Let’s talk about bras

I hate bras. Will go out of my way to avoid wearing them. I live in sports bras and bralettes, and basically rue the day when my outfit demands a real bra with straps and clasps and underwires and UGH.
Since I got pregnant, my breasts have shape shifted right along with the rest of my body, to the point where not a single bra I owned fit. I made it work for as long as possible, but last weekend I had a wedding to go to, and I needed a little more structure and substance than a bralette could afford.

On a friend’s recommendation, I went and tried some of the new wireless, seamless options from Victoria’s Secret.

“They’re just like sports bras,” she promised, “only you can wear them under regular clothes!”

I tried on ALL the bras.

I hated ALL the bras.

They were just as bad as regular bras, and made my flesh bulge in all the wrong (read: not sexy) places, like under my arms and on my back. I tried a few other stores in hopes that I could find something to wear under my dress, but came with nothing but bra-burning fantasies.

My package from ThirdLove showed up just two days before the wedding. I confess that while I was excited to get pretty things in the mail, I was skeptical.

the best bra

Did I mention I hate bras and think they are designed specifically for torture? 

I threw them in the wash and literally the first time I put one on was as I was scrambling to get ready for the wedding.

sweat pink

The rest of my experience can pretty much be summed up by one sentence:

When I came home 9 hours later, I was surprised to see I was wearing a bra under my dress. 

I literally forgot I was wearing a bra. That has never happened to me before. I’m always pulling up fallen straps, adjusting poky underwires, generally wishing I were not in cups.

They had a quick-draw photo booth at the wedding. How fun is that?!
They had a quick-draw photo booth at the wedding. How fun is that?!
But this one was different. Both of my ThirdLove bras fit beautifully and look good under clothes, too. And since I’ve been trying to step up my game and not wear sweats every day, they’ve really come to the rescue.

My favorite is the lacy Perfect Plunge bra, just because it’s the prettiest purple and, well, the lace, but the feather-light foam bra is a serious workhorse of a bra. It looks great under even the thinnest of white tops, and doesn’t give you icky back fat bulges or other weird lines. Meanwhile, you can forget you’re wearing it.
jessica simpson top thirdlove bra
Wearing a Jessica Simpson maternity top and the featherlight ThirdLove bra – not a funky line or bulge in sight! (Except, of course, the baby… )
jessica simpson top thirdlove bra back
Hoooray for no back fat bulges! Also, how pretty is the back of this top?
I’m dying to try the wireless bra and… surprise, surprise, the bralette caught my eye, too. 😉

I would tell you how sizing runs but honestly my body has changed so much I am not a reliable source. But – the good news is, the ThirdLove app is an actually reliable source. 🙂 It’s virtual bra fitting, and before you roll your eyes and think, “that could NEVER work,” give it a try. When I got measured during my shopping trip, three different salespeople measured me at three different sizes. The ThirdLove app nailed it: the size they suggested and then sent me was the perfect fit.

So tell me: what are your bra woes?

– Your friendly former bra-hater

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6 Replies to “Let’s talk about bras”

  1. I am disappointed in my third love bra. I’ve had it for a little bit more than six months and the underwire has already busted through the bra. I have always washed it on ultra gentle hand wash cycle and hung dry. The shortest life cycle I’ve ever seen for an expensive bra! Cheaply made I guess

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