A bra is a necessary part of a plus size woman’s wardrobe no matter what her cup size is. Because of this, the bra industry makes a very lucrative allowance off of us. The down side is that most of us do not change out our bras as often as we should and we do not have as many in our boudoir as we may like.
Leading Lady, a company that “specialize in quality lingerie for mothers-to-be and new moms, as well as full-figure bras, sleep/leisure bras and other specialty lingerie and accessories”, asked On the Plus Side to review some of their product. Up until this point I had never heard of Leading Lady, but their brand has appeared in stores such as JC Penny, Target, Walmart and Gap. They have full-figure bras that fit sizes 38A to 52H, and all Leading Lady bras are reasonably priced; none are over $40. At the moment they do not accept international orders and ship within the US only.
Leading Lady sent me two styles from their bra collection: the Molded Padded Seamless Underwire Full Figure Bra (5028) which comes in ten colors and the Wire-free Sport Full Figure Bra (514) which comes in four colors.
Before I continue with my thoughts on the Leading Lady bras, I think it is important to know what kind of bras I currently wear to get a full understanding of how I see these bras. My underwire bras are from Cacique (Lane Bryant), and my wire-free bras are from Playtex, Wonderbra and Coobie. Around the house, I wear wire-free bras for comfort; and while I am out-and-about, I wear underwire bras for the added lift and shaping. For the most part I do not wear an underwire bra for more than six hours. If I come home and will still be up for a few hours, then I change into a wire-free bra. For the purposes of this review I wore both bras all day (from the moment I got dressed until it was time to change into sleepwear).
For most of the day the Molded Padded Seamless Underwire Full Figure Bra was comfortable enough. It did not ride up in back, and I did not have to adjust the straps (they did not dig into shoulders either, but I usually do not have this problem). By the end of the day the underwire felt like it was digging in to my upper rib cage. The side boning seems a bit soft, but I did not feel like I was bulging out the sides. There is definite lift and separation (more on this below).
Let’s have a closer look at this bra.
One of the first things I noticed was the cup shape. Here is a top and bottom view of the cup, which to me seems rather pointed (I am used to a rounded look). I also find it quite visible when wearing the bra — for me it was very reminiscent of the pointy retro bras, obviously not to that extent but noticeable nevertheless. Washing did not change the shape of the cup. The padded molding is less substantial than my regular bras, but I did not really mind this because I find most bra companies use too much on plus bras anyway.
The elastic bra strap edges are a bit unfinished on the edge, and I expected them to rub but they did not:
The bra is well stitched throughout including the underwire, bra band, and hook areas, which are covered with soft fabric for comfort.
The Wirefree Sport Full Figure Bra is comfortable. The main bra is made with two-ply (in front) jersey material which is wonderful for leisure and maybe yoga but definitely not any sports like tennis or jogging or even exuberant walking.
My only issue was with the elastic band which is not completely wrapped with fabric. I found this irritating under the breasts after about an hour and had to put on a bra liner. Here is an image of the well stitched band:
Here is a view of the exposed elastic:
I love the racer back though as I have never had one. It took a few hours to get used to the strap placement, but it was a nice change.
As you can see, even the inside straps are nicely stitched. They stretch with the material and edges lie flat.
Overall, I enjoyed wearing both Leading Lady bras and would definitely wear them again. Their underwire bras are on trend with current underwire bra styles, and they have a great assortment of colors for every fancy. They are affordable enough to add a few to the boudoir — I come from the frame of mind that a woman should have a fresh bra every day and Leading Lady makes that a little easier on the pocket book. Sign up to their newsletter to keep abreast of upcoming promotions.