I love this bra! I think it is much prettier than it looked online and so flattering on me (which is extremely unusual)! I'm dealing with wide-set, average to wide short roots, upper deflation with some lower projection, very soft. I think this bra is actually the best fit I have found, so far and it is definitely my current favorite! YAY!!!
The flexible, soft cups seem to be somewhat uniquely shaped and it works well for me (but I can see why it wouldn't work for everyone.) I think I generally fit more like a 28DD/30D, but in this model, the 30DD is where it's at. It's ...slightly big, as I have a tiny bit of gaping at the top edge of the cup, but it honestly quite minimal and the lace trim helps hide it. It still looks and feels beautiful.
I want to say the cups run somewhat small, except they are kind of stretchy and I think that it would actually fit true to size if it is the right shape for you. It is not quite as shallow as I thought from the pictures. It actually gives me more forward projection than I expected and a nice lifted, rounded shape. The wings are tall enough to give me the side support I need and the lightly padded cups provide shaping without being too rigid. The band feels true to size. Although a little bit squeaky, the cups and band are so comfortable!
The thin double straps are pretty and feel OK on me, but I can see how they might not be comfortable for people with heavier breasts. (I don't know if they are wider on larger sizes). They don't have any stretch so they do dig in to my shoulders a little. They are also unusually short. While they fit my 5'1 frame, I have to make them almost as long as they can go. The gore is on the wider side (around 1 inch width), so it's going to better fit people with some space between their boobs.
It is worth noting that the 30D, which I also tried in the same colorway, seems like almost a different bra. Something about it seems disproportionate to me. I need short cups, but those were way too short. The cups were definitely too small and gave me serious quad boob, so while I think the DD might be true to size, I think the D runs small. Which is odd. The wings weren't high enough. If I had tried the 30D first, I never would have tried a different size, because it really was that different and I didn't like it at all, even before I put it on. In contrast, I fell in love with the 30DD as soon as I opened the package! Read more 360 more words
I have a better idea of what shape my breasts are now. I've been told they're set close together, so this bra digs into my sternum and the edges of my root. I fill out the bottom of the cup, my breasts are slightly pointy, so I can't completely fill the depth of the cup and there a gap along the top, even when I scoop and swoop.
The raw data on my bratabase measurements show that I should wear between a 24:7 and 24:8, and the UK bra size calculator recommended by reddit puts me at a 26E/26:6. I got this bra in a 30D because I heard they run tight/it was on sale/I was having trouble adjusting to the idea of 26E(UK)/26DDD(US), let alone 24F(UK)/24G(US). It fits well on the middle hooks.
This is the comfiest bra I've ever worn (this is not a high bar -- I've apparently been wearing at least a cup size too small for years). It doesn't do much other than holding my boobs in place as I walk around (no push-up, thin padding, no shaping, no compression, etc.) The colors of the Baja Blue are beautiful. Cups and straps both a little too far apart for a petite person like myself.
Those with sensitive skin should look into the materials used on the inside of the cup. I had a bit of a reaction the first time I put it on. It abated.
Background first: I have wide set, shallow, slightly splayed boobs; tall roots but soft and deflated, so my braless shape is full on bottom. The left side is about half a size larger than the right, but it's also more deflated and concave on top when unsupported.
I was happy to finally have a chance to try the Ciao Bella Balconette, which I've had my eye on for months. This bra is awfully pretty -- I love the lacy look, and it gives me those nice mounded hills above the bra line. The wires are just right, the cup volume is right, and the top of ...the cup fits smoothly. The band is firm but comfortable, maybe just a little more rigid than ideal for me. When I lifted my right arm, the underwire on that side flexed away from my body in an unusual way -- I'm not sure what that means, and I don't think it would be a problem, but it did surprise me.
I loved this bra until I started trying on shirts. Through t-shirts, the shape is weird on me, kind of like having breasts made of polygons instead of hemispheres. The lace shows through t-shirts, of course, and the seam right over the nipple is especially noticeable. Arrgh! I wanted to love this bra! It does feel good, and it does fit; maybe I will look again someday in an actual store, in case the funny outline was just my particular specimen. Read more 148 more words
30dd fits my 29" ribcage perfectly, cup depth and wore width are perfect, I did have to move the wires outwards to make sure my breast tissue was fully encased in the cup, gore tacks, doesn't dig in. I did notice my right boob is slightly smaller then my left , so I'll be adding a tiny bit of extra padding. Over all great lift almost rounds my boobs out up top the way no other bra could. Shallow up top with slight bottom fullness and slight protection, also I have slight inner fullness, seriously loves how it rounds my upper portion out and evens the overall roundness it's great
High rise , gray lace over bright pink padding colorway
This bra fits great for me (wide/shallow FoB) other than the band that is too large. The straps dig into my shoulder a bit and I think they would feel better if they were completely elastic as opposed to half of it. I'm thinking of removing the straps and wearing it as a strapless (it would solve the problem of the bra rising up when I raise my arms). Overall the quality is good and it's gorgeous! The wires seem wide (not too wide for me) but might be a problem depending on your shape. As the other reviews have mentioned, the lace is scalloped but it lies flat for me and doesn't look like theres gapping even though there is slight gapping on my smaller boob.
My first (almost) well fitting bra! This one encloses my breasts perfectly and there's almost no gaping on top, so absolutely perfect for me shallow, FoB, wide root breasts. Only small complaint on the fit is that the straps fall every now and then (though not nearly as bad as with the 32C, so I'm happy!).
As for the bra itself, I love how soft and comfortable it is. It is also very pretty in the black, red and golden color.
My shape: soft, deflated, full on bottom with tall shallow top, measure to 36E
This is a beautiful bra. I got the vanilla, and the big pink bow with lace cups is so frilly and girly for those days that I want to feel extra pretty. This style is known to be very compatible for shallow breasts. The wires do not run too wide, and the apex is positioned well. The inside cup is soft cotton with one vertical seam. On paper, this is a perfect fit, but I feel insecure with the open tops. Sometimes, it feels like I might fall out or need to pull up the cups, but when I check everything is still in place. Also, the straps are fairly thin and split into two spaghetti-thin straps in front. The mesh band is stretchy but supportive.
Going off the shallow breasts guide from r/abrathatfits, I decided to try b.tempt'd's ciao bella balconette. (I should be wearing a 28DD or 28E, according to my measurements, but am easing myself into the proper size by trying a few 30 band sizes first. I had been wearing 34B, so this was a shock!)
Most of the month, this fits pretty well. The straps are a little too wide-set for my narrow shoulders, but that happens with most bras. Strangely, the straps are almost TOO short, which I'm hoping won't mean they'll stretch way out like most of my old bras. The lace is pretty and doesn't show beneath dresses and thick tops, but is definitely visible beneath tees.
For about a week around my cycle, though, it is too small. (Oh PMS--some people have emotional symptoms, I just have bloating and weird boobs.) Since it's a balconette, it's not immediately apparent that spring is busting out all over, but it clearly looks and fits differently then.