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Aubergine

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  1. 12
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    28M

    Didn't fit

    NB: This bra is a prototype, and may not reflect the finished style for sale.

    The Aubergine is a lightly padded plunge, similar to other Comexim/Anna Pardal plunges. It has a 3 part cup, fully adjustable straps and fastens with 4 rows of 3 columns of hooks. I got my bra with the reduced cup option.

    I got the opportunity to try this style as when I emailed Anna of AP to ask about what I could get in the new extended size range, she said that I could try one of the new styles which they were still finalising if I wished to in exchange for offering feedback. The ... bra was ordered sight unseen, I only got to see fabric swatches, but I was happy to get a 'suprise' bra. I've been very impressed with Anna's communication and assistance throughout the whole process.

    One thing I will say for anyone wanting to order from AP is that it cost me $30 US in shipping to get the bra posted to Australia. Anna said that she's looking into other carriers to reduce the cost, but at present, this is rather pricey.

    The cups and band of the bra are made of a beige fabric overlaid by a purple (eggplant) stretch lace. There's green ribbon trimming the top of the cup and green bows. I love the colour of the lace and I think that it's a very subdued and sophisticated style. I'm not 100% on the green trim, though it does fit in with the model name of aubergine. My husband however said he thought the green trim was really striking. The ribbon trim creates the tiniest ripply edge on the upper cup, but I think that you'd need to have a very thin shirt for this to be visible under clothing.

    The band is firm, but comfortable. It only stretches to about 71cm/28", which is okay for me who's on the bottom end of a 28 band, but I think that some people may wish to size up. I'd consider the fabric to be moderately stretchy (less firm than say Panache, but less stretchy than EM). The wires on the bra are comfortably narrow, and I think would be somewhere between Ewa Michalak and Kris Line in this size range in terms of width. The gore is the lowest which I've seen in any bra in this size range, making this more of a true plunge (I really don't feel like the PL cut truly acts like a plunge in upper cup sizes). The gore doesn't tack on me and floats slightly away from my sternum, but pushing it in doesn't really seem to cause overspill issues, and I think this is more because of my extremely close-set breasts than lack of volume.

    The cups are rather empty on top, but my breasts are extremely short rooted, and I think this is more a height issue than that the cups are too deep. The measured depth in my opinion is misleading in terms of estimating cup size. The round shape means there's no really clear apex, and breast fullness is distributed over a taller area. The straps are also a bit too wide-set for me, although better than many other styles I've tried. I also find that for me, the cup is a little too tall on the outside and rubs against my armpit somewhat.

    I feel like I'd get better support from the bra if the back band was wider/didn't have such a broad 'U' shape on it. I've become rather used to attaching 5-6 hooks to the rear of a bra when I alter it, and the 3 narrow spaced hooks feel like they're really only providing stability and 'pull' to the bottom 1/3 of the band.

    Edit: I've found after owning this bra for some time that the cut isn't ideal. Because the gore doesn't tack and is very low, the bra is lacking in stability and the cups won't hold my breasts in place for extended wear, so they fall into the centre of the bra. As an incidental note, this particular fabric isn't especially colourfast, and the first few washes had it shedding surface dye. The bra hasn't really faded from this, but I would suggest washing it by itself the first few times. Overall, the shape and design is lovely, but I think this bra cut fails in assuming that even good size-specific grading will make fashionable cuts suitable for very large breasts.

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      *applause* Seriously well written as always. Erm, what do you mean by broad "U" shape? What do you think about the stability of the bra? Do you feel like you're going to fall out? Did you have any alterations done to the bra at all?

      Also, is all that AP and Comexim have is plunges? How would you compare it to S style bras?

      Something also bugs me. The gore doesn't tack. If it is so low, it should be below the point where there is the most tension between your breasts, right? The only gores that tack on me (besides some Bravissimo and any firm full cups) are the ones that are really low because my breasts are closest and probably fullest together at the top (looking down). It bothers me that this one is very low for you but does not tack.

      Also, maybe try seeing if Sophisticated Pair does shipping to Australia? I will be ordering through there soon, actually.

    • I think that looks pretty great, especially in the clothed side view. If you decide to order again does AP offer the same customizations as comexim direct? You could get reduced cup height and see if that's better.

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      Er, also all the questions I sent you, you pretty much answered I think except the quality and I also wanted to know if you think the cup sizing is right. I don't mind where you answer them. I appreciate it <3

    • AP does as far as I've been told. I was suggested by Erica at Sophisticated Pair to get added gore height and reduced cup height. She said the problems I have (spilling out, cup height too tall) are quite common in these sizes...

    • Comexim also has half cups and unlined bras. And swim tops

    • That is such a pretty bra! It looks really nice. I love the color and the green trim, because that color blue/purple looks so good with green. :)
      Your shoulders are so petite (narrow), it looks like the straps are going to come off.

    • I think the gore doesn't tack because you have center fullness. I think this bra looks really good on you.

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      Yourlovealive That is the reduced cup height! (I had a moment thinking I forgot to mention it, but it's definitely in my review). AP does the full set of customisations that regular Comexim does. People seriously don't get how much shorter my breasts are than they're deep. I've got the biggest disparity of anyone I've seen. These are older pictures and not indicative of my current size, but I've got me wearing the same bra in 3 different cup sizes, which is probably the easiest way to see my shape issues. http://imgur.com/a/rTGoq (the largest size had a home alteration done to reduce the cup height)

      xelestial In addition to the plunges and half cups offered by Comexim, AP has some balcony styles, which I think may possibly be more your speed. You can check out the site or of course talk to Erica some more. :)

      Regarding the back of the bra, look at the shape in the picture I've got. The tall wing section pretty much isn't on the flat of my back at all. The narrow 3 hook fastenings as used by Polish brands aren't really that much wider than what Cleo uses, and so I really only have a tiny amount of pull on it. The top of the bra has very little backward tension to counteract the weight of my breasts, so I think that with extended wear, the bra will start to tilt forward, rolling the underwires into my chest (this is on par with my experience with other bras). I'd love the straps to be placed closer to the centre at the back, either with a far sharper angle down to the hook, or even better, a taller fastening.

      Re the gore placement, my breasts practically touch all the way down to my root. To get a gore which would have to tack (as in not be interfering with the part of my breasts which have basically no space between them), it would have to be something around the realms of 5cm/2", at which point I sincerely doubt that a bra would provide sufficient support. So gore tacking is a mysterious process on me, depending on the wire materials, slope of the cradle, and band construction.

      This is a prototype, so I'm not sure if it's entirely fair to compare the quality to a commercially available bra. The stitching all seems really even and there's no giant loose threads. The materials are nice and seem sturdy.

      I am not totally convinced that it's the best size (although I think it probably is), however, the shape under a shirt looks amazing, and it's quite okay to wear, so I'm not planning to return the bra. As far as I can tell, a too-big Comexim seems to give more of a pointy shape, which I definitely don't have, so I think that the bra is just too tall, and not too deep. I've never tried the brand though, so if other people have some input, I'd be happy to hear it. Anna said that now we have a base idea of sizing, it should make it easier to perfect the fit for me.

    • The gore looks fine on you. I think it's a keeper. I would keep if I was you. :)
      As long as it's comfortable too. :)

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      Nayanya Thanks so much! I've found the bra to be pretty comfy to wear so far, and besides it would cost me $50 Aus or so to organise an exchange, so I have every intention of keeping the bra. :)

      I'm not super hung up on a gore tacking or not tacking as an ultimate indicator of fit, but I think that it's worth noting in a review so that other users can get as full a picture of the bra as possible.

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      Just a small note here - I've found that the gore tacking stops my breasts from moving around or shifting throughout the day and thus gives me a feeling of support. But for a bra of this style, it's not really necessary (in my opinion). Just my two cents. And yes I think the bra especially looks great under a shirt! Which is usually my ultimate test besides comfort. I hope you'll get back to Anna on the fit. Maybe it will help her understand the kinds of needs people with our shapes have. Seriously thanks so much for all of the details and the review.

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      Your inner breast tissue is so deep Ereshiy , that the gore is pretty close to tacking IMO. :)

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    28M

    Didn't fit

    NB: This bra is a prototype and may not reflect the finished product.

    I have been exceptionally fortunate and was sent a second slightly different prototype of the Aubergine. I've already reviewed the bra (see my other entry), but this version has green straps and clasp instead of the black of the initial bra.

    This version is also a reduced cup and still has fully adjustable straps and fastens with 4 columns of 3 rows of hook and eyes. The cup and wing fabric is identical (and very nice).

    While the basics are the same, I have found that the green elastic is slightly more stretchy than the black, making the ... band on the longer side for me (it's currently most comfortable on the second or third hook), and the straps are a little flimsier. I think that the green straps must be a little longer as I've found them slightly too long even fully shortened for my high-set breasts.

    If I wear the band on a comfortable hook, the fit of this bra is similar (nice cup depth, cups a little tall for my short breasts, gore doesn't quite tack, straps much too far apart).

    I think that I prefer the appearance of this version, but the version with the black elastic is a little sturdier, and therefore more comfortable for my very heavy, projected breasts.

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