This is a lovely, satiny red bra with removable decorative straps. I haven't figured out if I like it with or without the straps yet. The cups on this bra seem to hit right between the shallow/projected divide. It fits me really well, though I do have a tiny gap right next to the gore on my smaller side (right side). The cups are seamed, with one seam up the middle of the cup and one horizontally across the upper third. This appears to give the cups some lift. The band runs just a little tight on this one. Not enough ... to need sizing up, but I will be wearing this with an extender until it stretches out a bit. The black lace overlay is pleated at the bottom of the cup and is somewhat loose as it's only tacked down in a couple of spots along the top edge of the lace. It doesn't move around a lot, but I would imagine it would be a problem under tighter shirts. The wires seem to be just slightly wide. I usually need wider wires and they are just barely wide enough for me.
The straps are elastic that is covered in a satin casing. They are very comfortable and luxurious, but the back adjustable part is fairly short. I didn't have a problem with it, but I'm also somewhat short from shoulder to band. I really like the keyhole design at the gore. The long black decorative strap ties in the middle of the keyhole and then ties onto the rings where the straps meet the top of the cups. The picture on the website shows the ends being tied behind the neck, but the straps are long enough to go back to the center gore again and then go up around the neck. I'm sure there are more ways to creatively tie this strap (it's just one long strap), but I haven't had a chance to experiment with it yet. The strap is not elastic at all and tended to roll or twist a little, especially close to attachment points. Getting everything to lay flat and straight took a little bit of work initially.
Fun design, good fit, and pretty comfortable to wear. I'm glad I took a chance on this one. For those wanting to order from Boux Avenue, just an FYI for customers outside of the UK. You have to call their customer service number and order over the phone using a credit card. They will not take PayPal for international customers and they charge a flat rate of 10 pounds sterling for shipping. I'm in the U.S. and it took almost 3 weeks to get my order.
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