Bra fitting help » 65HH gapping, band a tad loose -- 65H exchange, 60HH, or even 60H?
Comexim » Ingrid Plunge Bra (289) » 65HH 30:9
Ordering 60HH in the hopes that the tighter band will pull the cups closer to my chest & that decreasing by just one cup volume will be fine. Thanks!
Per Bratabase's recommendation based on my measurements a few weeks ago, I ordered this bra in a 65HH. The band is okay, though it could stand to be a bit tighter. My main problem is that my right (bigger) breast only fills the cup when I scoop and swoop as much as physically possible -- if I'm slouching or leaning at all I get a tiny bit of gapping at the top and slightly more gapping at the bottom, just above and next to the gore (I hope that makes sense). My left (smaller) breast has the same gapping problems, especially at the bottom, even if I scoop and swoop. I love this bra and would like to exchange it. Would a 65H solve my gapping issues, should I go for a 60HH because the band will stretch out over time, or should I go two cup volumes down and order a 60H? I am full on bottom. My breasts definitely aren't close-set, but I find that most bras' gores won't sit flat because they seem too wide, and this gore definitely doesn't sit flat either.
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Gapping is irrelevant for any position other than neutral in a molded bra. Your breast tissue shifts in the bra when you lean over, but the bra shape remains unchanged. Gapping will be possible in positions that are not neutral. I’d not focus on any of those instances of gapping. If you have strap gap in your standing neutral position, it’s likely that the cups are too tall and/or your roots might be short. If you are fob, I would say that you are probably at least functionally short. Comexim plunges are known for being tall, especially with short roots. Reduced cup height alterations are handy for this problem.
I don’t know if you can swing a smaller cup given your perimeter measurements, but I feel like you might be able to get away with a smaller band size. That might put more tension on the wires and perhaps help the gapping. Especially if you are getting a stretched measure of 34” on a 65. Usually the bands run tighter, not looser. And if looser, not that loose. How does it feel if you use the tightest hooks?
I think that it’s definitely worth trying to figure out what size you need in this. If you are finding that plunges aren’t working, you might have better luck with the 3HC. I have a 65J Ingrid coming tomorrow (it’s at the post office for pickup tomorrow as it couldn’t be delivered today for some reason). I can let you know what I find with it. Though mine is slightly altered iirc from the user I’m getting it from.
Updated on May 6, 2019 Flag this
As we had discussed after you ordered this bra, Ingrid is an odd fit, and frequents the Fit checks. I just don’t know why Ingrid is so difficult or such an odd fit, but at least you know you are not alone with it. I was hoping that by you ordering it direct from Comexim the oddities wouldn’t be present. Sorry it wasn’t the case.
Based on the fit and measurements, I think you would get a better fit with a 60HH. *But* with that being said, I would suggest that you try a tighter hook setting first, and tighten the straps a bit and see if that helps. Both should help pull the fabric of the cups closer to your bust and lessen the gaping you see. With your comfortable rib being 26.1, you are not going to experience much loss of elastic tension, so I wouldn’t be too concerned about the band becoming stretched out.
While I agree with the others that 34” stretched appears extreme, I do see that the unstretched is 21.6 which is within normal range. Honestly that’s about what most of my 60 bands are, so I think you are just a bit vigorous with your stretch. We all have our own idea of max tension, so you need to do what feels right for you, but if it helps, I tend to stretch until I feel a natural resistance and start to see clear wire distortion. Using a combination of physical and visual helps.
Updated on May 7, 2019 Flag this