Annette Sharp holds a BAAS in Behavioral Science from Texas A&M. She is a counselor and motivator with an empathetic heart.
A Bra That Works!
I finally broke down and purchased the Genie bra 6 weeks ago. I was shopping at Beall's during one of those 'Coupon Days' when you can shop all day and get 20% off the entire purchase. I'd been seeing those infamous commercials for months "As seen on TV!.....the Genie Bra!". I decided now was a good time to take advantage of it while I had the savings.
I looked at the size chart and decided I should wear a Medium. I'm one of those "in-between" sizes sometimes, so I proceeded with caution. Not wanting to take any chances on returning it later, I asked the clerk if I could try it on. I walked briskly to the dressing room and eagerly tore into the box to, (at last), sigh in comfort after putting on the Genie bra.
It's A Good Thing I Tried It On In The Store....
First, I had to insert the pad into the bra cup; it only comes with one pad already in place for display purposes. I struggled a bit with it, but finally had it in place. So, I slip it on over my head and attempt to pull it down with much difficulty. Once in place, I felt a bit cinched-in. I looked in the mirror, and to my amazement, saw puffs of skin hanging over the edge. Eee-gads!! It was too small!
I looked at the size chart again: 35-37 bust size - Medium. Looking under the Large section on the chart, I noticed that my size, 36A, was listed with the 37-40 inch bust (as always, me and my "in-between" size)! Fine then, so I'm a Large.
After slipping it on, it fit just right, not too tight, not too loose, but like Goldilocks: "just right".
Why I Like The Genie Bra
Now that I've had the bra for 6 weeks, I can truly say it's about as comfortable as you can get. I'd always bought the Victoria's Secret bras for true smooth comfort, though I can't stand those lacy things around the edge on some of the cheaper brands. They drive me nuts, itching and stinging! Plus, the cheaper brands never seemed to fit me "just right", so I was pretty much sold on the Victoria's Secret bras. But I have to say, this Genie Bra is more comfortable than any other well constructed bra.
It's smooth, doesn't bind, and it gives a natual look with no fake looking "push ups". My daughter described the look as "perky". Ha! I feel that it gives much better support than the standard bra.
Pros & Cons of the Genie Bra
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to care for, versatile, variety of colors, good support, easy to find in stores, can be used as camisole, the straps don't fall, great looking under any clothing.
Cons: In really hot, humid weather it was not as "free feeling" as my Victoria's Secret bra. Also, after reading many customer reviews, it appears that it may not be the best choice for some women; especially very large breasted women or women with odd shapes. It seems to work best for women with very small to large breasts. It just depends on the size and shape of the woman.
If you are one of those women who wear the really low-cut tops, you probably don't want this bra. It's not exactly "plunging", you can see the fabric of the bra above your shirt.
My best advice is to buy one size larger, which is what I did. The only sure way to know if it fits is to try it on in the store first.
Now You Have It....
Now that I've announced my bra size to the world, I'd like to say that I'm pleased with my purchase of the Genie Bra and plan to buy more. You can find them anywhere: Walmart, Bealls, major department stores, Ebay.......and you know the rest. Seriously, you need to at least try it on and see for yourself.
Have You Tried the Genie Bra? How Do You Like Yours?
Beth37 on May 14, 2013:
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on May 14, 2013:
Beth, it comes with pads that are not in the bra. You have to put them in place.
Beth37 on May 13, 2013:
What did you mean "insert the pad in the cup"?
It comes with pads?
George Greene Jr. from California PA on September 01, 2012:
not just the low cut dresses but in the early fall, we still are sporting the spaghetti strap tops! some bras look good if the strap isn't overbearing on the look(taking away from the top itself ). the dream for me would be a bra for us falsies users for the one sleeve dresses. I am sure that other women with the real ones would also applaud such an invention.
Annette Thomas (author) from Northeast Texas on August 31, 2012:
moonlake: Thank you and please do try this bra!!! Very comfy.
You are right, with the really wildly low cut dresses, it will show. But it's sooooo good, otherwise!! Thanks!
George Greene Jr. from California PA on August 31, 2012:
Being a crossdresser, this hub enlightened me a lot! I know now that if I want something to work with my falsies , this would not work under certain garments. Ty for your post!
moonlake from America on August 31, 2012:
I was just watching this on tv and wondering if it would work for me. After ready your hub I think I will try one. I can't wear Victoria's Secret's bra at all. Thanks so much for this hub. Voted up.