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Difference between underwired and soft cup bras.

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MaggieTulliver Thu 25-Jun-09 15:30:20

I have always worn underwired bras. I am a G cup.

Do you wear a soft cup bra? Is it better?

I need some new bras and am wondering why I have never looked at these. Do they offer enough support?

trixymalixy Thu 25-Jun-09 15:33:17

No no no!!! Soft cup bras don't give decent support or shape for anyone.

MaggieTulliver Thu 25-Jun-09 15:34:23

Haha. That's what I thought. But I'm hot and sweaty tooday and I think it's making me feel the underwire more.

So, where can I get some nice bras quite cheaply then?

WowOoo Thu 25-Jun-09 15:36:20

Find my non-wire ones perfectly supportive but I'm a fair bit smaller than you.

I never understand how wire can add support, but have been told before that it does and helps with look of clothes too.
It's the strappage and how long the straps are for support for me.

I find wire ones so uncomfortable too. But my type is much harder to find and generally far less attractive, sexy ish looking bras. So I wear nice vests instead!!
Try one, you might like it..

MaggieTulliver Thu 25-Jun-09 18:37:15

thanks wowooo

anyone else?

mumtoted Thu 25-Jun-09 18:41:11

The best selection of underwired bras for big boobs is Bravissimo. They do fab Panache bras for £23 and the shape is great, you can find them cheaper on ebay if you're sure of your size

mrsmerryweather Thu 25-Jun-09 18:41:12

Never had a soft cup bra for over 30 years...

a wired bra gives better shape and much more support- and I am only a B/C cup.

Try New Look- around £8, or even have some for around £10.

MaggieTulliver Thu 25-Jun-09 20:48:05

thanks mumtoted. i've used bravissimo before. Just wondered if there was somewhere a bit cheaper.

thanks mrsmerryweather. not sure new look will do my size but will check online.

llareggub Thu 25-Jun-09 20:51:07

I'm also a G cup but it in soft cup bras at the moment because I am breastfeeding. The soft cups are so uncomfortable in comparison, and I think I look bigger generally with a soft up bra. Clothes definitely look better with my underwired bras. Bravissimo have a sale at the moment I think.

TsarChasm Thu 25-Jun-09 20:55:30

I only have UW too.

Soft cup=Tigger boobs (ie bounce aboutblush)

MaggieTulliver Thu 25-Jun-09 20:55:47

thanks llagerub - that really helps as a direct comparision. will go and check B sale.

MaggieTulliver Thu 25-Jun-09 20:58:21

lol Tsarchasm. My initial feelings have been truly validated.

Ronaldinhio Thu 25-Jun-09 21:00:28

the difference is uplift

for big norks you need some steel girders

MaggieTulliver Thu 25-Jun-09 21:05:59

I seem to recall as a child those huge cross your heart things and the women all looked very nice. That's my only real experience with soft cup bras, hence why I was asking grin

MaggieTulliver Thu 25-Jun-09 21:06:45

that was early 80s btw so my recollection may be a bit fuzzy blush

mrsmaidamess Thu 25-Jun-09 21:07:38

One makes my boobs look perky and bouyant. The other makes them look like Spaniels noses.

TsarChasm Thu 25-Jun-09 21:12:09

I tried on one of those Doreen bras once out of curiosity (only curiosity mind - I have no intention of wearing anything known as Doreen even it it's fab). I read somewhere they were the most popular bra in the world or something.

It was awful though - gave this awful 1960's pointy/droopy look. No no no - I like nice uw bras. Great shape and everything stays put.

trixymalixy Thu 25-Jun-09 21:12:49

I'm a 32H and was desperate to get out of soft cup maternity/feeding bras into underwired. Non-wired bras make me look enormous with a mono boob, whereas underwires lift and separate and make my boobs look smaller.

MaggieTulliver Thu 25-Jun-09 21:14:18

Of course I know you are right. What I'm really disillisioned with is having huge norks and feeling like a big boob and not much else. Sigh.

Ronaldinhio Thu 25-Jun-09 21:20:33

shurley spaniels ears???

trixymalixy Thu 25-Jun-09 21:23:33

Get yourself to bravissimo and get measured. I was wearing the wrong size for years. i look so much better now.

WhoDidThat Thu 25-Jun-09 21:25:22

OK you need to check out Miss Mary of Sweden - sounds like a porn star but is actually a great make of lingerie with a few soft bras for big boobs which give loads of support. I hated underwired but felt I had no choice or else my boobs ended up chafing my knees IYKWIM but this bra really works for me and is comfy.

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