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. Read more 636 more words
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! Read more 1102 more words
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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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.
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. Read more 527 more words
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.
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!). Read more 662 more words
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!
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. Read more 156 more words
This bra's measurements have been altered
Reduced and overlapping center gore, straps moved in, 4x2 hooks
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=":)" />
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.
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! Read more 123 more words
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. Read more 1134 more words
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! Read more 776 more words
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!
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=";)" />
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). Read more 307 more words
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=":-)" />
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
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. Read more 415 more words