I got this bra for a good price on eBay. It is a full - cup bra and has the same cut as my 34KK - Bravissimo » Darcy Bra (LN260) bra. The material is a soft silky fabric that is at the same time looking sturdy. Much better fabric than on 34K - Bravissimo » Georgia Bra (LN563) The top of the cups features stretchy lace but they are lined. The lace does not stretch much but feels very supportive because of the lining. I love the light pink color. The band is very firm and does not stretch too much. ... Ideally I would wear a 34 band in this bra.
The support and uplift is superb. The bra gives a very center front shape with lots of forward projection, also a round shape from the side. The shoulder straps are not too narrow and fully adjustable and don't slip. The cups are rather tall and deep, there is lots of room at the bottom and top of the cups. I think this bra is better for full on top shape, if you are more full on bottom you probably have to size down.
Issues I had:
The band feels a bit too tight. The cups come up too high under my arms and I cannot fill the top section. If I adjust the shoulder straps very short to get rid of wrinkling in the cups. I feel like they don't need to be that tight and that it makes the underarm issues worse. I don't think it is such a bad fit, but I think I need to size down in cups to get better support and less tall cups. I'd love to try this in 34JJ.
Edit: I decided to keep this bra because it's really close to a good fit. I thought it would work well on bigger boob days and it does. Fits perfectly on my pms boobs, I got rid of almost all wrinkling. Also I don't find the band too big anymore, I wear it now without the extender. With the extender I even felt like the band rode up a bit. The shape is amazing, boobs inside the contour of my body, I look like I'm 1 clothing size smaller in this.
Updated on Mar 04, 2019 Flag this
My first sports bra from Bravissimo. I bought this at a very good price in used condition to figure out my size.
So I have worn it on 2 days already. It is not bad, it feels very supportive. The exercise I would like to use it for is light exercise at home, hiking or cycling and for that the bra is supportive enough. But I think that it is just a bit too small, the gore just does not tack on me.
Also I feel that the cups are quite shallow and wide. On the first day I have worn it it felt good but I removed it as ... soon as I got home. Today I wore it for a full day to test it - it started to hurt in the afternoon around the underwire and felt constricting.
The band is not even tight, I wear it on the tightest setting already. I think it is the cups that are too shallow and small for me. I'd look to try a 34JJ now. This bra is known to have a very tight band so I will stick to 34s for now. It is comparable in constuction to Elomi sports but less pointy in shape. It also runs 1-2 sizes smaller compared to the Elomi which currently fits me in 32J.
Updated on Aug 04, 2020 Flag this
I love this Swimsuit! The best I've worn so far! I'm so happy I gave this a try. It's a non-wired swimsuit that actually works for big boobs and feels supportive.It makes me feel good and confident with my body. It's comfortable to wear for few hours at least. The band + cup construction do a lot of support because the material is thick and firm. It's a bit thicker than your usual Bikini material, more like on a sports swimsuit. Of course with such a style there is some strain on the shoulders but for me it was bearable wearing it 3-4 hours to sunbathe and swim. ... It felt also good in the water, it would hold it's shape. The quality seems nice and the claps look sturdy. I have to update once I worn it a bit more if that still applies.
Sizing: now I tried this in 34J/JJ and 36J/JJ and found the 36J/JJ to work better for me. (I usually wear bras in 32JJ-K range) The band is quite tight, so I recommend sizing up. The 36 band feels more comfortable. The "cups" in the 36J/JJ give me the coverage and security I need and still feel supportive. The bodysuit is cut rather modest and has good coverage on the back / legs and front. The plunge neckline is deep, but I find that it looks good in combination with the more modest suit. It gives you nice cleavage for sure. For reference I am 169cm / 5'6 and I have rather long torso. It's long enough for me. Most bathing suits are too short for me but this is perfect. It might be a bit too long if you are very short. My clothing size is UK 16-18 / EU 44/46 / US 14/16.
Honestly I fully recommend this for large cup sizes if you can handle some weight on your shoulders. It's one of the best I tried so far.
Updated on Jun 18, 2022 Flag this
Just got this bra among a few others from Bravissimo. I thought the light beige colour could make a great t-shirt bra for me. I actually really like the colour and say it's even a geat colour as a nude bra if you are paler than me.
The Lola bra is for everyone who loves a very uplifted green shape (referring to the famous BrasIhate blog post) and really don't have a problem with a very retro look aka pointy boobs. Everyone else, avoid it.
I don't mind the green shape if it's rounded enough to not look like you wanna poke someone. ( For example in Ewa Michalak ... BM bras) It's not the case with this. It's so pointy, I feel uncomfortable with it.
So about the fit, it's what you'd expect from Balconette in that size range, typical to other Bravissimo bras. The cup edge are very tight and cut in, so it's not FOT friendly. The wires kinda wide and I have slight wrinkling on sides. Straps are kinda seperate but I've had worse, cup height on the side is also bearable. Quality seems nice, fabric is soft.
This bra is apparently based on the Candy Bliss (CB). Now I had CB and the shape as never like this. Marguerite by Bravissimo has the same cut. Marguerite and Lola are discontinued, so grab them now or if you are like me who dislikes them, good riddance.
Updated on May 13, 2021 Flag this
This bra is amazing! I love it so much! It really gives me a much needed confidence boost. It's like the most beautiful bra I own. I just find this color combination so pretty and classy.
About the fit:
Yes I'd say that it fits. It's not prefect but I expected much worse. I think 32J is the best size for me in this bra. The only fit issue I have is that the bra is a bit shallow at the center and that the top section of the cups is not very open. This is a problem because I have soft full on top boobs. So when I put ... the bra on there is no quadboob but once I've worn the bra for a while there is just some slight quadding, because some soft tissue just wants to escape the cups. On the other side, I used to have issues with plunge bras in the past. My boobs just "fell out" of them because the gore was too low. With this bra that is not the case, despite the low gore everything stays mostly in place.
The band fits me quite well at 31 inch underbust and I say that the band is quite firm. The wires are super sturdy (like Panache wires, yay!) and the whole construction feels very supportive. The lace part at the gore can be removed, which is quite good so I can use the bra also as a regular plunge bra too without showing off too much under low cut tops. The only negative thing I have to say... I found the fabric a bit itchy. I hope it will soften with a few washes.
Updated on Jun 25, 2019 Flag this
The Bravissimo Dina is a true balconette style. The cups are made of a 3 part construction, the upper part of the cup is not stretchy in this size. There is a nice added fancy strappy detail on the cups. This bra comes up to UK L-Cup. I think it is awesome that Bravissimo tries to offer something a bit more special in their largest size range! The band does run true to size like usual Bravissimo bands. My underbust is currently aroun 31 Inch and this fits me just fine. I think that Bravissimo bras run generally 1-2 cup sizes smaller compared to other UK brands. I ... can wear a 32J in Elomi but size up to 32JJ in Bravissimo.
The shape is very good, centered and projected. I have to say that on bigger days there could be just slight quadboob between the cup Edge and the extra strap, especially if you have soft boobs… the strap is very stretchy though so it should not cut in much. It's barely visible. Just saying that this could be an issue in some cases. On smaller boob days I get slight gaping towards the shoulder straps because the bra is just quite tall (like all Bravissimo bras). I lost just a tiny bit of boob volume lately so the gaping became a bit more obvious. I'm not sure if I already need a size 32J in this now. The bra was a perfect fit 2 months ago though…it's still wearable now.
One Thing about the extra straps at the gore…if you like lower cut necklines they will show. I like the look, it's cute. But it only goes with black tops and Maybe Grey ones. Now in summertime I just find myself not reach for this bra so much. So for a bra like this I recommend getting a black colored one if you want to show it off.
update after 1 year 9months of owning this bra. I have worn it a lot and it is time to retire. It held up well being in heavy rotation for over 6 months and worn occasionally later. It just recently got a bit unsupportive. The wires stayed put.
I decided to retire this bra, I removed it's good wires to put in a weaker bra and will use the non wired Dina as a sleep bra now until it falls apart.
Updated on Feb 14, 2021 Flag this
So the Amelia bra I wanted to order in my usual size 32K but customer service talked me into getting it in 34JJ because it runs small in band. I don't know where they get that info from, but my bra certainly does not run small. I compared it to 32K Millie and 32K Mabel I got in same order and the band of Amelia is 6.5cm longer!
So do NOT size up in band! I rather break in a band in with and extender than deal with an already too large band. Also the Amelia bra is too pretty for some messy band alternation.
My shape: narrow / medium ... roots,center full projected, full on top.
Getting that out of the way back to the bra. It's a really pretty bra with some extra strap detail on back and front cups. It's kinda cute but to me it would also be ok without it. The bra doesn't look as pretty in my size range than on stock photos.
The band is definitely too large. The straps are very stretchy. If I adjust the straps shorter the band wants to ride up and if I make the straps longer the top of the cups feels more loose.
The wires are rather wide, the cups are not very projected and very tall. They come up very high on me. The wire and gore are very tall. The top section of the cups is very stretchy lace which adjusts to your shape. There is a lot room left but if you don't use it the lace still lies flat. I think I could even size down a cup size and there would be enough room with the stretch. I'd also prefer a less tall cup. However I fear the bra be then too shallow for me at the bottom in a smaller size. It's hard for me to judge if this bra would be a winner in the right size or it would feel too weak with to many stretchy parts for my rather heavy boobs. I don't know if it's worth to try 32K or 32JJ in this bra.
update after measurements; the band on this bra measures 76cm unstretched, and 88cm stretched. It's slightly less stretchy than Millie or Mabel band, so I think that is what they meant to tell me. But my underbust measures 76cm so the band as it is does not much for me.
Updated on Jun 23, 2021 Flag this
The Melrose bra has been around for years. It is what I call the "old bravissimo full cup shape". It is different to their newer full cup shape on bras like Darcy, Selina or Urban Rose. The old Bravissimo full cup shape, features cups that are very tall and very deep at the bottom, then they are very projected which can often end in a pointy shape. (Bravissimo Dotty Spot was the worst offender with it's pointy shape)
The top section of the cups is very closed and will not allow for any full on top tissue in the correct size. It will push down your boobs or ... cut in, if any boob escapes these tall cups. The top section of the bra takes over half of the cups in a size 34K and looks nothing like on the store pictures where the lower section looks bigger than the top section. It does not look very flattering on.
The quality is really good. The fabric is sturdy and also soft-feeling. Nothing compared to that cheap slightly scratchy Alana fabric. The upper section is a lace fabric with zero stretch that is lined with another fabric with zero stretch. I could do without those scalloped edges at the band and under the arms, it can rub on skin while wearing making the bra uncomfortable. The band is firm and the shoulder straps are fully adjustable.
How it fit me/ the problems:
The cup of this 34K is really tall, even though I have tall boobs, it is too much. The wires are slightly too wide at the sides, they are very tall under the arms but gladly don't poke. The gore is very tall too, but lies flat and seperates the breasts. The cups are also slightly too big. That's why I don't get that extremely pointy shape or the cutting in. The bra does not look too big on the pictures, but I have adjusted the straps very short to get rid of wrinkling. I could even fit some extra paper tissues into these cups.
The band fits well. I think that if I tried this bra in a 34JJ, I could have the top section pushing my boobs flat. I don't know if there would be quadboob since I cannot imagine any tissue escaping these cups? I just imagine the bra being uncomfortable and giving a downward pointy - flattened on top shape. What I have to say: this bra has lots of room and lots of projection in the bottom of the cups! I don't get any wrinkling at all at the underwire.
The bra does feel supportive but I feel that size is not quite right. I don't think my boobs get the proper support in these cups, because the wires are too wide and the wrinkling on top. I think the bra would be very supportive in the right size but would not give a very much uplifted and round shape. I think the best shape to fit this bra would be: tall boobs but very full on bottom. Also wider shoulders would help too, because I found the straps too seperated and they cut into my arms.
Updated on Mar 03, 2019 Flag this
This bra was the best out of my recent CK bra trials, but there are still some issues here. First a few words about the bra itself. Oh how gorgeous this bra is! I love the blue color with the lemon print! I also think the fabric of the bottom cups feels quite sturdy and the lace top part of the cups is rather thin and lightweight but it does not feel cheap. Looks like a good quality bra.
The straps though are thin like always on CK bras which I personally dislike. The band seems to be tts or even a bit small for a 34 band. It ... does ride up a bit if I close it on the loosest setting, but I usually wear a 32 band. I would have liked to try the bra in a 32JJ but I couldn't find this size online. I don't know If CK does not make the size or if it was sold out already.The cups are actually not that bad, the wires were less wide than on other bras from this brand. But it could also be because I tried a J cup here instead of a 32JJ. I really feel the difference between CK cups that are much less tall than most other brands that I wear. I have to say, that besides the CK Victory which is a very tall bra, CK is probably not the brand for you if you have tall boobs. So the lace edge does cut in a bit, and I feel like I could need some more support for my upper breast tissue. I don't think a bigger cup size would solve this, I don't think that it is 1 cup size too small. It's more that I would need a bit more fabric in the upper cup. (Or maybe a bit more depth at the center like always!) But I find the bra to be quite deep for a CK bra.
Like I said, it is not that bad, but the bra has the same issue that every bra from this brand had so far: it just feels not supportive enough. I know this problem might be specific for only my size range. I find the straps too flimsy, there isn't much uplift from the cups and too might weight goes on these thin straps. I also feel that with wear over the day that my boobs would fall out of the cups. (I had this problem with another bra from this brand where the bra just collapsed and got less and less supportive over they day. I had to always adjust my boobs in this bra and got neck pain from it. It was 32K - Curvy Kate » Gia (CK2101) ) So I fear this would happen with this bra too. I would look past the issues with wide cups or a little cutting in, if the bra felt supportive enough because I love the print so much. But support is the one priority in a bra that I won't compromise on.
Updated on Sep 12, 2019 Flag this
After trying several sizes in this bra, I finally found one that fits!
I'm quite happy with the 32K it is as good as it gets! There are still some minor issues (as there are with all my bras), they are:
- wires being too wide
- gore folds over each other and digs in
- shoulder straps are too separate (bra made for a wider frame / wider shoulders than mine?) and digging into shoulders painfully
- there is some empty fabric on bottom, and some empty fabric on top, when I swoop and scoop I fill the cups but with wear the bra gets pushed down and cups are empty ... on bottom.
now positive things:
+ no quadboob, all breast tissue inside the cups
+ great shape, round, uplifted and slightly projected to the front ( no east west)
+ stable and sturdy construction
+ I'm not that much into floral prints usually but the print on this bra is just soooo pretty, the pictures don't do it justice. I love the colors https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
Oh it runs slightly generous in cups, I usually need a 32KK in Panache and I have still a bit room in the cups in the 32K Floris.
Band is rather firm, size up if between sizes.
Updated on Aug 11, 2014 Flag this
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