I have always loved Playful Promises: they have such wonderful vintage-inspired designs, a great price point and a fun, woman-positive attitude that always makes me feel like they get me. I still haven’t figured out why it took so long for me to actually try something! It wasn’t until they offered to send me something to review that I got a chance to test out a brand I’d admired so long from afar.
I chose the Heather Vintage Stitch Soft Cup Bra and matching Mini Bloomer Brief because I love the soft purple color and the stitching on the bust reminds me of the details of a bullet bra without the dramatic shape. I also have been interested in trying out soft cup bras because I’m such a fan of wired bras that it’s fun to see what the other side has to offer (especially for someone small-busted like me, who often relies on wires for shaping).
Although the set looked gorgeous when I first put it on, the first day I wore this set, I didn’t like it at all. I was uncomfortable all day and I just couldn’t figure out why! Then I took my shirt off at the end of the day and breathed a sigh of relief– and suddenly realized that it had been my shirt that was annoying and chafing me all day and not the bra at all! (Don’t worry, I have already gotten rid of the offending shirt). So, of course I had to take it on another test run and immediately fell in love.
One of my main concerns when trying the bra was the shape under shirts, but when I tried it under some of my (non-skintight) tees, the shape is actually quite nice. It doesn’t have quite the perkiness of a wired bra, but the stiffer (but not scratchy) interfacing and the stitching makes sure it doesn’t flatten and creates a pleasing silhouette.
Comfort-wise, it was perfect for my job where I sit at a computer all day. Sitting all day can sometimes lead to underwires digging into my abdomen a little and the fact that I’m not running about all day means that a little less control makes no difference (given that I’m already small-busted). My only quibble would be to say that the straps a mite farther apart that I would like, so that although they look nice, they have a tendency to slip down my shoulder every once and a while. This is not uncommon with me and doesn’t bother me hugely, but if this is a giant pet peeve of yours, you might want to avoid.
Edit: In a moment of forgetfulness, I failed to include the sizing information! I found the fit perfectly true to size as I ordered an M (UK12) in both top and bottom and I usually wear a UK12/US8/34B. As for as cup size with the bra, I think you have to use your judgement on whether your cup size would fit appropriately because there isn’t really a different between the cup and band sections.
And because I love everything associated with bloomers, this knickers are perfect! I think they’re a very flattering style, and a nice adaptation of the “bloomer” shape so it’s actually wearable under jeans and such. I think Playful Promises does a great job of actually paying attention to the knickers instead of just having them as an afterthought to match a bra.
Although I was initially unsure about how this soft bra would work out, I think that it’s really a great piece for someone who usually wears wired bras and wants to try something softer or someone who wear soft bras normally but needs something a little more smooth and structured.
What do you think? Would you try this Playful Promises bra? How do you feel about soft bras vs. wired bras in general?