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    I've always liked wearing underwire bras, because they do a better job of lifting, separating and supporting. I'm not huge, but i'm not small and I refuse to go braless(38D). Since my injury, I've had 2 incidents where my underwire has broken in half and made cuts in my breast. (I'm completely healed now) Recently, I've resorted to wearing a cheap sportsbra, which is like a short tubetop with thin straps, but i don't like the look it creates. It's like I have a uniboob or it's just another roll of fatty flesh under my shirt.

    Does anyone have any good recommendations for an alternative? Can any of you quads put on your own bras without assistance(another issue that's been bothering me)? or should I just be content with my 3 pk of sports bras that i got for 9.99?
    Rose
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Sasyrose2
    ISince my injury, I've had 2 incidents where my underwire has broken in half and made cuts in my breast.
    Seriously? What kind of bras have you been using? Do they have actual metal wire in them or is it plastic? I've never seen one break before. I've had the underwire (plastic) wear thru the fabric at one end or the other, but not snap in the middle. That would suck.

    Recently, I've resorted to wearing a cheap sportsbra, which is like a short tubetop with thin straps, but i don't like the look it creates. It's like I have a uniboob or it's just another roll of fatty flesh under my shirt.
    Yeah, that's not attractive. I used to have great legs. Not so much since the accident, so now when I want to be blatantly sexual and show off a bit of skin, it's cleavage time! A good bra is essential.

    Does anyone have any good recommendations for an alternative?
    Have you been professionally fitted? I highly recommend it. A quality department store or speciality shop should do it for free and then help you pick out bras that work best for your body type. Also, be willing to spend a few extra bucks on your bras. It's an item that you wear everyday that significantly impacts how your clothes fit, how you look and even how you feel. They don't last forever, but a good bra is worth the money.

    C.

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    • #3
      I know what you mean. I have had both problems with underwires...broken wires (actually flat pieces of metal) and poking through the fabric at either end of the wire. Either way, those wires can be a problem.

      You can find good support bras that don't have underwires, but you have to look a bit. I would also recommend getting professionally fitted, even if you have to pay a fee for this. Check with your local department store or a good underwear specialty store. They often have visiting specialists who can make an appointment for a custom fitting. My local Hanes outlet store does this periodically.

      The easiest to get on yourself are either sports bras that you put on over your head, or front opening bras. With the latter, you can replace the hooks with Velcro if needed.

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      • #4
        [quote=Tiger Racing]Seriously? What kind of bras have you been using? Do they have actual metal wire in them or is it plastic? I've never seen one break before. I've had the underwire (plastic) wear thru the fabric at one end or the other, but not snap in the middle. That would suck.

        Both bras had metal underwires, one a flat bar and the others was twined wires, ands both were made by BALI. Those bras were fairly new and they were not cheap. i'm using the cheap stuff now, because i don't want to waste money. i have some nice sportsbras from before my injury, but they're just too hard to get on as a quad.

        I also wear an abdominal binder and that darn thing always rips up the material on the cups. I've tried to adjust it, but it doesn't matter. that velcro always finds a way to snag.
        Rose
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        • #5
          I am so excited. Me and one of my friends are going to be fitted next week. My new years resolution......wear fitting bras!!!
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          • #6
            I have found hand washing my bras instead of putting them in thewasher helps them last longer. It is a pain in the butt but much better than having the wires break so easily.

            As for putting them on, I leave mine clasped and pull them over my head like a shirt.
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            • #7
              Honestly, at your size....simplest thing to do is go to a Frederick's of Hollywood...Their bras are GREAT! Yeah, they're kinda pricy, unless they're having a sale or you find your size on clearance, but well worth it...I've also had good luck with Lunaire bras(can find them in Dillards usually). Lunaire are specifically designed for larger chests. I've never tried Bali bras, primarily b/c I've never found them in my size....If you can find a specialty bra shop, that would be your best bet b/c they can fit you & make any alterations you may need...I've got VERY short shoulders, so all my properly fitting bras have the shoulder straps shortened at least 2"....I currently have a couple nice bras from a company called Fantasia as well that seem to be holding up well also.
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              • #8
                get sized first of all. I had the same problem and was told it's because my bras were too small around the body. I was fitted and stopped breaking wires. (part of my problem was, I gained weight but didn't change my size. They were stretched out, so why did it matter?)

                I also don't have the digging in problem anymore either. I wear a 36DD or 38D depending on how the bra is made.
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                  • #10
                    2nd attack of the killer underwire bra

                    Can one of use guys help you out here????....lol....j/k....Art
                    Art

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                    • #11
                      yes.

                      design a bra that lifts, separates, supports and doesn't cause back/shoulder pain for those of us who are *cough* large.

                      Also, make it sexy yet functional.

                      thank you.
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                      • #12
                        i'm so glad my boobs aren't big. 34b is just fine for me thank-you-very-much.

                        i get my bras a victorias secret on sale, and i also hand wash mine, it's well worth it. they feel better and last longer and don't get "pilly", you know what i mean? snaggy is a better word i guess.

                        when i wash, i put a little tub in the sink (big enough for 2 or 3 bras) and i use a cold wash detergent. i just let them soak then rub good around the underarm parts. but i don't sweat, so the rubbing will vary for everyone.

                        my hands work good enough now, but i still hook it then put it on like a shirt.

                        as for the binder mucking up your bras, i don't know what to say to stop it. i know exactly what you mean about that velcro. i was thinking maybe an undershirt, then putting on the binder, but that depends on how your skin handles wrinkles.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Jadis
                          yes.

                          design a bra that lifts, separates, supports and doesn't cause back/shoulder pain for those of us who are *cough* large.

                          Also, make it sexy yet functional.

                          thank you.
                          This work?
                          Foolish

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                          • #14
                            lmao!!! umm....no.
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                            • #15
                              I no longer use a binder, but when I did I wore a camisole under it. At that time I couldn't wear a bra because my incision is exactly at the bra line. The cami has a built in bra. Not with the best support, but it'll do in a pinch. Or post surgery.

                              Camisoles are popular in Florida. Maybe not so easy to find in colder areas. Check out Chadwicks.com. Once you order from them, they send sale catalogs. You can buy camis on sale for as little as $6.99.

                              Try one. I think you will like it. It will protect your skin, and your bra from the binder.

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