Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Barely There No Slip Fit Bra by Hanes - Lingerie Review

Intimate Fashion Review

I just love being a mommy blogger.  One of the best things of all that I truly appreciate is that I’ve had many opportunities to try and review big brands as well as boutique products that are either new on market and/or uniquely practical items that I may never have known about otherwise.

Such is the case with the Barely There No Slip Fit Bra that I received via a great mommy blogger’s social and professional network that I'm very active in called Mom Bloggers Club.
Barely There No Slip Fit Bra Website Screen Shot
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com

Over the years I’ve probably worn just about every major bra brand on the planet, but never found all things that I wished for in a single intimate garment.  Either the bra looked great, but the fit was poor or the bra felt wonderful but was a real fashion atrocity.  That is, until I tried on the Barely There No Slip Fit Bra for the first time that I received from Hanesbrands.

I’m a tag reader when it comes to shopping for clothes, whether in-store or online, so when this arrived in the mail I couldn’t find a tag sewn into the bra to check for how it should be washed and I sort of panicked.  Lo and behold, after a little sleuthing, I quickly learned on the product’s website that these bras are tagless on purpose: for comfort.  That makes a lot of sense, considering bras (along with panties and bathing suits) are among the few things girls and women wear directly against our bodies.
Barely There Care Tag is  Embedded into the Bra's Strap
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com

This may not be your  traditional tag but the Barely There bra I tried for this post actually had something a whole lot better – the brand had ingeniously printed the care instructions and universal symbols directly on the fabric back of the bra closure.

So you can rest assured that this bra not only has instructions that are actually built in to the garment with information about the fabric content, it is also easy to take care of: simply machine wash in warm water with like colors and line dry.  In fact, really pay attention to that last point which the manufacturer strongly recommends – line dry – because if you don’t, you could damage the elastic, causing this bra to lose its shape prematurely.

Now that I’ve been wearing this for about two months I’ve had enough of an opportunity to really test drive it.  I’ve worn it for all kinds of activities in all kinds of climates indoors and outside.  I’ve also washed it several times a week over during that time.

For sure, I now know first-hand why this style is called Barely There No Slip Fit, because that’s exactly what this bra feels like when you wear it.  First, one can easily forget that you are even wearing this, thanks to this garment’s brilliant styling and fabric composition that make it so form-fitting.  Second, to prevent any slippage this bra has tiny soft ridges under the straps in the shoulder area that you can barely feel with your finger tips yet you won’t notice them when you’re wearing this -- and guess what?  Just think of the prospects.  If you wear this you may never have to deal with slipping shoulder straps again.

Barely There No Slip Fit Bra in Taupe Worn by one of the Brand's Official Models
Image by Barely There Hanesbrands

Fit and function are equally important to us girls and women, right?  The Barely There designers have that covered, too, providing a special form that you can fill out on the website to make it easy to select the right bra. 

The Barely There No Slip Fit Bra is available in your choice of Underwire or Wirefree styles.  The Underwire type comes in sizes: 34-40 A, 34-40 B, 34-40 C, 34-40 D while the Wirefree style is available in sizes: 34-38 A, 34-40 B, 34-40 C, 34-38 D.

Choose from white, black, or soft taupe in either the Unwire or Wirefree No Slip Fit bra.  These retail for $33 and can be found in the lingerie section department stores such as Macy’s, Kohl's, and JC Penny as well as may be purchased online.

I only have a few comments about ways my overall experience with the Barely There No Slip Fit Bra would have been even better. For example, when I line dried this indoors overnight it took more than 10 hours to dry out completely because of the fabric so it was still damp when I put it on in the morning to go to a mommy blogging event today. Second, the No Slip Bra only is available in three shades and I really wish that these were available in some colors and prints too like some of the other bras the brand carries.
Barely There Display Wall at a Macys Store in Los Angeles
iPhone Photo by Janis Brett Elspas, MommyBlogExpert.com

The No Slip style bra is only one of the line’s products that are available.  Other Barely There items, based on the same principles of beauty, comfort, and function, include additional styles of bras plus panties and shapewear that are all ruffle, wrinkle, crinkle, line, tag and seam free.  For sure, the Barely There No Slip Fit beats having to wear a bra made of duck tape, LOL!

Check out the site BarelyThere.com to read more about this innovative product line.

Would love to hear from readers who try any products from the Barely There collection so feel free to leave a comment and share your own experiences.

FTC Disclosure:  I received the Barely There No Slip Fit Bra from Hanesbrands via Mom Bloggers Club to facilitate this review.  MommyBlogExpert did not receive any payment or other compensation associated with this post.  See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.   

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