"I have a shoulder condition which is exacerbated if I don't have adequate back support. I am concentrating on sports bras because this is what the GP recommended. Which sports bra would you suggest has better back support?" Christina.
I see that Anita do not make double cup sizes, so what size would you recommend?
Answer: We are often asked about bra and swimwear sizes for the Anita brands (Anita Active, Anita Care, Anita Comfort, Anita Maternity, Anita Rosa Faia, Anita UK & Anita Edelweiss) as Anita do not make double cup sizes such as DD,FF,GG. This makes the cups slightly smaller on their bras and in their swimwear items, so we would therefore suggest you choose the next cup size up so for example if you are usually a DD try an Anita E cup, if you are usually a FF cup try an Anita G cup and if you are usually a GG cup then try an Anita H cup. I hope this helps those of you wanting to try the Anita brands.
Ladies often ask, "What size bra should I be wearing?"
Recently a lady had measured herself and asked,
"What size bra I should try if I measure 42" below the bust & 52" round the biggest part of my bust?"I advised, "I think a 44/46 but it may be too slack or may be more comfortable.
The lady was wearing a 42H but I thought the cup size H she was wearing may be too small and so suggested she try a J. "If you think your bras are too small try 42J, 44H or 44J, but we have to remember that different brands and different bra styles can have different sizes."
I also suggested the lady call me if it would help and we could talk through it. The lady did call and we got her sorted with the Jana Support Bra by Anita Comfort.
'Does each manufacturer have their own blueprint shape, like a shoe last, so that if a Royce bra fits you well then you can pretty well assume that another style from Royce will fit too?' Answer: Each brand varies in their sizing but within a brand for example Royce, the sizes should be the same or very similar. However, that brand will probably produce bras with different shapes and constructions, and so even though one style may fit you perfectly another style may not. Also, sometimes the dye in black or coloured bras can cause it to be a different size than the white. So, as you have probably gathered, this unfortunately, is not an exact science.
'Are more expensive bras inherently better than cheaper ones? Or is it more a question of luxurious fabrics etc..? Answer: More expensive bras do tend to give you a better quality fabric, a better shape and this often results in a better fit. This does depend on your bust however, and if you find a bra that you really like that gives you the shape and support that you desire then that is what is most important.
' Is a 3 sectioned cup likely to fit better than a 2 sectioned cup? I am an older woman, D cup and therefore need proper support and I don't like underwired for everyday 'Answer: The shape that fits you depends on your bust. Three sectioned cups have more seams and therefore tend to give more support. But it is also down to individual preference as well, as some people prefer seamless cups etc.. for a more natural and rounded look. You can also gain additional support and shaping in some bras by features such as wings, side boning and side panels. Wires do give you more support underneath your breasts although some people find them uncomfortable - if you have a heavier bust you will need to look for a non wired bra with a good supportive underband have a look at the non wired Galmorise bras which give you the support of the wires without actually having a wire, and have become a very popular brand for us.
' The cotton mixture bras are always very comfortable, but do you think that they sag/stretch more quickly than the man made fibres?'
Answer: Cotton does tend to to sag more when compared to other man made fabrics, so it won't be as strong/rigid for as long, although a lot of people find cotton more comfortable next to the skin. Some cotton fabrics may be more tightly oven than others. If you are looking for a cotton fabric next to the skin have a look for bras that have the cotton lining.
My Mum saw an advert for you. If I order a selection from you is it possible to send the ones that don't fit back?
A customer phoned up yesterday looking for a comfortable bra as she was suffering with Mastitis and I recalled – quite vividly - an episode that I suffered when I was breast feeding. Mastitis is not something that you need when your body has just undergone considerable change and is just starting to get back to somewhere close to its former shape!
When you are suffering from Mastitis, you will need a good breathable fabric and plenty of support and several bras as you will need to wash them frequently.
Ref 1613 This bra has 100% cotton cups that are lined in cotton too for extra support and comfort, with powernet panels to the back and sides to give the back support, available in sizes 36 to 46 in cup sizes D,E,F,G and H
Ref 5051. This 90% cotton bra has the added feature of zigzag quilting cotton mesh at the back and extra padding on the shoulder straps and is available in sizes 32 to 48 in cup sizes D,E and F, 32 to 42 in sup sizes G and H, 32 to 40 in cup size.
If you have a question relating to bras or any of the products we stock, then please don't hesitate to contact the Ample Bosom office and one of the team will be more than happy to advise you or leave a comment in the comment box.