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Punkin1024

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I searched for all threads about bras, but couldn't find anything specific to my problem. I have heavy breasts and I really need to find a good supportive bra. I've worn Glamorise bras for years, but they just don't "lift" like they should. I don't like underwires and I prefer a bra that looks great under t-shirts to work blouses. I have a difficult time finding bras that fit properly. I have narrow, sloping shoulders so I need to find a bra with straps that will stay put and because my breasts are heavy - the straps need to be wide and cushioned. I've taken measurements: chest - 46", bust - 54" ribs/underbust - 44". I get different size suggestions, depending on how a company suggests you should measure - one way suggests I buy a size 46 I and the other a 48 DDD/F. I currently wear two sizes - 48G and 46H. It is so confusing. Also, if anyone knows where I can find a devise that will help keep my straps in place, I'd very much appreciate it.

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I searched for all threads about bras, but couldn't find anything specific to my problem. I have heavy breasts and I really need to find a good supportive bra. I've worn Glamorise bras for years, but they just don't "lift" like they should. I don't like underwires and I prefer a bra that looks great under t-shirts to work blouses. I have a difficult time finding bras that fit properly. I have narrow, sloping shoulders so I need to find a bra with straps that will stay put and because my breasts are heavy - the straps need to be wide and cushioned. I've taken measurements: chest - 46", bust - 54" ribs/underbust - 44". I get different size suggestions, depending on how a company suggests you should measure - one way suggests I buy a size 46 I and the other a 48 DDD/F. I currently wear two sizes - 48G and 46H. It is so confusing. Also, if anyone knows where I can find a devise that will help keep my straps in place, I'd very much appreciate it.

Thanks!
I have the same problem. I looke awful in my clothes because of heavy knockers. I'm not sure there is a solution though. I hate straps that dig into my shoulders bearing the heavy weight of my boobs. In desperation I ordered this bra:



I'm still waiting for it to arrive. I hope it helps. If it does I'll let you know.
 

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I have the same issue. Very heavy chest.
I have found a couple of underwire-less bras from the Avenue that fit ok. They are not perfect, I really need an F and they only come in a DDD at the biggest.

Another, very supportive bra, although not pretty at all, is a sports bra. I wear one when I work out and it really holds my chest up and keeps me from bouncing. BUT it's not very figure flattering and I tend to feel like I have the "mono-boob". But, they're up ;)
 

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Just curious about why you don't like underwire? I only ask because I know my wife went through a phase of hating them, but that was mostly because she wasn't wearing properly fitted bras, so the unerwires kept poking her, or not sitting in place properly. Once she found properly fitting bras she didn't have trouble with underwires.

Not saying that is your issue, there are probably all sorts of issues with underwires that I'll fortunately never experience :p
 

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Not saying that is your issue, there are probably all sorts of issues with underwires that I'll fortunately never experience :p
I can't speak for the OP, but for me, the underwire tends to poke me in my arm pits. As long as I "stand pretty" or sit perfect they don't bother me. But I am an acitve person and I move around alot and when I have to climb under my desk for something or in a cabnet or what ever, it gets annoying getting jabbed in the arm pit.
I still wear underwire though because they do give me good support. But somedays, it can be a literal pain.
 

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I have the same issue. Very heavy chest.
I have found a couple of underwire-less bras from the Avenue that fit ok. They are not perfect, I really need an F and they only come in a DDD at the biggest.

Another, very supportive bra, although not pretty at all, is a sports bra. I wear one when I work out and it really holds my chest up and keeps me from bouncing. BUT it's not very figure flattering and I tend to feel like I have the "mono-boob". But, they're up ;)
Yes I wore the uniboob back in the day. Works great comfortwise. I may try it again but I would really love to have that 'lift and separate' look.

Just curious about why you don't like underwire? I only ask because I know my wife went through a phase of hating them, but that was mostly because she wasn't wearing properly fitted bras, so the unerwires kept poking her, or not sitting in place properly. Once she found properly fitting bras she didn't have trouble with underwires.

Not saying that is your issue, there are probably all sorts of issues with underwires that I'll fortunately never experience :p
Undewires always seem to escape from my bras within a few wearings. All of a sudden I've got a near puncture in my underarm because the wire is poking through. I think it is very difficult to find a well fitted underwire bra once you go past a certain size. Either they don't make them in that size or they are made poorly.
 

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I'm a 44DD, almost a DDD sometimes because one of my breasts is larger than the other. I love the Lane Bryant wire-free, cotton and lycra bras. They come in many colors. They're not the raciest things around, but they're cute enough if you get a sweet print, and they do the job. They also have nice wide straps that stay put and they give a lot of lift and separation.

If I could get away with it, I'd never wear a bra at all. These LBs are as comfortable as I've found, but nothing beats being "free."
 

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If you have trouble with bra straps falling off your shoulders, I highly recommend getting a racerback design. Very comfortable, and helpful in holding up heavy breasts because the straps that are positioned on a more central part of the body.

Fashion Bug makes a good one (runs up to 48DD). It does have underwire - but I still recommend it for both comfort and support. Plus it makes yer boobies perky :D.

 

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There is a new brand (well new to me anyway) of bras that I have heard good things about. Elila bras, they have a handful of styles, but specifically one that you can get either front or back hook, is a softcup, and has pads on the shoulder straps. Both the back and front hook versions go up to a 50L. Style 1305 (back hook) and style 1515 (front hook).

Just do a search online for elila bras, I know they have them at biggerbras.com, american intimates.com, and several other websites. I've seen them in the roaman's and woman within catalogs too.

Tracy
 

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You might like to check out the BelladonnaEyes sizing guide I posted here a while ago. Bra fit is absolutely essential for large breasts and helps so much when it comes to comfort. I certainly felt the difference when I went from ill-fitting 34DDDs and 32Es to 28Gs. Link

A snug band is essential for support. From your measurements, you should definitely try a 42/44J because bra companies do not follow the "add 4 inches to the underbust" rule anymore and as a result, a too-large band size causes the back to ride up. Busty ladies especially need this since shoulder straps alone are not enough, and you can even get away if an even lower back size if you have an extremely squishy back. My underbust measures 26.5" or so and I wear a 28 band, I have virtually no back fat but even then sometimes I feel like a tigher band (unfortunately unavailable) might do me some good. With the right size and a good quality bra, underwire shouldn't be too much of an issue. If you have no luck at all, custom bras are always an option.

I understand that such a size can be extremely difficult to find in the US but do check out Figleaves.com, Biggerbras.com and certain plus size shops. Awesome if you find a place that accepts returns, then you can order a bunch of sizes and send the rest back. Otherwise, do check out the UK sites, we tend to have a bigger and better selection - many sites charge about 5 pounds flat for shipping. Remember to look out for the holiday sales and coupon codes.

Not quite sure what you mean about keeping the straps in place, but if the shoulder straps are too long and fall off the shoulders or you simply need more support, you might want to look at mitten clips and use them to hold to link the back shoulder straps together.

Good luck!
 

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There is a new brand (well new to me anyway) of bras that I have heard good things about. Elila bras, they have a handful of styles, but specifically one that you can get either front or back hook, is a softcup, and has pads on the shoulder straps. Both the back and front hook versions go up to a 50L. Style 1305 (back hook) and style 1515 (front hook).

Just do a search online for elila bras, I know they have them at biggerbras.com, american intimates.com, and several other websites. I've seen them in the roaman's and woman within catalogs too.

Tracy
I have heard awesome reviews about Elila bras, and the lady who runs the site is extremely helpful so you might want to check those out.
 

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Just curious about why you don't like underwire? I only ask because I know my wife went through a phase of hating them, but that was mostly because she wasn't wearing properly fitted bras, so the unerwires kept poking her, or not sitting in place properly. Once she found properly fitting bras she didn't have trouble with underwires.

Not saying that is your issue, there are probably all sorts of issues with underwires that I'll fortunately never experience :p
Ed,

I agree with what NoNo Kitty and Lilly said about underwires. When I was a smaller size, I could find underwires that fit properly, however, sooner or later, the underwire did poke through.
 

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Thanks for all your responses everyone! I think you are right about the band size, Cors. I do have a fatty back and even when I followed the measuring instructions, the band still has too much give and tends to slide around. I might try getting a smaller band size and a larger cup size and see if that will make a difference. I've also considered buying a racerback bra to deal with the strap issues. Most bras are fit for an average sized frame and I'm a short person (hence short waisted) and it is very difficult to find a comfortable fit.
 

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I've also considered buying a racerback bra to deal with the strap issues. Most bras are fit for an average sized frame and I'm a short person (hence short waisted) and it is very difficult to find a comfortable fit.
Do try attaching mitten clips to the shoulder straps, they do provide the same effect and I do it under racerback tops. ;D
 

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I'm a 48B and have problems with underwires. Can't wear them cuz they hurt & dig in. Sometimes esp with sports bras one of my girls will come out from under the bra sticking out from under the bra. They just don't stay perky enough...
 

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I see some women with their boobs all up and perky looking. *sigh* And I long for the day when my boobs will look like that! Lol
I must find a bra that keeps me up, where I can rest my head on these puppies. I fluctuate between a 46 F to a 48 H. But I heard to have them up high u should get a smaller back?? And I also have tons of back fat I'm looking to smooth out. ;) lol sooo I will definitely be keeping a close eye on this thread.
 

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I see some women with their boobs all up and perky looking. *sigh* And I long for the day when my boobs will look like that! Lol
I must find a bra that keeps me up, where I can rest my head on these puppies. I fluctuate between a 46 F to a 48 H. But I heard to have them up high u should get a smaller back?? And I also have tons of back fat I'm looking to smooth out. ;) lol sooo I will definitely be keeping a close eye on this thread.
Looks like you and I have similar problems. I'll be watching to see if anyone can name some more brands that might fit better for both of us.
 

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i'm the polar opposite of fascinista up there, when it comes to the bra/no bra comfort issue. i cannot STAND not wearing a bra, to the point where i sleep in one most nights of the week. i find not wearing one to be incredibly uncomfortable. i think i just like everything to be locked and loaded, strapped down, hoisted skyward, and not flappy-flopping everywhere. so maybe if i had way smaller, completely perky-type boobs i'd enjoy not wearing a bra more.

also underwires don't bother me at all, but i'm lucky to be a cup size that's widely available in most stores, which i know helps a lot.
i will say that when i was in high school i was a C cup, and in the five or so years after i graduated i grew to a D cup, and in the time i was still wearing bras that were C cups, just out of laziness or stubbornness ("i'm a C i swear! i was measured 9 years ago!!"), and during that time i had a LOT of the underwire-popping-out-and-perforating-me problems that you guys are describing.
until i started wearing D cups, and i haven't had a single underwire issue since.
so if that's an issue you're having, and you're wearing a cup size that CAN be increased, maybe give the next size or two up a try. it helped me.
 

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You might like to check out the BelladonnaEyes sizing guide I posted here a while ago. Bra fit is absolutely essential for large breasts and helps so much when it comes to comfort. I certainly felt the difference when I went from ill-fitting 34DDDs and 32Es to 28Gs. Link

A snug band is essential for support. From your measurements, you should definitely try a 42/44J because bra companies do not follow the "add 4 inches to the underbust" rule anymore and as a result, a too-large band size causes the back to ride up. Busty ladies especially need this since shoulder straps alone are not enough, and you can even get away if an even lower back size if you have an extremely squishy back. My underbust measures 26.5" or so and I wear a 28 band, I have virtually no back fat but even then sometimes I feel like a tigher band (unfortunately unavailable) might do me some good. With the right size and a good quality bra, underwire shouldn't be too much of an issue. If you have no luck at all, custom bras are always an option.

I understand that such a size can be extremely difficult to find in the US but do check out Figleaves.com, Biggerbras.com and certain plus size shops. Awesome if you find a place that accepts returns, then you can order a bunch of sizes and send the rest back. Otherwise, do check out the UK sites, we tend to have a bigger and better selection - many sites charge about 5 pounds flat for shipping. Remember to look out for the holiday sales and coupon codes.

Not quite sure what you mean about keeping the straps in place, but if the shoulder straps are too long and fall off the shoulders or you simply need more support, you might want to look at mitten clips and use them to hold to link the back shoulder straps together.

Good luck!
For those of smaller bandsize and larger busts, this group is a godsend.
http://community.livejournal.com/thirty_twod

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I would just be so happy to know that I could find bras to fit.. I have lost weight so I am back into at least the rang where they do start making them again. Least they use to... 58Bis what I need, but I can't find them now, any one, any one, know where I can find one ... even a 58C which use to be more common,it would be big on me but I can stuff a c if I could just find the 58 to go around... It has been so long since I have had a actually bra and not sports bras or tank shirts with bras built in.. I am pretty excited for my search to bring up something... Oh and about keeping bra straps up and help hold up ones breast my grandmothers trick was sewing the straps( that fit around the corners of the beds to keep the sheets on) to make them tighter and then fit them on ether side of the bra straps in the back... LOL it was odd to me.
Hugs Evie
 
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