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Re: The horror of an underwire bra

If it was uncomfortable, it didn't fit properly. It's that simple. 

 

I am large busted and need to wear an underwire bra. 

 

If I go thru my collection, every single style is a different size, yet they all fit properly and are comfortable. 

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Re: The horror of an underwire bra

@GraciesMommy I have never been poked by my underwire bra...I really need the support and a non wire will not give that support.

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Re: The horror of an underwire bra

I was a struggling "C" cup for the first part of adulthood. Underwire bras were my norm.

Anyway, I ended up needing some tissue around the breasts removed, and decided to go to a plastic surgeon for the procedure (my primary care doc had recommended me to a general surgeon). 

 

The plastic surgeon was awesome! She told me before the procedure I was going to lose some volume but she promised I would be happy with the outcome. I came out a "B", and on the smaller side of that. But I never needed a support bra after that, and I have been forever appreciative.

 

No more underwires for me, ever again. I agree with the OP, I hated them. 

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Re: The horror of an underwire bra


@GraciesMommy wrote:

I have two undewire bra stories....

 

First, I had to wear one to a wedding years ago--I bought a lovely dress to wear, but didn't realize the sheer top part would show my bra straps, so had to buy an underwire  strapless one (I am not small on top)--took me forever to find one that fit. Wore it for hours during the wedding--I could not breath after awhile--it really hurt my ribs--pure torture. The minute we got back in the car after the reception, I unzipped the top of my dress, somehow unhooked that bra and pulled it off of me--my husband had no idea what was going on--nor did I care someone could see me in our car getting undressed! I said never again will I wear one--not worth the pain and irritation--just NO!!!

 

Second, my Mom would wear a bra with a wire all the time. Until she was diagnosed with beast cancer---twice----right where the wire poked her is where the cancer showed up.Another reason not to wear such a thing. Just saying.


I have problems with all bras, having got a pinched nerve between my shoulder blades after years and years of bra wearing.  

 

An underwire bra gave me a case of mastitis after only one wearing.  

 

I agree they look better under a t-shirt.

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Re: The horror of an underwire bra

I wear an underwire bra most of the time, and don't have any issues.  

 

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I wear a 32 B. But I have to wear a bra with an underwire because of the shape of my breasts. Think Bob Hope's nose.

 

I don't believe that they have anything to do with breast cancer.


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Re: The horror of an underwire bra


@indoor kitty wrote:

I actually prefer an underwire, but fit is important. If it fits properly I have no problem. 


Same here.  I only wear underwire since it gives me better support than bras without it.  However it makes a huge difference when you get a well fitting bra!

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Underwire bras have come a long way since the old days.

I wear Bali bras and I was measured and got the correct size, I find them comfy.

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Re: The horror of an underwire bra

I was stabbed into my arm pit by an underwire that poked through a bra. That was it for me. Under wires don’t work well for the largest band sizes.
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Re: The horror of an underwire bra

Something a poster mentioned as I quickly skimmed through.

 

I have worn an underwire for over 50 years and can remember an episode where I was driving home from leading an all-day seminar.  I thought I was having a heart attack...but really constricted by the underwire.  

 

Passed a mall and stopped into Macy’s and went to the bra department.  The fitter there had the solution:  I needed the next size up as menopause caused some spread there !

 

The correct size is extremely important for both comfort and support.  Too, different brands are not sized exactly the same !

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