ahhhh interesting comments, LRC200 - maybe it's a "short torso" problem, not a "short legged person" problem?? But I do know what you mean about the underwires. I usually took said pliers and yanked the miserable things out.
And the women's tank tops? The best ones I've found in that department, at least 10 years ago or so, whenever I last bought some, were the ones online at Lands' End. They are very modest cut. But I also own some men's sleeveless tshirts that cover up everthing - the crew neck is just a tad too tight, so I just cut "easement" slices partway through the ribbing, for a little extra give. Looks ugly but when it's covered in sweat and I don't wear it for "nice", who cares...
The other men's tank tops you mentioned having shorter straps - not exactly sure what kind you are talking about... like singlets? or the other ones I've seen are actually a wider hole then what you describe - called "wifebeaters"...(and my son's school bans the boys from wearing them because they are not modest in coverage at all!
Well, eventually I guess all the bra makers of the world will get it figured out.... I hope!!
Proverbs 31:17 She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms.
Actually, this isn't just a problem for short people... I'm 5'8", and I have this problem *in spades*. Nearly all my height is in my legs, so my torso is probably legitimately short, but nonetheless.
I always wear my shoulder straps on the tightest adjustment, and often it's still just too loose. Many sports bras don't provide enough support because the straps are too long. I sometimes compensate with a smaller cup, but that doesn't always work. For regular bras, I bought one of those racerback converters that holds the straps together in the middle which helps take up some of the length, but at the expense of rubbing around the neck.
I also have the armpit problem SUZIEQ describes. This is critical with underwires... if I don't take a pair of pliers and reshape the wire, I'll almost always get bruising in the armpit. My chest diameter is legitimately a 36, but it's wide and flat instead of deep--I'm about 18-19" at the shoulder, and my chest is proportional. Going up a band size doesn't give me enough support, and even adding several sizes generally doesn't keep the bra out of the armpit anyway.
Related-but-unrelated, this is an even bigger problem in tank tops. The straps on most tank tops are so long, I don't just show a little side boob I show the whole darn thing. Ironically, men's tank tops usually fit better; they have shorter straps for some reason, which I don't get.
Okay so this is the "Short People Got Nobody to Bra Them (Correctly)" question section... (with apologies to the 70's song...).
I'm 5'3", "petite" height, with average length torso and short legs, and heavy, of course (otherwise I wouldn't need to be on SparkPeople, right?!), complete with Batman Flaps on the upper arms.
However, I totally need adjustable straps, meaning in reality, I need them to have segments where the "excess length" (which would be the proper length for the taller gals who are long in the torso as well) could be cut off without compromising the rest of the bra. Those so-called adjustable ones with the slide ring do-hickeys absolutely do NOT cut the mustard for me, and they will unslide and loosen at the first possible inconvenient time.
The other thing I find fairly consistently with ANY brand of bra, no matter how highly trained the stupendously wonderfully (usually condescending, in my case) professional bra fitters are, when they get me all squeezed and molded and shoved into the bra that they claim is my correct size (doesn't matter if it's a sport bra, church bra, every day bra, whatever), I *WILL* have heart burn pains any time I am eating any kind or amount of food, while wearing a bra in the size that they say is best. If I size it up about 2-4 inches, I'm okay to eat. Or what usually happens is I just take the bra off. Don't know what's up with that, but of course, when I do size up, then the bra straps are for sure way too long in the shoulder "rise".
So I'm guessing what industry needs to do, while we're all needing bras during the times that we are losing weight and getting back to the 'normal' sizes, is to have more adjustable straps...or else make them with a shorter "rise" for those of the petite size in height and torso and (what is that measurement called, from top of band in the back up over the shoulder connecting to top of breast in the front? in pants, the similar equivalent is called "rise", going from top of waistband in the back, around buttocks and through crotch up over belly and to top of the waistband in the front.). I'm picturing either the old fashioned bra styles from 50+ years ago with the hook and eyes at half inch or quarter inch intervals? or some sort of skinny velcro system, or something like that?? (but can't get in the way of snagging lacey or thin fabrics used in tops, or grab hair!!).
Oh wait, this wasn't the "design your fantasy bra" channel, right?
Anyway, I just don't like being in pain from heart burn when wearing bras that are supposedly my size when I measure across the breasts and across the chest and it doesn't help that the girls are about as droopy as a pair of giant overgrown skin tags.
By the way, I'm thoroughly convinced that (most) ALL bras (or perhaps the original "standards" used in designing bras) were designed and created by twitchy men...who really could care less if the bras are 'comfortable' for women (as it would be to their advantage for bras to be slightly uncomfortable, so that a woman can't WAIT to rip her bra off, which is where the guy wants to see her, in the first place!!). Don't confuse me with the facts, as that's my story and I'm sticking to it!!
Proverbs 31:17 She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms.
SuzieQ115, this is a great question. What you need to look for is a bra that offers you the ability to adjust the straps. That way you can ensure the bra fit your body. Moving Comfort has a lot of great options for a 36/38A. Below are three great styles that offer adjustability for you to check out. For each of these styles I would recommend you order the large, as it fits the 36-38A.
Vero A/B - back opening style with adjustable back straps that also convert to criss-cross. http://www.movingcomfort.com/Vero-A/B/30 0288,default,pd.html
Urban X-Over A/B - pull over style with criss-cross back straps that are adjustable. This style offers a little contouring in the cups for added shape (and helps with the headlights). http://www.movingcomfort.com/Urban-X-Ove r-A/B/300480,default,pd.html
Aurora A/B - this is our seamless style and super soft. It has a back opening and back adjustable straps. http://www.movingcomfort.com/Aurora-A/B/ 300399,default,pd.html
Hope this help! MC
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The problem I have with bras, and especially sports bras, is they are not designed for short people. If i get them to fit around, then they are too big up and down. If that makes sense. They ride up under the arm pit more then a taller person. There is no way to shorten straps. There is just to much material. I never see 38 A I am larger around, but that doesn't make my cup size any bigger. And of course the first place I lose weight is in the bosom. I probably need a 36 now, but it is still hard to find sports bras made for an A cup with that size band.
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