My shape: shallow mid-height forward-facing teardrop-profile with lots of immediate projection, low apex, tall shallow upper roots, side-full very wide and shallow side roots, very close-set center tissue, and very firm tissue that doesn't play nicely with other shapes
This review is for the "perfect nude" colorway. It's an ok nude on me, although a bit too dark because of how pale I am.
This bra fits very similarly to my black 65G - Chantelle » Mercy Spacer (1747) , of course. The band feels wider - 3 hooks per column!! - and definitely tighter. It's not especially stretchy, which is nice, but I do feel ...the fabric creak across the wires when I take a deep breath. It's a "padded" cup the way Freya Patsy's are padded; that is, more like foam-lined for modesty rather than any volume-adding cookies or anything. Unfortunately, it's also thin enough in this case that it doesn't do enough for nipple show-through.
The cups are a little tall and they do cut in some on my tall roots, but it's not too bad. They don't have enough immediate projection, which is fairly obvious in the photos and you can see the fabric buckle at my IMF. The side cups (between the strap and the outer wire) are also too tall/wide and chafe in my armpits.
The center gore is too tall, but that is almost every gore I've ever met. I suspect I have a bit of natural symmastia, which means that any gore will rest on the breast tissue there, but usually it's not so bad that I can't tolerate it. I can tell that this one will get poke-y as the band stretches, though. Chantelle, please stop doing this with your gores. It drives me crazy!
I can wear a variety of wire widths, depending on their height, without being bothered by the narrower ones sitting on my shallow side root, which is a flattened curve (like the Nike swoosh) that reaches almost back to my shoulder blade. This wing is a good height on me because it's tall enough to keep tissue from escaping, and the wire width follows the edge of my primary fullness well enough that I don't notice it.
Ok overall, but not ok enough to be worth the full retail price I was accidentally charged. Back it goes! Read more 281 more words
My shape: tall shallow-root teardrop with wide Nike-swoosh side roots, lots of side fullness, forward-facing, center-height, very close-set, and with very firm tissue that doesn't get on well with any bra that won't give me enough immediate depth at the wire.
This review is for the black colorway, although I'm assessing it as it fits now, even though I got it almost a year ago and just somehow forgot to do one.
I remember trying on my first Chantelle, the 70F - Chantelle » Rive Gauche 3 Part Cup (3281) , several years ago now, and while I know a lot more about how bras are supposed to ...fit, and I look for so many different things than I used to, there is no change here: Chantelle's gores hurt. At least on me, they do. To be fair, I've only tried on a handful, and one of them was really a plunge style so it's exempt from this, but so far the rest of them SUCK. The wires are too tall, the wires are very firm, the cups are too far apart, the gore itself is too wide, and no matter what I do, I can't get away from it. I think I'm going to wait awhile before trying another Chantelle again in favor of other brands I've had better luck with. Hopefully the next experience will be better.
I overlooked the stabby gore because it wasn't nearly as bad as the Rive Gauche had been on me (which I guess set my watermark!), and I needed a plain black bra, since I didn't own one. The band fit well, although I remember quickly moving hooks, and now I can pull it away a bit. I suspect I have also lost a bit of weight in between then and now, since I've been happy in mostly 28 bands, which could also be it.
I also got it because I like molded cups. They aren't the best for being able to judge fit, but scratchy nipple seams are my arch-enemies, and one-piece cups are almost always super comfy on me, in spite of inevitably being the wrong shape. On the other hand, like every other moulded-cup bra I've tried, they are too shallow for me at the wire, so the bra scooches down to find more space. The top cup edge also causes a teensy bit of faux-quadboob on my super shallow upper roots, but it's not something I feel while wearing it.
Having firm tissue means that, for the most part, I don't notice when cups are a little too narrow, like these are, and I would likely have gone on not noticing if not for having to adjust it a lot during the day now. I also notice when it shifts down because the wing is already slightly short for my preference, and when it's even lower the wire digs in there, too. 3 hooks on the band is nice, though! Unfortunately, the stretch lace makes it prone to The Bra Bulge, just like powernet, so it never really fit me smoothly even when it was new.
The straps are good and adjust long enough for me, and I like the stitching detail on the split front. Read more 426 more words
I bought this bra at the same time as my @Natori Hidden Glamour full fit contour bra in 32G. After wearing this one for about an hour, I think I like my @Natori a little more. But here's my review:
Pros: The gore comes up a little higher like a full-coverage. I really like this feature because it offers a little more support. These are lined cups, which I think offers more flexibility for variation between breasts. Three rows of hooks! Yay! The lace on the side panels is gorgeous. I still have a lot of room for adjusting the straps for when they inevitably stretch. This is indeed a spacer bra. I have close-set ...breasts so I almost always have cleavage. This is probably the first bra that has actually kept the girls apart. Haha. I'm hoping this will help minimize boob sweat this summer and reduce the cleavage breakouts (acne) I get.
Cons: It is a little more snug than I'd really prefer but I'm hoping that this will help extend the life of this bra. The sides of the cups do very slightly cut into my armpits. I'm used to wearing sports bras that do this so this is really only a minor annoyance. Plus, I have a little bit of arm flab that affects this. I anticipate that the lace covering the underbust will curl given time and potentially show under thin tees. I will try to update this review with wear.
All in all, though the bra is a little more snug than I'd prefer, it's still a great bra and still pretty comfortable. I will probably keep this bra for two main reasons: 1) it's the only other underwire bra that actually fits me, and 2) I'm really hoping the spacing helps with the summer boob sweat situation.
P.S. The name of this bra is actually "Merci" Spacer, not "Mercy."
Update 2/23/17: After wearing this bra a few times, I decided to return it. It was too tight in the band to be comfortable enough for me to really wear. I think if I were at my old weight it probably would have fit better but oh well. If I lose a little weight, I would probably try to buy this again. It was still an awesome bra. Read more 261 more words