Okay, I know it isn’t 1984 and Madonna isn’t the world’s biggest style icon, but I must confess that I’ve started showing my bra straps again. And not in the “I-have-a-baby-feeding-from-my-boobs” kinda way. And here I must confess that our staff is entirely split on this premise, and some feel that perhaps bras still should actually remain undergarments that actually go…you know, under a garment. However if you know you’re going to have bras peeping out of your tanks or sundresses (whether you mean to or not), consider the gorgeously colorful Matchy Matchy bra straps as a way to do it with a little more style.
When I first heard about Matchy Matchy, I was also a little wary of the concept. But then I started thinking that if my bra straps are going to peek out anyway, why shouldn’t I at least do better than some scruffy beige swath of elastic with lint on them? (Not that I know anything about that.)
It’s not all about the straps though. The Matchy Matchy bra is actually a convertible t-shirt bra that the founder spent much time designing to fit perfectly under that everyday staple. I do have to say that the underwire and foam-lined contour cups made my boobs look pretty spectacular in a regular Gap tee. I also love that you can make the straps criss-cross to be worn underneath racerback tops, too. The bras come in three smart neutral shades as well as black and are reasonably priced for the quality at $39.
One quibble: The bras only go up to a size 36C. And hello? It’s not just the small-cupped among us who like to rock a t-shirt, so hopefully they’ll add more sizes soon.
As for the bra straps, they come in a rainbow of colors–30, in fact–so you truly can match them with any favorite top or dress. My favorites are a greyish purple called Dusk (pictured) and Tanzanite, a navy blue that would look great with jeans. The straps come with a delicate little Swarovski crystal and om their own are $22 a pair; but if you buy a bra, you can add a pair for just $5. Now that’s a bahgain! Seriously, since I’ve tried mine, I’ve been wearing this bra pretty much non-stop.
I do admit that at this stage of my life, I’m still not fully comfortable walking out the door with my bra straps hanging out intentionally–maybe you cool 20-something moms feel differently. But thanks to Matchy Matchy, at least I’m not embarrassed when they happen to peek out on their own. In fact, I kind of like it. Don’t tell anyone.
Shop Matchy Matchy bras and bra straps online at Matchy Matchy. Thanks to the company for providing a sample for review.