Bras are one of the HARDEST pieces of clothing for a disabled person to put on by themselves. I can do it, but if it's a 'normal' style bra, I have to put it on backwards... meaning I have to hook the eye closure in front, spin it around, align/adjust the cups of the bra over my breasts, then slide my arms through the shoulder straps. However, I am always pulling the straps back onto my shoulders. I began to have 'Mama Melissa' tie my straps together to form a racer-back style in the back, just to keep the straps up.
To make my life easier and allow me have more independence, I took to wearing sports bras... just slide over my head like a shirt and go.
But even THEY can get twisted. It seemed like NO bra was disability-friendly.
Enter the Easy-Open Front Closure Bra from FreshComfort Inc. This adaptive patent pending bra is designed for easy-on and easy-off for special needs female consumer. It's a great product for those with arthritis, diabetes, skin sensitivity, mobility issues and after post op procedures. The bra is made with hidden seams and plush binder to minimize skin irritation and offers good support and is comfortable all day long. This bra style has a Velcro front closure with removable bra pads. The pads offer extra support, shaping and coverage. The bra is machine washable and can be machine dried.
^^Stock photo from the promotion page^^
I purposely waited until Thanksgiving to wear this bra, since my family and I were going to another family member's house for the day.
^^what I received^^
I wasn't ABOUT to take a photo of myself in the bra, because I felt that was TOO intimate for the blog.
The band of the bra has two 'patches' of Velcro, one to secure the band while feeding the longer piece through the 'hook' and a piece on the band that adjusts to your ribcage/body. There is also a plastic snap along the edge of the front panels.
1. Put bra on like a button-up shirt/vest, by sliding arms through armholes and positioning shoulder straps on top.
2. Criss-cross front panels and secure/close the Velcro found on end of front bottom panel and reverse side of top front panel.
3. Pinch Velcro tip together and feed through the 'D' ring attached to the band of the bottom panel.
4. Pull band through 'D' ring and adjust to your comfort. Secure/close Velcro and snap the plastic snap.
The most difficult thing I had trouble with was feeding the Velcro tip through the 'D' ring. It could have been I was in a hurry that morning, but that took the longest. Once the band piece was properly fed through the 'D' ring, It was very easy to adjust and secure.
The bra was extremely comfortable. I didn't feel like I was being bound or restricted by the band, nor was rubbed raw as I usually am with typical bras. The shoulder straps stayed in place perfectly. I chose NOT to remove the cup padding, but it didn't affect the wearability. I actually forgot I was wearing it until I scratched my shoulder and saw the blue strap, something I never experienced with typical or sports bras.
Most disabled women will NOT have trouble putting this on. It's truly very easy to put on and take off. If you can slip on a button-up shirt or a coat and work Velcro, you will be able to put this bra on.
Easy-Open Front Closure Bras come in blue with white trim (what I received) or all white, and come in sizes ranging from S to XXL. You can go to the Fresh Comfort Inc. website to order your own. They also offer front zipper style bras, along with seamless boxer and brief styles of underwear.
I LOVE this bra. It's very comfortable and will provide all-day support.
WOULD RECOMMEND: Yes, absolutely.
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