I have those short short short, side heavy and functionally full all over, extra high set, tall root troubles. Anderson doesn't cut in on me which is an achievement, however this could be a huge sign of problematic fit for upper full shapes as I seem to do well with cups that tilt forward strongly from the fullest point up to the top of cup, and this could likely gape on others? I absolutely cannot tell if the far set projection presentation I have in this bra is a symptom of it being an east-west issue or high set/tall root boob problems, and this molded cup runs disappointingly tall, shallow and wide as they all typically do. I'd say this is more of a spacer foam than the stiff cheap kind commonly found in retail chains, so there's some give in the cups but it's not much to write home about. There is a vaguely conical shaping in the middle of the cups which is also pretty run of the mill, although this seems to be less vintage bullet bra than just slightly more projected looking in the apex alone. The upper cup might just have an extra wide load spacing for big roots? Either way the cup shape lends itself to corralling breast tissue into a cleavage puddle presentation for better or worse, a little light herding the girls away from the sides to the front but no great shakes once they're there.
Which I honestly don't mind because in the face on constant swelling and misery, general comfort is a rare prize not to be scoffed at. Anderson delivers on that front.
This model is a little lighter weight and better suited to warm weather yet appears to be fairly sturdy, and while it's covered in sleek fabrics that don't look like they'd last through a lot of wear, the build feels reliably workhorse without being brickhouse or fighting against my frame. Incredibly it hides stiff nipples quite well for being sub-Deco levels of foam thickness. The underwire is plunge and somewhat set on it's side, a much finer gauge than most brands in this size so maybe they get stronk in larger cup sizes? Anderson's gore is sufficiently small, nothing amazing however. Gore both sits on my inner breasts and allows overflow although this is neither fugly nor painful as with most bras. Meaning there's enough room in the middle of the cup to the center which I'm not used to having! The wing and rest of the band are about the same height so there's more support than most bras in this size range. There's also the usual stupid boning in the side of the band back behind the cups, however they're not jabby. Seems to be sewn into a solid fabric reinforced encasement seam, therefore the boning doesn't bend and shank as they often do in other bras which sew them into flimsy stretchy mesh seam that bubbles and bends. The elastics feel higher quality than I've experienced in freya and panache, the cup to strap proportion allows for a smaller shoulder and is similar construction and quality to swimwear straps. The rise from the side to top of cup is more diagonal that vertical which is nice given my breast extends directly outward from my armpit region, this can be a truly aggravating zone to contend with extra wide set straps or having the strap placed right above the outer wire where it joyfully saws me to hell and gone in most (non prima donna) balconettes. It could certainly stand to be a little lower but it's pretty serviceable for the complicated fit issues I'm rocking out here.
Pros: THREE HOOKS, gods yes fk finally. Utter lack of wires digging in the front or sides, gorgeous low cut plunge neckline, super soft as per extra sensitive skin, sleek and seamless perfect for layering, straps are very comfy placement and materials, cups sturdy yet allow for a bit of fluctuation, nice classy styling.
-Nobody likes rough lace on a cup along the side where our arms gets chaffed or clothing catches on it. Stop it bra makers, this is stupid.
-This is the ONLY bra I've ever encountered where the straps are a billion miles too long. I have notoriously massive shoulders and have them drawn down to the smallest possible length, grabbed my kid's strap clamps to racerback them into a manageable shortness, and will need to have them shortened and sewn to not stretch at all whatsoever. What in the what, WHY???
-THE BAND RUNS IDIOT SHORT! Yes, I took the 28" band down to 23" resting because 27" stretched is my personal taste but this style runs SHORT, and I mean beyond Ewa Michalak or Tutti Rouge levels of short, and should be cautiously considered to size up a back or 2 in lower band sizes for anyone who doesn't also need a very short band.
-Honestly 7.3" cup height in this size is hardly a 3/4 sized cup and frankly I'm tired of pretending it might be.
Updated on Feb 26, 2023