Photographer: Savannah Daras Photography
I’m done. I can’t do it anymore. I don’t have to do it anymore. Sophie Hines, Sparkle Fairy Princess herself, has already done it for me. She has made THE bralette to end all bralettes. Her work is a mirror of her passion, artistry and determination. After being a super fan of Sophie’s work for a few years now, I finally (FINALLY!) got the chance to get my hands and boobs on a Sophie Hines original. I now have the Sophie Hines Ascension Bralette in my possession. And just like that, my outlook on bralettes has forever changed. I thought they were cute, but not for me. Not for these BOOBS. I have kind of heavy breast tissue and usually wear a 32FF/34F these days when it comes to bras. Underwires are my BFFs. I searched high and low trying to find a bralette that might work with my bust, but really it just felt disappointing, like my boobs were just not meant to be with this cute lingerie staple. My rack and bralettes were just star-crossed lovers. It was a forbidden love. Or so I thought. So I already have a huge crush on Sophie, she’s so smart and talented and gorgeous inside and out and she’s so caring and compassionate. Plus, she makes ethically made lingerie, handmade to order, AND gives a portion of the money to charity. Like, for really reals? How is she even real? This gal is the boss, applesauce. Anyway, I was totally in love with the gorgeous Ascenion bralette in black/beige, but then I saw her 2.0 version in a gorgeous lavender/white color. I love the colorway! The softness of the sweet lavender, paired with the brightness of the white, along with the black underband. This bralette is bae. Sophie can make her pieces to measure, but her size chart is really easy to follow, and she can combine sizes, like if you would need Large cups, but a Medium band, etc. Homegirl can do it. I received my gorgeous bralette, and it was a magical moment. First off, no plastic packaging or tissue paper. My bralette was packaged in a gorgeous recycled paper envelope that felt so good to touch, and it’s just pretty! I plan on re-purposing it and using it as an envelope to send a letter (snail mail, the old fashioned way, kids!). It also came with the cutest most uplifting and sweet color postcard, that said this on the back:
How sweet is she? Such a nice little extra included in the package. Way to make your customers feel special, Soph! This made me super smile, and then when I saw the bralette itself, I smiled even more. It’s so perfect. The quality is undeniable. This is the best quality bralette I’ve ever seen, let alone owned and worn. Every stitch in place, the softest most delicious stretch mesh, bamboo jersey and purple satin elastic and black sturdy elastic in a thick underband. The straps are fully adjustable, and the band has two hook and eye closures. I like that it has these features, especially for a fuller bust, it adds extra support. My boobs were super thankful for Sophie’s design skills and so was I. What a total babe she is.
My boobs never look like this in a bralette. Ever. My boobs tend to be too heavy to be supported without a underwire, but this bra gave me lift, and it hugged my boobs with love. Literally, my boobs felt like they were receiving an actual hug. A supportive, oomphing hug. I modeled this bralette in the mirror. I did strike a pose, or…12. I did the boobie jiggle test, I shimmied. I felt like a super heroine ready to save the world. The soft stretchy mesh really wrapped around my curves, the bamboo adding softness, and adding a really fun geometric design to the cups. The gorgeous lavender straps and lining added a lovely pop of color, and the black underbust band was so comfortable. I felt like I wasn’t even wearing a bralette, it was that comfortable. It felt like me, but amplified. My breast shape and size worked so well in this bralette. I’m actually wearing a size Large, but I think next time I will go with a Medium or a Medium band with Large cups. I feel like if the band were a bit more snug (it’s very true to size) I would have even more lift and support. The band does fit nicely, but I did a little bit of measuring wrong, so even though Sophie was like “I can give you a smaller band if you need it, no worries, I got you”, I thought I would err on the safe side and choose a slightly larger band. Now I realize there was no need, Sophie’s sizing is spot on and very true to size. See, this was how I viewed bralettes, that they were something I had to be cautious about. Nay, Amber, this isn’t so when it comes to Sophie Hines. I’ve learned and will use this information wisely in the future. So next time I will indulge in the ability to choose different sizes in band and cup.
The straps on the back are awesome, they criss cross, giving a really cool design. Which would make this bralette fun to wear under a sheer top or tank top to show it off. I love this bra so much! I want to order 10 more. I seriously am considering wearing this every day when I’m at home. It is awesome for lounging around in, and I bet it would be great for sleeping in. I wanna netflix and chill with this bralette. I wanna take it out for dinner and drinks. I wanna go to feminist book readings in this bralette. I wanna do all the things in this bra. I also want to order like 10 back ups. Actually, I want to order ALL of Sophie’s bras. Her stuff is at the top of my wishlist right now. I need more. I’ve tasted comfort and I want more…more more more! I love how gorgeous this bra is. The colors, oh the colors. The soft and lush material feels gorgeous against my skin. My boobs feel happy in this piece. Happy boobs happy life! I also love that Sophie gives back to charity, with each purchase. It’s so admirable and humbling. This woman is changing the world, and at least, she’s changed mine and the way I view of my boobs in bralettes. She proved that my boobs can do anything, and this is kind of awesome. This is the kind of brand I want to celebrate and support non-stop. 24/7. 365. She also makes beautiful harnesses, panties, and pasties. I want to buy everything! She has a brand new collection coming out this month, with new designs and colors, and I can’t wait to see everything. I’m already mentally adding each piece to my wishlist. Sophie, pretty please don’t ever stop making lingerie!
Everything is made at Sophie’s home, in Portland Maine. Made in the USA, baby! She uses the most lovely fabric and materials, and likes to support small business so she uses trims and elastic and such from small biz brands on Etsy. She lovingly makes each bralette, putting a lot of time and effort and a sprinkle sparkle of magic into each piece. This is what quality handmade lingerie is about. This is why it’s important to celebrate and support small business. Because we have amazing artisans all around us, especially amazing women, who create amazing and beautiful things with their gorgeous minds and talented hands and hearts. She sews orders as fast as she can and ships promptly. I think it took about 2 weeks for my bralette to arrive, which is no big thang when ordering from an indie brand that creates each piece to order. For washing, I’m going to soak my bralette and use a lingerie wash, so it can be washed by hand because I treat all of my lingerie nicely, and so should you. After washing, pat dry and air dry. This will help to keep your piece in tip-top shape. When you’re good to lingerie, lingerie is good to you. Truth.
I’m writing this review in my Ascension bralette. I’m not taking it off, not today folks. My boobs feel relaxed and serene, and they look pretty epic too. All is well.
Now go do yourself and your boobs a favor and order yourself a Sophie Hines bralette!
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