What do you get when you combine the words “phenomenal” and “strapless bra” in the same sentence? Well, besides a good laugh? Because that was always the case until I found the subject of this afternoon’s post.
I don’t know how you feel about ’em, but strapless bras for me have always been exercises in misery. Oh, the many times I’ve ducked into bathrooms to hoist up a strapless bra that has somehow worked its way around my belly button…
But lo, magic exists! Just when I began to believe I’d never find a good strapless bra, like it would forever be my personal chupacabra, I discovered the Wacoal 854191 Strapless Push-Up Bra, also known as “the most phenomenal strapless bra I’ve ever worn.”
I have a fairly average bosom (32D) and don’t carry a lot of muscle on my upper body, yet Iâ€™ve always struggled with strapless bras for one reason or another. They’re always too painful, too padded, too pointy or just plain useless, not providing enough support or constantly slipping out of place.
Before the Beauty Social last month, I decided to try my luck once again and look for something to wear beneath my teal blue dress, which has a neckline with cutouts that would reveal any bra straps underneath.
I headed over to Nordstrom, where a lingerie associate recommended the Wacoal 854191 ($50), a padded push-up strapless bra that comes in two shades, beige and black. She gushed about it and said it was the only strapless bra she ever wore, and said that her customers always loved it, too.
The price made me a little cranky, but then I tried it on…
WOW! Too good, TOO GOOD!
Right off, I liked the lace detailing, the way it fit (and how it didn’t scratch or poke my skin), and that it had just the right amount of padding to add a little oomph.
And it feels so comfortable on, like I’m wearing a regular bra with straps. It supports my girls and pushes them up just like a regular bra would, and it stays put, refusing to slide down my torso. The underwire holds everything up and doesnâ€™t cut into my sides, and I feel like the cups fit perfectly, so nothing spills out.
I usually wonâ€™t wear a strapless bra unless I absolutely have to, and then when I do, I unhook them the minute I get home, but the 854191 (the name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue…) has actually worked its way into my regular bra rotation. I even wear it when I donâ€™t technically have to, like when I’m not wearing something where I have to hide my bra straps.
Of course, comfort is one part of this equation, but I also love how it looks under my clothes. Not like some strapless bras that look too pointy or sloped from the side. I think this one looks very natural to me and not too obviously padded.
It might not offer enough support for you if you’re much more blessed than I am in the bosom area, so if any of you have any strapless recommendations for bustier MBB readers, please mention them in the comments.
AVAILABILITY: Available at Nordstrom stores and also online
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