I’m pretty sure that every single lady reading this will have struggled with finding the perfect strapless bra, let along a vintage style longline one!
I feel like I’ve done so much internet surfing trying to find that perfect bra but it always feels like a huge gamble buying underwear online. There are very few strapless longline bras within the vintage realm and the two I’ve tried didn’t really work for me. This Goddess one was slightly too big so I can’t judge it fully BUT I could tell that it came up super high in the middle, so much so that I wasn’t sure what necklines I would actually be able to wear it with. Plus, it was kind of a awkward belly button length which just isn’t flattering.
The What Katie Did Cabaret Bustier (no longer seems to be available), I tried on at their Boutique in London and unfortunately because of it’s low-back, it reduces the support in the front and I felt like I was going to fall out.
So both of these styles were a fail for me and everything else I can find come down way below the waist so will create bulges around the middle… What I needed was a strapless bra version of my favourite Rago 2202 Longline Bra.
This has been a foundation staple in my wardrobe ever since I bought one over a year ago. I don’t wear any shapewear on a daily basis apart from this bra- I love the smooth shape it gives me through the waist and that awkward bit of skin between a belt and bra doesn’t get pinched.
The only downfall of my beloved Rago 2202 is that it’s a very vintage shape- it comes high on the chest and the straps are further towards the neck than modern bras. However, as a pinup who likes to find a solution to these sorts of problems, I found 2 other ways to wear my Rago 2202 so that I could wear it with ever single item of clothing I own.
To demonstrate the different ways, I’ve got the Pinup Girl Clothing Peasant Top which I’m frequently asked about which bra I’m wearing underneath. Here’s what the bra looks like normally underneath the Peasant Top…
Obviously not ok! Some adjustments are definitely needed!
So firstly, if I want to wear the Peasant Top off the shoulder then I need to turn my Rago 2202 into a Longline Strapless Bra.
I start off by putting on a regular strapless bra which I got a few years back from Bra’s and Things. You want to make sure this fits you really well as this is your main support.
Now I put the Rago 2202 over the top and tuck the straps and cups into the padded cups of the strapless bra. Try and tuck things as smoothly as possible to reduce any lumps but to also ensure that it’s not too uncomfortable as the day goes on.
I find this really effective and only might need minimal adjusting and tucking during the day. You could try wearing the strapless bra over the top of the Rago 2202 to create a smoother look at the cups but I found that the regular bra stays up better against my skin than over the top of the slightly slippery Rago mesh.
My second way of wearing it is for when I’m not having to worry about having straps, but I need the bra to be lower or the straps further apart.
For this, I simply put a regular bra over the top of the Rago 2202 with straps and cups tucked in. Because I still have the straps up, I don’t need to worry about the bra slipping down. This style requires a bit of tucking, especially through the middle but it’s a great adjustment for when I want to wear the Peasant Top with the sleeves on the shoulder.
Obviously, it would be SO MUCH EASIER if someone could just make the perfect strapless bustier that has both larger cup sizes and a wide range of back sizes (including smaller ones!). Pinup Girl Clothing has something that looks very close to perfect BUT it only goes up to a D cup and the backless aspect makes me wonder if I’d have the same problem as the What Katie Did one.
This is a a good little hack for now while I hope that one day I’ll find a better solution! Read my review from last year about the fit of the Rago 2202 here if you are looking at purchasing one.