Flora: a review of Bravissimo’s Fuller Bust bralette

Charli wears the Bravissimo Flora bralette and blue denim jeans whilst staying with her hand on her hip, looking across her shoulder at the camera.

The fuller bust bralette seems to have come a long way in the past few years. Gone are the days of a bralette being an unsupportive piece of triangle for larger breasts to flop out of. We’re in a new dawn – where bralettes are functional, supportive, and DD+ friendly.

I’ve long been a fan of the fuller bust bralette. There is something freeing about them. A care-free arrogance. An essence of ‘frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’. Recently, however, they seem to have lost their easy, breezy feel and become somewhat more functional. The new generation of bralette lifts and supports the breast, instead of letting them flop freely about.

Some love the progress that has been made. Flexible bras that come in a GG or H cups are certainly to be extolled. A stretchy, wireless, crop top with lace details that supports breasts the size of watermelons is a fete of engineering – there is no disputing that! And the Bravissimo Flora is firmly within this new generation of the fuller bust bralette.

Construction

The Flora fuller bust bralette is a traditional triangular shape bralette made from stretch lace that is lined for added support. It has an aesthetically large band made from the same stretch lace of the bra but this is only reinforced at the narrowest part of the band, the majority of the band is simply lace overlay.

The bra has a v-shape neckline that is layered to prevent a deep plunge. The rear of the bra has the same deep v shape with the lace straps meeting the band in a shape that mirrors the front of the bra. The straps are wide and cannot be adjusted and here in lies my biggest issue with this bralette!

Support

The bra is supportive. You have to give it that.

The lace is made from a sturdy polymide-elastine blend that keeps breasts firmly lifted in the cups, giving a high, rounded shape to the breasts. The lack of central gore does mean that the lift is somewhat mono with no spacing between the boobs. The bralette does keep everything firmly in place and when it comes to support, you wouldn’t believe that there aren’t wires. It is a fete of engineering in this respect!

Charli wears the Bravissimo Flora bralette and blue denim jeans.  She stands side onto the camera with her arm over her head.

However, there is one major issue with the support. It all comes from the shoulders. The back band, despite being wide, provides little support. This means that all the support comes through the shoulder straps – especially if you are tall. You see, the straps can’t be adjusted meaning that, if you need a longer shoulder length, you are unable to gain it and thus put all that strain on your shoulders. This is what has happened to me here and you can see the strain on the shoulders twisting the material of the shoulder strap. Over time, this causes the bra to drop, flattening my breasts and losing the uplift it promises on first wear.

Fit

Sadly, the issues continue. The bra is a strange fit. Reading other reviews online, it is marmite.

My first issue is that the back band is extremely generous. I’m a firm 36 or a generous 34. In these pictures I’m wearing the 34 and it’s a little large on me. I have it fastened on the tightest rung and even then, it’s a little generous. A 32 would, perhaps have been better. I also find that the wide band continually rolls up. This is fairly usual for me due to the roll of fat that sits around my ribs but it does seem to be a common complaint on other reviews that I have read.

The bra has a dual cup size. I’m wearing a HH – J and find the cups shallow. I’m firmly a HH cup across the majority of brands. Occasionally, I drop to a H when stretch lace or a generous cup allows. Yet, in this fuller bust bralette, I’m close to spilling out the side. In fact, there is definite overspill under the arms and I struggled to scoop and swoop it into the cup without breast tissue escaping over the top of the neckline. The HH-J is the largest cup size they offer so I was unable to try a larger size.

And then there are the straps. Oh, the straps. You can probably tell already that I can’t stand them. They don’t adjust. I’m 5ft10 and long in the torso. I feel like the bra sits a good 2 inches too high on me, with my boobs pressing up and choking me. Perhaps, if the straps were adjustable, everything else would fit that bit better on me!

Price and Comfort

The poor fit means that I just can’t enjoy this bra. I certainly can’t say I found this bra comfortable. My shoulders ached after only 30 minutes of wear. The feel of the band rolling was a distraction. The escaping breast tissue irritating. That said, I think a more petite wearer would disagree strongly with me.

The bralette is priced at £34 which, given the support, would be a fantastic price point – it just needs to fit the wearer correctly. Sadly, for me, the fit isn’t there.

And my thoughts on the next generation of bralette? Well, I can’t help but feel that this new supportive fuller bust bralette is a different kind of bra altogether. It is vaguely reminiscent of the scanty triangles – but have evolved so far beyond that it can barely be called a bralette at all. Thankfully, my breasts can still play at being Houdini in the plethora of flimsy, triangular options still on the market from fashion retailers who don’t profess to be fuller bust experts.

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