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Alana Bra (AU01)

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  3. 32 DD-L ... (32 :5-:17)
  4. 34 DD-L ... (34 :5-:17)
  5. 36 DD-L ... (36 :5-:17)
  6. 38 DD-L ... (38 :5-:17)
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  1. 10
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    38L

    Didn't fit

    A nice, supportive bra that gives a great shape and makes me look smaller it’s comfortable and I like the fabric. Being only 1.63m that doesn't give me much space under my arms and between my huge breast. So I like the wires size.
    I'm usually a 34-36 and bought 38. And the L cup is almost like KK cup from Panache. It’s my first Bravissimo and I must say it does run smaller than other brands, but it's a pretty good shape and the wires are comfortable.
    Unfortunately like very often the cup size is too small for me. (Tight but wearable)
    A very good bra but now to be really satisfied I wait larger cup size from Bravissimo Brand.

    Updated on May 25, 2011 Flag this


    • Annie- I'm curious since the 38L is still too small in the cup for you, have you considered trying the Alana in a 40L or the Harmony or Melody in 40KK and altering the band? Bravissimo send me a 40K by accident and it made me think of this.

    • Hello Manchan,

      In fact I do that very often with Panache, Fantasie, Freya, Goddess and Elila bras. But I can’t speak about that on Bradatabase because it’s not the aim of the site.
      Thank you for your advice! I think all of us have the same idea when we have too big breast for standard brands.

    • Aha, I see! I was just so depressed for you looking at your reviews, haha! Seems like nothing was fitting you besides unflattering bras. Us larger-busted ladies are quite the seamstresses by force of habit, are we not?

    • Unfortunately Yes!
      And more for clothes than bras in fact! lol!

    • I tried this brain the 38L and it is a nice quality item BUT it does not quite fit my boobs, and was completely unwearable as the back size is to large for me, 34 inches. Bravissimo please bring out some larger cup sizes.

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  2. I really like this bra. I generally wear a 30JJ, but the fitter brought a 30K as it seems to run small. It gives good uplift and separation, though it is slightly pointy, but it looks very youthful under clothes. It is cut lower than some of my other balconette bras. It fits well on me, aside from very slight overspill at the top and very slight wrinkling at the bottom, apparently due to fullness on top. However this is barely noticeable, and it is very comfortable, I've had no problems with the band or wires, and it looks good. The only real problem I have had is that the eyes have started, for lack of a better word, "wiggling" - they haven't stayed in place very well. I doubt this is a general fault, though I may have to go back to Bravissimo about it.

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  3. 6
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    30JJ

    Didn't fit

    I found this bra on eBay really cheap, so I couldn't resist purchasing it to try it out before taking the plunge and making an order with Bravissimo.

    After putting it on for the first time, I fell in love. It is SO comfortable. Nothing pinches and nothing is binding. The band is very stretchy, so even though I normally wear 32 bands and am slowly transitioning to 30 bands, this one feels very good. I can still pull it an inch or so away from my body, but I don't have a problem with it riding up, so I'm just going to keep it ... on the loosest set of hooks for now.

    The straps are too far apart, which is normally the case with any bra for me, but it's cut low enough under the arms that there is no chafing. Just because of that, I find the bra straps very tolerable and it adds to the comfort of the bra.

    The cups are a bit too small and cause quadboob after I scoop, which I was afraid would be the case when I ordered it. Actually, before I scooped, I was shocked to see how much tissue I had under my arms! Without trying to sound vulgar, it was nearly a full handfull of tissue under each arm that was overhanging. I used to wear 34 bands religiously and then changed to 32 a few months ago, and now wearing 30 bands I can more obviously see how much migrated tissue I have. Many have commented on how this particular style runs small and it is suggested to size up to prevent the top of the cups from cutting in, so I would definitely confirm this to be the case.

    The shape is very uplifted and offers some projection, which I like (I really don't like bras that minimize -- I tried to hide my boobs for most of my life, and I'm over that now.) To me, it's similar to the shape that I get in the Panache Jasmine. It's not rounded, but it's not overly pointy, either. Everything is up-front and center, which is what I prefer.

    I have already placed an order for this bra in a 30K, so I am eagerly awaiting its arrival. I've only worn this bra for 2 days, but I am quite happy with the comfort and shape, even though it's a little too small. I am confident that I will love it even more in the proper size. I have a feeling this may become my new go-to everyday bra.

    Full on bottom girls, this is a great bra for us. I don't even feel like the pictures do it justice. Normally, I feel like I just look deflated at the top in most bras, but the way that this bra uplifts, it gives me the appearance of full all over boobs (at least to me, anyway....maybe it's just because it's too small lol.) I feel like I look MUCH better in this bra in person than what the pictures represent.

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      In the 30K you will get rid of that quadraboob but I think it will still look great on you. From my personal experience most Bravissimo bras (at least the balconnettes modelled after the Alana) are constructed for full on bottom breasts. Also they do generally not allow too much volume on top and tend to flatten my full-on- top breasts (see my 30K Linear Rose disaster) and are if I don't size up 2-3 cup sizes an epic fail on me.
      The shoulder straps dig into your arms because they are too far apart - I have that issue too - it gets better the more you wear the bra & wash it. I don't even get red marks anymore.

    • A handful is what I have in my armpits as well. And no bra does take care of it because it sits higher. Extremely frustrating!

    • What is it that some people call the underarm fat spots...."wings"? I have a problem with those in many of my bras, but it just seemed amplified in this one.

    • 1

      *Underarm fat behind my arm (felt like I should clarify)

      @alisa: Thank you for all of your info regarding this bra! You are the person I stalk the most on here because we're so close in size, so I love hearing your feedback. :-)

    • Do you mean at the top of your back even?

    • No, mainly just a big chunk of fat/tissue that hangs over my bra strap at the part where my underarm meets my back.

    • Ah, yes I see it now. I get like that in every bra apart from 36J Andorra I think.

    • It's not really evident in my pics because I had just swooped and scooped, but before....whoa, it was bad! lol

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  4. 5
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    36L

    Didn't fit

    A perfect bra if you are short rooted and wide set in this size range. Materials are soft, shape is round with a peaked apex. Generously gifted to me by alisa, I did not realize the band had been reduced. So I replaced it with a 40 CK band I had laying around, plus reduced the gore and added shorter, narrower wires, while taking in the top of the cup a bit more. The results are a nearly perfect fit. I could do with even narrower wires and especially cups that are shorter on the sides. I might make those alterations in the future. In the meantime, it's a pretty great bra and nice to know I can size down to a 40JJ when I buy a new one in the future.

    White colorway

    This bra's measurements have been altered
    Altered band, Gore height, new wires, new band

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  5. 5
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    36L

    Didn't fit

    I received this bra from Bravissimo for review. This does not impact how I feel about this bra. Since I will be writing a full review with pictures of this bra on my blog, I'm just going to sum up the pros and cons. This is for the mint colorway.

    Pros:
    -Is the right size
    -Fabric is comfortable, will probably soften up when washed.
    -Supportive
    -Nice wide straps that don't dig in
    -Slightly softer wires compared to Panache.
    -Decent shape under clothing
    -Matching panties actually match (some don't match very well)
    -Gives me a "soft cleavage" look.
    -Doesn't gape despite my short roots and soft tissue.

    Cons:
    -Straps way too wide set. Fall off shoulders even ... on tightest setting.
    -Band really stretchy. Was able to fasten it on the tightest hooks right away (I measure 35-37 inches around)
    -Can get slightly pointy if I don't scoop the right way.
    -The gore doesn't tack. This may be a con for some. It doesn't impact support for me personally.
    -I'm not a huge fan of mint.
    -Comes up slightly high on my chest, but this is because of how short I am and how high set my breasts are.

    In my opinion this bra reminds me of some Curvy Kate offerings if they were executed better. It's like a cross between Curvy Kate and Panache.

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  6. For me, this is a perfect fit in every respect, the first bra I have had in a number or years that I could say that about.

    I normally wear 34KK so the cup runs probably a size smaller. I tried the 34KK as well as the 34L, 34KK gave me a bit of a 4-boob effect, the 34L is a comfortable snug fit on my boobs. Likewise the band is a perfectly snug fit round my torso, it doesn't have a lot of stretch but I like it that way.

    Doesn't poke in between the boobs, this has been a particular problem on Panache.

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    December 2011

    unfortunately since I last reviewed this bra in October 2011, my boobs have grown again, so while it's still perfectly snug round my torso, my boobs are spilling out over the top and sides of the cups.

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  7. UPDATE: My boobs grew a little, so Alana now gives me quadraboob. And no 28JJ in sight. Sigh.
    I think the straps might have stretched somewhat, because now I wear the straps as tight as possible.
    I really like the design of the Alana and I'm thinking about writing a complaint to Bravissimo because they don't offer JJ+ cups in 28 bands and/or ordering it again in 30J.


    Appearance: Unpadded, three-section-cup bra in Black. Striped bows whrere the straps meet the cups. On the center gore, there is one bigger bow made from the same see-through striped fabric and on top of it a smaller, thinner bow. Upper section is ... see-through and features different kinds of embroidery. The band and the straps are rimmed with, uhm, loops (I can't think of a better description, sorry.).
    That sounds like a lot but it really works and doesn't look too busy at all.
    This bra is simple but sophisticated and basic without being boring (Hooray for alliterations!).

    Shape: Very, very uplifted and sadly, also pointy. Perfect example of Bras I Hate's green shape.
    I tell myself that it looks a bit "retro". I found that I prefer tight-fitting tops with this bra. They show off the uplift und the rounded bottoms of the breasts. Wearing looser tops just makes my boobs look, well, pointy. I decided to keep the bra anyways but I'll have to see how I get on with that. I never liked pointy shapes and for me, this isn't a "your boobs, but better" shape because mine are naturally round. Yup, still a Cleo girl.
    Also, I don't know how this is even possible, but while there is a lot of forward projection, this bra is still minimizing.

    Band: It's wide, features a three hooks and eyes fastening and is very tight. I love that, as I need tight 28 bands (or 26 bands). Also, I was very impressed with the fastening: It is rather big and the sets of eyes are wide-spaced. One could probably put four closer-spaced sets on it but the way it is, I think I will get a lot of wear out of this band. Interesting Sidenote: This bra doesn't have a "wing" with boning. I have no idea if this affects the support or comfort of the band or if they decided to leave it it out because the band is so short in this size.

    Cup Fit: Pretty much perfection but a little migration would make me quad-boob. My shape is balanced, I think, but my tissue is very soft (even though I'm in my early twenties and have never lost a lot of weight or breast-fed). This is probably the reason why the tight upper section works for me. If you have bottom-heavy, close-set boobs, this bra could work for you.

    Wires: Compared to my usual Panache/Cleo bras I wear at the moment (especially Lucy & Marcie), the wires seem to be more narrow, which suits me much better. When the bras laid flat on a surface, that isn't visible, but the wires of the Alana are less flexible and therefore retain their UU shape better. Because I experienced some discomfort from the wires after wearing the bra for a long time, I'm considering trying to bend them.
    The center gore comes up very high but, most surprisingly, it works for my close-set breasts.

    Straps: Fully adjustable, wide and elastic. I could tighten the straps about 3/4 of the whole length. Meh. Better than the disaster I recently had with the Freya Ivy, at least. I really prefer having the plastic adjuster things on my back, where they belong!
    Still, this means that the straps could work for a variety of people both taller and shorter than me (1,60m). Keep in mind, though, that it is a high-cut bra. The fabric between the straps and the outside edge of the wires comes up to my armpits. It's not really uncomfortable but I do notice it. This is probably due to strap placement. I feel that my shoulders are rather broad for my frame but women with narrow shoulders might face bigger issues.

    Overall, the Alana is pretty basic bra and feels very supportive.
    I think getting used to the shape will take some time, right now I like the look of the bra better with my clothes off.
    Also, I wear a lot of low-cut tops, but that won't be possible with the Alana. Both the cups and the center gore come up high on my chest and peek out of my v-necks.
    Even though the bra itself is beautiful in my opinion, I will have to use it as a "practical" bra.
    I did try the Bravissimo Thea, the plunge version of this bra, but unfortunately I would have needed a 28JJ which never existed and will never be made because the Thea is discontinued.
    I want a plunge bra, NOW!

    Something strange on sizing:
    I chose my usual starting point size 28J.
    I ordered a bunch of Bravissimo wardrobe staples together with the Alana and none of the other bras fit, they all were at least one cup size too small. Might be shape-mismatches though.




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  8. 3
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    34K

    Didn't fit

    This bra has full coverage and is supportive but still lightweight. I have several and they have not stretched much or lost their elasticity over time.The gore is quite high but sits flat and does not dig in. The wires are not too high at the sides. The shape of the cups does not give me a very round shape. It is slightly torpedo-like but not unnatural. I have a small gap at the bottom of the cup. The fabrication of the cups is rigid (but soft) so the sizing has to be right for a smooth fit at the top of the cup. Occasional issues with wires poking through the casing, not enough to stop me buying this style though.

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  9. 3
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    30K

    Didn't fit

    Alana in Nude 30K

    For this bra I advise to go up 2 cup sizes from your usual Cleo/Panache size and go for your usual band size.
    It’s a good basic bra. What I love about it, is the stability & support it gives me. I feel secure and there is no jiggling at all. (Boobs feel like concrete)
    It could be quite tricky to find you size in this bra, because the top section of the cups runs quite tight. (which makes it often difficult to work on full-on-top boobs) The solution to this is sizing up 2 cup sizes in my case. It has a fairly narrow center gore ... for a bra in the K-Cup range. The shoulder straps are wide and fully adjustable.

    What I like about it:
    -Stable construction
    -Good coverage (fabric comes higher than average Cleo Balconette)
    -Makes you feel supported and secure (boobs of steel)
    -Wires do not come too high under the arms
    - wide & fully adjustable shoulder straps
    - tight broad band / 3 hooks – back fat minimizing
    - center gore is quite narrow - something I need



    What I dislike about it:
    - top edge of the cups does run quite tight and might cut in if you are full-on-top
    - is a bit uncomfy at first, needs some time to break in
    - there is not much depth in the cups on bottom, cups are quite shallow towards the underwire
    - it might give a pointy look (my solutions to this, size up and tighten the straps)

    Comfort: 4 (-1 because the wires getting uncomfy when wearing it during the day)
    Appearnace: 5 (I really like the basic /simple but elegant look of it. It comes in pretty fashion colours & basic colours.)
    Quality: 5 (so far I can’t complain…)

    Overall if you can find the size that works for you in this bra, it’s a good everyday bra.
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  10. 3
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    32KK

    Didn't fit

    This bra is quite pretty, I really like the patterns on the upper, mesh portion of the cup, and the color (Iris) is a lovely purple. The straps are really nice, substantial material (not too thick, just enough that they feel sturdy), soft to the touch, good amount of stretch. It has pretty bows in the middle and on the sides of the cups. The bra feels light and comfortable to wear, and is probably a great bra for someone who fits the shape well.

    The cups are three-section, with a small inner section, and large outer section and an upper mesh section.The straps attach to the outer section. ... The main parts are a two layer mesh material, the upper section is one layer of sheer mesh with embroidered patterns on it. The band is a single layer of mesh with a strip of the same material as the straps along the inner edge (continuing down from the strap attachment to the hooks).

    The cups are relatively wide, but narrower than comparable size Goddess/Elomi bras. The cups are fairly shallow at the bottom and reach full depth fairly slowly. (This was a big problem for me, I need the cups to be full depth, or close to it, almost immediately.) There is very thin edging, but no real amount of band below the cups. I found the straps to be much too wide-set, probably owing to them being placed in the same position as any smaller size but with a cup this big, it winds up with the straps very, very far apart, so they were basically in my armpits.

    The bra fit over my boobs nicely when leaning over (and actually looks pretty good before I "scoop" ) but once I stood up and fastened it (and scooped), they didn't get along so well. The combination of the wires being a little too narrow for me and the bottom bit of cup too shallow meant that I couldn't get the wires to align properly with the base of my boobs (the wires sat too low on my torso, with an empty space under my boobs). The top of the cup would have been great if the straps were attached at a different angle/further in. (Basically if I held the cup an inch or two in from the strap attachment and pulled up a little, the top of the cup looked great.)

    This bra helped me figure out pretty conclusively that a balcony/3-section cup is unlikely ever to fit me properly (a "full coverage"/4-section cup handles the cup depth at bottom and strap attachment angle problems better), and that I really do need extremely wide wires.

    ETA: I wanted to mention that I did *not* find that I needed a bigger cup size in this bra, compared with the Oriental Bloom, as some have reported. My soft breasts and I do not have a problem with the tightness/enclosedness of the top of the cup.

    (Note: I tried this bra on with an extender, as I intentionally ordered it on the tight side and I didn't want to damage the band or hooks trying it on. My report of "how it fits" as far as the tightness of the band is based on how it would be if I didn't have the extender.)

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