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Is there a new bra intervention thread somewhere?

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lookout Sat 09-Mar-13 13:30:14

All of the other ones are closed now and I still need some help!

Hmmm, what were you wearing before size wise? It could just be that your not used to the particular pressure points. It tends to take me a couple of wears to break in a new bra - bit like shoes!

monsterchild Sat 09-Mar-13 21:21:17

Where can I find large cup narrow chest nursing bras? I am a 36G and having no luck. I live in the states but am willing to try online shpopping for this!

Furball Sat 09-Mar-13 21:23:24

38c blush

furball I suspect you have probably had wires sitting in entirely different places to where they belong so your body may just be going "erm, what, why is the bra there?!?!"

Monsterchild...Brastop and Bravissimo definitely deliver internationally and carry nursing bras. You could also check out Leia lingerie and my curves and me. I think Figleaves will also have a good selection. There are also some underwired nursing bras around, made by Anita I think.

Furball Sat 09-Mar-13 21:33:35

Thank you SC - thats what I thought

You have been so helpful and informative to all on these threads smile

Hanginggardenofboobylon Sat 09-Mar-13 21:45:24

Yay, found you!

My bravissimo order arrived today, less than 24 hours after ordering, v impressed!

Cleo juna fits perfectly but central gore too high and digs in - gutted.

Freya deco - perfect

Bravissimo Satine is the perfect bra! Had it on all day and not dying to get it off! - hurrah!

In my humble opinion it's the amount of your body that is to be encased in the cup that is (for someone wearing a big back, small cup for years) a bit disconcerting, I never knew it was all boob!!!

34D to 30GG - quite a result!

monsterchild Sat 09-Mar-13 21:49:20

Thanks SC I will do that!

I think that's what shocks most people hanginggardens...this sudden discovery that your boobs aren't just on the front! The Satine is lovely. There are a few versions of the Deco - the Taylor and the Ashlee to name but a few.

Sadly they don't fit me anymore (sob!) - really need to get ebaying!

Hanginggardenofboobylon Sat 09-Mar-13 21:55:03

I ordered the Satine in red though and it's a little bit slutty

TravelinColour Sat 09-Mar-13 22:03:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Nothing wrong with that wink

QueenOfCats Sat 09-Mar-13 22:13:18

Oh I'd love a bra recommendation!

I'm wearing a 38 HH

Every time I go to bravissimo I leave with a panache PN53. Every bloody time.

I don't feel like I can go down any more on the back size, but the cup is making my boobs look squarish if that makes sense?

Even so, there is room at the top of the cup so don't feel like I can go up a cup either?

I have narrow shoulders and don't like too thin of a strap.

Any suggestions?

Have you tried any other brands?

Recent purchases of mine - Bravissimo Betty Bow (love this, upllift and support are fabulous!), Bravissimo Alana, Ewa Michalak S style, Freya Lyla. Also trying to get the fit in the Cleo range correct as there are some lovely ones in that range (it's a panache subsidiary)

Also planning to buy the Bravissimo Darling heart.

(I am also narrow shouldered)

RollerCola Sat 09-Mar-13 22:57:00

I was thinking about this today, much of this whole re-sizing thing is an enormous confidence boost to some of those who previously thought they had 'small' boobs and have been wearing A cups for donkeys years.

If only I'd known this a long time ago it would have saved me years & years of thinking I had abnormally small boobs and having zero confidence. I wore a 34A for years so on the shop system I must have measured 30 under and 34 over which means I should have been wearing a 30D. I actually cannot tell you the difference this could have made to me sad I was so lacking in confidence when I was younger it was untrue.

Hanginggardenofboobylon Sun 10-Mar-13 07:49:45

'Roller' sadly I suspect yours is a common story. hmm

I have to say though, I have <ahem> a good handful of boob at best yet I am a GG cup. The whole sizing system needs rubbing out and starting again. Those who are large of boob (ie bigger than me) are made to feel like freaks because shops don't stock anywhere near their size.

There are no doubt far more 32M's out there than 34A's

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sun 10-Mar-13 08:58:47

But surely the label on your bra is just the label on your bra? Your boobs are still the same size now you have a DD as they were when you were wearing an A. When Mumsnet gets M&S and all the others to sort out their fittings etc then almost ALL the As will become DDs or similar?

Best to love you boobs the size they are, surely?

marriednotdead Sun 10-Mar-13 09:16:48

I will be back later (today hopefully) to address specific fit/styles issues that some of you are having. Please be patient- RL keeps getting in the way smile

Whilst it's true that your boobs won't actually have changed size there is a lot of pressure to be a certain shape and size so boobs both "too big" and "too small" have kind of negative connotations associated with them.

The number of stories I have heard of women who have been fitted in to AA/A cups by fitters who then follow it up with "maybe you could just wear a vest", "we have that size in the children's section" etc etc. It zaps confidence.

Then combine it with the fact that the 34A won't actually fit so will ride up, rub and gape constantly and you get women suddenly feeling like they aren't feminine enough because they can't fill the smallest bra size. A badly fitting bra forces you to think about it, but the right bra size will sit right, make the breasts look better and feel comfortable.

Ideally everyone would be able to love themselves for who they are but in our culture it's just not that easy, is it?

RollerCola Sun 10-Mar-13 11:17:39

Yes of course my boobs wouldn't have changed size at all, but when you're told that you're an a-cup you feel very small, the smallest end of the scale. And if the back of that is actually too big (which we now know) the cups can feel too big as well so you think that even an a-cup is too small and therefore freakishly small compared to others.

I remember thinking if only I could fit into a b-cup I'd feel better. I know now it's all psychological but god if only I'd realised that all I'd had to do is to try a smallest back size and a larger cup size. I only weighed about 8 stone in my early twenties as well, so there's no WAY I should have been wearing a 34 back all that time. I'm a stone and a half heavier now and only wear a 30 back now!

Saying that, has bra material changed a lot since then? Is that why this has happened? Or is it longer ago than that? (I'm talking 15yrs ago or so)

I don't think it's changed much since then RollerCola - I think the changes go a lot further back to when bras weren't the stretchy backed garments they are now (or not to the same extent anyway!)

It's just that now we have a few places doing it right and showing us how bras actually should fit. I think Bravissimo can't have started much after that as I know my friend went to them about 10 years ago and they had a few stores by then

lookout Sun 10-Mar-13 12:07:48

The top of one of my ribs is bruised from yesterday's wire. Surely that's not right?

This morning I tried my wired 36F on and though it feels more comfortable, the back fat is awful shock.

I am going wrong somewhere.

No, definitely not right. It does sound like you need the 34, but like you just have not found the right bra for you from a shape perspective. Have you tried anything from Freya? IME they are a shallower wire than either CK or Panache (and masquerade which as SF put it is posh Panache!)

Some people can wear any brand but most people tend to find some great and some downright awful.

lookout Sun 10-Mar-13 13:06:23

Thanks SC. Have not looked at Freya, but will do once this last lot go back. I am determined to get it right, because as painful as the CK is, my boobs look and feel great in it grin

CockyFox Sun 10-Mar-13 13:41:14

Hello, I just wanted to pop on here and say to everyone thanks for the interventions threads as they inspired me to go and get a fitting, I've been a bravissimo girl for a long time, in fact my very first bra was a 32DD age 14 measured in a department store that became House of Fraser. Anyway after wearing a 32GG for a few years I did the measurements and found I now have a 13 inch difference between the two. So off I toddled to Bravissimo and came out with a 30H so even I, an advocate of not adding inches (have forced friends and family to have proper fittings) was wearing a back too big.

Could you help me? I'm measuring 32 round and 39 over. I'm wearing 32DD. I've recently tried a balconette style instead of plunge and it's better, but still have spillage over the top of the cups. I'm not wearing the right size, am I?
I've only ever shopped in M and S so some recommendations of where to order from online would be appreciated too!

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