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Please excuse the mention here of unmentionables, but where to buy vintage style brassieres seems to be quite a popular topic on blogs lately. I thought I would add my two cents with a review of the Bali Flower bra.
Image from Bare Necessites
I was on a quest for vintage style undergarments, since I’ve always somewhat glossed over that area in terms of vintage wear. I technically *could* make my own, and I swear I will someday (perhaps even from the repro e-pattern in my shop), but I admit I’m somewhat lazy about making things that no one will ever see. I also should mention that finding decent vintage-looking bras that are new is somewhat of a challenge if you’re on the smaller size.
While there are reproduction companies who make what look to be beautiful period brassieres and undergarments, I found that they’re not always in a price range I can justify for occasional wear. If I did vintage 24/7 I’m sure I’d be all about companies like What Katie Did and Secrets in Lace, but unfortunately I don’t have the discipline for a completely period look all the time.
I saw several bloggers like Tasha and Gertie mention the Bali Flower bra for a vintage silhouette and found that the bra was in my price range and I was interested in giving it a try. I ordered it when I found a coupon online for the website Bare Necessities. I must say the shipping was quite speedy, and with the coupon it was very inexpensive. Unfortunately, the coupon just expired, or I would share it here.
My first impression was that the quality was not particularly the best in terms of fabric, although the construction was quite nice. Although it definitely has the period look the fabric is somewhat scratchy, somewhat like a power mesh. It is marketed towards the full figured woman, which I am most certainly not, so it does not have any padding on the inside. I ordered the smallest size available and, unfortunately, I found it still runs rather large. With padding added it somewhat helps, but I would estimate these run at least a cup size too large. In the end, it certainly is true that you get what you pay for, and the quality is somewhat what I would expect for this price range. If you are on the smaller side you may want to either make sure you order from a site which has a good return policy in case it doesn’t work out, choose to use extra added padding, or just be content with either making your own, finding a vintage bra, or ordering one of the more expensive period undergarments from the other companies mentioned.
Have any of you tried the Bali Flower bra? What was your opinion? Do you purchase period foundations from another site mentioned or another one entirely? Or do you just make do with modern undergarments with your vintage clothing?