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WindyCityChick
02-25-2007, 05:19 PM
Ok, since there's a shoe thread going, I thought I'd add to the clothing discussion by asking you ladies how you deal with changing bra sizes. I've lost about 10 inches around my chest, so of course, the old bras have been retired. But, I'm still losing, and getting a good bra that supports me is an expensive (and often less that fun) ordeal. My experience with cheaper bras is that they just don't give me the support I need.

Right now, I've been dealing with it by wearing my workout bras all the time. (Small plug here - if you are a gal with a larger top, you simply must try Enell bras, they are fantastic). This works since it's winter, and I can avoid anything that shows a lot of skin. But, even though it's snowing here in Chicago today, I know that those warmer months are right around the corner. Anyone have any words of wisdom? Maybe I just need to suck it up and sink the money into this as an investment in my weight loss success.


Bikini Ready
02-25-2007, 05:54 PM
I suggest you but just one basic bra for those times when wearing a sports bra looks funny. I buy my bras at Nordstroms or Macy's because they have an amazing selection of suprisingly reasonably priced bras that are very comfortable. Talk to one of the sales people and explain your situation and have someone measure you so you get the right size for you now. I bet they can even help you find one that can also last a little longer that has a lot of strap adjustment room and a few different tightness clips in the back. Good luck!

lilybelle
02-25-2007, 07:18 PM
I am absolutely terrible at shopping for bras. Since starting to lose weight, I bet I have bought at least 10 new ones, and not one of them has a decent fit. I keep telling myself to just go get fitted properly and haven't done it. I did find that underwires don't bother me like they did when I was much heavier. My problem is that I want the cuter bras now and the ones I pick out always have me falling out of the low-cups in the front when I bend over. I'm trying to get out of the old granny-bras but they seem to fit more natural on me. But, if I wear anything remotely low-cut you can see the bra.


Trazey34
02-25-2007, 07:58 PM
I posted a similar thread not too long ago -- I stupidly thought all this time that buying a bra with UNDERWIRE was the only way to get support, yet I still wasn't thrilled with the location of the "gals" LOL i'm a big girl but not super huge up top so I definitely want to go the "minimizer" route:carrot: :carrot:

and THEN MY WHOLE LIFE CHANGED!!! hahahha I'm such a convert now!!! I tried on, just for fun, an Playtex 18-Hour bra with side panels and extra support, nice cushy shoulder straps, nice wide band in the back so it doesn't curl up, NO under wire, and holy CRAP it's fabulous!!! the gals are up nice and high and the cleavage is under control but GREAT! yay! AND the hubby likes it too ;)

haeyu14
02-26-2007, 01:08 PM
Ladies, for you larger busted women I have to recommend reductions. I had one about 3 years ago and it changed my life. Most health insurances cover them also. As far as the bra thing, I recommend staying away from underwire, they have a smaller window of "fit" time than a soft cup does. I've found that my cup size hasn't changed even though my rib cage measurement has, so what I've started doing is putting darts into the elastic. I guess that only works if you have a sewing machine, and I know it is temporary until I lose enough weight that it looks funny, but for a quick fix and to extend the life of my bras that's what I recommend.

Val424
02-26-2007, 10:00 PM
WindyCityChick - I have been looking for a good sports bra, where do you buy the Enell brand bra I might try one.

kristinaferina
02-27-2007, 08:11 AM
I have an Enell bra too, for "bouncy" exercise, lol. But mainly I use the Glamorise Sport Bra (http://www.glamorise.com/style.php?/en/Glamorise_Sport/1006/Search). It is comfy and puts the girls where they belong.

In the future, I do plan on a reduction. However, I need to lose weight first, so that I don't end up with itty bitty...well, you get the rhyme....and curves everywhere else. So, when I'm goal or close to goal, I'll check out a reduction and lift.

CyberGypsy
02-27-2007, 08:21 AM
Ladies, for you larger busted women I have to recommend reductions. I had one about 3 years ago and it changed my life. Most health insurances cover them also. As far as the bra thing, I recommend staying away from underwire, they have a smaller window of "fit" time than a soft cup does. I've found that my cup size hasn't changed even though my rib cage measurement has, so what I've started doing is putting darts into the elastic. I guess that only works if you have a sewing machine, and I know it is temporary until I lose enough weight that it looks funny, but for a quick fix and to extend the life of my bras that's what I recommend.

Sorry not a fan, of vanity surgery at all, so you traded up for scars.......no thanks, to me a waste of money and time but what ever makes you happy:?:

kristinaferina
02-27-2007, 08:35 AM
To me, it isn't vanity. My back hurts. My shoulders hurt. Being a size G isn't fun, it hurts. Now, the tummy tuck I want WITH the reduction, that part is vanity and I'm not ashamed to want it.

haeyu14
02-27-2007, 10:05 AM
Sorry not a fan, of vanity surgery at all, so you traded up for scars.......no thanks, to me a waste of money and time :?:

For me it wasn't vanity. I struggled with the decision to have it done for 8 years. When I graduated 8th grade I was a D cup. By the end of 12th grade I was a F cup, and when I graduated college I was a J cup. Yes, a J. I had 11 inches difference in my rib cage measurement and my bust measurement. The reduction took almost 10 pounds of tissue out. Yeah, the scars aren't wonderful, but it was worth it to me. It was worth it to be able to walk upright. To be able to fit into shirts without busting out the top of them. To be able to buy a bra off the rack at walmart and not have to spend $80-$120 on a custom made one. To make it through an entire day without back, neck, and shoulder pain. I know that surgery isn't for everyone. I wasn't trying to say that it should be. I only offered it up as a suggestion knowing the benefits that I gained from the experience. A final thought in regards to the scarring... I scar badly (the big puffy red kind) and my scars are hardly noticable. For me at least, the pros definately out weighed the cons.

Mrs Quadcrew
02-27-2007, 01:39 PM
I have a cousin who had the reduction done, and it was the best thing she ever did. I never asked her what size she was, but she had HUGE breasts. (and she is only in her 20's) They made her miserable. She is so much better off now ~ has more self confidnence and doesn't hurt all the time anymore. NO, it isn't for everyone, but for some, it is a medical necessity.

Kae
02-27-2007, 05:05 PM
Speaking for myself, I am very large chested and I am 23. I will likely get Reduction surgery in my near future. It is not a vanity thing. I have daily pain because of my chest size. Even at goal I will probably still have to have it done because when I lose weight "my girls" stick around and don't seem to reduce in size.. natural mystery. ... Pain aside, being large chested is an emtional burden as well. It is very uncomfortable.... Several people in my family have had to get it done and say it's the best. As my Grandma put it, "I'm so happy; I can buy cute bras now."

TooFatForMyDesk
02-27-2007, 05:09 PM
None of my bras have ever fit anyway, so as I lost weight, they just finally started to fit. :) ha

I have a deformity of my breasts so I don't spend too much money on bras anyway... there are a few that help mask the problem and I stick with those regardless of my size.

I can't WAIT to lose the weight, have the corrective reconstructive surgery, and buy a Victoria's Secret pretty bra... can't WAIT!

Kae
02-27-2007, 05:13 PM
I know what you mean. I had to have some biopsies done and now one of my breasts is not shaped the same as the other. They took about 4 inches of skin out of one and one inch on the other. I suppose the scars from reduction surgery won't bother me as I am already scarred.

Cute Bras here we come!

tchrnow
02-27-2007, 06:50 PM
Fashion Bug had a day where they fitted you for a bra (they will do it at any time). I happened to be there that day and tried it on a whim. I was amazed at the difference. I was choosing bras with the wrong cup size. The bras were less than $20. I got 3 and plan to resize and purchase as needed. I only hang them up to dry. I can't believe the difference getting an expert opinion. I'm more confortable and my "girls" have a happy home.

CyberGypsy
02-27-2007, 07:37 PM
I have been a 38DDD for most of my life, and I will never have the twins done......

lizziness
02-27-2007, 11:41 PM
First off, bras... I haven't found any that work out just yet. I was measured as a 46DDD but I am not sure if the girl was right.I got two bras from Torrid, and while the girls look great in them, I am fidgity and uncomfortable the entire time I wear them. I can't wear them for more than 3 or 4 hours at a time.
For now I just keep going with the cheapo bra in a box until I am at a size that it would matter...

And now on to surgery. My doctor actually recommended it to me. I have constant back pain. I also have fibrocystic breasts so they are almost always in pain. The only reason I am keeping them so far is because they are in proportion to the rest of my supersized body.I don't think they'll shrink down too much and once I hit a manageable weight I'll talk to my dr and hubby about it and make a decision. For me it's both wanting to look good and wanting to feel good.

royalsfan1
02-27-2007, 11:57 PM
I'll admit vanity! When I get to my goal weight I want a breast lift. Not augmentation. I just want them put back where they belong. I would think an incision in my shoulders and then pulling that flap backwards and hooking it to the back of my ankles will probably do the trick! ;)

Angihas2
02-28-2007, 12:45 AM
I hate bra shopping. Shopping for a HHH cup sucks butt. I've tried brands, sizes blah blah. I hate them. I woke up one day, 9 years old with a C cup and they've been growing since then. Normally I have DDD's and after each pregnancy, they've gone from the H's, back to the DDD's, but it still sucks. Even at my smallest weight I was still DDD and I debated then about having a reduction. Heck yeah part of its vanity, I am sick and tired of hearing crap like, "Here comes Angi's boobs". I love being a woman, but I don't need a DDD to prove my womanhood to anyone. I plan on discussing it with my doc further after we have our 3rd and final child and I'm done breastfeeding. Maybe the combo of weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding will cut them down to a size thats more suited to my frame, but I doubt it, as it hasn't yet.

I have found, even at a small size, in a pinch Lane Bryant makes a bra, wth is the name of it? No idea, I need to get some more, but they have nice, wide straps and are comfortable all the way around. The band doesn't dig either.

GirlyGirlSebas
02-28-2007, 08:47 AM
I'll admit vanity! When I get to my goal weight I want a breast lift. Not augmentation. I just want them put back where they belong. I would think an incision in my shoulders and then pulling that flap backwards and hooking it to the back of my ankles will probably do the trick! ;)

Hey? Do you think we could get a two for one discount? (or would that be a four for one discount?!):D I have already considered the option of getting the girls put back on the shelf and I also would like a tummy tuck. Call me vain....I really don't care! Its my body and my choice.

royalsfan1
02-28-2007, 10:12 AM
Hey? Do you think we could get a two for one discount? (or would that be a four for one discount?!):D I have already considered the option of getting the girls put back on the shelf and I also would like a tummy tuck. Call me vain....I really don't care! Its my body and my choice.


I'm certain we could get a group rate! I don't want a tummy tuck, or lipo, or anything else. Just the lift. I'm really scared of the knife so I think that would be all the courage I could muster. HOWEVER, if I lose all this weight and have a bunch of skin hanging everywhere, I'll definitely get it removed. Hopefully I'm losing slowly enough and exercising enough that it won't be an issue. My fingers are certainly crossed!!!

haeyu14
02-28-2007, 10:34 AM
I'm really scared of the knife so I think that would be all the courage I could muster. HOWEVER, if I lose all this weight and have a bunch of skin hanging everywhere, I'll definitely get it removed. Hopefully I'm losing slowly enough and exercising enough that it won't be an issue. My fingers are certainly crossed!!!

I'm with you on this one... even though I did have the reduction surgery I was a basket case about it before hand... and I'm definately with you on the losing slowly enough that my skin can rebound and not hang off me like a sharpei puppy.

WindyCityChick
03-03-2007, 11:52 AM
Just realized I started this thread then totally abandoned it. Thanks everyone for your thoughts. I am going out tomorrow to buy something that is both supportive and a tad bit sexier than the work out bra. Wish me luck!

jennylou
03-03-2007, 01:13 PM
First - bras - my favorite brand is the Anita brand. They're pricey, but I'm of the mind that you get what you pay for.

Second - surgery - please, if you are not done having children, please think about this carefully. First - your breast will change size and shape during pregnancy. Second, and more importantly imo, think about whether or not you'd want to breast feed. Breast feeding is best for baby (heck, even the formula cans say that), it's cheaper, and it's definitely easier (especially not having to fiddle with a bottle in the middle of the night!).

JerseyGyrl
03-03-2007, 01:29 PM
2 words...QVC...Breezies.