I love this lilac/lemon color combination and I get my usual 40L Alana fit. But, the straps are a new material which folds over far too easily and even though the cups and band are doing their jobs, the folding straps are cutting in, making this my most uncomfortable Alana.
A conversation with 2 fellow Bratabaser's compelled me to wear this bra again. I had worn this less than 5 times in the year since I purchased it, mainly because of the folding straps. The straps still fold over but, they did lie flat where they made contact with my skin. I think I am ok with this kind of folding straps.
Before taking this bra off I decided to re-measure the cup height and depth and to my amusement, both were about a quarter inch bigger than when I first measured (all of my bra cup height and depth data is with bra on/boob in cup).
It has taken a while but this bra has "grown" on me.
I thought it would be interesting to compare my original measurement data for this bra to what they are today.
.......................................... original / current / difference
band length un-stretched..... 34.00 / 33.00 / (1.00)
band length stretched........... 40.00 / 41.00 / 1.00
cup depth.............................. 17.75 / 19.00 / 1.25
cup height............................. 14.50 / 15.00 / 0.50
The (1.00) inch change seems ok as I would have expected some shrinkage with 10+ hand washings.
The 1.00 inch increase in stretched band length is not surprising.
The 1.25 inch increase in cup depth is very surprising.
The 0.50 increase in cup height is a bit surprising.
These results lead me to wonder whether Bravissimo deserves its reputation of being small in the cup and a buyer thus needing to size up. Yes, a bra will initially feel small/tight but will it expand with break-in? I plan to explore this further.
Note: I do not use the cup over knee technique to measure cup depth as I think a more meaningful and relative data point is when a cup is occupied by ones breast. I think it makes sense that depending on bra style, bra cup dimensions can also vary during the life of a bra. Also, the cup over knee technique does not take into account the distance and hence volume I gain from a floating gore. With this white Alana, I have 4 inches of floating gore today, I did not record this measurement in my original review.
Updated on Sep 11, 2020