Bra fitting help » leaving red marks from wire
The band may just be too tight but I'm not sure. If I put it on upside down and backwards the 38 is comfortable. If I put it on normal the wire makes me sore and leaves red marks along the whole wire. I've also tried this in a 38FF which leaves me with the same under wire issues but now I can't fill out the top of the cup. Again, it seems comfortable upside down and backwards.
Unfortunately it doesn't look like Freya makes anything in a 40 so I'm not sure where to go from here. I'm very full on bottom I cannot fill out any molded or full size cups, I'm also a little on the wide set side but not too crazy.
I tried the 38F with an extender to about 40 it makes the gore stab me and the underwire still feels uncomfortable everywhere.
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The bra has to grip your body to work, it is going to leave a mark. The marks should go away after some time. If they don't, or blister, then it's a bad sign the bra is wrong for you. If the gore is stabbing you, you can always try bending it away from your body or placing some cotton under it. Brands always make the wires flat, but ribs are not flat. If you are keeping this bra, you can try bending the wires to match the curve of your body.
Updated on August 22, 2019 Flag this
Looking at the wire marks on your right breast, the wire is literally sitting on that breast. That really causes me pain. This doesn't have enough center projection for you and the gore is too wide.
When a wire tethers one of my breasts, I don't receive much lift--could be part of your issue, too.
Full disclosure: I do not wear wired bras anymore. The pain was too much.
Updated on August 23, 2019 Flag this
For me picture #3 tells the story. Weak narrow wings. Instead of holding the underwires on all their side depth, they tend to bend them towards the back.
Being on the east-west line of things, I (more than) often encounter this problem. Side gathering models with powerful deep U backs and heavy gauge deep underwires take care of it by putting into the cups what narrower wings would cut into. Strap tension matters, too little and the wings collapse, too much kills projection.
Now since I wear Elila's I re-discovered the difference between 'squeezed' and 'supported'. Just saying
Updated on August 29, 2019 Flag this
Hey there, if your tight ribcage measurement is 40" and the stretched band is 40", and it also feels a bit too tight, I don't think the band is the right fit for you.
Whenever I try on a band that's a little more than slightly too tight (I can put it on the loosest hook and it feels very, very snug), it actually is straining the band too far and thus distorting the wire. If the wire is flexible, it will cause the wire to spread out width-wise, giving less support. However, the more rigid the wire, the more likely the wire will roll inwards towards your body at the ends. This is because the wires don't have enough give to flex and flatten out, so the tightness of your band is pulling your wires the shortest possible distance, aka into your body!
This effect may not be visible at all, but it is very painful, and worse whenever you take a breath! Unfortunately sizing up in the cup isn't always going to fix the issue unless the next size up has a wider stretched band measurement. If going up a band size isn't an option because it's not available, then I don't think you will find a solution in this bra.
I also agree with femineaaeterna , the weak and narrow side wings are contributing to the problem. The band is too small for you so it's overstretching, but the wings aren't firm enough to hold the underwires in place. I think the reason adding an extender is still giving you the same underwire pain because is because of the weak band/side wings, I think you could get away with the extender if the wings were firmer and held those underwires in place.
BTW, in picture #3, it also appears as if your band is riding up, which would be weird if it's too small. Is it riding up on you, or is it just a funny angle? You might try loosening the straps a bit and sliding the back of the band down slightly and see if that helps it sit on a smaller part of your ribcage.
Updated on August 30, 2019 Flag this