Etta is one of my favorite bras ever. I love the dainty floral print, the super soft lightly padded cups, and the smooth satin finish. It worked surprisingly well for my pendulous, FoB breasts and short roots. The 28G was too big in the cup after losing some weight and the 28F - Bravissimo » Etta Longline (LN412) was too small. It's now my goldilocks bra as I think I need a 28FF for the fit to be just right. The three-part, padded plunge style is reminiscent of a Comexim plunge bra. I've put more details and a full review of the fit of both sizes on my blog, plus a brief review of the 28FF - Bravissimo » Satine Bra (AU15), the cut on which Etta is based, for comparison. I hope to try the new pink colorway as well.
I'm glad I accidentally got sent this bra because it gave me the opportunity to find out which bra in the entire history of undergarments is the worst possible bra for me. I now avoid unlined seamed bras such as this one like the plague. The "fit" was basically what you might expect of a bowl of jelly upturned into a butterfly net. Obviously seams=support doesn't apply to unlined bras when they run into my soft boobs. I have never felt so horribly jiggly, floppy and unsupported in a bra. Not to mention how itchy and wrinkly the cups were. The material is like torture.
0/10 would not bra again.
That said, if you can wear unlined plunges, it seems as good quality as my other Freya bras.
I'm in love with so much about this bra: the fire engine red, all-over lace is stunning. The materials are lovely and soft. There is ample projection, but the cups also run at least half a size large and somewhat wider than I expected. Unfortunately, it's an incompatible shape for me https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> That red, though! A full review can be found on my blog.
Freya's padded half cups have always been a go-to for me. Fearne was on my must-have list since I saw the AW16 previews. I just love the pattern and the bra looks so much nicer in person than in the promo photos. The material is delightfully soft and smooth with quality finishing. I think it's flying under the radar, and that's a shame, because it's beautiful. Unfortunately, the 4-part padded half cup from Freya is a shape mismatch for my narrow, projected, close-set, FoB, short-rooted boobs. I wish it fit. There's a full review on my blog!
This was my second attempt at finding a padded half cup that fits from Gorsenia via Othereden.co.uk. My first was 65E - Gorsenia » Margo Padded Balconette (K280) which was a little bit too small in the cup. Patti fits much better, and it's fun to finally have a really vibrant color in my bradrobe again. Just look at that coral! This model comes with cookie pockets, unlike Margo. It's the ideal cut for me - ample room at the wire, tapers enough on top that I don't spill out, but doesn't cut into my roots at all. My only quibble is that the back closure materials can be a little scratchy on my sensitive skin for the first few wears. Full review on my blog!
This was my first attempt at this beautiful lace longline bra. Both the cups and band were too big for me. The band runs true to size for a 30, but the cups run at least half a size to a full size big. The wires are much wider than my Freya padded half cups in this size. The gore is also taller and quite wide, which did not work for my close-set boobs. The 4-part cups are fairly closed on top and projected, so good for full on bottom shapes, but probably would cup in if you're full on top. Other notable features of this bra are really soft and stretchy straps and only 2 columns of 5 hooks. The materials are soft and supremely comfortable, except, in my case, for the wide and tall gore. I loved how it looked so much that I ordered it again in 28FF - Freya » Fancies Longline Bra (1014). I've written up a full review of that bra on my blog.
This bra had been on my increasingly diminishing list of must-tries for months. My dream bra is a padded-to-molded balconette with minimal detailing or seams to show through shirts and ideally with narrowish (but not tall) wires. What few measurements were available on Bratabase seemed to confirm that this would be the case with Mimi. My pendulous, high-set boobs consistently strike out with Cleo's unlined bras (ugh, just awful, even the magical Lily that so many rave about). I got a pretty good fit with Neve, only the wires were wide too and the gore too low.
Sadly, I struck out again with this bra. I ordered a ...32G because it was on sale even though my usual size is a 30G or 30GG depending on brand. 30G can run a little small in Cleo's molded options like Maddie (which is a total fail for me). This bra's measurements gave me the impression it would be rather shallow, so I would have thought my ideal size to be a 30GG. I'm not sure how accurate the measurements here are and will be adding mine soon. Since Cleo bands run tight for me, I figured 32G would be a fair option.
Keeping those size gymnastics in mind, this bra isn't right for me. While the wires are narrower than, say, a Freya half-cup, they are far too tall. Even though they don't really poke my armpits, they are very U-shaped. The cups are deep, not shallow like I thought. Fit wise, it seems like a cross between Cleo Juna Balconnet Bra (6461) and Cleo Maddie Moulded T-shirt Bra (7201) . It is more open on top than Maddie, but more molded than Juna, yet has the same U-shaped wires as Juna. Also like Juna, this bra only has partially adjustable straps, which is probably the only reason why it's not reaching my armpits: I can't fully get it into my IMF; at least not comfortably.
The main, glaring issue with this bra and why I will not be keeping it is that the cups are super tall. There is no place to measure cup height for Bratabase, but laying a soft tape measure from the top center edge of the cup along the curve of the cup to the base of the underwire channel (not including the band), this bra has 7" tall cups. At 5'1" with high-set and short roots, yet again I find myself wishing that I could order the "petite" version of this bra with a reduced cup height. Because of the tallness, I am literally getting a wall of bra that is empty at the top. My larger side does a little better. I am getting the most emptiness nearer to the gore. The cup is jutting out more there. This is also where my tissue wants to slide the more I wear it and move around. I am not sure if this is because it is probably 1/2 a cup size too big. A cup down might quad on the larger side. Because of this severe gaping, although the gore is quite tall, it doesn't support my breasts towards the center.
The gore: it is much taller than other balconettes I've tried, more like I would expect a true half-cup to have. I have a little space between my boobs so high gores don't really bother me, but the thickness of the underwires and channels in the center irritates my chest. It tacks hard at the top and floats at the bottom of the gore. I find it uncomfortable and would have had to bend it out if I'd kept it. I always get a little floating at the bottom due to a dip in my rib area, but never had a bra so uncomfortable at the top of the gore.
Band: I have to wear the 32G on the tightest hooks, so for this bra I would say the band runs TTS if not a little long. More like a Freya 32 than what I would have thought a Cleo 32 would be like.
Size: If I were to give his bra another chance, it would have to be in a 30G. But the cups being so tall and the partially adjustable straps pretty much rule it out, anyway. Now that I think about it, with all Cleo bras, lined and unlined, I am between a 30G and 30GG and the cups are always too tall. I may have to scratch this brand off of my list even though the styles are pretty cute.
Appearance: I cringed when I ordered it, but truth be told, I don't hate the leopard print. I like the minimal detail of the tiny scalloped edge and no other frilly bits. The material is soft and supple. The underwires are thick and hard, true to Cleo's usual, which I don't really like that much, but wouldn't be a deal breaker if they weren't the wrong shape/height/length.
Unless someone wants to gift me a Comexim this month, I will be waiting until next season's offerings come out to make any bra purchases. My to-try list is dwindling to next to nothing while my fail list grows. I'm so tired paying too much for bras that don't fit. My post office probably refers to me as the one who returns everything, and they wouldn't be wrong.
Bonus review note: This is the first bra I ordered from Amazon that didn't arrive damaged in the mail. They padded the cups out with paper. Maybe my complaints are having an effect? Read more 914 more words
Margo is a really pretty floral print padded bra with embroidered lace and a cameo gore charm that I adore. This is the second Gorsenia bra I tried this year. I wasn't optimistic after 65F - Gorsenia » Cheri Soft Underwire Bra (K221) didn't work for me at all, but I think I've found my style. I love the look of this bra - it reminds me of a Victorian rose garden - and the cut fits me much better than the Gorsenia unlined bras. It runs pretty much true to size, so unfortunately this was one cup size too small and the band a ...little bigger than I need. Gorsenia makes a couple styles of padded balconette and they seem to be listed here as all the same (sharing measurements), but this one is not the same as the 2-vertical seam cut like Gorsenia Solange Padded Balcony Bra (K159) . This one has a 4-part cup with a horizontal section across the top. In general, it fits very similarly to a half cup, but with good projection and is accommodating to my inner and apex fullness. The cups are also fairly narrow for a padded bra and the low side wings add to the comfort.
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Success! I am shocked that the 30F in this bra actually fits me, but it does. After losing weight, I have been sizing down to 30FF or 28G from most of my 30G bras. However, this bra in 30FF was still too big (see 30FF - Panache Sport » Non Wired Sports Bra (7341) for a full review).
In fact, the 30FF fit much like my 30G that I also have in this bra in an older colorway. So there is a chance that the floral/gray colorway runs a little big in the cup compared with the black/geo which, in my opinion, runs true to size. ...The standard advice with Panache's *wired* sports bra is to size down in the cup. Previously, I would not have suggested this for the non-wired. Now I would say do not rule this out if you are less full on top.
When I took the bra out of the box, I was certain it would be too small. I was surprised by, visually, how scaled down the 30F is compared to the 30FF and 30G. The measurements reflect this, saving 1/4 inch on the cup height and gore height measurements. For someone petite, high-set and short-rooted, this 1/4" makes all the difference in the fit of the bra for me. I no longer have a gaping chest panel or bunching material. The straps are also comfortable tightened pretty much all the way. I would still like a tad more length, but it's sufficient, unlike the 30FF where the straps were a little loose.
The band feels even better (more snug) than the 30FF. I am contained in the cups and the gore separates well. There is at least 1/2 inch reduction in cup width compared with the 30FF. The side/underarm area does not reach into my armpits and I am super excited about that. Once again, the Panache Non-Wired Sport in an accurate size for me has pretty much become my best fitting bra.
Appearance: I am pleased with the colorway/pattern even though I realize now that the straps will probably be on show a lot and they are a little bit "loud". I would have preferred solid blue straps. The east/west pointiness is also reduced by being in a better size, but it's still there for me. I wish it were just a little more rounded. It's still a fantastic appearance under clothes for a sports bra.
Quality: My only lingering issue with this bra is that the inside of the cups easily creases towards the bottom after wearing, even just for a minute or two. This is not a projection issue. As I have tried and worn this bra in a few sizes now, I think it is to do with the construction and how the foam cup is anchored to the wireless band.
Final notes: this bra arrived with the center of one cup a tiny bit dented right at the middle. It wasn't packed harshly and I don't know if it will loosen with time, but it's not noticeable when wearing, anyway. The wrinkles/buckling on the seams that you can see in the photos only appear when the bra is not being worn.
Pro-tip: Short rooted and/or pendulous and those with flared ribs, do not forget to hike this bra up into your IMF before S&S to make sure it's sitting right. Read more 452 more words