Crystal measured me at a 36DDD (the same as a 36E (UK), two sizes smaller than my size). She brought me three bras in that size--a Vanishing Back Full Coverage, an Enhancing Shape Full Coverage bra, and one other that I don't recall the name. I still had "quad boob" in all of them. Sadly, Crystal didn't ask to see how any of them fit--something that I expected so that she could better assess any fit issues.
She just took my word that they didn't fit and then brought me some styles that I had originally asked about--unlined--in a 36G. Those were the Embraceable No Show Minimizer and the Sensuous Lace Unlined. The minimizer gave me the most awful shape that I've ever seen. My breasts are pretty easy to get along with for most bras. They just go with the flow. In this bra, they were damn near flat, I had absolutely no fullness on top, and my cleavage was squished together like two pancakes trying to meet on a plate. Terrible all around.
I then tried on the lace bra. It's one of those that is seamed diagonally, from the underwire up to where the nipple *should* go; which, from what I remember, provides a better fit for breasts with projection. It did fit much better than the minimizer but had issues of its own: the underwire didn't sit in my intramammary fold, for one thing. What the heck is that, you may ask? In a nutshell, it's the crease of your boob, from your sternum (center of your chest) to your armpit--where the bottom of your breast meets your torso. More on that later.
So, back to the bra...it didn't follow my IMF and the wire poked well into my armpit. It would be bothering me in no time if I wore it for any length of time. Crystal suggested I size down to a 36DDD to see if the wire would be shorter. It was; however, there was serious "quad boob" again. It was also still too wide in the cup. My breast roots don't fall into the wide category. They start in a position that is more forward of my armpit rather than *in* my armpit so any underwire that ends super close to my armpit will be too wide for me. More on breast roots later.
At this point, it was apparent that I wasn't going to find a bra at Soma. Crystal then proceeded to refer me to the Cacique store--Lane Bryant's bra line in a stand-alone store--that was a few doors down (mind you, they rarely carry 36 bands in store) and Sealed With A Kiss, a boutique in South Lake Tahoe. Their bras must be sold only in store because I found none online.
All in all, my trip to Soma didn't end in success but it wasn't too terrible. Crystal did her best to help me find something that fit and she was quite knowledgeable about fit. If I was willing to compromise on finding the perfect fit, I would have bought the unlined lace bra. I'm looking for "awesome" though and am not willing to compromise just yet.
The journey continues...