Rated 1 out of 5 by Susan76 Way too much flab showing
I really wanted to like this bra. I have worn SHAPEEZ for 15 years and love them! Spanx stores were close so I decided to try. First, I hated the front closure. With my Shapeez bra, I just need to lift it over my head which eliminates the hooks in the front. While it was great that Spanx decided to create this bra, the design is flawed. It does smooth back fat in the middle of your back but underneath arm pits there is no coverage. So all the smoothing pushes flab out underneath the armpits and out underneath the band. Shapeez has a variety of bras to choose from. There is a bra that allows you to wear a tank shirt..cut low enough but provides full coverage in all areas. Spanx needs to redesign this. Until then, I am staying with the best back smoothing bra out there..SHAPEEZ.
February 10, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by kcnc Good in theory, but some major flaws
I have purchase three of these bras in the same size but different colors, and all three turned out a little different.
First, the design of the back is FANTASTIC. Why doesn't every bra have a tank-like back! It's awesome - if not a little warm in summer.
The front is where the problems are. First, the bra, right out of the box, is VERY stiff in the underwire region - the seams that wrap around the underwire are extremely sharp and can do real damage to delicate skin. After a few wearings/washings, that problem was totally eliminated in one of my bras (comfortable), sort of eliminated in the second, and totally unfixed in another! That third bra is so uncomfortable, that I'm practically ripping it off at the end of the day.
But, still, I know comfort isn't everything. You know what is everything? A bra that STAYS CLIPPED. On all three of these bras that I've purchased, the bottom 2 clasps simply don't. stay. clipped. Then the upper clasp gets so stressed, that it pulls out! I've had one of these bras come totally undone TWICE while at work. Awkward.
Still I stick with them, because of the back coverage. I'm thinking of taking out the clasps all together and creating a ribbon tie up on these bras. Spanx should really resolve this issue.
January 12, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by pamby123 Product good but needs some changes
The Bra-vo Back-Smoothing Underwire does exactly what it says by smoothing the back. For me it makes my back look smooth under my clothing and I couldn't be more pleased. The things I am not happy with are the front is hard to hook and I had a red rash on the skin under my breast from the fabric over the underwire.
Did not return the second bra because the itchy redness has subsided after a couple of washings of the first Bra-vo Bra.
Hope this info can be of help in future if others have the same problem.
January 9, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jenny45 Back Fat vs. Under Arm Fat
I appreciate that this bra is different... I like the idea of the mesh back and front clasp and I love the soft purple color. However, I don't really think this bra is any better than Victoria Secret bras which actually cost less. I can tell that the under wire near the front clasp will pop out eventually because the clasp area is very ridged. Also, while this bra might accomplish removing back fat from showing in the mid back area, the elastic under the arms and at the lower back area still push on my skin. Which basically has just moved the problem to different areas. Personally I would like a little more padding and lift too... I guess this one just wasn't for me! Disappointing purchase.
November 19, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Erin Wish it was better made
I've been wearing this bra for over a year. I got one and the hooks started pulling out after about 6 months. So expensive, I took the trouble to call and they were gracious and sent another one out. After about 6 or 9 months with the 2nd one, the satin ribbon has come unglued on one side and no longer folds over which makes the back of the bra look very messy at the shoulder and top of the mesh.
In addition, on both bras the metal rectangular piece which holds the strap to the bra doesn't stay in place. It's like the teeth inside the metal piece aren't sufficient to hold it in place. A round piece might work better.
Love the fit and comfort, but for the price, these just don't hold up!!
October 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by vcgoobee Love it
Have been wearing this design for years, love it. My problem is usually with the straps that they keep slipping off my shoulders. Never have such problem with this bar. Particularly like the strap adjustment with hook in front.
September 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lindalou Love
I cannot tell you how long I have looked for a Bra like this. I LOVE. IT
September 14, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Ruthey Not Recommended
I started out liking this bra. The mesh back was comfortable and did a nice job smoothing. But, I was surprised when the front hooks began to detach from their positions and started pulling away. That pretty much made this expensive bra unwearable. As another reviewer stated, for the price, I expected better quality.
September 10, 2014