About that whole bralette thing: I'm surprised at myself, but I kinda like this whole anti-support movement. I suppose because it is really gratifying to see women demand comfort, in direct opposition to the fitting philosophies of Victoria's Secret foam domes or the Panache-y rigid lockdown support. Of course, I think we deserve both: comfort and support. But yeah, I know: good luck with that, right?
So, here we go. Spoiler Alert: Fail.
I tried two different styles, both vastly different in fit, but mostly similar in their suckage quotient. Helpfully, they don't seem to have names other than 'Floral Lace Bralette'. Both are made of cheap, non-soft lace. As you would expect.
This style has thin, bouncy straps and far less cup capacity than the other.
Which you can see here:
It's basically only covering 3/4 of my boob and flattening it in the front.
The cups are an odd mix of too stretchy at the bottom and inflexible on the top, with a rigid strip along the side.
Culminating in a boob pressed against a window shape.
And, to top it all off, here is the dreaded metal ring connector, conveniently located on the top of my shoulder bones.
I actually feel the urge to slap the idiot responsible for the whole concept of that stupid connector.
Not that I take it personally or anything.
Next up is this slightly better-designed T-back style:
Plenty of cup capacity; it's actually more like a crop top.
The straps are super stretchy, so offer no support.
But they do have this interesting racer-back design. And if they had used that broad lace section of lower strap as the actual shoulder strap, it would have been a real improvement for comfort and support.
(An aside: this gives a good idea of how broad my shoulders are, so when I mention straps are too wide-set, it's a good indication that they are ridiculously wide-set.)
Here we come to the main problem: the 'band' is incredibly loose.
It is nothing more than a flimsy, single strip of lace.
My boobs literally would be able to fall through the bottom.
(My first thought was Ms. Choksondik of South Park, 'cuz who doesn't want that look?)
Who Might These Work For?Those without sensitive skin, who just want something cheap & pretty, with zero support. If you are on the smaller end of the cup size range, or alternatively, if you need a large band size, and smaller cups, say 44B, the crop top style could actually be a good solution for you.