After months of constant wear, my tee shirt bras are looking a little worse of the wear, and when I saw the Wacoal Embrace Lace, I thought it might be a nice addition to my collection:
Sizing: From past experience, I know Wacoal bras have a tighter, firmer band than Freya, Fantasie, or Panache, so I bumped up to the 32DDD (UK E). As expected, the 32 was snug without being too constricting, but the cups are small. I have some tissue overflow at the top and center of the bra which makes me think I need a G cup . . . which doesn’t release until March. Waaaah! For a good fit in the cup, I’d recommend sizing up at least one size especially compared to UK manufacturers.
Fit: Taking aside the boob smash-age from a small cup, I like the overall fit of the bra, and I’d love to try it in the bigger size. The wire width feels perfect without being too wide on the side, and I like how the style straddles the line between a plunge and balcony. With a much lower center gore than some of Wacoal’s other offerings, the Embrace Lace seems like a good compromise between wanting support and anchorage but not necessarily a lot of coverage.
Materials & Design: Starting with the purely functional, I like the material on the cups. It’s a comfortable foam that offers nipple protection and smoothness but still manages to be flexible enough to fit my shape. In fact, it reminds me a little of the spacer bras I’ve tried in the past although this is definitely a regular foam. Also, the fully-adjustable straps are perfect for customizing the fit even though you can see I didn’t need to take advantage of this feature. Finally, I was skeptical about the lace and embroidery along the wings and band, but it does not feel irritating at all. I like how the lace turns this basic bra into something pretty, especially in the black color. Erica likes to call these “Basics with a Twist,” and I have to agree. I can’t wait to try the bra again with the extended sizing.
Overall Grade: A