Royce’s ‘Grace’ bra is a well-designed support bra for every day.
The Royce bra company was a firm I only discovered recently. WIth a background in support bra design, they bring all that experience to bear in a range of bras that can be worn every day. So when I needed a white bra recently, I decided to order their ‘Grace’ model.
I don’t have anything against underwires, which I find perfectly comfortable, but for those for whom it’s an issue, the Grace is a non-wired bra. It has all the attributes you should look for in a good everyday bra – thick, sturdy straps, deep sides, a good double-hook back closure, a deep bra frame and a three-section cup. Importantly for me, it also comes in a B cup – a good supportive bra is quite hard to find in anything below a C, as if we smaller girls didn’t need a bit of help as well.
When I viewed the original photo, I thought it had a four-section cup, but in reality there isn’t a vertical seam in the bottom cup section. What it has is a lower cup, an embroidered upper cup and a side section that pushes your breasts into the centre.
I am a big devotee of the Doreen bra by Triumph, but the Grace gives a slightly different shape to the breast, slightly more centralised (and a bit more cleavage) but less separation. Importantly, too, I would say it has something of a minimising effect, which is fine by me – although I like a lot of uplift, I don’t want to appear bigger. The cups come up slightly smaller than the Doreen, so for me it is a snugger fit.
Once you’ve got the bra on, you can wear it all day without noticing, and there’s absolutely no jiggle. That therefore meets my main criteria for an everyday bra. The cups, although prettily embroidered are also fairly invisible under a t-shirt, which is something that can’t be said for the standard version of the Doreen, which has rougher lace (although the Luxury and cotton-rich versions are smoother). Lastly, if you’ve had a mastectomy, the bra comes in a prosthesis version.
The Grace bra comes in white only, with 100 per cent cotton cups in sizes from B to G. It costs £18.72 (+ VAT if you’re UK-based) direct from Royce, with cheap international shipping, or you can buy it from Undercover Experience for £22 and free international shipping.