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  1. Secrets Feel Gorgeous Embroidered Underwire Bra (4513)

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    44B

    Hasn't set fit

    Really great basic bra. Bought it on the recommendation of a lady friend. Glad I did.

    White colorway

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    Updated on May 13, 2016 Flag this


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      I wish they did them in my size ;(

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  2. Secrets Feel Gorgeous Embroidered Underwire Bra (4513)

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    40B

    Hasn't set fit

    Really pretty bra. Lace is not scratchy. 3 hooks keep it in place. Gives moderate cleavage. Can be worn under t's. Comes in larger band sizes, which I need as a guy.

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    Updated on Jun 29, 2019 Flag this


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      Beautiful! Thrilled you can find bands and cups that fit.

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      Thanks, L4P. Kind of makes my day whenever I find a pretty one that fits.

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  3. 18 Hour Classic Soft Cup (27)

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    34DD

    Didn't fit

    Old-fashioned bras like this are an untapped GOLD MINE for full bust customers. Don't let the vintage-style sizing fool you into believing you are sized out. This 34 band is rock solid and does not ride up no matter what I do; indeed; it is slightly tight on my 29" underbust even after 4 days of wear, and to be completely comfortable a tiny length of extender is helpful. The DD cup is a great fit albeit on the roomy side for me (FF/G in most brands, basically I require at least 11" of depth in an underwire cup).

    Comfort and support are stellar. ... The band is nice and wide, in fact with 4 hooks some trendier brands would try to pass this off as a longline! There is no side boning anywhere, which is great if you are a bit fluffier.

    Uplift is every bit as good as what I can get in a wired bra. It is slightly pointy brand new, although not bullet-bra-ish.

    Granted this is a cheaper bra and it does not feel or look luxurious. However, if you like that neat, discreet and slightly retro shape under clothes; if you are sick and tired of searching for affordable wired bras that fit your breast shape; if you are post-surgery, or a mature person with drier, delicate skin that does not tolerate wires, or if you have a health condition that makes comfort a major priority--you should definitely give this a whirl.

    Compared to regular UK full bust sizing, I would recommend going UP 1-2 sizes in band, and DOWN anywhere between 2 and 4 cups.

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  4. Playtex By Bali One Smooth U Underwire (4823)

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    38B

    Didn't fit

    This has been my go to bra but my size must be changing again. This style and size of bra fit great for years, but now it doesn't.

    4823 colorway

    Updated on Mar 11, 2018 Flag this


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  5. 18 Hour Classic Soft Cup (20)

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    32C

    Fits

    I'm not entirely sure if I measured the cups depth right. If I go from the decorative lace seam to the other side of the lace seam of the cup, across the apex line, it only measures 6", but if I measure actual space for your boobs, it measures 8", so I imputed a cup depth of 7".
    The straps are stretchy, I wasn't expecting that.
    The band is snug.
    The top of the front neckline, feels a little tight on my muscular and slightly full on top breasts.
    My left cup wrinkles because it's my smaller breast, so it shows a little through shirts.
    This fits just like my vintage bullet bra, but is a cup smaller, which is nicer fit for my smaller days.
    The appearance is a super conical/pointy shape.

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  6. 18 Hour Classic Soft Cup (27)

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    32D

    Didn't fit

    Wow! This wireless lifts FANTASTICALLY. The band and straps are supportive and soft. For a comparison, look at this wired bra: http://www.bratabase.com/bra/difm9/ Wired bras require very specific fit characteristics to lift, but this wireless Playtex fits surprisingly well. There is some puckering at the end of the cup. I hypothesize a washing will remedy that issue. Out of the box, the fabric is a bit scratchy. Again, washing will likely remedy that.

    The straps are fully adjustable, plush, and short enough to accommodate the most petite or high set customer. If you are tall or low set, these straps will likely be too short.

    The ... cup doesn't allow as much center projection as my breasts require. So, tissue is pushed from the center to the outer quadrant and into a seam. If you have less center projection, this bra may be perfect. My body is sensitive to seams and pressure. A 32DD might be perfect, but I have not yet found this model in that size.

    The cup is tall, but the lift is so good even my shorties were quadding a bit along the cup edge. I totally understand the popularity of this bra!

    Immediate projection is excellent. Lift is amazing. And, the profile under clothing is perky without padding. Lovely.

    My daughter thinks this looks like "a wedding bra." She approves of the floral lace. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" /> This bra requires a significant amount of fabric, and it won't hide under my summer attire. But, when I need lift and comfort, I choose this bra.

    My breasts defy gravity in this marvel of physics. Thank you, wendybien for your review. These bras ARE worth their weight in gold. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" /> https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" />


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    White colorway

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    Updated on Oct 19, 2016 Flag this


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      Ha! I get a kick every time someone tries one of these. Granny knew best about bras after all!
      Yes the puckering goes away after a few washes. After wearing for a while you will also notice the breast tissue settles into the cup better as well so any center quadding or weirdness that was previously occurring, will usually resolve as the bra softens up.

    • wendybien How long should I expect this model to last when worn for a few hours every week and hand washed? The support is fabulous, but the construction is not like more expensive bras I've tried. Thanks for your help.

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      Well now, I will have to go back and give them a try, I always thought of playtex as the "utility wear" of bras.

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      Love4Pollinators wearing just once a week?! Gosh, depending on your tolerance for cosmetic changes (sweat discoloration unfortunately happens fast with white bras) I'd say at least a year. The materials aren't fine or beautiful but they're pretty hard-wearing. Mine are still going strong after 2 years. I machine wash them too.

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      Thank you, wendybien. That is fantastic news. I paid only $14 for this work horse, and I like fahric dyes. ;-)

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  7. Secrets Balconette Underwire (4823)

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    42B

    Hasn't set fit

    This bra surprisingly looks almost identical to Le Mystere Lace Tisha #965, but at less than 1/3 of the price. It is satiny and smooth. Looks really good under t's, and gives a nice silhouette.

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    Updated on Jun 23, 2016 Flag this


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  8. Cross Your Heart Seamless Lightly Lined (655)

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    32C

    Didn't fit

    After thoroughly exploring the world of modern bras, I've decided to revisit some classic fits. I've been on a period drama kick lately and all the pointy cups under form-fitting '50s sweaters have made me wonder if I too can pull off this look. The Playtex Cross Your Heart series is one I remember from being a teenager though I never tried it. It has an element of nostalgia to it, and I snagged one off Amazon to try at an extremely cheap price.

    I knew this would be an inexpensive soft bra made of poly/nylon that fits differently from wired modern bras, but what I ... didn't expect was to get this hideous thing that feels like wearing pillow protectors over your chest pillows. Seriously, it's difficult to imagine what a padded polyester bra with fiberfill cups would feel like until you have put one on your body. Even though it's winter, this didn't feel right on me, and I couldn't imagine wearing this during normal ambient temperatures.

    As far as fit goes, I was debating between ordering 32B and 32C, but couldn't find much info on sizing. I went with a hunch that vintage fits run large in the cup, and sure enough they did, but having determined through thorough testing that I can in no way, shape, or form ever wear a 32B, I went with the 32C which is at least closer to a sister size. By modern standards, this cup is pretty big, but I found that the cup width, depth, and height worked on my larger side.

    The problem was the shape, as I don't have the kind of conical tissue this bra requires to fill out the very pointy, very full center of the cup. It more or less gave the appearance of the orange-in-a-glass effect. I think this bra is designed for women with either a conical shape or soft tissue that can be molded into the cup shape. Firmer and shallower breasts are not going to be able to fill the center of the cup, leaving a sad, deflated center instead of pointy mounds. This bra is not going to help me achieve the '50s sweater fantasy.

    Band size seems to run pretty true to a 32, and thankfully the elastic of both the bands and straps is wide and powerful. There's a heavy-duty 3 hook fastener at the back, and the band was decently supportive despite being two size too big for me. I appreciate the fully adjustable straps though personally detest sliders on the front.

    I actually like the vintage cross-front construction and lace trimmed cups, however the polyester cups and plain exposed elastic makes the bra look incredibly cheap. It looks like a bad prototype made from available materials, not like an actual consumer product. The photos made this bra look plain, but in person it just dumbfounds me. Perhaps the vintage Cross Your Heart bras are worth a try, and I'm not totally giving up, but this is my first and last bra-in-a-box.

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  9. Secrets Feel Gorgeous Embroidered Underwire Bra (4513)

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    36DD

    Didn't fit

    I wore this bra when I was still using the wrong size. It's a Playtex bra and is definitely a good quality. They start off tight but then stretch to fit your true size so don't be fooled and buy a larger size when you first get it; it will stretch. The only thing I don't like about the bra is that it has a bit of a strange shape to it. It sort of makes your boobs point outward a bit (and it's not a minimizer or anything).

    Beige colorway

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  10. Love My Curves (4823H)

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    38DD

    Hasn't set fit

    I'm trying to get rid of this bra because I was never fitted correctly. However, for being the wrong size, it was incredible comfortable when I first got it and continued to wear it. Playtex bras always start pretty tight and that's normal because the stretch to your comfortable size after. The bra I'm selling is a little worn but in good condition and is likely stretched a bit in the band (it may fit a 40).

    Polka dot colorway

    Updated on May 31, 2019 Flag this


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  11. Undercover Slimming Underwire Bra (4T88)

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    36DDD

    Didn't fit

    The gore doesn't tack, and the straps do not adjust short enough for me so they're in danger of slipping off my shoulders. I have since altered this band down a couple inches as I prefer tighter-fitting bands, but I have an unaltered Over the Taupe Jacquard color of the same model and size so all measurements and fit notes were taken from there.

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    UPDATE:
    I have also altered the shape of the wires to better fit me.

    - reshaped underwire curve
    - limited band stretch

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  12. Undercover Slimming Underwire Bra (4T88)

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    36DDD

    Didn't fit

    The gore doesn't tack, and the straps do not adjust short enough for me so they're in danger of slipping off my shoulders. I prefer tighter-fitting bands so I may be altering this down a couple inches if I decide to keep this bra.

    Over the Taupe Jacquard colorway

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  13. Love My Curves (4823H)

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    38D

    Didn't fit

    Very nice bra, but unfortunately it's a wrong size for me. My right breast cannot fill cup at the top, the left one is quite good. Underband is too wide, I have to close the bra using the smallest option. Plus cups are too separate for my breast. I would like to try 34E or 34F, but this brand hasn't my size.

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  14. 18 Hour Classic Soft Cup (27)

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    32D

    Didn't fit

    The band feels too tight because the cups are so big. I have this in a 32C and it fits. My usual size is a 32D, but this one runs large.

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  15. 18 Hour Classic Soft Cup (27)

    This bra is just a bit wider than the 32D and fits well on the tightest hooks. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" /> https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" /> With a few washes, the fabric will soften and the puckers will disappear. Under sweaters this winter, I will feel significantly less frumpy https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" />

    After wearing this twice, it is not the best choice for center full breasts. If you want separation, This model delivers.

    For a more detailed review, read this: http://www.bratabase.com/bra/dijem/

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  16. Secrets Feel Gorgeous Embroidered Underwire Bra (4513)

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    42D

    Hasn't set fit

    Narrow cup width, uncomfortable

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  17. 18 Hour Back And Side Smoothing (4049)

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    36D

    Didn't fit

    This bra, like many Playtex, is designed for "average" body height and average vertical breast distribution. Out of the box, I tightened the partially adjustable straps as much as possible just to keep the straps from slipping off. The cushioned straps are comfortable, but tall and/or petite/high set/short-waisted users will need to modify these straps.

    The band is delightful and provides substantial support with its wide dimension and 3x4 fasteners. I sincerely appreciate this design element. The elastic does not bite and the fabrics are acceptably supple. These are not Comexim-quality bands, but this is a $15 bra.

    Admirably, the bra's reinforced outer cup helps keep my center-full, close-set ... tissue in the front. However, the shallow cup design propels my tissue up and out of the cup. Again, this bra is designed for "average" projection and "average" horizontal distribution. Nonetheless, it is supportive, and my breasts are held close to my chest. The design is reminiscent of a sports bra. For the right breasts, this is a wonderful bra.

    Sadly, this cup is too tall and cuts into my shoulder; irritating my lymph nodes. Admittedly, I am too short-waisted for this design. Sigh.

    If you have "average" breast characteristics, don't hesitate to try this supportive, wireless option. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" />




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  18. 18 Hour Active Lifestyle (4159)

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    36D

    Didn't fit

    If you have soft, center full, close-set breasts, this bra may move your tissue quickly to the east and west where it will collide with a seam. Looking at the pictures, you may be able to see the shallowness near the gore. So, this bra likely works better for center-shallow and/or wide set breasts. Additionally, more firm breasts may be able to create space near the gore by simply pushing the gore further from the body. My melted marshmallow breasts immediately move to the sides; not their preferred location.

    The band is supportive and boasts 3x4 fasteners. Straps are partially adjustable, cushioned, and too long for petite users. I have them shortened 100% and need 1/2" less length. These straps are also inadequate for tall/low-set users. Average height and vertical distribution is ideal.

    I considered a smaller size, but the shallow center design combined with my soft breasts is not a winning combination.

    Otherwise, the fabrics are soft, supportive, and comfortable.

    Nude colorway

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  19. 18 Hour Ultimate Lift And Support (4745)

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    36D

    Didn't fit

    Center full, close set, short-waisted, projected, somewhat narrow, omega shaped, short rooted,...

    http://www.bratabase.com/bra/dijev/

    This is a highly comfortable bra. It is average in projection and the apex is mid-cup. Now that I have enough space in the bottom of the cup, the top of the cup is less full. Comfortable bra, but not a good fit for me.

    Black colorway

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  20. 18 Hour Classic Soft Cup (20)

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    34C

    Didn't fit

    This bra was a bit small in cup width and cup height. 34D fits better because the cup is bigger.

    Fantastic support and lift!!!

    Beige colorway

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