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  1. Aubergine

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    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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  2. Lady Grey Nuance Plunge

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    30J

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    This was my first attempt at Anna Pardal and I couldn't be happier with it! Honestly, I was on the verge of tears of joy! I have tried SO MANY Polish bras in the past few months... While I can say for sure that I am absolutely in love with them and they are so much better for me than any UK brand, I am a complicated fit and nothing was really what I could call perfect for me. Until this one! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />

    This bra is from Anna Pardal's new line. I know it isn't up on AP's site yet. However, Lady Gray ... and a few others are available for order already through the lovely Erica over at A Sophisticated Pair! She's a doll and I highly suggest her! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Pictures of the upcoming/partially here(?) line can be found on AP's instagram!

    I decided to order my usual Comexim size with all my usual alterations. So a 65M (UK 30J) with reduced cup and lowered gore. This was my first order that I also requested the straps to be moved in. My Comexims have all been a bit on the tighter side recently and while I have considered sizing up, I just wasn't ready to try it yet. Particularly because the wires of my 65Ms have been too wide for me still. I figured sliiightly too small is better than even wider wires!

    When I pulled this bra out of the box, it was the first time I didn't think it looked way too tall for me! Even with the reduced cups, most of my Comexims are still too tall because of how high set I am. This one looked perfectly petite! When comparing the upper portion of the 3-part cup to my Comexim Mint and Wellfitting by Comexim Abracadabra Longline, I noticed it seems significantly more reduced. These other bras have also given me problems with where they run through the armpit area. Abracadabra is fully attacking my pits whereas Mint seems to need just a slightly deeper cut (or less height might solve this as well!). Lady Gray doesn't even come close to rubbing in the armpit area! And the wires?! They are SO much better for me! I could use a bit smaller even. But these are perfectly acceptable to me and create a far better fit! I believe they measured at 6" where most of my Comexims are 6.25" and my EMs 6.5"!

    The cups seem to be pretty accommodating, more so than my other 65Ms. It is the same depth yet seems to fit much better! I don't get any quad and not much boobie coming out the top either like my others do to me! I surprisingly sit fully into the bottom of the cup too! I am actually glad I didn't size up in this one, though I could and would likely be fine. I really do feel like this bra is just PERFECT in so many ways!

    I had heard AP's bands tend to run a little tighter and have a little less give than the Comexim bands. That is very true IMO as well! I would prefer a 60 in Comexim bands but I would NOT want a 60 in AP! The gore causes me no pain and I hardly even realize it is there! I have a very boney sternum and close set boobies so I struggle with almost any gore. Thankfully because I have very little natural breast tissue, I don't seem to really need much of one anyways. I was shocked to find that it even tacks too! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" /> The straps alteration also seemed to have worked wonders for me. I have narrow and sloping shoulders and always pull my straps in like this / \ but always having to readjust and fuss with them makes me crazy. These sit perfectly where I want them and they stay there too! However, I had problems adjusting one of the straps at first! It was really stuck! That seems to be a problem I have been having lately though, so maybe its user error https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />

    As for AP being more high quality materials than Comexim, YES YES YES! Oh my I am so in love with how amazing it all looks and feels. I wish I could put it into words better! Don't get me wrong, I love my Comexims and think they are great quality as well. But these are beyond great! The bra is gorgeous, so soft and smooth, and I don't even feel like I am wearing anything! The outer material is a beautiful soft peach with a deep, dark gray as the accent color. All along the extremely smooth, yet almost shiny looking peach material, is a pattern that I'd probably describe as French-looking haha. I am not so good as describing and comparing things sorry https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> The deep gray accent color is used for the straps, the connector area for the band, the bows, and a strip along the top edge of the cups. I would never think to put these colors together but WOW they are so gorgeous and sophisticated together! I do not think the strip along the top of the cup is very restricting like in the Comexim Irish Coffee or Brigitte though. I felt as though those bras were extra closed off on top due to their ribbon accenting, but that really doesnt NOT seem to be the case with AP Lady Gray!

    Overall, I am so ecstatic! To finally have a bra that fits this well makes me happier than ever! But now I have awoken the monster! I MUST HAVE MORE ANNA PARDAL'S! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" />

    Oh, also the undies! I ordered them in a Medium. I fall into Small on the sizing chart but I tried Comexim Smalls previously and felt they cut in a bit too much on the sides. While I am not the biggest fan of Polish undies (they come up too high, tend to ride up, and cut in at the hips), these are gorgeous! I thought I had ordered the thong but now that I think about it maybe I just said matching panty. My receipt says bikini which typically I'd hate! But they are a bit more like booty shorts on me so that makes me happy. I would have preferred to size down to a Small though. These were a bit loose in the **im sorry** booty crack area. I actually wondered if they were cut wrong at first! They are mostly a sheer dark gray material all around but have the matching peach material in the very front and a triangle of it at the back as well. They also have the same ribbon stripping from the bra along the edges of the peach material in the front and finished off with the cute little bows on top. Overall they are adorable and show just enough cheek to make me happy! Although since they are a bit big, I think AP panties fit a little more TTS than Comexims!

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    • Wow fantastic review and it looks amazing on you. Not to mention that pattern/color combo looks awesome!

    • Thank you! :) I really thought perfect was just out of reach for me so I am very glad to have found this bra :D

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      Oh that's pretty. I'm a sucker for gray. It's also a spectacular fit, looks like it was sewn on your chest!

    • This is so gorgeous! Your photos are even better than theirs! Congrats on finding a great bra for you. Any updates now that you're 1 month in with it? Thanks for posting.

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      Thank you! :) I was happy to get photos up as soon as i got it because it was so hard to tell what itd look like from their instagram preview of it (which was all there was to show of it when i first ordered). Its such a unique bra, i love it :) As far as an update, the ribbon edge is slightly more constricting than i first thought! It does actually cause it to be a little more closed off along the edge! At this point it is too small for me :( I cant really swoop and scoop or i quad. But honestly, i couldnt care less! :D It is too beautiful and still one of the most comfy bras ive ever put on! So i just am sure to wear it under something where a little bit of quad wont matter so much :)

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      What a beauty! I'm looking at the new AP bras in Lady Jane too, and wanted to ask you which style this is...the plunge? nuance plunge? Like you, I'm pretty high-set and narrow, which is a nightmare in the bra world. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    • gogobee, some people have had luck gently stretching the top edges of cups that were slightly too closed off.

    • CAGirlGoingPolish I actually bought this bra before the new line and new styles were rolled out! So this is just the regular plunge with reduced cup, lowered gore, and the straps moved in 2 cm. It seems like the Nuance plunge likely has those same changes in a G cup and up. However, I recently spoke to Anna and she thought the Sophisticate might be a really good match for me based on my experiences and the alterations i typically request. So i have one of those being made right now! Hopefully soon I should be able to give a little insight on that one too at least! :) High set and narrow has definitely been a big problem for me! But AP and Comexim have been major game changers for me! They are so willing to make whatever is perfect for you :)

      learningaboutbras Thank you for the suggestion! :) I will give that a shot! I think its just too small overall lately but the closed off edge does play into that too!

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  3. Lady Grey Half Cup

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    Absolutely beautiful, luxurious feeling bra. All of the materials in the set feel high-quality and expensive. I find the Doyenne half cup cut to be fairly similar to an Ewa CHP. Lady Grey is more closed off on top, taller, and less center projected than a CHP but it's not a huge difference. The cups in Lady Grey are also slightly deeper. This model is very similar to the Comexim 3HC, and I'd have confidence ordering that in the future.

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      I'm in love with this bra and want one some day so much!!

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      This fits you beautifully! I have a very closed Florence Doyenne on the way and hope it fits me as well as Lady Grey fits you :-)

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      You're right, they're not tap pants! I don't know what they'd be considered, but they're my favorite cut.

      This set is lovely, I'm glad you got one :)

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      Thank you guys! I'm really glad I bit the bullet and finally ordered it! It's definitely one of my favorite. To me I think the "tap pants" are just a stretchy back lower rise bikini. They definitely are comfy, and I appreciate the low rise.

      DressTheTwins I hope yours fits you well! :)

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      I didn't care for this print the first time I saw it, and I'm still not really sure how I feel about it, but every time I see this bra on someone, I like it more and more!

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  4. Lady Grey Sophisticated Balconette

    A more in detail review will be up on the blog soon, so I will let you know about the style. This is the Sophisticate cut, named after A Sophisticated Pair. This cut is quickly becoming my favorite along with the Half Cup. Its gorgeous, peachy and steely grey satin are perfection.

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      looks great on you!

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      thank you dbmamaz

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      I'm excited for the upcoming AP reviews! :) I need to get more from them. This is gorgeous on you!

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      Thanks PetiteCollegiate . I love them! I am not so patiently waiting for the new ones to come out. lol. They have a lot of the older collection on sale now, but no alterations allowed as they are already made. That means faster shipping, but none of them will fit me properly :(

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  5. Sabine Sophisticated Balconette

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    This is my first Anna Pardal bra, in the "Sophisticate Balconette" cut. I'd almost completely given up on Comexim after 3 failed attempts. But what a wonderfully pleasant surprise this bra turned out to be!! THIS bra is that "perfect fit" I've been searching for!!

    I never would've even come close to achieving this amazing fit if it weren't for Jaimie's help at Bra Obsessed!!! If I had ordered this bra myself, I know I never would've ordered it in THIS size! Thankfully, Jaimie knows exactly what she's doing! She's terrific! After reviewing tons of pics and analyzing my size and shape (mostly by looking over my entire Bratabase ... profile) she was able to recommend the correct sizes for me to try. If they didn't fit, I could easily return or exchange them. But there is no need. Every bra (all 4 of them) that I ordered thru her with her suggestions has fit to a tee!!! I'm so happy!! And I'm super grateful she was kind enough to take the time to help me so much!! I can't find a single thing wrong with this bra. It feels like a perfect mold of my own boobs!! Haha!! I've never had such a perfect fit in a bra!! The gore tacks perfectly, without digging in, the cups are filled perfectly without any gaping or quad boob, the edge of the cups lay perfectly against my boob, the straps are perfectly placed, the wires hug the outside of my boob just right, the wings are perfect height and the band is exactly how I like it - tight and snug on the first hook. And with 3 rows and 3 columns of hooks I feel the extra support I like without the band moving an inch up my back. I've kept the bra on since I first tried it on over an hour ago and still no complaints. A bit snug, but not uncomfortably so. The cups are a little crinkly right now but the bra just needs to be broken in.

    I will say, the band and cup on this do run on the smaller side. Just to give you an idea, I normally wear a 65FF/60G in Ewa Michalak, and a 28G in most UK brands (32DDD in VS). So I wasn't expecting this bra to even come close to fitting in a 30GG!! But I'm very happy I listened to Jaimie and took her advice https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> The band on this bra only stretched to about 27.5"!!! It's more of a true 28 than it is a 30. So I would def suggest sizing up in both band and cup.

    Overall, I'm ecstatic with the fit of this bra. And I HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest you shoot Jaimie an email at Bra Obsessed if you're having a hard time pinpointing your size! The bras may be a bit more pricey, but it's so worth it!!!!!! That price includes special, individualized, personal fitting/sizing assistance, along with the convenience of not having to special order in Polish!! Lol!!

    UPDATE:
    Finally decided to pull this baby out for a nice, cozy rainy day. Wore it all day and night but when the time came, I couldn't wait to get it off!! Not the most comfortable bra I've worn. And I just prefer a smoother fabric under shirts. I also feel like it was a bit too minimizing. I'm a padded bra kind of girl, and I like a bit more "oomph!" It's a shame, esp since Anna Pardal is no more https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> But I would've loved another one in a different fabric and perhaps with cookie inserts. It would be my dream bra! Hopefully, it just needs to be broken in, it's still pretty stiff and scratchy.

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      This is so gorgeous on you! What a perfect fit! :) That color is so lovely for you. So glad it worked out well!

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      Looks absolutely perfect on you! That deep red is so rich and sophisticated looking. Did you order this bra with any alterations or is it just a normal 30GG? What a beautiful fit!

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      Thank you :) It's so pretty, even prettier in person!! I LOVE the red print with the overlaying black mesh!! Honestly, all 3 previous Comexim bras that I have tried were with alterations - the Snow with a reduced gore, the Brigitte with both reduced gore and cups, and then the Dottie with just reduced cups (hot disaster!). I was advised by Jaimie (and other fellow BTB users) to try the bra with NO alterations! Anna Pardal does have some adjustments that are standard since they are so popularly requested. The ONLY alterations I asked for were the 3 rows and columns of hooks, and the overalapping wires since I have very close-set boobs - I left everything else as is. So there was never any need to alter the cups or the gore. I think next I'll try another Comexim bra the same way, without all the alterations!

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      I think I mentioned that once, that you don't appear to need reduced cups ;-) I suspected you were in this size range. I'm soooo glad you finally got a Comexim that fits, and it really looks amazing on you :) I sense a bra wardrobe re-do coming up!!

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      I agree, lovely fabric on this bra and it is indeed a PERFECT fit!
      Your boobs may be growing if you previously fit in a VS 32DDD because that is a significantly smaller cup than this Anna Pardal, not to mention a lot shallower, so the real available cup volume on the front of the body (where you need it) would be even smaller.

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      wow, sooooooo pretty! It looks great on you!

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      YES!! That was you, who suggested that. So, thank you!!! Lol!! You were def right! I really didn't think it could make such a huge difference in the overall fit! I went from horrible disaster to Hallelujah!! Lol! And this is def a good thing, but not so much for my wallet. Haha...now that I know my size, it's all over. Lol!!

      And i def wouldn't mind if the girls may have gotten a tad bigger ;) Always a plus. But this bra does run small, the measurements on this bra are smaller than most of the 28G's I've tried (not just the band, but the cup width and cup depth)!! I'll have to re-measure myself to see. But that is almost always the problem I run into with VS - cups too wide and depth too shallow. But heaven forbid they expand their size range beyond a 32 band or a DDD cup!! Lol!! So outdated.

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      lcl0706 One of AP's design features in G+ is reduced cups, so this does actually have reduced cups. In this size, the straps are moved in 2cm and the gore is lowered as well, compared with a regular Comexim or AP Classic Plunge.

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      OK ignore my earlier comment... I just looked at the record of your VS habit. You're right, those are just too small. There is a reason all the VS models actually have quite small breasts. Those bras are not made for busty people, much less busty and projected!

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      Yes!! On the AP website, it shows which alterations come standard, as they're most frequently requested. If you wish not to have them, you can "uncheck" what you don't want. I'm honestly not quite sure since I didn't order this myself. I went thru Jaimie at Bra Obsessed and it was suggested I leave everything as is. I do know with this "Sophisticate Balconette" cut, the cups (and the gore I believe as well) are already reduced some. And the straps are moved in 2cm, which comes as part of the standard alterations. This cut is like a cross between the Balconette and Plunge combined. Check out the Anna Pardal site. You'll see the different styles and what comes standard. But this cut is EXACTLY what my girls needed ;) It's perfect! I'll have to ask Jaimie exactly what alterations were made.

      And VS, ugh, I love 'em and hate 'em!!! And the fit is far from perfect, never even comes close (esp for us sub-32 bands). Last time I was there, they had maybe 3 32DDD bras total in stock and the girl kept trying to talk me into "my sister size" of a 34DD! Lol! I told her I had a 27" underbust and could barely get by with the 32, and I was swimming in the 34's. She had no words, haha, looked like a deer caught in headlights! She simply apologized and suggested I order online for a "wider selection." I said "No thank you, but have a nice day!" And I walked out empty-handed.

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      This bra looks freakin amazing on you!!! The color is just fantastic. I totally feel you pain when it comes to VS. So many cute bras, but the lack of sizing makes it impossible to get a good fit. So glad this one worked out for you. Absolutely beautiful.

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      LMAO at the 34DD on a woman with a 27" torso. I'm convinced most of the VS sales staff aren't really sure what the letters and numbers in the sizes actually mean. You could probably wear the 34DDD upside down as a banded pair of butt pads ;-)

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      LMAO!!! Not a bad idea, my butt could use a little lift as well ;) But it's a shame, I seriously wonder just HOW MANY women will be subject to their selling tactics, and will suffer from an ill-fitting bra! I used to!! I was wearing a 34 band before I found this site!! I had NO IDEA about proper bra-fitting, or sizing, or how to measure myself! I'm so thankful I found Bratabase!!! :) And all these Polish brands!!

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      wendybien Now I know what to do with those nearly-new VS bras rotting in my dresser!

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  6. Lady Grey Sophisticated Balconette

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    I got this bra from A Sophisticated Pair after exchanging a couple other bras that didn't work for me, she didn't have any other sizes of the previous 2 bras I tried so I decided to try Lady Grey. I wasn't crazy about Lady Grey from photos I had seen online, but it arrived and it is beautiful.

    The band on Lady Grey does run small, and I had read that it did, but Erica didn't have any Lady Greys in a 32F so I decided I might as well try the 30FF. The band does run tight, but fits fine with an extender. ... The cups are a perfect fit on me. I feel like this is probably as close to a custom fit bra I could get.

    I got a matching thong, A Sophisticated Pait had a Lady Grey thong on in their final sale section in a small. She held it for me until I could see if the Lady Grey bra would fit. Since the bra fit great I had to get the thong, although I was quite worried that the thong would be too small. I usually order medium in Comexim panties, and since the band on Lady Grey runs small I thought for sure these would be on the small side. The small does actually fit quite well, they are a bit higher rise, but I can position to not be as high and the backside at least at the top is a bit more like a rio style than a a regular thong. I am quite happy with them though and they go great with the bra, although I almost think they would pair better with the halcup Lady Grey with the trim at the top of the cup.

    Update: I love this bra because it fits great, but somehow the pattern shows through a lot of my shirts. I mostly wear fitted knit shirts and t-shirts. The other day I was wearing a red t-shirt and apparently it is super thin fabric, because when I caught a glimpse in the mirror while in a restroom I noticed you could see the pattern of the bra.

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      So beautiful on you!!!

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      I think it looks gorgeous on you <3

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      looks lovely and love the print !!

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      Thank you.

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      This is sooo gorgeous on you.

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      I love this bra, it is such a beautiful print. It does look like it fits you perfectly. So glad you have had success in finding a great fitting and lovely bra.

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      So cute! But for some reason my brain kept seeing the word "Bacon" instead of "Balcon" smh lol

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  7. Lady Grey Half Cup

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    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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      :-) :-) Inspiring and thorough. I SO look forward to a more immediately projected "Comexim" half cup. Thank you for sharing your experience!!

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  8. Milk & Honey Classic Plunge

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    I love this bra so much! With my recent struggles with Comexim fit, I wasn't sure how this one would go, but it fits perfectly! I believe the cups have been reduced on this and the gore is standard. This bra definitely feels sturdier and higher quality than Comexim's (as it should). The wires are definitely harder. The fabric and embroidery is really gorgeous. I don't think I've ever thought a beige bra was beautiful, but this one is! I would order up a band size and keep your standard cup size (so +1 cup volume). Ahh https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> So happy to have another great T-shirt bra!

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      Nice! Once I get my custom Comexim in, I'm going to look at ordering Anna Pardal!

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      im envious. :)

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      I love this! I may need to order one....I still am upset I missed out on the karmelki. if you ever decide to retire yours I would love to take it off your hands :)

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  9. Hibiscus Half Cup

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    I love the look of this bra! I had wanted to try Anna Pardal for a long time and luckily Comexim still had some of the fabrics left. (Another style I asked about, Sabine, had run out.) I’m kind of addicted to bras with black lace on pale background, but Hibiscus really stands out with the gorgeous lace pattern. The ribbon at the edge of the cups and the black-and-gold bows are beautiful details. The overall look is very stylish.

    This bra is labelled 60J because I ordered it through Comexim (but Bratabase only uses UK sizing for Anna Pardal styles). It has the following alterations: reduced and overlapping ... gore, straps moved in, and 4x2 hooks. The band on my bra seems like a standard 28, and it fits me best on the second row of hooks. I wear 60HH for plunges, but I think I prefer this bigger size for half cups. The center gore actually tacks, which is the first time for a Comexim bra! Because of my close-set breasts, the gore does however turn towards the other breast. It feels comfortable nevertheless.

    This is not a perfect style for me, because the ribbon on top slightly cuts into my upper/center fullness. It’s not too visible, though. Also the wires are a bit too wide, and for the first couple of times I wore this bra, the top of the wires started pressing into my sides after a long day. But the discomfort seems to have disappeared with further wear.

    I also got the matching thong in size S. It’s comfortable and looks totally gorgeous.

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      Nice that they could still make it for you, it looks great!

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      Beautiful! I loved the style of Anna Pardal bras too but alas, she closed before I could even get one...sad face :( Nice to see you got one!! It's gorgeous on you.

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      I have a 30GG Sabine if you're interested. It's listed.

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      Intensely beautiful!!

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      Thanks everybody! :)
      roxannelovesbras I was sad too. :( But you can still ask Comexim if they have the fabrics left. I got this quite recently although AP had already closed down.
      pumkinswife I've been eyeing your Sabine. I thought that it would be too big, but it actually doesn't look so different from this one. I'll keep it in mind!

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  10. Lady Grey Classic Plunge

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    This is Lady Grey in the Classic Plunge, customized with straps moved in and pockets for asymmetry pads. Having been totally unsure of my size and wanting to try out AP just after it shut down, I ordered based on the recommendations of Jaimie at Bra Obsessed. Seriously, like many others I cannot recommend her expertise in Polish bras enough! The fabric of Lady Grey is extraordinarily beautiful, a really lustrous peachy satin with repeating paisley-like shapes and matching grey bows. It is so silky and comfortable against the skin! The straps are a deep gunmetal with a glossy finish in the center. All together the bra looks ... very very well-made.

    I feel like this is about as close to a perfectly-fitting padded bra as I am going to get! As a 28G/30FF in UK brands, I would have never otherwise gone for a size 30GG, but the three-part cups fit like a glove, encompassing my boobs wonderfully with their narrow wires. They are centering enough to provide nice cleavage, yet the gore still tacks-- a phenomenon that really only tends to happen to me in Polish plunge bras. I have included one photo without removable pads and one with (taken from a 65G EM S bra) in order to see the difference. The satiny band doesn't have a lot of stretch and runs about an entire band size small; it's a very comfortable yet firm fit on my 28" ribcage. The placement of the straps is a refreshing change from EM's very wide-set configuration, and I feel like having them moved inward evened out the distribution of tension a little, providing better lift and, according to Jaimie, more room for center fullness. The hook and eye fastening is the normal 3x3.

    The matching tap pant in medium is a good fit on my 36" hips, however the elastic cuts in just a hint more than the rest of the fabric. I tend to prefer thongs as I find them more seamless, comfortable and not a cut that you consciously "feel" throughout the day, but the design of these is quite elegant and still "cheeky" enough to prevent looking matronly https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />


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  11. Emeline Classic Plunge

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    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.

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      This looks really good on you!!

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      That looks great! It also helps with my AP decision, so thanks!

    • I have this one as well, and absolutely love it! Is this your first AP? They are the most elegant, high end Polish bras I have tried so far. The detail is outstanding. You look fantastic in it!

    • Does it have any alterations or which style is it?

    • Thank you for sharing about how the cups mold. :-) I find I'm ecstatic initially and feeling pain after two hours. I'll try to suffer the break-in period longer :-)

    • martka00 It's the classic plunge with no alterations.

      @FoodForest maybe try it with a bit of an extender and see if that helps for the break in period.

    • Thanks :)

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  12. Lady Grey Sophisticated Balconette

    I searched this bra out and I'm so happy that it fits as well as it does! My size is 30F to 30FF. I previously tried a 65HH Comexim Pioson Ivy Plunge but it was too tall for my short roots, so I thought this sophisticated style may work better, and I was right. As far as I know, it has a reduced cup, reduced gore, and straps moved in. The band is a bit looser on me than I'd like, but still supportive enough, and I love that it has 3 x 3 sets of hooks. The material is satiny soft on the outside, and cottony soft ... on the inside. It's lightly padded and is just all-around soft and comfy...and beautiful. As the name implies, the print is grey against a salmon-rose background, and I think it's quite unique. The straps and bows are also grey. The cups are just the right size for me, and I actually get a decent amount of cleavage out of this bra. The shape it creates is rounded from the front, and a bit pointier from the side (like my own shape, really). I don't mind the shape (but a bit rounder profile would be nice...can't have it all, I guess). Overall I'm really happy with this bra, and it's the first padded bra that (finally!) fits me right. Now to find matching undies!
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      Beautiful!!

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      I'm glad it worked for you! Looks great!!
      Now it's my turn to find in my size!:)

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      Thanks Love4Pollinators ! And martka00, I'm so glad you had this bra for sale! I was so worried it was going to be the wrong size, but it worked out to be perfect :). It's such a relief to put on a bra that actually fits for once!

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      Beautiful and tres sexy!

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      :) Thanks Demitasse !

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      Wilderness1 , that was mine before martka00's, and wild_muses had it before I did. I can speak for all of us that we are glad it finally fits someone because it is a beauty indeed! However, it does not "technically" have reduced cup, reduced gore or straps moved in; as an Anna Pardal Sophisticated Balcony cut those are just standard modifications that differentiate the cut from her Classic Plunge cut. Just want to clarify that in case you come across another Sophisticated Balcony - it will be the same fit with no mods needed! May you enjoy many years of comfortable and stylish wear!

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      jennyanni wow, this bra has travelled the world! Lol! I'm amazed that it's in as good of shape as it is! Well, I don't plan on sending it on to anyone else! Good to know about the cut of the bra as being just the differences in comparison to other cuts and not alterations... thanks.

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  13. Sabine Half Cup

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    In my size range, the Doyenne Half-Cup has the following alterations:
    - straps moved in 2cm (roughly an inch)
    - lowered gore



    I also requested:
    - straps moved in further (Anna offered to bring them in a total of 3.5 cm)
    - wire overlap (the gore overlaps, reducing the overall width of it)
    - cookie pockets

    I'm not entirely sure that the cup height was reduced at all, as for half-cups these still seem quite tall. However, I can see that the wires do overlap, and the straps do feel closer set and more comfortable. I'll update soon with a strap comparison between the Doyenne and my Coffee Flower Nuance Plunge ... in the same size.

    All 3 of the other Anna Pardals I've owned in this size had 3x3 hook and eye closures; this bra has a 2x3 closure, sadly. It doesn't compromise support as much as I thought it might.

    FIT: Anna Pardal's sizing guide suggests I should choose 30GG, generally, since my usual UK sizes have been 28GG and 30G. However, I've suspected that I might do better in an AP 30H. I'm currently at my smallest, and the fit is workable. The cups are tall enough that I really don't think I want to size up to a 30H, and would love them just 1/4" shorter for aesthetic reasons.

    I have tried Sabine in the Sophisticate Balconette cut, and had noticeable quadding even at the smallest point in my cycle, and could barely close the bra. With the Doyenne, I do better and I suspect it's because the half-cup is more open on top. That said, this bra felt a bit tight in the band, so I tried it upside down and backward (cups out of the way). The tightness went away. Upon fitting the cups on and clasping the bra, I do find the band a bit tight, so I've been wearing it with one extra set of hooks via an extender. I do get quadding near the gore, but not toward the sides of the bra when I press the floating gore to my sternum.

    To be fair, my boobs seem to be a case of unusually short roots.

    MATERIAL: I adored the feel of Anna Pardal's Caramel Latte fabric, and have found the Coffee Flower pretty comfortable as well. Sabine feels very soft to my hand, but a little itchy to my breasts. Bear in mind this could be in part due to the tightness of the cups. Where Caramel Latte pilled almost right away, Sabine feels like she'll be much sturdier, on par with my Coffee Flower.

    Also, I took a couple of photos while holding the bra up to the light-- Sabine is MUCH lighter and more airy than the other APs I've had! You can actually see through the lace in places, which indicates to me that this may be a more reasonable padded option for the coming summer!

    CUPS: I've raved about how forgiving the Nuance Plunge is when it's a little too small for your boobs. I think because of the ribbon detailing, Sabine in any cut is more closed off. Due to this, I'd say if you're unsure of your cup size with AP, either stick with a more open fabric (anything that doesn't have a ribbon across the top) or if you must have Sabine, get her in the Doyenne half-cup cut.

    That said, I do find that my breasts feel more secure in this bra than I'm used to-- I'm pleasantly surprised by the "locked and loaded" feeling I get in this bra!

    Were it not for the black details, color-wise this bra would vanish under even my Kleenex-weight pink shirt! The seams do show a bit, but they do disappear under my work shirts, which are just barely heavier than the top I use for the Pink Shirt Test.

    Also, the SHAPE. I didn't realize how much I loved, needed, wanted this shape. Yes, the half-cup is a bit minimizing in terms of projection, but I do feel that having a little bit of roundness out to my sides helps balance my hips.

    STRAPS: As I said of my Coffee Flower, the straps are moved in 3.5 cm, and it makes a huge difference in fit and comfort if you've got very narrow or sloped shoulders. I haven't felt even the hint of a need to tug at my straps while wearing this bra. I have a hunch it may also contribute to the "locked and loaded" feeling I'm getting. I'd also like to note that after quickly laying Sabine's straps over Coffee Flower's, Sabine's straps are not as wide. If you miss the spaghetti-like straps VS offers, these may be a nice compromise between those and the typical full-bust straps.

    GORE: So far, my Coffee Flower Nuance is the reigning champ for gore tacking, and even with Sabine's overlapping gore CF still holds that title. Near the gore is also the only area where I get a hint of quadding. Since I'm at the smallest point in my cycle right now, I'm a little concerned that this bra may only be wearable 1-2 weeks out of each 2 month boob-cycle. The gore on Sabine does float a bit, probably due to its height, my close-set breasts, and the wire softness (which is what makes such a high gore wearable for me).

    BAND: It feels quite firm. The overlapping gore likely takes some of the length out of the band, which may contribute to how tight it feels. It's also possible that since the hooks are 2x3, the band is narrower than is ideal for me, personally.
    The inside is lined with the same super smooth, silky, ridiculously soft stuff as my Caramel Latte and Coffee Flower. However, at the top and bottom of the band, those with sensitive skin may find the it a bit itchy since the lace does extend past the edge of the band (but isn't sewn into the inside of the bra).

    WIRES: They are a bit wide for me, but not problematic. In fact, go take a look at lcl0706 's Comexim Sonia 3HC review here:
    https://thephotogsbrog.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/bra-review-comexim-sonia-half-cup-60j/
    and notice the photo where she indicates the difference between her root and the wire. That is almost exactly how the width of this bra is for me. I've given this bra my usual break-in of working a couple of full shifts in it, and continue to actually feel like my boobs are more secure than I'm used to. Good lord, do I feel strapped in!

    DOWNSIDE(S): I think 30GG may have either been a touch too small in the cups to begin with, or I am slowly outgrowing it. The cup height seems a little excessive to me. I'd love a wider band, and after wearing for a bit, my larger left side shows about 1/2" of bruising along the bottom middle of the wire line, in a stippling pattern. I suspect this might be due to the cups not being quite deep enough or the band being a bit too narrow (not distributing the weight as much), although I would love some other thoughts on why this might happen!

    UPSIDE(S): Love, love the look of this bra. The overlapping gore is much more helpful than I even anticipated. I'm surprised at how secure the Doyenne HC feels, and if speaking purely of aesthetics, the daintiness of this bra is really lovely.

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      So beautiful on you! Sounds like you may adopt a 30H...

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      I wish I had not omitted the "extra fasteners" request from my most recent order. Three by four fasteners dramatically increase my comfort. It appears the additional strap movement inward may have given you more space near the gore. I totally expected to see significant quadding, but it fits you remarkably well. Wow!!

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      This looks really fabulous on you!!

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  14. Coffee Flower Nuance Plunge

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    In my size range, the Nuance Plunge has the following alterations:
    - straps moved in 2cm (roughly an inch)
    - lowered gore
    - reduced cup height

    I also requested:
    - straps moved in further (Anna offered to bring them in a total of 3.5 cm-- paid customization)
    - cookie pockets (free customization).

    And this size includes a 3x3 hook and eye closure.

    FIT: On her website, Anna suggests that if you have a UK size you're comfortable with, keep your letter and go up one band. I have typically worn 28GG and 30G over the last several months. It's possible I could go down a band and up one cup further ... since I seem to be growing, currently, and it's something I will be considering and keeping an eye on. Currently, this and my EM S Kamea in 30GG (on Kamea's 3rd hooks) are my best fits.

    MATERIAL: I raved about the softness of the Caramel Latte colorway, and rightfully so! The inside of this bra is also luxuriously soft. The outside of the Caramel Latte had lace that was smooth, silky soft, and had a very stretchy quality to it. Caramel Latte's lace also didn't really extend past the edges of the bra where it would touch skin. The lace doesn't come into the inside of either of these bras.

    In contrast, Coffee Flower's lace extends beyond the edges of the bra both above and below to give this bra a frilly, feminine look. It's lovely, but might be a bit much for those with skin sensitivities or sensory issues. Coffe Flower's lace isn't as soft, and doesn't have Latte's stretchiness-- it may itch or tickle a little for some people, but it feels sturdier. I'm not as afraid that I'll snag and destroy the lace on this bra!

    CUPS: I said it before, I'll say it again. The Nuance cut seems to be pretty forgiving of boobs that are slightly too big/swollen for it. My slight quadding (PMS, what can ya do?) doesn't show at all in shirts.

    I have a ridiculously thin, pale pink shirt that I like to test my bras with. Due to the dark color of the bra and the slight bumps of the decorative gold stitching, this bra did not pass The Pink Shirt Test. I also tried a normal weight tee shirt with it, and while the color didn't show through, the bumps of the decorative gold flower stitching were visible from an arm's length away, but only if the observer was looking for it. My SO is my guinea pig, and did not notice the slight bumps until I pointed them out. It mostly disappeared under my work shirt today, and I had no problems with a somewhat heavier unisex "nerdy tee".

    STRAPS: I have been really happy with the Nuance Plunge standard of having straps moved in 2cm. This bra has them moved in 3.5cm. And I've gotta say, it seems to make a huge difference for me in terms of fit, comfort, stability, and support. It feels like serious boob sorcery. It's odd not to feel like I might lose my straps if I move the wrong way, or sling on a purse over my bra strap. If you plan on having other customizations already, I recommend trying having the straps brought in further if you have narrow shoulders. WORLDS OF DIFFERENCE!

    GORE: On my Caramel Latte in 30G, the gore soft tacked. On this bra, it fully tacks. And somehow I feel like I have more room near the gore? How?! Whatever sorcery this is, I'm cool with it. My boobs are pretty happy!

    BAND: Feels pretty firm. The inside is lined with the same super smooth, silky, ridiculously soft stuff as my Caramel Latte. If you miss the texture of Victoria's Secret bras, an AP might be just the thing to give you your fix. I will note again, though, that right below the bottom and top of the band on this one you might find some itchiness to the lace on this colorway.

    WIRES: Not only are the wires narrow, but they stay that way. After certain experiences with UK bras, I feel especially pleased with bras that don't have premature wire distortion issues. And I haven't yet measured this bra, so I can't say for sure what the difference is, but my swoop & scoop job stayed better in this bra than it does in anything aside from my 65K Comexim Queen of Hearts. The wires seem to stay right up in my IMF (worked a full shift in this bra, which seems to be my way of christening new bras).

    Also, I've always thought it was total BS when movies or photos showed girls who still fully filled out their cups when lying down, because my boobs always seemed to deflate and ooze away. I laid down in this bra to see if the wires hurt when I lie down (common problem for me). Not only did the wires not hurt, but my boobs STAYED IN! I still filled out my bra! WHAT BLACK MAGIC IS THIS?!

    DOWNSIDES: Slight quadding which could be due to needing a slightly different size, PMS swelling, or a slight shape mismatch. Also, that it took me so long to find a fit this good!

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      Coffee Flower has been sitting in my basket for months now, it's such a pretty bra.
      I'm so happy that you found a set of customizations that work well for you! It looks great, and I can't really see the quadding in your pictures.

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      What a great and glowing review! question - when bra straps are moved, are they moved in the front or in the back? I really wonder with how many ppl need the straps moved on comexim, why would that be? (and no, i dont need the whole strapgate thing, i get that finally)

    • jlcl119 Thanks! I'm pleased with it, too! On the subject of customizations, I do have an AP half-cup coming with (further) reduced cup height and an overlapping gore, which I think might be what I need to make a half-cup work with my short roots.

      dbmamaz Thank you! I think the overall position of the straps gets a change-- front and back. I am ~10" from shoulder to shoulder, and my "strap seats" are only about 8" apart, so strap positioning is a major deal for me. Typically, the bigger the band size (or cup size, in some companies apparently) the further apart the straps get set.

      Think of it this way: have you ever encountered a shirt where your sleeves/straps were just falling off constantly? Or where you had to brace your sleeves/straps every time you bent over, leaned, swiveled, or put a bag/jacket over your shoulders? This is what I often deal with on my bra straps. The regular Nuance Plunge is a *huge* improvement for me, as they do stay on-- but still felt like they might come off, so I found myself still bracing them when I moved. But having the straps brought in further actually put the straps in further actually keeps them securely where they should be-- no bracing required.

      I'm also beginning to wonder if it may affect the fit of the cups/band for me, as this bra seems to work *much* better than even the Nuance in 30G-- it doesn't seem like there should be that big a difference going up just one cup.

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      I think strap placement (as where it is on the bra itself) is just as big of deal as cup width and depth. I find with bras that have to wide of straps for me, that I over tighten the straps to keep the bra straps up where they should be. They also dig into my arm pit in some bras. I love that AP and Comexim off strap movement and that you can request them moved in more then just standard 2cm.

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      I do understand why people need the straps moved, I just wonder why its such a common request. I mean, i wonder why bra makers make the straps too wide. My straps stay one ok (I have to tighten them a bit sometimes to stay), but they all show under summer sleeveless tops. ALL of them. So wtf bra manufacturers?

    • dbmamaz Aaah! I misunderstood! LOL! Yeah, I don't get that, either. I wonder if part of it is that most people don't realize there's an option, and that among those who do know, not everyone can wear the narrow wires AP and Comexim use, so manufacturers still get away with massive profits on bras that could perhaps fit a bit better.

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      could perhaps fit better lol. Oh, you measure as a 28E so you should wear this 32D, perfect!

      otoh, I have seen a few ppl sad because Curvy Kate has been moving to narrower wires, panache too, i guess, and some women actually needed the wider wires.

    • dbmamaz Yeah, and honestly having a variety isn't bad. It's when we have situations of "there is only one company in the world (okay, maybe two!) that makes your size/ makes your size with a proper wire width /can help you out with X fit issue" that we have a problem.

      I think the UK companies took note that they were losing sales to Poland, so they're trying to bring us gone-Polish ladies back. In the process, though, those who need wider wires are being put into a tough position. If companies keep jumping on the narrow wires bandwagon, those who need wide wires may be forced to go American (or wherever else is known for wide wires).

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      american companies dont really go above a DDD cup

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      dbmamaz i am in Canada so I completely understand the frustration of finding anything above ddd. I actually just asked on Facebook if anyone had tried a certain shirt with big boobs and one of my friends replied they did and that they were a 30DDD
      I didn't even bother saying what I was lol
      Answered my question though probably not ok for a 30JJ or (30N us) lol

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  15. Lady Grey Half Cup

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    I bought this directly from Comexim after AP closed, so it's tagged 60HH. Fits like a 26G. This style really had to grow on me as I wasn't a fan at first but I'm in love now, and feel lucky I was still able to snag one after it being discontinued for a while. Love the incredible fabrics and quality - there really is a difference in AP's material. This truly feels like a high-end bra. The band is super comfortable thanks to the even tension between the fabrics and elastics. Gives a nice smooth look to my back, where I tend to have overhang with thinner bands and elastics due to my overdeveloped ex-gymnast shoulders. Many UK brands have tighter elastics than band mesh (looking at you, Cleo Marcie) and that can dig into my bony ribs after a full day. Narrow and immediately projected as usual. Full review on the blog!

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      Beautiful! Thanks for reminding me how much I love the Lady Grey and how sad I am that I missed out on it ... :)

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      You can always ask! I did and happened to get lucky. But I know what you mean... I missed out on Green Velvet.

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      This one looks amazing on you! I think I'll need to try AP as well if they have fabrics left.

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      Thank you! it's worth asking at least!

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  16. Sabine Half Cup Longline

    It took awhile, but this bra is perfection. I would have to say that as it stands right now, it is my favorite in my collection. This is the 2nd try, as the first was too small. It has the following customization's: Long Line, Doyenne Half Cup. The material is stunningly luxurious. Link to the review on the blog is below https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" />

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      Oooh can't wait to see this one! :)

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      PetiteCollegiate , I cannot even begin to explain how happy I am with this one. I have never been able to pick a favorite out of my collection, but this one. I am in love :)

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      It looks so so gorgeous on you. I wouldn't have thought to do the longline halfcup combo, but it's perfect! Ughh now I have another one on my to buy list :p

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      PetiteCollegiate thanks so much!!! :) You definitely need this in your life! lol

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  17. Caramel Latte Longline

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    Alright I'll give a once over review since I haven't worn it yet, and then I'll update when I've had the chance to wear it for a full day (it only came today and obviously needs a bath).

    First impressions: This bra is amazing. I am so impressed with it that I'm making it a public bra adventure just so people can see it (usually I'm not a fan of doing that; please check out the photos for reference). It's comfortable, it hides my ribcage flare (which is impressive in its own right), and it's gorgeous. I ordered this bra through A Sophisticated Pair, and we made my usual ... customizations-this is a 30HH/30L with reduced cup height, a raised gore, and the straps moved in a few inches. The fit is perfect. The material is stretchy-perhaps a little more than anticipated (I'd tried the Hibiscus longline first and it was too small in the cup and less stretchy), but it's very comfortable and soft. Just from bending over a few times in it, I can tell you that it's a bit foldy at the bottom, but it doesn't roll up like a Freya longline would (I had the Piper many cup sizes ago). I will update that once I've gotten true wear of it. Honestly if it's as awesome as it has been just on the first wear, I'll probably order another one as it can function under light clothing with no issue. Also to note: My boobs look totally awesome in it! Hehe

    UPDATED REVIEW, 11/12: So I still totally love this bra. I wear it a lot as it tames my ribcage somewhat and it's very, very comfy. To note: It mostly stays in place on me, unless I bend over entirely or bend awkwardly. So far, far less annoying than Freya's longlines (which I stated above already, but now can confirm). Other things to note: I definitely need a higher gore, because even though my boobs feel more even in terms of their heaviness, they pop out the center several times per day. I don't care though, I put them back in their place when I can and then go about my business. I actually ordered a second one not long ago as well as an Emmaline longline so I'll have one in black. Still waiting on my hibiscus though, hope it arrives soon! (apparently something went wrong with it the first time they made me the new one, but I don't know what).

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    • Gorgeous! I've got a Comexim longline of my own and I've noticed that the band is a little tapered (the bottom of the band is smaller than the top), which I think helps stop any rolling. The Freya longlines are the same band length at the top and bottom. Looking forward to your updated review!

    • I have this one as well, but not in a longline! I love the fabric! What cut did you get it in? Mine was supposed to be the Sophisticate but I feel like it's just my regular plunge with my usual alterations :(

    • I'm not too sure. I think it stems from the Sophisticate, but I get them with a raised gore instead of lowered. I buy through Erica of A Sophisticated Pair and she handles the specifics. All of mine are 65L's with reduced cup height, straps moved in a bit and a raised gore

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  18. Hibiscus Half Cup

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    Oh, how I love black and white patterns with texture! This is BEAUTIFUL! Not only does the cookie pocket lining create a blissful cocoon for breasts, but also it creates a dynamic contrast against the "hibiscus" floral black lace. Comexim added dual-color square bows at the gore and each strap whose bold appearance contrasts with the gentle rivers flowing throughout the lace. If that were not enough to impress, they attached a trim along the upper cup edge that is 50% matte black ribbon and 50% translucent black tulle. It is definitely a work of art https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" /> https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" ... alt=":-)" />

    Without cookies, this wiggles out of my IMF quickly. However, with cookies, my breasts are lifted higher into the cups where there is more depth. Still, it shifts down, but there is little discomfort. Wearing cookies also significantly improved the fit for me in Ewa Michalak S and CHP bras, too. If you are immediately projected and often feel wires painfully pushing on your ribs, cookies may help you, too.

    Hibiscus's cup height is .25" taller and more open than 30H Florence; making Hibiscus a better fit for those with taller roots than me (most everyone https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" /> ). There is, for some reason, more immediate depth in Hibiscus compared to Florence, too. This sensation may be related to Hibiscus's more narrow gore: more space for my center projection. It is possible they have the exact same immediate depth with Hibiscus just having more space for center projection as a function of the more narrow gore.

    Both bras arrived with supportive 4x3 fasteners and fully adjustable straps. Sincerely, I appreciate three rows/four column fasteners and fully adjustable straps. Comexim delights this customer https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" /> https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" />

    Gore wire width is a challenge with my close-set breasts. Although this is a "factory standard" gore, it is more narrow than the overlapping gore I ordered for Florence. I will order both a "narrowed and overlapping" gore soon.

    This bra receives a strong recommendation: wearing art feels marvelous....even when no one else can see it. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" />

    For those needing more or less immediate projection in Comexim/AP 3HC, here is a list:
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    • Beautiful! Looks great on you!

    • Oh, this is absolutely gorgeous on you! I'm so glad you love it; can't wait to get mine :)

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  19. Florence Nuance Plunge

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    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.

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      They will cut their bras in AP patterns for just 20 extra zloty. Additionally, they continue to manufacture her bras/fabrics for 20 zloty. So glad this worked for you :-) :-) :-)

    • 200 zloty for her fabrics

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  20. Caramel Latte Nuance Plunge

    In my size range, the Nuance Plunge has the following alterations:
    - straps moved in 2cm (roughly an inch)
    - lowered gore
    - reduced cup height

    I also requested cookie pockets.

    And this size includes a 3x3 hook and eye closure.

    FIT: I wish I'd realized that I should go up one cup in Anna Pardal bras-- ladies, order one band size up and keep your cup letter/order your larger band size with the letter from your smaller band. And also wish that I'd realized I was going to grow somewhere between a half and full cup size by the time I got these bras. I think next time ... I will go for a 30GG, or even 30H.

    MATERIAL: The material is so, SO soft. I just can't get over how soft it is-- not just to my fingertips, but against my breasts, ribs, and back. It doesn't just feel luxurious, it feels ridiculously comfortable. These beautiful bras will probably become my go-to, especially for long, stressful days at work.

    CUPS: These bras are surprisingly forgiving of being a bit too big, and after trying a slightly thin and clingy work shirt on with it, I can say with confidence that neither the lace nor my quadding show through. These bras sort of make my quadding less likely to stand out; something to do with the way they're cut, I think. Also, despite the quadding, my breasts are actually contained even when jumping, wiggling, shimmying, etc.

    Also, about reduced cup height: SAVING GRACE for short roots or boobs with tall shallow roots. Whatever it is I've got going on. This is a rare find, because I actually don't have gapping near the straps. YAY!!

    STRAPS: For the first time, I don't have to angle my straps in to get them thoroughly seated on my shoulders. They're narrowly set, and I have another that I'm waiting on with the straps moved in even further (3.5 cm).

    GORE: The gore is bizzarely comfortable, given that I usually can't handle a gore of 2"+. It's narrow, and even about an inch from its top is only about 1.2" across. So far it doesn't seem like the gore end of the wires sits on breast tissue at all, either-- HUGE relief.

    BAND: The band feels firm without being pinchy, tight, or in any way painful.

    WIRES: The wires sit right up in my IMF, although they do still depart from my IMF by about .5" at the far point, under my armpits. And that is in no way uncomfortable; the wires don't sit on my ribcage, which is a godsend.

    After brief testing, unlike most bras I've tried so far, I can lay down without this one stabbing me in the sternum.

    I can't say enough about the quality and comfort of these bras.

    DOWNSIDE(S): The only downside I've noticed aside from my ordering cups a bit too small: there is some minor pilling on the lace. The lace is still definitely intact, so I think it may be a bit like how some fabrics shed when new. And also the long wait time, but kinda worth it.

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      Hi there, I'm incredibly keen to try Anna Pardal for Comexim but have been deliberating over what size to order - I used to wear a UK28 band but almost always wear my Ewa Michalaks since trying Polish brands for the first time. Although I was recommended to buy Ewa Michalak 65 band I'm now wishing I'd gone for the 60 as they've stretched out. Do you mind me asking what your underbust measurement is please? :-)

    • jacuzzi My snug underbust is 28" (71 cm) and my "break the tape" tight underbust is 26.3" (66 cm). I have an Ewa Michalak in 65GG, and it fits best on the 2nd or 3rd set of hooks-- so I could probably do with a 60 band in EM.

      In UK sizes, I typically wear a 28GG/H in looser brands (Freya, Curvy Kate) and a 30G in tighter brands (Panache, Cleo).

      Anna's own advice on her website is that if you have a UK size you're happy with, go up one band size and keep the cup letter from your usual band. So I took my larger band, and SHOULD have taken a GG or H (as I would with a 28).

      You'll notice this band stretches to about 28"; that's why you take a larger cup size.

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      So the fabric wasn't itchy at all? I have the AP Stiff Cappuccino which is basically the predecessor to this and I find certain spots of it to be quite itchy because of the lace.

    • wild_muses No itchy fabric, or weird itchy stitching (my Deco) anywhere. I'm not sure how she did it, but the lace is pretty soft, and is almost entirely kept on the outside of the bra. What little is on the inside is just there to be stitched down.

    • Is the cup depth measurement right? If so I think I should have ordered a larger size...

    • pumkinswife Bear in mind that the Nuance Plunge is designed for less of your boob to be in the cup in the first place. lcl0706 can explain it better than I can, as I questioned whether Polish bras would be deep enough for me.

      But yeah, her bras definitely run a cup size small.

      Also, the lowered gore and reduced cup may actually contribute to what looks to be too little cup depth.

      I know I definitely needed at least a 30GG, maybe 30H.

    • I had a 60H with reduced cups in the Comexim line and messaged her to see what sized I'd need in the AP line. She suggested the Sophisticated cut in 30FF (because I was smashed and quadboobing in the 60H and the tighter band issue) but now I'm thinking It might be to small in 30FF... Are you going to add pictures of the bra?

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      pumkinswife Yes, as soon as I can! My SO and I are working doubles currently, so it may be tonight or tomorrow.

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