America's favorite minimizer, this Satin Tracings bra is a modern classic. It combines contemporary styling with the comfort of stretch satin and cushioned straps for a great looking, great wearing bra, that can reduce the bustline by up to 1.25 inches.
Okay, girls, here's the bottom line.I'm a little saddened by any negative reviews I've read about this Bali style being a little uncomfortable or a little matronly. I have been buying this bra FOR YEARS.Why, you ask?Well, as a 36DDD my options are limited, but that is not to say I am the least bit disappointed with this model. If you have a set of full term twins under your top, then you understand that NO bra is super duper 100% comfortable, not when it has that big daily work load. Sure, this style might be confused with a police vest made of Kevlar due to its "seems to cover so much" design but again, if you are a big busted girl you will appreciate that we cannot be supported by doilies connected by elastic. "My cup runneth over" is a wonderful thing to claim when referring to your blessings but NOT when referring to your bra.In conclusion, if you are not in the big breasted club, maybe then pass this one by, but if you ARE in the club AND you need some safe, secure car seats for the twins, look no further. Try them out, and keep checking the prices on Amazon as they are great and will sometimes go EVEN LOWER on certain colors and sizes.P.S. Larger bras, especially those with a seam in the cup, sometimes have a tendency to have a serious "point factor," but this style does not, I repeat NOT give you funnel bosom. No pointiness. I promise.
I say this fit as expected, because it really does fit me! I got the black and white bras, in 36G, and goodness they fit PERFECTLY. They're not too big, not too small, and the straps -- the straps don't fall down off my shoulders!These are honestly the first bras I have been able to find that fit me properly. I've even had "professional" fittings at 4 different stores that are supposed to be "experts" in this kind of stuff, and no one has been able to fit me with a bra that fits this nicely. I'm really, really impressed, especially because it's so hard to find my bra size.What I'm honestly the most impressed with, is that the straps don't fall off my shoulders. That's the biggest problem I've always had. The straps don't stay, and they fall down, so all day at work I'm readjusting. But not with these, they stayed up all day.There's one spot that they rub in, right at the edge of the straps meeting the cups (there's a little lacey type piece there, and that's why it rubs), but that's been easily solved by sewing some trim into that spot. No more rubbing!I'm really happy with this purchase, and I'll definitely be ordering some more.
I've been buying these bras for about 10 years. I wear 34DD but also 36D which has a similar fit. For those who have issues with the cup bunching up or not "minimizing", I would say it's definitely best to get professionally fitted and try slightly different cup/band sizes in-store the first time, then order online thereafter. Brands tend to differ between each other and what might fit you like a glove in one style/brand may not be the case in another. I like to generally stick with the same brands and minimizing styles as they have supported me relentlessly all this time.With this particular bra I rarely have to readjust (pull band down in the back and "re-stuff") throughout an 12-hour wearing period. They give me a less protruding profile and the overall look is smoother and cleaner than with a conventional bra. These are my go-to bras. So far I've been able to count on the name and style (Bali minimizer) to trust I'm getting "old faithful". I usually get a nude color, black and white every year. This is the first time i've seen a teal or otherwise exciting color.Cons: I haven't ever had issues with the underwire coming out ::knock on wood::, but I have had a recurring issue of the elastic weakening around the cup causing slight bulges. That's when I know it's time to change, generally about a year, but longer if well-taken care ofI generally wash in the gentle cycle in a lingerie mesh bag and hang to dry to prolong the life of each bra. The few times I've put bras in the dryer, the elastic in the cup starts to break down and fray. With experience comes wisdom - gentle cycle, cool water, hang dry.The band is wide across the back and therefore covered the ever persistent underarm bulge and bike tires under the back of the band. The straps are cushioned and don't dig in.Overall, I like how they make me feel put-together and lifted. I even feel slimmer because the girls are up and ready to go making me stand up straighter and walk with confidence and without bounce. That is the beauty of this minimizer. I do also pair this with a good slimming vest like Spanx or equally effective, but less expensive competitor at target (I think the brand is called Work It). Those two items make me feel like a million bucks whether in sweats or on a night out.
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