Last April I’d written A question of thoracic shaping in which I said:
This will be of interest to women who have always had problems finding well fitting bras. Well, not all women since bra fitting is a common problem but women who have a particular thoracic structure. If you have a problem of your bra cups being too far apart (the bust points splaying apart), bra straps digging into the front crease of your chest and arm, and not having enough bra in the front of the cups (and excess room at the sides of cups), this topic is for you. You may also have a related problem of having shirts riding up into your neck and having to pull them down constantly. If you have the kind of problems I’m describing, I’d like to know about it. Not that it’d be any kind of scientific study, I’m just curious to know how many women have this problem. I don’t believe the problem is very rare, rather I think the problem hasn’t been well defined or described before which would explain why I couldn’t find out anything about it.
If this interests or applies to you, go back and read that, will you? And don’t skip the comments; others have described this fitting problem in still greater detail. Then you’ll have a better appreciation for this review that I’m doing of Wacoal Style #65547.
I went bra shopping when I was in Albuquerque. The sales lady at Dillard’s gave me this one to try on. Thank goodness she did because I normally wouldn’t bother trying on this style of bra because stretch cups don’t fit any better than other bras and they wear out faster. Anyway, the design of this style is totally different. I should give you a photo before I go any farther. I also have a photo on a body that I borrowed (with permission) from Her Room but I’ll include it later because the model isn’t egg shaped and it skews the benefits of the design of the bra that I am describing.
The particular design features that make this style a winner for egg-shaped chests -as compared to other bras- is:
- The straps are relatively close together.
- The fullest part of the cups are as close to center front as they can get. Normally, the fullest portion of the bra is dead center of the cup. Push up bras tend to fit eggs better because more fullness is directed toward center front but then they lack support and coverage there too. This bra has coverage there so you’re not falling out of it. See this visual comparison of what a “normal” bra looks like on an egg body (from the first thoracic shaping entry); the fullest part of the cups are splayed off to either side.
- The greatest structural integrity of the front strapping is as close to the greater front fullness of the cups as is possible.
- Because the straps are relatively forward in the chest area, the straps are not cutting into the crease of your arms. You don’t feel the need to try to pull the straps closer together across your chest (as tho you could).
- The width of the bridge (or span) is tiny; in my size, it is the width of two underwires. If you have this problem, you know that the span between the cups of regular bras is too far apart. I wish someone would invent an underwire that only had one wire at center front; the whole thing being a one piece unit rather than two separate “U”s. I know they make one piece units for some swimwear but they also build in a bridge which renders the effect useless for egg shaped women.
- The height of the bridge is longer than usual. In normal bras, it is usually too short. The bridge in my size is 2″. I don’t know if the bridge has been graded for length in the other sizes but I can only hope so.
- The last fitting issue worth mentioning is the racer back. If you have this problem, you know that where the back straps attach the back band can be too far apart -that is assuming you can get the front straps as close together as they need to be. If the placement of back strapping to the back band is too far apart, it can contribute to the front straps splaying apart in front. Here’s a photo of the back:
Other features of the bra that I like that are not related to this specific fitting discussion are:
- The back strap adjustment uptake is long enough to adjust for any size. It irritates me to no end when the uptake on bra straps is so poorly designed you can’t shorten the straps as much as you need to. You won’t have that problem with this style.
- The back band has three sets of three hooks. I tell you, there is little that irritates me more than a bra designed for full busted women that only has one or two hooks on an itty bitty tiny band. It always makes me want to write the company to ask them just what they could have been thinking. Either that or march down to corporate headquarters and slap the man who must have designed it :).
- The straps are inelastic woven.
- If you’re familiar with the Wacoal brand, you probably already know that their products have a certain level of quality so you won’t find anything you’d be unhappy with quality-wise. Wacoal is a Japanese company. Times have really changed. When I was a kid Made in Japan was said derisively, an insult. Now it means the best quality.
Lastly, the style is competitively priced. Her Room has it for $44. I think I paid a little more than that at Dillard’s but not much more. It comes in three colors, ivory, cafe colored and black. Dillard’s only had two in my size so I bought both. As I said, I typically don’t like knit lace bras like this for support reasons but the design is all there. I will be getting more online.
In closing, two questions:
- Do any of you know of any other styles we should know about that seemed to be designed to fit egg shaped chests?
- Do any of you have a contact at Wacoal? Boy, these guys are hard to reach. I’m not getting anywhere. I’d like to talk to somebody in product development about this style and whether they plan to do any similar styles. I think this market is untouched; it could be a profitable niche for somebody. Email me if you know anything.
Above is a photo from Her Room. I don’t think it does the style justice from a fit perspective but this is what it looks like if that matters to you more. I’d venture to guess that most women with this fitting problem really wouldn’t care what it looked like as long as it fit well. It has matching panties too (I couldn’t find those on their site; they were at Dillards) but they were very boring, something I imagine my mother wearing.