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I posted previously with my Cleo Piper Longline 32H, with a too-tight band and underwires that hit an inch below my IMF. ( https://www.bratabase.com/troubleshoot/dn2sk/ )
This is attempt #2, Cleo Hettie 34FF. I let the straps down entirely and yanked up the band. The last two photos show it with the straps shortened (side and front shots). I'm trying to figure out:
a) my supported shape (tricky because my soft, pendulous boobs fill any shape)
b) why bras usually rest below my IMF (I yanked up the band but suspect it will drift down)
Thoughts: the bigger band definitely feels better, but I don't feel supported. The wings may be too short. The Hettie underwires seems wide enough near my armpits, but the cups taper inward.
Just a note—I also tried the Cleo Marcie 34GG. Way too big—massively too big. I went down two cup sizes for the Hettie, but it seems Hettie’s cups run smaller, so that was a mistake. Amazon is out of stock on the smaller Maries.
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Although on a different scale, I run in this problem too. Scooping provides temporary relief. Then a few movements later, bingo, same playe shoot again.
In my case it's a side panels problem. Unsure / week wings can not cope with my east/west tendency.
Sturdier deeper side panels to the trick. I guess this model does not what it takes to hug you properly.
Hope this helps, have a super day,
Updated on April 23, 2019 Flag this
This legit looks like too much projection to me. I had the same thing happen in Jasmine
edit: I'm probably wrong tho! Hah
Updated on April 23, 2019 Flag this
There are several things about the fit of this bra, telling from the pictures and your description.
First off, the 34 band looks much better on you than the 32 Piper. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of boob tissue at the upper sides where the strap meets the cup, that should actually be contained inside the cup. This indicates the cup being too small.
A small cup may also originate in the size of the band - because a tight band will cause the wires to distort and be pulled towards the sides, stealing cup volume in front where you need it (because your boobs sit in front, not under your arms).
Also, tight band stealing cup volume will cause your boobs to be kinda 'mushed' inside the cups, and the underwire lifting off the ribcage, wandering south. Because yes, a 34 band is able to stretch beyond its 'natural' limits if worn tightly, but the cups are embedded in the band will stretch too. A 36 band on the same torso will not be stretched to 100%, still giving appropriate support, and the cups will stay in shape, offering projection and volume where it is needed.
This Hettie is a 34 band by name, but it still just stretches to 32 inches, just like the 32HH Piper.
Picture #5 supports this idea - the bra cups are kinda 'fleeing' towards the sides, but your natural projection clearly is to the front.
I would really like to see if the fit of this bra improves with a (non-flexible) extender.
Next off, a bra with flexible lace in the upper part of the cup (such as Hettie) are not be the best choice for soft, pendulous boobs, because they need firm support all around. This may also contribute to your general feeling of not being supported enough, despite the tight band.
My suggestion would be to try Hettie with an extender, check if the fit improves (more tissue inside the cup? Less side boob?) and if so, try a 36F/FF Marcie next. Try 34FF/G on Marcie colourways that run larger, such as the beige one.
You may end up with needing more projection than Marcie has though, in that case try the Cleo Minnie. Minnie generally has slightly more projection in the cups and a more closed-off top, providing support that projected, pendulous boobs need.
As a side note, straps digging into your shoulders (#7) are a clear sign that the fit is off somehow. More than 80% of support comes from the band, underwires and cups, not the straps. As a rule of thumb, one should wear straps as loose as possible, and always make sure one can comfortably fit 2 fingers' width between the straps and the top of the shoulders.
Updated on April 26, 2019 Flag this