I would actually recommend this for projected/narrow girls looking for a strapless bra, though I would specify that I think it will work way better for soft than firm tissue. It isn't as wide as many I've seen and is in no danger of migrating downwards. The gore is, however, wide and very tall, which could be a comfort issue for many people. I will be keeping this because it's a doable strapless bra and I rarely wear strapless things in general, and I will not be using the removable straps/wearing it when I'm not wearing something strapless. I would recommend going up one cup size to fit your boobies better, as it would definitely be too small in a 28FF for me but is workable in a 28G. The cup has one vertical seam near the center (but closer to the gore) and the underwires are hidden on the outside.
I got the Phoenix from AP's summer sale, and was very excited to try it because it's a 3 part cup instead of that dumb half-seam that AP apparently likes to do. It's also very cute, a pastel tie-dye sort of thing that kind of reminds me of plastic Easter eggs. Unfortunately this was not a good fit. It's definitely meant for FOB shapes; I got that upside-down 7/elf shoe profile going on, and the top section of lace cuts in, causing a quad on both sides. In any case, since I'm sort of an even/FOT-tendencies shape, this doesn't work. I get no lift and it doesn't center the girls at all. This will be returned! :'(
Get alterations if you're short and have a narrow frame - seriously. I'm a big fan of this bra, though I do feel that the band is riding up. Maybe this has a stretchy band? I might have to invest in a 55 band or something for the Basic model, oddly enough. I guess a 55J is where I need to go for this, which sounds crazy to me but I guess isn't that crazy. The cups have been lowered, as has the gore, and the straps have been moved inward. I am positive this would be too tall and would hurt my armpits, otherwise. My bigger breast is coming out near the gore whilst my smaller one is sitting pretty. Not sure what to do about that. Would one cup size up end up being too much? It's not uncomfortable, but the seams show through clothes on my larger side (left boob) and don't on my smaller side.
I love the Marcie to death. The yellow color way is pretty true to size, in my opinion, while the pink color way errs on the smaller side. For me, this means the pink one fits better than the yellow! Overall, this bra is perfect for FOT shapes that need a lot of projection. It gives that half-sphere shape and the pattern of lace/mesh(?) isn't visible through shirts. It's a spunky yellow, too!
Currently the most comfortable bra I own - great for even/projected shapes with a need of narrowish wires, I would say. I really love the Lily in general. While this seems to be comfortable and loves my armpits, however, it does have wrinkling that I wouldn't expect in the cups, but I don't think it's enough to justify purchasing a size up or down as far as cup size goes. Lily is made of a pretty nice mesh, I would say, that doesn't scratch/irritate. It's a million times softer than any Claudette I've tried, and probably twice as soft as the mesh used in the Marcie. This provides a minimized, very lifted, very centered shape. I love it. Can't get enough of it.
This fits like a 30E, in my opinion, but even then is pretty deep. This is a wonderfully designed bra. I love the mesh and embroidery, especially near the fasteners on the back. This is basically a plunge cut. I was surprised that the bra was more purple/burgundy than brown, and it looked brown from the pictures, but I am happier for that (because now I can match it with undies I have). It does produce a slightly pointy shape, similar to how the Avocado Kyoto makes a "point" at its apex. Its top ribbon also cuts in on the girls, so I am going to remove it. I am extremely pleased with this bra. It isn't giving my armpits grief, and though the wires are hard, they're a great width. I am even/FOT with soft tissue, so YMMV.
This bra is absolutely gorgeous. The materials are perfect, the construction is perfect, and its semi-adjustable straps actually adjust to a length I need! Unfortunately, the mesh on this is extremely loose. Having soft tissue on this quarter cup doesn't make for a good looking shape (IMO), as my boobs are spilling out of the quarter cup yet is not properly contained by the mesh overlay. As someone with a lot of center fullness, I was genuinely surprised that it wrinkled so much in the center. The band stretches to 31.5, which is where I'm most comfortable these days. I can't stress the high quality enough. I'm going to return this and try it in a 32D, hoping that the mesh overlay will be tighter in a cup size down (plus the cups should be narrower). Wish me luck!
First, I've had the cups reduced 4 cm and the straps brought in 4 cm. The gore is supposedly lowered but it's still 3" tall, so that might be low for a half-cup. It's basically a plunge with the alterations!
This bra is extremely soft! Off the rack, In Bloom is meant for projected/FOB/spaced apart shapes, in my opinion. I altered the gore to make it work, personally, because it was very wide. It's a good basic bra with a 3-part cup - nothing extremely fancy, and it misses the "industrial beige bra" category by only a shade!