The Annie bra is a balconette and similar in cut to my beloved 32K - Bravissimo » Penny Bra (LN449) . Too bad the fit isn't as good on this one. The bra is very projected and has lots of room in the upper cup. Since I am FOT I did not size down in this bra like it was recommended on the website. Turns out this was a mistake. There was lots of wrinkling on top and on bottom of the cup. I could barely adjust my boobs properly in this bra.
I really like the colour and the star pattern and would have exchanged ...for the 32JJ if it weren't for the horrible stetchy thin flimsy straps. These straps were just awful and folded immediately after putting the bra on. You could see on my photo. Also I found the straps a bit too seperate and too much in my armpit. The cups came up very high under my arms too. I am sure the dimensions of the 32JJ would be much better for me but I am sure I also dislike the straps. The Penny does have thicker and better straps btw. Read more 87 more words
Week 1 This Annie in blush pink is the second colorway released by Bravissimo for this bra, the initial color being navy. Annie is an underwired balconette, is unpadded and is unlined in all sizes. Annie is related to the Penny that was released a few months earlier and they both use Bravissimo's new wires for J cups and above. After unpacking this bra, I immediately noticed the wire shape, which was much more of a U shape than any of their previous wires. Before trying it on, I compared the wires to my existing bras, starting with my current fav, the Selina Lace and then with ...a 40K Satine that I ordered at the same time as this Annie. I found the comparison to be hilarious and have posted photos of the comparison here on Bratabase. I had no previous experience with Satine but ordered it when Bravissimo extended the size range up to K cups. I laid the 40L Annie inside the 40K Satine, with the wings folded in underneath to facilitate a comparison of the outside wires, with the gores centered on each bra. The wires on the Satine were 3 inches wider than the Annie! Both were unworn so the wires were the original shape. Perhaps the Satine is designed for those looking for a wide and shallower fit. I subsequently compared the Annie to my Selina Lace and also to one of my many Alana's and in both cases the Annie wires were 1 to 1.5 inches narrower, with the Alana being a little closer in width. I absolutely love the blush pink of my Selina Lace and was equally thrilled with this Annie. The metal pieces where the straps connect to the wings, as well as the hook and eye closure, have a nickel finish to them that are quite exquisite. The gore has a nice mini star adornment that is black and is a nice contrast to the blush pink. The wings have the same star pattern as the lower cup. The band is quite comfortable and I was surprised that these new, narrow wires were virtually unnoticeable to me. In fact I rarely notice the wires in any of my Bravissimo bras whereas I noticed and eventually hated the wires in every single Panache bra I have ever worn. Same with Elomi. Bravissimo recommends sizing down if you are a J cup and above but I chose to ignore that advice as my other 40L bras tend to be just ever so slightly small. This Annie was just slightly too big in the cups but it was not a deal breaker for me. To my eyes, I looked smaller, both from the front and from the side in comparison to my Alana's. So far, the Annie seems to give me a more rounded look, which is certainly a plus and although I seemed to get the weird shape that reviewers were warning about on the Bravissimo site, that weirdness seemed to be go away as the bra stretched out. On me, that weirdness was a cakes on a plate look that seemed to start an inch or two further out than you would expect but as I said, it appears to diminish over time. From the side, and aside from the weirdness I have described, the cups seem fairly normal but when I put my hands underneath the cups, the amount of projection seems to be far greater than my other bras. I found myself wondering why I wasn't seeing a torpedo shape, as some reviews on Bravissimo have described. On the straps off the shoulder test, I was much more likely to spill out of the cups with Annie. This may be the result of having narrower wires but I would find this acceptable as I really do like the narrow, upfront shape I get. In fact, my shape is narrower and more upfront than any of my other bras. I give this bra 5 stars as it ticks all the boxes for me. The one thing I dislike are the embroidered stars on the upper cups which are visible even under a medium thick top but this is not a big issue for me. I find nipple and areola coverage to be better than Alana and comparable to my Selina's which are lined.
Annie is now my new fav and I am looking forward to other Bravissimo bras that utilize these new wires. THANK YOU BRAVISSIMO!
Week 2 This may be my imagination playing tricks on me but my boobs feel lighter in Annie than in any of my other bras. I feel very secure in this bra and hardly notice either the wires or the straps throughout the day. I wore one of my newer Alana's 2 days ago and the Annie yesterday and the difference was certainly noticeable. It was almost as if I had lost a pound or two from each boob! As I said earlier in this review, my boobs seem to be more up front in the Annie than any of my Alana's and I must emphasize that the Alana's were the most up front bras I ever had. Very pleased with this Annie and I can't wait for the 38L I have on order.
Week 3 Before putting the Annie on today, I realized that I had not compared the wires to the 40L Gemma I got on a separate order. From what I understand, both the Annie and Gemma use the same wires for J-cups and above and I can confirm that after laying the Annie on top of the Gemma, the wires have essentially the same dimensions. I was somewhat surprised to confirm this as the fit of each bra is vastly different from each other. Read my 40L Gemma review for that side of the story. After my 3rd week of ownership of the 40L Annie, this is, by far, the best bra I have ever had. If I had to choose a bra as my forever bra, Annie would be it, and it would not be close. Sorry Alana...
Jun 2021 There have been many complaints directed at the the tendency for the straps of the Annie to fold over both here on BTB and on Bravissimo's Annie web page. I experience a very slight amount of folding but it is no where near as bad as my lilac/lemon Alana, not even close. Perhaps I am in the Annie sweet spot where the weight of my boobs does not tax the straps as much. When I view my side profile unclothed, I want to think I look smaller than my Alana's but when I wear a clingy top, I look substantially bigger! I think this is due to the narrow wires providing the same depth as Alana but that depth has been moved 1-2 inches further from my side since the wires do not go as far back. My bra on breast perimeter confirms this as I measure 1-1/2 inches larger with Annie than Alana. Read more 1057 more words
I ordered this 38L Annie in Navy a week after I received this bra in Blush Pink. The Annie uses the new narrow wires and Bravissimo advises to size down in cup when ordering. Previous to these two 38 band bras, I had ordered the Annie in a 40L, which was a tad on the loose side in the band and had noticeably deeper cups than any of my other Bravissimo bras. The 38 band Annie's are perfect in the band and the navy colorway seems just that little bit tighter than the Blush Pink. Bravissimo's Alana has been a staple in my rotation but I have always felt ...I was between sizes, my perfect Alana would have been a 38 band with the 40L cups. This 38L Annie with the narrower wires seems to be the 38LL Alana I have been wishing for and is thus my perfect bra. To be clear though, the shape is definitely not the cakes on a plate the way Alana can sometimes be and on me, the Annie is a tad torpedoey. I got the same initial odd shape that I got with my Blush Pink Annie but after a few wears I can already see the cups adapting better to my shape, just as the Blush Pink did. The upper cup is a thin mesh like fabric with a star embroidery which is visible under a single layer of clothing, I wish the stars were a print instead.
March 2021 This bra is so comfortable and supportive. Unfortunately, Bravissimo has sold out on my preferred sizes so here's hoping they bring this back in other colors.
May 2021 I think the bottom cup/seam are perhaps a little too supportive, leading to the initial torpedo shape. After say 5 wears, the material weakens a bit, leading to some give to the cup bottom and a more rounded shape as a result. People need to give this bra, and any of the other Bravissimo new wire bras, a chance to break-in before coming to a conclusion on fir and appearance. Read more 232 more words
After receiving and trying the Annie in a 40L I decided to order this bra for those days when the 40 would be too big. I was surprised by how snug the band was, how less up front the cups seemed to be, and with the straps being fully shortened.
Week 1 I am between a 38 and 40 band so I generally do not notice much of a difference going from my 40 band Alana on the middle hooks to a 38 Alana on the longest hooks. With Annie, going from the 40 to the 38 was very noticeable, to the point where I thought an extender would be ...needed. The biggest of the surprises was how less up front I felt compared to the 40 band as I assumed the shorter band would center me even more. The last surprise, the straps being fully shortened was weird and left me wondering if the bra had been previously worn. I do get a torpedo shape with this Annie but I had this shape with the 40L Annie and it seemed to slowly work it's way out.
Week 2 Actually, this is more like 3 weeks later. In retrospect, I think I can understand why the 38 band did not center me more than the 40 as I described above. The 38 band needs to stretch further to be fastened and hence pulls the cups further away from each other. Maybe. In between wears, I wore my many Alana's and noticed that I preferred to wear them more than either of my Annies. The Annies did not leave me feeling as secure and I think this was due to the upper cup feeling a little loose, to the point where if I bent over, I would get that sensation that I could potentially fall out. I would not actually fall out but I was more conscious of it than with the Alana's. This and the fact that the cup is a tad roomier left me feeling less secure. I suspect the Annie is FOT friendly compared to the Alana but not as much as the Gemma.
3 months later. I just started to pay attention to the depth ratio in the measurements table and this Annie has a 2.3 ratio compared to the Alana's 1.9.These ratios though are from the initial measurement data and I will likely update these with current measurements. The torpedoey look I get is much more pronounced with this 38 band than the 40 and does not seem to be working it's way out compared to the 40L. Maybe it just needs a little more time/and a few more wears.
I really do wish the stars on the upped cups were a print instead of embroidery as they are visible under a single layer top. In fact, I assumed they were going to be a pale blue when I first ordered this blush pink colorway. The cups and band have stretched out a small amount since my initial measurements and I have updated the table accordingly. The straps are among the best I have ever had. There have a few reviews on Bravissimo that complain about them but I have nothing negative to say about them. Read more 424 more words
As you should expect, the initial measurements were similar with perhaps a 1/8th difference on some dimensions.
4 Months Later My two 40 band Annie's are still my favorites. The odd shaping people caution against are virtually non existent on me, which further adds to my love of this bra. I have a habit of buying (some would say hoarding) multiples of things I like and while I already have two 40 band and two 38's, I'm feeling the need to buy at least one more of each. I literally look at a drawer full of Alana's each morning with only a couple nearing retirement, plus the many Selina's and Georgia's that I have pretty much ignored recently so I best not spend even more.