I have been waiting since age thirteen for my boobs to sag. They look way sexier when they have a little hang than the perky ones.Thankfully they're not yet saggy, but I know that day is coming.
I guess when it comes down to it, I wear bras more for the modesty padding than for support, lol. Come to think of it, none of my bras are particularly "supportive', even the underwire ones. I wore those Haines Comfort elastic bras exclusively up until recently; now I have some pretty comfy cheap wire bras I found at Target.
I find overbust corsets more comfortable than bras. Even if I don't tightlace (which I don't, generally) being supported from beneath is a lot more comfortable than pulled from above. Even without having much to lift.
In recent years, I've learned too much about bra fitting. I have really bad back and neck problems, and finding out my real bra size has saved me from imminent surgery. And I used to be a bra fitter for a living. Believe me - if you've been sized in the US, Canada or Australia, chances are you weren't fitted correctly. The UK is the only place I've ever been where they know what they're doing, and even then it's hit and miss.
If your bra is riding up, it's the wrong size. It's that simple. Try a sister size - go down in the band and up one cup for every band size. The way I was taught to fit people at work, we'd generally put them in bands 2 sizes too big. Now I know that 80% of support from a bra comes from the band, and if it's too big, you'll find the straps dig in, the band rides up and it's uncomfortable, which sounds like what you're saying.
This calculator is pretty good, and this site also has a good explanation of sister sizes.
This is just kind of funny , but also really helpful.
My mother is the 'rip the bra off the moment you walk in the door type', but I don't understand it at all. I think she's wearing the wrong size - by a very long shot. Comfort is the #1 thing for me when buying a bra, followed by shape, then how pretty it is. I have enough back pain from injuries without a bra adding to it
One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.
I was finally properly sized (1 band size smaller and 1 cup size bigger than I thought!), and I still take off my bra when I step into the house because even the feeling of something hugging my chest is not as comfortable as going au naturel. But then again I'm a very small B and as long as I don't jump up and down, it's perfectly comfortable.
Now my bras ride up even on the last hook because they're old, but I'm too cheap to throw them away yet. Does anyone has a use for bras that have been stretched out, but are still in fairly good condition?
I am exactly in the same boat as Anita18. But once I got properly sized a got a few well-fitting and well-made bras, I don't even notice I am wearing them. I don't mind going without at home, or when lifting weights, I am small enough to be comfortable but for any other kind of exercise I go for the Athleta tops with built-in support. I don't run or do any kind of high impact exercise though.
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Well, it depends on how your sleeping as well. I like to curl up, so when pregnant every thing can just stick together and the bra is so loose it is basically like a layer of clothing. It is not supporting anything, really, more like a cropped tank with a soft elastic band.
I prefer to sleep naked, house fires be dammed!
This is what I learned too seeing a proper bra fitter at one point in Denmark. When I moved to the US I mostly go to Vitorias Secret (pretty bras), but they usually give me the wrong size bra if they measure me, or say stuff like 'oh, we don't have that cup size with that band, but go up a band size, the cup will be a little bigger' - NO the point is the band has to be correct.
My sizing has changed a bit up and down, but once you get to know the right 'feel' you can sort of know.
I do need to find a different place to buy bras (maybe I should try Macy's or Nordstroms), because while when I lost weight Victoria's Secret had my size, they now just don't have a big enough cup size.
From loosing weight I found that you can get a lot of 'sag' (as you get when having been pregnant, people used to think it was nursing, but the tissue changes towards the end of your pregnancy), but doing a LOT of chest presses etc (strengthening the muscle underneath) can really help with the shape.
I wouldn't understand taking off bras when I get home, too much work . I feel my nipples would chafe a bit on my shirts too I think...
I would assume if you washed them you could donate them? I plan on doing that with some bras that don't fit - I assume that washing them and donating them would be useful for someone.
Never wash your bras in the washing machine, said the Nordstrom bra lady. That's how straps get stretched. It's the cardinal sin of bra care. So it's a lot of hand washing. Makes you want to just believe the study be done with those things.
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Man up and do it.
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If there is no chance of anyone other than my husband in the house, I don't wear one to bed. If there is a possibility of anyone coming to our house or being in our house before I would normally get dressed, I wear a sports type bra. I don't know that MM wearing bras to bed is what would have kept them perky - gravity takes over at sometime unless they are saline.
When I was an MA, one of the things we did was shoot chest x-rays, and if we weren't insanely busy, I always gave people the option to watch as their x-rays digitally developed, and show them where their lungs, heart, etc. were. We both (me and the patient) generally found this kind of fun.
Until one day when I was showing a regular patient of ours, who immediately blurted out, "Can you see my implants?"
(Yes, we can.)
She told me how excited she was, since she'd just gotten them two weeks ago, and proceeded to do this ridiculous hip swinging, arms over head whirling happy dance (did I mention the x-ray developing room was REALLY small ) while cheering like a cheerleader. Like, literally, she started banging her hip against mine. When I looked less than excited, she asked me if I had kids (I don't), and said, "Well, when you do, you'll understand. I've had two and then things really start to sag."
I stopped offering to show her her x-rays after that.
Also, a good excuse to take REALLY advantage of sales at Gilly Hicks now. I'm so glad I found a brand that fits me, and it isn't expensive! I just hate throwing away old stuff that's still (technically) usable. I need someone to tell me to just throw it away. Alf has been my fridge watch for that.
But she'd be a terrific flapper!
Yay, go Alf!! I know of a couple where one spouse sneaks out with a bag of old stuff and puts it outside in the trash and the other spouse sneaks it back in. It's a cycle. Don't get caught in it.
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