For kicks I decided to take a trip down memory lane and dig up an old model bra that used to be ubiquitous. Way back when, after we grew out of the "Teen Form Training Bra" days, we didn't have Victoria's Secret, or Aerie, or Soma, and we had nothing like Bralettes to soothe our distorted boobs. Shopping for bras created quintessential memories of Body Shaming to the maximum. In high school, I think everyone I knew wore a 34 (not because they fit!), in basic white Playtex, or Maidenform bras that looked just like this.
I loved Bali "natural woman" bras, but I was ...most partial to Olga bras. I can't remember the model name (Bodysilk maybe?), but there was a certain "front-close" bra that basically got me through high school and college. It seemed front close bras were more available then. This was good for me, because the alternative was (as shown in these photos) to have my tissue smashed down all over my ribcage, with weird extra pointy unfilled fabric at my nipples. I used to think this meant I was "flat-chested". And maybe I am, but not in the way I thought as the time! This particular Bali Flower Bra doesn't look very good under my clothing because it's shape is really out of date. This thing provides lift like no other, I'll give it that. However it tried to project the lift (literally) into the tips of the cups so boobs look like thin tubes with conical ends.
I am so grateful for the invention of the T-shirt bra! We've come a long way! Read more 168 more words
I finally got around to reviewing this bra that I've been hanging onto forever. I bought it to have a wireless option for traveling and since that's what I'm doing right now, it's been really great for giving my ribcage a break. I find it pretty forgiving in terms of fit (the S has fit me okay at a full 30F and not-so-full 28F), but naturally would prefer better sizing options than Hanes/Bali offers. My other wish would be adjustable hardware on the straps. That said, for a wireless department store bra, it's super comfy and gives a great shape under clothes. I like that it gives me a quick option to go from lounging around the house or taking an overnight flight to stepping outside without feeling like a hot mess, haha. Full review on my blog!
What a pleasant surprise! Unlined, wire-free support First, I tried the size medium, which is the size I prefer in Bali 3488. But, in this 3484 unlined model, I received no support from the medium band. The small, however, is fantastic! Sigh. Why have I waited so long to try these?
Last night, I slept blissfully with this bra supporting my breasts. 75% of my tissue was moved out of my armpits and 100% of my tissue stayed clear of my neck. I am thrilled. So thrilled, in fact, I did not remove it ...when I awoke. Typically, I don't wear any bra for more than 2 hours. I never expected to find a bra this supportive, lightweight, and comfortable. Thank you, Bali!
The Bali 3488 is too heavy for my summer gardening habit. But, this 3484 is just what I require. The knit even wrangles my prominent nipples: I won't feel embarrassed when neighbors or strangers see me. And, this red hides sufficiently well, for me, under white t-shirts.
I love this bra, it is so comfy and looks great. Just wish it would come in a smaller band size. I wear 30DD/E and while the Small works well, it does stretch out quickly. I bought my previous Bali bra 5 months ago and it is stretched out so much, not only the band, but also the cups (not sure why because even though I fill the cups it would fit a larger bust too). I did wear my previous bra almost daily, so that might account for it. Also, I now see when I measured it 5 months ago it stretched to 35 inches, while this stretches to 30.5, so maybe it depends on the colorway (although the fabric feels the same).
I found this bra reading Love4Pollinators profile. I was looking for a wire free bra with hooks that would be comfy and look.good (both underneath and without clothing) at the same time. I thought this was impossible, but I was wrong. This bra is super comfy, looks great under t shirts, and looks nice as a yoga top too. My husband loves it, and he is very picky! And best of all: I got this for under $20 I'll probably won't wear any other bra at home, and will also wear this to the office sometimes, because it really does look like wearing any other bra with wires that fits. I wear the bra on the tightest hook (I usually wear band 30). The cups have some tiny wrinkles but it doesn't show and doesn't bother me. So happy I found this bra
Grabbed this from a free box. In gently used condition. Previous wearer must have worn this white bra with black shirts as there is black fuzz pilling all over. I've washed and dried and will list this for free soon. Band was hard for me to measure the stretch, so it might stretch even wider. Wire are extremely bendy and the material is very light and stretch. This would be very easy to alter to a smaller band size.
Overall, this bra is quite comfortable. The material is soft and is pretty stretchy, but otherwise is supportive for what little breast tissue I have. I fell asleep wearing it one night recently then rolled out of bed and out the door to do some running-of-errands, It wasn't until I was home later and jumped in the shower that I realized I was still wearing it!
The only complaint I really have is the strap length. Even in the pictures of the models wearing you'll notice they're adjusted to full length. For me, this is still almost too short, but I'm able to get by with it.
Overall, I would recommend this bra, especially for anyone with a smaller bust size. I don't expect it would be much good for bigger folks.
My favorite bra. See my other bras for a longer review. The band of this bra measured 22 inch undetected and 29.5 inch stretches when I just got it. Upon wearing it twice it now measures 24 and 31.5 inch. I got a warning from bratabase about the unstretched bands size of 29.5, so I decided to enter the measurements I got after wearing the bra twice.
I've worn this fantastic bra as my everyday bra for many years. The wide band supports most of the weight of my "girls",so the shoulder straps put very little pressure on my shoulders, even after a full days wear. In fact the fit is so good that I rarely have to fiddle with the straps or tug at the band. For those of us with "more up top" the support and cup coverage make this a great bra to wear while working out. There are a few downsides however; the firm support and construction give a look that is too "pointy" for some wearers. The cups are seamed and will show though some tops, it's an underwire bra so get used to the idea of hand washing it if you want it to last the longest. Also the color selection is pretty limited as your choices are white, beige, and just recently midnight. I was thrilled to find this bra offered Midnight at last.
I like this bra a lot, it's kind of a sports bra, it's marketed as "Active" and seems to have a lot of sports bra qualities. Wide, soft shoulder straps, convertible straps, moisture wicking material and good control. The wide band is snug for a 34 which i would expect from a sports bra, it has high wings, the cups are full and the straps are centered so they stay put and don't slip. The high wing combined with the tall center gore and full cup encapsulates the breast rather than compresses, which I prefer and the gore tacks nicely without digging in (which surprised ...me because most tall gores don't work for me). The underwires are sturdy but not too stiff to be uncomfortable. The stitching and seams are smooth so there's no irritating rubbing on the skin. I've worn it to the gym and on the treadmill with no issues, I haven't worn it for any kind of intense sports so I can't comment on how it will hold up under those conditions, although I'd probably still gravitate to a more traditional sports bra for those scenarios. It's also comfortable enough to wear as an every day bra...not as comfy as others I have, but in a pinch I wouldn't think twice about grabbing it...though it is a bit bulky...
It's funny, I never thought I'd be buying Bali bras, seems like something that only my mom would wear, but hey, the price was right and it fits, so why not. Read more 151 more words
Even if this bra fit me right, I don't think I'd keep it. Brand new and fabric is already frayed at the gore and on the straps. The hardware on the straps also feel like cheep, not durable, plastic. Though, for <$20 I guess who cares. On second thought, for $20, if the cups weren't so laughably empty, I'd keep it, but this one I returned.
Short rooted, center full, close set, omega shaped, slightly narrow, projected, even breasts....
After reading dauphin 's compelling review of her Bali Comfort Revolution, I was sold. Any doubt was allayed by Amazon reviews. And, Ebay has several previously owned options.
Although I shudder to consider wearing this outside in summer, this will be my fall/winter/spring staple. Rounded profile, sufficient nipple shielding, light support, soft straps, and comfort. I'm jumping for joy! My one concern was the coverage: it works for me under my lowest scoop neckline. It is not because the coverage is low, but rather because ...my breasts are lifted and the scoop neckline is, subsequently, also lifted. What a pleasant surprise.
The materials are not remotely like the 158+ underwire bras I had previously tried. This bra is SOFT on a level not previously experienced by me. I don't appreciate the virgin plastic materials, but they are blissfully comfortable. I hope Bali will create a more environmentally benign Comfort Revolution...SOON. Until then, I will own two of these for my fall, winter, and spring collection.
There is light support, but I have two sports bras for when more support is required. Otherwise, this is my three-season bra. Wow. I'm at a lack for words....I'm wearing a cloud
Edit: I assumed this didn't lift. But, I'm an engineer, and I measure stuff. My nipple is 3" higher in this cloud-like bra than without it. This blissful, super soft bra lifts me more than many underwire I've tried. I wouldn't believe it had I not measured myself. No poking, no pain, no discomfort. Dries overnight. Smitten. I own four now. Minimalist bradrobe assembled. Read more 199 more words
Have a love hate relationship with this bra. I have to alter the straps to be on the top of the cups like they are on like every other bra in the world. But they are cheap and well made so it's a fault I can deal with. The thing that bugs me is that I have a feeling they designed it that way for women who are wearing an ill fitting bra, anyways.... if I don't alter the straps the cup curls inwardly and gaps. This fits my right breast perfectly, but on my more projected and higher up left breast I don't fill out the bottom, but ...that is expected. I've bought a couple of these in the past and thought I could do better, but after a couple months without them I realized this was my best fitting padded underwire bra, until I tried the Cleo Neve, so this is second in line now. I do get slight quad boob, but once my breast settle into the cup it's fine. It does slightly feel like it's smashing me down a tad, but oh wells.... The wires are similar to Panache Idina (is more closed on top) and Cleo Maddie (is more open on top), so if you want something more full coverage and not closed on top or too open, this might do well on you. Read more 117 more words
This bra seems to run large. The band is too loose, much looser than my other 34D models. Excess fabric is present in the cup. Cups are made of two layers that aren't lined up evenly, which creates odd bulges that are visible under clothing. These bulges are at their worst near the lace ornamentation at the front. It's not a bad looking bra aside from the shoddy sewing.
I have a very broad chest and shoulders, and wide-set breasts to match. I don't fill out a D cup, but most 40C bras are apparently built on the assumption that the high band length is all due to back fat, and so smash the cups in too close. This bra and also the Bali 3425 are the best I've ever found for my shape. I could honestly do with another inch in band length, but no one's ever come closer to getting it right.