my shape: narrow - medium wide tall root, full on top, center heavy and projected.
With 32K Selina I had the fit issue that the gore just wouldn't tack. Apart from that the fit wasn't off, there was no quadboob going on. But since the gore did not tack I assumed that I need to size up so I grabbed 32KK on ebay.
In this size I get some gaping at the top of the cups and the gore still does not tack. I assume this bra is now too big for me. It looks like the Selina shape is not compatible with my boobs to fit correctly. The bra is still supportive even when the gore floats. I'd prefer the smaller size and will keep this bra for size fluctuations / PMS boobs.
This is my first underwire bra that I've bought since being properly fitted. Based upon my measurements, I should be a 40KK in Bravissimo sizing, but after reading reviews on it that it runs a bit small, i decided to size up to the L cup. Great thing i did! This bra is very supportive and very sturdy. I've been able to wear it all day and not worry about unnecessary jiggle or having to readjust my breasts in the cups. The only issue i've had with this bra is that when i wear it on the loosest row of hooks, its still a little too loose, and straps end up digging into my shoulders.Luckily on the tightest setting, the band is tight enough... i dont need my straps trying to support the weight of my boobs lol. Other than that, this is a great bra!
Selina was one of the staples from Bravissimo. It looks like it gets discontinued finally in 2021 as all colours are on sale now. I have this in the long- gone star print, thought I review it before the bra is completely gone - so you can grab one if you are interested.
So this is one of the better bras from Bravissimo imo for large cups. The fabric is smooth and there is no embroiderie (remember 4 years ago when Selina launched almost all Bravissimo bras hat embroiderie) so it's almost smooth enough to function as a T-shirt bra. I say almost, depending on how thin your t-shirt is, ...the seams could show. It also feels sturdy and decent quality.
Moving on to the fit. my shape: narrow - medium wide tall root, full on top, center heavy and projected. The bra is more open than most balconettes by Bravissimo (Melrose, Alana etc) there is no cutting in. Wires are medium wide, sturdy and tall. I think they are what you can expect in this size, nothing too wide or tall. Cups are quite shallow. So this causes issues for me, which is mostly that the gore just won't tack. It never did in any size I tried in this bra. Even when I had an obviously too large size. (gonna review 32KK too) The bra is despite that still supportive. It also gives a nice round uplifted shape.
The only problem aside from the gore I had was that the bra can start to hurt me after longer time of wear. It doesn't always happen, some days I'm fine with it on other days I have to remove it mid-day- I think the wire gets pushed down a bit since it's too shallow in center and bottom for me which causes pain. So it's not quite 100% for me and I would not repurchase but it will stay in my rotation. Read more 211 more words
I really hoped this bra would fit, because the star pattern and white fabric make a nice style (and there are so few white bras out there!), but unfortunately the fit is a somehow off.
First, the construction - the cups are made from a single layer of non-stretch fabric. It's a full-cup design, made from four parts. The seams on the inside of the cup have some loose threads, but otherwise the sewing is reasonably tidy. The band is also made from a single layer of stretchy powermesh. It looked to me in the pictures like it had side boning, but it doesn't. The materials feel sturdy ...and are quite soft. Compared to an older Bravissimo Alana, the materials are significantly softer, both in the cup and the band.
Since the fabric on the cups is completely non-stretch, the cups really show any asymmetry or a too large/small cup. The shape is very projected at the middle of the cup, but average projected at the bottom, giving more of a "green" shape. The wires are a bit too hard for me and the gore is stabby. I'm having a bit of a shape mismatch, a better fit for me has more bottom projection but creates a rounder, flatter shape - that's why the Bravissimo Millie in the same cup size works better for me. For me, full cups don't usually tend to work.
Regarding the sizing, it seems consistent with the usual Bravissimo sizing, in that the band runs true to size/tight-ish and the cups run one size small compared to the usual British size. Read more 158 more words
My shape: Projected, narrow, shorter roots, even/functionally full on bottom, soft tissue. Cleo Lily fits me best.
The band runs about a size larger (32"), and the cups are pretty true to size.
I had high hopes for this bra, but it just didn't work for me. It gives a fairly droopy/"upside down 7" shape, and the side sling creates a weird tension in the cups that cuts into my breasts. The middle and inner part of the cups seem to have enough immediate depth, but the outer part of the cups are a strange wrinkly mess (partly because they're too wide). My search for a Cleo Lily replacement continues...
Purchased in early 2019, this white Selina seems very utilitarian. It is white. Very white. White all over. Fit and comfort is very good all things considered. My boobs in this bra are more front and center than other bras I have while also lifting just a little bit more than what my Alana's give me. Like my other Selina's, I feel like this minimizes me, more than my Alana's do. The one remarkable attribute of this bra are the wings, which to my mind are the smoothest, softest wings of any bra I have had. In terms of luxuriousness, these wings compare quite favorably with my Panache Melody's ...which I seldom wear. In spite of this softness, I cannot feel anything from the wings while wearing it. The Selina has potential as a great t-shirt bra but it is not boob sweat friendly. I also have the Selina in the white/grey colorway and they both not as luxurious as the Selina Lace.
July 2020 After another hot and humid day, I was taking/peeling this white Selina off and noticed something for the first time. I had mentioned in the initial review that the wings seemed extra soft and so fully expected to feel that softness after unfastening the hooks but what happened surprised me. I was able to feel the inside and outside of the wing material slide against each other, which suggested there were 2 fabrics to this wing. I am not referring to the upper and lower seams but the panels, if you will, of the wings. I have never noticed any of my bras, ever having more than 1 fabric unless there was a lace layer overtop. What was even more surprising was that there 2 very different levels of softness to the wings and perhaps even more surprising was the softer of the 2 materials was on the OUTSIDE of the wing. No wonder I could not feel anything different in the wings when I first reviewed this bra. The material the hook and eyes are fastened to are very special, the thickest and at the same time softest material I have ever noticed in a bra. It's taken a year but I have become very happy with all of my Selina's and especially with Bravissimo.
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..... 33.00 / 34.00 / 1.00 band length stretched........... 39.50 / 39.50 / 0.00 cup depth.............................. 17.75 / 18.25 / 0.50 cup height............................. 11.00 / 12.75 / 1.75
The 1.00 inch change seems unusual, perhaps not originally measured correctly The 0.00 inch change in stretched band length is possible The 0.50 inch increase in cup depth is possible The 1.75 increase in cup height seems excessive but possible
The results of this re-measure are within the realm of possibility. This white Selina is softer, more comfortable and as supportive as it was when I first got this in mid 2019. Read more 456 more words
Purchased in early 2019, this white/grey Selina is my least favorite Selina. Fit and comfort are similar to the white Selina and Selina Lace, which is very good all things considered. My boobs are more front and center compared to the other non-Selina bras I have while also lifting just a little bit more than what my Alana's give me. Like my other Selina's, I feel like this minimizes me, more than my Alana's do. There really isn't anything remarkable about this bra and the pattern of this colorway can be visible under the wrong top. This somewhat indifferent attitude almost steered me away from .investigating the Selina white ...and Selina Lace but if you read my other reviews, you will see how much I love them. The Selina has potential as a great t-shirt bra but it is not boob sweat friendly. I also own the Selina in the white colorway and they both not as luxurious as this Selina Lace.
I wore this Selina yesterday for the first time in at least 3 months, maybe 6, and was very pleased with how the day went. I had a bit of a hop in my step and I think it was because of how I felt wearing this Selina. I felt like I had boobs of steel! I had one of those days where I wore the bra the whole day and was in absolutely no rush to change out of it. The bra did not feel like a band with straps and 2 cups but rather like a complete, well designed mechanism for supporting my boobs. It was almost like my boobs were 2 pounds lighter and I felt like my posture was way better, more upright than usual. I have worn my Selina's a lot the past few weeks. With these Selina's, I have found some of my best bras ever and they were right here, sitting in my drawer the whole time! I am still not too fond of the star pattern though as they do show through on lighter colored tops. Read more 233 more words
Another bra that certainly couldn't fit me, but as I have it in my hands brand new and there is very little about it on Bratabase, I've measured it.
This bra is unlined. The straps are a bit stretchy and fully adjustable. The cup is sewn of four pattern pieces. It's nice that the navy stars on white background print covers the whole bra band and not just the front.