Now initially I too thought it would have been scratchy and on the surface it seems that way however it is not. The sides are very soft and wearing them I barely notice. They are pretty true to size also. I have noticed that unfortunately, you cannot tell how comfortable a bra really is going to be until you wear it a few times. I should note they are all see-through and most come with contrasting colors. Not sure how that appears to be matronly...however there are no extra details to make it look romantic or girly.... And even though its full coverage it's not as bad as most of the Full coverage bras you see in most stores, I would say its more of a full balcony than a complete Full Coverage. Gore also lays Very flat. I have bought 6 of these so this is from a long term perspective. I will say that they can make the inside of your shirts pill a little more.