Looking Good, Feeling Great - can I take the wire out of my bra?




piper10
10-25-2010, 03:40 PM
What would happen if I took the wire out of my underwire bra? I've read that the support in a bra comes from the band, so what purpose does the wire serve, other than to press on my ribcage and drive me nuts?

I just had a bra fitting, and I LOVE this one, most especially the fact that it has "kicked in" straps that DO NOT fall off my shoulders!! Hallelujah!! But the wire presses on bone. I haven't been able, so far, to track down a softcup bra (38G) with these same straps.

So has anybody taken the wire out of their bra?


popspry
10-25-2010, 03:45 PM
My wire has come out on its own and as a large-chested person it had a major decrease in support.

Jen516
10-25-2010, 04:01 PM
I have a couple where the wire came out. They're still comfy to where around the house, but no where near as supportive for venturing out into the real world!


kaplods
10-25-2010, 04:11 PM
In my experience, it depends on the bra. I have yet to find a truly comfortable underwire bra, so whenever I've tried them, I usually ended up removing the wire, eventually. Some of the bras were just (or nearly) as supportive without the wire, while others became absolutely useless.

I buy the Cacique soft knit (t-shirt) bras from Lane Bryant (no underwire). They're crazy comfortable, and they support surprisingly well (I'm between a D and DD), but they stretch out really quickly (becoming even more comfortable, but more and more useless for support).

The Cacique brand also has a soft knit underwire that I plan on trying as soon as I lose a little more weight (the underwire style only goes to 46 and I need a 48 or 50, depending on the style).

JillyM
10-25-2010, 04:22 PM
I personally cannot wear a soft cup bra. I am still young and the girls don't stay up without underwire! I am also a 36/38 C/D.
But everyone is different.

dudesmom
10-25-2010, 05:11 PM
I feel your pain because underwires are uncomfortable, but in my opinion, my girls look pretty sad and shapeless without the underwire!

odonnela
10-25-2010, 05:24 PM
To piper10:
If your underwire is hurting then you still do not have the right bra on. It might be the right size, but its not the right style or right something. I am a 38DD...but I can't just wear any 38DD. I have to try them on and out of 20 bras I might find one that I feel meets all the criteria (confortable but supportive but not ugly).
It is true that most of the support comes from the band, but if you have a underwrire bra most of the rest of the support comes from there, if you have a soft cup bra you'll notice that there is a band under the cups - thats acting in place of the underwire thats not there.
If it fits properly you will not know there is an underwire - I swear. Currently I am wearing the Cacique minimizers from Lane Bryant. They no longer make them and if I lose any more weight I will be on the hunt for a new bra. I have 9 of these and its all I wear. I find that the minimizer style bras are the most comfortable and have the most support. I am a big girl with big boobs and I'm telling you, I can run in these bras and there is no bounce.
I really really encourage all of you to a) get a bra fitting so you know what size you are and b) try on lots and lots of bras in that size until you find the one thats perfect for you.
In the long run you will find that a properly fit underwire is much more supportive and comfortable than a soft cup.
And I sell insurance not bras LOL!!!

ghostgirl811
10-25-2010, 07:24 PM
i hate the ones with the wires but now for me its hard to find them without mainly because it seems like they only make them up to a 36 B, or at least around where i live its hard to find anything other then that and im a 40 D. But when i find them in my size i buy all of them lol the wire hurts me and i just dont like it.

lucky8
10-25-2010, 07:33 PM
I have a couple where the wire came out. They're still comfy to where around the house, but no where near as supportive for venturing out into the real world!

i agree , take the wire out and their going south. I suggest u buy a non underwired bra to give u proper support,i also find a bra that the wire has come out of , one the wires is out changes shapeand folds under where the wire was, leaving no support whatso eve and pulls everything south........not reccommended:o

Windchime
10-25-2010, 11:13 PM
I think that finding the correct underwire bra is the key, as odnella suggests. I'm a 34G and I don't think I could do a non-underwire bra at all. But it has to be the right bra; I stay with the same style all the time because it's the one that fits and is most comfortable. I wear it until bedtime because it's comfy and it doesn't occur to me to take it off. But there have been plenty of underwires (before I found this style) that were exactly as you describe; the wire either jabbed me in the side of my boob under my armpit, or it dug into my rib cage, or it jutted out oddly in front.

You can give it a try (removing the wire). But my guess is that the support will be gone, or greatly lessened.

katy trail
10-25-2010, 11:36 PM
in almost every case, i just completely avoid underwire. even if it's comfortable when i got it, seems like soon after the wire is poking me.
most of the time i just wear sports bras. it will be a happy day when i can wear just one for high impact like running. my fav. is made by jockey. don't know the name my mom got it for me. kinda weird, cuz i'm an adult and on my own, but she was trying to help.

it's really annoying how little selection there is. they are so much more comfortable, but the stores just seem to assume we will buy underwire.

KoriHallelujah
10-25-2010, 11:46 PM
Hey! I was a 38G before my breast reduction! I suggest NOT taking the wire out. It seems like a good idea at the time, but it never is. Instead, when you get home switch into a bra-cami. A cami with a bra. It's comfy, holds you in and up, and doesn't have any wires! The support of the wires is well worth the discomfort!

piper10
10-26-2010, 01:57 AM
Ok, the consensus is "don't do it," so I won't. The wires will remain in the bra. I appreciate everybody's input.

Someone posted a link in a recent thread, and that site (Linda The Bra Lady) said, in part:

"For some women, underwire bras are uncomfortable even when they are properly fitted and wearing a good bra. If your underwire digs into you and nothing will fix the problem, it is possible that you have a high ribcage.

"Some people simply have a more pronounced ribcage than others. If you think you may have a high ribcage, try pressing your finger directly under the breasts, where your wire would normally lie. If you can feel a hard bump in this spot, then you have a rib right underneath the space for your underwire."

Well, I can feel that rib right there! Their solution, duh, is to buy a bra without underwires. Which, so far, I can't find with the close-set straps I need so they won't fall off my shoulders.

I hate this bra shopping stuff!

splendidsparrow
10-26-2010, 01:59 AM
I'm a rather large busted girl and find that although the concept of wireless bras are appealing, the actuality is that they really aren't flattering at all.

Someone mentioned before that you may have the right size but the wrong style ect, I completely agree. I can wear any bra in my size, but comfort wise I prefer a certain style over others (plus I love more cup coverage vs what many provide).

Rochester
10-26-2010, 02:13 AM
I have a high rib cage (no space whatsoever between the top of my ribs and my boobs) and I have large boobs (36FF/G). What I have found is that if my bra gives enough support, so that my boobs aren't pressing down on the underwire, it's very comfortable, more so even than a non-underwire bra.

piper10
10-26-2010, 04:45 AM
What I have found is that if my bra gives enough support, so that my boobs aren't pressing down on the underwire, it's very comfortable, more so even than a non-underwire bra.

That makes sense. Now I understand what a lot of you were saying about trying different styles.

Guess I won't give up on the underwires yet.

So, what do y'all look for when deciding whether a bra has enough support? It wasn't until I had worn this bra for *several hours* that I realized the pressure from the wire was going to bruise my ribs. Hopefully it's not just trial and error -- that could get really expensive.

kaplods
10-26-2010, 10:38 AM
I haven't found any other system except trial and error. I've even gone to expensive lingerie shops where someone measures you and makes recommendations (the shops had great reputations).

I haven't yet found an underwire that I can wear, and I've invested a small fortune in the attempts. With my fibro and arthritis it's become even harder to find a comfortable, yet functional bra that I can put on myself (as it is, I need my hubby's help half the time).

odonnela
10-26-2010, 11:23 AM
That makes sense. Now I understand what a lot of you were saying about trying different styles.

Guess I won't give up on the underwires yet.

So, what do y'all look for when deciding whether a bra has enough support? It wasn't until I had worn this bra for *several hours* that I realized the pressure from the wire was going to bruise my ribs. Hopefully it's not just trial and error -- that could get really expensive.

Seriously? I just up & down in the dressing room...shimmy from side to side..... bend over...and just look like a general all around fool. I want to make sure there is not any bounce and that my boobs don't migrate from where they are supposed to be. Theres nothing worse than a bra you have to keep adjusting because your boobs are trying to sneak out the bottom or sometimes they will migrate toward the middle and you get the awesome 4 boob look - always classy and attention getting. :D I did just poke at my ribs and they are right there, but because I have the correct bra it does not poke. It used to feel like the underwires were digging a hole for themselves in my ribs. You want the underwire right under your boobs.

Windchime
10-27-2010, 09:16 AM
Many people make the mistake that I used to make, of buying the band too big in order to get the cups to fit (I'm in a small town and a G cup can't be purchased here). So I would buy a 38 or 40 band so that I could get into a DDD cup, and then wonder why the stupid thing was so uncomfortable. My boobs would be falling out from underneath and the wire dug and gouged horribly. I couldn't wait to take my bra off when I got home.

I'm not saying that you MUST be able to find an underwire, just that I am really glad I was finally able to find one.

If you go to sites like biggerbras.com or Figleaves, you may find some nice wire-free bras in your size. You may pay more, but it's worth it to have a comfortable, supportive bra that's not torturing you.

MeganTheMushroom
10-27-2010, 11:35 PM
One of my bras lost one wire, and it's not very different to me..

Are you sure you can't find non-underwires anyway? Like online?
I definitely prefer them over underwire, since wires can get all bent in the washing machine and become VERY uncomfortable

kaplods
10-28-2010, 12:25 AM
One of my bras lost one wire, and it's not very different to me..

Are you sure you can't find non-underwires anyway? Like online?
I definitely prefer them over underwire, since wires can get all bent in the washing machine and become VERY uncomfortable


LOL! The only close-to-comfortable underwire I ever bought was crazy expensive (really a lot more than I could afford at the time). I hand-washed it so carefully, but eventually it got into the wash by mistake. I tried to bend the wires back into shape, but I never could get it right. I mourned it's loss like a pet (I paid more for it than any pet I ever owned too).

odonnela
10-28-2010, 10:58 AM
I've washed my bras for years and never had the underwires get misshapen.
I don't dry them though - years ago I had an underwire come out of a cheap bra and get stuck and stop the dryer from spinning. It wrecked the dryer and came darn close to starting a fire.

sarahyu
10-28-2010, 01:10 PM
Just had to share my underwire mishap once. I had one that I wore all the time. After awhile the wire sort of poked through the fabric, I'd stitch it up and continue to wear it.

One day at work, I'm having a serious work related discusion is a male collegue who can't stop looking at my chest. After awhile he says, "excuse me, I have to ask-what is that?" as he pointed to my chest. I was wearing a button up shirt.

The underwire had come out of my bra and through the bottons and it was just poking out of my chest. I died laughing, which brought a crowd. I don't know if anyone explained to him what it was. I was too busy laughing my head off and being embarrassed.

My underwires haven't get misshapen and I don't put them in the dryer. That's odd.
Sarah in MD

kaplods
10-28-2010, 11:55 PM
It probably was technically a dryer mishap then. Anything that I can't dry in the dryer, I always handwash, because I never remember to pull it from the wash before it goes into the dryer.

I still mourn the tragic loss of two beloved lambswool sweaters I had in college. Baby blue and baby lavenderish-pink, dolman sleeves, pearl buttons, soft as a cloud and so comfy and cuddly to wear. I'd been washing them in cold in the machine and carefully plucking them out to dry flat. Worked great until they got into the dryer by mistake (and of course both sweaters were lost in the same tragic accident).