Mother: If you are one of the lucky ones who can always find a bra that fits you will not want to read this bra rant. On the other hand, if you are like me and find it almost impossible to find a bra that fits you can commiserate with me. 2018 was off to a great start, and we were leaving in a couple of days to spend two months in Fl. so why not put my self in a bad mood by shopping for bras? Kohl’s is my go-to place for bras and they were having a sale so all I had to lose was some time. And time is what I lost. I tried on 10 or 12 bras then gave it up and headed home.
A few years ago I found the most wonderful bras at a discount store. The bras in the store were $38, but at the DFW, Designer Fashion Warehouse, they were $10. The bras were from the Cacique collection at Lane Bryant. Back smoothing no padding and they fit with no rolling up in the back this girl could ask for nothing more. Fast forward a few years, and now I need new bras. I started looking a year ago and have bought a couple that doesn’t fit as well as I would like, but they do keep the girls from smacking around when I walk.
The first thing you probably think about is going to Lane Bryant and pay full price and get the bras that fit. Doing this sounds like the perfect solution, but some smart designer for Cacique got the bright idea to add micro padding to the bra. If you are someone like me who wears a 38/40 DD extra padding of any sort is the last thing needed. When I complained about the padding, I was told that it made the cleavage look better and gave a smoother look. None of this matters to me I just want cups that hold my breasts, a band that doesn’t roll due to back fat and straps that stay on my shoulders no matter what.
After the extra padding issue, there are the minimizers. Who came up with the theory that everyone with large breasts wants them minimized? Personally, I choose not to have my breasts smashed into and across my chest. With a minimizer, I feel like my breasts look like pancakes and this is not an attractive look in t-shirts or sweaters. The sad thing is I can usually find the back fat smoother and nonroll band in a minimizer, but still have issues with the straps falling and my breasts coming out the top of the cups.
Have you heard about Third Love? Their bras come with a 100% fit guarantee which sounds great. However, after taking the test for a perfect fit, they tell me I need a 36F. 36 cannot be true I measure 37 1/2 inches around my bra band so thinking that a 36 will fit seems off to me. The bras are $68 each, and you get $15 off when you purchase 2. These bras have what they call “hybrid memory foam” which they say offers comfort inside and support on the outside. As stated above I am not in favor of any type of padding and really don’t want to spend $68 on a maybe. Yes, there is that 100% fit guarantee, but it seems like a waste of time to order a size that I doubt will fit.
What are your thoughts or tips for getting a bra that fits? I am at a point where I have to buy bras so any tips are welcome. Or am I the only one that has these problems?