Eh. They’re not as pretty in person (or on) as they are in the catalog pictures. One interesting feature: the underwire stops just at the bottom corner of the “U”, so it doesn’t go all the way up the side. I can see how this could be more comfortable. Another feature: the fabric wasn’t stretchy at all, so it really holds you in. I’m a fan of minimizers when necessary, but I thought the profile for this one looked strange.

Since I had already seen the Bra Smyth store on the Upper West Side the day before, I decided to try the flagship Bra Smyth store on Madison Avenue yesterday. Collette, my saleswoman, was lovely. After rejecting the Edith Lances bras, she put me in some good Chantelles–one everyday and one sheer lace that had just arrived. The picture below doesn’t do the lace bra justice, except you can see the tulle detail on the straps and the ruching at the side. The one I tried was black with steel blue satin straps and bow. I managed to resist this bra because the seam showed through the woven shirt I was wearing, but it’s on my wish list.
I also fell in love with two gorgeous Aubades that I saw at Bra Smyth. I would have posted them here, but after going to the Aubade site itself, I’ve found even more beautiful sets that I want to own. I should just create a collage of them for a post sometime.

The Bra Smyth experience itself was very pleasant. Collete was frank, really listened, and put no pressure on me to purchase the more expensive lace bras. For someone who has worked with many bra fitters, I found the process very efficient. I’d be curious to hear how someone new to being fitted finds it.