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Wow. This bra is beautiful. It's a wonderfully deep plunge and just a joy to wear; it is very comfortable. I was recommended a Chantelle due to my need of a narrow centre gore. This does have a very nice narrow centre gore and while I am truly in love with this bra it does have issues. These issues are not enough to make me regret buying this bra however I probably won't purchase another one.
Now in my research before trying on and purchasing this bra I found very conflicting stories. Most seem to say the bands ran big. Well, this hasn't been my experience at all. The ... band on this bra runs small. The unstretched band on this bra is only 22.75" which squarely puts it in the average length for a UK 28 band, not the 30/65 it is labeled. Others claimed the bands to be stretchy yet the band on this bra is quite firm IMO. I've worn this bra a few times already and it still shows no signs of stretching out quickly. I've also read the cups ran small and again I disagree. This bra is labeled as follows: FRA 80F, EUR 65F, ITA 1F, UK 30E, USA 30DDD. For a bra labeled as a UK 30E I find the cup to be consistent with standard UK bra cups.
Now for the other issues. I require narrow underwires and deep cups. Well these cups aren't deep, I find them to be relatively shallow; not Panache shallow but still a tad more shallow than Curvy Kate. The underwires on this bra are confusing. I cannot say the underwires are wide because they aren't. The ends of the underwire on the sides sit in the right spot. However the curve of the underwires out from the sides run too deep. I have narrow boobs so there ends up being this little crescent shaped area in the cup where I can't fill it because my boobs are more angular than round. It's not the bra sitting too low since the underwires imprints clearly show that at the bottom the underwire is sitting right under tissue. It just curves out too much in between those two points. This is much more defined on my smaller left boob than it is on my right. This really is by no means a deal breaker since this issue isn't even remotely bad enough to show through clothing.
The profile of this bra is quite round/minimised IMO. It is a nice even all around shape though unlike Panache which puts the fullest point of my boob about an inch below my nipple. While the cups on this bra are shallow it doesn't create quad boob on the inside of the cups like Panache did as well. While this round/minimised shape is not my preferred shape, it doesn't look bad at all. This shaping does have it's place and will come quite in handy for some of the few button front shirts I do have.
The plunge front is very deep and will work very well for a deep v-neck or those button shirts that I like to leave the top buttons undone. However, this is not a cleavage inducer. Despite the deep plunge it keeps my boobs quite separated and stops them from jiggling.
Overall, again this bra is beautiful, useful and very comfortable; there is no place where I get pain from the underwires. I just would have liked more side support, more projection and a bit more angular wire on the outer sides of the underwires.
Updated on Nov 01, 2012 Flag this
When I saw this bra I thought that it was so chic and elegant that I knew that I wanted to buy it. I know its out of the usual bra sizes that I wear but I decided to go for it. I don't regret this purchase for one second. I love the fit and comfort of this bra. It just works on me. If there is one thing that I have learned its that when you have shallow and asymmetrical breasts that bras have a tendency to fit you when you would think they otherwise wouldn't. I bought this bra from another user.
Updated on Nov 17, 2013 Flag this
Second bra I bought while finding out my true size. Very pretty, but too small!
Updated on Apr 03, 2017 Flag this
Band is too big and cups are too small, and even on the smallest setting straps are WAY too long. I would probably really like this bra if they made it in a size that could fit me.
Updated on Feb 17, 2017 Flag this
This is a surprisingly pretty everyday bra. It works great as a nude with my pale, slightly yellowish complexion. The small sparkly trinket and the pleated straps make for stylish details, and the fabric and lace are high quality and soft.
The bra gives a slightly minimised, natural shape, which is works well under flowy clothes. The gore is supper low, as could be expected from a plunge, and I guess it can be useful if you like deep necklines, but I don't really wear them, so cannot comment on that. The bra certainly doesn't give me any sort of alluring cleavage, but I wasn't after that. The wires ... are comfortable, don't poke anywhere, and sit flush on my chest. The width is perfect for me, but I don't think my roots are particularly narrow, so I'd say that's regular wire width, much like most Panache balconettes.
The band is snug, stretching to almost 28 in. Now, size conversions can be tricky - the band is true to size in the sense of measuring around 65cm when stretched-not-to-its-limits. However, by convention EU 65 translates to UK 30, and by that standard the band runs small.
The cups are also a bit small. I'm pretty sure there was a ribbon running along the edge, and I took it stop the cup from cutting into the tissue. It seems to have fixed most of my issues, although if I breath in deeply of keep my back unnaturally straight, I do get some quadboob. I also have a small problem with the horizontal seam cutting into the tissue on my bigger breast, but it's not noticeable under clothing. I'd be glad to try on a 65G when I get a chance, but I'm happy enough with 65F.
Updated on Sep 21, 2016 Flag this
This bra has some minor fit issues on me.. tops of cups cut in slightly, cups slightly wide...
The wires seem more uncomfortable and stabby than with the bras I own. The band is surprisingly tight, considering it was bought used. The shape it gives me is lower set and more flattened than I like.
I was going to give this bra a try despite these things, but after a few hours on two separate days, the gore was killing me with how it was stabbing my chest https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" />
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Updated on Apr 04, 2016 Flag this
This fits technically, maybe a tiny bit big in the cup but a smaller size would be too small I think. It is not comfortable though, I think the problem is with me. Digs in where the cup meets the strap (boobs not tall enough? I seem to having this problem a lot). Underwires are a bit too rigid for me, dig in especially at the gore. I feel like it would work if you have more boob volume/taller/rounder boobs and maybe more padding/fat. Such a shame because it is so nice!
I'm pretty much giving up on underwires and looking for half decent support wireless bras from now on.
Updated on Feb 07, 2016 Flag this
This bra was excellent when I first purchased it, in fact I loved it so much that I bought four. The red and the teal have held up very well, however the beige both stretched out very quickly and had smaller cups to begin with(I ordered them online). One had a band that was 3/4" longer to begin with. The beige bras have always tended to give me a bit of quad boob, the red and teal do not. Additionally, after the beige bras stretched out some the horizontal seams on the cups have begun to dig in (because the seams did not stretch) and they now create ... an additional line across the upper breast, giving a sextuple boob effect. The beige bras also dig into my shoulders quite painfully, I had to adjust the sliders over the decorative strap piece in order to get them to the correct length for me on all of the bras, however the beige are the only ones which are uncomfortable on my shoulders. I have only had the beige ones for three months and I rotate bras so that no one bra gets worn more than two times a week. I do not think that they should have stretched out so quickly, especially since the red and teal ones which I have had for over a year are still perfect.
The red and teal I rate as excellent quality, comfort and appearance, the beige as wearable quality, meh comfort and excellent appearance.
Updated on Jul 11, 2014 Flag this
Straps are just a little too far apart for my narrow shoulders. Otherwise it was a pretty good fit.
Updated on Jun 10, 2014 Flag this
Gorgeous bra, just a little too small for my larger breast. Had to go up a cup size to accommodate!
Updated on May 02, 2014 Flag this
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