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I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I had a lumpectomy and it was recommended to only wear sports bras and even sleep in them the next few weeks until I healed. This bra is soft and easy to put on with any aches and pains. Washes nice and dies not shrink. It cones in many colors and has removeabke inserts.
This is really a nice bra. The zipper does lie flat, and it looks fine under clothing (saw a review of a similar item wherein the user complained the zipper would not lie flat). I had the opportunity to try this on at a Jockey store, so I knew which size to order from Amazon. I purchased this so I could put on a bra myself after shoulder surgery, and it made getting dressed so much easier. I would recommend this also if you have arthritis. If you are a 36D, you should be able to fit into a large if you want some compression. If you simply want something comfortable, an X-large MIGHT work well for you. That being said, I'm not certain above a D cup would work well compression-wise, but it will work for comfort. This bra has a hook inside the center of the zipper that possibly is meant to keep the zipper from loosening. I find it very cumbersome, but I have no problem or discomfort leaving the hook undone. After quite a few washes (hand as well as the delicates cycle), I now have issues with inadvertent unzipping when I lean over. The hook does help a bit, but it will still unzip half-way. There is a very nice length of fabric beneath the zipper to protect your skin. I read reviews of similar items that complained about the zipper pinching, so this bra also has that as an advantage over the others. If you have not been fitted for a bra in a while, it would be worth your while to look up the instructions how to measure yourself. Cup sizes have gotten larger, much like women's clothing sizes have become smaller. I like this bra so much, I have one in every color in two different sizes. I have thrown out all of my old racerback bras, as they are so hard on my shoulders to put on.
Seems to fit as it should - 4 stars only because I haven't really worn it all day yet, but it seems like it will be just what I was looking for. Putting on sports bras over my head tends to end in a Houdini-esque disaster for me (arms flailing above my head, unable to reach my back to pull the fabric down into it's proper place - my husband seems to find it entertaining though). I like that this design avoids the rolling-material issue that tends to tie me up when I'm trying to get dressed quickly.
I'm loving this bra! I'm a 38 C and this bra is a little big around my rib cage but I bought it for an upcoming breast surgery so it should work perfectly post surgery when I'm swollen and wearing bandages. The material is soft and feels good against my skin. I'm going to start wearing it now so this its easy to get on by the time I have my surgery as its quite a job trying to hold it together while zipping it up. There's a hook inside you can attached that will help with that though. There are also holes on the interfacing fabric for drains. I bought a large also and that fits good just a little tighter. I'm so pleased with my purchase. Ill be ordering more of these.
....which is super fun when you are in the middle of a workout class. it does however have a backup hook closure so it didn't come all the way off....2 stars for that and the hope that this zipper was a fluke b/c the rest of the product was good.