I needs me a new bra.
My husband got me THEEEEEE CUTESTEST baby tee for my birthday. (It has GIR saying, “I miss you, cupcake!”) However, when I tried it on, two things became clear. Ahem. No, not those two things. Well, yes, actually, those two things, too. But also these two things: 1) It is tight on me, and 2) it is thin. Just a whisp of cotton-poly blend, really.
So I thought, better bust out the good bra.
Okay, yeah, the “good” bra? Not so good. Good support and good shaping, which is why I lurve it under sweaters. But under the baby tee, it’s like “HELLO! HERE ARE MY BRA SEAMS. CAN YOU SEE THE STRAPS? LOOKS LIKE THEY GIVE GOOD SUPPORT, EH? ON ACCOUNT OF THEY ARE THICK AS TIRE RADIALS!” And this bra claims to be a “seamless” style. :rolleyes:
Unfortunately, since I’ve been losing a little weight, the “good” bra is my bra that kinda sort fits, aside from the light sports bras I wear under T-shirts, and the shelf-bra camisoles I wear under blouses. (None of those work because they kinda squish everthing in and, uh, towards the armits. Not a good look under the baby tee.)
And now that I’ve lost some weight (finges crossed) I might even be able wear a bra in a normal style. I’ve got this weird, massive upper body, with a big rib cage and also—ack, I hate to say it—back fat, but also some muscle (my upper body strength is something like 80th precentile for a woman my age and size). But notice that what I’m not saying here is “huge boobies.” The “good” bra is a 40 C, which I just lucked into finding because 38s are about the biggest you can usually find in normal styles. I was in Industrially Engineered Over-the-Shoulder-Boulder-Holder territory there for a really long time. And really I’m about halfway between a B and a C, or maybe I’m actually a B, but how could I possibly know, because good luck finding a 40 B, anywhere. If you’re a 40, obviously you’re “full figured” so you must have big ol’ boobs. So I’ve been putting up with somewhat-wrinkly, not-quite-filled-out C cups for a while. sigh Dare I dream that those days are behind me?
So, anyway, it’s definitely time to engage in that uniquely excruciating torture which is shopping for a new bra. Setting aside sizing issues, what I can’t figure out is how to find one where the seams are actually smooth under clothing. I primarily seem to have trouble with the inner edge running down from the shoulder strap to the inter-titty area. In any bra I’ve had in recent energy, that edge forms a ridge that pops up so you can see it under anything that’s form-fitting at all. What style of bra should I be looking for to avoid that?
I think I’m going to commit a Crime Against Fashion and just wear the baby tee to the store with a not-good bra, to be sure I find something that will work for the application for which it is intended, but any advice you can give me, I will really appreciate, because Knowledge is Power.