In the last 6 months or so, I’ve found myself completely converted to longline bras. They are harder to come by but they provide such a lovely, smooth shape.
I’ve been wanting to try the Rago 2202 Longline Bra for a while but had some reservations. I decided to give it a go now that I’ve basically worn out my Pleasure State Ivy Rain Bra and the fact that it seems to be a favourite of vintage lingerie blogger The Nylon Swish.
Sizing is a little tricky with Rago- for a start their band sizes only start at 34 and I’m normally a 30 or 32 in the band size for a bra. Because I was then sizing up in the band, I had to convert the cup size. Usually I’m a E cup and I know that Rago cups run a little on the larger side so I went with a D cup.
The fit is pretty good surprisingly! The cup size feels pretty spot on, and the back isn’t as loose as I thought it might be. It would still be great to have a 32 option but at least this works!
One of the other reservations I had with this bra was the length. A year or two ago I tried the Goddess Lace Longline Bra and was wildly unimpressed with the fit, quality and found the length so long that it stopped far below my waist and push my stomach down, meaning it was very unflattering.
The Rago 2202 is much better quality and whilst ideally I would like it .5-1″ shorter (it’s still slightly too long for my waist) it’s a far better than the Goddess one. You can actually fold up the lower waist band to shorten the length!
This bra is the perfect match with my favourite piece of shape wear, the Rago 6207 Longline Shorts. I wore this combo under this Nicole Katherine Designs Dress and it created a seamless line and nipped in waist. The waist on my 6207 is a little roomy since I sized up to fit my hips so being able to place the band of the 2202 bra smoothed that over.
The cups are soft and every so slightly bullet shaped… but not so much so that you can tell once you have a dress or a top over. I feel adequately supported considering I have ALWAYS worn padded bras, the only noticeable difference being that my breasts feel slightly wider set than with one of my normal bras.
Now one problem you do hit with this bra is that it’s not a great match with a lot of dress necklines. The shape of the cups and placement of the straps (they are a little more in towards the centre of the chest compare to other bras where the straps are closer to the armpits) mean that the neckline of the dress cannot be too low or too wide.
However I have found a solution to this problem! Because the cups are soft and not padded, I put a strapless bra over the top of the 2202 and tuck it’s cups in. This means I still get the benefit of the smoothing factor through the back and waist and can wear it with other dress styles.
It’s not ideal but it works for now! If Rago could just do a strapless version, all my problems would be solved! But all in all, I am really happy with my purchase and glad I decided to try the 2202. I purchased mine during a sale at www.herroom.com but check there are number of Rago stockists worldwide. The Rago 2202 Longline Bra goes from a size 34B to a 48DD.
Have a read of my review of the 6207 shorts- they were my favourite discovery of 2014!
x Miss Victory Violet