This style is the front-fastening, standard length version of the 7532 style by Exquisite Form which I have also reviewed.
The cups which are three-piece soft cups don’t have underwires, are extremely comfortable and create a wonderful retro bust line. My bust is well supported and the shape is ever so slightly pointy. It’s definitely a good bra for women starting out in the retro scene and want to ease their way into the bullet shape, and it would definitely enhance any retro or vintage outfit.
I have heard quite a few people criticise the shape of retro inspired bras recently. They claim that this style of bra doesn’t create a cleavage and that the breasts seem to be too far away from each other. In contrast, the main function of modern bras seems to be to push the breasts together to create an exagerrated cleavage.
In my opinion, retro bras didn’t focus on creating a cleavage due to the fact that day-to-day fashions were, in the mid-century, a lot more modest than they are today. A lot less skin was on show and necklines were a lot higher, therefore bra cups came up very high on the chest, the cups sat at a natural width apart and as a consequence didn’t create much of a cleavage.
I personally love this style of bra as I find it incredibly comfortable and I also feel very self conscious having too much of a cleavage on show these days (this hasn’t always been the case though!).
This gap between the breasts is great for another reason, it allows for a strip of hook and eyes at the front rather than the back! I really love this feature on bras as it makes it so much easier to fasten them.
Standard bras usually have two or three rows of hook and eyes but as this only has one at the front. To compensate for the lack of hook and eyes, this bra has a thick elasticated section at the back to allow for a small amount of stretch if required.
As per my first review this week, this bra also has thick, cushioned, adjustable straps that help make wearing this bra even more comfortable.
For reference I’m wearing a 38DD and this bra costs $20 USD. Yes, a super-duper retro bra for $20!