About a year ago I made the decision to ditch wired bras for good. Despite being measured by companies that are known for their accuracy, I don’t think I’ve ever owned a truly comfortable bra that contained wiring. Last time I wear measured I was a 42E, and the bra clearly fit me, but wired bras are just not the one for me. I don’t have the biggest chest for a plus size gal, but even the largest of boobs can wear a bralette if they want to.
Underwiring in bras, specifically the little wire under my arm, just does not sit comfortably for me. I felt like I spent all day waiting to be stabbed by it, or it would bend and twist and not lie flat. I don’t know if that’s a problem I have specifically because of my rolls, but they always end up bent weirdly. I also find that the cup underwiring doesn’t work well for me, I have a mole where it should sit and I guess I could get it removed, but it’s not bugging me, I think it’s kinda cute, and I shouldn’t have to get a bit of my body chopped off to find a bra comfortable. I find that any wiring in bras causes my hyper-pigmentation to get worse, since I stopped wearing them I have a lot less darker hyper-pigmentation in the areas my bra sits.
One of the other major reasons bras don’t fit me well, is that my breasts are drastically different cup sizes. I know people always have one boob bigger than the other, but mine are easily 2 cup sizes different. So I either get a bra to fit the bigger boob and leave the smaller one flapping about inside a half empty cup (or put a chicken fillet in it to fill it out), or get a bra to fit the smaller one and end up with major double boob on the bigger one. With a soft cup or bralette option, it makes the difference between my breast sizes a lot less obvious and it tends to fit better without any gaping or squashing.
I’m wearing a Tutti Rougette bralette who have a fantastic range of bralettes for plus sizes, and a super cute Sugar & Vice tiger paw necklace, both kindly gifted to me. Shout out to my husband for these photos and giving me antlers in this last one.
I also have very wide set breasts, and no bra I’ve ever encountered gives me that apparently ‘desirable’ boob shape with actual cleavage that meets in the middle. I made the decision for myself that I’d rather take comfort over unrealistic beauty standards any day. And honestly, life is so much more comfortable now! No more unexpected wire stabbings, no more shifting or readjusting, no more squeezing and feeling uncomfortable all day. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made for myself in a long time. If you find underwiring troublesome and annoying, try a bralette!
Being plus size I often feel like there are expectations of heaving bosoms and fantastic cleavage in order to be a more acceptable sort of plus size. You don’t have to have breasts that meet in the middle, and you don’t have to conform to breast related beauty standards. Bralettes can be a cosy replacement if you value your comfort and don’t want the hassle of underwiring anymore. I ditched the wiring and I know I won’t be going back!