The Arla bra is based on 32J - Bravissimo » Maya (LN655) but it has a t-shirt fabric over bra rather than a lace. Maya comes with 3 hook closure while Arla with a 4 hook closure in sizes above GG - cup! The Arla is a truly amazing bra! I would not want to miss it and I'm sad I did not buy more before it was sold out in the black color. (There is a new white / navy one that comes now up to K cup!)
So when I put the bra on it felt very tight. The band is on the smaller side. I can close it, but I prefer to break the bra in with an extender. If I'd buy another I'd go for the 34HH even! I also think that because it's a black color, the band feels tighter. It's about 2-3 cm smaller than on my Maya. So as soon as I added the extender I was in love with the bra! It feels so supportive. I love the wide band with the 4 hooks! The cups are a good fit on me and the fabric offers some extra coverage. I can wear this bra under a low cut top and it will looks like I wear a cami top underneath. The gore will never show.
Speaking of gore, it tacks and the wires are of average width for this size range. I have no issues. The shape I get in this bra is perfect, round and fron't and center. There can be no east west as the top fabric also helps to center the boobs. It feels supportive and comfortable all day. I just feel so neatly dressed and have never to worry about my boobs with this bra. There can also be no quadboob or gaping on show since the upper fabric will smooth it out. I think that this bra can work for well for minor size fluctuations that don't affect support. (Like 1/2 cup size PMS differences) It was very comfy on my PMS boobs while other bras hurt me.
One thing I don't like so much is the decorative orange band under the bra. I mean it looks cute on the photos. In reality it just rolls up especially if you have some extra chubb under the boobs... it does not lie flat 1 sec. So if it rolls up under it can bother me.
I have a trick now so it does not bother me. I already roll the band up but so it's up on the outside so it lies outside of bra on the rest of band and wire. Apart from that this bra is everything and I wish Bravissimo brought the black back and added more colors or neutrals... I'd buy it.
Updated on May 24, 2020