Full Bust Finds: BreastNest Review

Last November I finally ordered my own BreastNest after Holly intrigued me with her review two years ago. Truth be told, when I studied Holly’s review and the photos on the BreastNest website, it didn’t look like something I would wear out of the house, but I hoped it would be different in person. Unfortunately, once it arrived, I didn’t think I could wear it inside the house either–I couldn’t get over the “breast sacks” that hung from the garment’s chest.

Something changed last week. After weeks on the shelf, I put the camisole on following an afternoon of errands, and I felt a giant sense of “Aaaaaaaaah”. I’d been wearing my Panache sports tank on the middle hook all day and didn’t realize how tight it was until I felt the soft contrast of the BreastNest.

I’ll never wear it out of the house, but I’ve now changed my mind about wearing it inside. I spent an hour in front of my computer in it and really appreciated its protection from skin-on-skin contact. Much as I love my Bra:30, it has nothing to protect me from under-boob sweat once gravity runs its course–the only solution is to hike the girls up and start again. I also like that the BreastNest prevents between-boob sweat.

As for support, there isn’t any, and that’s fine for just sitting in front of the computer or lounging on the couch. However, I’d be thrilled if the company could find a way to hide the “sacks” and add a little bounce-resistant compression. Then I would be willing to answer the door in it. In the meantime, since we’re having such a cold winter, I’m tempted to try the BreastNest under my Bra:30 for the best of both worlds.

The $58 price is a sacrifice for me, but I respect the high quality materials and workmanship that have gone into this product. The stitching feels very secure, and the multiple seams make this much more than a simple tee shirt. The fabric is Lenzing Modal, a bamboo fabric that is environmentally friendly because of the way the manufacturer treats the waste water used to soften the wood fibers. (I’m otherwise skeptical when anyone claims their garment is “green” because it is made with bamboo fabric. Bamboo fabric is the same as rayon, created with highly toxic chemicals that must be disposed of, which is why it is usually manufactured in third world countries with lax environmental laws.) The camisoles are made in the United States, and some of my photos show the careful attention to detail as well as the beautiful finishing inside and out. I’m wearing size medium.

After I tried the BreastNest last week, I mailed it to Mia for her opinion, which she’ll share with you tomorrow.

breastnest front

breastnest side

breastnest back preferred

The shelf bra extends completely around the entire camisole. I like the smoothing effect of the double layer of fabric.

breastnest under detail

I found the depth of the bra “cup” to be just right for me, although if I were larger I may want more. (That isn’t a flaw that you see in the seam that runs along my breast. It’s simply a notch to help the stitchers align the pieces of fabric.)

breastnest intersection outer

All the seams that must meet at the center gore area.

breastnest inside detail

An interior view of the cups. No raw edges.

 

Comments

  1. I’ll stick with my UnBra, thanks. At least it has *some* support – that looks like nothing but sweat absorption and skin coverage.

    • I never tried Decent Exposures because I didn’t like the look, but now that I see their not-for-swim-only tankini, I might have to give them a try. Which version do you have–just the UnBra, or the cami-bra or tankini? If one of the latter, perhaps you could write a guest review for us because it’s going to be a while before I can afford another bra-free lounge top.

  2. Darlene, do you wear something on top of the Breast Nest to hide it? I can imagine it being comfy, but I wouldn’t want even relatives or an SO to see me wearing it. I’d probably avoid looking in the mirror myself! But based on what you said, it could be a good base layer for lounging. I only tried the regular un-bra (scoop neck and halterneck), but if you choose the fabric right, it provides GREAT support. It doesn’t give any uplift though. And there is some skin on skin contact in the middle depending on how close set you are.

    • Darlene C. says:

      Astrid, when I’m working from home alone, no, but you make a good point–I need to be sensitive to my husband’s preferences. I showed him the top when I first got it (but not wearing it), and he agreed that it seemed too clinical. So I’ll probably cover it when we’re together. I’ve already robbed boobs of their magic for him by writing and talking about them all the time. It’s no fair to him–or me!–to rob MY boobs of their magic.

      And THANK YOU for the feedback on the Decent Exposures Unbra. Have you already reviewed it on your blog?

  3. Late reply, sorry! I’ve never reviewed Decent Exposures because I haven’t worn an unbra since I’ve started the blog. I’ve stopped wearing them when Royce made their sports bra available up to a K cup, but i’m thinking of revisiting them for loungewear, because they provide better separation and I liked the lined dri-release. Possibly a good option for lounging on hot summer days!