When your day starts at 7 am and ends at 9 pm, you don't have time for an uncomfortable bra.
Enter my life...wake up, go to the gym, get ready for the office, work my desk job, then head to an evening obligation (dinner with friends, work event, happy hour, etc.).
I needed a comfortable bra to get me through the day without having to adjust the hooks, move my boobs around, or have difficulty breathing. I have a large bust (36D to be exact!) so finding a comfortable bra that fits me properly and doesn't look like a parachute is pretty much an impossible feat. When complaining to my co-worker, she told me about LIVELY. They make bras and undies that blend the best elements of athleisure and lingerie to support real women in their day-to-day lives (pun intended). LIVELY makes all sorts of bras for real women that come in a wide range of sizes (from A - DDD), and styles from bralette to push-up to sports bras that all have one thing in common: high style meets ultimate comfort. Sounded perfect!
I figured I'd give it a shot since my co-worker loves all the styles she's gotten ( she's a larger size, too) plus, I could always return it if I didn't like it. I was a little nervous about buying a bra online without trying it on first. Sometimes I'm in between sizes, so it's tricky, but LIVELY has a chart that shows you how to measure yourself and get a clear understanding of what size to order.
I picked two bras in a 36D: one lacy strapless in Toasted Almond and a Palm Lace Bralette in Jet Black that had a soft lining and looked like it would be supportive. Both styles were only $35- since I bought two, that price dropped to $60! So I ended up spending less than I normally would on one bra at the mall, plus a pair of cute underwear.
The morning my goodies arrived, I tried them on right away. I was genuinely surprised that I didn't have to pull the usual maneuvers to get them to fit: tucking, pulling, lifting. The bralette especially made me feel sexy, because it had an elegant lacy pattern, but it was supported by an athletic-inspired elastic base instead of a harsh wire.
I didn't think a no-wire bra would be supportive, so this surprised me! But it was time for the real test — would it stay comfortable all day? I pulled on my usual workday attire: a fitted t-shirt, pencil skirt, and blazer. The bra looked totally seamless under the shirt, like absolutely-no-bumps seamless.
Throughout the day, I honestly forgot about it entirely — I didn't have to adjust it or deal with uncomfortable pinching midday. I had a late meeting, then joined coworkers for a few drinks when I finally got off of work, and when I got home I was so tired from the long day I very nearly fell asleep with the bra on! It was that comfortable. Plus, I wasn't left with those awful red marks you get when you bra digs into your sides and shoulders.
LIVELY has a ton of styles to choose from, plus underwear, sports bras, and super cute swimsuits. Now, they're my go-to for all things lingerie. I used to struggle to find cute, sexy underwear in my size, but after years of feeling like bras just got in the way, it's fun to find a brand that reliably provides the support I need. I can actually get excited about opening my top drawer every morning!