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Ouch! I ignore my bravissimo size which is 34H and go for a 36GG or 36H instead and find it much more comfortable. Go to Debenhams and try their larger boobed range - go up a band size if it's comfier. Life's too short to wear the "right" size if it hurts like hell. I don't get on with m and s bras by the by.
It might just be the wrong style or manufacturer. I read a lot of threads about bras and Cleo consistantly was mentioned as a great fit. Like you I had red welts and pain. I then tried Fantasie, what a revelation. Finally a bra like a slipper. My advice would be to try different makes. I'm sure someone will be able to point you in the right direction, hth.
I've had the same. Always worn a 34DD but the 'bra intervention' measurements puts me at 32E.
That size cuts shreds into me, though. I've had bras from Bravissimo, Rigby & Peller and M&S and I've tried on t-shirt bras, balconette bras and plunge. None are comfortable, the ones I bought leave red welts after a day's wear.
Gone back to 34DD again, but wish I knew why it didn't work for me.
Another recommendation for Fantasie here. I've just bought a 30H bra from them (via Ebay) and it's so much more comfortable than the 32G I was wearing from M&S. I'm not exactly skinny and the 32 used to dig into my back, so I was very sceptical about trying a 30, but it's perfect. Plus it was only £10.
OK if 34 DD gives you 4-boob look, then the cup is clearly too small. And 32E has the same cup size, therefore also too small. Noticeable fourboob means that you probably need to go up more than 1 cup, so I would try 32FF.
If you put the bras on backwards, how does the band feel now? If it's OK, it might be just the cup size issue. But you also need to figure out the styles and shapes that suit you. For example, Freya and Fantasie bras tend to have lower, shallower wires, and for some people, they go too far back into armpit. Panache on the other hand has more narrower, higher wires. So try to order a selection of brands and styles and try them all on - many places do free returns.
I am a 34E and find that Wacoal works really well for me. ( I order them online from John Lewis).I used to go to Rigby and Peller but it was so expensive although the bras were great. I also had a bad experience with Bravissimo and ended up with an ill fitting bra that made me a strange shape!!
I am a 30f and have the same sort of problem Can't wear Curvy Kate because the middle is too high and digs terribly. I get underwires poking into my armpits with some makes and others give me back/side fat even though I am a size 10! Bra buying is a horrible chore and I hate it.
I used to pick up a few sets from Asda when I was a 32 B (I probably wasn't a 32B but I wish I was still living in ignorance).
I'm a 32F and have the same problem! I've reasoned that I have quite a pronounced ribcage, so the underwires of a 32 rub mercilessly on my ribs. Underwires sticking into my armpits are less of a problem. I bought size 34E T-shirt bras (padded & underwired) in La Senza and they're doing ok for me at the moment.