Behold! Mom-bod. Losing all ego here and posting these photos to give you a proper fit review of the new Enlite Bra. My credentials as a bra reviewer are not as a large busted female. I am a 34D/DD and have never had problems finding a supportive enough bra like many of you have. I do need support and coverage, but not heavy duty support, and I’m not in outlier sizes. Keep that in mind, but also know that I love bras and am a little bit of a bra-fit nerd. I know my stuff! I’m going to be absolutely brutal in this review but the caveat is that I actually really like this bra and have ordered my correct size online to try out for a workout. There are major flaws in the design though and I do hope there is a second version with improvements in it.
As I mentioned above, I’ve been properly sized as a 34D/DD in standard bra brands so I was very curious to see what size I was fit in for this lululemon sports bra. My measurement was taken in between my breast for depth (bra on, base of sternum to outer edge of bra cup) which is the centre gore, and around my ribcage. This is different to how I’ve been bra measured in the past. On the lululemon chart this put me at 32E, and its alternative size was 34D. My store did not have 32 E in stock in any of the colors so I was not able to try that size on for accuracy, but they did have both 34D and 34DD. 34DD fit me best. I’ve ordered the 32E but I expect that I will prefer the 34DD as the band was quite tight and hard to get on in that size.
This bra is a PAIN in the ass to put on and I’m really shocked that this wasn’t a major issue for them in the production stages, or with their pool of 80 testers. I am extremely flexible and strong in the shoulders (naturally, and thanks to olympic lifting) and so I never have a problem clasping a bra from behind. This is how I’ve always clasped my bras my entire life while at least half of women clasp their bras in the front and then spin them to the back and pull their arms through the straps. The design of this bra prevents you from strapping it on in this way at all because you have to pull it on overhead. That actually creates two excluding mobility issues – the pulling it on overhead movement, and the reaching to the back and clasping a very tight band. If you have any mobility issues in your shoulders (which many athletes do), you will not be able to get this bra on on your own. As I said, I am extremely flexible and I could not clasp this bra together because there was just so much tension in the band. The tension is great because the majority of the support in this bra comes from the band, and actually once it’s on it doesn’t feel super tight, it just feel supportive. I actually had to have an educator come in and clasp it for me, as did the other women trying this bra on at the same time as me. When the bra was secured, it didn’t feel tight anywhere and there was no pulling. The bra gave a nice shape and silhouette to the bust and nice lift, even under a tee shirt. I was worried about this because the bra cups are ‘formed cups’ and I have shallow breast tissue so I don’t always fill this style of bra up even though I’m a 34D.
I was impressed that there is some really nice lift from the bottom of the breast. The straps on my shoulders didn’t feel tight at all and there was no pulling at the neck.
You definitely get two encapsulated and lifted breasts.
Besides the horrible time getting this bra actually on, the second issue with this bra is its seamless design. The hook and eye closure in the back is under way too much tension with such a tight band to not have a tightly stitched hook and eye closure. While pulling the straps together there is so much strain on the little hook and eye closures and they don’t seem to be firmly stitched in. This is the biggest flaw of this bra and one they will potentially have problems with in terms of ‘defective’ returns. In order for them to claim ‘seamless design’ which is an unnecessary and overrated feature in my opinion, they’ve sacrificed a major component of this bra so that it will function properly. While trying on the 34D and attempting to hook the two ends together, the ‘eye’ popped out of the bra!!! A good bra gets a large portion of it’s support and structure from it’s seams! I don’t think the Ta Ta Tamer was ever avoided or negatively reviewed because of it’s seams. I think they could have had some areas of the bra as seamless, and created beautifully tailored seams at the gore and at the clasp area. To be honestly though I’m not crazy about the laser cut edges either. Those unfinished laser cut edges all seem to look a bit frayed. If they married the wonderful seam detailing and finishing of the Ta Ta Tamer with this Enlite Bra, you would have the most amazing sports bra ever. As far as supportiveness I definitely felt very supported with little movement, but total comfort. I’d love to see this bra with a lower cut front, and regular bra straps in the back. The width and spread of the back straps really pushed out my underarm fat and I didn’t feel like I was getting all that much support from the extra straps. Despite cutting in to the lats area and causing bulging out, I didn’t actually feel the straps cutting in.
This bra, being that it is a ‘heavy duty supportive sports bra’ needed to come in in a wider size range. I can see how that would be very challenging to create for it’s risky first run, but hopefully in future versions of this bra there will be a wider range of sizes.
**Update, the recommended size 32E just arrived and it is way too small. The two straps are not even close to being close enough to join together. For me, the correct sizing is same band I normally take in a bra, but one cup size larger. **
the popped out hook and eye closure.