Another less-than-15-dollars bra off of Amazon, provided by HerRoom this time, so I thought, "why not?!" I haven't tried a Claudette in like 5 years. Will try on in the morning!
So.... It fits!! It's probably technically a bit too big, seeing as there's a small bit of in-cup wrinkling after my boobs settle, but when I first swoop and scoop, there's a bit of quadding. The wires are ever so slightly too wide, so there's space to escape to the side. If they were just under 1/4" narrower, it would be perfect!
There's a small bit of empty space just under my breasts, more under my left boob especially, but I have a flat spot underneath, so I just think it's due to my trapezoid-shaped roots. So far with a few minutes of wear, the bra doesn't slide down.
Top elastic doesn't cut in, which was my biggest worry. But with weight loss, I've kept some of my projection and base height, but not my fullness, so with very empty lower half, I am effectively shorter rooted now. I still have a thin bit of tissue that goes mostly to my collar bone, but the fullness is mostly just at and above the apex and no higher.
Gore is nice and low, but the ends of the wires dig. With my ribs flaring right below my breasts, it causes the bottom of the wire to tilt away therefore causing the ends to tilt towards my chest. I can't win with gores! Too high, and it just hurts pinching the edges of my roots against my sternum, but too low and they stab right into me. Will have to bend away.
The band only stretches to 29 inches, but surprisingly still feels too big on. I have it on the middle hook yet it stretches far from my back. If I can get it for $15 again, I'll try a 28 band.
Profile wise, well it's sheer mesh, so it doesn't add much. Just kinda is a placeholder to prevent jiggling, otherwise my natural shape is still there. (for me the cups are a bit pointy in shape like I am. Could be again that it's slightly too big, I've seen rounder images from fuller shapes stretching the mesh more.)
Overall, very happy! So sad the brand is gone! I always seem to like discontinued brands :/ Will snatch whatever is left on Amazon before they're gone for good!! Could even make a pattern from it. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
Will upload more pictures once I'm not in public any more (at a wedding!).
More pictures up!! And oh, as for the color! Definitely not what it appeared on the screen. The model was pale and it appeared a matching color, but it's definitely more suited for an olive toned skin that's darker (it matches the olive-tan pillow perfectly haha). I love the hot pink, though!
Update after a full day of wear: It. Fits. It fits!!!!!!! The underwire actually follows me nearly exactly, the cups stay the same all day (don't have to readjust) and it's comfortable overall! Still need to bend the underwires out from sternum, but I hardly notice the bra is there! I could be nitpicky about strap width, but seeing as they are a very stretchy elastic (pros and cons there as well) I can wear them tighter without it digging in too badly to prevent the slipping off feeling. Oh yeah and I have the ba s on the middle hook, so I think I'll try a 28 band next.
Unsure if I'm more bloated or what, but I didn't have any cup emptiness today. A few wrinkles but those I know are from the straps being tight. In all my other bras, since the wires are too wide, I settle into the sides and the center and upper parts of the cup end up empty, but not in this bra!! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
I need to buy more before they disappear for good!!!
Updated on Jul 19, 2018