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This bra is definitely pretty, it's a sexy bra, but the fit is bad for me so it's hard to write a hardcore detailed review of it. The quality of the bra is decent, it's got all the necessary seams and whatnot, but what really gets my goat is that the band is super short. It stretches quite a bit, but there is not much of the band fabric itself.
When wearing the bra, the wires are in the wrong place and the band is uncomfortably tight. The cup depth is okay, the cup fits decently but I'm quadding. When wearing it with an extender, the band fits ... better, but the wires are still uncomfortable and the cup doesn't fit anymore.
When it comes to the look of the bra however, it looks pretty good. There are bows on the straps where they begin above the cups, and there's a big bow in the middle of the gore. The meshj fabric looks nice and would probably give sexy look if it fit my boobs lol. The straps are nice and wide and it's a 3-part cup, and the top seam of the cup is stretchy and could maybe accommodate breast tissue at the very top edge of the cup.
I think i'd recommend this bra to someone with a short torso. I'm not sure though, but this bra feels like it would fit a smaller person than me. I have a long torso and I believe the wires are so uncomfortable because of the band tightness, but also the placement of them.
Updated on Oct 14, 2018 Flag this
The Dessous makes me angry. Every time I see it listed in my bras I get upset that it was such a terrible awful absurdly ridiculous fit.
I wanted to love this bra. I wanted to buy it in every color and feel sexy and comfy and fun every day. Alas, it was not to be. Here's the story...(there is a tl;dr at the end)
The Claudette Dessous had a revival a while back (a few months before I got this bra). 1)Loveclaudette.com opened up their encore shope so people could buy older season Dessous's at superb discounts (I'm talking $10-20 for a brand new bra). 2) ... Its sheer. Sheer=sexy 3) OMG delightfully awesome-time color selection! Neon green! Purple! Teal! Peachy pink! 3) *AND MOST IMPORTANTLY* People were raving about how this bra fit projected boobs despite being shallow.
See, I have projected boobies. I love me some unlined freya mostest, followed by EM SM models, then EM S, Comexim, and Cleo. I have a want-hate relationship with Freya deco and half-cups due to their shallowness. All Parfait gores gape on me for the same reason. So when I saw reviews stating that the Dessous worked for projected boobs, I wanted it. I desired it. I needed it.
When Devil May Care Lingerie went out of business, it was a sign. They had two Claudette Dessous left, both in 28G. Most other reviews strongly recommended sizing down in the band due to stretchiness, and either suggested keeping your regular cup volume or going up one cup. Since I usually wear a 30F/FF, the 28G seemed like it would be a dream come true.
It was all lies.
First, the band is stupid small. This model (peacock colorway) only stretched to 27 inches, and even stretching that far pulled the super soft wires way wide. Second, even when wearing with an extender, the wires were way, way way too wide. Like halfway to my back wide (I like EM narrow bras). Third, there is no immediate projection, so I got wrinkling/empty space at the bottom of the cups no matter how I adjusted. Fourth: The gore soft tacked at best. It mostly just floated a hair or two above my chest. Fifth: Quadboob + top of cup wrinkling. Probably due to my shorter roots and center-heavy shape. Taller roots or a fot shape might have filled out the top of the cup without the quadding. Sixth (just because I'm on a role here): wide set straps in my armpits. Not enough to chafe, but enough to annoy.
Needless to say, a terrible, terrible fit on me, and I wanted to love it so badly.
tl;dr: Does ***NOT*** work for projected boobs. My projected, narrow-rooted, center-heavy, short rooted, even/fob, firm-ish boobs made a mockery of this bra.
Updated on Mar 07, 2016 Flag this
My shape: centered even-fullness teardrop with super wide and tall roots that give me lots of shallow-breast fitting problems but with a lot more immediate projection, very close-set center tissue, flat-shaped root curve, and firm tissue that doesn't like to be smooshed around.
This review is for the "Blondie" colorway.
So this is a strange one on me, but after trying on both this one and the same model in Peacock, I can definitely say that everyone should try on sheer bras because all the fit problems are immediately obvious! There is no hiding squished tissue or sliding wires or whatever. I also think it would make a fantastic summer ... bra, especially in the southern US.
I think the cups are a little small and definitely shallower than I need across the bottom half. I can feel (and see!) the fabric pulling so much that the top of the gore is floating, even though it's one of the narrowest I've ever seen (the wire channels are touching!). The top half of the cup, however, is too projected for me, which is always frustrating but kind of the story of my bra-shopping life. The top edge cuts in all the way across and I quad a little even while slouching, although there is extra cup fabric bunching all along it.
The neckline is super wide and straight-across on me and the straps are definitely too far apart, but that is more because the cups are cut crazy wide - the angle of the top edge of the side cup panel comes up into my armpit, even though where the underwire and the wing join is perfectly fine.
The 28 band runs pretty tight. I tried it with an extender, but I don't think that would solve the other fit problems I'm having, because it didn't even affect the floating gore or the cups-in-my-armpits problem at all.
On the other hand, the side cup panel seems to be cut just right! I fill it out and the wire seems to run comfortably along the side fullness of my breast, even if the curve is too steep a shape for my Nike-swoosh roots. It certainly doesn't bother me, anyway.
One nit picky thing for me is that the tag creaks. Some bras creak, but not this one, only the tag, which is an odd slippery plastic or vinyl or something. If I kept this one, it would have to go.
I like this concept, though, so I think I will keep searching for a 30G or so.
Updated on Oct 16, 2015 Flag this
Initial impression of this bra was "wow, it's like I'm not wearing a bra but I'm wearing a bra." On my skin tone, it's a frosty nude colour that looks alright. I mostly loved it for the bright coral pink straps.
Now that's out of the way, let's discuss fit. The band is one of the most comfortably snug bras I've ever worn. The band is also very firm and doesn't stretch much. It's a 28 but measures less than that stretched. Sub 28 users should definitely give this model a shot. Unfortunately, I'll never know just how good of a fit the band would have been because the cups are about 2 sizes small and therefore too shallow. I have a feeling the fit of the band suffers for this. Fabric is a bit scratchy on the inner part of my arm :/
Updated on Sep 29, 2015 Flag this
This review is for the blondie colorway. For the full rant, see my review on the peacock colorway (also in 28G).
I LOVE this color - a light cream with neon pink straps and seaming, with a big beautiful pink bow on the gore. Plus it's sheer! I love sheer!
But that's where the love ends. Everything I hoped for is a lie. The cake is a lie.
The band on this bra is NOT stretchy. It stretched to 26.5 inches at best, and that pulled the already wide, soft wires a few inches wider.
This bra is NOT for projected, narrow-rooted, center-heavy, short rooted, even/fob, firm-ish boobs. The fit ... was bad (though it was worse in the peacock colorway). The result was sad, flattened, east-westy in my armpits boobs. (For references I typically wear a 30F/FF in unlined freya and EM)
1) Band is way way way too small. I have an elastic extender (adds several inches, not just the 1 1/2 from a regular extender) that I tried it on with in order to review. Everyone else says that Claudette Dessous's have super stretchy bands, so maybe my two were flukes.
2) I need narrow wires. These wires were several inches too wide (halfway under my arms), even when worn with an elastic extender to minimize the stretch.
3) No immediate projection to speak of = wrinkling/empty space at the bottom of the cup
4) Center quadding out the top of the bra + weird empty space right next to the gore because its so freaking shallow my boobs can't even attempt to get in there.
5) straps in my armpits
6) wide, shallow shape = minimized, in my armpit boobs with excessive empty space on all sides and yet quadding.
IF you are shallow, this bra might work for you. If you have super soft boobs that conform to any shape, this bra might work for you. If you like wide, soft wires, this bra might work for you. If you want a minimized look, this bra might work for you. If your boobs are anything like mine, run away, run away fast.
Updated on Mar 07, 2016 Flag this
This might sound funny since this is obviously a nude bra, but it feels extra nude looking on. It's a strange phenomenon. This bra is similar to the other Claudette I've had, American Tan.
Updated on Dec 08, 2015 Flag this
This Dessous model is from the SS2015 collection. I bought it because I've recently become a fan of Dessous bras as they are quite comfortable without adding bulk to my bustline. This is way too small for me. The band is nice and snug, but that is partly because of the cups being much too small. The cut of the cups is noticeably less high than the original versions in this model. The fit caters then to even or FOB breast types.
Updated on Oct 19, 2015 Flag this
This review is for the Peacock colorway.
Slightly scratchier than the 28G - Claudette » Dessous Mesh Underwire Bra (CD2000) Blondie colorway, but similar fit problems: 28 is pretty tight, cups are cut strangely wide and steep under the arms, and not enough projection in the bottom of the cup. The top edge doesn't cut in like the Blondie, though, and the gore doesn't seem to float quite so badly. This one also has no decorative bow in the center.
Updated on Oct 16, 2015 Flag this
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