Have you guys seen the new Victoria’s Secret PINK Date Collection? I was walking by the PINK store in Soho and saw this ad in the window for their “Date Push-Up Bralette.”
I was intrigued. A common struggle I have with many bralettes is that they do absolutely nothing to flatter my shape. But what can you expect from a flimsy piece of lace covering your boob? I know Aerie makes some push-up bralettes (which I do generally like), but I haven’t seen too many others on the market. I decided to give this one a shot.
When I saw the bralettes in-person, my first reaction was that these were not bralettes at all! They felt very padded and stiff. Definitely not the dainty little bralette I was expecting.
Side note: the word “bralette” literally translates to “little bra.” But rather than being a daintier version of PINK’s normal Date Bra, this actually felt bulkier.
You can see here in this photo from PINK’s Instagram. Definitely some hefty cups there.
I also noticed that all the bralettes hanging on the display appeared to be exactly the same size. I even asked the sales associate where the size XS was because all the bras looked exactly the same.
“Oh, I know it’s misleading, but you’ll be able to tell when you put it on,” she said.
I was suspicious. But I decided to take her word for it. On to the dressing room.
How Did It Work Out?
The first thing I noticed was that this bralette was very challenging to get on. After struggling for a bit, I realized I hadn’t seen the hook-and-eye closure on the back. But it’s a bralette, so I naturally assumed it was stretchy and that I could just slip it on, right?? Not the case here. This further confirmed my suspicions that this wasn’t actually a bralette, but a bra in disguise.
But while this might be a wannabe bralette, this is definitely not a wannabe push-up. On the push-up scale, it’s pretty intense. It did fit my breasts well, but I didn’t like that it caused me to look like I had increased 2 cup sizes. If I was in the market for that, I’d be next door at VS trying on the Bombshell bra.
I also noticed that the lace was very intense and the straps did not lay flat – lots of ruffles going on. I don’t see how you could wear this under any type of shirt other than an off-the-shoulder top or loose-fitting shirt.
In terms of comfort, I’d give it a 6 out of 10. The lace was a bit rough. It looks pretty from afar, but when you put it on it feels a bit cheap. This is validated in the reviews online.
How Did It Make Me Feel?
More important than fit and functionality is how a bra(lette) makes you feel. Your bra should make you feel fabulous. Boobs are personal, and you shouldn’t cover them with anything that makes you feel less than stellar. This bra just didn’t do it for me. Overall, it was just too much. Too much push-up, too much frilliness.
It actually made me feel like I was wearing a ruffled pinafore on my boobs – you know what I’m talking about – the kind for 1940s housewives, or toddlers….
Maybe it was the ruffle straps…or just the general over-the-topness. Not what I’m tryin’ to do here.
Since the Date Push-Up Bralette was a no for me, I decided to give another bralette-esque option a try, the Wildflower High-neck Lace Push Up Bra. Technically not a bralette by name, it has the aesthetic of a longline bralette, so I decided to see if it could work.
Here it is:
Similar to the Push-Up Bralette, it gave my boobs a nice boost, but it also kind of made me feel like I was “faking it.” The side view accentuates this even more.
My boobs just aren’t that big (or else I wouldn’t have this blog)!
When I’m in the bralette mindset, I want to feel natural, carefree, and sexy – not like I’m wearing a contraption. Sadly, neither of these bralettes fit the bill.
I did see that PINK has other non-push up bralette options in the Date Collection. I’d be open to trying those to see if they work better.
I was disappointed by both of the bralettes I tried. Perhaps it was my fault for having certain expectations going in. I was expecting to find a comfortable, dainty bralette that would give me some natural looking shaping – a slight step down from a normal bra and a step up from the bralettes that do nothing for me. Instead, what I found was a normal push up bra dressed up to look like a bralette.
My guess is that the “Date Collection” is PINK’s way of signaling “sexy” without outrightly saying it – especially since their target market is teens/college girls, many of whom still shop with their moms (or have a shopping budget funded by allowance). It’s PINK’s version of Victoria’s Secret’s Very Sexy collection for the younger demographic.
So I can see what they’re trying to do here by creating a bralette that lets you be a bit more showy: you can have a bit of lace peaking out of your outfit and have that extra boost of cleavage all at the same time. You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.
But I guess I’m not their target market. When I’m in the bralette mindset, my idea of sexy isn’t “boost me up and show me off.” Rather, it’s more about an understated sexy, the kind where I feel totally comfortable in my own skin (and literally comfortable in the garment) – not like I’m trying too hard.
I think push-ups can be great – I’m all about highlighting those subtle curves. But I want to accentuate my natural figure, not create an unrealistic shape. This is especially true when I’m in the market for a bralette.
I will say, however, that push-up/padding is very personal. So just because this doesn’t work for me doesn’t mean you won’t like it. I’d say that if you want a natural-looking bralette, this is not that. But if you are in the market for some vava voom push-up, then this may be just what you’re looking for.
Would love to hear what you think! If you’ve tried this push up bralette, or other options from the Date Collection, leave a comment below and tell me how you like it!