Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
are they worth it?
I am a VS shopper for the most part, but I am not that impressed with thier bras and I have been thinking about splurging on a pricey one for the big day and beyond! So I am wondering for those of you who have splurged on a bra, are they really worth the extra investment? Do they hold up longer? Can you tell the difference in the long run? I am picturing it costing maybe $100, but I want to make sure they are worth the investment.
Also just a note my gown has straps so I’m not looking for a strapless! Though a girl can always use a good strapless.
Post # 3
I got mine from hsn.com its dr. ray shapware. It works better the Vs and it hold you in if you need it. I think its better them Spanx and I love Spanxs.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
i’ve actually been wondering that myself. there are a couple of places in ny that’ll make sure the bra you’re wearing fits you right, and i’ve been meaning to go there for a long time… i’d love to find a brand that fits me.
i too am not impressed with vs at all!
Post # 5
I have my doubts about expensive bras as well, and I’m also not a huge fan of VS. My favorite bra that I own was actually found on a cluttered, jumbled-up rack at TJ Maxx! I guess it might be worth buying one somewhere more expensive just so you can get the help of a person who will make sure it fits you just perfectly. Good luck with the bra struggle…I hope you find one you feel comfy in for your wedding day!
Post # 6
I’m not a fan of VS at all either…for some reason their bras are always too small or too tight on me, and I’ve tried on a variety of sizes. I read somewhere that Nordstrom is a good place to try, but I still haven’t.
Post # 7
my mom has always said that there are two places you should splurge on; your shoes and your bras because your feet should be comfy and your *ahem* "ladies" should be perky. so following my mom’s advice I try not to scrimp when buying bras. I have bras from VS and bras from higher end stores, (la perla, agent provacatuer, etc) and I have to say I definitely see a difference. The more expensive bras hold up longer and usually are a better fit. Also, a lot of boutique lingerie stores will alter the bras for you free of charge. I have a pretty uncommon size, (32C), so I constantly need to have my bras taken in because it’s hard to find that size at department stores, (and VS doesn’t cary that size). So bottom line; I think it’s great to have a combination of regular bras and higher end bras as well.
Post # 8
As a girl who can’t shop at VS because they don’t carry my cup size, I found that a well made bra that can be a bit pricey will totally change your life. It may sound like hyperbole but I am telling you with the investment in a couple good ones, any back pain or posture issues I had went away immediately. I was referred by a friend to visit the Town Shop last time I was in New York City based on this article: http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9806E6DA103FF935A15752C0A9609C8B63. Amazing! I can only assume that any major city would have a specialty store which provides similar service. I learned that I was in fact wearing the wrong size and there are a million different fits that you have to consider. I am definitely go back to the store to purchase wedding day undergarments as I will want to be held up appropriately and incredibly comfortable that day.
Post # 9
I would also splurge on it- it’s kind of like the dress- you know when you put it on! You stand up straighter, you feel a feel a little perkier, a little better about your body…
Like MissEsg, I also went for a la perla, and despite the fact that I wear it almost every day, it’s in way better shape than the other bras I have from VS that I wear less frequently. Also, I think http://www.barenecessities.com is having a sale on la perla right now and http://www.laperlausa.com is haing a winter sale, too!
Post # 10
Ms. Kangaroo, I couldn’t agree more! I went to a store called Intimacy (in Boston, but they have them in other cities as well) and was told my size was very different from what VS had been telling me all these years (it was actually a much smaller band size) and I really feel like these are worth the money- in particular, I like the brand Chantal. These last and last and the store will even alter them for you if you lose/gain weight.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I had been wearing VS bras for years but always felt like there had to be something better. So I just went to the lingerie department of Macys, tried on a bunch of Calvin Klein bras–oh the difference. They were even cheaper than VS bras.
As far as I’m concened now, VS is a sham. You don’t have to spend more. VS just is a terrible product.
Post # 12
I went with Calvin Klein from Nordstrom for my wedding day. So comfortable and good lift, and it was only 30-some dollars. It’s now my absolute favorite bra. I have some VS which I like, but not quite as well, and some higher-end bras ($70-80) from a specialized lingerie shop that are a step up from VS, and do good things for the girls, but aren’t nearly as comfortable as the CK. I’d definitely recommend a trip to Nordstrom to try on a bunch, and see what works for you. Good luck!
Post # 13
I’m a spanx girl all the way. i wait for their sales and purchase when its free shipping. nothing beats spanx! 🙂
Post # 14
I am loving the bras from Gap Body and my friends like them as well. They carry more sizes than VS does (32C is carried in nearly all styles, and 32D in some others too). The cut seems to hit me better than bras from other companies. I especially like the "plunge" style. They cost about normal for bras (normally about $40 each) but there’s often sales where you can get them for $20 each or less.
If you want your bras to last longer, hand wash them in cold water, air dry, and alternate wearing days. Heat from driers and lots of use will wear out the elastic in any bra.
Post # 15
Not to sound harsh, but VS is crap. They’re all marketing; their products are not good and they have a very limited size range. Many women think bras are uncomfortable when really they’re only wearing the wrong size – partly because you can’t get what you need at VS.
First, get fitted. Then pay for a good bra at Nordstroms (they have excellent service in their lingerie dept). I prefer to always try my bras on, since even the same size can fit differently, but barenecessities.com is a good place for unusal sizes or for online shopppers. Really, $70 isn’t that much when you think about it. You wear the bra everyday. I’m sure you have jeans, sweaters, and shoes that cost more but don’t get nearly as much use.
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm
Thank you Ladies! I am going to look around for stores with higher end bras or a specialty store and go for it! I’m in San Francisco so I’m sure they won’t be hard to find. Sounds like it will be money well spent.