Looks can be deceiving with bra photos. This one for instance, looks like it fits me just fine! It’s hard to tell that there are several issues going on with this bra without further analysis.
First off, let me just say the bra is beautiful – the dots on the almost wine burgundy color with black lace and black/pink accents is fantastic. And to add writing on the bra wires is also genius! The pink hooks and the pink fasteners are also a very nice touch and great attention to detail.
Now let’s delve into what is common on bra upsizing that can be a little disconcerting for those of us who are plus. First off, the band sizing on this bra is a 38″. This would lead anyone to believe that the bra stretches to 38″ without any issues. Not the case whatsoever. This band sits resting at 30.5″ and when stretched to 37″ the wires begin to distort. You may be wondering what that means. Let me explain! When the wires are stretched beyond their intended width when sewn in, they begin to bow outward from both sides and in the case of this bra, measuring that distortion showed that they pulled a full 2 inches further out than intended. This kind of distortion creates the follow effect in the fit – as the wires stretch outward, the cup material also stretches with it and in so doing, flattens the breast tissue toward your chest and widens it at the same time. This is particularly problematic for me as I have softer tissue. If my tissue was firmer, it’d push my tissue up and outward from the top of the cup creating quad boob. On my larger side it is having some of this effect as I do have what is referred to as in cup quadding – my tissue is being pushed over the material and the lace cannot hold my tissue in properly. Not perceptible on my small side of course because the small side isn’t being pushed up enough.
Secondly, when upsizing, it’s important to consider straps and band hooks. On this size, we get 2 hooks and thin straps. Another common problem with upsizing that’s seen often. Likely you’re wondering why this is a problem? In this Hettie 38G size bra, straps will begin to cut in after some wear due to volume of my breasts. Typically my bras are 7/8″ wide and this one is .6″ wide. That difference means less comfort in this bra due to my pendulous shape pulling on the straps. Straps are not meant to support your breasts substantially but in this bra’s case, a lot of the support is transferred to the straps because of the 2 hook band design. For a 38″ band, IMHO, 3 hooks is optimal and for cup volumes over an F or maybe an FF wider straps can be more comfortable. Oftentimes we think it’s our fault the bra is fitting so terribly but really the bra manufacturer has not considered these details in the larger sizes they are offering. They think just increasing the depth of the cup and lengthening the band is enough. Not so much. And if you look closely you can see the effect a too tight band has on squishing and pushing out back fat over and under the band…another problem with a band that is too thin and made too tight.
And because this bra is transferring support to the straps and not being absorbed by the band and the wires, my pendulous shaped and full on bottom breasts are somewhat unlifted and pushing on the wires which also adds to the discomfort of the bra with a full day’s wear.
All that being said, I do think this is a beautiful bra – if the upsizing was handled better those of us in larger bands and cup sizes could wear this bra well. For those of you who fit into bands and cup sizes that are smaller or have a different shape than me, I am sure you will enjoy this bra very much!
Measurements for 38G:
Disclaimer: these are my opinions on this bra in particular, your mileage may vary.