Worth It: A Bra For Ladies Whose Cups Runneth Over


Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn’t get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that’s how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our daily recommendation of random things that we’ve actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we’d actually tell our friends about. And now we’re telling you.

When you have a giant rack and your name begins with the letter D, the jokes write themselves and the mocking is incessant. But even rougher than being hypersensitive about people noticing/making fun of/staring at/commenting on your huge boobs is the process of finding a good bra.

A good bra is one that is comfortable enough to wear all day yet structured enough to do the hard work of supporting, shaping and lifting two very weighty mammary glands. Supporting, not smushing, smashing, squashing or digging into. A good bra can help you stand up straighter, relax your shoulders, run for a cab with confidence. That said, I do like a minimizer, as it means I can actually wear certain shirts or dresses that would otherwise refuse to button in the front or zip up in the back.

Generally, the problem is that if a bra is comfortable, it doesn’t offer much support. And very supportive bras tend to cause pain.

But the Proportion Perfection Underwire Minimizer Bra by Wacoal is a really good bra. I was wearing some other style of Wacoal bra when I first bought it, and I found that all the clothes in my closet suddenly looked better. I ordered another one almost immediately. There’s something about the architecture of the cups — you get lift, separation and encapsulation. Definition. It’s hard to explain; I only know that I reach for this bra over and over again, because when I do wear it, I feel my inner bombshell emerge. When I don’t wear it, I feel like the misshapen eighth dwarf, Dumpy.

I would be lying if I said this bra was super comfortable. Sometimes I come home at night and taking it off is such a release it’s like I’ve just removed an iron vice. Such is the exquisite torture of underwire. But with some of my other bras, the girls sit too low, or too close together, or make my shirt have that weird stretched taut fabric bridge between the breasts, which I despise. The Proportion Perfection bra makes me feel like having huge, heavy shoulder-pain-inducing boobs is not so bad. And that’s worth it.

Proportion Perfection Underwire Minimizer Bra, on SALE (!) for $36.40, Wacoal.

Worth It only features things we paid for ourselves and actually like. Don’t send us stuff.

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