Huit A/W 2012
Soft bras are something which, for years, I brushed past and didn’t even consider. Not being of the usual soft bra A-C Cup, I always figured these just weren’t the bra for me.
But more recently I’ve found myself falling in love with the shape, design, detailing, and ultra soft cosy fabrics of some soft bras, and before I knew it, found myself making allowances, justifying them, and adding a few to my collection.
For me, these aren’t everyday bras, but rather end-of-long-day bras, and cosy-evening-in-with-a-glass-of-wine bras (if such a thing didn’t exist it does now)
So here’s my personal pick of my favourite soft bras available in the lingerie market at the moment:
VPL Lingerie Insertion Bra
Firstly VPL Lingerie, which I’ve written about here before, because occasionally I come across a brand where I love absolutely everything and this is definitely one of them. The colour combinations are all just my kind of thing. The fabric’s so soft and the straps wide and so forgiving, you’ll immediately forget you’re wearing it at all.
I love researching my columns because I’m always coming across new brands. While they’ve been around for a few years now, German brand Wundervoll are my most recent discovery, using soft silk jersey fabrics, their S/S12 soft bras with lace inserts are to die for, and who’d have thought pastel orange would work so well!?
I generally tend to avoid Calvin Klein, because I’m not a massive fan of t-shirt bras and I don’t fall into their mainstream sizing, but I have to admit they know what they’re doing. They have a few styles which work well and they go with them. This triangle bra was my first soft bra purchase which started the whole obsession, and I was pleasantly surprised. As beautiful on the inside as it is on the out!
Made By Niki Atomic II Sheer Bandeau Bra
And finally the Made By Niki Atomic II sheer bandeau bra, with adjustable front and back underband straps, has to be ultimate versatile soft bra. This bra slips on, so no hook and eye (meaning absolutely nothing to irritate you).
In general, anything above a C cup I’d recommend avoiding rigid chiffons and silks, which may be beautiful, but if you’re looking for some level of support, these could prove uncomfortable and irritating. Instead, I’d go for something with a little stretch which will be a little more forgiving to your body shape, such as soft jersey, stretch silk or mesh.
Again, it’s a personal choice, completely up to the wearer, and while I wouldn’t wear these soft bras every day, I would urge anyone who’s already decided soft bras aren’t for them to give one of these a try. You may be surprised and realise you love them! (And open a whole new door to your lingerie obsession.)
Author: Cora Harrington