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jimjamspam Mon 02-Sep-13 14:23:12

I am large of nork - size 10 and a 32F. I have been measured by everyone it seems - Bravissimo, Rigby & Peller - I always end up spending £££ on beautiful bras which make me look fabulous (ish) but have me wanting to tear everyone's head off by the end of the day - I ALWAYS end up with red weals under my arms where the wire digs in. The material always itches and has me scratching my boobs in the car park. I long to get home from work just so I can get my bra off. The relief is immense.

I have recently started wearing crop top type bras, can't remember what they're called but my God they feel good. Not much support (a little) but they feel lovely.

But but but, my boobs aren't as pert as they once were and i'm fully aware I look slimmer and better in a decent bra. Is there a middle way wise ones? A bra which doesn't make me foul tempered from 11am onwards? No itchy lace and horrid digging in underwires??

jimjamspam Wed 04-Sep-13 11:22:28

thanks - might try some of their soft cup bras - like the sound of them. I had a triumph doreen i wore while pregnant which I loved - DH not so keen

theresmoretolife Wed 04-Sep-13 11:03:45

What about the non wired deco? Not tried it myself as they don't go to my size, but it looks good in theory here

SorrelForbes Wed 04-Sep-13 10:23:09


jimjamspam Wed 04-Sep-13 08:42:19

my bread often comes out of the bread maker heavier at the bottom but that's a whole other thread....

SorrelForbes Wed 04-Sep-13 07:17:58

I struggle with some Bravissimo bras as they're too shallow for my rather narrow, deep set boobs.

Moulded bras can be good but thy don't suit everyone and people with bread that are heavier on the bottom will often experience gaping at the top of the cup.

NanooCov Tue 03-Sep-13 23:16:34

Lacy bras make my nipples itch. Hate them with a passion. Particularly hate Bravissimo - have never had any success with their bras. And they do them in such weird colours! M&S do a decent moulded cup one in their DD+ range which might be worth a bash - the moulding is not too bulky so my 36E boobage isn't really bulked up any further.

Fairylea Tue 03-Sep-13 23:03:37

Thanks, I'm adding the Cleo juna to my list!

SorrelForbes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:57:44

Fairylea - have you tried the Cleo Juna?

SorrelForbes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:56:30

Sunday, are you sure you're a 34C?

SorrelForbes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:55:39

Yes but a F on a 28 band is considerably smaller than an F on a 36 band. OP is a 32F, so not huge really, but someone who was a 36F is going to struggle in one of these.

OP, have you tried masquerade or fauve or even the CK showgirl range?

SundaySimmons Tue 03-Sep-13 22:53:24

I hate wearing a bra. When I was young I often didnt wear one or wore stretchy crop top style ones from Charnos back in the 1980s. I was a 32 A back then!

Now I am now a 34c cup and still could get away with to wearing one except my nipples are more prominent or perhaps when I was young it didn't bother me but no way now I am old can I have sticking out nips! Ha ha

As soon as I am home I take my bra off.

In hot weather I spray anti perspirant under my boobs and I often use talcum powder to dust down before wearing a bra and find that makes wearing a bra a bit nicer.

piratecat Tue 03-Sep-13 22:50:58

Fantasie bras are better than Freya imo.

Particularly the Helena bra. Try ebay, i get mine there.

LadyBigtoes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:46:53

Also, although I'm a C and wear a medium Bravado bra, when I was pg I was cup size EE, and the large fitted me fine. So I'm thinking XL would be fine for an F.

Fairylea Tue 03-Sep-13 22:44:32

I have major comfort problems with wires. I am a 30gg. In my teenager days I bombed around wearing a sloggi crop top.... if I did that now after two dc I think I'd take someone's eye out.

I still have the "oh my fucking god get this bra off me" end of day feeling now... but I do find the bravissimo Alana bra very good. I can't say comfortable because frankly I truly believe all bras that do anything are torture. But yes Alana bra is very okay. And panache tango plunge because the wires don't seem to come up as high as the balcony version.

I am another fan of the porcelain bra too.

SorrelForbes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:42:39


LadyBigtoes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:42:15

But the OP is looking for a middle ground between a proper bra and a crop top. That's it! It may be worth a try anyway.

SorrelForbes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:42:08

In theory I'd quite like a cropped top thing to wear around the house but I just can't face running up and down the stairs without a bra grin.

SorrelForbes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:40:57

The only panache I own is an Idina which is really comfortable. It's seems a lot narrower in shape than other panache bras, much more like a Cleo.

SorrelForbes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:39:25

OP is a 32F which is only two cup sizes smaller. I guess they would contain everything quite briefly but I can't imagine the support/liftnisnas good as a decent bra. Each to their own of course.

treaclesoda Tue 03-Sep-13 22:38:18

Sorrel my generous norked friend tried one of those soft type bras, not for daytime wear (there wasn't a hope of that!) but with the idea of wearing it in bed for comfort. To her horror, even in the largest size, it didn't stretch enough to actually cover her boobs. She could either pull it down, meaning they popped out the top, or else it crept up, and they fell out of the bottom. She was quite upset by the whole experience actually, after reading all the guff that said that the range of sizes available would fit anyone. Didn't do much for her, already poor, feelings about her boobs.

LadyBigtoes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:36:16

But the XL should fit the OP, who is an F.

treaclesoda Tue 03-Sep-13 22:34:32

I'm another who can't wear most Panache bras - the stabbing under the arms is the stuff of nightmares.

Strangely though I did used to have a Panache Porcelain and it was ok. I also loved that, unlike other moulded cup bras I've tried, for some reason the design meant that it didn't look absolutely massive when I wasn't wearing it. <shallow>

SorrelForbes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:28:53

Hmmm, I they'd be ok if you're small of bork but I can't imagine how uncomfortable my 30GGs would be grin

LadyBigtoes Tue 03-Sep-13 22:26:24

You need these

I live in them now. So comfortable you can't even feel it, but not too soft and floppy - they have no wires, but have a padded insert that gives the lift and shape. Super-stretchy and contain everything.

I know it says nursing bra but they come with a little kit to (very quickly and easily) convert them into a normal bra - no sewing or anything, you just snip a bit off and reclip it.

inneedofrain Tue 03-Sep-13 20:33:59

I wash mine on a standard washing setting with other whites in Lakeland bra bags these great things bras come out spotless and in perfect shape

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