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Old 11-19-2010, 11:46 AM
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Help! Are there any good non-underwire bras?

My GYN just told me that my painful breast lumps are most likely glandular tissue irritated by underwire bras. My "prescription" is to stop using underwires. I'm a 38-40 D to DD, and I want my breasts to appear separate from each other and from my abdomen. I have some nursing tanks that are comfy, but I look like a sack of potatoes when I wear them.

I don't need nursing bras these days, so that should make things easier. But I haven't bought anything but nursing bras for the past 7 years, so I have no clue where to start.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:48 AM
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I suggest going to Victoria's Secret. Be prepared to pay at least $40, probably more.
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Old 11-19-2010, 11:53 AM
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Or, depending on how big you are, Lane Bryant. They do have band sizes as small as 36, but their bras tend to have better architecture and support than Victoria's Secret (which are leaps and bounds above the bras you'd buy at Target). Their prices are slightly lower than Victoria's Secret too.

If you can hold out till after Christmas, everybody will be having big sales. That's the time to buy bras.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:09 PM
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I dunno about your GYN's assessment. I rarely wear an underwire, and instead opt for cotton non-underwire or a cotton sports bra when working out. Because I have shitty skin, I am prone to lots of sebaceous cysts under my boobs.

Do you wear cotton underwires? If not, have you tried cotton? Have you tried something like Vagasil powder under your boobs? I think we've had a discussion before about under-boob nastiness and someone mentioned some sort of disposable paper that helps keep the girls dry during the day.

I don't see how an underwire can affect the skin. Fabric or sweat, yes. But not the wire.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:22 PM
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It's not my skin, it's the active lactation tissue inside my breast, up against my ribs, right where underwires sit. I am still nursing 1-3 times a day, so my boobs are different from non-lactating ones. From my experience of nursing and knowledge of breast anatomy, what she said makes sense to me. As a matter of fact, I've heard umpteen times at LLL meetings to be careful with underwire bras as they can cause plugged ducts. I never had that, but it's certainly possible the active glands in that area are pissed at being jabbed with wire.

It does look like VS and LB each have at least one bra that might work. The Body by Victoria wireless with plunge front looks promising - that plunge might avoid the uniboob look that usually develops without a wire.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:24 PM
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Look for high end sports bras. The cheap ones result in monoboob, but the better ones have lots of support without any wires.
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Old 11-19-2010, 12:27 PM
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Dunno if it's helpful but I've found this site to be pretty useful for seeing what styles are in production right now (and I love the all-views photos that they take). Never actually ordered from them but when I ask "Hmm, I wonder if anyone makes a nude T-back full-figure sports bra" that's where I look.

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Old 11-19-2010, 12:47 PM
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I've got a couple of seriously ugly (yet very comfortable) bras from Decent Exposures (decentexposures.com) - they don't give you the same support and shaping that an underwire does, but I find them acceptable under a lot of shirts. They do keep you from the uniboob or sack of potatoes look, IMHO. I'm only a C cup, though.
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:38 PM
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I find Kohl's to have some good stuff, non-underwire. I HATE underwires. They hurt!
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Old 11-19-2010, 01:43 PM
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I've been wearing the Lane Bryant Cacique cotton no-wire bra for years - I love it. Breathes well, comfortable, provides good support, and it fits nicely.
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Old 11-19-2010, 02:53 PM
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Bali Double Support.

They have them at most stores and also for a lot cheaper from Hanes outlet stores or Hanes online. They give a two breasted look but the middle area doesn't touch the skin like an underwire.
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Old 11-19-2010, 06:52 PM
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Ditto the Bali Double Support; however, they have a plastic thing on the outside of each boob that I find uncomfortable. So, I cut them out. Just cut a tiny slit at the top of the plastic and slide it out. Looks kind of like an extra long collar stay, if you're old enough to know what the heck that is. The bras are knitted so they don't come apart where they're cut. Very comfy and no uniboob.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:42 AM
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Here's the thing, if you like the fit of the underwire, but don't like the wire, like me, it turns out it's mighty simple to actually just remove the wire. Use a sharp pair of scissors and make a small nick, and wiggle out the wire, couldn't be easier. The fit I'm looking for, comfort, and no wire!
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:34 AM
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Here's the thing, if you like the fit of the underwire, but don't like the wire, like me, it turns out it's mighty simple to actually just remove the wire. Use a sharp pair of scissors and make a small nick, and wiggle out the wire, couldn't be easier. The fit I'm looking for, comfort, and no wire!
This is what I have always done (although I use an exacto knife). I don't even know how other women tolerate underwires. I've tried, but I've never been able to wear one for more than a day without giving up and cutting out the wire.
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Old 11-21-2010, 12:49 PM
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Ooh, I like the idea of pulling out the wire. Easy and cheap! I will eventually be checking out some of the shopping suggestions, but this is a good stopgap, and a good solution if real non-underwire bras don't work out.

For instance, today I'm wearing a Bravado non-underwire that looks like it has shaped cups, but when I wear it, the center suspends between my boobs and the cups don't so much support as squash, and it's just as bad as the worst sports bra you can imagine.

(BTW, does anyone else have this additional problem with uniboob? My seat belt slides over to rest over my right nipple and it bugs the shit out of me. With a good bra, the shoulder belt should be able to rest between the girls!)
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Old 11-21-2010, 01:16 PM
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Lane Bryant's Cacique line is definitely better than Victoria's Secret.

Has anyone tried the http://ahhbra.com/ advertised in infomercials? It might be just what the OP is looking for. I'm intrigued by it, but haven't had much luck with clothing purchased from infomercials.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:05 PM
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This is what I have always done (although I use an exacto knife). I don't even know how other women tolerate underwires. I've tried, but I've never been able to wear one for more than a day without giving up and cutting out the wire.
My guess is that different women have differently shaped breasts and ribcages. My mom, who is about an A cup, can't stand underwires. No matter what sizes she tries, they dig into her very painfully.

I'm a G, and I love underwires. They are not uncomfortable for me at all. Unless my bra doesn't fit properly, there's no digging, poking, etc. And if my bra doesn't fit properly, that also means it's not supporting as it should (so I wouldn't just take the underwires out of them).
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Old 11-21-2010, 11:17 PM
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I hate underwires, I bought a couple of Victoria's Secret cotton no wires and was not impressed.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:06 AM
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I wish I could help but the brand I swear by is Le Mystere which almost always has an underwire.

I just wanted to caution against Victoria's Secrets bras. IMO, Victoria's secret bras are the worst if you have large breasts. They make pretty bras but not functioning bras. When I last looked, it was impossible to find one that was not a push up or seriously padded bra. I am a D - I don't want or need more. I did try one, but the cut of the bra is so that the push up padding pushes my breasts out of the cup. Not attractive at all. In addition, the straps quite often dig into my shoulders.
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Old 11-22-2010, 11:53 AM
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Report: removing underwires in my current bras is a failure. The result is slightly better than a sports bra, but definitely not satisfactory. The experiment is making me think only some kind of extreme molded cup is going to be remotely flattering. I would hit Lane Bryant this weekend, but I'd rather jump into a swimming pool filled with double edged razor blades than go near the mall this time of year.
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Old 11-22-2010, 12:07 PM
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Thanks for starting this thread, I had been thinking of starting one myself. I just can't find a decent comfortable bra, I'm a 32C, the 32 part makes it really hard, I usually have to go for 34 and use the closest hooks. I usually have the problem with the middle part not touching my skin or the lower band rolling up or the back riding up my back. I realize part of this is due to the larger band size. I feel like I get the best support from a sport bra but they can be a bit constricting for wearing all the time and it's hard to find one that isn't a racerback (hate those) or a pull-over which results in much boob wrestling to get them on.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:04 PM
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Take a look at Glamorise. Most of their bras have a band of dense foam which serves the same support service as an underwire, but it's wider and softer and far more comfortable.

I'm a "decent exposures" girl myself, but Glamorise is second best, and provides far more lift and shaping.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:43 PM
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I've got a couple of seriously ugly (yet very comfortable) bras from Decent Exposures (decentexposures.com) - they don't give you the same support and shaping that an underwire does, but I find them acceptable under a lot of shirts. They do keep you from the uniboob or sack of potatoes look, IMHO. I'm only a C cup, though.
My wife is, with pregnancy, approaching J-cup, and she swears by the Decent Exposures brand.
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Old 11-22-2010, 01:50 PM
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If there's a bigger scam meant to separate money from women, I can't think of anything worse than the bra industry. All those thousands of over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders hanging on racks in millions of stores, and none of them fit right! (I've given up. Since I'm not working, I loll around the house in a tank top with a blouse as jacket, and if I have to go out in public, I will strap myself into one of the two ancient bras that kind of fit. Otherwise, I'm hangin' loose, and I don't give a damn.) I would look into Decent Exposures, though they are ugly - I have a catalog and someday take the plunge.
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:57 PM
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Report: removing underwires in my current bras is a failure. The result is slightly better than a sports bra, but definitely not satisfactory. The experiment is making me think only some kind of extreme molded cup is going to be remotely flattering. I would hit Lane Bryant this weekend, but I'd rather jump into a swimming pool filled with double edged razor blades than go near the mall this time of year.
If you get desperate and you make it up Raleigh-way sometime, the Lane Bryant at North Hills is not inside a mall. You might have to wade through the traffic going to the fancy Harris Teeter, though.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:00 PM
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You need to find yourself a bra store with a woman who takes one look at you, asks you if you have any special concerns, and hands you the bra you need. If you were in NYC, I'd send you to Orchard Corset (the Ollivander's Wand Shop of bras), but ask around among your local friends. Barring that, call Orchard Corset (888-456-7411) and ask what they'd advise.
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Old 11-22-2010, 05:07 PM
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Thanks for the tip, C3!

Come to think of it, Nordstrom is one of the last bastions of the trained bra fitter - I might try there as well. I'm actually willing to go to the mall during the week, and we've got two retired grandmothers who might be able babysit and make that happen. I could do a run to LB, Nordstrom, and run to Macy's or something if Nordstrom doesn't have some of the name brands suggested here.

So, I did get a bra from Decent Exposures when pregnant years ago, and I thought they were basically sports bras, some with a front closure or a gathered bit in the center, but essentially a uniboob look. I'll have to go check them out and investigate.

Oh, and LOL@ "the Ollivander's Wand Shop of bras."
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:33 PM
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(BTW, does anyone else have this additional problem with uniboob? My seat belt slides over to rest over my right nipple and it bugs the shit out of me. With a good bra, the shoulder belt should be able to rest between the girls!)
I bought some cheap plastic doobies that you install on the seat belt and when the belt is fastened you hook the shoulder strap part into the doobie and it holds the shoulder belt wherever you want based on where on the lap belt you slid the...um...doobie. I don't think this is very clear, but the devices usually come 2 to a pack at auto parts stores and they are a lifesaver. I'm not big bosomed but rather big bellied and the belt used to just slide over my belly and rest snugly on my adams apple. The clip thing is a big help.

And, a picture and a place to buy these things here.
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Old 11-22-2010, 10:44 PM
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Thanks for the tip, C3!

Come to think of it, Nordstrom is one of the last bastions of the trained bra fitter - I might try there as well. I'm actually willing to go to the mall during the week, and we've got two retired grandmothers who might be able babysit and make that happen. I could do a run to LB, Nordstrom, and run to Macy's or something if Nordstrom doesn't have some of the name brands suggested here.

So, I did get a bra from Decent Exposures when pregnant years ago, and I thought they were basically sports bras, some with a front closure or a gathered bit in the center, but essentially a uniboob look. I'll have to go check them out and investigate.

Oh, and LOL@ "the Ollivander's Wand Shop of bras."
I like the front closure ones - less "sports bra"-ish.

By the way, I went running yesterday and was in tears in the bathroom afterwards, trying to take a shower and absolutely trapped in my sports bra. I have GOT to get some that don't pull over the head - I almost had to cut myself out of it!
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:13 AM
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I like the front closure ones - less "sports bra"-ish.

By the way, I went running yesterday and was in tears in the bathroom afterwards, trying to take a shower and absolutely trapped in my sports bra. I have GOT to get some that don't pull over the head - I almost had to cut myself out of it!
Bra sites are blocked from work, so I can't check the URL, but I think it's just www.enell.com. Anyhoo, the enell ports bra is the ultimate. It's the Sherman Tank of sports bras. Junonia use to sell them as the "Serious Motion Control" bra.
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Old 11-23-2010, 11:55 AM
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Yeah, I don't think I need THAT much - Title 9 calls it their "Five Barbell Bra", because their little support guide only goes up to four barbells. I mean, I don't want to move at all, but I'm just a C cup.
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Old 11-23-2010, 03:22 PM
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Oh, yeah, probably overkill then.

It's real warm in wintertime though. . . ;-)
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