Bra fitting help » Bras with similar projection to fantasie alex but narrower wires
Fantasie » Alex Side Support Bra (9152) » 38H 38:11
Finally found a bra that sits in my IMF, unfortunately it has other fit issues. I believe I need narrower wires. This specific size 38h (uk) is wrinkling in the cups and the gore won't lie flat. Also a unicorn for me would have straps closer together and have more lift in the cup but honestly I don't need something perfect, just needs to be like 85/100 fit.
So ideally I need something with
1. similar/exactly the same projection as the fanatasie alex side support
2. narrower wires, at least an inch maybe more
3. a gore that tacks (most bras I've tried on do tack correctly the bras just sit too low)
4. i would prefer a bra where the fabric doesn't go up so high, this one is 12 inches I'm looking for something closer to 9-10
Side note maybe we could make a chart/scale where we could rank bras projection?
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IME other Fantasie designs that fit quite similarly, but with more apex projection and narrower-set straps (and apex of cups closer to the body) are the Jacqueline (NOT Jacqueline Lace, just "Jacqueline Side Support") and the Illusion. Jacqueline is probably the one that's more similar to Alex--it has a shallower upper cup and Illusion a roomier one. Illusion also runs very big in the cups in the G+ range so you'd probably want to size down a cup to try it.
Btw very few humans have a breast base shaped exactly like a factory-made bra underwire... so that's why most wires won't slide cozily all the way into your IMF, this doesn't mean "the bra doesn't fit" unless you see/feel other issues... Just thought I'd let you know as some people are led on a hopeless quest for this reason--often buying/returning dozens of bras and sizing up wayyy beyond the cup volume they actually need because other posters give them well-meaning advice to "look for bras with enough projection at the wire." A bra's underwire provides structural support so there are firm requirements for a few things it must do (sit flat on the ribcage, not too far from the outer edge breast itself, not straddle or pinch breast tissue, etc.) but it is just there to brace the cups against the body securely--it doesn't need a puzzle-piece level of exact fit.
Updated on May 9, 2023 Flag this
You could try Polish brand Kris Line https://www.shoplabellaintimates.com/collections/kris-line Here's a store in Florida, I wish there was more, but there's just kind of one right now. that I'm aware of. If you live in Europe, there's more options though.
A more affordable option may be Polish brand Nessa if you're looking for a soft cup bra; here's a list of some stores, I'm pretty sure it's up to date (except for the store Mio Destino) https://www.reddit.com/r/PolishBras/wiki/brands/nessa/
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You might need to go up one band in Nessa though; some people think their bands run tight. FYI!
Thanks they are definitely on my to try list, I just keep hoping I'll luck out with a brand/bra that's easier to get a hold of (and return!) In my head I'm kind of wondering if I get this bra in a different size and then do a little diy I might have something that works pretty well. I imagine one cup size and band size smaller (which would hopefully have narrower wires) and then maybe push the wire into the outer edge end and open up the gore bit cut the wires a bit shorter then cut the gore plus some of the top of the cup off and sew the gore back shorter along with the cups. I don't really know if that'll work or if I explained it well but I'll definitely ask the makeabrathatfits subreddit for advice before I start cutting anything. Thanks for the recommendations though!
Thanks for your reply. I have bought and returned plenty of other bras but unfortunately they all caused immediate pain upon putting them on or pain after a couple hours of wear. It wasn't even until recently that my main goal became fitting the imf. I recently wore my former "best" fitting bra for 12 hours for probably the first time and I had marks on my body for 48 hours after and intense pain at the end of those hours. And this past weekend I wore my new "best fitting bra for 6 hours two day in a row and was left with quite a bit of pain. When I put most of these bras on they sit a centimeter to an inch away from my imf and cause immediate pain, closer fitting ones may be okay standing for a short period but then cause pain when I sit or after and hour or two.