Ok, I was VERY excited for these bras to arrive, and still am very excited. Braologie seems to be working some things out in terms of their fit, so I wasn't holding my breath that this bra was going to fit well...which is good, because it didn't. They have a great return policy, however, and seem very dedicated to achieving a good fit with their customers, so I have high hopes.
So, yes--no, this bra did not fit. I wear a 28FF in non-padded Cleo bras, and usually a 28G in bras that have any sort of padding, but in this scenario, I provided measurements along with my size, ...but still no-go. There is major quad-boobage, which can be seen in the pictures--like, MAJOR. The worst quad-boobage I have ever experienced. However, like other reviewers have noted, this bra is designed very differently than other bras, and it seems like breast tissue was magically appearing in the cup that I don't seem to see or find in other bras.
The cups definitely are too small (especially with the inserted pads), definitely 1 if not 2 cup sizes. The inside of my cup measured 8" deep without pads, compared to my Cleo Melissa, which measures 9.5" deep. Despite the quad-boob, which made it a bit hard to judge, I think I would love the shape it if it was a size that fit. I had some major concerns about the bra creating a cone-like look, however after having tried on the bra, I don't think it would make this silhouette for someone similar to my size. I could see how breasts with a lot more volume than mine might run into that problem, but I think I may be able to avoid it. I also appreciated the ability to add in padding inserts, though with the amount of spillage happening I had to laugh a bit as I removed it. In a good size, though, this would be perfect for correcting my smaller boob problem.
In addition to the cups being too small, the band was also too large. The bra came very generously with an extender, which leads me to believe that Braologie is aiming for the band to be quite snug when you first get it. I immediately had to put it on the smallest hook to get the support I needed, however. On the tightest hook, it felt great as a starting point. The power-mesh sides are quite stretchy and VERY comfortable. If this could be adjusted so that the tightest hook is actually the loosest hook, I think we'd be in business.
So, those general fit issues being known, I'll toss in my other cents USD on the Braologie Contour Bra. I love this bra. I think it is gorgeous, and honestly quite sexy despite being a behemoth. I am dedicated to getting it in a size that fits properly if at all possible. It is not a delicate, lacy thing--it is an ass-kicking, boned, boob-super-weapon lacy thing. After I strapped myself into it, I felt a relief in my shoulders that I have not felt in a long time, unless my husband is being my handbra. Even with the cups not fitting correctly, it was a relief (and admittedly, I'm sitting here in my Curvy Kate Princess noticing more than I did before how sure, it provides support, but not SUPPORT in all caps like the Braologie bra did). The fabric is thick and heavy duty, but still soft and comfortable. The insides of the cups are a softer cotton. The cups are padded and well structured. The stitching is all very well done. I did not find the elastic along the bottom edge to be irritating. I felt very held in wearing it.
It does fit very differently than other bras. I'm usually cognizant of my underwire when wearing a bra, but with this bra, it's there, but not the star of the show, not the thing that catches my attention. The band definitely feels like it's doing the hard work here. The four-hook clasp on the back is also rockin'--it's not a longline, but it's in that sort of magical place in between. I'm a fan. With the Boobs-Lifted-And-Pushed-Together approach, I get some killer cleavage (too killer in too small a cup size), but I'm surprised how comfortable I feel with my boobs touching. It actually feels pretty nice.
The other elements all feel well crafted. The straps aren't super wide, but I find a 3/4" strap to be fine enough for me. Everything is lined. I also found ordering this bra to be a nice experience. Tallia at Braologie was very prompt in answering my questions, and because I ordered my bras over the Chinese New Year and it caused a bit of delay, they express shipped it to me for free. I appreciated their good customer service.
I'll be seeing if I can get these exchanged for a better fitting size. I'm really hopeful, because I think this would absolutely be a bra I would wear regularly, and feel great about wearing. My fingers are crossed https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Read more 747 more words
Holy cleavage, batman!!! I got this bra from another bratabaser who got it from another .. I swear this bra was made for me even though it was custom made for someone else!! I'm wearing it with an extender right now as it measures about 29 inches stretched and I'm quite bony (I also want to extend its life) I haven't had cleavage like this since I was wearing my ill fitting VS bras! Like others have said, the wings come up a bit high under the arms but I'll take one for the team because it's sooo comfortable! Didn't have to bend any wires on this one ...as I had no uncomfortable digging whatsoever! Other users have guessed that this bra was about a 28 E but I disagree. I purchased it based on measurements I had seen on bratabase and they were so close to mine! ( I best fit 30Ff cleo bras) it works extremely well with my wide-set shallow breasts bringing them right next to each other for TO DIE FOR cleavage I never thought I could get in a proper fitting bra. Please braologie, make a strapless ?! My life will be complete if you do! Read more 95 more words
This bra is a little too small for me, but I'm kind of in love.
First of all, some unique design things that I like a lot: - four-hook columns: this is great! -super-high side wings really keep you in there -cups are designed to hold in the armpit-flap area -super-narrow center gore -great quality and workmanship
The support I get from this bra is incredible. Even though the back is too big, the wide four-column band gives me more than adequate support and stays put. The bra also comes with removable pads, which are great for those of us with asymmetries.
Braologie really wants you to wear this high up on your back. ... They also seem to focus on trying to migrate the breast tissue/breast root upwards, which may or may not be what you want. My breasts are medium-low, and I'd say if you have very low-set breasts, it will be hard to wear this bra where it's designed to be worn.
The customer service is outstanding. The rep said that they can make 26 bands. They're incredibly responsive to email and genuinely interested in making the product work for you. I'm currently ordering this bra in a 26GG (one absolute cup size up and one band size down). I would not hesitate to recommend this manufacturer. Read more 110 more words
I can just say that this is a totally different construction of bra and it works far better on my boobs than any other of the 100 bras I've tried the last six months.
This is the first bra that actually covers my root. No gaping, no cutting in, and the breast fat left in the armpit is so slight I cannot even count it. This is the first bra that actually does reach around all that breast fat around my armpits and back and brings it UP! Yes UP on my chest, ...hey full on top super high on chest boobs finally in the right position!
Ok, so yes no center gore flat, boobs touching in the middle, do I care? Hell no! I think this is the absolute best way to fit boobs like mine. I don't have any natural separation so why should I force a pair of wires in there anyway? I certainly don't need them for support.
So the bra is pointy. In some clothing it's too much for me and I'm already discussing with myself how this bra would need to be altered to fit me.
No worries; I'm not going to try any alteration on this bra, I'm simply thinking about copying the construction and make a less pointy shape.
Under my BiuBiu Portimao 44B/BB it looks too torpedoish for me. In one of my old empire dresses that I hadn't been able to wear for ages it just looks perfect. Maybe that dress is shallower than the BiuBiu top, it would make sense.
I wear the bra with the extender that followed with it. It measures 74cm unstretched. Apart from my heartburn condition I would say this is a perfect band for me. I can breath and move and I have a lot of support.
The band is a little too tight on the upper of the 4 hooks, but nothing I cannot live with since there are no wires that distorts their way into my chest bone.
So I will keep this bra, I will use it, both as a migration bra and a cleavage bra. But under a top not showing cleavage I really do want something that flattens me a little bit more. I am pretty sure I could easily flatten this bra out and get the typical orb shape. I tried flattening it with my hands. Very impressive indeed https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" />
So for boobs like mine that are mostly just wide rooted and rather small this kind of bra is magic. Since the wires are so weak there's no wires on breast tissue even if there is. The boning, and the wide band is doing the job of lifting.
I will update my review when I'm well enough to wear the bra for more than one hour, but so far I actually do think it's the closest to a well fitting bra I've had. Actually apart from the pointyness I'd say it fits a little equal to my 34GG center pull straps altered Tease Me. It also was far from having the center gore flat and the boobs were touching in the middle, however the bra couldn't hold itself up. The braologie bra is far superior on that level!
Edit: I hadn't even noticed the fact that I'm wearing the bras with the pads! I had no idea. No wonder I get cleavage https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":D" />
Update: I have now been wearing this bra for about five hours or so. Yes I do have a heartburn, but it's really nothing serious. Since the bra presses equally on my sternum and is firm I'm not trouble by the tight band. I've been able to do some more scoping which ended me up with quadboob in the middle of my larger boob. Doesn't matter, I can just take the pad out of that cup if I want to.
Everything in this bra stays in place, it's so comfortable.
Oh and I've come to the conclusion the shape I have is the same shape XLHourglass has in Ewa PL bras. It's not up my alley but I'm trying to get used to it.
Update 23 February after wearing the bra for a week. Since realising all fat on top of my body easily is placed on my boobs I have scoped and swooped myself into it I have now removed the pads and the bra is now still too small but again more comfortable.
The wing come up so high under my arms it's uncomfortable, and the cup itself is way taller than my breasts. I don't feel like I fill the cups, although it does give my cleavage. The wires are too wide and the bra is too shallow so it flattens my boobs.
First, I just wanted to say that there is no size tag in this bra. I have no idea what size it is, but this is the best estimate I could figure based on the measurements of others' bras. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Even though I have to wear the bra with the extender they provided, the measurements I posted are of only the bra itself.
Also, I added pictures of myself wearing the bra with and without the boned padded inserts. On the pics with the pads in, I labeled the pictures as so. On the ones without the pads, ...I didn't label anything (mainly because I added them before I thought of it haha.)
To write my review of this bra, I decided it would be easiest just to copy/paste what I emailed Tallia at Braologie and her responses (she is fantastic, btw.) Keep in mind while reading this that my breast type is full on bottom and very soft (those with full on top/firm boobs may have a completely different experience.)
**My text to Tallia:**
When I first tried on the bra, the band felt incredibly tight and uncomfortable (even with the extender attached.) After wearing it more, the band is not as tight as I previously thought. I think I didn't wear it long enough at first to really get a feel for it. At first, it felt really uncomfortable against my ribs, but after a while, I became more used to it and it actually became quite comfortable. I now LOVE the band. I wish every bra had a band that wide, with as many hooks, and the extra boning. It really does provide tons of support!
Also, when I first wore the bra, I immediately took out the pads because the cups seemed too small for me. I hoped removing the pads would give me more room and help it fit better. Unfortunately, it did not help. The weight of my breasts just caused the cups to collapse at the bottom and fold, therefore allowing my breast tissue to flow out of the cups. It made the fit seem really poor.
However, I tried it again and left in the pads. I couldn't believe it -- it actually fit better with the pads IN! The pads seem to help add stability to the bottom of the cups, which I need. I wore the bra for several hours, and I was pleasantly surprised how well it keep my breasts in place.
So now, the only things that are keeping this bra from being a perfect plunge bra are the cup size (I wonder if I need a slightly larger cup next time?), the straps (the thin straps are somewhat uncomfortable, but not enough to make me not like the bra), and the shape (I get a somewhat pointy/flattened shape from the side along the top of the cups.)
**Tallia's response to me:**
We agree that the bra cup size can be bigger next time. We do not advice you to go up one cup size at the moment because your breast is a bit more heavy at the bottom and our bra is trying to lift them up to even out the weight and bigger cup size may create too much room at the top of the cup and your breast tissues may not be firmed enough to fill the room at the top of the cups.
Also, we would like to thank you for giving us feedback and pictures. The breast shape is flattened because more room is required for your breast. However, as mentioned before, we suggest you to keep wearing our bra, try to wear it everyday so the breast tissue can adapt to the new shape and eventually your breast will be fuller on top and we can go up on the cup size and your breast will look rounder https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
As for the straps, we are trying to use wider shoulder straps for our future products so that full-busted women will get a more comfortable fit with the wider shoulder straps.
A couple of days later, I tried on the bra with a different shirt (just a basic t-shirt.) The fit seemed worse, and I was very uncomfortable with the shape that I got under clothes. I decided to email Tallia again.
**My email to Tallia:**
I am wearing the bra for the 2nd time today, and I am a little concerned how it appears under clothing. The shape I get is quite odd. I know we already discussed this bra being too small, but helpful for migration, but I wonder if this is realistic. In order to make the bra look okay under clothing, I am not able to scoop and swoop as much as I should (as this only exaggerates the small size.) I feel very self conscious of how this looks, and I fear this will keep me from wearing the bra. Also, the fullest point of the cups is so far out to the side that it interferes with my arm movement, which is something I cannot tolerate at work, as I work with my hands. The band, however, feels amazing.
What should I do? I love how the band feels and I'm open to see how the bra changes my posture and my breast shape. However, I just cannot realistically wear it everyday as suggested. I have considered just wearing it at home after work and on the weekends when I'm home, but I would have to wear a different bra if I were to go out.
Thanks for your message. We agree that the bra cup is too small for you which making the shape looks awkward and it looks more apparent under clothing. We should have asked you to send us pictures with your clothes on before to see how the shape appears. In this case, the cup size is definitely too small for you which leaves no room for your breast to protrude and resulted in the odd shape. We think going up 1-2 cup size will solve the problem. However, we are also worried if we give you a larger cup size, there is a possibility that the cup may collapse a bit as our bra construction may not be the best for large soft chest with small frame like you. Definitely we want to send you a new one to try but we want to notify you the possible outcomes before we send you a bigger cup size. Also, how much cup size smaller do you think if you scoop and swoop as much as you can? We want to give you a bigger cup size that can completely encase all of your breast tissue after you do the full swoop and scoop as indicated in our tutorial.
I'm not sure whether or not I'd need 1 or 2 cup sizes up. It's hard for me to gauge because I don't know how much bigger one size up is in the Braologie brand. I need room for it to fit and to accomodate any migration, right? That makes me think maybe I need 2 cup sizes up, but I'm really unsure as well. I understand what you are saying that the bra will only provide support up to a certain cup size with my band size. Whatever you guys think is best is fine with me.
Should I return the bra I have to you now? What is the process from here on out?
Also, would I be better suited for some other product, such as the mini vest? If so, which size would I wear?
Are there developments in the future for any products that may do better for large cup/small band customers?
Thank you again for all of your help, and please let me know what I should do next.
After consideration, we are afraid that we will have to issue a fund refund to you. We think you will need at least one cup size up for better fitting, unfortunately, we are not confident that the bigger cup size will provide the support your chest required. We have been learning from our customers' feedback and we can see that our bra design at the moment does not suit women with full-busted women with softer breast tissue. If we give you a large cup size, there is a possibility that the cups will be wider than your breasts and the straps will be a bit very wide, which means that only the very outsides of the cups will be getting support. We do not want to disappoint you again by sending a bigger cup size that may not give you support and we think it is better for us to give you a full refund on your order and return postage cost. Once we develop better bras for large cup with softer tissues, we will get in touch with you again.
We apologize again for all the inconvenience caused and we look forwards to hearing from you.
I returned the bra, and I received a full refund for the price of the bra, my original shipping cost, AND my return shipping. You just really can't beat customer service like that. I give them an A+ for superb communication and a sincere want to make sure the product was right for ME. I will definitely buy from them again if another bra is developed to support larger busts.
After my first Braologie order arrived too small, the company allowed me to mail the bras to other women and remade the bras in a better size.
The new bras that arrived were a vast improvement. The band was slightly more snug (though not nearly as snug as other bras one would order in a 28 band... the Braologie bra is designed to provide support with a looser band), though still more relaxed than other bras I own, and the cups were a good fit! Having the removable padding in the cups is also a LIFESAVER-- one of my girls is a bit smaller than the other, and this ...has been endlessly frustrating to me recently. A bra with removable padding solves this issue.
Unfortunately I did run into some other problems that came from the bra cups sizing up. A wider underwire was used, so it comes up higher on the sides. The wings were also quite a bit higher. My smaller bras had about 5.5" tall wings, which were taller than anything else I owned, but the newer bras with larger cups had 6" tall wings, which suddenly sat in the clear territory of very uncomfortable. I felt a good deal of digging and chafing in the armpit itself, but it was difficult to get a photo of it (though eventually I did). I e-mailed my concerns to Tallia, the representative I have been working with, and she was wonderful-- she acknowledged the concerns and asked me to wear the bras a bit, so that we could determine if the discomfort I was feeling was because I was unaccustomed to having such high sides, or if the sides were truly digging into my armpits.
I wore the bra for about 9 hours, and ultimately I came to the conclusion that because I have such a petite torso, the wings were in fact just too high. An extra half inch on my torso is a lot of space, and with the underwires sitting where they were supposed to be at my inframammary fold, the wings of the bra were sitting very decidedly in the armpits and caused a great deal of uncomfortable chafing after a full day of wear. Tallia is allowing me to return the bras to be altered so the wings aren't quite as high.
The Braologie bra has much higher sides than most of us are used to, I think, and of course the purpose of this is to help hasten the movement of migrated breast tissue back to the chest. Any purchaser of a Braologie bra will need to accept ahead of time that the height of the sides might feel a little weird because of how tall it is, and this will be different than actual pain from TOO high a side. After working quite a bit with Tallia, however, I feel comfortable with my decision to have the sides shortened slightly--they will still sit higher than other bras I own, but I think this should entirely solve the chafing issue I was experiencing.
The other small problem I experienced was that the straps were far, far too long and cinching them up properly placed the adjuster in front of my shoulders. This issue will also be fixed with the alterations.
So I have one more go at fixing the bra-- this time the height of the wings will be reduced and the straps will be shortened. My hope is that this will officially solve the issues I've had so far, but I feel confident that ultimately I will end up with a very well fitting, supportive Braologie bra. Read more 491 more words
After wearing the bra, camisole and contour pants for 10 hours today here are my opinions:
Pros: The support is unparalleled. My breasts were lifted higher than ever before, without any strain or pressure on my shoulders. The camisole & pants do exactly what they are meant to do. My posture was much better, especially when seated. It was very easy to keep my shoulder blades back and down. The garments are quite firm, but not uncomfortably so. Much more effective than @Spanx, because of the boning, The bra and camisole together really gather any excess tissue front and center. No back or underarm flab. My breasts were inside ...the frame of my body. My clothes looked GOOD (with 2 exceptions which will be noted in the cons). The bra stayed in place all day.
Cons: The slight quad boob I experienced with the bra alone was much worse with the camisole. This showed through my sweater slightly. They are going to increase the cup one or 2 sizes the next go round. The underarms of the camisole chafed somewhat by the end of the day under the arms. The bra was fine. As far as the band size goes, I think it is slightly too tight, because it is sitting lower than the other bands I've seen (ie closer to my waist). My replacements will have slightly larger bands. The boning does show through tight clothes, so be forewarned. I think the thing that bothered me the most was the feeling that I was going to fall out of the cups and the jiggling. This will likely be corrected with the larger cups. I am also more accustomed to full cups, which have a different fit.
As you can see by the before & after pics, however, it is a very good look. I am wearing my prima Donna @Deauville in the before, which I though had excellent support. I still like my Prima Donna's, but I do feel they show how much fullness has been lost from my chest.