Strapless bras – a blessing or a curse…
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I bought the cutest top at Cato’s – kind of a modified off-the-shoulder style but I needed to wear a strapless bra with it. The first time I wore the top I got a bandeau strapless at Elder Beerman and – it was awful. It was too big and I tugged on it all day. It didn’t offer enough support either so I added “boob tape” to keep things up. Not a happy camper at my nephew’s graduation party. Have you ever been distracted by your underwear when you’re trying to have a good time?!?.
Wacoal Strapless vs Lively
So, I decided to try two different strapless bras that have good reviews on social media. One was the Wacoal “Red Carpet” strapless and the other was Lively’s style #42211. Because I’m an Amazon Prime member, the Wacoal arrived within two days of my order but the Lively wasn’t delivered for about 10 days. Also, the Wacoal had my size in all colors, but the sizes were limited in Lively’s selection. I got the Wacoal in nude, size 34DD, and the Lively in pink, size 36D (34DD wasn’t available). Besides the shipping, there’s a pretty big price difference too. I paid about $65 for the Wacoal (although Amazon changes its prices depending on what you order so a different size and color might have a different price). The Lively was just under $45 which included shipping. They have free shipping on orders over $50.
What is the same about both strapless bras
Both have just minimal padding, which is important to me because I have enough of my own. Both have wide bands with four hooks. Both have underwire support AND both have a wire support about an inch away from the cups on the back strap to help keep the strap from wrinkling. Both have removable convertible straps. And, both are made in China.
What’s different about these two strapless bras: packaging, shipping and price
Lively sent me a free tote bag for being a first-time buyer. It came in a gorgeous box. I really felt honored to be giving it to myself. Although it took ten days to arrive, it seemed worth the wait. The Wacoal came in a plastic bag with free two-day shipping from Amazon Prime. My budget was really happy about Lively’s price, even though I paid for shipping.
What’s different: fabrication and construction
The soft pink of the Lively strapless is SO pretty. And, the Lively has a mostly mesh strap, which looks as if it would be so cool on a hot day! The Wacoal is a nice nude color but nothing special. Both are made of similar (but not the same) fabric. The body of the Wacoal is 91% nylon and 9% spandex, while its dense mesh strap is 87% nylon and 13% spandex. The Lively body is 87% nylon and 13% spandex, while that mesh strap is 77% nylon and 23% spandex. The Wacoal has the sticky rubber lining on the inside of the strap – both top and bottom – and along the top of the cups. This baby is meant to stay in place! The Lively has the sticky rubber lining on just the inside of the top of the strap.
The deciding feature
The deciding feature for me was this – the strapless bra by Wacoal has a seecond piece of stiff vertical support where the back strap attaches (if you’re wearing it with the straps). The Lively strapless has fabric there but it is not stiff. In my mind, the Wacoal strap would not collapse on itself but the Lively might. And you have to wear a strapless bra TIGHT, so the lack of vertical support in the Lively bra gave me an additional bulge back there (not something I need more of right now!). So, as much as I wanted the Lively bra to win this contest, the Wacoal got my vote.
Test run of the Wacoal Red Carpet strapless bra
I did not wear the Lively bra, because it is unethical to wear something and then return it (and I’m going to either return or sell it). So I wore the Wacoal strapless with my off the shoulder top yesterday, out to dinner at Purple Chopstix with my family to celebrate a birthday. It didn’t wiggle around or slide down – it required absolutely no adjustments – and in fact by the end of the evening I’d forgotten that it was strapless at all. I’m thrilled with my choice!! But if you want a lighter weight strapless bra, consider giving the Lively bra a try. It was a close contest.