Months ago, I mentioned that after three babies, it was time to invest in new bras. I explored several online brands that are revolutionizing the way women shop for undergarments. These brands offer loads of help with sizing and fit issues, ship bras directly to your home, and of course, offer free returns and exchanges. After trying multiple bras during the summer, I’ve come away with a clear winner – Lively.
Their marketing avoids seduction and even men in general, which had been a turn-off for me at large brands. Lively’s site and social media are geared towards smart young women who wear comfortable, sporty, beautiful bras and undies all day.
Their prices are not outrageous, but their products are generally well-made, durable, and produced in good factories. They have an excellent rewards program, which means you earn points for purchases, birthdays, and referrals, so future orders will be discounted. For a woman needing to overhaul her bra collection (filled with sad, ill-fitting nursing bras) this has really helped offset some costs!
A few things before I talk about the specific bras I’ve worn…
- If you’d like to try out Lively, clicking here will give you a $10 credit on your first order. Occasionally they run a special deal when you can get $20 off your first order, and I try to always mention these on my Instagram feed because $20 is basically a free bra.
- Lively offers bundles, which give you a seriously good price on a bra. 3 bras for $75. Add in the credit, then you get 3 bras for $65 (or even $55 sometimes!), which works out to $22 each. That’s basically Target prices for a higher quality, better designed product.
Now here are the bras I have worn multiple times and have earned a spot in my drawer:
The Lively T-Shirt Bra
This is my staple bra. The lace detail on the back is beautiful and it easily converts from standard straps to racerback. Lively also puts the adjustment on the front of the straps, which is very handy. Comes in black, pink, nude, and navy. I really like that they carry bras in navy.
Geo Lace Bralette
This isn’t an everyday style for me, but the lace in a geometric pattern is soft and surprisingly stretchy. It’s better for lounging around and is see-through, FYI. I really like the sporty band around the bottom of this bralette.
I’m trying to get better about hand-washing and air-drying my bras. I rotate between them to give the elastic time to bounce back. I do throw the undies and sometimes the bras into the washer on gentle cycle using a lingerie bag.
The Smooth Strapless Bra
One of the big downsides about Lively when I first started trying their bras in May was that they didn’t carry a strapless bra. I was on the hunt for one for summertime, and ended up buying a Calvin Klein strapless bra from Nordstrom to fill that gap in my wardrobe. Unfortunately after only a couple wears, the boning on the sides of that bra started to cut into my skin. Thankfully, Nordstrom has an amazing return policy.
Lively is a startup and still gaining momentum, and I was very happy when they released a set of strapless bras midway through the summer – one is lace, one is smooth. They also released a line of sports bras, swimwear since I’ve started shopping there, and I’ve got my fingers crossed for sleepwear down the road. All that to say, this strapless bra is great. I like wearing it. The mesh sides are breathable and cool for hot summer days. It’s unnoticeable under clothes, and it stays in place. Unlike the Calvin Klein bra, I didn’t need to size up in this bra either. It fit true to size.
Mesh Trim No Wire Bra
This bra is another staple in my drawer. It is crazy comfortable and makes my clothes look much better than the old bras I was wearing after having my babies and going up and down in size. Everything lays better with the right bra underneath. I can easily and happily wear this all day. Just like the T-shirt bra, it has front-adjusting straps and a J-hook to convert to a racerback.
The Deep V No Wire
While I really like the sporty stripe along this bra, I do end up fussing with it a little more than the Mesh Trim No Wire. I think the Deep V in the center means everything doesn’t stay put as much as it should? That said, it is still comfortable and looks really great.
The Colorblock Mesh Trim Bralette
This is the bra that really made me fall in love with the Lively brand. The navy and block combo feels fresh and modern to me. The bralette wears like a dream and the navy fabric is especially smooth and silky to wear. The little band across the front makes this bralette fit really well, and it also comes in a “busty” version for women with a larger chest size. It gets rave reviews for good reason.
I haven’t tried all of the undies, but I have liked the Stripe Waist Brief for sleeping, the Geo Lace Bikini to match the bralette, and the Mesh Back Bikini is ok. It doesn’t show a visible panty line, but I did have one pair that ripped when I was removing the tag. Lively’s customer service was awesome, and they quickly sent a replacement pair at no charge.
If you like matching sets… Lively offers a bundle of 3 bras and 3 undies for $100 (or $90 with my referral link), meaning you can get 3 complete sets for $30 each.
If you are starting from scratch… I’d highly recommend trying out a bundle with a T-Shirt Bra, a No-Wire Bra, and a Bralette (or Strapless if you wear that often). Pick one in a light color and one in a dark color to cover all the bases. If you get the sizing wrong, make sure to exchange it for the right size. That happened to me on my first order. Don’t settle for an ill-fitting bra, ladies!