Parade Launched Size-Inclusive Bralettes — Here's What We Think
For many, the perfect pair of jeans is basically like trying to find a unicorn. But for me, the article of clothing that's most difficult to find isn't denim. It's the perfect bra. As a plus-size woman, I've experienced everything from wires stabbing into my side to straps cutting into my shoulders, but Parade's new bralette may have just changed my bra game. After reaching 1 million pairs of underwear sold, the formerly undies-only brand has introduced bralettes. I was lucky enough to test out the new launch before the big drop.
The new Parade bralettes come in two different silhouettes — scoop and triangle. The first features thick, adjustable straps and a scooped neckline while the second features a plunging design with thinner straps. Both have traditional clasp closures in the back, but being a bralette, there's absolutely no wire. Like the brand's famous underwear, the bralettes are constructed from Parade's Re:Play fabric, a sustainable material made from certified recycled, oeko-tex fabric that's cooling, stretch, and lightweight. As for sizing, Parade kept inclusivity in mind with this launch offering the bralettes in sizes XS-3X.
And all of this sounds great, but how do they wear? The short answer is great.
Let's talk about the fit. Typically, I'm a size 42C in traditional, underwire bras, so I opted for the 3X. The fit was perfect. The Re:Play fabric features a level of stretch that gives the bra what feels like a nearly custom fit: tight enough to know there won't be any gaping in the cup but not so tight to be restrictive. Given its ability to move and stretch, the 3X certainly seems as though it could comfortably accommodate a larger chest size than mine.
The most impressive part of the fit, though, is the band. While most bras use underwire for support, Parade's bralette features a sturdy, wide breadth of elastic that extends to the back of the bra and creates a semi-long-line silhouette effect. Unlike wires, the band moves with you and provides enough support without compromising comfort (just don't expect wire-levels of lift).
While I only chose to wear the bralette as part of my daily loungewear (because what are real clothes anymore, right?), thanks to its minimalist design but a wide array of color options (eight to be exact), the bralette can even be worn as outerwear. You can layer it over beneath sheer tops, don it on its own, or throw a chic shacket over top if the spring temperatures are still a little chilly where you are.
With a wide size range, comfort and supportive fit, and a $32 price tag (yes, really), Parade's new bralettes are a product to swear by.
Parade Scoop Bralette
Parade Triangle Bralette
Parade Universal Brief
Parade Universal Thong