My Experience with the Backless Bra by Maidenform

As you know, I mentioned the Maidenform Breakthrough Backless Bra a couple of posts ago. I received a press release from Maidenform and was excited to try this. As a woman with large breasts, many fashions are impossible for me to wear because my bra would be showing. The concept of a backless bra geared toward busty gals seemed to be too good to be true.

It is.

h backless bannerThe bra arrived this weekend. It is a molded cup bra and as soon as I saw the wide yet shallow cups, I had a feeling it wouldn’t work for my breasts. Molded cups don’t work for all shapes of large breasts, especially if those breasts are natural and have some age; many molded-cup bras are made to cover, but not support and lift. Second concern was the straps – all elastic, and very narrow. Now narrow straps are great for sleeveless and tank styles of tops, but those of us with large busts know they usually don’t provide enough support. Being of all elastic also means they will usually provide less support and quickly stretch out.

The bra looks like a classic bra in front, but the straps attach under the arms where the bottom/side of the cups are located, instead of on a back band. No rubber or adhesive to keep the bra in place, no weird gizmos, just a little bit of useless silicone on the underwide portion. The bra goes on like a backwards vest, over each arm.

On me, the bra sat away from my body because of the size of my bust. When I tried to lift and place my breasts in each cup, they just slid down so they were hanging below the underwires. I moved my arm to readjust the cups and the strap slid down my arm. Went to slide up the strap and my breast fell out of the cup. I bent over and the entire bra pulled away from my body. Stood up and I now had breasts under the bra, and straps hanging down my arms. Oh gosh, imagine if I actually left my bedroom in this contraption! I suppose this backless bra would work if you were very very thin with sharp protruding shoulders and shoulder blades and had very very small breasts. Anyone else… don’t even waste your time or money.

This morning I received an email from Maidenform asking me to complete a survey regarding my experience with the bra and I was very honest and very detailed with my response. I hope everyone that tried this bra does the same.


  1. Anonymous
    April 11, 2008 / 12:51 pm

    I couldn’t imagine that this would work when I saw an ad for it! Craziness.

  2. April 9, 2008 / 3:01 pm

    It does look hideously uncomfortable in the picture. Thanks for this fabulous review. I am always on the look out for a supportive, comfortable bra.

    My fav’s: Chantelle and Le Mystere.

  3. April 8, 2008 / 8:53 am

    OMG. That thing looks so uncomfortable. The makers must be men as surely no woman could create that and expect it to work!

  4. April 8, 2008 / 4:15 am

    I had one by Wacoal that was pretty good…

  5. April 7, 2008 / 11:34 pm

    So glad you reviewed this as I was thinking about giving it a shot! Thank you for saving me the trouble!


  6. April 7, 2008 / 10:15 pm

    I’ve been wondering how the hell this thing would work. With my narrow shoulders, bra straps are always falling down anyway, so with nothing else to hold the thing up,I can’t imagine how I would manage!

  7. April 7, 2008 / 8:34 pm

    Might work for me then.. except for the bony shoulder part.. :

  8. April 7, 2008 / 5:56 pm

    Thank you so much for that review! I’m glad I haven’t bothered getting one yet. It’s a great concept but sounds like it needs a lot of work. I hope other people who got it post their experiences in the comments here!

  9. Marie
    April 7, 2008 / 5:39 pm

    I hope the company does something to change its construction so that it can accomodate busty gals like us! LOL

  10. April 7, 2008 / 2:54 pm

    Backless bras and strapless bras are not for the busty, and it’s incredibly frustrating. I feel like with today’s technology it should be possible to defy gravity.

  11. April 7, 2008 / 2:18 pm

    Great post, Allie! Your description of standing in the bedroom with this bra flailing around just cracked me. Keep up the fantastic reviews!! 🙂

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