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What's the best bra to wear under my wedding dress?
Ah, I'm getting married in a couple of weeks! I have a nude, under wired bra to wear but am having second thoughts about it. I need to get one this week before my dress fitting at the weekend. I'm a 32ff which makes things tricky in terms of shopping. What can you recommend ?
The wonderbra ultimate strapless linked above is excellent - you will probably need to try a few sizes in it as the sizing is a bit funky, but it's worth the effort - you might want to try a 34 band too as it can run snug
Other strapless in your size with good reps are the Curvy Kate Luxe and the Freya Deco Strapless
A lot of bridal dresses use plastic boning, which can look great at first but then, especially if your breasts are heavy-ish, it starts to bend and buckle during the day (especially when you sit down) and becomes a tit shelf! Slightly less of an issue if you have sleeves but not great!
OP, what is the neckline like? Is it quite square, sweetheart, v neck etc (helps with bra recs!) Do you know what sort of shape your breasts are (are they fuller on top or bottom, how far towards/under your armpits do the roots come, how close together are they in the centre?)
My dress has boning. The neckline was very plunging v neck but I have had a little upsidedown triangle added in my cleavage - so it sort of is a vneck which tapers down to a little straight line area just above my boobs. Hard to explain. Im having sleeves added at the moment - loose, bell shaped chignon like the dress. My boobs are fuller at the bottom and quite near my armpits at the root.
I have just read this thread as I'm always in the hunt for a comfortable bra. Statistically challenged I have got to the ripe old age of 40ahem and though I was the only one who had boobs that started so close to my armpit. I didn't realise it was a thing. I actually thought I had a problem. I'm so jealous of people who I perceive to have normal boobs and all the stars at the recent awards ceremonies always have perfect boobs. Sorry. I didn't mean to write anything but I actually feel better.
Have you tried the Bravissimo Satine at all? It's not particularly fancy or bridal, but it's a good plunge shape and tends to suite wider, bottom heavy breasts quite well. [http://www.bravissimo.com/products/lingerie/sensational-sets/satine-bra/ivory/au15iv/ satine]]
It's sold out on this site although I'm sure it will be in stock else where, but the Fauve rosa is cut based on the Freya Deco, so might suit. The bra itself isn't that exciting but I thought it worth mentioning as it comes with quite nice suspenders/pants
I think I might dig it out actually. My problem right now is that I am thinking of not wearing a waist cincher I bought. It cinches me in at the sides but does nothing to pull my tummy in overall. The bra I chose to wear doesnt push them out and that's what I thought I wanted. I think if my tummy is a bit out, I might need a boob pusher-outer after all! Thanks
Good plan - projected bras do make tummy/waist look smaller side on (I don't wear super projected bras partially for this reason, nooooo, not me )
A lot of waist cinchers are also just plastic boned and don't really work hugely well. And they bend, buckle and can be a pest! I have a steel boned underbust corset which is fabulous and pulls everything in well, but it's heavy duty! this one. I wore a custom made steel boned overbust corset under my wedding dress - 8 years ago there were no strapless bras which even remotely worked (was a 32FF then myself)
Not nearly as glamorous, but I would generally choose something spanx-esque over a plastic boned if I felt I needed slimming/smoothing.
My dressmakers made me to go to Rigby and Peller for my bra (many moons ago now). Down the side of Harrods just opposite. They are fab and it's a real treat. Book a fitting with them if you can fit it in.