Best Bra?

on Apr 04, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

I am looking for a good water bra (or similar).

The best one I EVER had was ordered from Fredericks of Hollywood. Made by Fashion Forms. Had I known how good it was at the time, I would have bought 10. This was a few years ago, and from what I've read, Fashion Forms discontinued this style not long after I got it, replaced it ith a mediocre bra, which as of recently is discontinued as well. Mine died like 2 years ago and I have yet to find a good replacement.

I just ordered the Panache Atlantis T-shirt water bra the other day, so I will give it a shot. The water bra at Fredericks now is not as good. Actually, they offered 2 styles last I checked, which I have. I prefer smooth cups, 1 did not live up to this expectation and was pointy/lumpy in the wrong place. The other the straps are too skinny which isn't as comfortable. And I prefer a full cup so you don't see any lines poking through like you'd get from a demi bra.

My last bra was a fashion forms, but it had pockets to add inserts, I got their water inserts to put inside. It added the cup size I needed, but it was too stiff. And the bra was lace, so not smooth under sheer tops. But that one has recently died as well.

Criteria for the ideal bra: Add a cup size or close to it (I need more boobage! I'm barely a B), conceal any indication that I might be cold (very important), and be comfortable! I prefer water bras because they feel and look so natural under clothing, you think it's all me under there. Yet there aren't too many around, so I'm willing to try gel bras if they work.

Last year I did a bra test and ordered several, the fashion forms one with the inserts was the winner, though not perfect. Le Mystere Vamp looks cute, but the cups are foam padding, so not sure if I should waste the $62 on it.

Any suggestions?

37 Replies

Triumph International on Apr 04, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

I know they're not as popular in America (because Victoria Secret totally dominates) but they are the number one lingerie maker in the world (go and see their website! I love all the bras they make, they are all of amazing quality and comfort.

I like the Triumph Simply Soft Bra. It's very comfortable. You can check out my review under 'lingerie'. They also have a line called "Petites" devoted to smaller proportioned women. Those are padded and just fit so well!

You can find them at major department stores.

thanks on Apr 04, 2007 @ 01:01 pm

I am checking them out right now....see, I'm procrastinating. I have work to do but I'm shopping for bras! haha

Ali de Bold
H+M on Apr 05, 2007 @ 08:32 am

I swear by the H+M bra. I too am lacking in the boobage department and so finding the perfect bra has been one of my life's missions. I don't buy waterbras, I look for ones that just give a little boost. The bras at H+M have been my mainstay since I discovered them a few years ago visiting my sister in Germany.

They are cheap ($16.80 - $19.90) but really well made. Just as good as anything you would find at La Senza, Victoria's Secret, La Vie en Rose, etc. They always have a nice range of colours styles and sizes. Almost all of my bras are from there - and bikini's too!

H+M on Apr 05, 2007 @ 10:52 am

I agree with misschickie, I love the H+M bras. The most awesome thing is when you go there and they are all on sale for 50% off - I think it only happens once or twice a year, but they usually have a clearance section. And I too am lacking in that department.

yay shopping! on Apr 08, 2007 @ 09:58 pm

Sounds like I've got to plan a visit to H & M! I've always been a big fan of Victoria Secret, but the last three ($50) bras I got have been just ridiculous in the quality department. I am technically a 32C, but that size doesn't exist - so maybe the problem is my awkward size that just torments them. But the last one I got made it through one wash until the underwire started twisting out and around, and I'd have to grasp my boob every 1/2 an hr. Barely There has been my replacement. I like the fit, and comfort is definately a plus.

Ali de Bold
H+M on Apr 08, 2007 @ 10:40 pm

They carry 32C, 32B and I think 32D. You're in luck! I have a really tiny ribcage too.

Ugh on Apr 10, 2007 @ 11:56 am

I am so gullible! I thought 32C didn't exist. oy. When the horse stops robbing my bank account, they better be ready for me. ;)

All sugar and spice
La Senza on May 02, 2007 @ 10:08 pm

I dont even think i spelled that right but doesn't matter. Living in Canada there is no Victoria Secret, and La Senza isn't that bad. I had to go bra shopping and there is this bra called the i-tech bra it is so comfy. You don't even notice your wearing a bra. THere is no wire so it isnt tight, it is a really nice fabric, and doesn't shrink when you put it in the washer.

I suggest it

water bra on Sep 10, 2007 @ 08:12 pm

I've never had a problem with foam padding. My foam bra is 2 yrs old. But i have to tuck my tail between my legs and admit it is from VS.


Boobs... I wish on Sep 10, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

I should be a 32C as well but having children changed my dimensions slightly, so now I am a 34C. Not that the cup size is warranted; I have lots of loose skin that needs to be gathered and organized properly, rather than the glorious orbs I had while nursing. I would seriously consider nursing until my kids are 20 if it meant I could keep my boobs.

Back on topic - I find that the proper size matters more than any other single factor. Apparently most women guess wrong about their size and go through life wearing the wrong bra. My sister-in-law went to a fancy bra place and was fitted properly. She bought the $75 bra and it's going to last her a long time. But now that she knows her true size she can buy from Sears and still get a good fit. More places are carrying the less common sizes now, so don't despair! Now that I am wearing a 34C (instead of 36A or B), I don't even need the padding usually.

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