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I can’t seem to find bras similar to the ones I have (that really need replacing.) I'm looking for everyday bras, nothing special, maybe a little lace, no underwires, not sports bras.

But all the ones I find for sale are constructed like they’re supposed to be worn by members of the Ladies Infantry Division headed into Armed Combat.

The cups are stiff, the sides are high, they have three or even four hook closures. My size hasn’t changed, so it's not like they have to provide more support. I've even looked at smaller sizes and they all seem to be constructed this way.

The ones I have are Sears brand, so, of course, they are no longer available. I've rummaged through the displays at Kohl's, including Playtex, ordered Balis online, no success.

I've even thought of sewing some, but I can't see how one constructs cups without using darts, which I think would be uncomfortable.

Any recommendations? Thanks.
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Although I have little experience and zero advice to give, I am still glad this question has finally been asked. It just shows how comprehensive this community can be. Kudos to all that help below.
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Have you looked at classic brands like Playtex or Triumph?

The trend is definitely fuller coverage these days (unless its a push up) and everyday bras tend towards T shirt style so yes, wider straps, more fasteners, padding and full cups so nothing falls out or is on view or looks bumpy through clothes.

I think what you are looking for is now called a bralette ...these are slim straps, non underwire, single fastener etc. You might widen your selection if you look at the 'magic wire'' bras which don't feel like a traditional underwire.
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Depending on how much support and structure you are looking for have a look at Calvin Klein's Bralettes. Specifically the "Horizon Seamless" and the "Modern Cotton" ones.
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There is an amazing forum at reddit called A Bra That Fits that changed my bra buying habits forever. The beginner’s guide can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/w ... ners_guide.

Not surprisingly, the beginners guide suggest starting with finding your actual size, which may have little to do with the size you have been wearing. After you find your size, then suggestions are given to help find your shape. Then the guide gives suggestions for styles that work for both and where to buy them, both at bricks and mortar stores and online.

Because I found that UK and Polish brands worked best for me, I shopped extensively at Amazon (with Prime, free shipping and returns, so I would try 3 or 4 styles at a time). I eventually grew confident enough to buy Polish bras at Zulilly (great price but non-refundable).

Best of luck.
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In recent years I have really liked these Uniqlo bras: https://www.uniqlo.com/us/en/women/bras ... -soft-bras
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I’ve had good luck with Maidenform, no extra padding and really comfortable. I had a bra fitting one time and what they recommended was extremely uncomfortable...... :?
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SuzBanyan wrote: Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:45 pm There is an amazing forum at reddit called A Bra That Fits that changed my bra buying habits forever. The beginner’s guide can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/w ... ners_guide.
Thanks for this. I usually just buy Maidenform T-shirt bras from Amazon and can't wait to get them off after work. I read and will try the beginner's guide out to see if that size is different and maybe try one of the recommendations.
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There is a website, herroom.com that has an excellent questionnaire that helps find the right bra for you. I have found it to be very helpful and accurate.
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My wife could never find a bra that fit. A friend recommended she visit Nordstrom and use one of their free bra fitting specialists. She is very happy now. Not the cheapest route, but this seems like an area where saving a few bucks might be contra indicated.
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Agree that getting properly fitted st Nordstrom’s or bloomingdale’s and buying a bra or two would be a good investment.

Another option is to go to s lingerie shop that helps folks get fitted and buy one or two items for on them.

Thereafter, you can buy similar/identical bras online or at discount places like TJMaxx, Ross, Marshall’s, Nordstrom’s Rack.

It is frustrating searching for properly fitting undergarments that don’t bust the budget, but when properly cared for good undergarments can last many years.
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Try HerRoom.com. I have found good fitting bras. Learned to fit myself and determine the type of bra needed according to upper body shape. You have to look for the info, but it is there.
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Isabelle77 wrote: Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:34 pm There is a website, herroom.com that has an excellent questionnaire that helps find the right bra for you. I have found it to be very helpful and accurate.
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the company thirdlove.com is disrupting the space...using big data and introducing half cup sizes. They claim best fitting bras...ladies can run through a quick initial Q&A and you get options right to your home.
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tony_roach wrote: Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:03 pm the company thirdlove.com is disrupting the space...using big data and introducing half cup sizes. They claim best fitting bras...ladies can run through a quick initial Q&A and you get options right to your home.
Yes, and I love them. But, they (at least the styles I've tried) are the kind of bra that the OP is complaining about.
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Do due diligence—BBB has lots of complaints about the company being promoted in the above post by Tony-roach.

Costco sells bralets and other undergarments—may be a good option if they carry a size that works for you —great return policy.
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mouses...

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I have had great luck shopping at the Hanes outlet. They own a number of brands and have a far greater range if sizes in stock than typical retailers. Put of the thousands of bras in stock, chances are good that you'll find something you like.

Hope this helps!
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I usually buy Wacoal or Warner bras -- they have styles with no underwiring and little padding.

But I'm going to check out the Uniqlo bras Luminous linked to!
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In recent years my wife has been complaining about her bras, particularly the fit. At my urging, we went to a local high end store with an experienced staff of fitters. She was very hesitant as beforehand she felt it would be an awkward situation. But it was great. While the bras were expensive ($70+ for a basic looking bra), she says they are the best she has ever had. She really didn't want to spend that much for a bra, but a few days after wearing them she was sold. You ladies wouldn't think twice spending that much for a pair of shoes, so why not that much or more on something you wear for longer periods of time? The biggest differences between this store and everyone else were the knowledgeable staff and a larger number of sizes.

Fyi, the place she went has a website - www.topdrawerlingerie.com I give this so you can use as reference for a similar place in your area, unless by chance you are near Houston.
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Probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I get my bras from Title Nine: https://www.titlenine.com/category/wome ... ts-bras.do.
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I highly highly highly recommend A Bra That Fits - https://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/w ... ners_guide

I found out two years ago (via that site) I'm a 30C. I didn't even know that size existed, even Nordstroms doesn't even carry it. Now that I know, I can easily buy high quality, attractive and still relatively affordable bras off Amazon. The wires no longer hurt because the bra is the correct width (not too wide) and straps no longer fall down. My clothes fit better, my posture is better.
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SuzBanyan wrote: Sat Aug 25, 2018 6:45 pm There is an amazing forum at reddit called A Bra That Fits that changed my bra buying habits forever. The beginner’s guide can be found here: https://www.reddit.com/r/ABraThatFits/w ... ners_guide.
Along with several other posters, I, too highly recommend this reddit forum and its wiki for getting bra help. I went to the local high-end lingerie store (not victoria's secret, their stuff is no good) and the size they gave me matched what I calculated for myself using the reddit guide. Unfortunately the local lingerie store didn't have a bra that worked well for me but I was able to find a great bra on the internet that's the most comfortable bra I've ever owned. Now I buy most of my bras at Amazon best because they offer free returns, but HerRoom has more products in more sizes so when I can't find my size at Amazon, I buy from them.

As some other posters have mentioned, I've also had a very hard time finding my size at the department store. In the past I had a professional fitting at a department store, which ended up being way far off from the right size, but at least it was a size they carried.
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As for thirdlove dot com - I absolutely will not, never, pay $75 for one ordinary bra. (Unless I had some medical reason that required)
The reason they are $75 and $79 is those WSJ big ads are expensive, somebody's got to pay for them.

For years I have struggled with this and finally discovered, of all the brands, Warners seem to offer the largest selection of truly comfortable, non-underwire styles at reasonable prices. ($40 or under is what I consider reasonable) And, attractive and sexy looking, unlike Playtex, who don't seem to know white went out about 35 years ago)

Most of the big dept stores carry almost all of the Warners styles. You must try them on, no matter how time consuming and annoying. The reason a 36B might fit fine in a Hanes but not a Vassarette is the diff. in fabric used. That is why it so dam frustrating to try and buy bras based on size. It just won't work. :(

Once you find the one that feels perfect, buy at least 4 or 5! That might sound crazy and un-BHish but you can be sure that the very one you like most will eventually be dropped by the manufacturer. Then, the hunt begins all over. :annoyed

Am sure everyone already knows this but it bears repeating - If you want your bras to last, never ever put them in the dryer! Not even on the very lowest heat. Never. Air dry them hanging over the shower rod, just like pantyhose. (The hell with what husband or boyfriend says about it :P )
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Not my area of expertise, but my wife swears by Wacoal.
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As some have posted above, I also recommend herroom (soft cup and wireless) and titlenine (work-to-workout selection) for bra shopping. I also sent a private message with some personal favorites. After having children and getting used to comfortable nursing bras, I will never go back to heavily-structured or underwire models.
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drawpoker wrote: Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:14 pm Once you find the one that feels perfect, buy at least 4 or 5! That might sound crazy and un-BHish but you can be sure that the very one you like most will eventually be dropped by the manufacturer. Then, the hunt begins all over. :annoyed
Isn't that the truth!

To some extent I think bras are like athletic shoes. There is a perfect style for everyone - it just everyone doesn't share the same "perfect' style and it can be darned difficult to find. I have had good luck when there is a bricks and mortar store and an online website. On more than one occasion I've found a comfortable bra that is only available in black or white in my size when I want it in taupe or nude. Or it is just a tad too tight on the loosest hooks, so I need to go up one band size. That's when an online inventory comes in handy. Also to do as drawpoker has suggested and go back and buy a half dozen more after you decide the new bra is comfortable after 12 hours in it. :wink:
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drawpoker wrote: Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:14 pm As for thirdlove dot com - I absolutely will not, never, pay $75 for one ordinary bra. (Unless I had some medical reason that required)
The reason they are $75 and $79 is those WSJ big ads are expensive, somebody's got to pay for them.
I've tried the above company and they're fine but I prefer HerRoom as I mentioned above. Some of us with odd sizes, I'm a 32E, find that paying for a well-made bra is totally worth it because it is so difficult to find something that fits well. If I were a 36B I would totally agree with you. I also completely agree with when you find something that fits, buy a bunch, you never know when they'll discontinue it!
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DW seems to like Macy's for their products and prices....either their stores or online.
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cherijoh wrote: Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:52 pm
drawpoker wrote: Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:14 pm Once you find the one that feels perfect, buy at least 4 or 5! That might sound crazy and un-BHish but you can be sure that the very one you like most will eventually be dropped by the manufacturer. Then, the hunt begins all over. :annoyed
Isn't that the truth!

To some extent I think bras are like athletic shoes. There is a perfect style for everyone - it just everyone doesn't share the same "perfect' style and it can be darned difficult to find. I have had good luck when there is a bricks and mortar store and an online website. On more than one occasion I've found a comfortable bra that is only available in black or white in my size when I want it in taupe or nude. Or it is just a tad too tight on the loosest hooks, so I need to go up one band size. That's when an online inventory comes in handy. Also to do as drawpoker has suggested and go back and buy a half dozen more after you decide the new bra is comfortable after 12 hours in it. :wink:
I did exactly that and now my entire bra collection is needing to be replaced and the original bras are no longer available :( However, at least I know the brand that runs true to size for my "assets''.
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I also stocked up on a bunch but need to replace them. I tend to buy most of my clothes in bunches.

Thanks everyone, for the ideas. After looking at the links, my first plan is Nordstroms in person; I'm tired of mailing things back. I took a close look at one of my bras this morning, with the idea of copying it. Wow, are they complex, in terms of different fabrics and multiple pieces. Almost all of it stretch fabrics, which I have never sewn, and very careful smooth seams. I'm not even sure how they sew some of these seams.
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WACOAL underwire bras are THE BEST. Expensive at around $70 but often, department stores such as Dillards or Nordstrums have sales, so you can usually make a purchase from $40-$50. Always try them on. Often stores that carry this brand have someone who can fit you, although I never used this service. If you hand-wash these items, and of course you should hand wash any brand of bra, they will last for years(6-8), rotating between 4-5 over that time period.

The WCOAL brand is a good investment for an important piece of clothing!
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If a guy may respond??? There are hundreds of Sears Bras listed on eBay. Have you looked?
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+1 on a good fitting at Nordstrom - they are the best.
*Find the bra you like via Nordstrom and your size and stock up.
*I have also had good results restocking from eBay; found my style and size, and can just search for the style # now. Still a little pricey, but the style I like never goes on sale, so the savings add up.
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midareff wrote: Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:03 pm If a guy may respond??? There are hundreds of Sears Bras listed on eBay. Have you looked?
Never occurred to me to look on ebay. They have lots of Sears bras it turns out, but not mine. That lead me to do a general web search (hampered by google removing the style number :-( ) and I didn't find it elsewhere, Thanks for the tip, though,
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SheReadsHere719 wrote: Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:58 pm +1 on a good fitting at Nordstrom - they are the best.
*Find the bra you like via Nordstrom and your size and stock up.
*I have also had good results restocking from eBay; found my style and size, and can just search for the style # now. Still a little pricey, but the style I like never goes on sale, so the savings add up.
My experience with Nordstrom’s is that the bra fitting is hit and miss, with more miss. So it helps to go in knowing your size and then trying that on along with “sister “ sizes. Nordstrom doesn’t carry Panache brands, so they are missing out on a huge segment of the potential market.
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I concur with the recommendations to get a fitting. I got one at a local lingerie store, and bought a couple from them (by the way, brand I got was glamourise). I loved the bras I was fitted with, so I've purchased additional ones online (bare essentials).

Good luck!
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I also suggest a fitting at Nordstrom or Victoria's Secret. People complain about VS bras, but I really like them. I had breast augmentation surgery about 5 yrs ago and VS is the best fitting for me. The bras are about $50 each, but I use the VS credit card (and pay off each month, obviously). So I get a lot of coupons and discounts in the mail.

Also, a bra will really only last 9-18 months with standard wear and needs to be replaced. Sports bras probably even less.
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I had no idea bras came in so many size permutations. It's interesting they don't do that for men's briefs and boxerbriefs too to account for differences.
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Caduceus wrote: Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:54 pm I had no idea bras came in so many size permutations. It's interesting they don't do that for men's briefs and boxerbriefs too to account for differences.
:mrgreen:

Thanks for that!
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Kersten wrote: Mon Aug 27, 2018 1:37 pm WACOAL underwire bras are THE BEST. Expensive at around $70 but often, department stores such as Dillards or Nordstrums have sales, so you can usually make a purchase from $40-$50. Always try them on. Often stores that carry this brand have someone who can fit you, although I never used this service. If you hand-wash these items, and of course you should hand wash any brand of bra, they will last for years(6-8), rotating between 4-5 over that time period.

The WCOAL brand is a good investment for an important piece of clothing!
I agree with this and have been measured there by staff, the brand is high quality and long lasting. Also, sometimes the large dept stores will have brand representatives there on weekends for promotions and personal fittings, so you might call ahead and see if anything is coming up.
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Look at how many views this thread has :D
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HJG0989 wrote: Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:14 pm Look at how many views this thread has :D
How many views did the "men's undies" thread get thus far?

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Caduceus wrote: Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:54 pm I had no idea bras came in so many size permutations. It's interesting they don't do that for men's briefs and boxerbriefs too to account for differences.
men are not completely left out, there is quite the variety at https://www.hisroom.com/
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mouses wrote: Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:32 pm I also stocked up on a bunch but need to replace them. I tend to buy most of my clothes in bunches.

Thanks everyone, for the ideas. After looking at the links, my first plan is Nordstroms in person; I'm tired of mailing things back. I took a close look at one of my bras this morning, with the idea of copying it. Wow, are they complex, in terms of different fabrics and multiple pieces. Almost all of it stretch fabrics, which I have never sewn, and very careful smooth seams. I'm not even sure how they sew some of these seams.
There are some classes, books and patterns at various places. Needle Nook in Kansas has gotten good reviews on PatternReview: https://sewing.patternreview.com/Sewing ... c/106688/1

http://ndlnookfab.blogspot.com/
Needle Nook also has kits for supplies. (Never tried it.)
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ResearchMed wrote: Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:20 pm
HJG0989 wrote: Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:14 pm Look at how many views this thread has :D
How many views did the "men's undies" thread get thus far?
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leeks wrote: Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:01 pm
Caduceus wrote: Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:54 pm I had no idea bras came in so many size permutations. It's interesting they don't do that for men's briefs and boxerbriefs too to account for differences.
men are not completely left out, there is quite the variety at https://www.hisroom.com/
Yet guys get to choose sleeve lengths on shirts and women don't.
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What strikes me - mouses specifically posted she was not interested in underwire styles.

So, the thread gets deluged with posts recommending brands known for focusing primarily on underwires :? :?
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drawpoker wrote: Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:15 am What strikes me - mouses specifically posted she was not interested in underwire styles.

So, the thread gets deluged with posts recommending brands known for focusing primarily on underwires :? :?
Since when did threads like these here on BH pay attention to the specific question asked by the OP? :shock:

Think of the "luxury watch" question ("there is absolutely no need to totally waste money like that", etc.) or "help with air award travel" ("flying anything but economy is just ridiculous and wasteful" - or even "It's stupid to get 'points' because *I* get my 1 or 2 cents per dollar back!"), etc., even when the OP specified exactly that the request/question WAS about "which luxury watch", not "whether to get one", etc.
Or heaven forbid... someone with substantial assets asking about a non-ultra-basic car...

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drawpoker wrote: Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:15 am What strikes me - mouses specifically posted she was not interested in underwire styles.

So, the thread gets deluged with posts recommending brands known for focusing primarily on underwires :? :?
I think all of the brands discussed offer some wireless styles, so I’m not sure I understand your point. Are there any brands that do not sell any wired styles?

Further, while mouses asked for wireless and not sports styles, a number of the posts, mine included, suggested making sure she was wearing the right size. I suggested this because I was in the same place she was a few years back: The bra I wore for years was discontinued and I could not find anything — wired or wireless- to replace it. I was successful only when I found the correct size and style for me and came to understand how a bra should fit.

Like many women, I was wearing a band too large and a cup too small. That is a good combination only if you want your photo to be taken without a shirt and you don’t actually have to wear it for the rest of the day. With good information about my actual needs, I found bras that were comfortable. For me, wired was far more comfortable than wireless, but that might not be the case for mouses.
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