Ladies, normally we don’t push any kinds of products on this site. The Harpies tend to be rather critical of unfettered capitalism and Jeebus Crust, thanks to the Advertising Industrial Complex we all get bombarded with too many BUY BUY BUY! messages as it is.
However…I’m going to make an exception and throw this one Friday Fun Thread open for recommendations from the hivemind. I once got a great tip from commenters about jeans that I’m still benefitting from today. A couple years ago, I ranted about the misery of jeans shopping and how I despaired of finding the right fit. More than one commenter recommended the Joe’s Juicy brand. I checked it out and lo and behold, they fit! I never would have known had it not been for the Harpy hivemind. So in the spirit of sisterhood, we’re going to get our shill on*—feel free to advise, share and add links and generally rave away. (I’ll keep an eye on the mod queue so the links don’t gum up the commenting approval system)
So I’m sharing a tip in return, because I honestly feel like I’ve stumbled upon the holy grail…of bras. Y’all may recall from a bra-related post SarahMC and I did earlier this year, that frankly, I don’t like bras very much. But this Christmas, while in DC with MamaSharper, we did a little mother-daughter shopping, and new bras were on the agenda. Mom was about to go on a trip overseas and wasn’t happy with either of the bras she’d packed. She was getting increasingly desperate to find something that wouldn’t drive her crazy during a long-haul flight. I just needed a new bra or two. We were in a department store lingerie section when I spied a rack of Spanx’s Brallelujah bras.
Full disclosure: I’ve never worn anything by Spanx. I loathe squeezing into tight clothes, and Spanx are just old-fashioned rubberized girdles made of space-age spandex. They pledge to vacuum-seal all your flesh into a solid, streamlined shape that looks smooth and jiggle-free. Personally, I’d rather just get clothes that fit or drape and spare myself the discomfort. And I have feminist issues with our beauty culture’s need to painfully strap down any and all flesh that jiggles or wobbles. But I’d heard some good things about the Brallelujah bras from friends, and when I handled the bra itself, I noticed that it lacked the scratchy rubberized elastic that I despise. My mom and I both got a couple pairs and tried them on and…holy shit. They were fantastic. We turned to each other and exchanged looks of complete wonderment.
Here’s why I love the Brallelujah bra: It closes in the front, which means no hook and eye poking you in the spine. You can lean back or lie flat on your back with no discomfort because the shoulder and back straps are soft elasticized fabric, with no hooks or seams. Nothing digs into your shoulders or chest. They come in underwire and wireless; I got the wireless but my mother, whose bust is larger, got the underwire and was perfectly happy with it because the design of the bra keeps the underwire from pulling up and cutting into your chest. The seamless elastic also looks completely smooth under a sweater or t-shirt. NB: it is not a sexxxy bra—the designs are all very utilitarian, with no lace or ribbons or fun fabrics. This is an all-day wear kind of garment. SRSLY ladies, it’s a great bra, especially for those of us who hate bras. They only had one in my size, so I went home and ordered up a couple more on-line (I got them at a discount from HerRoom, a woman-owned on-line store that has good prices and advice about all kinds of lingerie). I also threw out a few of my basic old bras when I got home because after wearing the Brallelujah bras, the others were just too damn uncomfortable.
That’s my tip. What’s yours? Discovered something new? Want to give shout-out to a tried-and-true product you couldn’t live without? Shill away in the comments…
*I realize it’s not a true shill unless you’re getting some kind of kickback for your endorsement, so hey, if Spanx wants to send me a couple bras for my trouble, I’d be very happy to have them (34A plz, and 36C for my mom).