Its here! Its finally here! Satami has graciously sent me a few bras to review after I inquired about their bras availability here in the US.
The long awaited bras from Satami and my accompanying review.
Aren't they gorgeous? We have the Lace Minimizer Soft Cup Bra (2180) in Smoky Black on the left and Non-Wired Sports Bra (2198) in Blue on the right.
Lace Minimizer Soft Cup Bra (2180)
The Lace Minimizer Soft Cup Bra (2180) has a few misnomers. First of all, its not a "minimizer" in the traditional (American) sense. This bra DOES NOT minimize the size or look of breasts in ANY way shape or form. Its called a Minimizer because of the the overall slimming effect it has on the body (think silhouette) by smoothing out back and/or underarm fat. More details on that below. The second misnomer is the "soft cup" - make no mistake, this is an UNDERWIRED bra with lightly lined fabric cups (ie. soft).
DESIGN AND STYLE
Typical to Asian style bras, this plunge bra pushes the girls up and together (even with the padding removed). One feels supported and *shock* slimmer! Thanks to the extra wide band, there is ZERO and I mean ZERO back fat, or underarm fat. The sleek silhouette is addicting. Its akin to wearing shapewear that also happens to be a bra. To help keep everything in place is a 4 row, 4 column hook and eye in the back. The bra also features an ultra low center gores so common in Asian bras (low when compared to Panach or Freya, only 'medium' low within the Satami line) - a haven for us narrow set ladies - and 3/4 cup (aka demi?). [Need a primer on Asian bras? Check out my first Satami post here.] The straps are fixed and NOT fully adjustable. For this reason, it may not work for those with tall roots. [Need a primer on the vocab? Try the
] True to design, the 2-ply "Wincool" powernet seems to do the job. I wore this bra (padding removed) to an Amusement Park on a 90+ degree day and did not feel like the girls were suffocating. Speaking of which, the padding feels pretty great too - a bit like memory foam but I have not tried wearing them. The side wings have 2 pieces of boning on each side for extra support - not uncomfortable - they contribute significantly to the support of the band (I learned of their importance first hand during my foray in to sewing my first bra). Lastly, I do want to mention that while there was no chafing after a full day of wearing this bra (12+ hours) there was a bit of irritation under the arms due to the high side wings. This is likely due to my higher levels of activity and extra long hours of wearing - it is unlikely for someone to experience this during a typical day at the office.
My normal size in European brands like Panache or Freya is 32F (sometimes 32E as I'm loosing weight). In Satami, I wear a 34G. Per the Satami website, you can go up a cup size for more coverage. After a few 12+ hour days of wearing this bra, I can say with some confidence that if you are accustomed to wearing Polish bras like Comexim
IN YOUR NORMAL BAND SIZE,
order your normal band size. For example, I wear a 70H (equivalent to 32 band) in Comexim but it IS a bit tight and great for days when I'm feeling thin and not bloated. Basically, first thing in the morning before any type of meal. I do feel like a 32 band would have sufficed for me BUT I am accustomed to wearing tighter bands and wear tightlacing corsets occasionally.
For most of us though, going up a band size is going to be more comfortable.
The wires are comfortably in my IMF, although pretty high on the sides due to the higher side wings. Thankfully, the wires are also pretty soft so not uncomfortable. Center gore tacks nicely and the wide set straps stay put on my sloped shoulders. As I briefly mentioned before, the straps are NOT fully adjustable and fill likely suffice for those with Short Roots. Those with tall roots may need to replace the plush elastic portion with a longer section - not a difficult fix if you're handy with needle and thread. I have short roots and had to "let out" the elastic practically to the max...
I really like this bra! Its pretty comfy despite the higher wires, extra boning and extra wide band. There was very little (if any) fidgeting while wearing and my silhouette looked awesome. Girls were up front and center while being supported. Its the Asian equivalent of the holy grail Polish bras - from the tighter bands, overall shape the cups provide and needing to size up in the cups. Oh, and it passed the chasing after toddlers, walking up and down the stairs test. =) Full disclosure though, I'm FoB, not center-full and my breast tissue is still pretty firm. I think these style of bras - low center gore, plunge, shallow-ish cups work REALLY WELL with those whose shape is more shallow or FoB.
Non-Wired Sports Bra (2198)
The Non-Wired Sports Bra is as beautiful as any of their regular bras. Gorgeous detailing and a 4 hook clasp in the back for ease. However, the most SURPRISING aspect of this Sports Bra is how pushed up and forward the girls are - all without the help of any boning or wires. Unlike most wireless bras that are compression based, this bra by some miracle, supports without smooshing the girls against your chest. Like their regular bra line, this sports bra also features a plunge - although not as deep - just enough to glimpse a bit of cleavage. Add this to your rotation for those days at barre class, yoga, power walking or other light exercise. Its comfortable to wear lounging around the house and the saleswoman at the Personal Touch Store also mentioned its a great sleep bra!
DESIGN AND STYLE
Like Satami's regular bras, the Wireless Sport Bra also features extra wide bands and plunge center. The bra looks deceivingly shallow until you put it on. Materials are light and airy but substantial enough to be supportive. The cup portion of the bra comes up pretty high (as in elastic straps start 1 inch before my shoulder) but not uncomfortable. Unlike the typical wireless sports bras we find in the US, the cups are NOT made of stretchy material designed to compress the girls against your chest. The cups are made of the same material as their regular bras - thus the feeling of structured support without wires or boning. Like Satami's other bras, the back features a 4 row - 4 column clasp for ease. The band is a single layer of powernet to guarantee breathability during those workouts!
As mentioned above, my usual size in UK brands is 32F. Satami sent me a 34E in this style and it still fits comfortably as its sister size to my usual - no need to size up here! This makes complete sense as Satami uses UK sizing [bit of history here - HK was once a part of the British Empire for those that remember].
Great bra for lounging around the house, sleeping and light physical activity. Although I have not worn this one yet, I can easily foresee wearing this around the house, sleeping and/or while pregnant!