Please see my introductory post for why I’m on a Great Bra Hunt. And feel free to skip past this post if real bra talk and related topics aren’t your thing!
I recently discussed the discovery that I apparently fit into the top size that Cosabella makes, though I had to return my original order due to the racerback design putting too much pressure on an old injury. (No, I can’t explain why I bought a design that I knew would aggravate said injury – it was likely the only design I saw on the third-party retailer, and I didn’t expect it to fit, so I wasn’t thinking too hard about it.) Other than the racerback design, I loved everything about the Cosabella bra, so I went out to their website and decided to try again. After checking out every single wireless bra that fit my size, I decided to get what is essentially the same bra except without the racerback, the Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Bralette in XL ($66). Actually, I was so confident about this bra that I bought three in different colors, for the reduced price of $52 each.
Initial Fit: This went on exactly like the racerback version, with a little less fabric on the back (which suits me just fine). It immediately felt supportive and comfortable, and the fit was perfect. The straps had a lot of room for adjustment as well.
A Day’s Wear: After several hours in this bra, I had no headaches (like from shoulder-supported bras), no chafing anywhere, no bulging out of the bra in the center, and surprisingly no trend toward uniboob either. The bra is obviously not as lifting or supportive as a wired bra, but it’s far more comfortable, and it holds me in place a lot better than several of the other bras I’ve tried. Even lying on my side, I hardly move, and definitely don’t fall out (which I did in the racerback version). After a few hours, the lacy edge of the front band began to itch a little, similar to pretty much all bras for me. However, it didn’t leave any red marks and never began to chafe.
Longer Wear: I bought three of these bras, as I said, and I wore them each over successive days. Each one fit a little differently – the light one (for instance) had a slightly tighter band, so I had some mild red marks but no chafing (and no itching, really). Otherwise, they all fit really well, and that held up over time. In fact, the itching I experienced the first day didn’t recur after over the week I rotated these bras. I will note that as bralettes, they don’t offer the same support as traditional bras (wireless or wired), and so if I went too many days wearing these (or my Uye Suranas) without ever using a more structured bra, I had back/shoulder strain from the weight of my breasts. Generally, though, I found them far more comfortable and continued to wear them most days.
Weird Note: Because I bought over $150 of bras, the company sent me a free matching face mask and thong combo. Already, I think that’s a bit of a weird combo (are we trying to make face masks sexy now??) and I don’t actually like thongs. But even weirder is that the thong came in “one size” rather than a range of sizes like their normal underwear, and the “one size” is tiny. The hip range would maybe have fit me when I was thin, but I doubt it. Since they carry up to XL sizes in bras and underwear, you’d think they’d have better sense than to assume a free tiny thong would be a good gift for someone buying bras that fit a 40G size chest. So…that’s bizarre. I guess I got a “sexy” lace face mask that I’ll never wear in public out of it? Jason was so tickled by the weirdness that he took this photo, ha!
Verdict: They don’t offer the support of a wired bra (of course!), but they’re comfortable and pretty and keep me in place without uniboobing me. Glad I bought three. 4 stars.
Note: I do have one more set of wirefree bras coming, these made from a seller overseas who customizes them to your measurements. Her business is a two-woman operation and the orders take months to arrive – I ordered mine in December – so eventually I will have one more post to include in this series. I’m also beginning a hunt for comfortable(ish) wired bras, because the problem I mention above with back pain seems to indicate that I need a little more support 1-2x per week! Eventually, I’ll be back with those posts, too.