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Fits ribcage0.0
B. perimeter0.0
Stretched Band73.7
Band Length58.4
Stretch ratio1.3
Cup width12.1
Cup depth17.1
Depth ratio1.4
Wire length21.6
Cup height0.0
Cup separation2.5
Gore height5.7
Wing height8.3
Strap width1.9
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Oh, glorious day! Something just about fits me, finally!! (In other words, I finally cut the paper tags off of an Amazon bra! LOL)

I love this bra. Purple and black are my favorite colors, and I adore the rich color and unusual style, so I felt strongly about hoping this one would work. After 9 failed bra trials with 30 bands, I downsized to a 28 and that seems to have helped.

The band is very snug and firm. I do hope it loosens just a little. This is the first bra I've worn that let me understand what people are talking about when they say a bra creaks. It definitely does! Like other reviewers have said, this is not a bra that would be comfortable to wear all day. I can definitely see myself looking forward to taking it off when getting home. However, it also makes me feel good about how I look with it on, which is priceless to me.

It's not perfect. There are moments when the cup feels too small and I get small amounts of quad. There are moments when it seems too big, because at just the right angle, I get a little bit of gapping in the upper corner. I accept that this says far more about my body shape than about the bra itself. I'd be curious to try this on in a 28E and a 30D or DD. Most reviews for this suggest going up in both band and cup. I'm not convinced that would work better for me, but when I get the chance, I am going to give it a try.

The gore does dig in a little bit...I shoved a piece of make-up sponge foam between my skin and the gore, for now...I am hoping that the band stretches a little and helps resolve that (or I can bend the wires slightly and fix it). But, all in all, this is (by far) the best fit I have had so far. It supports me very well and gives me a nice shape. The thicker padding on the upper part of the cups really helps compensate for my lack of upper breast tissue. The side support is fantastic and the wide set straps aren't a problem (even on my 5'1 frame). It will definitely show under very thin shirts, but at this point, I don't even care! I am just so happy that something seems to work for me!

I have wide-set/splayed/ average-rooted, shallow (from sag), small, deflated upper, very soft breasts. I've also developed an exaggerated tail of spence, which I now believe is from 20 years of wearing ill-fitting padded push-up bras. I was starting to get pretty upset about nothing working for me, when someone reminded me that I may not find a "perfect" fit, and may have to settle for something that's pretty close.

Purple Wine colorway

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    I am glad you finally found your bra that fits :)

  • I can see why you are so pleased with this bra.

  • I can see why you are so pleased with this bra.

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    I'm glad you found a good fit! I love the look of the Charlotte. The high waisted brief is great too.

    I have a Charlotte in 30D in red I'm looking to get rid of if you're interested. It's NWT.

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    The colors: swoon :-) So lovely!!

  • drawingdwarf How much are you asking and would you be willing to hold on to it until after the first of January? Between the holidays and simultaneous intensification of the bra search obsession, my bank account is not very happy with me right now! But, I really do want to try the 30D and the red in this (even though I never wear red) looks beautiful.

    I have an eye on the matching high-waisted brief (which I can't believe I'm saying). I'm not sure I'll be able to pull it off, because I'm short...but I would love to cover my post-pregnancy stomach with something that was matching and cute. Even if it's less than ideal, aesthetically, it would probably do wonders for my confidence...

    That, too, needs to wait until next month though!

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    Thank you, all! It is a relief that something fits enough to reassure me that this is not a hopeless endeavor. :)

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    sereneindeed I can definitely hold onto it. I've had it for most of a year and never gotten around to getting rid of it. I was thinking around $25? I just bought a bra I don't need and a panty grab bag I definitely don't need so I'm also having to cool it on the bra front.

    Even though the bra didn't fit I've been wearing the brief because I love it. Definitely one of my most flattering pair. I'm 5'1" and the brief hits me just a bit below the waist. I'm about 35/28/37 and the small is a good fit, snug but I wouldn't want it to be at all loose. It's not a control brief but it does smooth everything out a bit. And they never give me wedgies.

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    I love this bra too! So glad it works for you. I especially like the side covage as I have squishy old boobs that just escape easily out the sides. Also going to FF gave 3 hooks.

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Fit information

On Dec 2015 It fit her!

Using cotton or makeup sponge to pad gore. I can deal with that part. Washed twice. Still very tight.

On Dec 2015 It fit her!

This is the first that actually works for me! The 28 band is very snug, but I think it is going to loosen up enough to be comfortable. Pulls in tails of spence. Not a perfect fit, but perfect is impossible with my breast shape. Gore does dig a bit. Might have to mod that.

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