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Another less-than-15-dollars bra off of Amazon, provided by HerRoom this time, so I thought, "why not?!" I haven't tried a Claudette in like 5 years. Will try on in the morning!
So.... It fits!! It's probably technically a bit too big, seeing as there's a small bit of in-cup wrinkling after my boobs settle, but when I first swoop and scoop, there's a bit of quadding. The wires are ever so slightly too wide, so there's space to escape to the side. If they were just under 1/4" narrower, it would be perfect!
There's a small bit of empty space just under my breasts, more under my left boob ... especially, but I have a flat spot underneath, so I just think it's due to my trapezoid-shaped roots. So far with a few minutes of wear, the bra doesn't slide down.
Top elastic doesn't cut in, which was my biggest worry. But with weight loss, I've kept some of my projection and base height, but not my fullness, so with very empty lower half, I am effectively shorter rooted now. I still have a thin bit of tissue that goes mostly to my collar bone, but the fullness is mostly just at and above the apex and no higher.
Gore is nice and low, but the ends of the wires dig. With my ribs flaring right below my breasts, it causes the bottom of the wire to tilt away therefore causing the ends to tilt towards my chest. I can't win with gores! Too high, and it just hurts pinching the edges of my roots against my sternum, but too low and they stab right into me. Will have to bend away.
The band only stretches to 29 inches, but surprisingly still feels too big on. I have it on the middle hook yet it stretches far from my back. If I can get it for $15 again, I'll try a 28 band.
Profile wise, well it's sheer mesh, so it doesn't add much. Just kinda is a placeholder to prevent jiggling, otherwise my natural shape is still there. (for me the cups are a bit pointy in shape like I am. Could be again that it's slightly too big, I've seen rounder images from fuller shapes stretching the mesh more.)
Overall, very happy! So sad the brand is gone! I always seem to like discontinued brands :/ Will snatch whatever is left on Amazon before they're gone for good!! Could even make a pattern from it. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
Will upload more pictures once I'm not in public any more (at a wedding!).
More pictures up!! And oh, as for the color! Definitely not what it appeared on the screen. The model was pale and it appeared a matching color, but it's definitely more suited for an olive toned skin that's darker (it matches the olive-tan pillow perfectly haha). I love the hot pink, though!
Update after a full day of wear: It. Fits. It fits!!!!!!! The underwire actually follows me nearly exactly, the cups stay the same all day (don't have to readjust) and it's comfortable overall! Still need to bend the underwires out from sternum, but I hardly notice the bra is there! I could be nitpicky about strap width, but seeing as they are a very stretchy elastic (pros and cons there as well) I can wear them tighter without it digging in too badly to prevent the slipping off feeling. Oh yeah and I have the ba s on the middle hook, so I think I'll try a 28 band next.
Unsure if I'm more bloated or what, but I didn't have any cup emptiness today. A few wrinkles but those I know are from the straps being tight. In all my other bras, since the wires are too wide, I settle into the sides and the center and upper parts of the cup end up empty, but not in this bra!! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
I need to buy more before they disappear for good!!!
Updated on Jul 19, 2018 Flag this
At my old measurements(about 36" OB) I hated the fit of these bras but I've always loved the look.
I'm closer to a 28DD/28D-30C/30D now and lost a ton of upper tissue, so I think this would work wonderfully now. It's a bit closed on top, so not good for FoT shapes. I'm more even now, but "functionally FoB" due to my shape(tuberous/conical-so thin with lots of center projection).
This size is Unfortunately too large for me now. Wish I'd kept my tan and navy 28E as I recall that being smaller than this one. But yay, I think I can finally wear the Dessous! I just need a 30C ... or 30D. By the amount of wrinkling in this, I'm going to guess the former.
The band on this one is also larger, at about 32" stretched. It kind of hovers on my 28" ribcage. In my experience with this style, the bands have either been pretty tight or super loose(I have another one,same color, 30 band that stretches to 34").
Hopefully Claudette has more true to size bras now that some time has passed.
Would recommend to more FoB,projected,narrow types. The fabric is a little scratchy in my opinion, but not enough to bother me. Would be more annoying to me in a band that was closer to my UB,I think.
Updated on Dec 01, 2017 Flag this
Basically fits. I think the cups are wide enough but the wires are just a bit too narrow for my frame, so by the end of the day they're digging a bit at the sides. I get a tiny bit of bulging in the stretchy top panel, not really enough to call it quadboob but I'm hoping the elastic there will relax a bit with time.
EDIT: after a couple months of wear and breaking in, this has turned into the winner of my collection. The wires have relaxed enough that they don't seem to dig anymore, the cup fits smoothly, and I find myself wanting to reach for it every day but resisting because I want it to last a long time. Will probably acquire one or two more if the opportunity presents itself.
Updated on Aug 30, 2013 Flag this
I've been pretty late in discovering Claudette bras, so the ones I've picked up have been from a liquidator on Amazon/eBay. I've read many reviews bemoaning the inconsistency in this brand, so I knew to expect some fit variation. The two Dessous bras I picked up in 28E and 30DD definitely had this issue. I started off with 30DD, which I determined was most likely my closest size, but also ended up trying 28E as the band on the 30DD I picked up was definitely too big.
The two colors I own are:
30DD New Classic / Elsa Pink
28E Orange Soda / Strawberry
Unfortunately, the result is that ... I ended up with a 30DD that fits well in the cup and with too loose of a band, and a 28E that is too tight in the band and fits rather oddly in the cup. Rather unsurprising as I thought I was between band sizes in this style, but still rather disappointing.
The styling of this bra is sweet and simple, and I can see why they appeal to many. It is a three-piece cup with a double layer bottom cup and single layer mesh upper cup, with relatively short wings. It is a full band design, and the elastic at the bottom of the cradle is nice and wide. Underwire consistency was a big problem here--the 30DD Dessous has a rounded C underwire, similar to Cleo Lucy/Kali, and the 28E has extremely round, half-circle shaped underwires. Another reviewer wrote that one of her underwires looked like they were put in backwards. Now I know what she must have been referring to!
Despite the wires measuring the same on 28E and 30DD, not only were they different shapes, but the cups were strangely different measurements. They are almost the same width, but the 28E is almost 1/2" deeper and has a taller cup. As a result, I could fill out the 30DD perfectly but not the 28E. The bands measure 1.2" difference on the flat, but the 30DD was so loose the band was definitely riding up, and the 28E was so tight I could barely breathe with it fastened. The stretchability of each band is different as well, which is odd since they are made from the same materials. Given the inconsistency though that other reviewers had with their bras, I am pretty sure the 28E wasn't supposed to have cups of that shape and such a rigid band. I still think that 28E would be my best fit, but now I am pretty hesitant to blindly order another color to try as these are not easily returnable.
The last issue is despite the fun, cheerful colors, the bras aren't made from very nice material. The wings are made from a perfectly nice soft mesh, the elastic isn't scratchy, and the cups are lined with a soft tricot, but the exterior of the cups are made from seriously stiff polyamide. This stuff feels a little like fishing net. Although it doesn't have direct contact with skin when worn, it's still rather unpleasant to handle. I wonder why Claudette chose such a material for delicates?
These bras are lovely to look at and fun to collect, but trying to find one that fits properly is playing a game of roulette. You have to go into it knowing you are taking a gamble, I enjoy this bra, but in terms of comfort and fit, I'll stick to my Curvy Kate Lifestyle instead!
28E Revised Comments: Due to an increase in cup size measurement, the band now feels much better thanks to more breast tissue helping to hold the band in place. It isn't perfectly level in the back, but it definitely stays in place much better and doesn't feel too big.
Updated on Jan 31, 2020 Flag this
Cups are too small and I have to wear band on smallest hook. Didn't wash well...but the design is so nice I'd like to try a 28F.
Updated on Jul 11, 2016 Flag this
WRINKLING EVERYWHERE. Totally the wrong shape in so many ways. Band is easy to hook on the tightest hook. Mesh would irritate someone with sensitive skin. The wires are narrow for me and I do not fill out the cup. The top edge is nicely elastic and doesn't cut in and the gore tacks just fine. I feel like gores always tack on me so that's probably not useful information.
Alas. I love the colors the Dessous line comes in but destiny is just not with me.
Updated on Feb 06, 2016 Flag this
When I first went to try on this bra it seemed like the underwire was going to be just way too small. After some adjusting as all bras require, it seemed like a good fit. The only issue I have is due to the fact that I am breastfeeding currently. Sometimes the cups seem to small. Otherwise I love it.
Updated on Jul 20, 2013 Flag this
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