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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.
Updated on Apr 01, 2017 Flag this
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.
Updated on Jul 10, 2016 Flag this
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.
Updated on May 14, 2014 Flag this
I have shallow conical breasts that was measured at a 28DD. This bra fits my shape pretty well! However, there is some slight gapping at the top (more on my smaller side). I am going to order a 30C to compare and see if I need to go down a size. The band is pretty stretchy and slightly too big for me (27" ribcage). This is such a cute bra and the color I got (Blue Sapphire) is beautiful. I am definitely keeping at least one of the bras (30C or 30D), even if there is some slight gapping. It is also very comfortable and doesn't cut in anywhere.
Update: 30C was too small - apex was too low for my nipples. Keeping the slightly gapping 30D!
Updated on Mar 03, 2018 Flag this
Love it, super cute and super comfortable! I do not regret buying it!
Updated on May 26, 2017 Flag this
This was not a good bra for my shape. While it had the correct amount of wire breadth and projection for my broad rooted and shallow shape it did not provide enough coverage for my tall roots. This bra is for people who have short and broad roots in addition to a shallow shape.
I also really did not like the fact that the underwires at the gore were hurting my sternum.
Updated on Apr 30, 2016 Flag this
I really like this bra. I was a bit worried the wires wouldn't be wide enough seeing the measurements here, because my other bras seem a bit wider. But they fit beautifully, I think because the wires are more flexible maybe?
The band is tight enough for me, but is probably a bit stretchy for some people. (I like to wear 30D with more stretchy bands and 32C with more tight bands).
The bow can be a little bit itchy sometimes, and I don't like that the straps are partially stretchable. It is hard to adjust them, a tiny bit to tight and they pull on my bra if I lift my arms, a tiny bit to loose and the straps fall of my shoulders.
But other than that it is a comfortable and pretty bra. One of my best fits for my slightly shallow and short rooted breasts.
Updated on Mar 24, 2016 Flag this
I reviewed this in 30DD first.....I LOVE that one, but the 30D seems like almost a different bra. Something about it appeared disproportionate to me...like they shrunk it down to fit that size, without really thinking about how it would translate. I need short cups, but those were way too short. They were definitely too small and gave me serious quad boob, so I think the D runs small. (In contrast the DD seems about true to size). The band seems true to size. The wings weren't high enough for me. 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!
Updated on Feb 04, 2016 Flag this
Excellent for shallow shapes. It sits just high enough that it encompasses my lower tissue but not so high that I get gaping. It is visible under thin clothing.
Updated on Dec 26, 2015 Flag this
This bra is really aesthetically pleasing. While I prefer dark colors, I decided to get a pretty light color for special occasions. The color did not disappoint: it's a nice sort of rosy, creamy color with the white lace overlay, which makes for a very modest look for me. And the lace was not scratchy at all.
This bra fits really well, I would say an almost perfect fit, if it weren't for the straps that are far apart and slip off from my shoulders (but so do the straps of my other bras and spaghetti strapped dresses and blouses), and the very slight quadboobing that happens when scooping ... and swooping a lot. However, the quadboob isn't really bothersome for me, since it's not noticeable because of the lace and the smaller breast's cup lies flush against the top. Plus, it gives my breasts a very nice rounded shape.
Wearing it for a whole day, there was absolutely no gaping, pinching, poking, or painful marks, and there was no need to adjust the band at all. Usually comfortable with a 28 band, I was expecting this 30 band to move, but it didnt, even on the loosest hooks. The only adjusting was getting the straps to not slip from my shoulders.
Overall, it is a beautiful bra that gives me a very nice shape and fits comfortably after wearing it all day.
Updated on Sep 02, 2015 Flag this
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