i imagine it's due to the nipple factor. my sister once overheard several male coworkers discussing a female coworker in some detail, & immediately went out & stocked up on industrial-strength bras. there was a time when i didn't care, but now it's a distraction i just don't want to arise, as it were--and so many workplaces are freezing cold.
For that, I personally prefer lined rather than padded or moulded bras. Lined bras are thicker and prevent the nipple factor, but still adapt to the shape of the breasts - padded or moulded bras usually have a very firm shape of their own that not everyone can fit into.
I used to have the same nipple issue, but I overcame it when I realised that I was a 34E and not the 38B I thought I was. Knowing my actual size was life changing. Learning about better fitting bras also taught me how much better for my shape balconettes are (rather than plunge bras) and lined or simply underwired bras (rather than moulded).
Panache and Freya are brands I know that make lined or underwired bras, but offer some moulded options too.
Most people are wearing too small cup sizes and too big band sizes due to the "measure your back and add x inches" myth: your back measurement should be your band measurement. I recommend to everyone to get fitted by a professional (no Victoria's Secret or anything like that). I also recommend visiting the website Bratabase.com, where you can see pics of women wearing, for example, 30G bras despite not having huge breasts
i think what i usually end up with are molded not padded, but they are def lots thicker than some i've had in the past, which were just fabric ... i think it's pretty challenging to find a padded bra in my size.
i guess i was one of the small percentage wearing the correct size i still like shopping places where they have real fitters when i can.
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they are niiice thought.
Thanks Ta-ta for an answer on my long list of questions about life!!! I do remember now reading in a lot of product descriptions of VS with something about preventing nip action or similar. There should be a technology that didn't require the stiffness that padding brings. I'm NOT a fan.
sell crazy some place else, we're all stocked up here.
If anybody wants slips, you can look for the Vanity Fair or Dixie Belle brands. Of course there's incredible vintage ones out there for a steal. If you're going for a full slip, you choose the size based on your bra size...if you wear a 36 bra you wear a 36 slip. That said, I've found you can go a size up (36 to 38) or down (36 to 34) and still get a nice fit.
I just got these two... I bought them from Figleaves and I must say the customer service was perfect (there was an issue with the card and they called me all the way from England to sort it out), and the package arrived super fast too (shipped wednesday, got here today!):