the cups are too small?
The band fits very snuggly but if I set the straps high enough it starts riding up in the back.
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Hi again! Super helpful to see an unlined bra on you!
Personally I have no experience with PrimaDonna, but 90D -sounds- like it should be way too large in the band, small in the cups for you.
Measurement-wise however, this bra definitely seems to run generous in the cups and tight in the band, making it almost work for you? Again, every brand is different, sadly there's no such thing as reliable universal bra sizing! It's really trial and error for each brand and style..
As for fit, visually this actually looks quite good on you I think?
The cups seem to encapsulate your tissue and in the photos I can't see the quadding you mention - but sometimes that's hard to tell in a picture versus real life.
However, considering you say it's uncomfortable / hurting your left breast, I would definitely recommend returning it if you still can!
Do you feel like the wires are very firm? Could that be causing your breast pain? Or is the wire sitting on / pressing against tissue on your larger side? It may be a case of insufficient 'projection', causing the cup to squish your breast.
Interesting, too, that the band feels so snug on you but also rides up?
Could it be a sensory thing / you not being used to tighter bands?
Remember that ideally, 80% of support in a bra should be from the band, not the straps.
At the risk of repeating myself I'd recommend trying an unlined bra from a brand like Freya, Curvy Kate, Elomi - those generally have 'milder' wires and a lower wing area, so as not to poke you.
If firm & tall wires are an issue for you, I'd definitely stay away from Panache and Cleo bras.
As a ballpark size I'd still aim for 36FF / 38F in general.
(When 'searching by measurements' here on Bratabase, the cup depth of those sizes mostly correspond with your breast perimeter and ribcage dimensions)
Good luck and keep us posted!
Updated on June 16, 2021 Flag this
I have that exact same bra! -- and have had some fitting problems with it myself. I'm not the best at helping other people figure out what will work for them, but I can share what I've learned. PrimaDonna has been a really good brand for me. I've worn them for years and been everywhere from a 34- 40 band size. For me, the band size that matches my under-bust circumference has been the best fit. (For example, when I measured 38 inches "comfortable ribcage,' the 38 band was the best fit.) Based on your measurements, you might want to try a smaller band with a similar cup (perhaps a 38E or 36F). The other thing I've noticed is that PrimaDonna offers several different cup styles, and they fit quite differently. It looks like you are wearing the balcony vertical seam style (same as mine). I found after a few wearings, that this style pushes my breasts too close in toward my body. I feel constricted, and my boobs often try to escape by going up and in, which gives me a quad boob. I prefer the side sling/full cup (3 part cup) which is a better fit for me because it allows for more projection. I wonder if you might like another one of their balcony styles better. They make a horizontal seam (3 part cup) and tulip seam that carry the breasts slightly differently.
The same group also makes the Marie Jo and Prima Donna Twist lingerie lines, so those might be worth exploring as well. Good luck!
Updated on June 29, 2021 Flag this