This bra looks so much prettier in person. I ordered it with help from Erica at Sophisticated pair. She was incredibly helpful with judging fit of other bras from photos and listening to my concerns. We decided to go with the 32E since the bands run small, and this definitely fits more like a 30 band, I even have to use a bit of an extender with it to get the most ideal fit (my ribcage is 30.5). Without an extender the band is a bit tight and the cups have some slight bubbling. An extra set of eyes from an extender solves both issues. When I first got it the cups seemed a bit shallow but after a few wears they seem to have moulded to my shape and no longer feel the least bit shallow, this makes me wonder if there have been some bras I've given up on too quickly.
This bra was The One for me. When I put it on, I didn't have to wonder if I was okay with too-wide wires, or a weirdly angled band, or a little bit of quadding at the top. It was, and continues to be, The Perfect Fit.
You can definitely tell that the Anna Pardal bras are high quality when you hold one in your hands. The stitching is tight and the lace on top of the cups is very luxurious-feeling and doesn't crinkle or move separately from the foam cup (my Ewa Michalak S bra does this, and I'm not a fan). ...I'd compare the quality to that of Masquerade, and all up I paid about $95 AUD for this bra and the matching panties - the average Masquerade in a boutique store in Australia will go upwards of $100 AUD just for the bra. I'm very happy to pay this as full retail price for a set that is high quality and fits well (seriously, I am a grad student and will always buy cheap/bargain if I can get away with it), and would highly recommend saving up for one of Anna's bras if you need narrow wires and deep cups.
Prior to this bra I had never encountered wires that were narrow enough for me post-tissue migration - even the aforementioned Ewa S bra, which is my next best-fitting bra after this one, had wires that extended past where my tissue ended. The wires on this bra contain me perfectly with no extra room. The gore is a soft tack on me rather than firmly pressing onto my sternum, but I'm OK with this as it doesn't compromise the fit or support in any way and it's quite uncommon for gores to tack on me in any case. My male partner was actually the one to notice that this bra is the only one I own where there isn't any gapping near the straps. After thinking about this, I think this is possibly due to my very tall breast roots (the Comexim plunge cut, which this bra is constructed on, is known for having tall cups and a common modification to purchased bras in the large cup/small band size range, according to Anna, is a reduced cup). This feature of the construction, which apparently is at odds with so many other people who buy Comexim/Anna Pardal, seems to work very well for my (somewhat unusual) root height, which is nearly up to my collarbone. If you try this cut for the first time and have a very tall root like me, I'd definitely recommend trying the base design without any cup reduction.
I'd like to talk about the band as well. When choosing a size to order, I followed the advice of Erica from A Sophisticated Pair and went with a band and a cup up from my closest UK size (preferably Panache). I used to be a diehard Panache fan and wore 32H across the board in their styles, but have been leaning more towards needing a 30J after an increase in breast volume due to weight gain and a developing preference for firmer bands. I decided that I'd rather risk the band being too small than too big, so I ordered a 32J (up from 30J in Panache, equivalent to 70M in Comexim sizing - Anna Pardal bras have the sizes converted to their equivalent UK size). I didn't feel any discomfort from the band at all, and it sits in a much more comfortable spot on my back than my UK bras do (lower down, more perpendicular to the apex of my boobs as opposed to angled up). I think this is related to the cut of the band (the angle at which it's attached to the cups) as well as its firmness, and I love it!
To conclude: this bra was the nail in the coffin for UK bras, for me anyway. I probably won't be buying from any of the British brands again, just because Anna Pardal seems to 'get' my boobs and my body in a way no other brand ever has. I find the designs so much more appealing too, for both AP and Comexim - the big British brands seem to all swing between the extremes of 'too girly' or 'too matronly'.
Addendum: I should describe the fit of the panties too. I bought the 'tap pant' in a size 4, and I'm usually around 12/14 in UK panties. They come up a little higher on my tummy than I'm used to, stopping just shy of my belly button, but they seem to fit that way on Anna's model too, so I didn't mind too much. They're really soft and comfortable, and easy to take care of (I machine-wash mine in cold water). The elastic doesn't dig in around my hips at all, even though I've got more weight there now, and they have enough coverage around the crotch for me to be comfortable wearing them under jeans to work, etc. The back is see-through, though - I know a lot of CK customers didn't like this about their undies, and it's not obvious when you look at the pictures on the AP website - I think they only show photos from the front. They're not crazy sheer though - think the amount of transparency that some bra band mesh types have. Read more 824 more words
Ok, NOW this is my perfect size in this bra. Anna W. was so very kind enough to send me both a 34H and a 36GG of the Emeline to try out, as I wasn't sure which size would work best. I could barely fasten the 34H, but the 36GG is perfect.
All of the issues I had with the 34GG are completely gone with the 36GG: the cup fully encases my breast tissue, particularly at the side; the band is comfortably firm and has more width than the smaller size; and I feel completely supported and stable. In short, the perfect fit!
The construction of this bra is ...similar/identical to Comexim bras, but the materials are much more luxe and sturdy in comparison, so the support is stronger and it lifts the girls higher and rounder. Those looking for a cross between Comexim and Ewa Michalak support would be pleased with this.
The gore tacks perfectly on me, and the shape is extremely rounded and centered to my body. It gives me a slight cleavage, but nothing porn star worthy. However, my breasts are fairly far apart and soft, so I never really have that butt cleavage look with any bra. And, honestly, I don't like the feeling of my breasts squished together like that anyway (mmmm...boob sweat).
As far as sizing goes, after some holiday (ok, I really can't even blame the holidays) weight gain, I feel best in a 34GG. I would say this model runs both a band and a cup size small.
I'm really excited to see this brand grow, and I think with their upcoming size expansions, AP will reach an even larger bra size demographic and will continue to grow as a great brand! The customer service is unparalleled, and they have wonderful bras to boot. Read more 193 more words
I'll write a full review of this bra on my blog in due course but for now here are the key points:
- 75 band good, although possibly 70 would be better for longer term wear - M cups too small. Wires too narrow. Some quadboob, but also there is a gap at the top of the cups. Suggest shorter cups (custom order) and would like to try lower centre gore as well, for more clothing options. - Straps fully adjust and are very comfy. - Band quite stretchy.
I'm spoiled now. This bra fits so well. I have narrow, close-set breasts and this is perfect. I may never return to Panache...
The wires are definitely narrow. For me, this is right on the edge - narrower wouldn't work, but most underwires are too wide for me. I typically accept this as a minor issue in other bras, since it doesn't really affect my comfort, but it's so nice to have underwires that don't go halfway around my side.
I feel secure in this bra (my day job involves a lot of walking around, reaching, etc., and I never adjusted throughout the day). ...The materials are nice and high quality (this is a great deal for the price, compared to my usual Cleo/Panache). The design is lovely.
Ordered from Erica at Sophisticated Pair - I'll be ordering from her again!
Sizing: I typically wear 30DD in Panache, but 32DD is perfect here.
Update 7/18: Like the other Anna Pardal/Comexim bras, the band stretched out on this one. I thought quickly but I guess it was a few years... This bra is now too loose for comfortable daily wear Read more 90 more words
This was my must have for a long time and actually I was going to order it but how lucky I am that i could swap it for other bra *_*. The beauty arrived when I was on holiday, so it was waiting for me more than a week. Today, as soon as I went inside my home and saw the pack - ive runned upstairs to see the bra. After I took it out from the pack my face stopped smiling - the bra looked small. But what a surprise when Ive tried it on! It fits me almost perfect, little bobbling but nothing that would make ...me to pass this bra to other person! It will not work before *these days* but at the moment I love it, it feels different than some of my other Comexims, gives more cleavage. Im little worried about wires as they seems to be a little on the small side, but I will see when Ill wear the bra for couple of hours. As the previous owner mentioned, the band runs tighter but now as it is second hand it feels okay on my 73cm underbust and dont need the extender. Read more 92 more words