After years of consideration, I have taken the plunge and purchased my very first bullet bra. The What Katie Did L6035 Padded Bullet Bra in Peach.
At first I was confused. Padded? Padded? Where is my padding? Where is the huge squishy device that in times of disaster could be used as a make-shift pillow? Where is my chicken fillet, or at the very least, chicken drumstick?
Then it dawned, the padding is there, just a little more subtle, a little more discrete. Within the layers of satin and cotton in the What Katie Did padded bullet bra, is a sort of soft foam. A gentle covering over the entire breast, not just a single lump of styrofoam.
My second impression was disappointment. Oh no... did I get the sizing wrong? Ordering online this is certainly a possibility (however carefully you double check measurements). I seemed to be squishing and squashing everything in, but at all the wrong angles. It was not uncomfortable, but I started wondering if I was doing it right.
Having only just tackled the inconsistent sizing of modern day lingerie, it seemed a cruel prank so stick me with a new, more confuddling system!
So I stopped, I took a step back and looked.
It looked odd.
A small dimple in the centre of my chest hinted at cleavage once there, and in its place stood two decidedly haphazard cones, arching (much to my dismay) in a considerably less perky fashion than imagined.
I blinked, I looked away, and then I looked once more.
And strangely, things became a lot less bizarre. With a deep breath I pushed my shoulders back and saw the perkiness I'd always desired. It didn't seem odd anymore to be wearing traffic-cone-esque breasts, but instead, I felt overwhelmingly feminine. My posture appeared stronger and my décolletage, if not larger, simply appeared more... apparent (and not in a bad way).
I decided to give it the test under vintage clothing, because ultimately, that's what I bought it for.
Deep breath, slip the first dress on, a loose 1940's number... hmm... mildly impressed. Not blown away by the difference, but it did give a bit more structure to the billowing blouse.
Dress number two, a gingham 1950's dress.
So here's some pictures to show you what I mean..
Without the bullet bra.
Bullet Bra Roulette, can you pick the bullet?
(left without, right with)
(left without, right with)
With the bullet bra
Without (above) and with (below)
With (left) and without (right)
Without (left) and with (right)
So, the Bullet Bra! Weird, but also wonderful.
For me, despite the intial shock and awe, it has become a wardrobe staple. Though I don't wear one everyday (as I don't have the patience or money to wear vintage everyday), bullet bras are perfect for adding extra shape to 1950's dresses and creating that hourglass silhouette.
Bullet bras: be perky, be proud!
Other bullet bra blog posts:
- Atomic Redhead's Vintage Must Have: Bullet Bra
- Tuppence Ha'Penny review of What Katie Did Bullet Bra
- Not specifically about bullet bras but By Gum, By Golly did a wildly comprehensive post on bust silhouettes of the 1940's
- Lingerie Addict did a post about pin-up essentials featuring the Bullet Bra
Hope you enjoyed my bullet bra encounter! If you have any questions or advice, write them in the comments below or email me! If you want to see more posts like this (maybe on the girdle or different bullet bra brands) let me know!!!