Engineering is a field that has for too long attracted more guys than gals. Perhaps this accounts for just how many highly engineered things we use daily just seem to work badly. Can openers are a good example. And yes, lamentably, bras too. Your bra requires more applied science than any other garment you are wearing. It seems to me that too much of that science is being applied by guys whose exposure to bras is limited to fumbling around klutzily with clasps.
So imagine my delight at being introduced to Andrea and Michelle Varat of Top Secret Society. These sisters grew up in family steeped in the rag trade, and each pursued educations that would help them keep up the tradition and grow it in new directions. They stormed George Washington U. where Andrea earned her Business degree and Michelle took on and stood out (scholastically and otherwise, no doubt), in the Engineering geek world. After spells with big multi-national fashion brands they are both now back in their native Miami, working as only sisters can and bringing a refreshingly feminine touch to their beautiful new business.
Finding inspiration in Brazilian bandeau styles, Andrea and Michelle have carved out a unique place in the fashion world, solved some really befuddling lingerie design challenges, and created a line of wearable, current, versatile and highly desirable bras. Much of the Top Secret line is strapless, but today’s reviewed model, the Lacey’s Secret is a fully strapped, pull on number that is cami cosy, features pretty, meant-to-be-seen straps and provides super support.
Lacey (pictured up) is made mostly of Supplex. Supplex has a lot of cotton virtues (it breathes, it washes, it doesn’t cost a fortune) but it holds shape and color better than cotton. It is one of those new fangled and trademarked fabrics invented by a guy and then sold by guys to other guys who do guy things with it. Enter the Varat Sisters to do something useful with it. Stir in 12% elastomer and, presto, you now have a pliable, touchable fabric that expands, gives, moves, wicks heat and moisture, holds shape and rebounds after laundering. Bra magic in other words.
Add a dash of hot, latin influenced, Miami style vibe and you get fashion pieces that make the comfy and come-hither worlds collide in one happy bra. Usually, these worlds usually do not even collide in my drawers, so it is nice to see and feel them together for a change. Lacey passes the all important run-down-a-flight-of-stairs-fast test with flying colors, feeling as sure as a sports bra, while not giving up an inch of fun, flirt or fashion. I went a little further and tested Lacey with the straps off my shoulders and tucked for a couple of hours, and she held up of quite nicely.
Traditional strapless bras rely on rigidity or grippy silicon bands to stay in place, which is fine provided the band measurement is perfect. If the band is off by even a little, you spend the day slipping here and there, maybe feeling a little constricted (or just avoiding sudden movements and hoping for the best). The Top Secret line relies on the clingy elastic memory of the band to find a comfortable place and stay there. The gently insistent cup seams keep the fruit on display and stops them from popping out of the basket. It all works. Engineering made sexy. And like all really useful engineering, surprisingly simple.
Free of clasps and strap adjusters Lacey is smooth under t-shirts and tight knits, modest under button front blouses, and cute in off-the-shoulder tops. In short, Monday to Sunday, dawn-to-dusk and beyond suitable. There is a nice delicate balance achieved here: practical and pretty, comfortable and curvy, support without stress.
For travelers, this is a real go-to bra. Lacey packs light, rolls up about as small as your fist, and washes and dries in a snap. This may save you the price of checking luggage the next time you are flying down to Rio, or anywhere else you are planning on feeling fine and looking great.
And for anyone likes to see clever, hardworking ladies pulling a business up by the straps, Top Secret is a nice home grown story that should not be all that secret all that long. You can learn more, and buy yourself a new favorite online, or find a nearby boutique by checking out the impressive and growing list of shops stocking Top Secret today.