Product Review: Fit Fully Yours Kristina Soft Cup Bra

Hello Everyone,

In conjunction with the bralette trend sweeping the lingerie world, many retailers are fielding more and more requests for normal wireless bras.  During our first two years of operation, the stock of wireless bras in the shop was abysmally, embarrassingly low because demand was non-existent when compared against traditional wired options.  However, in the last year, we have seen tremendous growth in the need for wireless bras, leaving me scrambling for a strategy to expand successfully.  Comparatively, wireless customers still occupy a lower percentage of sales, and even factoring in the demand we are presently unable to meet, I estimate that at most wireless requests would only occupy approximately 15% of cumulative bra sales.  Despite the lowness, the aspect worth noting is that before last year, wireless accounted for less than 2% of bra sales, meaning the increase itself is phenomenal.  However, the inherent challenge for me as a retailer is to manage our budget for stocking more wireless options, knowing that for every dollar I spend on this market, I am taking away from a wired style which may sell better or faster.  Furthermore, like underwire bras, there are multiple sizes which need to be represented as well as different breast tissue types, colors, and budgets.  As if the challenge did not seem insurmountable as it is (so much so that I have questioned whether I even want to tackle it all), there is the added issue of finding quality, affordable wireless bras that fit well and meet the demands of our customers.

Making a wireless bra is hard, y’all.  Even in smaller cup sizes, there are technical design difficulties, but once you factor DD+ cups and/or larger bands into the bra design equation, the potential fit issues add up quickly.  Underwire tends to provide the best support and shaping because of its ability to separate tissue into the cups and lift each breast individually.  Many of our wireless customers are hoping to achieve the same level of support from wireless bras, sometimes even adding in that the bra must be seamfree too.  Part of the problem we hope to address is the disconnect between what the customer wants and what is actually possible.  Lately, I have been researching which wireless bras have potential to supplement our inventory, but there are more than a few styles which . . . well . . . suck.  Enter Fit Fully Yours.  They have two unique soft cup options in their arsenal of high quality bras that have potential for the shop, one of which is the Kristina Cotton Bra.  Since this bra was available in my size range, I had to try it for myself.

Fit Fully Yours Kristina, Sizes 32D-K, 34-48C-K, 50D-G
Fit Fully Yours Kristina, Sizes 32D-K, 34-48C-K, 50D-G

Sizing & Fit:  My current size, thanks to weight transition, is somewhere between a 30 and 32 band and either a UK H or HH cup.  Because Kristina is not available in 30 bands, I opted instead for the US 32K (UK 32H).  You’ll recall I also ordered a Fit Fully Yours Nicole See Thru Lace in size 32J which fit beautifully, and I hoped Kristina would work well too.  The band on Kristina feels truer to UK sizing than Nicole, which ran firm, and while I can wear it on the loosest setting, I prefer the anchorage and support better on the middle hooks.  Furthermore, all of my breast tissue is contained without any overflow (despite some shadowing on the video), and I completely fill out the entire cup fabric—an important element with wireless bras since the cups pucker easily if they are even slightly big.

Kristina_3

Wireless bras in higher cup sizes almost never offer center tacking, and as such, tissue often spills inward at the center without separation.  With Kristina, Fit Fully Yours utilizes a classic four section cup design composed of two lower cup sections attached by a vertical seam for lift, a side panel to pull tissue inward, and an upper cup for contouring.  Many cut-and-sew wireless bras employ this basic pattern, including the Elomi Cate and Goddess Keira, because it manages to offer good lift and center projection.  The profile is pointier than what I normally wear, but the support and shape look more natural and flattering under clothes.

Kristina_4

Kristina also employs a thick elastic band at the bottom of the cups to anchor to the ribs without rolling or flipping, and I appreciate the way the cup is tall enough on the sides to hold in the tissue without being high enough to rub or chafe.  The wings are wide and comfortably support and smooth the back without the use of a side stay.  Personally, I love the extra support provided by a side stay; however, in wireless design, side stays are a sticking point for many clients.  Literally.  In wireless bras, side stays keep breast tissue in the center of the cup rather than allowing it to slide backward into the side, but if you choose to wear wireless for comfort or health reasons, side stays are frequently viewed as a faux-wire substitute bent on recreating the same issues the customer wished to avoid.  So many of my customers inform me they cut out the side stays after the first wear or two because of discomfort.  As a result, I think Fit Fully Yours wisely omitted them and will avoid potential comfort issues later.  Finally, the back closes with three hook-and-eyes for added stability, and the fully adjustable straps do not roll or dig into my shoulders.

Kristina_1

Materials & Design:  Kristina is marketed as a “cotton” bra, which I find somewhat disingenuous.  A quick glance at the materials tag reveals there is only 9% cotton in the largely poly-blend fabric.  While the cotton does increase how breathable the fabric is, I would have never known there was a cotton component outside of the marketing.  In my opinion, marketing a bra for its cotton content should be reserved for bras with at least a 25% cotton component.  There’s also a touch element, with many people associating a cotton bra with the feel of knits or tee shirts.

Kristina_2

Having said that, I do really like the fabric itself.  The weight is a perfect balance between being heavy and sturdy enough to support the fuller-bust without being overly thick and hot (I’m looking at you, Elila 1305).  The elastic and other bra components like the straps and wings are comfortable and non-abrasive too, and everything feels and looks high quality.  I have seen multiple Fit Fully Yours bras in person now, and the brand clearly places a strong emphasis on ensuring they produce superior products.  The elastic underband is firm without feeling scratchy, the powernet wings pull in tissue and feel secure, and the overall seaming and construction here is solid.

Kristina_6

Aesthetically, I like that they wanted to spice up the design with a delicate floral embroidery, but I think this will make the bra more visible under thinner clothing.  I would like to see them use a flatter textural element because my clients are conscientious of visible seams and embroidery.  Kristina is very much the classic soft cup bra, thoughtfully designed and improved by Fit Fully Yours attention to detail and high quality materials for around $50.  The size range is also pretty impressive, and I hope they expand core colors in the future since beige is currently the only option.  Overall, Kirstina is firmly in my potentials list for addressing wireless demands, particularly for the lack of side stays, affordable price point, and exceptional quality level.

Erica

Product Review: Fit Fully Yours Kristina Soft Cup Bra
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
Tagged on:                                 

6 thoughts on “Product Review: Fit Fully Yours Kristina Soft Cup Bra

  • May 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm
    Permalink

    Thanks for another great review, Erica. I am always looking for a soft cup bra (if just to wear while doing yoga or to lounge). I have yet to find something that actually works given my breasts’ degree of projection. I mean, a soft cup is never going to give the kind of shape that underwire gives (for projected breasts – particularly of a certain age!) but sometimes you just want a bit of lift and a comfortable way to keep things from bouncing around. And, even though my pain condition is far better than it was even this time last year, there are days when I know I’m pushing my luck by wearing a snug band and underwires…

    Reply
    • Erica
      May 14, 2016 at 11:53 am
      Permalink

      Hi K-Line! I hear ya on wanting something for lounge/yoga. I still love my Curvy Couture Luxe for that, but I don’t mind the compression it gives for those activities. I had a Freya soft cup years ago, and I was not as overly thrilled with it long term. The materials just weren’t as soft as I wanted. This one does have some potential, but I am actually thinking of getting the Goddess Sport! It comes in a 34I but the band runs tight from what we’ve seen. The shape is more rounded, and the fabrics are so soft. I want to put one on my order this week to see how I like it. There’s also been some wireless bras on the market (Curvy Couture just released a new wireless molded cup one up to a 44H!), so I am excited that manufacturers are addressing demands. I just think this is such a challenging design to really get right that there are still going to be misses on the market.

      Reply
  • May 14, 2016 at 11:43 am
    Permalink

    I have a greater appreciation of wirefree bras than I once did. For air travel; PMS days; sensitive skin days, sometimes you just need to ditch the wires. I hate the lack of separation – not so much for the way it looks as the way it *feels* – and often wonder why they can’t just add a 2″ deep strip of soft fabric attached to the inside of the gore that can be tucked in between the boobs. Not even kidding.

    I was wondering if this style might be worth a try….until I saw the profile. That way-too-horizontal seam would try to wrangle my boobs into an unfortunate duckbill shape. It’s the same problem I have with Anita & Royce wirefrees. Even Elomi seams have this shape, but the cups are so wide, they flatten the boob into a semblance of roundness. Knowing that a steeply diagonal seam gives a very round shape is super helpful – but finding styles with that shape is proving really difficult.

    Reply
    • Erica
      May 14, 2016 at 11:56 am
      Permalink

      Hi Alicia! I don’t like the lack of separation either. I deal with it, but yeah, boob sweat = ick. I think anyone with very FOT is going to have some issues with a lot of wireless. Almost every style I have seen tends to dart inward more. I think there’s going to be some shape issues there. Now, I mentioned in a comment to K-Line that I am going to try the Goddess Sport next because there is some projection and roundness built into the cup. I’ll also be trying to review more wireless here on the blog because of the increased demand too. So maybe something else will work better for you!

      Reply
  • May 15, 2016 at 11:10 am
    Permalink

    Hi Erica thanks for this review. It’s nice to see the wireless options whilst in the throes of nursing bras and wireless options. I have to say trying to nurse with my usual wired bra is a nightmare the couple of times my nursing ones were in the wash. I’ve been living in crop top styles too which are comfy to sleep in but don’t offer enough support in the day especially the amount baby eats right now, must be having a growth spurt! Love your new hairstyle by the way it looks great!

    Reply
    • Erica
      May 18, 2016 at 11:27 am
      Permalink

      Thank you, Alex! Wireless options can really help nursing moms too. I’m not sure which size you’re in right now, but I know you’ve tried Cake before which are lovely. They just came out with a new flexi-wire style called Parfait that is pretty great. I’ve ordered a few for customers who wanted something a little sexier than Croissant, and the details really are lovely.

      Reply

What are your thoughts?