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Fits ribcage0.0
B. perimeter0.0
Stretched Band82.4
Band Length66.0
Stretch ratio1.2
Cup width17.7
Cup depth31.3
Depth ratio1.8
Wire length35.8
Cup height0.0
Cup separation2.1
Gore height15.9
Wing height16.7
Strap width1.7
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I would consider this a pretty good fit on me.

My usual size is 30K, but I think a 32J is probably actually the best size for me in this at the moment. My underbust is my narrowest point, as I have a rounded tummy and a V-shape ribcage, so about an inch above and below my underbust will measure closer to 32 inches. The band does ride up very slightly at the centre of the back, but it doesn't actually move, and any tighter would be too much for my tummy and result in the band flipping up all the time, so I'm happy with the 32. The gore doesn't sit flat at the top (not sure if this is due to an issue with construction, or just gore height on my close-set boobs), but I don't get overspill or gapping, and I get fairly decent cleavage. The straps are fairly thin, though I don't seem to get any issues due to strap placement. The sides are a little high, but again, not too bad. Saying that, I don't find this bra particularly supportive. It feels wonderfully supportive if I push the gore flat, but with the gore lifting slightly, I do get a lot of bounce moving around. Definitely more of a looker rather than an everyday bra.

It being a longline skews the measurements slightly, so: measurement from top of the gore to level with the bottom of the underwires: 13cm; measurement from top of wing to level with the bottom of the underwires: 13.8cm. So overall I would say the cups are average width, shallow depth, but open on top with a fair amount of vertical volume (i.e. a good cut for cakes-on-a-plate cleavage). Disappointed that the band only extends about 3.5cm under the wires in this size - I'm guessing this is the usual issue of them using about the same length band for all sizes, resulting in larger cups taking up most of the longline space. Still, it's longer than most bras and still looks cute. The colour is a lovely bright pink, and I love the pink mesh overlaid onto a light base for the cups. The floral embroidery is definitely a nice change from the usual way floral is done, too.

All in all I love the look of this bra (I wasn't expecting to find a decent fit in a longline er...ever?), and it's definitely a fun piece that I'll likely incorporate as outerwear this summer, but if you're looking for a supportive, everyday bra, this might not be the one for you.

Updated on Jul 04, 2015 Flag this

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