[Wellfitting generously provided this set for review. I was not compensated for this post, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.]
Wellfitting is an online-only lingerie retailer that specializes exclusively in bras manufactured by Comexim, a Polish lingerie company that’s acquired quite the reputation for a wide size range, narrow underwires, and a padded plunge shape. I’ve reviewed a style from Comexim before (as well as from the now-defunct Anna Pardal line that used Comexim’s frames), and I was curious to see how those styles compared to the ones created especially for Wellfitting. I received a review sample in a slightly new cut: the Liftsational Extra Deep Plunge, in a bold green color that feels both seasonal and a little deliciously-evil-queen.
The Liftsational Extra-Deep Plunge bra is a three-part lightly-padded plunge bra with three-part cups, fully adjustable black shoulder straps, and a black grosgrain bow at the center gore. The continuous band fastens with three rows and three columns of hooks and eyes, and there are no side stays (boning). The bra is lined throughout in black, with a shiny stretch outer fabric in a vibrant green. Even though there are seams, this bra serves me pretty well as a t-shirt bra: the padded lining provides nipple coverage and the seams are flat and fairly invisible under most knits.
The coordinating briefs feature a slightly higher-than-usual waistline, as well as a slightly high-cut legline that reminds me of briefs from the late 1980s and early 1990s. This set is a little unusual for a full-bust lingerie set in that there’s no sheer mesh or lace anywhere: the entire thing, including the band, is opaque, with solid black trims in place of embroidery or frills.
If I hadn’t consulted with the Wellfitting owners I would have had NO idea what size to try. Wellfitting uses a, frankly, baffling mashup of American, UK, and European cup sizes, such that the cup size progression goes A, B, C, D, DD, DDD, G, H, HH, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, R. Coupled with uncertainty about band sizes, this way of labeling cup sizes always kept me from placing an order on my own. The Wellfitting team recommended I try a size 34K, which fortunately turned out to be a great fit (for comparison, I usually wear a 32GG-32H in UK sizes, and 34K in Comexim seems to translate to roughly a 34H in UK sizes, so it runs about a band size and a cup volume small). I also tested the size calculator on the website which is mostly accurate for me, but as someone whose bust measurement varies depending on the day and on the bra I’m wearing, it’s also pretty easy for the calculator to suggest a completely different size. Wellfitting offers a generous return and exchange policy, and shipping is free for orders over $75.
I can with confidence say that sizing up from your UK band size is a good idea. I reliably wear a 32 band in most UK brands, occasionally a 30 in Freya, and I needed the 34 in the Liftsational bra. With its double layer of opaque fabric instead of a single layer of translucent mesh, the band is much firmer than some of my other bras. It fastens comfortably on the loosest set of hooks, even after several wears and washes. The low center gore tacks firmly against my sternum. Both padded bras and plunge bras can be really challenging for my super-projected breast shape, but this one is probably as good as any padded plunge bra can be.
I get great lift and shape in this bra– the band doesn’t dig or ride up, and the cups are soft and feel generally comfortable. However, it’s not a bra I’ll reach for on a really active day or for long-term wear, as I usually have to readjust the fit as the day goes on. The plunging neckline is so very plunging that I feel like my boobs will spill out if I bend over. I’ve tried to explain this to fitters before and it never seems to make sense to them, but I don’t feel like my boobs really “sit” well in padded bras, like they can’t settle into the cup and are just kind of wobbling around in there. Non-padded bras, by contrast, seem to hold onto my breast tissue and mold to my shape much better, plus I prefer the more streamlined profile non-padded bras give me.
The matching green briefs are SUPER comfy, with a nice high waistline that neither digs into my squishy natural waist nor rolls down under my belly. The briefs feature a fully elasticated legline, which is my preference for a secure fit.
Physically this is a comfortable, easy-to-wear set, but personally? I’m just really not a cleavage person. That sounds more negative than I mean it to, and I want to hasten to clarify that A) I’m speaking solely of my own body and personal comfort, and B) fuller-busted folks don’t always have a lot of choice when it comes to cleavage. I have cleavage in most outfits, hello, I have big boobs. However, at this point in my life I’ve realized that amplifying and emphasizing cleavage or creating a really dramatic décolletage isn’t a style priority for me. I think at the end of the day I’m only really lukewarm on this set because it’s just not “me”. It does exactly what it promises: offers a supportive, rounded, projected shape with a dramatic plunging profile, but after years of being lucky enough to try dozens of different styles and brands, I’ve learned that I strongly prefer non-padded bras with more supportive shapes (so, like a balconette or full-cup bra). There are occasions when I need a plunge bra, or when I’m grateful for the extra coverage provided by the padded lining, but I never feel really secure and comfortable in them. However, I know there are fuller-busted folks out there who want the same “push-up” or plunging bra options that are available to those who wear core sizes, and in that case, I’d absolutely recommend checking out Wellfitting. The quality is excellent, the price is right in line with the larger UK full-bust brands, and the size range is incredibly wide. Plus, how often do you see bright green shiny lingerie? Not that often! I feel like there are some cosplayers out there who could make magic happen with this set.
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Bra and Briefs: Wellfitting LIftsational Extra-Deep Plunge Bra ($65, c/o) in Jade, 26 DD-R, 28 D-R, 30 C-R, 32 B-R, 34 A-P, 36 A-O, 38 A-N, 40 A-M, 42 A-L, 44 A-K, 46 A-J, 48 A-HH, 50 A-H, and Briefs ($32), XXS-XXL. Wellfitting’s cup size progression is A, B, C, D, DD, DDD, G, H, HH, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, which roughly translates to UK cup sizes A-L.
Photography: Michi Rezin