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This review is for the neon pink/black colorway, which is one of the oldest (from 2012 I believe). I have heard that this bra has changed substantially since then, so keep that in mind with this review!
I got this bra from the Claudette encore sale (because $10!) and was not at all prepared to love it as much as I did! The 30FF ran TTS on me. I fill the cups well and actually like how tall they are--somehow they are stretchy enough to not cut in to my taller roots. It also gives me one of the best shapes I've ever gotten in an unlined bra--very round, ... but also somewhat natural, minimized, and relaxed. Since it is super sheer, frankly, it makes it look like I have just really beautiful boobs, haha. I have soft tissue and a slightly conical shape, so getting a shape that is both round and natural is hard to do!
The wires on this bra are narrow and U-shaped. I am average width and this was fine.
A note about consistency between bras, however. I ordered a 30FF and 30G in the exact same colorway, and in terms of the cup, the 30FF (my usual size) was the right one. 30G had wrinkling and empty space. However, on the 30FF the band is very stretchy (I got it to 33 inches). On the 30G, however, it was quite tight--I had to stretch as much as I could to get it just to 30! This makes me wonder if a) the 30FF had been tried on a lot, or returned, or something, and b) if this means that the mesh used in this bra stretches out SUPER quickly. The fabric on the 30FF was also very comfortable, whereas the 30G was really scratchy--again, making me wonder if the 30FF had gotten more use? I guess the good news is that it seems the fabric gets softer/more comfortable over time.
Still, I love this bra and want to snag some of the older colorways while I can, since I suspect the newer fit won't work as well on me. Due to the seeming inconsistencies among bras with the same band size and color, I'm not sure I'd ever consider it worth it to buy a Dessous for the full price.
Updated on Aug 06, 2015 Flag this
I was expecting this to fit me fairly poorly, but as a pleasant surprise, I really like it. Okay, the color helps bias my assessment (Turquoise!!!!), but really, this is a brand I think I can actually put on my radar.
The cups are fairly shallow near the gore, which for my center heavy boobs is a bummer, and it is somewhat minimizing (I miiiiight be able to go up a cup). I do get a bit of in-cup quadding. However, the wires are comfortable and fairly narrow, and the band is stretchy but not limp like some materials I've encountered. It measures a fair 32" stretched instead of ... 30", which for me is more comfortable anyway. Two major plus points for this size/model: decently wide straps, and a 3-hook closure.
Will be updating the review once I've field tested the bra for a full day.
Update: Due to the rough nature of the lace, my skin can't tolerate this bra for regular wear (I have obnoxiously sensitive skin). The wires were heavenly to start with, far less stiff than other bras that I own, and I hardly noticed them until the end of the day. They do come out about a half an inch too far on me due to stretching with the band, though, and by the end of the day one wire had "bitten" me on my larger side. Ouch. Also, for some reason (probably the itchy nature of the lace) to top of the cup didn't bother my arms at the start of the day but by the end I was majorly chafed. I'm glad to have tried the brand and am somewhat interested in future offerings since I've heard they have more depth, but this particular bra may need to find a new home.
Update 2: A white residue showed up on the bra after I washed it. I queried Claudette about this, and here is their response:
"When Dessous originally launched the double layer portion of the cup was laminated for strength. This lamination is a substance that is layered onto the fabric to make it stronger and to keep the double ply together. It’s a very common practice and you may see it more regularly in specially treated denim or ready to wear pieces that have special finishes on them for effect.
In a couple of colors of Dessous, mostly violet, a “shedding” of the lamination occurred. It doesn’t happen all the time and it’s the natural process of the finish washing away, however in this circumstance, it is a rapid breakdown of the laminate. We were told it was a possible reaction between the fabric dye of the specific color and lamination in conjunction with certain types of detergents but after selling thousands of these bras, in the neon colors, it was an extremely small percentage that had this issue and there was no clear answer as to why it happened. In every case, the lamination did break down and dissolve no matter what. We just saw a slightly different reaction in only a selection of Dessous like the reaction you are describing.
In the following seasons we chose not to laminate any of our product and this should not be an issue going forward.
Please note that it will all wash away. I suggest you soak the bra in lingerie soap over night which will further break down the reminisce of the lamination and it my take a few washes but it will all disappear. This does not at all effect the function or wear ability of the bra, and you will notice after a handful of washes it will all be gone."
Updated on Apr 01, 2015 Flag this
Amazing colour! I was not expecting it to be mesh (see through), but regardless, it's a pretty sweet bra.
I love that it has 3 hooks. Love the details. The cups give a nice shape, I feel supported. The bra was definitely itchy at first, but I can wear it all day without an issue after a couple washes.
I measure 30.5-31 ribcage, and 37 bust. I ordered a 30FF.
The cups dig in a bit (spillage, but not popping out). The center gore is sitting properly, but as this is the wrong size, the wires are too low in the front and under the arms.
I am looking into finding a 30G.
Updated on Feb 04, 2013 Flag this
Claudette's smallest band (until the Spring 2013 collection comes out) is 30FF, so I bought this even though I actually wear 28G in most brands. The band fits big, as I expected, but the cups are also small. Fits more like a 30F. I ended up buying another of the same bra in 30G, and the cup feels good.
I really like the triangular shape of the cups. The straps attach farther up my shoulders than with a more balconette-shaped bra, so it doesn't rub uncomfortably in my armpit.
The quality of the bra seems great and I like the triple hook-and-eye. And the color is AMAZING! It is highlighter day-glow neon green. Love it so much!
Updated on Jan 25, 2013 Flag this
This bra does not fit at all but it is somehow comfortable? The band seems to fit but the gore doesn't tack. The underwires are very flexable and the the straps are kind of wide, so maybe that's the reason. It's good for wearing around the house during the summer but because of the fit issues I would not wear it out and about. The bright pink continues to bleed so it has to be washed separately from my other bras.
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 Flag this
This is my favorite bra for a v-neck. I wear these all summers long; they're nice and lightweight and thin, but still supportive. They have somewhat of a minimizing effect which makes a nice roundness under clothes. I love the narrow/deep cups of the early Claudette Dessous. I am going to buy more of them today, I think! This green is so vivid and luscious. I love the secret sexy under a black top-- if a strap shows, oh, well-- looks like a plain black bra-- but nope! Electric green! There was a coating on the fabric of this colorway at first that came off during the first handwash or two, and that was kinda gross at the time. Also, the fabric was pretty scratchy at first, but it softened up nicely.
Just an FYI that the undies run a size smaller than Freya or Curvy Kate.
Updated on Apr 30, 2016 Flag this
This bra's band def runs loose and stretches quickly, so size down. This bra is a really nice overall fit, but due to my loose breast tissue I get a bulge mid-cup where the fabric switches from two layers to one. I love the low under arm wires, they are great for short ladies!
Updated on Feb 12, 2016 Flag this
This bra is a bit small. I'll have to sister size to a 30G to address the obvious quadding. Apart from that, the colours are AMAZING. I'm keeping it despite the misfit.
Updated on Sep 29, 2015 Flag this
The fit is definitely closer to a 30F and because of that fits me nearly perfectly. Love the shape and bright neon color!!!
If this doesn't fit after the baby, I won't be able to size down because the wires would be too narrow in a smaller size.
Updated on Jul 25, 2015 Flag this
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