So far I have found 2 bra styles that are a good fit, the deco (28F/FF) and my recently acquired Ewa Michalak PL Karmelki (28G), although these both still have their issues for me.
But there are a lot of bras I can’t wear.
My boobs are close together, I can just about fit a finger between them when standing. This gives me a lot of gore issues, it’s either sat on breast tissue or it’s stabbing me in the sternum, which pretty much means that balcony style bras are a no-no for me and I’m limited to plunges.
My boobs sit high up on my chest, I seem to wear my bras higher up than average, with the top of my band sitting on my shoulder blades. I have issues with underwires poking my underarms, and straps that aren’t fully adjustable need to be altered and cups that come high up are no good.
I am also very narrow, I have yet to find the perfect narrow bra, even Ewa Michalak extends further than my breast tissue, this doesn’t really bother me but I can’t get away with a medium or wide bra.
28 bands. My ribcage is 26/27” (my weight fluctuates a lot), so I need a snug 28 band and would like a 26 in a lot of bras. Of course, I can wear my 28s on the tightest hook, but it’s usually not enough and I’m shortening the lifespan of the bra. I can alter the band (still practicing on old bras, but getting better!) but something inside me doesn’t like paying £30-£40 for a bra that I have to alter. I did purchase a rixie clip, which is useful to a certain extent, but I’d rather have a bra that fit.
Other shape factors, fullness, shallow vs. deep, etc. I just don’t know, I’m still figuring it out and trying out different bras every chance I get.
P.S. On a bra related side note, I went to the Leia Lingerie store in York on Saturday, the ladies were very helpful and I definitely recommend it. I tried on a lot of bras, pretty balcony styles, the Totally Tartan and Gem half cup included, but I could not find a fit. I walked away with, surprise surprise, another deco, the taylor with matching briefs and suspender belt, this time in a 28ff. Absolutely no idea whether I should be wearing the deco in an f or ff, I seem to be able to wear both.