i really like this bra! the color is a gorgeous deep wine red, the materials are comfortable (mesh and something silky feeling), and its very, *very* close to fitting. i would say its probably the closest fit ive found yet. and to top it off, i got in on sale on the claudette website with matching (also comfy) panties! ive had it for a little while now, but ive only worn in about 3 or 4 times.
i love that the straps arent too wide, finally! the band fit on the first hook right away, though they stretch quickly due to the thin mesh material its made of, and ... i not think the second hook is probably better. currently, on the first hook i can fit a fist underneath, but the band doesnt ride up, so im still good. the back is U shaped, and the band has 3 glorious hooks. the wires feel nice and narrow, though a little bit short on the underarms. ive marked them as fine however, because its honestly a tiny quibble and i want this bra as 'Fits' for recommendations.
for most bras, i shove the wires from the gore down (where theyre usually too tall and wide) so that they are taller in the underarms, and then its fine. for this bra, the gore area doesnt feel too wide or too tall, but i shove the wires anyway to get more armpit coverage. all that seems to happen is that i lose a little bit of lift, but eh. i generally quad towards the center of my breasts anyway (i think im center-full) so im not hugely concerned with not having the gore there because it would probably eventually irritate me. if i was any good at sewing, i would see about taking in the gore so that empty space went away, but the mesh makes me nervous.
i do get a little bit of wrinkling in the upper part of the ups, near the straps, and the mesh section feels like its a bit looser than its meant to be. given that i have very little upper fullness, im not surprised, and because the cups is stretchy i dont get any gaping so its not visible under shirts. i think it does mean i fill the cups out less, so my shape is much more of a natural tear drop than a round one, and i have some definite bounce while wearing this. that issue is one of the reasons i say this isnt perfect for me- i would like to feel more secure in the cups and more lifted. i dont think sizing down would help, because its more a shape issue than a size issue. i get this in nearly every 3 piece cup, and this one only works because of the stretch mesh. if it were another bra, like a freya 3 piece, i get a lot of cutting in along the top edge and huge empty space in the upper half of the cup.
my main issue is that it is *very* clear where my nipples are in this bra. i imagine some of that is because my apex isnt where the bra wants it, so my nipple is right at the seam between the mesh and the silk half, where it shifts around a bit (not irritating, but does make it a bit...peaky during wear). combined with the soft cup of this bra (not padded like freya half cups im used to), and it makes it where im not completely comfortable wearing this with a thin t shirt.
all that being said, this bra is hella comfy, and i probably going to get some more! now if only they made it in a nude...
UPDATE 4/18/17: this is a work bra for me now (aka an 'i dont mind if it gets ruined' bra). the band stretched pretty fast, so even on the tightest hooks it rides up a little after a few hours of work. it now measures 29 flat and easily stretches to 36. the material doesnt really hold me down much, so not a whole lot of support, and the too short wires at the side means some tissue escapes as the day goes on too. its not bad for work, since i moving around a lot and i dont mind readjusting or really care about shape, but i dont chose it when i want to go out or care about my appearance.
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