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!!
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