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BTDretire

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Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« on: September 16, 2018, 10:00:50 AM »
I'm soliciting advice for my wife. She spends much time outdoors, here in Florida.
She does have shade and wears a hat, but it is just plain hot.
Everyday she comes home and immediately peels of her clothes and removes her bra.
And them comments how much she hates wearing a bra. Often she then puts a shirt on and
goes back out in the heat to do some other work.
 She's petite, but a bit larger on top than one might expect for her size.
Do you ladies know of a brand, Model, Store that may have something she is more comfortable wearing.
And what characteristics are we looking for.
I'll need to drag her to buy this, she's still quite frugal and usually just buys what's on sale.
 She is to modest to be in public not wearing a bra. I have recommended that already.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2018, 10:20:32 AM »
I wear sports bras (with no underwire) whenever I can, and especially in hot weather. Smartwool has some good options, and they’re available on rei.com, which means if she doesn’t like them, she has a year to return them.


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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2018, 10:23:11 AM »
Is she wearing a regular (underwire) bra in that heat?  That will be unnecessarily uncomfortable with sweating, and might chafe or rub as well. I'd recommend she wear a sports bra instead. Good brands have sweat-wicking fabric that makes being out in the heat much more comfortable. You can get them in normal strap shapes so they won't show under regular t-shirts. For example, I really like this one from Athleta, which comes in "normal" bra colors (light) that also won't show through a t-shirt.  https://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=591295012. It's probably more expensive than she's used to paying for, but in my experience Athleta clothing lasts a long time as long as you're careful to never put it in the dryer.

If she isn't actually doing high-impact exercising while wearing them, a "low-impact" or "medium-impact" sports bra will be much better; they are lighter and thinner.  High impact one are thicker and tighter because people usually wear them while running or jumping. 

If she doesn't want to get a sports bra, she should consider getting a real bra fitting from an actual lingerie store (not Victoria Secret). Many women whose bras are very uncomfortable are wearing the wrong size.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2018, 10:36:40 AM »
These sites are great for those of us who are somewhat top-heavy but otherwise small (e.g., I have a 29" ribcage and need a size 30 band, which isn't even sold in big chain US stores): https://www.bravissimo.com/, https://www.figleaves.com/us/. Some of the brands on these sites may be available in a good lingerie store. I agree with Bridget that a proper bra fitting is essential.

I'd recommend a non-wired sports bra if she spends a lot of time in the heat, as those are usually designed to wick away sweat. Bravissimo also has more standard underwire options, including lounge bras that I haven't yet tried but look promising.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2018, 10:42:17 AM »
Definitely go underwire-free, and there are breathable fabrics even for full coverage options: https://www.health.com/style/cooling-bras

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2018, 02:57:22 PM »
I live in Las Vegas and only wear sports bras.  I love Jockey...

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2018, 03:35:39 PM »
Thanks for the input, I have a bunch of links, I've looked them over and I'm a bit confused, looks to me like
she goes for more support than many of the bras shown have.
 Maybe that's part of why she doesn't like her bras.
She does not have underwire bras.
 I'll let her take a look.
             Thanks
 
 

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2018, 03:45:54 PM »
Thanks for the input, I have a bunch of links, I've looked them over and I'm a bit confused, looks to me like
she goes for more support than many of the bras shown have.
 Maybe that's part of why she doesn't like her bras.
She does not have underwire bras.
 I'll let her take a look.
             Thanks

I personally find underwires far more supportive, as someone with a large cup size/small band size. But a well-made sports bra will also provide good support.

Then again, it is a huge relief to take off the bra at the end of the day. It's far from my favorite article of clothing. She may dislike any bra.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2018, 03:47:20 PM »
Thanks for the input, I have a bunch of links, I've looked them over and I'm a bit confused, looks to me like
she goes for more support than many of the bras shown have.
 Maybe that's part of why she doesn't like her bras.
She does not have underwire bras.
 I'll let her take a look.
             Thanks

Sports bras can give a lot of support, they're just less flattering shape assistance than a full cup bra generally.

Thanks for the input, I have a bunch of links, I've looked them over and I'm a bit confused, looks to me like
she goes for more support than many of the bras shown have.
 Maybe that's part of why she doesn't like her bras.
She does not have underwire bras.
 I'll let her take a look.
             Thanks

I personally find underwires far more supportive, as someone with a large cup size/small band size. But a well-made sports bra will also provide good support.

Then again, it is a huge relief to take off the bra at the end of the day. It's far from my favorite article of clothing. She may dislike any bra.

This is also true. Even before my chest filled out and I wore lighter bralettes, it was a relief to take them off after a long day. For adequate support and to prevent shoulder pain, the band needs to be decently snug. So it's kinda no matter what it's nice to take it off!

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Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2018, 03:49:57 PM »
I live in Florida, am a D cup and wear these, which I buy at Walmart. I find them very comfortable.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2018, 05:01:12 PM »
+1 to the professional bra fitting, if she hasn't done that yet.  My bras got exponentially more comfortable when I was correctly sized into a G cup when Victoria's Secret had had me "sized" to a DD.

Depending on how large her chest is, it might be a lot more comfortable to have underwire, or whatever is required to keep her breasts separated and lifted off of her abdomen.  Aka doing as much as possible to avoid the dreaded under-boob sweat.  I know when I wear my old (and admittedly cheap) sports bras, there ends up being a lot of skin touching skin and it gets really hot quickly.  (I work outside for my job in the summer in quite hot and humid conditions, so have a lot of experience trying to keep cool.)

Also, it helps a lot to wear the right regular clothing.  I have never once regretted spending the money to buy good sun-protection clothing, like this:  https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/85994?page=misses-tropicwear-shirt-long-sleeve&bc=12-27-509757&feat=509757-GN2&csp=f   I have two of those shirts and they've held up over probably 200+ wears and are still going strong.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2018, 08:38:53 PM »
Sports bras and bras can both get icky. It could be a matter of coming home and switching to and older too beaten up for work bra, or bralette in a soft fabric.

I believe in wearing correctly sized, obscenely expensive bras, and can sleep in then they are so correctly fitted (some weeks of the month). But if it's hot out? Bkechy sweat trap set me free. Like in winter I can happily wear leggings and yoga pants or scrubs after work... But in summer? Hell no, pants must go

Also... In case I missed a key line... Does she want you to crowdsource a bra solution, or does she want you to know that bra life is the worst and you will never know her pain and please comfort?

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2018, 08:44:09 PM »
Sports bras and bras can both get icky. It could be a matter of coming home and switching to and older too beaten up for work bra, or bralette in a soft fabric.

I believe in wearing correctly sized, obscenely expensive bras, and can sleep in then they are so correctly fitted (some weeks of the month). But if it's hot out? Bkechy sweat trap set me free. Like in winter I can happily wear leggings and yoga pants or scrubs after work... But in summer? Hell no, pants must go

Also... In case I missed a key line... Does she want you to crowdsource a bra solution, or does she want you to know that bra life is the worst and you will never know her pain and please comfort?

+1 This is true. Unless she specifically asked OP, it is also valuable to know: Sometimes there is NO SOLUTION. Have boobs sucks sometimes. Especially big ones, especially in hot weather. Sympathetic noises and encouraging her to buy whatever she might want can sometimes be the best "solution" instead of trying to find a solution per se.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2018, 07:19:53 AM »
Sports bras and bras can both get icky. It could be a matter of coming home and switching to and older too beaten up for work bra, or bralette in a soft fabric.

I believe in wearing correctly sized, obscenely expensive bras, and can sleep in then they are so correctly fitted (some weeks of the month). But if it's hot out? Bkechy sweat trap set me free. Like in winter I can happily wear leggings and yoga pants or scrubs after work... But in summer? Hell no, pants must go

Also... In case I missed a key line... Does she want you to crowdsource a bra solution, or does she want you to know that bra life is the worst and you will never know her pain and please comfort?
  Well she hasn't ask me to crowdsource, and I never took it as she was looking for me to comfort her about her
"bra life is the worst and you will never know her pain".
 btw, it was less than 30 seconds after she walked in the house about 6:30 pm last night before she set the girls free. It would have been quicker but she had stuff to unload.
  I mentioned I had been asking about comfortable bras, and had links up on the computer, but she had other
things she wanted to get done so never looked.
  I'll try again tonight.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2018, 07:39:56 AM »
It's not cheap, but I'd recommend a good bra fitting.  Breasts come in all different shapes, even within a certain size, so what works for one woman  will be horrible for another.

I recommend she go to a specialty lingerie store (not Victoria's Secret--a real, high end bra store) or, if that isn't available, make an appointment at Nordstrom which caries a wide variety of bra sizes and generally trains their lingerie staff well.  They can help her find bras that work for her shape and size.  I always buy 2 bras at the fitting so that the consultant gets some commission for her time, and then discretely note the brand, style name/number and size of the others and I then price shop for any additional purchases. 

If she is hesitant, I'd probably let it go, but if you are hell bent on fixing her situation for her even though she didn't ask for that, perhaps a gift certificate to an appropriate store would work to convince her to do this.
 

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2018, 08:04:09 AM »
The trend in NYC this summer was a fitted, thin, light colored dress and no bra. Witnessed thousands of nipples over the course of 3 months. If it works in the NYC heat, it might be worth a shot in FL.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #16 on: September 17, 2018, 08:26:19 AM »
I started wearing these, and no longer own "normal" bras.  I do take the padding out, as I find it annoying (especially when I was nursing.)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OU6DHVY/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I rarely wear a bra around the house though.  I think that's pretty normal to walk in the door and take it off.  I remember my Aunt's doing that when I was a kid.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #17 on: September 17, 2018, 02:39:52 PM »
btw, it was less than 30 seconds after she walked in the house about 6:30 pm last night before she set the girls free. It would have been quicker but she had stuff to unload.

I rarely wear a bra around the house though.  I think that's pretty normal to walk in the door and take it off.  I remember my Aunt's doing that when I was a kid.

Yep, less than 30 seconds to bra-free (especially in hot weather) would be entirely normal for me, too.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #18 on: September 18, 2018, 09:42:21 AM »
Does she do the same in winter? That makes it more of a bra issue than a hot weather issue. If it's only hot weather, I'd look for some thing more breathable, I lean towards lace or mesh. At some point though the bra can only change so much and you just have to blame the heat and humidity. Boob sweat happens.

If it's an all the time issue bra fitting might help. Every woman is different so I don't know how helpful crowdsourcing will be. My back hurts just thinking about going braless or underwireless. My best bras are all tight around my ribcage, it's not the most comfortable, but the back pain if I wear a less supportive bra is way worse.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #19 on: September 18, 2018, 10:01:55 AM »
I pretty much exclusively wear these bandeau-style bralettes with thin straps that I bought at Costco. I think they're Jockey brand? When I need some extra support, I wear something similar to what @pbkmaine posted. They are Gloria Vanderbilt and also purchased at Costco. I'm a large C, and I haven't worn an underwire bra in years. But I dress comfortably and conservatively and am not particularly worried about how I present my breasts to other people.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2018, 10:51:51 AM »
another option, when I'm working out inside or doing stuff in back yard I wear a tank with a build in shelf bra. Does NOT provide as much coverage as a real bra, but it feels much more comfortable doing yoga or light activities without weight/constriction of bra and you don't feel unseemly if someone stops by.  I can even sleep in it.
Here's where I get mine (they often have sales). 
https://www.jjill.com/product/perfect-shelf-bra-tank
« Last Edit: September 18, 2018, 10:57:18 AM by partgypsy »

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
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Bra30 tank top.  Not cheap. 
https://bra30.com/about


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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #22 on: September 18, 2018, 12:34:45 PM »
I personally am not a large chested gal, but my friends who are swear by these. https://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/sports-bras-high-impact/
they have different styles depending on your cup size. They also have medium and low impact options as well. They used to be the brand Moving Comfort, but were bought out by Brooks Running

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #23 on: September 19, 2018, 09:18:36 PM »
Third Love! Their Classic T-shirt bra is the most comfortable item of clothing I have. I forget I am wearing it. She will have to get the right fit. It's all about the fit. When I run I wear sports bras of course, but they are just too confining and too much pressure for regular day-to-day wear.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #24 on: September 20, 2018, 08:10:09 AM »
I personally am not a large chested gal, but my friends who are swear by these. https://www.brooksrunning.com/en_us/sports-bras-high-impact/
they have different styles depending on your cup size. They also have medium and low impact options as well. They used to be the brand Moving Comfort, but were bought out by Brooks Running

  I was looking at these brooksrunning and thought, "those look like they could be worn without a shirt", and then I paged up and noticed the lady jogging at the top, in her bra.

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Re: Can you recommend a bra for hot weather
« Reply #25 on: September 20, 2018, 10:36:09 AM »
These recommendations are going to vary dramatically depending on size. As someone who spent many years just buying what was on sale and being uncomfortable, getting properly fitted was a revelation. Like others have said, I highly encourage you to take your wife to a nice lingerie store or Nordstroms (do they still have a good lingerie section?) and have her get fitted. Spring for one really good bra.

For someone with a very large cup and a small band, buying quality bras is really expensive, but it's 100% worth it for quality of life and comfort. My favorite bra costs $70. I have occasionally found them on sale for $30, which is when I stock up. And I swear by underwires. Personally, i would never wear sports bras for comfort. To me, sports bras are not comfortable. At my size, their entire purpose is to prevent uncomfortable bouncing, and that is not conducive to lounging.

But as others have said, there are few things that feel better than taking off a restrictive bra at the end of the day. Maybe this is a venting situation and not a "solve my problem" situation.