That's it, Anna Pardal / Comexim all the way from now on. I took the plunge (har har) and have no regrets.
This is the standard plunge. The 32 band is perfect. The underwires are exactly the width of my breasts (which are narrow for sure! any narrower would not work). The bra is comfortable, the resulting shape is rounded and looks good under clothes, and the materials are much nicer than any other comparably priced bra that I own.
Update 7/18: Bra is great but the band really stretched out pretty quickly. I'm on the tightest hook and I don't think there's much life left here.
I really like this bra. It has an understated classic look.
I notice in the pictures that it looks like it fits better than it does IRL. The cups feel too small and won't contain underarm tissue which is very loose and kind of floppy. I swoop and scoop and it won't stay in the cup under the arm. Perhaps I need longer wires? Not sure. The reduced gore and overlapping wires are definitely an improvement over a standard gore for me since I have touching breasts. But not sure if I could improve the situation with a narrowed gore too. The lowered gore makes me feel kind of insecure with my center heavy breasts. Not sure what the solution is. Perhaps in a larger cup I would feel more secure with this lower gore?
This has a reduced cup and reduced gore. While the material is beautiful, it pills easily. The straps are almost wider than the adjuster, making it difficult to shorten/lengthen sometimes. Straps are wider set than I like, and I had to bend the wires to get a better fit. Got it from a listing in great condition, so I'm satisfied.
Bought this even though it was one size up from my usual because it was so beautiful and rich and regal-looking (royal boobs!). Even though it came with some alterations -- reduced cup height, lowered gore -- I don't fill out the top of the cups, and overall it sits kinda high on me as a result. Sadface.