Lady Grey, how gorgeous you are! This was an Anna Pardal Doyenne Half-cup, this was made for me after AP closed her doors so mine is actually a Comexim 3HC. So the tag says.
Anyway, it is a beautiful peach color with steel grey trimming and a fleur de lys type pattern. The fabric is very high quality. It has a great hand feel, smooth and silky. It is thick and it lacks a lot of stretch. My Lady has cookie pockets made up of very soft plushy beige cotton. It did not come with cookies, but the pockets take up the whole cup and I can put whatever ... I want to in there. I'm thinking an EM S pad would work well, possibly even a CHP pad if you just wanted more lift.
She also has an overlapped gore and a 3x3 clasp that, again, I did not ask for.
It is gorgeous. I feel like a buying a fainting couch to lounge about when I wear it. I feel like a lady of means from the Victorian Era, hysteria optional. It's easily the highest quality bra I have (and you know I have a lot). It looks and feels expensive.
My band is very tight. It only stretches to 26-26.5". I need an extender with this, and I need the whole thing. Truly, I don't know if I'll ever be able to wear it without one. Jaimie at Bra Obsessed helped me order this. With my measurements, a 28FF would be my best fit but she told me Lady Grey runs very snug and I should sister size to the 30F. Am I glad I listened to her! I doubt I'd be able to wear the 28 band at all.
The straps are a little thinner than I expected, but they are plush and comfortable. They are firm and not too stretchy. They are set in more than an EM CHP and stay out of my underarms at all times. They adjust easily and fully, they stay in place.
The wires are narrow and they are short. They are very low profile on the sides and I love it! Most of the tissue I have on the upper side is muscle, I don't need wires containing it and poking at it. These wires stay right away from that little pec flare and they feel great.
The cups have great immediate projection and give a nice lifted cakes on a plate look. The heaving cleavage is oh so appropriate given the Duchess vibe I get from the set. They are a spot on fit for me. There is no bubbling, no cutting, no gaping, no nothing. I could absolutely not wear any pads with this, they are a perfect fit and seem like they were cut around my breast tissue.
The underwear are lovely. I got the Tap Pant and a Thong in M. The Thong is described as high-rise but I don't find it so. I do have a rather long torso for my height, so if you don't they very well could be high rise on you. It is not the best thong. The back panel is a little too thick and I wish it were thinner.
The Tap Pants are great. I think this is now my favorite cut, they don't show lines under pants and they cover enough for dresses. Yeah, I'd flash a little cheek if the wind blew up, but I have nice cheeks (and cute undies). They are very classy, very comfortable, and very well made.
I wondered what made AP worth about twice as much as Comexim. I mean, it's the same seamstresses making all of the bras, even some of the fabrics are the same (Sabine is a red Geisha, Noir and Hibiscus are the same). The pattern is a bit different. This is a 3HC, but compare it to my 60H - Comexim » Green Velvet Half Cup (181) and you can tell that the pattern is different.
Bras like Lady Grey are what makes AP worth it. Typhoon is next on my list.
You can get Anna Pardal directly from Comexim for 200 PLN per bra, or you can get it from Jaimie at Bra Obsessed for 90 CAD. If you're using USD that's about $16 difference, which is minimal in my opinion. If you know what size and what customizations you need get it direct, but if you need help go to Jaimie. She will help you and you can return it if it doesn't work for you (plus you get to support a small woman owned business, actually you get to support two!).
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