Bra fitting help » Test Model #3: What Do My Pendulous Boobies Want From Me?
Panache » Jasmine Balconnet Bra (6951) » 34G 34:9
This follows my trying of Cleo Piper 32H
and Cleo Hettie 34FF
Photos show the straps fully loosened, on the loosest hook. Note that the LAST TWO PHOTOS show the band hiked as high as possible. More on this shortly.. .
So, this shape feels better and the stiff fabric is great. But the Jasmine still feels like insufficient support. The underwire rests at least an inch below my IMF. I have mild wrinkling at the bottom of the cup and mild gaping near the straps. I have slight spillage in one cup, but given the wrinkling, the G cup may still be correct? The 34 band feels good. The Jasmine doesn’t seem to be cutting into my breast tissue, but I still have some armpit fat.
The last two photos show the band yanked as high as possible. I really *forced* the underwire to rest under my IMF. No way would my band stay up this high for even 20 minutes, but this does feel much more supportive and the straps don’t put pressure on my shoulders. Although I think the underwire is so far under my armpit that it would chaff during wear.
So far, all three models have underwires that fall lower than my IMF. As I understand, this translates to less support. And clearly my pendulous breasts need a lot of support. I wonder if this could be the cause of the side pain that bras have given me for years. Other bratabase suggestions for this pain are tight bands or hard underwires (versus flexible underwires).
Despite this, the Jasmine is my best fit so far. Does this confirm that I'm very narrow?
THANK YOU to everyone who has offered me insights and suggestions. Each fitting has helped me pin down my shape a little better and given me new models to try.
Where should I go next? I've only been trying one model at a time for return shipping reasons. So far on my list are:
a Freya or Curvy Kate balcontte (for flexible underwires)
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Curvy Kate Ellace has good immediate projection. I would suggest sizing up in wnand or getting the extender ready. My 30Es stretched to 28.5” new. The Ellace does have stretch lace at the top. Wires are narrow but softer than Panache/Cleo. Breakout Bras carries Comexim. Levana Bratique in PA (?) carries Ewa Michalak, as does Forever Yours in Langley, BC. The latter does offer a discount on the first order, and if you use PayPal, make sure that you opt in for the return shipping reimbursement program.
Updated on May 1, 2019 Flag this
The wires look too wide for you, so your boobs might be flopping to the side instead of being pushed forward, making the torpedo shape in that bra. It's definitely too shallow at the wire for you. I think Jasmine was supposed to be more apex projection than wire projection.
All UK bras I've ever tried have had very wide wires and most weren't very projected at the wire. I think if you are up for it, you might want to check into Polish bras. If you are in the US, you can try them risk free at Breakout Bras, as they do take returns.
If you want to stick with UK bras, Freya has a very stretchy band so you might have to size down on the band on it. CK Princess is also shallow at the wire, so I would stay away from that one.
Updated on April 30, 2019 Flag this
Thanks everyone! I'll poke around and see if anyone sells Polish brands with free return shipping.
Edit to add: I am starting to think that my trouble could be caused by the deep U-shaped underwires. My IMF is more C-shaped. My roots are also short. So maybe the U-shape is too deep. In support of this, the underwires follow my IMF just fine along the sides, then dip below at the bottom. The result is insufficient support, and I need really a lot of support to hold my boobs up.
It's true that I do need a lot of immediate projection, but I don't think that's what's causing my poor fits. My breasts are fluid enough to fill varying cup shapes. That's not to say that there isn't an *ideal* cup shape for them, but I think support is really the biggest missing piece.
Thank you to everyone who has posted. I now know that I'm narrow, projected and with short roots. That's a lot more than I knew before.
Updated on May 1, 2019 Flag this