About 15 months after my baby was born, I started the journey of the great transition: finding new bras to fit my newly transformed breasts after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Though my son had weaned long ago, I still wore the same nursing bras that got me through the fourth trimester and beyond. They were part of my everyday routine—even if their function wasn’t—and finding “normal” bras to wear felt challenging.
Part of my struggle involved a changing body; my chest grew tremendously during and after pregnancy. Once I started to wean, my larger-than-average breasts eventually began to shrink, and I was left with what looked like two deflated balloons that lacked symmetry and fullness. Despite these changes, I was still rocking my ill-fitting nursing bras because they had become a part of my “mom uniform,” meaning the foundational pieces I rely on day in and out to accomplish countless tasks and carry children from sunrise to sunset; give me a pair of workout leggings, a tank top, and a ball cap (and a great bra!), and I am set for the day’s work. As good as this uniform was to me, I recently started to turn a new page of parenting (where I go to dinner sometimes and see people aside from my husband and sister in person!), and I realized I needed an upgrade in the bra department.
ThirdLove wasn’t totally new to me because I had previously heard about their nursing bra, but as I learned more about the brand’s sizing model, I realized their non-maternity products might be just what I needed to fit my fluctuating body. Their approach to fitting is unique because they offer half-cup sizes, producing over 80 sizes from a 30- to 48-inch band and an AA to I cup! This inclusive sizing is ideal for the postpartum body—for the human body—and speaks to their commitment to offering customers the correct bra shape and size for their unique frame.
While browsing their inventory, my initial thoughts were: What bra will complement my physically demanding parenting schedule? And do I want a bra with or without an underwire? Because when it comes to what I want to put on every day, I need something comfortable, supportive, and, most importantly, something that doesn’t just fit but fits well.
To find out which bra is best for the long days of mom-ing, I compared ThirdLove’s bestselling 24/7 Classic T-Shirt Bra to their newer Form 360 Fit Wireless Bra. Of course, no bra is going to be an instant hit if it doesn’t fit properly (according to their site, 80% of women have the wrong bra size!); thankfully ThirdLove has an online fit quiz that asks a few questions based on your body type and preferences to help you find the right size and style of bra. (They also use real models to show you how the products truly fit, which is appreciated.) You’ll describe the fit and feel of your current bra (too tight around the band, straps slipping down or digging into the skin, cup gaps on one or both breasts, etc.), as well as your ideal fabric, texture, and bra style. If you don’t know your current band and cup sizes, prompts will walk you through taking your measurements. (It might be helpful to have a tape measure on hand regardless to ensure you provide accurate information, especially if it’s been a while since you purchased a bra.)
After completing my quiz, I found out I am a size 36C½ and was recommended the Form 360 Fit Wireless Bra above others, but I was also curious about the popular T-shirt-style model. Both get the job done, but each offers a different experience.