Wired or wire-free? Which is better? This is a question women have been debating for decades while looking for the best bra for their size and shape. Although there is no “one size fits all” answer, most lingerie experts can agree on this: find the best bra fit for your size, shape, and lifestyle.
Why Do You Need An Underwire Bra?
If you have gone through the process of trying to find a bra that offers support and lift, particularly for larger breasts, you have likely come across an underwire bra. An underwire bra is considered to be the most supportive of bras. The underwire design offers full support and structure for today's sleekest looks and most fitted silhouettes.
One of the major benefits of underwire bras is support, especially for larger cup sizes, such as D, DD (or E), DDD (or F), G, H and larger. Larger breasts tend to be heavier and sag, making it tough to find properly fitting clothes. Additionally, underwire bras provide better lift, separation and shape of your breasts. Figure-flattering and comfortable, underwire bras are also the perfect foundation garment for relaxed or flowing looks.
How Underwire Bras Work
An underwire bra utilizes a thin, semi-circular -- or U-shaped -- strip of rigid material fitted inside the brassiere fabric. The wire may be made of metal, plastic, or resin. The wire helps to lift, separate, shape, and support a woman's breasts. Underwires range in shapes because they are designed to follow the curve of one’s breast root (where the breast joins the body).
The curved shape of underwires guide breasts into natural contours so they appear uniform and even. Underwire bras also lift breasts above their natural position. To the extent that you appreciate a heightened and lifted bust line, a properly-fitted underwire bra can help to achieve that silhouette.
Underwire Bra History
The concept of an underwire can be traced to an 1893 patent that describes a breast supporting device using a rigid plate under the breasts for stability. In 1893, Marie Tucek arguably invented the first underwire bra when she received a U.S. patent for her version that had separate pockets for each breast, with a metal plate and shoulder straps offering support. The modern underwire bra was designed in the 1930s, and gained widespread popularity by the 1950s. As of 2005, underwire bras were the largest and fastest growing segment of the bra market. A bra without an underwire is a soft-cup bra.
Are You Looking For The Best Bra For A Large Bust?
Have you purchased the latest bra that promises support, only to find that it doesn’t provide enough coverage, causing your breasts to “spill” over? Or maybe you’ve tried on a beautiful sexy bra with the hope that it will “lift” your breasts, but realized that your bust still “jiggles”? Spillage over the top or side, center gore floating away from the chest, or straps that dig are some of the most common bra issues. At Fit Au Max Lingerie, we have listened to women and curated a collection of bras and lingerie that are as beautiful as they are supportive.
What Causes Your Breasts To Sag?
Saggy breasts are part of a change in breast appearance that most women experience, especially as they get older. This tends to be a completely natural cosmetic change. The loss of skin elasticity due to aging is the most common cause of saggy breasts. Another potential factor is smoking, which accelerates aging and thus contributes to sagging breasts, sometimes even earlier in life. Other factors that can impact your breast perkiness include significant weight changes, breastfeeding, smoking, and other habits that lead to a loss of skin elasticity, such as sun damage.
How To Improve The Look of Saggy Breasts
Whatever the cause, if your breasts are heavy and tend to sag, you’re probably looking for a lift. Most women wish to reduce the appearance of heavy, saggy breasts and create a more streamlined, “perky” look. Since breasts don't have muscle, you can't firm up breast tissue with exercise. Wearing loose-fitting clothing can be a solution; however, the loose-fitting, flowy look does not work for every body shape or occasion.
The best thing you can do about heavy breasts is to embrace them. While there’s no long-term way to lift your breasts without surgery, your bra can help give you a boost that's comfortable. Given that larger breasts are heavy and more likely to sag faster than small ones, it’s of utmost importance that you shop for the right bra design. The right bra will provide shape and definition to your body across a range of outfits. The key is knowing how to find the right fit.
Supportive Bras and Back Pain
Underwires help distribute the weight of your breasts close to your chest and across your torso, which can prevent shoulder, back, and neck pain. The chronic neck, shoulder, and back pain due to large breasts and affect women around the world. While many resort to breast reduction surgery, with over 90,000 breast reduction surgeries a year performed in the U.S. alone, breast reduction is not the only answer. A properly fitted, supportive bra can significantly reduce the back and neck strain for large-breasted women.
U-shaped underwires are often used in strapless bras and in bras designed for larger breasts, such as larger than a cup size B. The narrow U-shaped wires can give a centering effect and are generally suitable for women with large breasts, because they do not stretch as wide as plunge or J-shaped underwires.
If you need assistance with selecting the right bra size, we recommend that you start by measuring your bra size. We offer bras in a variety of sizes, and we are particularly known for our D-DDD cup bras, and F-K size bras.
Underwire Bra Myth: Airport Security
Some women are concerned that an underwire bra will cause issues at airport security. While metal detectors can be set off by clothing accessories such as belt buckles or glasses, underwire bras are not a common problem when traveling. Pack your favorite bras for your trip, so you can look and feel your best, in every outfit you have planned. If you have any questions about picking the right bras for travel, don't hesitate to contact us.
Contact us for assistance with selecting the right bra for you. We can even help you order a custom bra!