If you’ve been doing research on ‘pendulous breasts’ on Google, you’ll notice that more than half of the search results given are of the top ten plastic surgery clinics. In some ways this is a bit offensive for women with pendulous breasts. This is because the search results are suggesting that there is something wrong with such breast as they don’t have a certain shape.
There are some ridiculous beauty standards that are imposed on western women like having perky, round breast which they are expected to conform to. Despite what the cosmetic surgery industry and the media may be saying, you don’t become a lesser human being just because a certain part of your body doesn’t look like they’re suggesting.
With the combination of pregnancy, genetics, weight loss and aging, majority of women have some level of sagging breasts or ptosis. You can find more detailed information concerning this on dealing with deflated boobs.
This article is a guide for women with large, pendulous breasts and do not intend to go for any form of plastic surgery, but would like to have their boobs lifted and supported the best way possible by good bras which are available in the market.
For most women who have fuller and larger breasts, looking for the ‘right’ bra has nothing to do with aesthetics. They consider factors such as health and avoiding unnecessary pains which may originate from being well endowed. Finding a bra that perfectly suits your needs can be quite a frustrating and incredibly difficult process. This article is meant to help you narrow down the best places where you can find the right kind of bras in the market.
What are Pendulous Breasts?
Pendulous breasts are the kind of breasts that don’t have self-support anymore. Breasts with self-support are those that don’t need a bra to appear ‘full’. Before your self-esteem goes down and you start feeling like an outlier, note that according to Herroom.com, only about 16% of women in a population of 400,000 fall into this category. Have in mind that this category is highly compromised by women who have augmented boobs.
Ptosis or sagging can be classified in different levels depending on how low the tissues in your breasts are hanging below the inframammary fold (IMF). This is the area where your breasts and chest wall are meeting.
With the help of this visual aid from parkcener.net, you’ll have a better idea of what is being explained.
The more the level of ptosis is pronounced, depends on the amount of tissue found below your IMF. This article mainly focuses on breasts which have a grade 3 ptosis. With the information obtained, you’ll be offered help of the most value. As indicated, you’re going to see that there are a number of different variations of boobs, even when the focus is centered on those with pronounced ptosis.
What Bras Should I Wear?
Bras are mainly intended to lift and provide support and shape to the breast. The biggest challenge when it comes to looking for the perfect bra, is finding one that will be comfortable and at the same time offer you support, lift your breasts and give them a good shape. When shopping for a bra don’t forget that there are those meant for specific types of clothes. Women will normally look for a bra that will lift their breasts to some degree above the IMF level and at the same time shape them nicely.
There are very many different bra designs and styles in the market today, all providing a varying degree of support. We are going to look at bras that offer the best support and also outline some of the common problems you may experience while wearing different cuts.
Most Supportive Bras for Deflated Boobs
If your focus is centered on support, and you don’t see the importance of every other factor that is often considered before picking a bra, the bra you pick will have the following elements:
- An underwire for support – A perfect underwire should encapsulate the shape of your breast. The wire’s rigidity will help in providing extra support.
- A full-coverage cup – The best full-coverage cup aids in support and control of the whole breast.
- A three or four-part part cup sewn with rigid fabric – Breast which are designed using rigid fabric that is sewn together forming a T-shape on the cup which aids in shaping and lifting the breasts.
- A wide band – About 80-90% of the support provided by a bra normally comes from the band. A wide, well-fitting band will go a long way when it comes to lifting and offering support to your breast tissue.
- Narrow-set straps – They aid in the creation of a center-pull lift on the breasts more than what is done by the wide set straps.
- Reinforced sides – The main purpose of reinforced sides is to prevent the breasts from spilling out on the sides of the bra cups. The sides are used to cut down on how armpit fat appears, and if reinforced properly, the sides will aid in keeping breast tissues from pointing forward and appearing less wide.
Although they are great bra brands, they will not suit everyone on every single occasion because;
- There are people who don’t like underwire. In the case of others, due to medical reasons, they cannot put on bras that have one.
- With a full-coverage bra, your breasts will be covered completely. Depending on the material used, this can make you feel hot, and in some occasions the bra will not be practical especially if you’d like to wear certain necklines.
- At the start, while you’re breaking in the bra, the seams on the bra can rub on your nipples, be visible on shirts to a certain degree and even leave you with a pointy look.
When you start eliminating some of these factors, the level of support of the bra will reduce significantly. For instance, if you change your bra from a full cup to a demi cup, the upper part of your breast will be left without support. If you change your bra from one that has an underwire to a soft cupped one, your breasts will lose some degree of encapsulation, shaping and even support.
What Does This Mean For My Bra Choices?
The factors mentioned above are not meant to make you feel like you are limited to wearing a specific type of bra. They are meant to help you understand how every element works when it comes to providing support for your breasts. You can look for these factors in other bra designs so that you are able to find the most supportive aspects within a specific design.
Below is a list of bra designs that are highly recommended across the market which a lot of women often shop for.
The Molded-Cup Bra
The molded cup bra’s main defining feature is its rigid cup which is moulded so that it can create a given shape for the breasts. This is the rounded shape that normally looks seamless under shirts.
The most common problem normally faced by women with pendulous breasts, when wearing this bra style is that they have very soft breast tissues which can be difficult to support by the form of the bra cups. This is because the breast will not go where the bra expects it to, which results to spillage, and for those with some level of gapping, your bra will appear like this:
The two bra styles that often work well regardless of their rigid cups are the Freya Deco Vibe Plunge Bra and the Fantasie Women’s Smoothing Molded T-shirt Bra. Your breasts might still gape a little but the issue will be less pronounced in comparison to most. When compared to other bra styles with rigid cups, both bra styles offer relatively high coverage and offer narrower straps.
If gapping is a big issue when wearing these types of bras and you would prefer to have on a molded bra, you can consider going for a push-up bra. If you don’t mind enhancing the appearance of the size of your breasts, the presence of a little graduated padding in the under part of your bra will aid in pushing your breasts upward forming the rounded look you’d like to achieve.
With its plunge look, the Deco Vibe will help create some cleavage and still offer you with a fair level of cup coverage. If you’re looking for a decent side and racerback support, this bra style is a winner.
The Fantasie bra is likeable because its band is reinforced very strongly and the way it is constructed helps in creating great lifting power.
If you’re not opposed to a cut and sew style, and would prefer a bra that won’t cover the entire breast, go for the Chantelle C Chic.
This type of bra is meant to reduce the size of your breasts by appearance. Due to its construction, it achieves this by pushing the tissues in your breasts in different directions. The work of minimizers is to compress the breasts to a certain extent, which in turn pushes your breasts out the sides or, toward each other.
Most bras available in this style will not provide you with a lot of lift. I bet the idea behind this is if breasts are lying flatter on the chest, they won’t look as larger as they would when gathered and lifted up. The other major drawback is that the bras mainly rely on their ability to push your breasts out the sides which in turn makes you look wider.
Best Minimizer Bra for Pendulous Breasts
If you’re looking for a bra that will lift your breast well without pushing them out on the sides then the Wacoal Elegance Hidden Wire Minimizer Bra is what you’re looking for.
If you don’t mind wearing a bra that doesn’t have seam, the Wacoal Women’s Visual Effects Minimizer Bra will be perfect especially since you can easily put it on under a T-shirt without worrying about it being visible. Despite the Wacoal Visual having smooth cups, it offers very good lift.
The Demi Bra
The demi bra’s design consists of the balconette, balcony as well as half cup bras. The feature that is most notable is the bra not being able to provide complete coverage. This varies from somewhere between 1/2 to ¾ coverage. The bra was designed with the intent of really showing off one’s breasts by exposing the top half part uncovered.
The demi bra does not typically provide complete shaping/support to the breast. Depending on who the bra is designed, your breasts might end up being pooled up causing them to spill out at the middle section of the bra especially if it has a very low cut. Another major issue that comes with this style is that your boobs may fill the lower section of the cup perfectly, but not provide you with a rounded appearance at the top. Demi bras are normally meant to have wide set straps which means they won’t provide you with enough center lift.
Though the two features are considered to be among the best amongst bras in the market, if your breast tissue is very soft, the bra might still make you look flat on the top section of the bra.
If you’re looking for a bra that will create great cleavage, offer an almost complete coverage and still leave your boobs with a bit of fullness at the top, the Panache Tango II is certainly the best pick for all that.
A bra that will provide you with perfect breast uplift as well as side support is the Freya Women’s Rio. With this bra, your boobs will feel like they are encased properly despite not being covered up entirely.
If you don’t like or cannot put on a bra that has an underwire, there are a good number of soft cup styles available in the market. A good soft cup style usually contains some type of inner panels or lining along the inner edge of the bra’s cup whose function is to create and reinforce shape.
Soft cup style bras usually have a weak cup structure because of the lack of an underwire. Depending on the type of cup, this will often cause you to have a slight uniboob look. Soft cup bras which are not reinforced well, don’t offer enough lift for those with heavy boobs.
Best Soft Cup Bras for Pendulous Breasts
Soft cup bras are available in various different designs. However, the most popular styles available in the market have a couple of wire free counterparts. The list isn’t long but the following are the best styles available.
One of the soft cup bra designs that are given high marks is the Elomi Caitlyn. The bra manages to separate breasts and at the same time offer remarkable lift despite the absence of an underwire.
If you prefer wearing a bra which is a bit smoother and super comfortable, the other great style choice is Playtex Women’s 18 Hour Sensational Sleek Wire-Free Bra.
Other Breast Factors to Consider
The breasts root is the area where the breasts are attached to the chest. Being able to understand your root comes in handy when you want to know the type of underwire that suits your breasts perfectly.
When shopping for the perfect bra, make sure that you’re attentive to how well your breasts and the underwire interact. A good underwire should fit comfortably around your breast instead of digging into the root.
Conversely, a bra whose underwire is very wide may cause you to have other fit issues. This is because your boobs might not fill the cup entirely leading to poor breast support, rippling in the cup and having space on the sides.
If you experience any of the issues mentioned above, but you don’t want to get rid of that particular bra, contemplate on adjusting the size. By reducing the cup size and increasing the band size will leave you with a slightly smaller cup that might fix your problems. You can try the opposite if you want a wider cup.
Although the solution may be to make little adjustments, if your boobs are very narrow or very wide, consider looking for specific brands that are meant for narrow (like Freya) or wide underwires (like Elomi).
Breast projection is determined based on how the breast protrudes from the chest wall. You shouldn’t dwell a lot on this because if you have big pendulous breasts they will also project.
The level of projection varies and will impact how the breasts fill out the bra cups. For instance, if the bra you’re wearing has cups which are very deep for your level of projection, your breast might end up not filling the outer section of the cups well. This issue may be experienced in bras with cups made of soft fabric as well as molded cups.
Depending on how the level of mismatch, the cup might pucker, causing it not to offer inadequate control.
Avoid wearing a bra which is very shallow for your breasts because it may also result to some issues that can easily be identified. If the band on the bra fits correctly, yet you feel as if your breasts are not contained properly in the cups (causing top or side spillage), it might be because the cups of that specific bra are very shallow to fit your breasts.
Which is the Best Bra for You?
Note that a given size cannot really fit into all the cups. Don’t get frustrated when you try on a bra that is meant for a wide rooted G-cup with pendulous breasts and yet it doesn’t fit. There are a wide range of different combinations and levels of projections, root heights and widths, as well as levels of sag, that cannot all be provided by a single bra.
These are just a given number of the variation of breast types. If you begin adding other factors such as, how tall you are, the shape of your torso or even the width of your shoulders, you’ll discover more variables which may affect the fit as well as the bra’s effectiveness.
Just like other types of clothes, the sizing of bras isn’t standard across different manufacturers, making it more challenging to find the perfect bra in the market today.
Why this Information?
All the information given might not necessarily make it easy for you to find the perfect bra. However, if you properly know how to classify your breasts, you can easily work out the styles and shapes of bras that are perfect for you. This means that in the future, you’ll be able to pick out the designs/styles that work best for you.
If you own a bra which supports and fits you perfectly, note the shape and different elements of support. This is a great place to begin with when looking for the right kind of bra for you.
When looking for the perfect bra, don’t forget that there typically are no hard and fast rules to finding one. Though one type of bra may generally not work for the shape of your breasts, you should try out different bra styles to find what will suit you well.