I’m a self-confessed Uniqlo addict. I’m such an addict that my wardrobe is an altar to Uniqlo past season designs, for I usually only ever buy their stuff on sale LOL! We talked once about whether it was aunty or cool, and hey, I don’t honestly care! But I’d only recently discovered the Uniqlo Wiress Bra, and am wondering why I never made the plunge earlier.
I’ve been a big fan of the Uniqlo Bra-top since the first time I tried it. I now own so many, and travel exclusively in them. It wasn’t until my sister-in-law mentioned to me that Uniqlo Wireless Bra was just like the bra-top, only a bra, that I deigned to take a closer look.
The reason I was hesitant to try their bras was because it was wireless – from past experience, wireless bras tended to not offer sufficient support, even for non-ample boobs. The second reason was because I’d tried one of their panties, and found the quality to be lacking. I’d stayed away from their lingerie since.
But one day, I spotted the Wireless Bra on sale (naturally!) and picked one up. I haven’t looked back since! 😀
I think the last time I wore a wireless bra was when I was wearing training bras. Once I ‘graduated’ to a proper bra, I’d been wearing bras with underwire. While they do offer better support for breasts – the wire gives the support – they aren’t the most comfortable undergarments around, as I’m sure many of you will agree.
In fact, if I’m to be perfectly honest, bras are seriously uncomfortable and there is no better feeling than to get home after a day out, and whip off that constricting remnant of corsety and free the boob! 😀 Yet, what with gravity, if we didn’t wear a bra, we’d end up with breasts around our knees 😛 And I understand that larger-breasted women do appreciate the support.
So, as I was saying, I found wired bras to be uncomfortable, especially if you have a long day, or if you travel. The wire digs into your skin. You can’t pack it flat or you might spoil it. Sometimes, with repeated washing and improper care, the wires can even break or twist out of shape.
When I started wearing the Uniqlo bra-top, I realised how liberating it was to not have a firm structure banded around your chest. Suddenly, I found that I could lie down without a bit of metal digging into my chest or my side. I could breathe without my chest feeling constricted. I felt free!
So, I got fed up one day, and decided to try something different – a wireless bra. My biggest concern was whether it would offer sufficient support. I may not be the most well-endowed woman out there, but I didn’t want my boobs around my tummy either 😛
Uniqlo Wireless Bra (Beauty light)
I first bought the Uniqlo Wireless Bra (Beauty Light). It comes in a plain, soft material, or also with a delicate lace pattern overlay. This is your regular bra with hook and eye around the back.
The first thing I noticed was that the bra comes in one piece, with a moulded cup, seamless construction, and with a wide band. It actually looks larger than I expected, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it.
However, once I put it on, the difference was uplifting! No more skinny bra band digging into my sides, and the wide straps sat better on my shoulders, without slipping. If you aren’t skinny, like me, the nice thing is that the wide bra band also helps hold your flesh in along the sides, and keep it looking more streamlined 😉 No more bra bulge 😛 It looks good under more fitted tops, and does not chafe.
The seamless design also means that it sits better under T-shirts and fitted tops, without showing through.
But what I appreciated was the support provided by the soft, moulded cups. It does get a little tricky getting the right size, I find. I am a little between sizes, in that the M size cups fit better, but the band is a tiny bit more snug, even at the furthest setting. If I size up to an L, the band fits more comfortably, but I can’t fill out the cups properly. It is still comfortable, but I just can’t get it just right.
Despite the fact that the bra has no wires, it provides good support, and a very nice streamlined silhouette. No droppy boobs at all, and it does make your boobs look a little more perky.
I will have to say however, that they are sufficient for me, but I do not know how someone with larger boobs might feel about it. If you wear a larger size or are more well-endowed in the boob area, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The padding is quite light, so if you are after a very structured bra, this is not for you. That said, I do find it sufficient. It streamlines your shilhouette, holds up and supports your ‘girls’ well, and is so light and soft and comfortable, it feels like you’re not wearing a bra at all!
The other good thing is that it dries quickly after washing, which makes it a great bra to travel with. I cannot get over how light it is, and mine seem to have kept their shape well since I bought them. I don’t even want to wear my wired bras anymore LOL! 😛
Uniqlo Wireless Bra (Beauty Soft)
I bought the Uniqlo Wireless Bra (Beauty Soft) version recently. It was by mistake, because I just grabbed it without thinking or checking. It was only when I got home and wanted to put it in the wash that I realised that it was different!
The Uniqlo Wiress Bra (Beauty Soft) is pretty much the Uniqlo bra top, without the top 😛 It has no clasp, so you wear it over your head like a T-shirt. The construction is seamless, and this is the best bra to wear under fitted tops or T-shirts!
I find the fitting on the Beauty Soft Wireless Bra a little different to the regular Wireless Bra (Beauty Light). For me, it fits a little better, in that the cups sit well and snug against my body, and the bra band is not too snug.
The material is super soft, and the bra cup is also moulded, but a little softer than the regular Wireless Bra, so you can pack it flat without damaging it. This one is a perfect bra for travel, because I find that it is so weightless and easy to pack, without taking up too much space. Anyone who’s ever had to pack a wired bra will understand the hassle of making sure it doesn’t crush in transit 😛
This also washes easily and dries quickly, which again is a boon for travellers. The soft material, wide band and straps feel so comfortable against the skin, and it isn’t hot either, so it’s great for wearing when you’re out and about.
In contrast to the Uniqlo Wireless Bra (Beauty Light), I do find that the construction of the Beauty Soft Wireless Bra does tend to flatten your boobs a little. It still offers great support and a nice silhouette, despite not looking it, but I do find that the band will cause your chest to look a wee bit flatter. I don’t mind it, and it’s good for when you are in casual wear, but not if you want something perkier.
The putting on and taking off too may not appeal to everyone, but I love it because it’s just so incredibly comfortable. It allows me to wear other tops over, instead of just wearing the bra-top 🙂
I’ve only worn the Beauty Light and Beauty Soft versions, but I do note that Uniqlo now has other designs of bras available – in a multiway design which I might try, because it’s incredibly difficult to find a good strapless bra that doesn’t end up around your tummy after a while 😛 ; and a bra that looks like a camisole. If you’ve tried either, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them.
All that said, I think the Uniqlo Wireless Bra suits best, those who want something comfortable and practical. They aren’t pretty nor terribly sexy, and perhaps won’t win prizes for seductive lingerie. But if you just want something for everyday, that doesn’t feel make you feel like you’re buckling on armour, or that make you feel like running off to the toilet every now and again to adjust your bra, or deal with slipping straps, or worry about not having a streamlined silhouette – then do take a look at the Uniqlo Wireless Bra.
They aren’t terribly cheap, but they aren’t terribly expensive either. They retail at RM79.90 (US$19.90) but usually go on sale for RM59.90 (or I’ve sometimes come across them in the bargain bins for a little less – often in less popular colours) so get it then, as I do. As you can tell, I’ve found another winning product in my favourite clothing store! 😛
WHAT I LIKE:
- Lightweight design
- Good support for the breasts
- Wide straps with soft material do not slip off shoulders and are comfortable
- Wide band with soft material does not dig into the skin or sides
- Wireless cup design that offer good support
- Easy to pack
- Dries quickly after washing
- Neutral colours wear well under most clothes
WHAT I DISLIKE:
- Sizing for the Wireless Bra (Beauty Light) design is a little off for me
- May not have very large sizes
- Not terribly sexy in design (but so comfortable!)
PRICE: RM79.90 | US$19.90 each but can be found on sale
WHERE TO BUY: Uniqlo stores or online
Have you tried the Uniqlo Wireless Bra? Do you wear wireless bras?
I bought a wireless bra from Debenhams not too long ago, and it too was fairly comfortable. It was however more traditional in construction, and of cotton, so was a little more weighty. I do think that wireless bras these days are better made, so I might just give up on wired bras all together! As I get older, comfort is key and really, I’ve had enough of wires digging into my sides! 😛