Lately, I know it’s going to be a good bra day if I can answer yes to two questions as I get dressed in the morning:
- Do I need to wear a black bra?
- Did I give my Empreinte Grace a break yesterday so that I can wear it again today?
Honestly, it wasn’t love at first sight for Grace and me. With all the gorgeous Empreinte bras that I showed you in August, I only gave Grace a second look because the company offered to set us up–they said I could keep the display model that we used for our raffle in September. Now I can’t live without her!
Let’s begin with measurements and fit. Today my under bust measures 33″ if I pull the tape measure super tight, and my over bust measures 41″. The Grace in 32F fits me perfectly. The center gore tacks comfortably against my chest, and there’s no bubbling at the top of the cups, which is great since the lace and tulle have absolutely no stretch. I have the full cup version, which lessens the chance of quadraboobing because the top of the cup crosses the breast tissue closer to my chest where I’m firmer. There’s also no empty space at the bottom of the cups.
With Grace, there was none of the typical break-in stiffness that I often experience at the end of the day with new bras. I completely forgot that I was wearing a new bra. Some of the comfort may be attributable to the looser band that French brands are known for, but I’m not sure if “looser” is the right word for it. The Grace band simply stays in place without needing to cinch. That being said, sometimes after a long day of sitting in the car (traveling home from Thanksgiving, for instance), the underwires feel slightly lower than the base of my breasts, but a single readjustment puts everything in place again.
Besides comfort–my boobs feel almost weightless in the Grace–there are two other things that I love about this bra. First, I love the lift and rounded profile.
Second, I don’t know if this is specific to the full cup version, but the wings are nice and wide so that, combined with the non-cinching fit, they actually smooth out some of the back bulges that I thought were here to stay. I also like that even the 32 band has three rows of hooks. (Speaking of hooks, I’ve worn it on the loosest column for the last two months, but I’m trying the middle column today and feeling more secure.)
You can see how back bulge is less apparent in the Grace on the right side of this screen shot from a recent Meredith Vieria Show (Town Shop fitter Alba Salas puts the volunteer in the “Rolls Royce of bras” beginning at 3:50 in the video). The microphone and fitter’s hand are in the way, but you can still see a difference in the spot between her left strap and underarm, which is where I see a big difference on me.
Here’s a before-and-after from the front that doesn’t do ANY justice to the delicate features of this bra because they inserted a pad to hide the volunteer’s nipples. However, you CAN see the difference in lift and centeredness.
Here’s what the bra looks like without a modesty insert.
The straps are sturdy and comfortable, but Empreinte adds lace to keep them pretty.
Here’s a closeup of the power mesh wings.
The fitter in the video says that this is not a molded bra, but that’s exactly what it is. Empreinte is the only lingerie company I’m aware of that can create a seamless molded cup from a single panel of lace for women who wear DD+ bras. (On the other hand, if the fitter meant that this is not a contoured cup like the volunteer’s original bra, she is completely correct. There is no lining or padding in its construction.)
I haven’t worn full cup bras in a long time, and I forgot about how secure the full coverage makes me feel. The tulle strip across the top of the bra doesn’t really mitigate the “too much bra” look, but it certainly mitigates any bouncing. Interestingly, the un-stretchy tulle also makes it challenging (but not impossible) to scoop and swoop.
With its delicate materials and special details, I love wearing the Empreinte Grace as an everyday bra. Because I usually wear it under dark or textured clothes, the lace never shows through. If Grace were offered in my skin tone, the sheer cups and lace would keep me from wearing it under one of my white shirts. However, I would gladly wear Grace in other colors under most anything else.
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