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Title: Padded bra or not?
Post by: buffaloken on September 21, 2015, 12:52:06 am
I'm new here and was wondering something. 
First a little history...I've had breasts my entire life, they were a big B cup in high school and a full C cup in my mid twenties.  Now, they're a D+ cup.  I don't hide them and it doesn't bother me that I have breasts.  But when buying bras, do you buy padded or a regular bra.  I used to buy regular bras, but my nipples would show through.  I realized that more people would stare at my nipples than my breasts, so I started wearing padded bras.  I know they make them look bigger, but I'm a 42 D+, about to go to the next size, so hiding them isn't the issue.  Do I really need people to see my nipples?  Is that showing too much?
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: 46bboobs on September 21, 2015, 01:22:24 am
My chest measures 51-52 inches, but I find a 42C with some padding fits me best, as my boobs aren't quite as round as a females C cups would be.
Some padding also helps to protect sore boobs/nipples from being banged into things.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: hammer on September 21, 2015, 10:56:24 am
No padding for me. I get hot very fast so I want the air to get through. I have another  color then this black bra in the picture that I use in my post but I haven't taken a picture of it, but this is the only type of bra that I have found that works for me. I hoping that the new one that TigerPaws lady friend is making will give me another option.

Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: chestyoldman on September 21, 2015, 12:42:20 pm
I was hesitant about wearing a padded bra at first because I was afraid it would make my breasts too noticeable.  However, it seems to be very hard to find a bra that hides well under a T-shirt that doesn't have at least light padding, so I finally tried one.  It is the Leading Lady #5028 from Herroom.com.  Once I determined the right size and put it on under a T-shirt I realized that, while it does give me a slightly rounder shape, it doesn't really increase my projection very much.  As has already been mentioned, the light padding helps minimize or prevent nipple show-through, and it does protect my breasts when I bump them against something.  I also found that wearing one of these when doing anything strenuous does seem to make me hot.  I just recently bought a Bali One Smooth U Ultra Light Illusion Neckline bra (which is also a T-shirt bra) that has the newer type of padding that they call "spacer foam."  So far it seems to allow a lot more air circulation, so it doesn't get as hot.  Overall I have found that I like the look and feel of an underwire, lightly padded T-shirt bra better than anything else I have tried.  I still wear a couple of different unlined stretch-cup bras, but my favorites are the ones that are lightly padded.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: Jin on September 21, 2015, 08:28:03 pm
Like you, I do not try to hide my breasts. My nips are also well developed and I just let my pokies show.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: walt on September 27, 2015, 08:54:08 pm
hi guys I like a padded bra to sleep in , otherwise i just wear non padded ones.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on September 28, 2015, 12:57:58 pm
Generally I prefer a light padding for the same reasons others here have, to hide my protruding nipples. Around the Villa I will wear a sheer http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-hot-sale-ultra-thin-plus-size-bra-bras-for-plus-size-women-sostenes-lace-unlined/32418326382.html?spm=2114.01020208.3.253.n5RS2o&ws_ab_test=201556_2,201527_3_71_72_73_74_75,201409_1 (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/2015-hot-sale-ultra-thin-plus-size-bra-bras-for-plus-size-women-sostenes-lace-unlined/32418326382.html?spm=2114.01020208.3.253.n5RS2o&ws_ab_test=201556_2,201527_3_71_72_73_74_75,201409_1) style as they are inexpensive and cool to wear. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Size-40D-42C-42D-44C-44D-Cup-Fashion-black-full-lace-transparent-ultra-thin-plusl-arge/1887255924.html?spm=2114.01020208.3.220.JxpYMB&ws_ab_test=201556_2,201527_3_71_72_73_74_75,201409_1 (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Size-40D-42C-42D-44C-44D-Cup-Fashion-black-full-lace-transparent-ultra-thin-plusl-arge/1887255924.html?spm=2114.01020208.3.220.JxpYMB&ws_ab_test=201556_2,201527_3_71_72_73_74_75,201409_1)
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on September 28, 2015, 01:13:08 pm
Just a little up-date, we have finally registered the Trade Name for our men's line.
The name SportsVest and we are well on our way towards finalizing the prototype (I am wearing in now). We have selected a manufacturer and the various fabrics.
Just a little about what it actually takes to make one of these Sports Vests for you gentleman. The garment has no less than 19 different components all sewn together and each piece must be assembled and sewn in a specific order, there a 6 different types of stitching each performed on a different sewing machine.
Target price will be $49.95 USD and initially there will be 2 solid colors, Black and White.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: expedient-traveller on October 01, 2015, 02:16:54 pm
Tiger-Paws: Looking forward to the release of the "vest". Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: expedient-traveller on October 01, 2015, 06:16:06 pm
What to wear would depend on the situation. The type of shirt would also come into play. Tight shirts will show nipples (experience speaking), while loose shirts do the opposite until they are stretched. I would advice mild padding to cover the nipples. Mine stick straight out all the time but I wear a loose work shirt with patch pockets over my breasts and it covers things well. At other times, a lightly padded bra is the only way to go.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: Paa_Paw on October 01, 2015, 06:23:11 pm
You wear what is comfortable and what does the job for you.  I can easily understand that a lightly padded garment could actually be more concealing than a garment with no padding.  In my case the issue was bounce.  Since at 78 I do not much engage in the strenuous activities that caused bounce I no longer wear a bra. 
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: walt on November 15, 2015, 11:34:02 pm
well as far as padding I have 18ga bars through both nipples , I do have half dollar size areolas so no matter what bra the bars do show through. I like the padded ones in the winter time keeps the girls warm.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: don.deitz on November 26, 2015, 07:58:52 am
TigerPaws -- Those bras are very sheer. I bet they are cool in hot weather.
I have wondered about places like AliExpress.  What is your experience with them like?
Good service? Those bras are pretty cheap. Do you feel they were worth the money?
I don't buy bras that cheap. I figure they are not worth it.  I buy a Bali or Wacoal or other brand I am familiar with.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on November 26, 2015, 01:44:32 pm
TigerPaws -- Those bras are very sheer. I bet they are cool in hot weather.
I have wondered about places like AliExpress.  What is your experience with them like?
Good service? Those bras are pretty cheap. Do you feel they were worth the money?
I don't buy bras that cheap. I figure they are not worth it.  I buy a Bali or Wacoal or other brand I am familiar with.
don.deitz,

I have purchased a number of things from AliExpress, garments are difficult because of the sizing, lets face it Asian especially Chinese women are petite and the sizing runs small. Forget returning things, this postage costs about as much as what your refund would be. As for actually receiving whatever is ordered that is usually not a problem, AliExpress has always given me a 100% refund if the product never arrived.

Lots of options and cheap prices but you have to understand what you are buying and where you are buying it from. Look at the country of origin on damn near ANYTHING you buy today and you will see the Made in China label. (Sad)

As is with anything give it a try and see what happens you are generally going to spend less than a few gallons of gas or what a sandwich would cost to try.

As for sheer men's garments, those options are limited by the available fabrics, everything is a compromise. Sheer fabrics do not stretch well, nor are they durable so a heavier fabric in a more open weave which is more durable achieves similar results as a sheer fabric.

Sorry no easy answers when it comes to garment breath ability, comfort, functionality and durability.    
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: Bman41 on January 22, 2016, 03:49:53 am
I always see padded and think push up bra.
Padded meaning the light thin foam lining right?
Most of mine have some 1/8" thick padded, I prefer unlined, but I don't tend to find the styles I like the best unlined that often.  
Still wearing a 40C, my favorites are still minmizers.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: aboywithgirls on January 24, 2016, 01:18:33 pm
I have bras of all types and colors. I tend to gravitate to underwire molded cup bras for my day to day wear. I like the support and shape  that I get from the underwire and I get a nice rounded shape and nipple concealment with the molded cup. There are also times when  a lace bra is more appropriate  (like when it's 95 degrees out, until you walk through the produce section,lol). I wear a 36G / H in most of my bras and been wearing since I was 12.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: Bman41 on January 24, 2016, 06:27:54 pm
Some people avoid molded thinking it makes them look larger, although I think it does very slightly to me from my viewpoint, the measuring tape shows the difference is only around 1/8-1/4" tops.
I agree, nipple concealment is helped with the molded cups.  
In the winter I like modeled cups for sure, I have some other bras that are cooler in the summer, but often in the summer I go through 2-3 bra a day if I am working out in the heat.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on January 26, 2016, 07:33:03 pm
Some people avoid molded thinking it makes them look larger, although I think it does very slightly to me from my viewpoint, the measuring tape shows the difference is only around 1/8-1/4" tops.
I agree, nipple concealment is helped with the molded cups.  
In the winter I like modeled cups for sure, I have some other bras that are cooler in the summer, but often in the summer I go through 2-3 bra a day if I am working out in the heat.
Molded cups are often more comfortable with 1/8" padding, depending on the style some push-up bras are even more comfortable.

As with anything it all depends on your body type, weight and breast size. Everyone is unique in what works best for them.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: bustymale on February 06, 2016, 05:51:26 pm
I like  the lift, shaping, and nipple coverage from the underwire, padded, molded cup bras.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: aboywithgirls on February 21, 2016, 03:59:03 pm
I feel the same way.  For every day wear, I wear an underwire, molded cup, full coverage bra. I like the lift and shaping that they provide. But the molded , full coverage cup stops the nipple protrusion. I  know that many here are looking for concealment but I've learned that comfort is now more important than concealment. So as a result my girls are supported front and center. 
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: expedient-traveller on March 02, 2016, 07:36:56 pm
I must agree with the underwire! I tried one last year or the year before but was very uncomfortable with it. I was wearing a 44B and it was too small! I just tried a 46C and WOW!!! What a difference. It gives the support I need, it keeps the "assets" from moving around, gives a certain amount of shape to my breasts and does away with the uni-boob look of the sports bra. Even though it now shows the "mounds" on my chest, they do not look as obvious as the uni-boob. I have lived in a sports bra (Champion 6632) for years but I did not like the boob squashing and they still moved around and tended to move toward the center of my chest like a woman's breasts. Not anymore!
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on March 02, 2016, 07:55:36 pm
I must agree with the underwire! I tried one last year or the year before but was very uncomfortable with it. I was wearing a 44B and it was too small! I just tried a 46C and WOW!!! What a difference. It gives the support I need, it keeps the "assets" from moving around, gives a certain amount of shape to my breasts and does away with the uni-boob look of the sports bra. Even though I it now shows the "mounds" on my chest, they do not look as obvious as the uni-boob. I have lived in a sports bra (Champion 6632) for years but I did not like the boob squashing and they still moved around and tended to move toward the center of my chest like a woman's breasts. Not anymore!
A lot depends on your body type, the size of your breasts (actual size not bra size), a lot depends on the firmness of your breasts and if they are wide set, narrow or something in between.

Underwire bras can be much more comfortable depending on numerous factors. As with anything you have to try on several different types and styles in order to find what works well for you.

I wear what is necessary for the task at hand, one type/style of bra is not suited for all occasions or activities. Under a business suit I wear a compression sports bra, around the Villa, whatever I feel comfortable in.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: aboywithgirls on March 03, 2016, 03:52:04 pm
As I'm sure many women would agree with me, is "Thank God for the Underwire Bra!" But that's just my opinion. The underwire adds alot of support and shape. My breasts are relatively large at a 36G and can definitely use the help with both. But with an underwire, you need to try on several different brands and styles to make sure that the underwire doesn't end up pinching or poking you! Once you find the right one or 2, you probably will be buying more. 
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: skinny-s on March 30, 2016, 03:14:26 pm
I am experiencing another round of breast growth, with sore breast's and nipples. I found a Playtex underwire padded bra that the cups are a little big and it provides protection for the growing girls and the headlights don't show.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on March 30, 2016, 03:31:02 pm
I am experiencing another round of breast growth, with sore breast's and nipples. I found a Playtex underwire padded bra that the cups are a little big and it provides protection for the growing girls and the headlights don't show.
Depending on your under bust size (45' or less) you might want to consider one of these Deep V Underwire Padded Bra (http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Queen-Impact-Wireless-Runing/dp/B01170Z14Q/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1459351655&sr=8-2&keywords=pink+queen+bra) , they are very comfortable, have a deep "V" and a front zipper. They are also shallow in the cup.

If you are a 40" under bust look at an XL, for 45" XXL beyond that you are on your own.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: Dubs on March 30, 2016, 04:06:11 pm
I am experiencing another round of breast growth, with sore breast's and nipples. I found a Playtex underwire padded bra that the cups are a little big and it provides protection for the growing girls and the headlights don't show.
Since I am new to thinking about this is it normal for them to continue to grow as I age.  I have nothing wrong with me physically that I know of, but as men age their testosterone normally drops.  So now that I am barely 40 what can I expect as I age?
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on March 30, 2016, 04:29:39 pm
I am experiencing another round of breast growth, with sore breast's and nipples. I found a Playtex underwire padded bra that the cups are a little big and it provides protection for the growing girls and the headlights don't show.
Since I am new to thinking about this is it normal for them to continue to grow as I age.  I have nothing wrong with me physically that I know of, but as men age their testosterone normally drops.  So now that I am barely 40 what can I expect as I age?
First question is have you been to an Endocrinologist yet? Because without a baseline to work with you are stumbling around in the dark.

You have said that you have a family history of breast development. Ok that is a start but breasts need Estrogen, occasionally Prolactin and or Progesterone to grow. All of us have Estrogen receptors that we are born with once they are excited by Estrogen even minute amounts they will multiply and cause your breast gland to begin to expand. The itching and soreness tells me that your breast gland is growing, how big it will grow depends mostly on genetics. Look to your mother, any sisters, mothers sister and if she has girls is a fair indication of how big you could be.

What you really need to do is to find the root cause of your breast tissue growth. There are numerous possible causes from Liver issues to a Tumor on your Pituitary gland. Low Testosterone is also an issue because your body wants to be in balance, if you are not producing enough Testosterone your body will produce Estrogen to compensate.

Your body does not care if it is Testosterone or Estrogen dominate. as long as one wins. Actually Estrogen is a much more powerful hormone than Testosterone so it is easy for the body to become Estrogen dominate.

As to what to expect? Difficult to know without knowing the underlying cause for your breast gland development. Left unchecked you could easily develop fully formed female breasts along with other secondary characteristics such as softer skin, a more youthful appearance and fat redistribution.

This could go on for years.  
 

Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: Dubs on April 08, 2016, 02:26:29 am
I am experiencing another round of breast growth, with sore breast's and nipples. I found a Playtex underwire padded bra that the cups are a little big and it provides protection for the growing girls and the headlights don't show.
Since I am new to thinking about this is it normal for them to continue to grow as I age.  I have nothing wrong with me physically that I know of, but as men age their testosterone normally drops.  So now that I am barely 40 what can I expect as I age?
First question is have you been to an Endocrinologist yet? Because without a baseline to work with you are stumbling around in the dark.

You have said that you have a family history of breast development. Ok that is a start but breasts need Estrogen, occasionally Prolactin and or Progesterone to grow. All of us have Estrogen receptors that we are born with once they are excited by Estrogen even minute amounts they will multiply and cause your breast gland to begin to expand. The itching and soreness tells me that your breast gland is growing, how big it will grow depends mostly on genetics. Look to your mother, any sisters, mothers sister and if she has girls is a fair indication of how big you could be.

What you really need to do is to find the root cause of your breast tissue growth. There are numerous possible causes from Liver issues to a Tumor on your Pituitary gland. Low Testosterone is also an issue because your body wants to be in balance, if you are not producing enough Testosterone your body will produce Estrogen to compensate.

Your body does not care if it is Testosterone or Estrogen dominate. as long as one wins. Actually Estrogen is a much more powerful hormone than Testosterone so it is easy for the body to become Estrogen dominate.

As to what to expect? Difficult to know without knowing the underlying cause for your breast gland development. Left unchecked you could easily develop fully formed female breasts along with other secondary characteristics such as softer skin, a more youthful appearance and fat redistribution.

This could go on for years.  
 
Dont know where to go from here.  So I got my testosterone and estrodial checked and it was 184, which 250 is low normal and the other wasup to 48, which should be below 39 
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on April 08, 2016, 12:49:48 pm
So you have low Testosterone and higher than normal Estrogen?
Did they check for Prolactin and Progesterone?
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: Dubs on April 09, 2016, 11:50:18 am
So you have low Testosterone and higher than normal Estrogen?
Did they check for Prolactin and Progesterone?
No they only did those two he wants to check it again in a few weeks Earlier in the day and after I do some weights.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on April 09, 2016, 02:39:34 pm
So you have low Testosterone and higher than normal Estrogen?
Did they check for Prolactin and Progesterone?
No they only did those two he wants to check it again in a few weeks Earlier in the day and after I do some weights.

Sounds like you are on the right track to find out what the underlying cause of your breast development is. Remember there is always a cause.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: Dubs on April 10, 2016, 08:23:47 pm
So you have low Testosterone and higher than normal Estrogen?
Did they check for Prolactin and Progesterone?
No they only did those two he wants to check it again in a few weeks Earlier in the day and after I do some weights.

Sounds like you are on the right track to find out what the underlying cause of your breast development is. Remember there is always a cause.
Tigerpaw, If you don't mind me asking what was your cause?
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: TigerPaws on April 11, 2016, 01:12:04 am
Anti-Testosterone drugs along with large doses of Estrogen coupled with Progesterone to shrink an enlarged Prostate along with a precancerous mass. While the treatment was complete success I was left with 38DD breasts and other secondary female characteristics.
Title: Re: Padded bra or not?
Post by: bustymale on December 13, 2016, 03:14:37 am
I prefer unlined underwire bras like this one. I like the lift it gives me and that it fits me like it was made for me.  Plus, I think it is a very pretty bra and it makes me feel good about myself being able to fill it so well.