Jul 142012
 

Breathable lace bralette by Cosabella.

I do not like to wear underwire bras during the summer. In cooler weather, I like the support and shaping that wires provide, but when it’s ninety degrees in the shade… no thanks.

What is it, exactly, that the world fears will happen if our breasts are left to their own devices… without a harness or a gag? Are our womanly parts really so threatening that the lingerie market can’t even stand to acknowledge us? How sad. They’d profit more if they could adopt a more open-minded perspective.

I think my top choice for staying cool and dry is cotton. However, there are drawbacks to this sturdy natural fabric. For one thing, it doesn’t stretch or flex very well.

A bra made of rayon or nylon/spandex microfiber can be just as comfortable and cool, as long as it is lightweight and free of foam lining. One example is the Cosabella “Never Say Never Sweetie” lace bralette, shown at top left.

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May 112010
 

Update, May 11: The Cosabella sale is disappointing. They have a few pretty camisoles, but no wire-free bras or bralettes… and nothing in the petite size. Sadface.

Is this a giraffe? Who cares, it's on sale.Designer lingerie by Cosabella is on sale at Rue La La starting tomorrow (May 11, 2010) at 11am ET.

This brand is not for everyone. The underwire bras use Italian sizes, which run from 1 to 5. Size one is supposed to fit a 32A, but the push-up bra I tried on had even more extra room in the cups than I expected. The band fit well, but seemed to run a little tight.

If you are a small A or AA cup, don’t bother trying any of Cosabella’s underwire bras unless you are a fan of silicone inserts (chicken fillets).

And, honestly, I don’t think anyone should be doing the bust-enhancing bra insert thing during the summer. Those things do not allow the skin to breathe. You could end up with a serious case of athlete’s boob (is it possible to grow fungus on one’s breasts? Probably not, but sweat trapped under a layer of silicone is still gross).

Anyway. Cosabella also makes wire-free bralettes and soft-cup bras, and these come in four sizes: petite, small, medium and large. If you are a 30A or 32AA, the petite should fit you.