My underbust measurement is between 30.5 and 31 inches depending on how tightly I do the tape up. I’ve lost a kilo or so in the past three months, and my three Panache Porcelain bras are now all going on the tightest hook after two hours (bra stretches during the day), and they are about a half year old. The newer black Deco (32) is stretching out pretty fast, so I’m not sure how long it will last with my current measurements. I guess I could try putting on a few pounds, but there’s no guarantee they would go to the underbust. My 32 Curvy Kate is also stretching out a bunch after less frequent wear over five months.
Anyway, time to go shopping again! I’m still not sure I could size down to a 32 in the Rhea, but it seems a bit late since I can no longer find a mulberry one in 32G online. I’ve ordered a Deco in 30GG to test that, but I will probably need to buy an extender for the first few weeks. In the past year I’ve learned a lot- I’ve found Freya bands are a bit looser than Panache, and my shape isn’t quite round enough for many Freyas/Fantasies, nor wide and shallow enough for most Curvy Kates. I can fit into a non-molded bra, but greatly prefer shapes generally given by them.
To review: Panache Geneva bikini, Curvy Kate Emily, Freya Deco in several sizes once I get the 30, Curvy Kate Tempt Me, Freya Mystere bikini set once I actually wear it.
To finally get my hands on: Masquerade Delphi, Affinitas Charlotte and Jeanie. I know the Charlotte comes up tight and small, but would a 34G be too loose?
What bands have you found to be most stable? I hear good things about Ewa Michalak but am leery of the sizing/return issues. On the other hand, I just moved and rent is several hundred dollars lower a month…but I need to pay off moving costs!