I managed to order this bra on the very last day Anna Pardal took orders. Grr. Getting the bra took months, and I must admit I wasn't too thrilled about the whole business since this was the first AP bra I ordered and now it would be impossible to exchange if the size was wrong. Yahoo. Well, eventually the bra arrived and I got down to trying it on. Well, the cups are a perfect hit. The shape is gorgeous, almost as perky as EM S-style at its best, but achieved with less padding. The straps are bit more towards the center than in EM bras, which is ...a very good thing. The band, however, was too big. The original size was 34J and I admit that I shouldn't have listened to the general advice in the net "go one band- and cup size up from your regular UK size". No, I should have gone with my gut and taken the normal band and one cup size up. Well, no can do. So I shortened the band with 5 cm (2 inches). Problem solved. The bra is very pretty and excellent workmanship. I love the boho/hippie print and the details are lovely. A shame AP shut down, basing on this one bra, the bra industry lost a real talent. Hopefully Comexim will keep manufacturing her styles, since I love the nuance shape so much that the next time I order from Comexim, I'll ask if the bra can be made in it. Read more 144 more words
MY SHAPE: Projected, center full, close-set, tall and narrow roots.
THE TAKEAWAY: This bra was part of the luxury line at Comexim and can still be ordered for a surcharge. It's a truly beautiful bra made with incredibly soft fabrics. Altered to have a higher gore and with stronger wires, it better suits my needs, though the tack is still soft. The band runs more TTS than past Comexims I've ordered, feeling extremely comfortable ("broken in") on the loosest hook and now that this has happened 3 times in a row making me strongly consider ordering my next Comexim as a 65.
NOTE: This bra has been altered! It's a ...plunge but I ordered it with a raised gore, overlapped gore, and stronger wires. This was an experiment to see whether it would fit me better with the gore raised, and it did, but altering a 3HC is much simpler, so I just request those now.
THE DETAILS: A quite round shape in a beautiful padded bra. Smooth cups except for the lace trim, but when it fits right the lip really is not that noticeable under shirts.
The fit of this bra is very similar to the fit of my other recent Comexim purchases (see my more detailed review of the 70J - Comexim » Rosettes Half Cup), just slightly less round and without the lace. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Comfortable and supportive and beautiful, a total win IMHO. Read more 133 more words
I asked for straps moved in 2cm, narrowed gore, reduced cups, and cookie pockets. I don't know that I got the narrowed gore because the wires don't overlap, but the rest is definitely noticeabely altered. The band is tight for its size, as usual for Anna Pardal; it will stretch.
This didn't fit me when I initially got it (cups were too big), but it didn't sell and now my boobs have grown into it! Biggest. Silver. Lining. EVER! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
MY SHAPE: Projected, center full, tall and narrow roots.
THE TAKEAWAY: The Florence Nuance is one of the Anna Pardal styles, which you can still order for a bit of a surcharge. Breathtakingly soft fabric and an uplifted shape typical of Comexim plunges. Since the cups lack a top seamed section, they are quite open on top and more accommodating for tall roots and FOT shapes. Fit is very similar to the Lady Paradise (another Anna Pardal style). Band is TTCS (True To Comexim size), stretching to around 31"; this is not one of their tighter bras. Unfortunately, the gore is too low and the wires too soft for ...my center fullness.
DETAILS: Anna Pardal bras are more expensive than other contemporary styles, and you can definitely feel the difference in the materials that were chosen for them. The main fabric of the Florence is soft and beautiful, and the lace that edges its cups is intricate. Beautiful bra. I wish it had fit better!
After many attempts, I'm finally admitting that Comexim wires are just plain too soft for me*. In a "32GG" (70J), my center-heavy tissue distorts the cups at the gore, causing a sloping shape that is especially noticeable on my right side. Future Comexim bras are going to be ordered with firmer wires, one of their many alteration options. (I'm also going to order their plunges with raised gores... and reduced cups. WE'LL SEE HOW THAT WORKS OUT.)
* Keep in mind that I have yet to meet a bra with wires that were too hard for my comfort. The times I've ever found wires uncomfortable, the problem was something else -- a shape mismatch, a cup that was too shallow and therefore being pushed down, or a band that was much too tight. Someone who finds Panache wires too hard should definitely take into consideration that they don't bother me before worrying about whether or not they'll also find Comexim's wires too soft. Read more 216 more words