Cosabella makes the only bralette I've tried that suits my petite, large-chested frame — here's why it's worth $66
The Cosabella Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Bralette ($65.50) is the only bralette I've reviewed that suits my petite, large-chested frame. It's comfortable and relatively supportive, especially considering the lightweight lace material it's made of and the pullover, hook-free design. Available in 21 colors and six sizes, there are a ton of options built for just about any wardrobe.
Like most people, I'm rife with insecurity about different aspects of my body, personality, and so on. But the biggest acceptance battle I've had to fight throughout my life has to do with my chest. It's relatively substantial while the rest of me is … not. I'm 4-foot-11, but I wear a 30G bra. I've never loved having a large chest, but the feeling was especially acute when I'd spot those flimsy little bralettes with triangle cups fanned out in a rainbow of colors by the register at every mall store from Free People to Aerie. Every time I'd cave and take one of them into the dressing room, only to end up very nearly in tears. Over the years I've tried several promising undergarments billed as bralettes for busty people. Still, something was usually off about them. The cups would cut into me at weird angles, creating visible lumps beneath certain tops, or the closures would more closely resemble an actual bra, making the bra less suitable to pair with backless tops or dresses with spaghetti straps. But then I came across the Cosabella Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Bralette. This is a real bralette, with no hooks or wires and an easy pull-on silhouette, only it's designed specifically for bodies built like mine (i.e. small rib cage, large cup size). Unlike similar styles made for smaller chests, the Cosabella bralette has adjustable straps, which are helpful for me and my short shoulder span. Mesh lining, an elegant sweetheart neckline, and hidden elastic around the band and the tops of the cups subtly shape your chest and provide the added support those of us with larger chests need.
Read more: The best bralettes for a large bust I own the bralette in black (goes with everything!), but there are 21 other colors available, ranging from Pink Lily to Tourmaline. The sizes currently run from petite to extra-large; Cosabella's size chart says the extra large is meant for 38-40 G-H busts. Of course, this bra doesn't work under every kind of top or dress. Some of my clothing items are better served by the more pronounced lift and structure provided by an underwire bra, even if it's less cozy. But the Cosabella bralette has been a true game changer in my wardrobe. It's comfy enough to wear while lounging around at home and looks pretty underneath a light, airy top on a hot summer day. Despite the minor drawbacks, the Never Say Never Curvy Sweetie Bralette is worth the $65.50 price tag. It's cozy and sexy, but also much more supportive and attractive under clothing than similar styles I've tried. Pros: Supportive, adjustable straps, elastic band, wireless Cons: Expensive, size range could be expanded SEE ALSO: The best bras you can buy DON'T MISS: Spanx has become synonymous with shapewear, but its bras are the company's hidden gems — here's why we love them Join the conversation about this story »
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5 women tried Everlane's ReNew underwear and bra collection — here's how the sustainable styles actually feel to wear
Everlane recently released ReNew Underwear, which includes minimalist, seamless styles made from 100% regenerated nylon. The...Everlane recently released ReNew Underwear, which includes minimalist, seamless styles made from 100% regenerated nylon. The line includes a $25 Bra, $15 Hipsters, and a $15 thong in three neutral colors. You can also buy 3 pairs of underwear for $33 ($11 each). Below, five women review the line, but here's a tiny summary: The ReNew underwear is comfortable, flattering, and stays put throughout the day. We like it more than the Supima cotton collection. The bra is a good fit for some, but probably a miss for shoppers who wear above a C cup. Everlane, the internet's unofficial kingpin of minimalism, recently expanded its popular and sustainable ReNew line with new no-frills, seamless underwear. The ReNew styles include three options: the Barely There Bra ($25), Barely There Thong ($15), and Barely There Hipster ($15), and come in three neutral colors: black, light tan, and dark tan. Prices are higher than what you'll pay for generic options (though some startups fetch higher), but less so if you're buying in bulk; if you pick up three pairs at once, you'll pay $33 total ($11 per pair). Everlane's ReNew underwear was designed with minimal construction in mind, so each piece can lay flat against the skin and fly under the radar even under tight jeans. The material has subtle compression and bonding to ensure each style moves with you without rolling or slipping, and you should — ideally — be able to forget you have these on. Like the rest of Everlane's ReNew collection, the Barely There underwear is made from an eco-friendly material. In this instance, that's Econyl, a 100% regenerated nylon that's typically made using a combination of nylon from fishing nets, fabric scraps, and industrial nylon waste. If you've been paying attention to brands like Prada and Burberry, you'll also recognize it as the centerpiece of the brands' new sustainable capsule collections, respectively. For Everlane, it's the latest step towards more ambitious long-term sustainability goals. We tested the Barely There styles, and while there are some pros and cons to consider, the collection is sleek, breathable, and forgettable underneath your clothes, for the most part. It's also a welcome step towards more recycled materials used in retail. Five women on the Insider Picks team tested the new ReNew Barely There underwear to see how it stacks up. Keep reading to see what we recommend and what we don't:ReNew Barely There Hipster Barely There Hipster, available in three colors, $15 Everlane debuted its first-ever underwear collection in March 2018, and I immediately gravitated to the High-Rise Hipster, which has a surprisingly flattering fit for a full-coverage silhouette and is made of super-soft and thin Supima cotton with just the right amount of stretch (thanks to a bit of elastane). Now, the High-Rise Hipster is even better. Dubbed the ReNew Barely There Hipster, it has the same high rise and a little bit of compression (according to Everlane's product description), and it's somehow even thinner and less noticeable under clothes thanks to a fabric blend of recycled nylon and elastane. I love the silky feel of the ReNew Hipster and definitely prefer it to the Supima cotton version. I'm typically a 27 in jeans, which is between a small and a medium on Everlane's size chart, but the small fits me just right. — Ellen Hoffman, director of content strategy I tried both the Barely There Hipster and Thong, both of which had a high-rise fit that I loved. I agree with Ellen that the ReNew Hipster outdoes Everlane's old Supima cotton version that was once my favorite full-coverage pair. The material reminds me of my favorite Air Mesh pairs from Tommy John — both are ultra lightweight and breathable, but the Everlane pairs are much cheaper ($15 compared to $26 each). They don't slip or slide around, which is usually my issue with this kind of silky underwear. — Sally Kaplan, editor ReNew Barely There Thong Barely There Thong, available in three colors, $15 I was surprised by the Barely There Thong's high waist, but it ended up being my favorite aspect. It maintains the versatility of a thong's zero-panty-line effect while also delivering a relatively unique — and really flattering — high-waist silhouette. Plus, since the material is slightly compressive, it feels more secure. Aside from being seamless, they're also bonded, so they stay put throughout the day. Overall, I loved the functionality of this pair, as well as the look and functionality of a high-waist cut. The price isn't ideal, but I feel fine paying $33 for three ($11 per pair). Like Ellen, I think these Barely There styles dethrone the Supima cotton thongs in comfort and style. They've joined my regular rotation with my other all-star everyday favorite, Tommy John. — Mara Leighton, reporter I really liked that Everlane chose to give its thong a high rise fit. The best parts about thongs are their light weight and elimination of panty lines, but sometimes I do want that extra support in front for my stomach, so this style provides the perfect balance. The fabric is smooth and soft, and the waistband is stretchy without digging into my skin.— Connie Chen, reporter ReNew Barely There Bra Barely There Bra, available in three colors, $25 I wanted to love this bra, but it wasn't a hit for me. I'm a 32 DD, and bralettes without adjustable bands are a total gamble; if the cups are big enough, the band is too loose. In terms of material, the bra is as comfortable and breathable as the rest of the line — and I love the idea of a wide, supportive band in the back. But, I got the large in this to fit my sister size of 34D, and the fit was off for my shape and size; the band was a bit too loose, and the cups ended up pulling too far to the sides to accommodate my breasts. — Mara Leighton, reporter After putting on the Barely There underwear, I knew the Barely There bralette was going to be a garment I would sing praises to. I really liked the thick band that sat on my ribs and around my back. It didn't roll when I sat down or make me feel constricted like many other underwire bras do. I'm a C cup, so I personally feel like I sit right on the cusp of being able to wear a bralette but also needing a supportive bra. I felt that the material was stretchy without lacking support, and the thick band below my breasts attributed to holding somewhat of a shape even though there is no padding in this bralette. On top of that, the recycled material is super soft and silky. After wearing it around, I already plan to take this bralette as my travel bra when I head to Iceland next week!— Francesca Rea, content producer I'll spare you an in-depth review here and just say: This bra is not meant for large cup sizes. I'm a 36 DD and my boobs literally fell out of the bra from more than once, so it's a no from me. It had little to do with the band size and everything to do with the fact that the cups are cut small and truly just don't have enough material to secure larger cups. — Sally Kaplan, editor
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