Customer Reviews: Lily of France Women's In Action Cotton Underwire Sports Bra 2101755, Barely Beige, 38DD
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on October 2, 2012
I have an interesting experience with this bra. By interesting, I mean that I owned the 36DD when I was heavier, then I bought a 36D when my breasts became smaller from weight loss.

I love this bra. As a 36/38DD-er, it was the first time I found a bra that was supportive, comfortable, and minimizing all at once. You could see the seam of the edge of the bra through my shirt sometimes, but it never bothered me. The straps are not adjustable, but they're at just the right length. I don't have to worry about those adjusters digging into my skin. Originally intended as a sports bra, this became my everyday bra. My breasts looked great in this bra - perky and round. The more I wore this bra, the softer it would get. It took a long time for these bras to finally stretch out. Even at a cup size smaller, I still keep my soft, old bras around for wear around the house.

Then I lost weight and my breasts became smaller. Not wanting to fix was wasn't broken, I went ahead and bought this bra in 36D. Supportive, comfortable, and minimizing, just like last time. Except for... pointy cups? Yes, it's true. My perfectly round breasts were no longer perfectly round, but pointy! Not pointy like bras from the 1940s, but just enough to put me off. I was sad, my trusted wonderful bra that I loved was making me pointy. But I wouldn't give up. I wore that bra anyway! After about a week, and much to my content, the cup of the bra conformed to the shape of my breasts. No more pointy-ness, just lovely roundness.

The moral of the story - if you bought this bra in a D cup or smaller and experienced the pointy effect, don't give up. Keep wearing it and it will conform it's shape to you. It will become a great bra, but you must let it.
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on March 26, 2009
this bra is very very comfortable and yet still gives great support! at a 40DDD i have a hard time finding regular bras, much less sports bras that actually give support AND are comfortable...well this bra is both of those! i can't say enough good things about it!
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on December 1, 2011
I wanted to keep this bra. Unfortunately it doesn't fit.

"Did you have a momentary lapse of memory and forget your own bra size when you ordered this?" you ask. Um....NO! These are just sized incorrectly.

I find it irritating when certain manufacturers make a bra and size it inconsistent with the norm. If you call a bra a 34DD, make it fit the average 34DD cup; don't make it fit a 34D (because those folks will have purchased the one labeled "34D" [duh! ;)]

So, if you are like me and you ACTUALLY wear a DD, you are out of luck because the DDs aren't really. If you happen to wear a D or smaller, you are in luck (just buy a size up). And, of course, they don't make any "DDD that is really a DD," so I return to my search for a sports bra.

The thing is, this would be a GREAT sports bra, especially for someone with a DD or DDD cup - they just don't make any that fit that size. I say that it would be great because it IS really supportive and comfortable and soft and the straps are wonderfully comfy and padded.

As I said, I WANTED to keep this bra (but that little thing like my boobs not actually being fully contained by the cups sort of snapped me back to reality). It is a fantastic sports bra (the only other issue - which I could get over - is that the cups create an odd "pointy" shape out of your breast; Weird, but I could live with it)! But, these are just totally mislabeled or mischaracterized, size-wise.
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on February 27, 2012
Lily of France really has something here that is excellent for the older, active woman. It's listed as a sports bra, but I wear them for every occasion. I accidentally discovered them when buying regular bras. They have spoiled me and now, the woman who hated wearing bras, has no problems with them. Perfecto!!
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on April 6, 2009
I really like the bra. For me personally, I would have liked the shoulder straps to be adjustable. Otherwise, it is a super sports bra
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on June 23, 2012
I must tell all who are interested that this bra is literally the most comfortable one I've ever owned. I have had to wear an underwire since I was 17. Even though it does look like "an old ladies bra" it's wonderful for those post menopausal women out there like me-especially in the summer(although I wear it all year). It's the super absorbent cottony fabric-the fact that the underwires don't cut in ever and that you don't have to fiddle with the straps adjustments-it just fits beautifully. I (over the years) have had one in every color and I DON'T USE IT AT ALL FOR SPORTS! I also must emphasize the fact that I have never paid this low a price-even with shipping!!! Comfort always wins out with me!!

P.S. I failed to mention the fact that I am pushing 60 and I've been wearing a42DD all of those years. I think that is pretty impressive for a bra. And also its serves very well as a minimizer .
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on June 7, 2009
This sport bra is wonderful! It's both supportive and comfortable. It actually has cups so your bust is not smooshed into one big sausage roll across your chest like most sport bras. It lifts and separates and is very flattering. The firm support structure is on the outside so no wires or bones dig into your body. It also prevents most vertical and horizontal movement. The only negative is that it is thick and not made of those new high tech wicking fabrics so if you sweat a lot, it will get damp and stay damp for awhile. Although it definitely looks like a bra, you could maybe get away with wearing it without a top. I've seen women wear less at the gym!
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on December 11, 2007
I was pretty happy with the sports bra. It looks like an old lady's bra (big straps) but playing tennis in it is great. The straps say put and I don't even notice it's there.
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on July 6, 2013
I like this bra so much I just ordered four more! I have never worn bras with underwire, so I was a little apprehensive, but there just didn't seem to be much of anything else available with the other features I wanted. Most sports bras now are made with slick, shiny, all synthetic materials that feel uncomfortable to me - this is 55% cotton, and feels like it's all cotton. I need a back closure and a substantial bottom band that won't roll or creep up - so far this performs beautifully. Many sports bras look like they are supposed to be worn with nothing on top and have seams in weird places that look like they would show through clothes. I will be wearing this as my everyday bra, WITH clothes on top, so those styles are out. This is a great sports bra that looks sporty enough for me, but still definitely an undergarment. There is no padding to prevent nipple show-through, but I have several pairs of silicone "headlight killers" that I found for a very good price on Amazon. Silicone Nipple Covers/Bra pad Inserts. Self-Adhesive. 1 Pair. And it's comfortable, at least as comfortable as I would expect any bra to be. I do wish there were a few more colors available, like a darker grey and a somewhat darker shade of beige, but black is just fine.
Let me address some concerns raised by some of the other reviewers. One said that the size received was smaller than expected. I find the size I ordered (38C) to be exactly as expected. Perhaps the problem was only with the larger sizes. Some reviewers say there is a "pointy" effect at first that goes away as the bra is worn and washed a few times. Others said the underwire sticks out somehow. I did not have these problems at all with mine, but again, maybe these issues come up in the larger sizes only. I'd say that if your usual sports bra size is 38C, you'll probably be happy with this bra.
(Several weeks later) Just one addition - I have since then ordered it in beige (good color if you have light skin) and heather grey. The grey ones have white tabs at the back where the hooks are, even on the outside. I don't see why they make them like this, and it should say something about it in the product description. I'll keep them, though, as I plan to wear them anyway with things that won't show through. Still five stars. Finally, a sporty looking, comfortable cotton bra with a band that won't roll up!
(One more later note) If the underwire bothers you a bit under the arms, you can sort of force the wire toward the middle of the bra just one inch and then put in a few stitches to hold it there. The way the wire is set into the outside of the bra makes this very easy to do. This won't affect the fit and it won't poke you anymore. Your bra might not bother you this way, but I'm very sensitive and I've adjusted all my bras this way now. Lily of France, please don't ever stop making this bra! (And more colors, please!)
(Yet another later note) I know, I've had a lot to say about this bra. But I've bought a whole bunch of them and will probably buy more, just in case they ever stop making them. It's that good. Because the outside seam that holds the wire looks so supportive, and because I much prefer a bra without underwire, I kept wondering what would happen if I simply removed the wire. So I tried it. Works for me - now it's perfect! I just made a small slit in the underside of the seam at the underarm and forced the wire out, then sewing up the hole. I would say that if you're bigger than I am, you'd probably need the wire. But if you're not and find the wire annoying, give it a try.
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on February 5, 2012
I really like this sports bra. It does not give you the "uniboob" look! It looks great under a t shirt and with work out shirts! Very comfortable too! Puts the girls up high and perky. I am a full B / small C and the 34 C fits me great. I do have to put it in the tightest hook in the back. I do wish the bra had adjustable straps - that is why I gave the bra 4 stars instead of 5. I have the black and white and will be ordering more!
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