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Olga Bra Test Drive

Healey

From time to time highly intelligent people ask me to give my opinion on prioducts in the marketplace. I am always happy to try these things out...as long as they don't tell me what to think and I get to keep the product.

This is one of those type of situations.
The company is Olga Bras a company owned by Warner Co.

Product: Olga Wire-Free Lace Trimmed bra
Retail Price: $32.00

My impression of the Olga Wire-free lace trimmed bra was at first that it looked very durable. Sometimes that translates into a situation where partway through the day you realize that "The bra is stronger than my rib cage" and you find yourself losing the battle to breathe. Or slouch. As much as I would like to have good posture, I really want it to derive from a joint venture between my skeleton and some organized muscles. Not from my outer body packaging. But I was surprised. The Olga Wire free bra kept everything lifted and in it's place comfortably without needing me to be reminded that I was wearing it.

It's a comfortable bra made of a fabric that is flexible and breathable. It did not bind or leave tread marks on my torso. The straps were broad without being bulky - a nice nod to the fact that all women (in my mind) fear having their shirt ripped of in a Karina like emergency and having the people around suggest that we use my undergarment as a replacement for the helicopter bassinet. I also don't like fat straps because they tend to be ugly and make me feel like a grandmother of 12 - but when faced with the alternative, which is thin straps that look nice in contour - they tend to cut in to the skin when faced with lifting the relative weight of "the baggage". So I have been in search of a strap that can support weight AND doesn't show it's engineering through the silhouette of my clothing.

This bra is very close to that solution. The straps are broad but thin and thought it appears to be delicate fabric - it is as strong as one could hope for.

The panel below the cup is well designed in that it holds the cups in place and keeps the back from riding up. The fastener is well designed in that the closure is padded and centered right above the indentation of the spine. It is comfortable and easy to use.

Since I am lucky enough to be a *healthy* size, an issue I face with some bras is that I tend to show rounding or bulges on my sides. I had a great experience with this bra due to it's fabric being all one piece. Since there was not a stretch cotton panel meeting with an elastic edging...I was afforded smooth shirtline. Without the moguls.

To summarize - I think this is a great bra and that the people at Olga have proven to me that they are very thoughtful in the design and construction of an undergarment for people at a size larger than that of Cameron Diaz.

{ Unnecessary side note }
Ms. Diaz probably has such small breasts that she does not even need a bra, so it would be a bad business model to design anything for her species outside of a swath of itchy lace. She's always taking her clothes off anyways.

Bras should be made for the people that actually need them and wear them from dusk to dawn.

Thank you again for the bra. I am not sending it back to you because I have grown attached to it and plus that would just be gross having used bras sent all over the place. No one would feel safe.