The Curve Fashion Festival is just around the corner and I cannot wait to attend. I’ve missed the event in the past due to lack of funds or being on holiday but this year I attend to be there with bells on to lust after all of the catwalk looks and mingle with some fellow bloggers who I do not get to see enough.
The event this year is in Liverpool which is one of my favourite cities in the UK. I spent some time there for a work conference early in the year and people were so friendly and welcoming, the food and nightlife was amazing, and the place was filled with music. One of the afternoons, with a rare hour off, I was sat soaking up sunshine and drinking an iced coffee when a busker started playing Teenage Dirtbag and the entire street spontaneously decided to join in. A few teenager started dancing and there were smiles and laughter every where. I feel in love with Liverpool in that moment and I’m so happy to be heading back there for TCFF.
One of the brands attending this year is Optifit. Now I admit that I hadn’t heard about Optifit until TCFF got in touch to see if I would be willing to review on of Optifit’s Postural support bras that are specially designed to lift and support heavy breasts with each bra being made to your exact size. I have to say, I was intrigued.
The bra is designed to take away the pressure on the shoulders and chest walls that a badly fitting traditional bra causes – it is designed to correct posture and pull your pelvis forward to allow for a more stable back. Clinical trials of women who wear Optifit ‘appear to show some clinically important improvements’ to ‘non-specific back pain’.
As someone with specific back pain (caused from a neurological condition and multiple spinal surgeries) I did wonder how this bra would help.
I am wearing the Shades of Grey bra which costs £59.95. It has a smooth undercut with a lace panel overlaying a sheet mesh material. The bra is unwired and instead designed to support your breasts through the seamed cups.
Before ordering, Optifit send you a fitting kit that involves measuring your shoulder depth, boob depth, and waist. They include a link to a video that talks you through where to measure. My measurements came out as a Y, S, 10 which loosely translates to a 3 on Optifit’s cup size. For reference, I normally wear a 34 – 36 GG – HH (all dependent on style).
The bra fits very well, although Optifit have informed me that the back band should be a good 2 or 3 inches lower in order to fully support my breast and lift it higher.
That said, I am still struggling with the comfort of the bra. I have worn is several times but feel the pressure on my shoulders is quite severe. Optifit suggest 7 – 10 days wear for the bra to mould properly to your body and for your body to get use to the new position as your posture is corrected. I have worn the bra for maybe 7 hours and it is getting easier and comfier with every wear.
There is, however, an added issue that I find the material slightly scratchy. Now, I do have extremely sensitive skin and I’m prone to bad eczema outbreaks (in fact, I’m in the middle of a flare up right now) which means that my skin reacts to pretty much anything except cotton or silk. This bra is made from neither.
I was, at first, concerned by the comfort levels of the bra so contacted Optifit to see if I was wearing it incorrectly or if the fit was off and I hadn’t realised it. I have to say, I am so impressed with the customer service. The owner, Sue, arranged a phone call to talk me through the fitting (mainly that the back needs to be pulled lower) and to explain why the bra feels so weird.
She also explained that the bra comes in any size – her standard cups go to a 15 which must be quite huge given that I’m a H cup in a size 3. Optifit don’t charge more for larger cup sizes – which is really refreshing to as many women I know who are above a K cup end up needing to spend around £200 on custom fit bras.
I’m willing to preserve with the fit of this bra, after all, I do feel that the benefits may be worth the perseverance and, after receiving such great customer service, I’m willing to give the brand more than a second chance.
I’m also pleased to say that Optifit, in collaboration with The Curve Fashion Festival, are doing a giveaway to win a £50 Optifit voucher and two tickets to The Curve Fashion Festival … I’m afraid the giveaway is now closed x Congratulations to our wonderful winner!