Product Review: Fit Fully Yours Nicole See-Thru Lace Bra

As a store owner, a bra fitter, and a lingerie enthusiast, I am always seeking out new brands and products both for myself and for my customers.  Exploring the marketplace for hidden gems can lead to a creative inventory assortment which distinguishes a small business from a big box competitor, and with bras, new brands and products can not only offer the chance to find more innovative solutions to customer requests but can also allow for a wonderful relationship with a vendor you respect.  With this sentiment in mind, I was speaking with a sales representative for another company we offer who also happens to work with Fit Fully Yours, and she raved about the fit and the quality of the line.  Furthermore, she noted Fit Fully Yours values retail partners by protecting territories, handling orders swiftly, and ensuring their products are not discounted or sent to outlet stores.  Since most of my readers are regular consumers, the latter endorsements are probably irrelevant, but as a tired, overworked entrepreneur, I am more likely to dedicate a chunk of our budget to a company that makes things easier on me.  Of course, no matter how great a company can be to work with, their products’ fit and quality must be top notch for our customers, and so I ordered a few for myself, including the Nicole See-Thru Lace!

Since there are not many reviews about Fit Fully Yours, I want to provide a little background before discussing the nitty gritty details of the review.  Fit Fully Yours began as a Canadian-based business almost a decade ago and offers sizes US 28AA to 48K, giving them one of the best sizes ranges in the lingerie business and one which has the distinction of encompassing consumers living in veritable bra deserts!  The brand focuses on providing solid foundation garments in high quality fabrics with thoroughly tested fits in the $45-$85 price range, but they also offer a variety of core fashion items in lovely colors that stick around from season to season, meaning customers are not pressured to buy immediately or risk missing out on something fun.

Nicole_4

Sizing & Fit:  Because Fit Fully Yours is a North American company, the sizing is not going to be the same as a brand like Panache, and you will need to know your equivalent US/Canadian size in order to purchase the bra.  On account of weight gain, my bra size is currently a US 30L to 32K (UK 30HH to 32H) which is not offered in the Nicole, and I opted instead to order the 32J (UK 32GG), expecting the size to not fit perfectly.  However, the 32J fits comfortably tight on the loosest hooks, and the cup has no gaping, wrinkling, or overflow.  In fact, the size fits beautifully, and I was pleasantly surprised to find myself within the Nicole size range.  Because the band and fabric fit firmer, anyone between sizes may benefit from sizing up like I did, and I do think the cup shape is slightly more generous than some of the UK bras I tried recently.

Nicole_1

Because I have tried on a considerable number of bras as well as fit thousands of people, it’s hard when I write these reviews or evaluate a new product to not draw comparisons, and with the Nicole, I am reminded of the Panache Superbra line.  The center gore of Nicole uses a medium, slightly splayed width, but the cup depth is enough to not press my tissue toward the side. Overall, the coverage falls in the flattering “moderate” zone with enough height to provide hold and support without treading into turtleneck territory.  Furthermore, the bottom of the cup offers enough space for my tissue to rest comfortably, but the wire shape is too wide on the sides, creating extra space between tissue and underwire.

Nicole_3

I have mentioned before a common side effect of a wide bra frame on a narrow-rooted person, like me, is the area of the cup near the arms clips into the delicate skin, sometimes causing welts or abrasions.  The underwires can also stab or poke, but Nicole deftly eschews both issues for a lovely, comfortable fit.  To encourage a rounded, lifted shape, Nicole features an interior side panel made from a lightly padded foam and covered in soft fabric.  Usually, brands either include an interior side sling made from a 2-ply mesh or swap out the sling entirely for a fourth panel as part of the cup design, but Fit Fully Yours instead used this firmer but still softly textured piece.  Side panels and slings function by supporting side breast tissue and bringing it forward into the cup, and while a nice feature in theory, they sometimes fall short in practice.  Depending on the shape of the bra, the shape of the breasts, and the denseness of the tissue, the side panel may not be sturdy enough to offer much in the way of support and projection.  With the light foam pad of the Nicole, the cups sport an extra stability component to fully maximize the use of the side sling.

Nicole_5

Materials & Design:  For next year, I have a post brewing about how I judge quality as it deserves a lengthier discussion, but suffice it to say, part of my analysis centers on a comparative mix of what I tested personally, what I have seen in person, and what feedback I have read or heard about the construction and longevity.  These elements materialize into a difficult-to-quantify internal metric for whether I think a product is of “good” quality and matches the retail price.  Nicole starts at $69, but the design is so well-executed, thoughtful, and precise the bra could easily retail higher.

Nicole_2

The powernet wings anchor on the sides for smoothing and hold, and the fabric feels as though it will maintain shape overtime without stretching too quickly.  A 2-ply mesh lower cup gives an added boost to the lift and shape, and fully-adjustable straps allow maximum customization.  The straps themselves are slightly stretchier, and I know some shoppers prefer a heavier, restricted-stretch strap.  Personally, I have no preference, but I wanted to note this in the review.

Nicole_6

Providing a peek-a-boo quality, the top of the cup uses a sheer mesh and allows the ornate, intricate embroidery to shine.  Despite the details across the breadth of the cup and cradle, the Nicole offers discretion under clothing as the embroidery is fairly flat.  From an aesthetic perspective, I am shocked by how much I love this bra.  Brown (or something in the brown/beige family) is probably my least favorite color, and if you noticed what I wear or review, the color schemes center on black, white, gray, and navy.  However, with my anti-brown caveat in place, I must admit the rich, smooth chocolate allows the vibrancy of the turquoise embroidery to pop for an elegant, almost Southwest-inspired design.

In the fashion world, turquoise and chocolate are a more common and even classic pairing, but in lingerie, these colors are a little more rare, especially together.  There’s something refreshingly different about the Nicole and how it bucks the popular trend of dark blues and purples.  Darker skin tones may find the chocolate mesh blends to give the embroidery a tattoo-like quality, and even on my pale skin, I love the contrast and look, so much so I considered keeping the bra for myself.  The only reason I opted against it was my weight transition.  I am losing weight and am following my own advice of not overbuying during this time.  That said, depending on where my size and body lands in the next six months, I would certainly consider picking this back up!

 

Product Review: Fit Fully Yours Nicole See-Thru Lace 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:                         

14 thoughts on “Product Review: Fit Fully Yours Nicole See-Thru Lace Bra

  • December 17, 2015 at 5:18 pm
    Permalink

    You so have to keep this bra – you’re talking yourself into it all through the video review! Seriously articulate review, btw. Curious to know how it went from a Canadian to a US company – did the proprietors relocate?

    Reply
    • Erica
      December 18, 2015 at 11:34 am
      Permalink

      I know! I keep looking at the bra on the table in the store like: There’s also a cute matching bottom! I’m trying to resist temptation, but it’s so hard!!!!!!!!! 😀 As far as I know, they are still a Canadian-based company. In the video I said “American” because that’s where these bras shipped from, but when I did the fact-checking for the written part, I discovered I made an error and corrected it in the video description. I am assuming they are Canada-based but with a US distribution center? Either way, I am already impressed!

      Reply
  • December 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm
    Permalink

    I have only tried one style in this elusive brand: the wired version of the cotton/bamboo wireless style you reviewed. The high quality was immediately apparent – the luscious soft fabric in particular. Unfortunately, the band ran very very tight (I was a 36GG at the time, so went with a 38H; the band fit like a Cleo, i.e., a really snug 36); the cup in that style ran extremely shallow; the shape was very minimizing and did not allow for any projection at all. It reminded me of Wacoal’s Halo a bit, in terms of fit.

    I have not experimented any further with the brand, but I’m heartened that they do seem to have some different shapes, and I may revisit them again, since the quality really was top notch. But as I am now a 38GG, I’d likely have to bump up to a 42H, if their bands still run as tight as the one I tried.

    Reply
    • Erica
      December 18, 2015 at 11:37 am
      Permalink

      Alicia, I have three other bras to review (two are going to be in one), and to be honest, the sizing was a bit inconsistent. One of the bras I sister-sized to a 34 band because of how small the cup size range was, and that bra is literally so tight I need an extender! I don’t know if I received a one-off, but I went to fasten it and was like: DAYUM! So, I will be noting this in my review. When you have them in a store, it’s not bad to have inconsistency so long as your fitters know about it, but I know people ordering online may suddenly be really confused. I’m looking forward to testing more styles, so perhaps through my experimentation I can find a pattern in band tightness to make things easier! Thanks for the added feedback on the sizing and fit. They have some lovely new pieces plus the colors are great too. If you do are review on your blog, please let me know so I can see your full thoughts!

      Reply
    • January 3, 2016 at 12:00 am
      Permalink

      There’s a cotton/bamboo wired bra?! Is it any good? I’ve been dying for some more bras in soft materials.

      Reply
      • January 5, 2016 at 2:17 pm
        Permalink

        Holly, the fabric was great, very silky, and certainly hot climate friendly – but the fit was a super shallow cup, really projection unfriendly. And the band was extremely tight. I haven’t seen this style anywhere in a while, and I’m wondering if perhaps they discontinued it.

        Reply
  • December 18, 2015 at 12:01 am
    Permalink

    As a fellow fair-skinned woman, I also love the chocolate-turquoise combination. I love the pop of color, and sometimes I feel that black is too harsh against my skin. I wish I could wear unlined bras, but I require at least a little padding for “no show-through”, or else I basically always have “headlights”. :/ Such an annoying problem, argh.

    Reply
    • Erica
      December 18, 2015 at 11:41 am
      Permalink

      Hi Jane! They do have a padded cup version of this. 🙂 I haven’t tried it, but if you love the look, it’s certainly worth considering. Not to enable or anything . . . 🙂

      Oh, and have you tried silicone nipple covers? We carry Chippey’s Chips in the shop ($25), but they are washable and reusable as long as you don’t lose them. They are comfortable to wear and totally eradicate headlight issues. I like to recommend them since some people love the look and feel of non-padded but need something to cover up frosty headlights.

      Reply
      • December 20, 2015 at 4:33 pm
        Permalink

        I think you should do an article on the nipple covers – I suspect there are lots of other people who don’t know these products are out there –

        Reply
        • Erica
          December 26, 2015 at 10:36 am
          Permalink

          Hi Anna! I should do that! These are a cheap pair, but we carry Chippey’s Chips in the store which are fantastic. They are very lightweight and comfortable, so I think I’ll put that on my review agenda for 2016! Thanks for the idea. 🙂

          Reply
          • December 26, 2015 at 11:47 am
            Permalink

            Anna is definitely onto something!! I am going to look into these “nip covers” :p

  • December 20, 2015 at 6:55 am
    Permalink

    Oh, it’s always exciting to discover and try new brands! The range on Fit Fully Yours is AMAZING! :O Really impressed!

    I’m not much into brown myself, but this combo does look out of the box and therefore a looker! 🙂

    Cannot wait for the new reviews!

    kiss kiss
    Nádia
    My Fashion Insider

    Reply
    • Erica
      December 26, 2015 at 3:11 pm
      Permalink

      I agree the range for Fit Fully Yours is pretty impressive, particularly since they manage to capture a lot of different size clusters even though that aren’t necessarily seen together. I’m excited to review some more of their products next year as well as to carry them in the store too. 🙂

      Reply
  • Pingback: Product Review: Fit Fully Yours Kristina Soft Cup Bra – Sophisticated Pair

What are your thoughts?