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I thought that maybe some of you adults might have this problem. I have a leotard with a shelf bra, but that isn't quite enough. I have nursed two kids, and am now sporting DDs. Is it possible to get them to be a little more still? Would a dance bra help or should I get a sports bra.

 

Jackie

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Hi Jackie

A dance bra would be a good idea, as you do need support. As I do not know what size you are, I cannot say if dance bras would fit, but I would try that avenue first. Sports bras would then be your next choice, but these are sometimes bulky and I find very restrictive, even when I play sports, let alone dance.

I am quite sure there will be plenty of advice from other ballet alert members.

 

Jeanette

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Momof3darlings

Mirella has two leotards with underwire bras in them. If you want to go the stylish route. As well Gilda Mark has a nude camisole for under leotards with an underwire bra in it. Bodywrappers has a black and pink leotards that you can wear your regular bra under. As well, motionwear has a wrap front style that you can wear a regular bra under.

 

Here is a link to a thread where this has been discussed before that might help. Scroll down and find the post by Treefrog, her post has links to several other discussions that have specific leotard style numbers to help out:

 

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vj

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Mel Johnson

Think Howard Hughes; think Jane Russell; cantilever bra! Now, if only there were custom corsetieres around way there used to be.

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Hi Jackie,

 

We're around the same size. Unfortunately, I have found dance bras and underwire-top leotards to be insufficient.

 

My preference is a sports bra under a leotard that will cover it (tank, short sleeve or long sleeve). If the sports bra is black so it blends in, even better (as a millimeter might show here or there from time to time :) ).

 

I do not care for seeing sports bras under a cami leotard, etc, so styling options are somewhat limited but that's OK with me. I would rather be SOLID and not have to worry about it - and regular bras, dance bras etc, do not assist enough with that. Discomfort with jumping etc. :wink:

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I'm not quite as well-endowed, but I prefer wearing a sports bra. I absolutely hate those shelf bras that leos come with, just not enough support. I'd be interested to know how comfy the leos with underwires are. They just don't seem like they would fit well enough to me comfortable. (wires poking you and all that.)

Shnymrsh

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My 2 cents worth.

Don't wear a regular bra whatever you do. Most are uncomfortable to dance in, they make unattractive lumps or show, and if you dance much you will sweat through them in a hurry and they will not last very long. I learned that very quickly dancing in Louisiana years ago...sometimes in unairconditioned studios.

If Dance bras don't cut it go for a sports bra in black.

Laschwen

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I'm not quite as well-endowed, but I prefer wearing a sports bra. I absolutely hate those shelf bras that leos come with, just not enough support. I'd be interested to know how comfy the leos with underwires are. They just don't seem like they would fit well enough to me comfortable. (wires poking you and all that.)

Shnymrsh

 

 

Hi Shnymrsh,

 

I have one of those Mirella ones. I thought the underwire was kind of useless, no offense to anyone that likes them. First off, the underwire for each side is shaped in this huge (very deep) "U" shape, much more so than any bra I've ever worn.

 

Since I wear a sports bra, the couple times I tried it it felt more comfortable to me :wink: than what I usually wear. It just seemed like each underwire section was so LARGE that for most people it wasn't going to give much support to those that need it. I think the U shape could "contain" each side laterally, but in terms of vertical support, nada.

 

On top of that, one of the underwires popped out in the wash. I wasn't really upset about that anyway though since if it was one of my "good ones" I wouldn't have put it in there.

 

But if you're a teen -- or built like one -- I'm sure these could be lovely leotards for you. They do have very pretty styling and I loved the fabric.

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I tend to just wear two leotards. One fairly ugly heavy duty tank leo with a shelf bra underneath, and another nicer looking leo on top. It's not perfect but it helps.

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I also tried the Mirella underwire and my thought are exactly the same as spanksters ... not that much support and the underwires came out within one wash anyway!

 

Does anyone know of any good dance bras (not sports bras ... I loathe them :yucky: ) that are good for large chests? The ones that I have tried are just not supportive enough (I'm a C cup). I remember someone mentioning this one a while back ... anyone tried it?

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But if you're a teen -- or built like one -- I'm sure these could be lovely leotards for you.  They do have very pretty styling and I loved the fabric.

 

Thank you Spankster, for the info. I won't bother trying the underwire leo since i am neither a teen nor am I built like one :yucky: I guess I'll just stick with my sportsbra.

Shnymrsh

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I find the best solution is my regular underwire bra under a leo with a shelf bra. I feel very supported that way, and it's a nice smooth look -- I haven't had Lachswen's problem of the bra showing or looking lumpy even though I wear low-back leotards. (Since I can't wear those pretty camisole leos -- I'm a C cup -- baring a lot of back is my only indulgence -- no matter what shape you're in, most people have nice looking backs! :yucky:)

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Scocp, how do you wear a low back with your regular bra and not have it show?

 

I would love to wear low backs but I don't like the strap/hooks showing.

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I remember someone mentioning this one a while back ... anyone tried it?

 

I have 3 of these items from Angelik support. They are great because they provide a lot of support and you can pull the strap in the back very low so that a low back leotard can be worn. I find that this in combination w/ the shelf bras under the leotard is usually sufficient.

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