The Panache Tango II balconette had been my favourite for a decade. Then I had a baby. And another one (he's 18 months now BTW). I never breast fed, and am now slightly lighter than pre-kids (about half a stone). My boobs are bit bigger. Was a 30DD, now a 30E. All the tissue is below the nipple now (it always was really, but more now). They seem to be "wide" in that there is some tissue under my arm pit, but they are also close together in the middle. The problems are: 1. both my beloved tango and also the Fantasie Elodie really dig in between my breasts. It hurts. I tend to put a cotton wool pad folded between the central gore and my chest wall to pad it. 2. Because there is so much more tissue below, there is some wrinkling at the top of the cup.
I'm certain the back size is ok. They leave "sock" marks all the way round, not really deep red, just a bit pink, fade fast and is even front back and sides. The band is horizontal, the straps stay put even if quite loose. If I go down a cup size I get the 4-boob effect, and bizarrely still sometimes get wrinkles in the cup at the top.
Funnily enough I have one panache porcelain moulded balconette bra in a 32DD, bought while I was pregnant the first time. It is much more comfortable and I fill the cups nicely, but the straps fall down and the back rides up. When I tried in in the correct size the tops of the cups gaped.
sorrel or statistically can you recommend me a style? I'm happy to spend upto £50, but Ideally closer to £30 (maybe by shopping around on line rather than a cheaper make). I'm not bothered about colour, but prefer plainer styles. Not keen on bullet boobs, prefer a rounder look. I rarely wear anything that shows cleavage, but do wear vest tops in the summer.
Bottom heavy post baby boobs do tend to get on better with balconettes - no gaping at the top! Being close set is tricky ( I have literally no gap so I feel your literal pain)
The most comfortable bras for this are Ewa Michalak, as they have a super narrow gore but their S, SM and CHP styles aren't stupidly plunging so you should find them ok. The CHP is the widest in the cup. The other thing I get on with strangely is Cleo - you might want to try the Juna. Another potential option is the Freya Patsy half cup, the bravissimo half cups, curvy kate showgirl half cups.
Sometimes what works when you are close set is a bit random, it's not always a case of lower being better as sometimes they just end up stabbing you with the top of the gore!
thank you so much! I've had a look on line and ended up at Bravissimo, I ordered the cleo and some of their own brand half cups. I'm a bit scared of Freya because even before kids I had the same problem with everything of theirs that I tried on.
Is there a UK stockist of Ewa Michalak? When I Googled it came up with her Polish site, and lots of wonderful reviews. I'd rather order from the UK, Figleaves who usually have loads of brands didn't have them. I really need to do something because I actually have permanent marks between my boobs, even when I get up in the morning having not worn a bra for 8 hours or more.
such shame. Once I checked the exchange rate the prices seemed very reasonable. Knowing how fussy I am, I'm loathe to incur the postage costs knowing that I am likely to return all / some of the order. Fingers crossed something suits from Bravissimo.
Just thought I'd update. All the half cup styles instantly solved the digging in at the sternum problem, except the Cleo Juna. This wires on this style also did not go far enough up into my arm pits for my liking. Both of which were a real shame as I liked the look. It's going to take a while to get used to the look, which is different to the balconettes I'm used to, but they are so much more comfy! Some of the styles gaped a bit, but they were the ones with the lace edging, so am sending those back and exchanging. Thank you so much for the advice.
Can I come late to the party with a couple of suggestions?! If you didn't already, give the Freya Patsy half cup and Freya Marvel a try. You'll probably need to also try a cup smaller than the Bravissimo own brand styles.