Tried this beauty yesterday as part of my bra science visit to my local specialty shop. It’s got so much going for it but fails on me in multiple places.
I have tallish but shallow roots, so sorta functionally short with some problems with being tall still. My tissue is pretty soft and malleable, as well as pendulous. My fullness tends to be more even to full on bottom and center full. Unsupported, I’m splayed but fairly close set supported. I need more depth and projection st the wire than I do at the apex.
This bra is constructed with a sheer mesh cup with some sort of ...a stiffer fabric overlayed on the lower 2/3 or so of the cup. There’s a seam but it’s pretty hidden and I that it is done beautifully. There’s a side sling of sorts made out of the main cup material. As it’s a plunge, it’s got a lower gore. The top of the cup is lined with a flat elastic edge.
This is part of the fit problem. While I think that it does close in quickly as a result which is normally good for short roots, it also digs into the upper tissue. I tried to get a few pics of it but it was hard to capture. I feel like this cup needs more upper tissue that’s firmer to fill it out more.
The next fit issue is how freaking wide the wires were. Look at the pictures. I had probably 2-3 fingers width of space between the wires and my root.
And of course wide wires equals shallow cups. Not bucking the trend here. I’ve got a little bit of wrinkles at the wire. It’s certainly not major wrinkles, but some.
I feel like if this was a balconette with narrower wires and more depth at the wire, it would fit better. Though maybe the elastic should also be gone or have less give.
It’s a heartbreak bra for sure. Read more 224 more words
Chantelle is supposed to be one of those fancy French lingerie brands, and I know that the Rive Gauche is a staple for many bra-wearers, but this bra is a total fail for me.
For starters, the wires are way too wide for me. They’re also too long. These wrap around to my back and the fabric wrinkles on the sides. There’s at least 1 inch of extra space from the wires to where my breast tissue ends.
Next, the top of the cups are pretty closed, even though they’re made with stretchy mesh and elastic. This causes it to cut in on the tops of my breasts, ...which doesn’t quite cause “double boob” quadding, but it does cause the elastic to cut in and just look strange.
The bottoms of the cups are also not filled and have wrinkling/excess fabric. This leads me to believe that this is the wrong size for me. It’s at least 1 size too large, maybe even 2.
It’s a really pretty bra and the fabric feels nice, but it’s not a good fit for me. Read more 74 more words
I love this bra! ! Love the fit, color, support & SO comfortable you forget you have it on! The cups give me great support, and the band, although lit looks narrow, is comfortable. The cups are not really push up, but they give a good “lift”. The 3 part unlined cup (vertical seaming) has a lace/ tulle top but its situated so there is not much show through. I know it says unlined but it DOES have a thin mesh lining on the inside. Its cut pretty low in front- I can get some pretty impressive cleavage going with this bra! I feel ...sexy whenever I wear it.
The straps are set wide and don’t have much stretch in them ( a good thing!),, It has a racerback option, but I don’t use it unless I'm wearing a tank top.. It has a 4 hook closure which I really appreciate. The underwires fit me perfectly and don’t cut in at all. I have pretty full ( but natural) breast tissue. It breathes well- one of my favorite bras for hot humid days. Read more 87 more words
This is an expensive bra but the quality of material and structure makes it worthwhile. The gore is a little close set for me and it does not have any side support but the seamed cup provides a nice shape and structure.
I really love the look of this bra, it is so pretty! Unfortunately it was not a good fit for me. I bought it in a size that I thought would work for me at the time, 32H, but that was definitely a mistake. It has all my most common fit issues: floating gore/gore sitting on breast tissue, wide wires that wrap around almost to my shoulder blades, too wide straps, shallow cups. I'm sure some of these issues could be resolved by having the correct size, but I think this bra is a wide-wire/shallow-cup fit in any size.
This almost fits me. The gore is sitting on top of breast tissue, b/c of being close-set, but it might be comfortable anyway. It has a tiny amount of wrinkling on top. The color, though....too close to orange for me. I thought it would be closer to pink, since it's called desert rose.
This is a good option for racerback tops because it has a J-Hook on the back.
The cups are a little too wide for me (the wire is farther back on my side than I need it); however, they’re comfortable. Same thing with the gore — one wire is technically on breast tissue and not flat on the sternum, but the middle of the gore is flat, and the gore as a whole is comfortable. (I added pictures of the side and the gore.) I’m not getting as much forward projection as I get from some other styles, and it’s not a perfect fit, but it works well ...for dresses or tops where regular straps would be visible, or if I want a little less bust out front.
The fabric is lightweight, especially the top section of the cup. It’s really pretty and feels decent in hot weather. The top part has a little stretch. The lace is more smooth/less visible under a top than the Chantelle Rive Gauche 3 Part Cup (3281), and the band here runs true to size (whereas I’ve sized down in the Rive Gauche).
Overall this is a nice bra. Just be aware that it won’t be 100% correct if you’re close-set/narrow, but you’ll probably be comfortable anyway. Read more 107 more words