If you’re going to wear a bra, shouldn’t it feel good against your skin?
Bras are either pretty and uncomfortable or basic and uncomfortable. Which is enough to make you bang your head against a monitor. There must be an alternative to wearing a sportsbra. Yes, they’re relatively comfortable. However, you pull them on over your head. It can make you feel like you’re wearing a tween wish-I-could-wear-a-real-bra bra, not a real bra.
Guess what! There are real bras that do the job, are pretty (yes, really) and are comfortable too. As a 32DD (sometimes an E cup), I feel your pain. I’ve been trying on bras and found five (5! 5!) comfy and cute bras.
Read on for my discoveries…. they could become your breast friends.
1.Spanx Bra-llejah® full coverage bra, $68, Spanx*. An underwire bra that’ll make you forget you’re wearing a bra? Yup. Recently, I participate in Camp Spanx. There, I got to try on and fall in love with their full coverage, front clasp Bra-llejah® full coverage bra. Not only do they make your boobs look fab, they’re comfortable. So comfortable, you can forget (I did) that I had it on. The underwire doesn’t dig into your skin. You don’t even notice it. The back of the bra is made from hosiery and the straps are smooth-stretch. The fabric caresses your skin. The bra comes in a variety of colors too.
2.Coobie lace trim bra, $22, ShopCoobie*. It’s a bra that’s styled like a bralette. Cute enough that you want it to peek out of a top, comfortable enough that you could accidentally fall in sleep in it. No joke. I wore mine and fell asleep wearing it. When I woke up, I didn’t have that annoying “Fuck, I’m still wearing my bra” feeling. I had to look down to realize I had it on. The bra comes in a gazillion colors and cute polka dots. There's also a lace-free version.
3.Yandy Kate long-line lace bralette, $12.95, Yandy.com*. Adjustable straps make this bralette easy peasy to adjust to your body. I was a bit leery about wearing a lace bra; I love the look, but wear lots of tees and cotton knits. You know that lace can look lumpy and bumpy with a tee. Not this bralette. Not only did it keep the girls from bouncing around, it was smooth under cotton knits. Sexy and comfy..yaaaaaaass!
4.Bali Comfort Revolution crop top bra, $15, Macy’s. Okay, it’s not the sexiest bra on the block. The straps don’t dig into your shoulders. You can raise your arms and the band won’t crawl up. It does the job on the comfort level. And you can wear it with an unbuttoned top, making it look more look a crop top than a bra. Twofer styling.
5.Honeydew Intimates Milla cotton crochet bra, $36, LordandTaylor. Sexy and fun! Honeydew’s bralettes hold you in, but don’t squeeze you. They have the goodies like a regular bra; adjustable straps, a band that won’t roll and fit your body. When I wear mine, I’m not aware that I have it on.
A word of advice: The wonderful Spanx bra fitter informed me that you should never wear the same bra two days in a row. Wash your bra after the third wearing, and hand-washing it better than machine washing. If you're going to spend a lot of cash on a bra, take care of it...last part's from me.
*denotes that I was furnished with the bra from the PR firm. However, if the item sucked, I wouldn’t be writing about it.