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Bras » Bravissimo » Alana Bra (AU01) » 40L 40:17

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Fits ribcage100.4
B. perimeter66.9
Stretched Band99.4
Band Length82.9
Cup width23.0
Cup depth45.8
Wire length44.9
Cup height36.5
Cup separation2.2
Gore height13.0
Wing height16.2
Strap width2.2
Hooks3

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  1. 2
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    Fits

    I love this lilac/lemon color combination and I get my usual 40L Alana fit. But, the straps are a new material which folds over far too easily and even though the cups and band are doing their jobs, the folding straps are cutting in, making this my most uncomfortable Alana.

    Sep 2020
    A conversation with 2 fellow Bratabaser's compelled me to wear this bra again. I had worn this less than 5 times in the year since I purchased it, mainly because of the folding straps. The straps still fold over but, they did lie flat where they made contact with my skin. I think I am ok with this ... kind of folding straps.
    Before taking this bra off I decided to re-measure the cup height and depth and to my amusement, both were about a quarter inch bigger than when I first measured (all of my bra cup height and depth data is with bra on/boob in cup).
    It has taken a while but this bra has "grown" on me.

    Sep 2020
    I thought it would be interesting to compare my original measurement data for this bra to what they are today.

    .......................................... original / current / difference
    band length un-stretched..... 34.00 / 33.00 / (1.00)
    band length stretched........... 40.00 / 41.00 / 1.00
    cup depth.............................. 17.75 / 19.00 / 1.25
    cup height............................. 14.50 / 15.00 / 0.50

    The (1.00) inch change seems ok as I would have expected some shrinkage with 10+ hand washings.
    The 1.00 inch increase in stretched band length is not surprising.
    The 1.25 inch increase in cup depth is very surprising.
    The 0.50 increase in cup height is a bit surprising.

    These results lead me to wonder whether Bravissimo deserves its reputation of being small in the cup and a buyer thus needing to size up. Yes, a bra will initially feel small/tight but will it expand with break-in? I plan to explore this further.

    Note: I do not use the cup over knee technique to measure cup depth as I think a more meaningful and relative data point is when a cup is occupied by ones breast. I think it makes sense that depending on bra style, bra cup dimensions can also vary during the life of a bra. Also, the cup over knee technique does not take into account the distance and hence volume I gain from a floating gore. With this white Alana, I have 4 inches of floating gore today, I did not record this measurement in my original review.

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    Lilac/Lemon colorway

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  2. 1
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    The Alana in mint colorway was my favorite until Bravissimo released the papaya . I purchased 2 in early 2016 along with a mint 38L and I wish I had bought more. As usual, Bravissimo refuses to re-stock their Alana fashion colors so once they are gone, they are gone. I get my usual Alana fit and comfort, including days where
    the 38 band is more important than the 40L cup, and vice versa.
    I also have Bravissimo's Georgia in mint and while I like this bra, I prefer the mint Alana more.

    June 2020,
    The band is getting close to being stretched beyond comfort, the result of my wearing this ... colorway more than any of my others. I am thinking of moving the wings of my 38L to the 40L cups but my sewing skills are fairly poor and so I hesitate at the chance I may ruin both bras.

    Aug 2020
    The band and straps have suddenly lost most of their elasticity and so this bra has lost most of its comfort and support. Wearing this on the tightest hooks now results in a loose fit and can I easily fit 3 fingers underneath the band. Interestingly, the cups continue to provide comfort and support.

    Sep 2020
    I thought it would be interesting to compare my original measurement data for this bra to what they are today.

    .......................................... original / current / difference
    band length un-stretched... 34.00 / 33.50 / (0.50)
    band length stretched......... 40.00 / 42.00 / 2.00
    cup depth.............................. 17.75 / 19.25 / 1.50
    cup height............................. 14.50 / 16.00 / 1.50

    The (0.50) inch decrease in the un-stretched length was initially surprising but is likely the result of 50+ hand washings.
    The 2.00 inch increase in stretched band length is not overly surprising.
    The 1.50 inch increase in cup depth is very surprising.
    The 1.50 increase in cup height is extremely surprising.

    These results lead me to wonder whether Bravissimo deserves its reputation of being small in the cup and a buyer thus needing to size up. Yes, a bra will initially feel small/tight but will it expand with break-in? I plan to explore this further.

    Note: I do not use the cup over knee technique to measure cup depth as I think a more meaningful and relative data point is when a cup is occupied by ones breast. I think it makes sense that depending on bra style, bra cup dimensions can also vary during the life of a bra.

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    mint colorway

    Updated on Sep 08, 2020 Flag this


    • This bra in mint is one of my favorites. It still fits after 4 years and am able to use it still on the middle hooks.

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  3. 1
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    The Alana in mint colorway was my favorite until Bravissimo released the papaya . I purchased 2 in early 2016 along with a mint 38L and I wish I had bought more. As usual, Bravissimo refuses to re-stock their Alana fashion colors so once they are gone, they are gone. I get my usual Alana fit and comfort, including days where
    the 38 band is more important than the 40L cup, and vice versa.
    I also have Bravissimo's Georgia in mint and while I like this bra, I prefer the mint Alana more.

    Mint colorway

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  4. 0
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    I purchased the Papaya in 2017 in both 38L and 40L I find the 38 bands are perfect, especially since the straps seem to barely need to contribute any support, a real shoulder saver and I definitely do not have to worry about the straps sliding off my shoulders. On this 40L, I am still on the middle hooks but the straps do tend to fall off. I get some quadding on the 38 band but essentially none with this 40. My perfect bra would seem to be an Alana in 38LL or mybe 38M.Maybe oneday they add this size to their line.
    There seems to be nothing else ... in my range except the Ewa Michalak FB line. Although they have almost a dozen models, none currently appeal to me and at roughly twice the price or more, I simply cannot get interested in switching away from Bravissimo. My recent success with the Selina line pretty much locks me in with Bravissimo, perhaps forever.
    This is by far my favorite colorway, with the mint a close second.

    Oct 2020
    I thought it would be interesting to compare my original measurement data for this bra to what they are today.

    .......................................... original / current / difference
    band length un-stretched... 32.00 / 33.00 / 1.00
    band length stretched......... 39.25 / 41.00 / 0.75
    cup depth.............................. 17.75 / 19.00 / 1.25
    cup height............................. 14.50 / 15.00 / 0.50

    The 1.00 inch increase in the un-stretched length is surprising. This should have shrunk by about 0.5 inches
    The 0.75 inch increase in stretched band length is a little surprising. Most of my other Alana's have increased by over 1 inch
    The 1.25 inch increase in cup depth is no longer very surprising since my other Alana's have increased by a similar length.
    The 0.50 increase in cup height is no longer surprising.

    These results lead me to wonder whether Bravissimo deserves its reputation of being small in the cup and a buyer thus needing to size up. Yes, a bra will initially feel small/tight but will it expand with break-in? I plan to explore this further.

    Note: I do not use the cup over knee technique to measure cup depth as I think a more meaningful and relative data point is when a cup is occupied by ones breast. I think it makes sense that depending on bra style, bra cup dimensions can also vary during the life of a bra.

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    papaya colorway

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  5. 0
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    The daffodil Alana is bright and cheery. It also has that Alana fundamental rightness for me, I can put it on, go about my day and not be in a rush to get it off at the end of the day. As usual, the fit and comfort are spot on for me with just a little cakes on a plate and no quadding. The band is starting to stretch out and I will likely be on the last set of hooks before long.

    Oct 2020
    I thought it would be interesting to compare my original measurement data for this bra to what they are today.

    .......................................... original / current ... / difference
    band length un-stretched... 32.75 / 32.50 / (0.25)
    band length stretched......... 39.75 / 40.00 / 0.25
    cup depth.............................. 17.75 / 19.00 / 1.25
    cup height............................. 14.50 / 15.00 / 0.50

    The (0.25) inch decrease in the un-stretched length was initially surprising but is likely the result of 50+ hand washings.
    The 0.25 inch increase in stretched band length is a little surprising. Most of my other Alana's have increased by over 1 inch
    The 1.25 inch increase in cup depth is no longer very surprising since my other Alana's have increased by a similar length.
    The 0.50 increase in cup height is no longer surprising.

    These results lead me to wonder whether Bravissimo deserves its reputation of being small in the cup and a buyer thus needing to size up. Yes, a bra will initially feel small/tight but will it expand with break-in? I plan to explore this further.

    Note: I do not use the cup over knee technique to measure cup depth as I think a more meaningful and relative data point is when a cup is occupied by ones breast. I think it makes sense that depending on bra style, bra cup dimensions can also vary during the life of a bra.

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    daffodil colorway

    Updated on Oct 26, 2020 Flag this


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  6. 0
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    Acquired in Dec 2016, this white Alana was my first ever free bra from Bravissimo and is the 2nd of 2 white Alana's that I own. At the time of the purchase of my first white Alana in 40L in late 2015, Bravissimo was enduring a controversy relating to wires popping out of their channels prematurely. I was so thrilled with the fit and comfort of my initial purchases that I decided to double up on my Alana orders with the expectation that I too would have to deal with the wire issue. I have never had a wire pop out on any of my Alana's. Or of ... any other Bravissimo bra I have. I hand wash all my bras regardless of brand so that may have contributed to my success with the Alana. The wires of all my Alana's end at least 1/4 to 1/2 inch away from the top of the side channel while they do reach the top of the channel in the gore.
    One inconsistency I have noticed between different colorways is the softness of the hook and eye materials. Some, like the Papaya's I purchased in 2017 are very soft and luxurious while others, like both of my white Alana's are also soft to the touch but a little less so than the papaya's but a lot softer than the rest of the colors I have.
    If you don't mind a tendency to a cakes on a plate look, the Alana may become a staple for you as it is for me. Through the course of time, I have noticed that my Alana's tend to initially have the cakes on a plate look but will soften and become a rounder shape with frequent use. As good as that may sound, it's the result of s slight decrease in cup support which I do notice but doesn't bother me too much. This white Alana does not do a very good job of masking my nipples though so I tend to wear a camisole or add additional layers of clothing or if I have to, nipple covers, to compensate.
    I recently purchased the lilac/lemon version which has different straps that tend to roll up and dig in. That feels like a step backwards for Bravissimo and I hope future white Alana's I buy retain the quality of the 2 I own so far.

    Sep 2020
    I thought it would be interesting to compare my original measurement data for this bra to what they are today.

    .......................................... original / current / difference
    band length un-stretched..... 33.50 / 33.50 / 0.00
    band length stretched........... 41.00 / 42.00 / 1.00
    cup depth.............................. 18.00 / 19.00 / 1.00
    cup height............................. 14.50 / 16.00 / 1.50

    The 0.00 inch change seems unusual as I would have expected some shrinkage with 50+ hand washings.
    The 1.00 inch increase in stretched band length is not overly surprising.
    The 1.00 inch increase in cup depth is very surprising.
    The 1.50 increase in cup height is extremely surprising.

    These results lead me to wonder whether Bravissimo deserves its reputation of being small in the cup and a buyer thus needing to size up. Yes, a bra will initially feel small/tight but will it expand with break-in? I plan to explore this further.

    Note: I do not use the cup over knee technique to measure cup depth as I think a more meaningful and relative data point is when a cup is occupied by ones breast. I think it makes sense that depending on bra style, bra cup dimensions can also vary during the life of a bra. Also, the cup over knee technique does not take into account the distance and hence volume I gain from a floating gore. With this white Alana, I have 4 inches of floating gore today, I did not record this measurement in my original review.

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    white colorway

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  7. 0
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    I purchased the Papaya in 2017 in both 38L and 40L I find the 38 bands are perfect, especially since the straps seem to barely need to contribute any support, a real shoulder saver and I definitely do not have to worry about the straps sliding off my shoulders. On this 40L, I am still on the middle hooks but the straps do tend to fall off. I get some quadding on the 38 band but essentially none with this 40. My perfect bra would seem to be an Alana in 38LL or maybe 38M.I continue to hope Bravissimo will one day add these sizes to their range.
    There ... seems to be nothing else in my range except the Ewa Michalak FB line. Although they have almost a dozen models, none currently appeal to me and at roughly twice the price or more, I simply cannot get interested in switching away from Bravissimo. My recent success with the Selina line pretty much locks me in with Bravissimo, perhaps forever.
    This is by far my favorite colorway, with the mint a close second.

    Aug 2020
    Still my favorite bra in terms of fit, comfort and color. I estimate this bra has been worn more than 100 times and still looks and feels close to brand new. In comparison, my 40L Alana in Mint seemed to hit a wall a couple weeks ago. By that I mean the straps suddenly lost much of their elasticity and the band did the very same. I am not looking forward to the day when this papaya does the same and am thankful that I have more than one of these.

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    papaya colorway

    Updated on Aug 31, 2020 Flag this


    • Wearing on the tightest hooks now, hopefully will be a while before it becomes too stretched out.

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  8. 0
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    My nude Alana's are very different from other nude colorways I have had in the past. It's almost like there is a hint of pink in the material. This Alana was naturally very similar to the other Alana colorways I have. Comfort and fit with any Alana far exceeded anything else I previously had.

    nude colorway

    Updated on Jun 25, 2020 Flag this


    • I have had this bra for 4 years now and it is still supportive and fits. Wore this recently on the middle hooks so there is still some life in this one.

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    Used to fit

    The daffodil Alana is bright and cheery. It also has that Alana fundamental rightness for me, I can put it on, go about my day and not be in a rush to get it off at the end of the day. As usual, the fit and comfort are spot on for me with just a little cakes on a plate and no quadding. The band is starting to stretch out and I will likely be on the last set of hooks before long.

    daffodil colorway

    Updated on Jun 25, 2020 Flag this


    • This bra has now stretched to the point of being borderline unsupportive. Not bad for a bra that is 4 years old.

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    Used to fit

    I purchased the Papaya in 2017 in both 38L and 40L I find the 38 bands are perfect, especially since the straps seem to barely need to contribute any support, a real shoulder saver and I definitely do not have to worry about the straps sliding off my shoulders. On this 40L, I am still on the middle hooks but the straps do tend to fall off. I get some quadding on the 38 band but essentially none with this 40. My perfect bra would seem to be an Alana in 38LL or mybe 38M.Maybe oneday they add this size to their line.
    There seems to be nothing else in my range except the Ewa Michalak FB line. Although they have almost a dozen models, none currently appeal to me and at roughly twice the price or more, I simply cannot get interested in switching away from Bravissimo. My recent success with the Selina line pretty much locks me in with Bravissimo, perhaps forever.
    This is by far my favorite colorway, with the mint a close second.

    papaya colorway

    Updated on Jun 17, 2020 Flag this


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