Lady underclothing question

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Nomad, Aug 21, 2015.

  1. Nomad

    Nomad Well-Known Member

    Sorry, for such an odd question. No men allowed.

    I lost about fifteen pounds recently and am very near goal weight. Previously, I needed bras that helped with that weird side fat that sort of spilled out of the top area of the bra into the arm area. Sooo...I carefully found bars that did the trick and more or less pushed that in.

    After I lost the weight, voila...that side fat went away. However, now I have a new problem...slight sagginess. Geez...sometimes you just can't win!!!!

    My stupid autoimmune stuff is driving me nuts and I'm tired. Trips to the store are fast and efficient.

    Can anyone recommend a bra brand that works well for my new problem?


    PS over the years, I had a few styles I liked for the side problem. One was Vanity Fair. They make a bra specifically for this situation.
  2. Copabanana

    Copabanana Well-Known Member

    If you want to consider underwire, Bali is good. They tend towards the larger cup, B and above. They can be had for $20 to $30 and above typically, the lower price on sale.
  3. recoveringenabler

    recoveringenabler Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Nomad, you might try going to a store where they have someone to measure you and give you advice on what kind of bra to wear. After years of the "usual" brands, I found a small store where the owner measured you and the shop was just undergarments, nothing else. The size was completely different from what I had been wearing and the choices she showed me fit me better than any bra had ever fit. Who'd have thought there could be such a big difference?? But for me, there was.
  4. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    Saggy. It's part weight loss and part age. ;) Means we can't get away as easily with barely-there stuff. "Support" of some sort helps. I prefer sports bras - not the prettiest, but comfortable.
  5. Copabanana

    Copabanana Well-Known Member

    That would be the best, but is hard to find. And if you do, the inventory is not always there.

    There is a website called that specializes in women's undergarments and lingerie. They have an instruction video on how to measure. It is easy.

    As for as guiding you to particular brands and models they have an extremely professional staff that will help by phone or live chat.
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  6. GoingNorth

    GoingNorth Crazy Cat Lady

    I am both a "big girl" and have "big girls". Age has not been kind to the girls,either.

    Let's just say perky is thing of the distant past. Part of problem might be how you are putting your bra on.

    Try bending over and sort of shaking your girls into their respective cups. If you are well endowed and gravity has caught up with you, try reaching into each cup and running your hand under each "girl" between the bottom of the cup and the bottom of the girl

    You might find that your bras fit a lot better if you have everything that is supposed to be in the cup in the cup.

    by the way, I cannot wear underwire bras at all due to havig trigger points for costochondritis in my ribcage under my girls.

    Pardon the slang. The board censor will not allow the correct term.
  7. Kathy813

    Kathy813 Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I agree with RE that you should be professionally fitted. I was shocked to find that I was wearing the completely wrong bra size when a friend took me to a store called Intimacy that Oprah had mentioned on her show.

    I am not sure how far you are from Miami but they have a store there. The fitter looked at me for about 20 seconds (you can't be shy) and brought in three bras that fit perfectly. I needed a much smaller band size and a larger cup size than I had been wearing.

    I believe that department stores also have events where they bring in professional fitters. You might check with them.

    The down side of Intimacy is that the bras are quite pricey. Once I found a brand and size that I liked, I started buying them from online sites where I was able to get them on sale.

  8. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    Go to Nordstrom and get a bra fitting. Everyone should have one once a year. I need one right now, as a matter of fact. I usually buy one of their bras, at their expensive price, then I know what to buy at The Rack or most anywhere else for less money. Different manufacturers are different, so you'll find what fits you best and probably want to go with one or two brands once you know.
  9. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    I would look for a certified bra fitter, someone who has studied to learn to do this. I have friends who work in dept stores and the 'bra fitting' at their stores is more of a marketing thing than anything they get more than an afternoon of training in. One friend has told me that her first day as a 'bra specialist' was being shown on herself and 2 customer how to measure and then she was left alone in the dept for the rest of her shifts. By the end of a MONTH she was the 'head' bra fitter, meaning the most senior person in the dept and the one who trained the others. She personally would not ever go to her own store for a bra fitting.

    The best training comes from learning to fit bras and prosthetics for mastectomy patients. The only really comfortable bras I ever had came from people who did this. They work in small independently owned shops and the bras are not cheap. They are SOOOO worth it though. The difference is HUGE. They know what brands and which styles in each brand fit what body type and sizes. Many also sell swimwear that is better fitting than most that you would find with-o their help. I know where 3 shops are in my state, but not in yours.

    If you must do a quick purchase, I would go for the braleluia by Spanx. It is made of pantyhose like material, only MUCH more heavy duty. I had excellent luck with these and they adjusted to weight loss/gain with-o problem. I know several friends who lost weight and had similar problems to yours and they really liked this bra after the weight loss. These are NOT flimsy like the bra genie. They will hold up for quite a long time when washed properly and will not give up the way the bra genie does.
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  10. nerfherder

    nerfherder Active Member

    When I have the money, I buy from They rate their bra "holdinitude" as I call it, with barbells. When I was distant running, after my weight loss, the only bra that would do the job (I could not only drop out the top but slip out the bottom band too!) was the Frog Bra. I still have it! It isn't easy to put on or take off - but for large cup/narrow band sizes in physical activity, it was the best ever.
  11. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    Nordstrom's bra-fitters are always certified. Not all who work in the lingerie department are bra-fitters, so you do have to ask for the one that's certified.