The Pound Shop Bra: Full Bust Friend of Foe?
I have to admit, back when I was watching the Poundshop Wars tv series it had me scoffing at the idea of a pound bra. I was already decided, there was no way such a cheap bra could be any good, not for a fuller bust anyway. Bras are complicated beasts for a reason: they have a big job to fulfil, and a good supportive fit doesn’t requires technical skill that doesn’t come cheap.
I’d never felt the urge to try a stretch comfort bra before, I thought they looked hideous and quite honestly, a joke. When you wear big bras, cup and band sizes are important, because every bralet and crop top I’ve tried doesn’t entertain anything above a D. Maybe I’ve not liked comfort bras because I’m simply jealous. I have big boobs and I want a comfy bra!
Since becoming pregnant my desire for comfort has been quantifiably stronger. Even when I’m in bed I can’t much bear the bra-less feeling. Pregnancy causes a breast growth spurt, and much like those pubescent days, boobs can feel delicate, sore and painful.
So that’s how I found myself recently in Pound World looking at the promisingly comfy pound bra.
The comfort bra comes in three colours (black, white and nude) with a few size options – M, L and XL based on your dress size from an 8 to 18. The bras at a glance look decidedly tiny, with even the largest size looking dubiously small. Doubting each bra size’s capacity, I bought the XL, not because I’m a 16-18 but in the hope it’d be bigger in the cup. I needn’t have. When I tried it on back home I knew it was too big; the band actually felt loose and the support was non-existent. At first I was defeated, or rather, felt proven right that of course it wouldn’t fit, but I decided to give it another go and returned for the large.
The large size was a much better fit. Formed like a crop-top without fastenings or adjusters, the stretchy microfibre fabric is fluid and fully amenable. A deep band ensures the bra lays flat against the skin for a smooth fit, and the wide straps forming to a v neck make the look streamlined and sporty.
So, is it a full bust friend or foe? While the pound bra isn’t the most attractive design and doesn’t offer a great deal of support, I’m really quite surprised that I can actually fit my full bust into a universally sized bra. The coverage isn’t as full as I’d prefer, the sides are quite cut away exposing breast tissue and you get a lot of cleavage because of the lack of fabric, but I didn’t find it bothersome.
For what could be perceived as a poorly supportive fit, I find this bra makes me feel restrained in a gentle and comfortable way, and even though I don’t feel 100% right wearing it during the day, its what I’ve been wanting from a sleep bra. And for a quid I’m definitely not complaining.
Have you tried the pound shop comfort bra? Or do you own a similar style made by another, perhaps more expensive, brand? Do you like the fit of the comfort bra or are you not keen on its basic styling? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experience on these value bras!