There are many things only women experience in their lifetime, one of them being the glorious feeling of relief when you remove your bra at the end of a long day. I spent most of my lounging hours bra-free for my adult life, but this habit became a bit harder to embrace once I had a baby because I now need more support than in my pre-baby years. And since I’ve been wearing the oversized and very unsexy bras purchased during the second half of my pregnancy, I decided it was time to find a bra that fit well and felt comfortable enough for my couch potato moments.
Finding the right fitting bra is probably the reason so many of us rush home to remove the shackles of our undergarments. How is it that we’re developing self-driving cars but women still can’t find a bra that fits?! In the past, I’ve shopped at Victoria Secret, only to find that a couple months down the road the underwire of that perfectly laced bra seems to break through the fabric and poke me harshly in the underarm or in between my two “lady friends,” leaving me in immense discomfort and regretting my purchase altogether. With this current problem at hand, I asked the W&D team where their go-to shops are for buying bras and they said, Victoria Secret, Soma, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Just like me, everyone seemed a little dissatisfied and mostly unenthused with their current bra situation, which led me on a search to find the best online shop for bras these days.
After taking a quick poll, everyone on the team seemed interested in learning more about ThirdLove. The online bra shop founded in 2013 prides themselves on having half sizes, 47 to be exact; they also allow you to try before you buy, which is pretty cool. With those incentives, we were hooked, we dove right in and ordered all our favorite intimates from their site.
Here is our online shopping bra journey with ThirdLove, brought to you from 5 different points of view and 5 different body types.
1. Start by wearing your bra on the loosest hook.
2. Gather each breast into the cups.
3. Tighten the straps every other month.
Perfect Contour Plunge I chose this bra because I thought it looked both sexy and comfortable. Upon receiving it, I can confirm that it is 100% sleek, sexy and slimming, all the while, still very comfortable. I wear the Perfect Contour Plunge nearly every day and often forget that I am wearing a bra at all. I ordered a 34 C, which does fit true to size. Overall, I would definitely recommend this bra. The one thing I noticed is that it does not show a lot of cleavage, which I am ok with. – Stefani
For my 24/7™ Classic Full Coverage Bra When it comes to the full coverage bra, I like that the straps are wider in just the right places making it not seem as bulky as a typical full coverage bra. I also like how soft it is, the deep plum color is rich and gorgeous. Upon first ordering, the cup size was too big for me, but ThirdLove made exchanging easy. And afterward, I found out that the bra I originally tried on (that was too big) will now be donated to a woman in need (and not resold), which I thought was a WONDERFUL initiative. – Chelsey
The Classic Push-Up Bra is really incredible. Normally I feel like push-ups have too much padding or too much push-up, but this bra is just perfect. It’s like in Goldilocks when she finds just the right bed. A little bit of padding, but just enough to still feel natural, and the perfect amount of push-up. I never feel like I’m spilling out of the bra. In addition, I usually have a problem with bra straps falling down, but the ThirdLove bra straps on the classic push-up stay just in place. I’m excited to try another ThirdLove bra! – Bridget B.
Kate is currently learning to play the Ukulele, much to the despair of her husband, kids, and dogs. Follow her on Instagram at @witanddelight_.
BY Kate Arends - April 25, 2017
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I have a question, in your tips, you said to start by wearing the bra on the loosest hook – why is that?
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I think it’s because as you wear it the bra stretches out, so as it stretches that way you can tighten it!
Agree with Stefani! As the bra stretches, you can start to wear it on the tighter hooks so you’ll be able to wear it for longer.
A bra that fits well is so so important if you wear a bra! I try and get fitted every year or two, because boobs change. I always shop in Marks & Spencer, they’re not super sexy but they’re really well made and they fit me perfectly which is all I really need!
These bras are absolutely gorgeous!
I am going to check out your link.
I have to say I agree with you – feeling comfortable is key.
Although glamour goes a long way.
I actually never put on my bra right if I read your tips.
But my boobs are so small that I don’t have anything to gather into the cups! ha ha
Kiri! I ordered the wireless one, because I don’t have big boobs either, and it is super comfortable!