I really like this bra! Although it is not the most supportive, it is very comfortable and pretty (I really like the velvet trim). I think it is perfect for desk work/lounging, etc - it is the most comfortable bra I own. The trim on the top of the cups is slightly elasticated, so it is very comfortable and does not cause the dreaded quadboob. Half of the straps are non stretchy (which helps balance the stretchy cups), while the adjustable back half is thick elastic increasing comfort.
Now for some issues: I usually wear a 36 band, but in this bra I should have probably got ...a 34, or even a 32 - the band is very stretchy and fit comfortably on the tightest hook as soon as I got it. The straps are not fully adjustable, and I had to sew them in place to prevent them from loosening (the clasps slide down) as I wear it. There is also some puckering on the outside of the cups near the straps, but I think this is due to my breast shape (would probably not happen on side-heavy breast). The cups are also very stretchy.
As I have worn it more I have found that the wires under my arm, especially on my right side rub. It is not bad if I am not being very active, but if I have to move my arms a lot the rubbing becomes painful by the end of the day and leaves a bit of a raw spot for few days. The wires are a touch too narrow for me; I think the cups and wires just get bullied around by my heavy breast tissue.
*UPDATE: After wearing through a 10 hour shift at work.* It is quite evident that my body is not used to wearing such a firm band as I felt a bit sore after wearing the bra all night. After sitting in this bra for my hour long drive to work it became very apparent where the bra was in fact sitting on my breast tissue. The wires in this bra a VERY firm and started to feel like they were digging into me while I was sitting, but while i was standing I did not feel it much, if at all. When I took the bra off I had ...clear as day red marks on my breasts in the shape of the cup all the way up to where the cup connects to the straps. I could also feel my tissue hanging over the cup on the armpit side. I have NEVER worn a bra where my breasts actually stayed in the same spot all night, that they certainly did in this bra! It stopped all movement better than a sports bra (or at least any sports bra that I've worn) . Even though there is no space between the wire channels at the Gore, the wire was still sitting on my breast, only slightly uncomfortable and I am hoping this uncomfortable feeling would go away with a correct size cup. I do wish the bras under wires came up hire at the side than in the middle, I think the Gore may be too high for me...It started to become uncomfortable after about 6 hours and I found myself pulling it away from chest every now and again, giving it a little scratch. The wires do not fill the wire channels so perhaps I could push the wires to the outside from the inside? Put a stitch or two in place to keep it from moving? I do not have much experience with bras, but if the bra does not "soften up" with wear I may sew a soft, plush fabric along the under wires and band seems. They are not itchy or abrasive, they're just not super plush and soft. *Original Review* I was REALLY looking forward to getting this bra. I wasn't quite ready to get an unlined bra, so I ordered this. The pictures on Amazon and here deceived me into thinking it had a fabric lining underneath the mesh cup. The dual layered mesh does a good job at holding breasts and not being too sheer. It's really quite comfortable. This band is much smaller than Freya's, it's even smaller than my Lascivious bra. I stretched it to 26", I did not feel comfortable stretching it any further. This is my second 28D bra I bought, post-BtB size. The mesh of this bra is not stretchy at all. Which made measuring the depth fairly easy for me. It feels like the wires are too narrow, but not uncomfortable. The Gore is pretty much nonexistent, with the cups wire channels directly next to one another. The fit of this bra depends on how I tighten the straps. If I have them tightened fully, the top and side of the cup pushes into my breasts causing quading on both sides of cups. Medium tightened is how I have it in the pictures, I have a bit of quad going on. Slightly loosened straps gets rid of quading but causes some oddly placed wrinkles on the cup. I'm not a huge fan of the shape this bra gives me... in a tight cami it is a natural-ish shape with a bit of point and with a loose shirt it is all pointy shape. I have posted pictures. I know I have pointy (maybe conical) boobs, which is one of the main reasons why I have always run away from non-padded bras. I am trying to open my mind to them. I don't think this bra does much for me....no apparent shaping or intense lift.....I definitely count this as a win, and may sew a thicker, stiffer fabric inside the cup for more shaping. Read more 574 more words
Underwired bra with teal fishnet net cups (double layered in the bottom of cup) and black velvet trim at band, around the cups, and front half of straps. Small velvet bow at the gore. High apex cups connect to straps in a triangle at the shoulder. Straps are half-adjustable and feel nicely firm due to the velvet. Deep U-shaped back with three hook and eyes. Plush black channeling continues the design on the inside of the bra.
I will be actively looking for more bras in a similar cut to this one, because I greatly prefer it to the silhouette currently in fashion - sort of the fuller busted equivalent to the more unstructured trend going in the indie/designer scene right now. I've seen some promising previews and am keeping my eye out for new colors of this one. Read more 138 more words
(I have narrow, close set, center full breasts with soft tissue, and I'm currently breastfeeding.)
This is an unusual bra. The cups have slight stretch at the bottom (double layer fishnet/smooth mesh), and quite a bit of stretch at the top (single layer fishnet mesh). The shaping is very gentle, without much centering or uplift, and more natural than round. I wouldn't call it pointy per se, but it is far from the globular shape that's currently popular. This bra does less than most to hide headlights or jello jiggle. The band feels looser than the measurements would suggest, but I don't think it's too loose. (I'm probably a ...30 band size but sometimes size up to 32 for comfort.) The mesh is very minimalist, great for hot summers or any time you don't want to soak in boob sweat. Overall this bra is kind of like a bralette, except underwire.
I like the concept of this bra a lot, but the fit is a little off on me. The wires are not terribly wide, but the cups feel wide. I tend to get wrinkling at the sides of the cups, and the wires don't want to sit in my IMF. When my boobs are fuller, I still don't fill the sides of the cups, I get quadding in the middle instead. I also noticed when taking pictures that the outer edge of the wire looks like it's poking me.
However, I find this bra comfortable. The fit issues don't bother me from a sensory perspective when I'm wearing it. Not sure how to explain that one since usually I'm kind of a fit diva! Read more 165 more words
Never in my life have I tried on a bra of such low quality! I only tried it on for half an hour or so, and I noticed afterwards that a couple of seams went undone - see pictures. The seam for the wire and both (?) the straps. Then as I was measuring the stretched band, the label tore off. I didn't even pull that much! I just stretched the band to 36inch, which is basically the size of the band.
The style of the bra is minimalistic and the colours are very pretty in real life. It is too small for me, and I think it would be best suited for someone who is more self-supporting and doesn't need a lot of heavy duty lifting.
The fishnet style is different than any other style of bra I own which is why I bought it. I really like the aqua colourway with contrasting black trim. The trim is a firmer elastic that is felt-lined. Overall, the fit gave me a natural shape--not pointy and not overly round. The cup volume is a bit small for me. 30G would have been a better fit. That being said, I intend on wearing this to compliment certain outfits and it is by no means a daily workhorse bra.
This bra is amazing, but not quite perfect. It has the narrow wires I need, and lots of projection, *and* center pull straps, *and* I didn't have to order it from Poland! My shape is very FoB, my roots are short and narrow, and I'm very projected so a lot of bras are too shallow for me. I love all the projection with this bra. It's one of very few I've found that has enough immediate projection that it actually sits in my IMF. The wires are flexible but strong. It's so comfortable, I was able to take a nap wearing it. The cut is very similar to ...Claudette Dessous Mesh Underwire Bra (CD2000) except for the strap placement. I love center pull straps because they stay on my shoulders and out of my armpits, and avoid the chafing that wide-set balconette style straps often cause. And they provide a rounder shape than the Dessous because the center lift helps to pull in and round out the pointy end. The look under clothing is good but not great, it's just a little saggy. I don't love the mesh fabric. It's pretty stretchy so it moves with my body and allows some jiggling, although not quite as badly as the Dessous because the straps help to support and stabilize the center. It was scratchy at first but softened up nicely with a couple of washes. I really wish they would make a bra with this cut and the Cool Cotton fabric, or with a satin fabric.
There seems to be some variation in fit with different colorways; a problem that Claudette has had with other models in the past. This review is for the pink colorway. The band is extremely stretchy. It's already very comfortable for me on the loosest hook. If you like a tight band you may want to size down in this colorway. By contrast, I also ordered a 36F in the goldie colorway and its band is much tighter. The cups on this one (the 36FF) give me just a little bit of gapping at the top, but the 36F cups were too small. I can live with a bit of gapping; I'm used to it because of being so FOB. All in all, this is not my unicorn bra, but it's a definite keeper.
Edited to add: after washing and wearing several times, the fabric still feels scratchy and gets irritating after a few hours of wear. If it weren't for that problem it would be nearly perfect.
I ordered this bra to try, since the 36FF was a little bit roomy, but this bra is too small as I expected it might be. See my review of the 36FF - Claudette » Fishnet Scoop Neck Bra (12012) for that one, which I'm keeping. This review is for the Goldie colorway. The strap on this colorway is firm, so you shouldn't need to size down for it, even if you do for other colorways. I love the golden color. It's warm and pretty, and not so loud as a lot of the other Claudette colors.
This bra fits like a charm. The wires are just right, if not a touch wide, and the fishnet is actually two layers - one stretch fishnet layer, and one semistretch mesh layer, which gives for some nice support and elasticity. The cups are pretty shallow. I'd guess that this bra is probably going to work mostly for self-supporting boobs like mine, since there wasn't much in the way of support - it was more like a very cute encapsulating sports bra.
And cute it is! The velvet straps are a nice touch, they are kind of hard but there was nothing uncomfortable about them. The color pops against the black piping.
There was the occasional wrinkle in the upper section of the cup but other than that practically invisible under most shirts. The band seemed fine on the loosest hook (maybe because of the grippiness of the velvet). Overall it is very dang comfy.
This bra is okay... better in theory than practice, in my opinion (And it's no Paramour, sniff.)
Pros: Engaging design with the bright colors and contrast black edging, both in the elastic and in a velvet trim around the cup's edges. Fairly comfortable, a typically good Claudette fit for me.
Cons: Something about the velvet edging is a little stiff, it's a bit of a nitpick but I can feel it, particularly along the armpit edges. But more importantly, I don't find that this bra is as lifting or structured as I like - most likely because it is made of entirely material that has some give, a fine fishnet with underlaying mesh for stability - not technically stretch, but not truly stiff either. That, plus the limited seaming (one horizontal seam across the cup) don't make for very powerful architecture when we're talking lift or shaping. So basically, it's just my natural boob shape, encapsulated. Fine for some circumstances, but not my favorite look overall.