Mail day!! I’ve been waiting all day to post so I could snap some pics and write up a quick fit review of today’s delivery. This was my biggest upload haul in a long time, and I was pretty excited for it to come today. For my unremarkable budget, this along with some of my other recent deliveries has made the past week practically feel like Christmas. :)
This one was a bit of a wild card for me. I was attracted to the bright shade, but wasn’t sure how it would turn out in real life and if it would be a bad color for my skin tone. Thankfully, it didn’t make me look half-dead or anything. Grapefruit definitely looks different on different fabrics/items, but on the CRB it seems very similar to flash light, but a little more orange, and a little less orange/more pink than very light flare. Note in the lighting of these photos, it looks a little more pink than it is in real life. It’s definitely not the easiest color to photograph.
I don’t have any tanks that match my tonka stripe/flare speed shorts, so I was wondering if these might fit the bill. The flare trim is definitely more orange than the tank, but the match is more or less passable.
You can also see in this pic that the fabric is thin enough that the stripes of my new classic stripe bra (see below) show through, but over other darker-ish colors (harbor blue above), it’s not really noticeable. It’s not a super-thick CRB, but not paper-thin either. The fabric is decently soft as well.
As I pulled out a few things to match, my favorites were pretty consistently darker or more saturated colors and patterns. Brighter or lighter colors tended to look a little over the top. (L-R: bruised berry, tonka stripe/flare, harbor blue, spring has sprung, fatigue camo)
Overall, this one’s still in “maybe” territory for me. In its favor, it adds a totally different option to my top array, which at its current state is pretty predictable. On the other hand, I’m not sure if it will be versatile enough and if I’ll reach for other colors instead.
I snagged these because I feel like they strike a nice balance between being a versatile neutral while incorporating lots of interesting and fun details. The zipper and vent seams are flash light (pretty sure, but they might be grapefruit), the piping under the waistband is tranquil blue, and the inner waistband lining is classic stripe.
In real life, the contrast seam doesn’t bother me as much as it could, though I’m sure I’d like them better with a matching grey seam instead of white.
I’ve heard mixed sizing reports on these. Some have found these tight through the hips while others have said it’s true to size. I didn’t notice any sizing weirdness on my pair, and they are comparable when lined up with other pairs. If anything, the leg openings seem a little large compared to the fit across my hips/butt, but this isn’t that unusual for me.
Overall, these are another maybe. The contrast seam isn’t my favorite, but it’s not too bad. The color is of course versatile and will look especially great with bright colored tops. I’m leaning towards keeping, but I’ll have to put them on a couple more times before I make up my mind for sure.
This was the item I was most excited for, and it didn’t let me down. Although I do love my energy bras, I’ve been trying to branch out a little more. One of the things I like about the stuff your bra styling is that the dual layers give good coverage while not looking like an overwhelming swath of fabric (which is a gripe I have with some high-ish coverage bras). It’s super comfortable and looks great on. The support is medium and overall, both sizing and support felt similar to my energy bras of the same size. One difference is that the stuff your bra is cut a bit lower at the armholes versus the energy.
The white parts of the stripes are a little sheer, making them flash light tinted instead of a crisp white. I’m not sure how much I’ll end up using the bra “pockets”, but it’s nice to have the option should I need it sometime. My iPhone 6 fits in the larger pockets (with about half of it sticking out the top), but definitely looks pretty weird.
The only downside to the SYB is that the cut of the straps and armhole area means that the bra bumps right up against/across my scapula. You can especially see this on my right shoulder in this pic. (Here’s an energy bra on me for comparison.) This means as I’m moving my shoulder blades around, it’s a little bit up in my business. I don’t think it’ll be a big deal, but the real test will come when I wear this for workouts. And of course, since bra sizes and body types will vary, you may not have the same issue. (Update: I wore it to work out in and it was perfect! No issues with shoulder blade awkwardness.)
I was really excited about pairing this SYB with my flash jacquard speed shorts. As I suspected, I looove this combo!
Out of the 3 things in this order, this is definitely my favorite–keepers for sure!