Lovely bra from VioletIridescence! I’ve had my eye on it for a while but was gun shy because it was a longer stretched band than I usually take, and half cups tend to be tall on me. But after my rib cage inflammation flare up recently, I thought it might be perfect to have something a little looser to play with. I do find that I can do it up on the middle hooks, but end of the day swelling gives room to expand some, so I think that it’s going to be perfect if/when I have another flare. The cups are bordering on too ...tall, but kind of wrap around the top of my tissue and it’s fine. My tissue is soft and shallow on top, so vertical height of cups can make or break a fit.
The materials of this bra are very comfortable and soft. The black lace is lined underneath with beige, and I’m an unusual move, there’s a tulle side panel on the outside of the cups which connects at the straps with an appliqué flower and then extends up the straps and wraps around them. The straps are probably my biggest criticism of the bra. While beautiful with the gathered tulle, they are only partly adjustable, and I would say I’m not particularly low set or high set, but I have them tightened pretty much all the way. And they’re quite wide as well as wide set. This is one of the first bras in a while that I’ve had to regularly fiddle with my straps during the day. They are quite prone to slipping off my shoulders. The bra cups are fairly narrow and projected, but on the wide side of narrow, and slightly shallow if you are more than average projection.
I’d still say that it’s a success and even though it’s not a perfect fit right now, I know it’s going to be a big help when I have swelling again. I have a pretty good shape with a soft, lightweight bra that’s made from some lovely materials. Read more 243 more words
This is the same cut as my 80F - Aubade » Aubade À L'amour, a half cup designed for larger cups. I bought the Aubade à l’amour in 80F(65F) but this size is only available on special order. So when I stepped into their boutique I decided to try on the sister size in the hope it runs tight. I tried two models, the Soleil nocturne in red and this one. The Soleil nocturne runs rather loose and I didn’t like the shape it gives even though the lace is breathtaking. I now mostly wear 70 bands in EM. The older I get the looser bands ...I need https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" /> On the one hand it’s because my skin is more sensible, on the other hand I have back pain when the band is too tight. The band in this one is a little bit tricky. I think it runs true too size, it’s wearable on the loosest hook but I have the impression that it rides up even though it actually stays in place. I wear in on the second hook and it feels stable and comfy. I think this impression of riding up may be due to the straps – in all Aubade bras they are partially unstretchy which, I think, makes them pull on the band more than with stretchy straps. I’m a huge fan of this cut. It seems Aubade managed to design a perfect unpadded half cup bra that gives support and nice shape. Even the HM cut from Ewa Michalak doesn’t measure up ! The cups are quite high so there’s no spilling and everything is kept stable during the day. The center gore is very high so it might be stabby for sensitive sternums. This model seems to run big in cups compared to other I’ve tried so far. Aubade is definitely killing it when it comes to the design. The Femme romantique is aptly named: the cups are made out of black tulle adorned with multicolour floral embroidery. The cups are lined with black mesh. As mentioned above, the straps are only partially stretchy and adjustable. The front part is unstretchy, covered with violet ribbon and black embroidery. The wings and back band are made of two layers: black lace and mesh. Read more 276 more words
I ordered this from Town Shop with their 15% off + free shipping promo. It was shipped same day and arrived to me within 2 days of placing the order, which is pretty fantastic. Can't recommend them enough!
I've always thought Aubade bras were extraordinarily beautiful and sexy, but until their recent launch of a G cup in some models, I've been way outside their size range. Design-wise, this bra is phenomenal... no criticisms whatsoever. I want to keep it out on my desk just so that I can stare at it! The delicacy and quality of the lace, which scallops at the neckline and bottom of the ...band, is totally unlike anything else I own. In combination with the gathered black tulle straps, gauzy side panel, and guipure flower appliqués, it's sublime. The band, like the few other French bras I've tried from Lejaby and Empreinte, is totally plain on the backside.
The comfort feel is exceptionally high for such a decorative bra. The band and inner materials are silky soft, so despite the glamorous look of the exterior I easily forget I'm wearing it. The band length compares to an Empreinte 30. It measures looser than what I would normally wear, but doesn't ride up on the third hook. I don't feel like I need to hook it as tight as a UK 30 in order to get the same amount of support, if that makes sense. The cups, surprisingly narrow and projected, give a nice naturally rounded profile. The halfcup shape is a little fuller coverage than a Polish halfcup, and gives a "soft hills" rather than y-shaped cleavage effect. My only disappointment with this bra is that the straps are only half-adjustable, and currently I have them adjusted as short as they go. I'm neither tall nor petite at 5'5" but now I'm wondering if I'm higher set than I thought. Eventually, a strap saver may be in order! Read more 216 more words
I read on the internet that Aubade had released some new constructions designed for fuller busts (“up to the G cup” they say, still a lot of work to do https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> and I decided to try them on in their local store. I tried on two new constructions, the comfort full cup and the comfort half cup in my sister size 85E as they didn’t have any 80F in stock. They call them “emboîtant” which I would translate by “enclosing”. Both styles fitted pretty well, besides a slightly loose band, but the half cup gave me a better shape and uplift. I ...may be tempted by the full cup in another colour though.
SIZE I’m always a little bit confused by the French brands’ sizing. It seems some of them run huge in cups and I don’t need to size up while converting from the UK sizing. I’ve already tried an Aubade unpadded plunge in 85D (80E sister size) while wearing the UK 30E and the size was +/- correct. I also have a classic half cup in 85D altered to 80E that I used to wear at a time when I fitted into the UK 30DD/E. So my first try in this new style was a 80F as I’m one size bigger now. In theory, it converts to the UK 30E as there are no double letters in their size chart, but in practice it fits like 30F.
QUALITY AND DESIGN Initially I was interested in the candy (“gourmandise”) colourway, but once is saw the both colours in real, the choice was less obvious as the black turned out to be very delicate and elegant. I love every single Aubade design. I find their bras fabulous, their laces gorgeous and colour associations always accurate. This particular bra may seem quite simple but there are small details that make it exquisite. The cups aren’t actually completely sheer. The black, stretchy lace is lined with beige, unstretchy mesh. It gives the impression of sheerness without being completely transparent. The lace on both cups is perfectly symmetrical. The outer part of the cups is draped with black, stretchy tulle which starts at the bottom of the cup, goes up to the straps attachment and continues on the front part of the straps. The edge of the tulle is folded, giving an impression of continuity between the bottom of the cup and the straps. This feature is purely aesthetic, it has no supportive function (IMO). The straps attachment is adorned with a kind of black guipure lace flower. The straps are half adjustable and half stretchy. The front part is covered with the same tulle that the one on the cups, sewed to the straps every 3-4 cm which adds a kind of lightness to the straps. As you can see on the pictures, the straps are very long, I have to adjust them nearly all the way. Happily they adjust short enough. The underwires channels are covered in front with a satin material creating a nice contrast. The band is also made of a satin material.
FIT As I mentioned above, the cups run large for the European sizing. This new construction is a more comfortable version of their classic half cup. The seller explained to me that there are some important differences that make this construction more suitable for bigger sizes (the classic half cup is still available in 32-8 B-D size range). First off, the underwires in the classic half cup have the same height at the gore and under the armpits unlike the “comfort” shape where the underwires are higher under the armpits so that they can better enclose all the breast tissue. That is actually not true, the underwires in the classic half cup are also higher under the armpits, yet I suppose they're even higher in the comfort half cup. The fact is that this new shape encloses better the breast tissue and provides more comfort. My Reine des glaces half cup was rather uncomfortable due to the tension in the cups under the armpits. The second innovation is the U shaped band. I can’t say if it adds to the comfort as I believe that the support and comfort are guaranteed by the material the band is made of. The band itself is rather TTS. Compared to my previous half cup, the Aubade à l’amour allows more projection. The underwires seem narrow but they stretch a little with the band so they’re perfect once I put the bra on. In my Reine des Glaces I struggled with a shape mismatch – the underwires were a tiny bit too narrow but the cups offered a little bit more space at the gore than I needed. None of these issues occurs in this shape - the underwires are just perfect (they’re on the narrow side though, comparable to EM), and I fill the cup in the centre as well. It’s probably because I have more centre fullness now than in the past. The shape is very uplifted and rounded yet natural. The high gore separates my boobs and doesn’t allow a lot of cleavage. This will obviously bother those of you who have very close set boobs. The underwires don’t overlap at the gore.
COMFORT I was afraid of the gore because it’s very high, the highest of all my bras. It didn’t bother me when trying on in the store, but I know the gore can become stubby when wearing the bra, especially when bending over or walking. This is not happening in this bra. The straps are very comfy but I would prefer them fully stretchy and fully adjustable, not only in the back. The band is my only complaint in this bra. It could be the comfiest bra in the world, but unfortunately the elastic band used in the bottom part is very hard making the band a little bit itchy. This seems to bother me mostly when I’m at home, I don’t feel it when I’m outside. Hopefully the band will soften after a few washes.
Overall, I’m happy I’ve found a perfect fit in Aubade. I wish all their bras were available in this new construction but I think they’re waiting to see how it works. Read more 929 more words
Soft, comfortable and pretty. The padding however is so light my nipples shows through, even with nipple covers under. The straps are too stretchy, although the appears to give proper support when I first put it on - the bra slides down within minutes of moving as the straps stretch out. The band is too loose - which doesn't help.
Traveled quite far to go to what was supposed to be a bra shop which had a wide range of bras in different sizes and who were knowledgeable in proper fitting. There wasn't that many bras at all in my size which was very disappointing. I have never had any ...assistance in the fitting room before, so I questioned my own perception and knowledge instead of the - in hindsight - clearly incorrect methods the saleswoman used to make the bra appear to fit (she loosened the straps all the way down and slid her finger across the upper edge of the cup to disguise the quadboob problem) when she got annoyed at the time I took trying bra after bra and so I bought this very expensive bra that I can really only use while lounging at home - not at all what I wanted it for. Read more 98 more words
This bra's measurements have been altered
Gore modified to allow more inner and upper fullness and shorten the band
Holding it in my hands this bra looks like nothing but a few wisps of fabric and a couple of wires, but when I put it on, wow! My breasts are pendulous and I couldn’t believe how lifted they were for a bra that has seemingly so little structure.
The band is very large and soft. The cups are a little small and with the loose band my breasts wouldn’t stay contained within the wires. I don’t think the high apex style is a great match for my shape anyway. Still I’m glad I got to try this. I’m definitely going to try some different Aubade cuts in the future.
I went to a local highly rated D+ bra boutique to buy a bra that actually fits and I was really disappointed by both my experience and the fit of this bra. When I decided to spend the inordinate amount of money this bra costs I did not realize the cups were not wide enough for my shape and because I was new to properly fitting bras I trusted the fitter who said it was a good fit. Two weeks later the band was so loose it would ride up my back and the underwire would lift over my breast when I would raise my arms. Moral of the story don't trust salespeople especially if you are not well versed in what you are buying.
I wish Aubade made 28 UK band equivalents, but I can wear this 30 on the middle or tightest hook well. These bras are very nice and the cups fit quite well giving a nice lifted and rounded look. Add matching panties, they are beautiful and well-fitting. Expensive, so look for sales.
My bust shrank a little even if it didn’t affect my measurements. My Cleo Meg in 30DD fits perfectly now. That was a great occasion to use my gift card and try something new, like french brands. I’ve always thought that french brands are made of beautiful materials but don’t afford a great support. I first tried Chantelle unpadded half cups which are very beautiful indeed but the construction leaves a lot to be desired – the wires are way too soft and the shape they give is weird (70D/85D/32D was the best fit) – but I have to admit that the design is absolutely stunning, it’s really ...hard to resist. Then I saw that Aubade does unpadded half cups with a full band which start at 65 and go up to the F cup (which should be equivalent to the british E cup). The store where I bought it doesn’t sell 65 bands so I decided to buy the 70D and alter it (the photos were taken before the alteration). I tried 3 models – Idylle Parisienne half cup in 70D and 70E (the fit in 70E was very similar to the 70D, the cups were just a little higher), Jardin des Délices Half Cup in 70D and Conte Russe Balcony in 70D which fitted surprisingly good despite of the delicate cup material. I hesitated between Reine des Glaces and Idylle Parisienne, my choice was based on the shape, I find that this one supports my breast better.
Me general impressions concerning the brand:
- The straps are very generous, they were too long in 70E, and almost too long in 70D! They’re also quite wide, I wouldn’t expect it from a french bra.
- The wires are a nice compromise between the wires firm enough to maintain and support the boobs and give a nice shape, and the wires soft enough to not feel them despite of a very high center gore. At this moment, the wires are a little bit too narrow, but I think they’ll be perfect once the bra is altered.
- Unpadded half cups (this construction is actually called “basket” in french) have not only a beautiful design but also a great construction. I’m really surprised with the support and the shape this bra provides. In Chantelle bras some parts on the cups were wrinkling even if the cups were too small. I don’t have this problem with Aubade.
- The models with the straps attached perpendicularly to the cups (like in Masquerade Antoinette and not like in EM HM bras) don’t fit my breast, I get a strange shape under the armpit and it’s not comfortable. The straps in these models are also thinner and uncomfortable.
- In the back, the straps are also attached perpendicularly to the band.
My next purchase will be a 65E(80E) and Reine des Glaces will be altered by a professional, I’m afraid I could damage such a beautiful bra.
The bra is now altered. I asked to cut off 3cm of the band on each side, next to the closure, and to move the straps by 3cm on each side too.
Needless to say that the alteration affected considerably the fit. It’s easier now too say something more about the comfort and the fit:
- I can wear the bra fastened on the first (loosest) hook now. The band is very comfortable, quite stretchy to not to feel it while wearing but quite firm to offer a good support. I'm not sure though if the 80E (30DD) would not be too loose for me, it seems that Aubade runs quite loose in the band.
- The straps seem much shorter now the band is supporting the breast weight. My only complaint is about the front part of the straps which is not stretchy, I don’t really like this type of straps because it put pressure on my shoulders and the sides of the cups under the armpits.
- The underwires are almost too narrow for me, but still wearable.
Why hang this bra on the bedstead when you could be wearing it to enhance your feminity! That is what I think about bras from Aubade, a long time French manufacturer of excellence- bot oh sooo expensive. This bra reveals your nipples behind the lacy cup shell and is not a perfect support, but I like it anyway
This gorgeous demi-cup is made in France. I bought it for my honeymoon, and it was super sexy. Unfortunately, I learned more about bra fitting soon afterwards and discovered that the cups are too small.
I love love love this bra for how pretty it is! I just wish it fit better! The band is much too big/too stretchy (though to be fair, that is partly age, as this one has stretched), and the gore doesn't sit flat against my chest. If it did, I would be spilling out of the cups. As it is, the wires are a bit too narrow for me, and sit against breast tissue at both ends, though it isn't uncomfortable. The mesh is nice and soft, and the lace is just too pretty. The seaming is visible under tops though, so I've always had to wear a cami.