Another day, another bra, and this is a special one! My first ever strapless bra!
FYI: I have quite projected boobs with narrow roots, wide set with short roots, and even to FoT.
I never thought a strapless bra would be for me, but after hearing some rave reviews on a Facebook page for bigger boos, and especially after seeing some evidence of said enthusiasm for this Wonderbra model, my interest was peaked. I wasn't expecting it to work out, so I didn't want to pay full price, but it was on sale on Ebay, so I thought let's give it a go.
Much to my surprise, IT WORKS!
The construction ...of this bra is odd. It doesn't really have normal wires, but a firm band that extends down for an inch and a half or so (almost like a longline), which has firm plastic bits on both sides that come up from the band into the cup. These plastic "hands" sort of cup and hold your boobs. The plastic also runs under the cups, like sort of broad, flat wires, which provide additional support and structural integrity. The front of the bra is thus very sturdy and self supporting, it can almost stand up on its own. The band has broad silicone strips all the way along, which help it to stay in place. And stay in place it does.
At first I had to get used to the band, and thought it was sliding down, because it sits much lower than a normal band, but the band really doesn't budge, and the tops of the cups also do not feel like they move down. I associate strapless bras with girls (not me, I never had one) hoisting up their bras every 2 minutes, but this bra really doesn't need that.
The cups are relatively projected, which surprises me, as I understand that most strapless bras are shallow because they are designed to keep the boobs close the body (gravity being the heartless b*tch that it is). I think the plastic contraptions in this bra make the projection possible. The cups do smash my boobs a little, but more together than to my chest, if you understand what I mean. The plastic hands actually do a good job pushing my boobs to the centre. The tops of the cups curve back in a little too much for my breast shape, but not enough to cause problems, and it does provide a sense of containment that is nice.
I get pretty strong cleavage in this bra, which, given my breast shape, is quite extraordinary.
The gore does not really tack but I don't think it's supposed to, this is a bit of an odd design after all. The gore is quite low, so sweetheart and plunging necklines are an option with this bra (see pictures)! The sides come up quite high under the arms, so it will show under tops with very low cut arm holes. I think you can angle the band down a little to wear this bra under things that have low backs.
Because the band comes down quite low and is rather stiff, sitting down in a slouched position is difficult, as the front of the band does not fold and digs into my belly, but hey ho, it's a reminder to keep a good posture. The bra almost feels like a corset in the front, and a longline bra in the back.
It's thus not the most comfortable bra I own, but as a special occasion bra it's excellent! And it really stays put.
Looks wise, it is also surprisingly good. It looks a little like my Comexim Beauty, black lace over beige, with a broad, solid black trim on the top of the cups. The lace is super flat, and the black trim is very smooth and soft.
In all, I totally love this bra, and my next project is finding a strapless dress...
The best-fitting strapless bra I've ever owned. I'd long-since given up the idea of finding a strapless bra that could hoist these puppies up & keep them there for the duration of an evening out in some strapless number, but I was impressed with this one - it does the job, & requires only minimal periodic wriggling to maintain its gravity-defiance. There was a little bit of a gap between my upper breast & the cup on my smaller side when I first bought it, & as I lack fullness, it doesn't give me optimal roundness to the top of my breasts, but that is something which I can work around in most strapless items I own. The underwire-substitute supports in this bra are really comfortable too, they're shaped a little like hands & are really flexible, but super-supportive & comfortable. I wish I had more bras with them!
Finally a strapless bra that works for me. I was skeptical because on reddit's abrathatfits people said they didn't like the brand, but I read reviews here and picked it up for only $30 on Poshmark. Totally worth it. I think if this style fits you, than it fits you well, but it won't fit everyone and it is an unusual style. I have "east west" style breasts and a petite frame and this is the first strapless that has fit me perfectly. It touts "no underwires" but it is definitely not a soft bra. Instead it has hard plastic pieces that kind of remind me of a superhero costume or a corset. I love that feeling personally and feel very supported. I have chronic neck and shoulder pain. Anything touching that area is uncomfortable, even if it fits properly, so I'm really grateful for a strapless I can wear everyday.
It fits in the cups - altough there is slight cutting in, but in this model it is a permanent issue, same thing happened when I tried it on in 65G and the next size. The band is too big, but I will alter it. Found it in a thrift store, so you know - can't complain much https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
I didn't know anything about this bra before I bought it, as there was almost no information about it on the web. You can see why the colorway is called "Jester Red," can't you? I fell in love with both the color and the style of this bra and decided to take a chance on it. Happily, it fits me very well and is very comfortable.
Being a "Wonderbra" I knew it probably had push up padding in it but was unsure of the amount. I was relieved to discover that the push up pads are not extreme in this one. It gives me ...a little extra lift and makes me look like I've got a little more on top than I really do, but it's not over-the-top at all. That's probably because I'm so shallow to start with that there isn't a huge amount to "push up," so YMMV. The pads are incorporated into the molded cup and aren't super thick. The bra doesn't have that heavily padded feel that some push up bras do.
The three vertical front seams and lace on the front of the cup are very smooth and flat so they aren't visible under clothing. The gore is one of the narrowest I've ever tried (3/4"). Wires seem somewhat wide, but not overly so.
The lace on the top and bottom of the band is soft, flexible, and stretchy. It's very comfortable, but doesn't really add to the support of the band (which is very supportive by itself). I haven't had a chance to wear this bra for more than a few minutes at a time, so I don't know if the lace at the bottom will try to roll up on me. I have a flared ribcage in the front (around the gore area), so I generally avoid longline bras for this reason. This is more of a wannabe longline, but I'm concerned I might still have the same problem of a rolling bottom edge. I won't loose any support if it does, and the lace is so soft that I might not even notice until I take off my shirt. The measurements that I put in Bratabase for the gore height and wing height do not include the lace. The gore height with the lace is 3.75" and the wing height with the lace is 4.5."
The straps are wide, firm, and very comfortable. They are only halfway adjustable and the back part unclips so that you can cross the straps in the back for a racerback configuration (see detail picture). I haven't had any trouble so far with the straps coming unhooked while putting the bra on or taking it off. This is my first bra with 4 hooks in the back, but since half of that width in the center back is from the lace, it doesn't feel particularly unwieldily. I have to say that the back of this bra is just as pretty as the front, which is very unusual.
This bra is just luscious in both feel and appearance. I feel very vampy in it, lol! Unsurprisingly, it was a hit with my husband. Read more 437 more words
I really like the way this bra feels; very comfortable. It is a pushup bra with removable cutlets, so it makes my appearance a little more busty than I'm comfortable with. I wore it for the first time today under a winter coat and really liked it. I think I'm just a little too self-conscious.
The bra feels nice and snug. I bought it at a thrift store, but it looked new, with all the paint still remaining on the hooks. It has stretched out a little during the day, but still feels very supportive.
This is the first convertible bra I've owned, ...and one thing about the straps I like is; when I installed them on the bra (they came detached) I could install them so the buckles are at the front of the bra, above the cups.
One thing I've always wondered about most conventional bras is; the buckles for adjusting strap length are usually at the back of the bra over the shoulder blades. How in the heck are you supposed to be able to reach the buckle while you are wearing the bra so you can adjust the strap to the correct length?? I, at least, always have to slide the straps off my shoulders, adjust the length, slide them back on and check the length, repeating the process until they fit, in a trial-and-error process. With the buckles in front, I can easily reach them and adjust them without taking my bra half off.
Also, these back-set buckles are almost always noticeable under thinner layers of clothing, sticking out like pimples on my back under my shirt. The front-set buckles are usually not noticeable, resting in the void between the top of my shoulder and the outermost part of my bra's cups. What's the deal?? Read more 206 more words
This bra is extremely comfortable. It's a fairly tight 32 band, which means that I, with my size 30 back, can wear it with proper support on the tightest hooks. The cups seem to be true to size.
It contains no underwire, and instead employs patented plastic "hands" that lift and hold the breasts. The band sits on the mid to upper ribs, a great deal lower than that of a more conventional bra, and is lined with silicone that keeps the bra from slipping. There is no center gore in the traditional sense, and what it does have does not sit on the sternum, but it's not meant ...to. It is a highly effective, highly nonstandard fit. It is also shockingly comfortable once you get used to it, more so than some of the wired bras that I have bought and tried.
The cups provide support chiefly at the sides. There is no coverage on the inner sides of the breasts. While I'm sure that this design allows the bra to work well for plunging necklines, I don't wear many of those.
The bra offers a shape that I have not experienced before. The overall effect is amplifying, pushing the breasts a bit together and projecting them outward. This design gives great cleavage, but compared to the 9341, it's a great deal more compact and less dramatic. Though I think it actually predates the Wonderbra Ultimate Strapless Bra (9341), this design and cut is much better for me. The cups are lower cut, especially in the armpit, and make the bra more wearable on a smaller frame like my own. It also doesn't amplify my assets so much that I gain a dress size. Though this does mean that the cleavage provided is slightly less intense, I'm fine with trading that for this more comfortable, wearable alternative.
This is a good bra, and a great strapless. It does the job I want it to do, it is comfortable, and I do not need to adjust it. Read more 227 more words
Cup comes up half-a cup size larger for a even/FOB 30DD, it'll fit better in a very FOT 30DD/even 30E breast.
Pros: - Give a perfectly nice round appearance under clothing, pretty much like what Freya Deco gives. - Probably a better substitution for Freya Deco range since there wont have the "gaped" issue Freya Deco gives to a lot of users. - Firm and tight band. Could fit best in a 28 band, usual 30 band wearer might need to go up a band size for comfort. However is still large wearing on the inner most hooks for a 24/26 band me. I'm waiting for my Rixie clip to ...arrive and see how it goes.
Cons: - 3 1/2"-space hook!! Not convenient to use with normal extender/Rixie clip - Half adjustable strap!! One of the features that I hate most. I can't adjust short enough for my high-set breasts and short torso. >.< - Stiff cup and underwire. I hope it'll be better after a few wash. - Cup are about 6" tall, the underwire poke my armpit.
Not recommend for high set/shallow boobs and short torso person.
This is the best fitting and most comfortable strapless bra I have ever owned. It fits amazing, almost perfect. I say almost because while the bottom of the cup is filled out and the top of the cup lays perfect, if I put my finger in the cup at the top of my breast there is a little extra room in there. If I was more even instead of FOB I don't think this would be a problem. But the extra room is not noticeable unless I am poking around in there.
I did the "jump" test trying to make this bra move and it wouldn't budge. I did jumping jacks and plunges for about 5 minutes and it stayed put.
My sister lent this to me to road test after I mentioned I wanted a strapless bra to go with a dress I was planning to wear to a birthday outing for a workmate. This is a lovely looking bra and in the right size im sure it does its job admirably. This was all the wrong size for me. The band is very firm (so much so that I don't think I could wear it for several hours) and I never once felt like it would slide down. It was at least one, maybe two cupsizes too small. I had baby's bum cleavage in the middle of ...my chest and overspill over the tops of the cups. To make it worse if I raised my arms more of my boobs would escape, then get stuck on the top of the cups when I put my arms down causing even more overspill. In the end I decided not to order one for myself owing to the sizing problem (really not sure what size I would have needed and did not want to mess around sending it back if I got the wrong size) and the fact that my skin really does not like the silicone grip gel that they put on strapless bras these days. I do think if I had been able to try one in the right size it would make for a very secure strapless bra. Read more 131 more words
edit after 1 month: added an interior lining through the lower lace so now the band supports properly and I do indeed fill out both cups at my larger time of the month, but the cups are so shallow on the bottom that during the day they gradually push downward until the underwire is an inch below my IMF and the straps begin digging painfully into my armpits. This is definitely a show bra, not a wear all day bra.
I got this bra for my bigger days, so I'll amend this when I hit those. In the meantime, the design is gorgeous and the fit is ...surprisingly good for my smaller days too, but there is definitely room to grow. There is a little gaping with my smaller right breast right now, but none on the left. There's also padding built in to the molded cups, which I don't love but I can deal with. My measurements ignore the 1.5" wide lace border on the bottom as it is too soft and stretchy to take part in the fit. There are also three rows of four hooks on the back, making it feel a bit like a pseudo long-line, but there's no power net or other form of support in the main body of the wings (just a single thin layer of stretch satin), so all those hooks don't feel like they're providing any additional support and that's a shame. Also surprising for a 30 band with such flimsy wings, it only stretches to 29". My main problem is that the wires are a little too U shaped for me, which appears to be the reason I have had my very first experience of wires digging into my sternum with this. My is that painful. The issue can be temporarily resolved by pushing them through the casing to the top of the outer edge because there is a half inch of wiggle room to shift the wires, but other than stitching them into place in that position I will also try to bend the wires out in the center to relieve that pressure.
Very soft and pretty bra. Also, the colour is really nice, the peach pink with black lace makes the bra looks qute and sexy at the same time. The lace makes the bra looks like half-longline and actually the band has 4x3 set of hooks and eyes. Ive got this in size smaller than usual as ive read that it runs bigger and its true, but also I should take smaller band, as with 70 I can very easily close on the second set and still could do the tightest. The bra has small 'push up' sponges build in. Unfortunately the wires are too wide coz otherwise it would be great option for EM CH/CHPs. The bra gives nice cleavage but I have some empty fabric on the sides and its really shame as the bra would look amazing with narrower wires https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> . Also, I dont like the straps as theyre too thin and half adjustable - but they can be worn crossed.
This bra is witchcraft. I sister sized to a 34G since Wonderbra doesn't do GG. As such, the band isn't as tight as I'd prefer. I can hook it on the tightest setting, but it stays up fine on the second one. I will probably take in the band eventually. This bra has plastic hand shaped inserts in the cups that hold you up, and silicone on the band. It is designed to fit differently than regular bras so it takes a little getting used to. The band sits much lower, like a longline almost, but just imagine that's where the 'wrists' of the plastic hands are resting. The first ...time you wear it you'll probably try to yank it up like a normal bra but it really isn't necessary and will stay put just fine. There isn't a gore really, so it can't tack. Super plunge and cleavage. If you're soft/spilly, you will most likely fall out of this bra. The coral works as a nude-ish color on me. I've stopped caring if people see my bras (especially since they're so pretty) so I'm not as disappointed if it doesn't blend perfectly with my skin. I wore this bra under a strapless sundress, the kind with no inner support just elastic at the top and waist, to see how it worked out. A full day of shopping, errands, and sewing and I didn't have to adjust it once. It did get a little uncomfortable toward the end of the day, but I'm 90% sure that's because I was sitting on the couch in a weird position to knit.
Overall: If you fit into wonderbras size range, and aren't super soft: BUY THIS. I think it would be forgiving to a range of shapes. I am narrow, projected, full all over. Read more 191 more words
I got this bra by accident (website sent me the wrong product) so I'm reporting on here for the benefit of the community.
I really do not like this bra. It is a supportive band. I need a 28 band and this is excellent, so if you are a true 30E you may like to size up in the band. The band is really the only positive about this bra, IMO.
Can't say whether the cups fit like a true 30E's but they seem so, as I am on the smaller end of 28f (measurement estimates give me a 28E) so the 30DD in this style fits me much ...better (as in, I get more of a squish-lift, but I still hate it and have yet to wear it out).
The reason I dislike this bra is that it hardly has any padding in it, just the creepy "hands" inside which seem to literally be made of cardboard and are only about 1mm thick. The packaging says the bra is supposed to give "sexy cleavage" and feel like you're "holding yourself in place." Nope. There is really no push-up effect with me; the cups just wrap around my breasts and hold them, rather gently, against my body. Sure, there's cleavage but it takes practically nothing to give me cleavage because I have close-set breasts.
ALSO the cups themselves are oddly high-cut, so not good for sexy tops. I sometimes have the same issue with the 30DD in this style. Check out my review on that size, too.
So if you have bottom heavy or even top heavy....maybe just heavy overall and "rebellious" soft 28F/FF breasts, this may be a nice bra for you.
I think this style could be good for MOST large-breasted women, but petite girls should think about this for a while. If your breasts are pretty tame and set in their position, you should go a cup down or ignore this bra altogether. Personally, I love the Bra of the Year by Felina and wear it in 32D (the 32DD gore was too high) and they have a decently tight band and tons of plunge and push-up padding. I have it in two colors and it is my go-to bra for SO MANY tops. It gives me AMAZING lift and cleavage (and doesn't cut into the top of my tissue much!) despite being a 32-band. The effect is something you'd think would come from a Wonder Bra but apparently that's not what they've got here. Read more 308 more words
Awful. The band is way too tight and there's no way I could wear this without an extender. It creates massive quadboob, especially near my armpits. It did give me cleavage, which is something I look for in a strapless bra, but the cups are too high and it creates too much armpit fat for me to ever be able to wear this. It also makes me look flat under my clothes.
I have had this bra for a few months now, and have struggled with reviewing it.
The bra contains no underwire, and instead employs patented plastic "hands" that lift and hold the breasts. The band sits on the mid to upper ribs, a great deal lower than that of a more conventional bra, and is lined with silicone that keeps the bra from slipping. There is no center gore in the traditional sense, and what it does have does not sit on the sternum, but it's not meant to. It is a highly effective, highly nonstandard fit. It is also shockingly comfortable once you get used to it, more ...so than some of the wired bras that I have bought and tried. I could have done with a 30G, since I now wear the bra on the tightest setting and it has stretched. Even so, the bra still works perfectly.
The cups provide support chiefly at the sides, which come up quite high on my small frame. There is no coverage on the inner sides of the breasts. While I'm sure that this design allows the bra to work well for plunging necklines, I don't wear many of those. The high sides sometimes show if sleeveless clothing sloughs past the very top of my armpits.
The bra offers a shape that I have not experienced before. The overall effect is amplifying, pushing the breasts a bit together and projecting them outward. This can be a problem for those with larger breasts, especially if you factor in a small back size. Consider a strapless dress. My dress size, con-breasts, is a 6. With a different, normal bra, it may come to an 8. This bra, however, pushes that size even further, to a 10 or 12, to accommodate my amplified cleavage properly.
This is a good bra. It does the job I want it to do, it is comfortable, and I do not need to adjust it. It has even held up after going through the washing machine. I would buy it again, and recommend it, but would also like any prospective buyer to have all the facts. Read more 245 more words
I am very impressed with this bra. The construction is interesting: instead of wires it has a moulded plastic (?) support at the bottom and sides of the cup, which provides extra support and a more flattering shape than other strapless bras I've tried. The cups are on the generous side, which is good for me as I usually need a larger cup size than this. Even so, my larger breast is barely contained. I find this bra comfortable enough for everyday wear, and unlike other strapless bras I've owned it stays in place all day and doesn't need constant adjusting!
This is a really great strapless bra. The hand-shaped underwires provide incredible support. It's also very pretty https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
For a while, I thought I was a 30G because the Freya Lacey seemed to fit perfectly in a 30G, but after nearly every other 30G bra I bought was too small, I realized that I am actually a 30HH/J. Because of this "true size" confusion, I used to think that this bra ran small, but now I realize that it is probably true to size.
The band is on the tight side, so if you are a GG cup and sized out of this bra's size range, you can probably size up in the band to the sister size of your normal size.