I’d never considered soft cup bras before, always assuming they were the preserve only of the pregnant and breast feeding. I was aware of them vaguely as large, unsightly mostrosities that – had the recent trauma of childbirth not successfully managed it – would kick your last feelings of being a sexually attractive being far in to the distance.
And then I wrote a post here helping a reader find a solutions to her uncomfortable boobs-at-bedtime situation. Not only did I discover some truly beautiful designs, I also became aware of my own body when I tried to sleep. Much like when you first get glasses and suddenly see how much you’ve adapted to imperfect vision, I realised that my own boobs had been a low-level annoyance for years. So when my BFFs at Freya Lingerie asked if I’d like to try one for myself, I leapt at the opportunity. I can’t let anything – not even my own body – get in the way of me and a decent night’s sleep.
The Freya Dotty – available in both nursing and simple soft-cup styles – was a beautiful surprise when it slipped through the letterbox in a whisper-thin envelope on Saturday. The rich blue colour matched with the vintage-style lace felt luxurious, and in spite of the slightly more cumbersome cup-size, it didn’t feel as if it had been compromised on style or design because it was a soft-cupped and more functional bra.
The bra does come up slightly big, but I’d suggest not sizing down on the back size: a boa-constrictor tight elastic band is not a recipe for a perfect night’s sleep. It also takes a while to get used to how high the cups come on your chest, so it probably helps to imagine it as more of a structured crop-top than a bra.
That said, it is surprisingly supportive. I ran it through all the tests I put underwire bras through (with the exception of taking it out on Cecil – I’m not a masochist), and it fared pretty well. It can’t compete on the higher impact activity, but for general mooching, housework, cooking, ambling, air punches, low-level jiggling and stairs, it offers more than enough support to be comfortable. And it passed the ‘sleep test’ with flying colours: apart from the fact that my boobs were in the place I’d left them when I fell asleep, after eight hours it felt so wearing-nothing-at-all comfortable that it was easy to forget I was in it.
So if you’re having trouble sleeping unsupported, or if you just like feeling liberated from your underwire at the end of the working day, I can’t recommend a soft-cup or Dotty enough. No longer only for the pregnant or the newly-mummed: the soft-cup is now a permanent fixture of my lingerie wardrobe. Will you try it?