The Itty-Bitty Committee & Bralette Envy

Jacqueline Wells

bralette envy
The grass is always greener…goes the old saying.  We want what we don’t have and all the while someone else is wishing for exactly the opposite. And this is definitely true for women when it comes to breast size.

I’ve always considered myself a member of the itty-bitty committee and have longed for something that resembles cleavage. I was just talking to a good friend of mine, Jessica, about this very thing of envy. Come to find out, it goes both ways.

“I am busty 36 DD while my sister and all of my friends are not. And although I’m sure they have coveted my cup runneth over…I have always longed for the freedom of perky little Bs and Cs,” Jessica said.  “I have worn underwire bras since 13, never wore a sports bra without another bra underneath, and even sleep in a bra, so I always thought the diminutive little bralette was denied me.”

But advances in fiber and elastics and some truly excellent designers have made these dainty little comforts possible for even the “well-endowed” and leave it to HerRoom to make the best of the best available to all.

Bralettes are generally either comfortable, slightly less sporty sport bras or wispy little negligee lounging bras. They are generally offered in small, medium, large, or extra large. A perfect fit can be hit or miss for those that rely on cup sizes.

“I can’t entirely eschew my underwire bras when the rigors of my cardio workout required tensile steel,” Jessica said. But she has found a few styles and models that can stand the rigors of a brisk walk and have even stood the test of a bike ride over cobblestones. “Logistically without underwire and back closures the bralette’s support is dependent on the straps, so the busty need to avoid the single spaghetti strap if possible, but a racerback design provides ‘crossgirding’ to take pressure off the collarbones. I also like a longer bralette bra with a bit more material underneath the cups to prevent sagging.”

HerRoom has Kensie’s Leann Sporty Bralette and Barely There CustomFlex Fit with contour cups and convertible straps fit more like a traditional bra.

“Sport bra-like lounging bras usually give me ‘shelf chest’ with the girls just squished together,” Jessica lamented. She’s a fan of Bali’s Comfort Revolution style with contoured cups and a little reinforcement between the cups to shape a cleavage.  Just My Size styles also have individual contoured cups and wider straps for the truly busty. These bras also provide smooth lines with no “back fat” for wearing under tight fitting sweaters.

And HerRoom has some really beautiful and practical bralette bras of the dainty assortment this season—for all sizes.  Have you experienced breast-size envy? Have you found bras that are the perfect compromise of style and comfort? Share your favorite suggestions in the comments.