Over the course of adulthood, I’ve worn three different bra band sizes and over six cup sizes. This isn’t a unique experience, but it’s one that has made be grow to hate bras. I think this stems mostly from having not found one that fit me properly or comfortably. I also grew up playing sports and loved the support and ease of a sports bra—something I never get from a “real” everyday bra. And though I can appreciate beautiful lace and intricate craftsmanship as much as the next person, more traditional lingerie just wouldn’t do it for me.
Eventually, I did what most experts tell you to do: get a professional bra fitting. The person doing it explained how life changes, from pregnancy or weight gain or loss (even as little as five pounds), could translate to a difference in your sizing. I, someone who has been buying the same bra size that I wore in college since I graduated, clearly needed an update—and was even shocked when she told me I should wear a 34F. That meant that I needed support for my big bust, but also must be comfortable at all times. (I can’t think straight when I’m wearing something remotely bothersome, and have been known to change into the slippers given to models on the sets of photoshoots in order to think more clearly. So, yes, it’s important.)
The bra fitter recommended getting fitted professionally every six months to a year, to ensure the most accurate sizing. But, to be honest, I could hardly see myself keeping up with that schedule—or adding anything to the adulting list, which includes doctor check-ups, teeth cleanings, vet visits… I could maybe deal with my bra not fitting quite right.
Then, I remembered a sample I had tried a few months before that. True & Co. had just debuted its True Body bras, which is meant to “look damn near invisible under clothes,” and had sent me a handful to try out. Because they’re made with this stretchy, nylon-elastane fabric and measured in sizes XS through XL (and with options for full cups, too, if you want more support), I figured this could be a good solve for my reluctance towards a biannual bra size check-up.
First impression: They’re not the most aesthetically pleasing bras on the block. They’re pretty plain—almost like the training bras you got when you were just hitting puberty. But when I put it on, I get the incredibly supportive comfort of my best sports bra, only without the dreaded uniboob look.
The material is super soft, but doesn’t stretch out throughout the day. Plus, as someone who dislikes any sort of underwire or padding, I liked that these came with removable pads, so you have the choice of wearing your bra with or without them. (I even keep the padding in most of the time, since I like the oh-so-subtle shape it gives me. This bra has truly changed me.)
It’s gotten to the point where, if I can’t find it in my drawer, which is full of other bras, in the morning when I’m getting dressed, I’ll have a bit of a panic. That’s how I know I can’t live without it.
You can shop True & Co.’s True Body collection here.
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