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SunshineCake Wed 04-Mar-20 19:52:11

Can anyone recommend something as I am sick of my bras. I have one non wired and the rest wired but I don't feel they fit properly and I can't bare to have to get fitted. There must be something soft. Help, please. Thank you.

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Girlintheframe Thu 05-Mar-20 06:44:20

I wear a vest style bra when not at work. Pretty comfy. Just saw Triumph are doing a new bralette style one which is the same idea but apparently more supportive

500BusStops Thu 05-Mar-20 06:57:38

Uniqlo do nice comfy crop top style bras.

midgebabe Thu 05-Mar-20 06:59:39


Fairylea Thu 05-Mar-20 07:00:49

Molke. Look up the buy / sell Molke group on Facebook- lots on sale nearly new etc. Use the Molke website to get your size first.

BlackCatSleeping Thu 05-Mar-20 07:01:49

What size are you? I think the recommendations will differ depending on whether you are large or small busted.

lastburritos Thu 05-Mar-20 07:01:53

Molke! Love mine. So comfortable, handmade in Scotland and their customer service is excellent 👍

Ginfordinner Thu 05-Mar-20 07:03:08

If you were fitted properly they wouldn't be uncomfortable. Molke are very loved on here, but they are hideous.

Fairylea Thu 05-Mar-20 07:04:34

I think Molke bras are beautiful and really lovely to look at...! I think we all like different things.

APurpleSquirrel Thu 05-Mar-20 07:10:36

Depending on what size you are, look into bralets.I don't like wires much but am a F cup so need support - M&S do a good one that offers support without wires:
I also have a couple of Molkes which are good but it can be tricky getting the right size even with the calculator. & they can be a faff to get on.

greywoollyjumper Thu 05-Mar-20 08:22:12

Get yourself to bravissimo. Can't recommend enough. Most women (can't remember the statistic) are wearing the wrong size bra and places like M&S will only size you in sizes they sell. I went from a 36D to a 30FF and they are so much comfier in the right size.

crochetmonkey74 Thu 05-Mar-20 08:24:10

I had exactly this a few months ago OP and posted on here- I was suggested the supersoft crop tops from Sainsburys - and I can attest they are marvellous- supportive (I have big boobs) yet also so comfy

Also really reasonable

I have them in black and white- here's the link to a colourful one

hazeyjane Thu 05-Mar-20 08:24:39

Molke - I know some think they are hideous. I love them!

crochetmonkey74 Thu 05-Mar-20 08:25:42

I also had lots of people saying get fitted properly and they will be comfortable- I have done this before several times , and spent lots on nice bras but they never feel comfy , or they do at first, then they 'go' so I know your need for comfort!

tiutinkerbell Thu 05-Mar-20 11:27:53

Does anyone have any recommendations on where to get measured if you are very small chested? M&S measured me as 32D but I genuinely am not filling out my bras at all. I have a very athletic body type and boobs just don't really feature since my body has changed.

SunshineCake Thu 05-Mar-20 15:45:02

Thank you all, especially *@crochetmonkey74.*. When I bought the bras I fitted myself correctly but I've had a change in weight and health and now they are driving me nuts. The only shop near to me where fitting is offered is M & S and no way will I go there for numerous reasons.

@Ginfordinner that just isn't the case. I am sure many of us have bought bars that felt and looked like they fit to discover they really weren't right.

Shops say replace every three months which is ridiculous but does anyone have a proven track record of how long their bras seem fine for and then suddenly aren't ?

I'm a G and I've never heard of Molke.

Marks and Spencer's always get snotty when I tell them a 34 will not fit when they are adamant I am a 34 but then we all know they are so out of touch with the best way to measure.

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SunshineCake Thu 05-Mar-20 15:52:27

@crochetmonkey74 I've measured and looked at the Tu one but can't see how to translate the resultant size into whether I buy medium, large etc .

Also, the size I got from measuring as it said is nothing like the bra I am wearing confused.

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SunshineCake Thu 05-Mar-20 15:55:25

I have just measured per Molke and for a differing size again !

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ItsJustTheOneSwanActually Thu 05-Mar-20 15:57:57

You need to go to Bravissimo - they'll sort you out.

I'm a G and frankly there is no alternative to a well fitted wired bra if you want you boobs up where they should be grin

thenightsky Thu 05-Mar-20 16:03:26

I've just had a look at Molke and, dear god, they are bloody ugly sad

SunshineCake Thu 05-Mar-20 16:04:07

I have been to Bravissimo and didn't find them good for me. Another fitter who tried to cut me in half with a too tight band size sad. Without a bra they don't droop at all but I need something for how I would feel without.

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fallfallfall Thu 05-Mar-20 16:06:05

Save up all your bra money and get a lift/reduction/mastopexy and be bra free for the rest of your life.
Honestly the soft bralettes are the comfiest but that aside surgery was money much better spent than countless properly fitted bras. Which all felt like hell.

SunshineCake Thu 05-Mar-20 16:14:11

Hi *@fallfallfall*grin. Are you cheating on our thread?!?

Surgery not an option but thank you smile.

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fedup21 Thu 05-Mar-20 16:17:54

M+S bralette
Sloggi bralette (invisible/zero feel)

OvalCanvas Thu 05-Mar-20 16:19:56

I only wear padded sports bras now. Am a 32f and buy a size large. Under armour do a great basic racer back bra in a few colours for under t shirts. I also have the nike indy (sp) bra as it goes really well under dresses. I find the shape really flattering of both of these styles.

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