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Fits ribcage0.0
B. perimeter0.0
Stretched Band76.0
Band Length63.0
Stretch ratio1.2
Cup width14.0
Cup depth23.0
Depth ratio1.6
Wire length23.5
Cup height13.5
Cup separation2.0
Gore height13.5
Wing height12.5
Strap width1.3
Hooks5
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Index30:7
EU65F
UK30F
FR80F
AUS8F
US30F

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Used to fit

Update: 3-29-21, I actually decided to throw on this bra yesterday as it was hanging in my bathroom after being handwashed for the 2nd time. I was honestly planning on putting it in the listings b/c I didn't think it was wearable. However, I'm not sure if handwashing it again softened up the cups or what. For whatever reason, this time when I was wearing it, I didn't feel like I was in danger of coming out of the cup on the left side. I wore this bra to just walk to the store and get some tea. Some observations: this bra gives some definite "cakes on a plate"/Marie Antoinette cleavage. It makes my breasts look like two bowling balls. You can definitely see the roots and the roundness. This isn't a look that I usually go for.

When I was walking to the store, I definitely felt like my breasts were bouncing around as I was walking. Maybe if a person had less soft tissue, they would bounce around less. So, this type of bra is more a bra that will put your breasts on display, but not necessarily contain them/minimize bouncing movement: I don't think I could ever go dancing in this bra - I would be bouncing around everywhere!

Lastly, later that night when I was meal prepping, I took off the straps and wore this bra more like a corset (strapless). It basically stays in place b/c of the longline shape.

Thanks for reading my novella!


TLDR: This was my first attempt at purchasing ABTF after learning my correct bra size. I purchased this bra online, because it was cheap and based on it's appearance, but I didn't factor in cup shape, and what would work for my FOB breasts.

This is a discontinued bra I bought off of YourBraStore.com for $15 shortly after I learned of my "true size": I bought it because I thought it was cute. And, I mean, for $15, I was willing to take the risk to see if it would work out. Wow, did I have a lot to learn re: cup shape, ha ha.

The good: initially I kind of thought that this bra was wearable (or I convinced myself it was) because it was so cute. Construction wise, the things I love about this bra are the band and the straps. The band, guys, wow -what a winner! The fabric is stretchy and smooth, and I find the band comfy yet supportive. Because the fit was so odd with the cups, I did the whole "upside and backwards" thing with the band to confirm that it was indeed the correct size for me; when I measured the band, I did get it to stretch to 30", so it is TTS.

I've rarely had straps that are so perfect for my frame: I'm used to wearing poorly-sized V.S. bras (34DD), and the straps were *always* coming off my shoulders. These straps are in the perfect place for my frame, so thank you "Curvy Kate," whoever you are...

Now on to the bad: unfortunately, I believe the cup shape is wrong for me. I believe the cups would work better for a FOT person, and when I looked through the pictures, I think this looks better on FOT women. I'm not sure if you can tell from the pictures, but my larger breast (left) is almost coming out of the top, as far as, and my nipple is dangerously close to the top of the cup - not a good feeling! Also, on my right breast, there is some mild gaping at the top of the cup, so I don't believe it is an issue of cup size, more of cup shape.

This is the type of bra that *wants to be seen* as it makes an uneven pattern under t-shirts, however, I couldn't wear this when I'm almost coming out of it. Also, I wouldn't really consider this bra padded, per se...it's more like thickly lined.

There was one more left in 30G on YourBraStore.com, which I think is a useful resource for us Canadians (or whoever), but it's better if you know *how you fit* in each of the brands, before you order online. In my case, I don't think going up a cup size or two would solve the issue of the overflow, I just need more projection close to the underwire since I'm FOB.

Updated on Mar 29, 2021 Flag this


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  • 2

    Sorry it didn’t work for you, but I think it’s so pretty!

  • 1

    Rozelyna, ha ha, thank you : )

  • 1

    I saw your pics first and thought “Oh that’s pretty I need that!” Then read your review and said “dammit better not it won’t fit me either” 😂

  • 1

    I saw your pics first and thought “Oh that’s pretty I need that!” Then read your review and said “dammit better not it won’t fit me either” 😂

  • 1

    confused , haha, thank you.

    I actually am not completely sure I "diagnosed" myself correctly, but what I've researched about this style of bra is that it doesn't work the best for FOB types. Sure, it does produce some cleavage, but my nipple is like, so close to the top of the cup, lol.

    If I could only take the band and the straps from this bra, and the cups from the previous bra I tried on (Panache Envy), I could piece together a pretty decent bra for myself!

    I'm still new on the journey, lol, to find "the perfect bra" - if that exists, but I learned not to purchase hastily based on appearance.


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Fit information

On Jul 2021 View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

Bottom of the cup:
Can't quite fill it
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)

On Jul 2021 View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

Bottom of the cup:
Can't quite fill it
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)

On Jun 2021 View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

Bottom of the cup:
Can't quite fill it
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)

On Jun 2021 View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

Bottom of the cup:
Can't quite fill it
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)

On Jun 2021 View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

Bottom of the cup:
Can't quite fill it
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)

On Jun 2021 View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

Bottom of the cup:
Can't quite fill it
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)

On Apr 2021 View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

Bottom of the cup:
Can't quite fill it
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)

On Apr 2021 View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

Bottom of the cup:
Can't quite fill it
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)

On Apr 2021 It fit her! View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

On Apr 2021 It fit her! View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

On Apr 2021 It fit her! View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

On Mar 2021 It fit her! View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

On Mar 2021 It fit her! View measurements

After hand washing for the second time, the cups seem to soften up. there is *mild* overflow on my larger breast (left) but I think bra is wearable. the gore doesn't seem to bother me, it seems to tack close enough to center.

On Mar 2021 View measurements

cups are a shape mismatch for FOB breasts, the left is almost coming out of the top.

Center gore placement:
Doesn't lie flat against sternum
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)
Cups separation:
Too separate for my boobs

On Mar 2021 View measurements

cups are a shape mismatch for FOB breasts, the left is almost coming out of the top.

Center gore placement:
Doesn't lie flat against sternum
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)
Cups separation:
Too separate for my boobs

On Mar 2021 View measurements

cups are a shape mismatch for FOB breasts, the left is almost coming out of the top.

Center gore placement:
Doesn't lie flat against sternum
Top of the cup:
Cuts into breast tissue (quad boob effect)
Cups separation:
Too separate for my boobs

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