Ladies, I hate the end of August. I really do. It's not summer, but it's not fall. Everyone's sick of the heat, but the leaves haven't changed yet. It's a danky hang nail of a season. So, in an effort to cheer myself and fill up the time before all the new autumn collections are released, I thought I'd write about the best bras for fitters. Since everyone has a different definition of "the best", I broke this down into four simple categories.
The Little Black Dress
No one can go wrong with a little black dress. Similarly, there are bras that fit everyone. Not all bras are created equal; some can be truly wonky fits. They require firm breast tissue, they're a half cup too small, they're two bands too big, etc. However, there is a class of bras that just work. They go on the body and they fall right where they should. Sometimes, I'll be in a fitting and, for whatever reason, it's a hard process to find a good match for the client. It's in those moments (when I'm internally panicking!) that I'll turn to one of these bras. Nine times out of ten, they fit like they're painted on! And that's when I let out a huge sigh of relief and let out a little prayer, thanking God, Zeus, and Buddha for creating a bra that magically fits everyone in it's size profile.
The Pop Songs
When I wrote this, the Wacoal Embrace Lace Underwire popped into my head. It's a bra we carry at the store which everyone seems drawn to. Young women love it, older women love it. Men love it! Like any catchy pop song, it's a universally appealing product. In the full bust world, you can see which bras are hits. For instance, the Cleo Ellie and the Ewa Michalak Lato were reviewed enthusiastically on several lingerie blogs this summer. Unlike materials that can remain controversial like leopard print or pastel yellow, these designs really spoke to people. If a piece of lingerie can appeal to someone who's 14 and someone who's 84 simultaneously, it's a keeper.
If I were bedridden for the rest of my life or a Victorian hypochondriac (see: the whiny kid in The Secret Garden), I'd want to wear the Freya Deco. I'm not quite sure how they've engineered it, but that bra is the comfiest flying/road tripping/sitting-like-a-slug bra. The crazy cleavage it gives is secondary, in my heart, to the fact that it's the only bra I can travel comfortably in. While your magically unique "it-does-something-no-other-bra-has-ever-done" bra isn't the Deco, I'm sure you can think of a bra that stands alone in it's achievements.
The Problem Solvers
Le sigh. Whether they know it or not, everyone has some sort of fit issue. It could be a feature or a preference that can make searching for bras a more complicated process than a simple number-letter combination. If your breast tissue is softer, your shoulders are narrow, or you have an extended tummy, you know what I'm talking about. These features can make even a enthusiastic lingerie customer run for the hills. Mine is all in the middle; my breasts are close set and full which means that, even when a bra fits correctly, the center gore might not lay flush or can dig in. Usually, these issues can be resolved by finding a product that resolves the issue. Sloping shoulders? Look for racerback or leotard back bras. Soft breast tissue? Balconnets look fantastic! My not-quite-separated boobs are happiest in plunges, like the Panache Tango.
Ok, lingerie store owners/fitters/bra nerds, it's time to weigh in! Am I way off base? Do you have a bra that no other bra has been able to compete with? Have you noticed a bra that seems to fit everyone and their mother? Let's talk about the "best" bras in the comments.