FullBeauty.com sent me one of their Comfort Choice Gel Strap bras to review for My Favorite Things readers. Now that I have worn, washed, and dried it I am ready to give you the low down on what I consider an absolutely pretty bra.
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The Comfort Choice Gel strap bra is available in sizes 38B to 54G. The color choices include white and blue bell. They sent the blue bell which is an incredibly pretty color (says the girl addicted to blue). This is a wirefree bra that hooks in the front. They describe the gel straps as “Extra-wide straps are built up with a super pliant and lightweight silicone gel that absorbs stress, giving your shoulders a smooth ride all day.” This bra currently retails on their site for $27 to $32.
The soft scalloped edge lace is very pretty. I love the rose details and that it reasonably smooth. For the most part it is not too itchy but I did notice a slight itch where the lace touches under the breast but it seemed to dissipate as the day went on. Now when I say itch I do not mean the picky itch that comes with some laces. I normally wear a bra liner so this may have been causative.
This is my first time wearing a front closure bra and I have to say I love it. There are more hooks and coverage than I would normally have. It is so much more convenient to put on (and take off) than a back hooking bra.
The sides are made with an extra wide breathable mesh which extends throughout the back. The band is light weight and lies smoothly.
The back of the bra has lots of coverage and also lies smooth. As you can see the straps are close to the center which I think helps to keep the straps from sliding off my shoulders.
The bra is well stitch throughout with no exposed white elastic to irritate. The boning on the sides is virtually none existent. As you can see from the photo I could easily bend the fabric boning. I prefer a bra to have a little firmer side boning in wirefree bras and underwire as it helps with the side shaping so it does not look like your boobs are extending out your sides.
The breast shaping in the cups is very light but seems to work. I felt lifted and supported as a whole. You can see here the scalloped lace that peeks under the bra strap that made me a little itchy.
Now here is the underside of the gel strap.
And a closer look. When you press the strap between your forefinger and thumb you can feel the softness of the gel strap and think it would be a nice cushie relief. Unfortunately, the gel strap sits on front of my chest and stops just as it reaches my clavicle (long thin bone from neck to shoulder). Typically I do not need padding here. And I think I am safe in saying that most women complain about the straps digging into the tops of their shoulders where this gel strap should be located — in my opinion. Now perhaps I am too long in the body for this one but there is no way for this strap to work on alleviating pressure on my shoulders.
My overall impression of the Comfort Gel Strap bra is that it is a comfortable wirefree bra that is very pretty and provides lift and support while lying smoothly on sides and back. It is great for every day wear and is reasonably affordable. I washed it in the washing machine and hung it to dry and did not notice any change in fit when I wore it again. I like the concept of the gel straps but they just do not hit in the right location for the gel to really make a difference and there is no way to adjust them — as a main selling feature, it’s in the title, it is not strong reason to buy. If you take the gel straps out of the equation it is a good bra and I expect to wear it often.
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