Transatlantic Travel in the EB Defy Bra Tank

When I first heard about Evelyn & Bobbie’s new Defy Bra line, I was simultaneously: (1) Skeptical that it would work on my bust size; and (2) Intrigued by its possibilities for travel. After all, one of my least favorite sensations is getting poked by stiff underwire while on a long flight, so the idea of subbing out all underwire bras for travel appealed to me in a major way.

Fortunately, once I decided to take the plunge and try the EB Defy Bra for myself, I learned that my skepticism was unwarranted.  I became a convert from almost the first wear, but I still tested out the product for months before sharing my first comprehensive review for how the Defy Bra works on full busts, particularly at the top end of their current band size range.

You can check out the full review here, but long story short: I LOVE my Defy Bra.  I’ve since gotten them in multiple colors, and I am constantly wearing them in my day to day life in NYC.  I also did some limited travel testing in the bra before my first review post (and the Defy Bra passed with flying colors), but as soon as we booked our trip to London and Paris, I knew I could really put the tech to the ultimate test.  This time, I decided to test out the Evelyn & Bobbie Defy Bra Tank, a smooth, seamless layering tank with the EB Defy Bra built right in.

Our flight to London was technically six hours, but between a 45-minute taxi ride to our friend’s house to drop off our dog, another 45 minutes on the way to the airport, a three-hour wait before boarding, customs and immigration at Heathrow, and an hour Tube ride to our hotel in London, I had a solid 12+ hours of travel time in the Defy Bra Tank before I’d even have an opportunity to take it off.

The face of a woman who has been awake for almost 24 hours (!)

With a regular underwire bra on a plane, I typically am uncomfortable in my bra after a few hours.  Flying in my Defy Bra Tank was like an entirely new experience.  I never once felt pinched, squeezed, or constrained.  The bodice of the tank is a very stretchy microfiber (nothing like uncomfortable shapewear tanks).  It also stays in place wonderfully – I never had to tug the back of the tank down.  My husband actually thought it was a bodysuit because it stayed tucked so perfectly through all the bending and maneuvering at the airport!  The bra part of the tank feels the same as the EB Defy Bra (i.e. great), and the support is just as impressive.

I’m the type of person that is too susceptible to the seemingly drastic temperature fluctuations on every flight, so I wore a cardigan over the EB Tank for some of the flight.  But when I got too hot, I was very comfortable taking off the cardigan and wearing it by itself.  The microfiber is completely opaque, and for the most part, it just looks like a regular tank top.  The only thing to be aware of is that it some lights, the shape of the built-in stretch cups can be visible, but that is nothing that stopped me from wearing it on its own.

Indeed, even after 12+ hours of travel in the Defy Tank, I felt comfortable enough to keep wearing it for a day of exploring London that turned into a night pub crawl.  All I had to do was swap out my flight sweatpants for a more structured pair of denim and I was ready to go.

Over the last few days of the trip, I’ve also been wearing my Evelyn & Bobbie Defy Bras under my other clothes (including yesterday on the train from London to Paris), and my Longline Girl Shorts (perfect underneath dresses – they are long enough that thigh chafing isn’t a problem, and EB’s signature microfiber stays in place for a smooth silhouette with no panty lines).  They’ve all been just as comfortable and functional as I’ve come to expect from Evelyn & Bobbie, and they also have the added bonus of taking up VERY little space in my luggage – particularly key since I am currently in the middle of a week-long, two-country trip with only one international carry on (!!!)  Between the comfort and the packing perk, my Defy Bras and Bra Tanks will definitely be a mainstay for any travel going forward.

I know a bunch of reader babes bought and loved the Evelyn & Bobbie Defy Bra directly from the EB site last month after I first posted about it (and got 20% off with my exclusive code CURVILY20), but if you prefer to order from a site you already have an account with, I have some good news for you: Nordstrom is now carrying Evelyn & Bobbie online!  I’d love to see Evelyn & Bobbie in stores too (it is definitely a product that you have to try to fully understand how awesome it is!), but in the meantime, Nordstrom has a famously good return policy, so you can try the Defy Bra with no risk there.


Manhattanite, body positive fashion blogger, & Associate Fashion Editor at Plus Model Magazine