This is the most bizarre bra I've ever tried on. I heard that the cups ran small, but holy cow! And I think the shape of the cups has gone well beyond shallow. I've truly never had so many fit issues with a bra before. The band was so tight that I could barely fasten it - in fact I was worried I would rip it in two just trying to put it on. The cups are very tall and shallow to the extreme, and I felt like I was quad-boobing up to my clavicles. The underwire was very wide (and I ...think it was pulled out of shape even wider as the band was so short), though I did like the height of the wings. The vast majority of my bras have underwires/wings that are far too short on me, but these tall wings/cups actually contained all the tissue I have up there. Oh gosh, and then the straps - I think both the front and back of the straps were essentially under my arms (hugely too far apart!). Such a strange bra! The aqua and navy is one of my favorite color combinations, so I was excited to see it in this bra. But with a fit this bad I'll be happy to send it back. Read more 123 more words
Good for shallow, full on bottom shapes. It seems to run a cup size small, my 30DD measures more like a 30D. Other than that, the only fit issues I encounter are too wide straps and a too big band (expected)
This bra would have been great if it wasn't for the massive quadboob I got from it. The wire breadth is normal for a 30D, the bottom parts of the cups are shallow but not too shallow. The top parts of the cups do not have enough space. If your shape is FOT or tall rooted, you may get massive quadboob, which is what I got. I thought about sizing up to a 30DD, but then I would have had other problems like the wire being too broad. This is a classic shape mismatch for me.
Bought this bra via the Claudette Encore sale - it had been my number 1 bra on my 'Most Wanted' list for a long time. This colourway is soo swoonsome that when it appeared on the site I was so excited. I expected the bra to be very tight and possibly too shallow based on the reviews I'd read.
It is just as stunning in person, and made of great materials - very soft, matte cotton on the front of the cups, silky ribbon straps and powermesh back which makes it really comfortable to wear. The band is perfect for me, DEFINITELY not too tight, ...and three hooks - totes dreamy y'all! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" /> The straps are notably thick which I like.
The bra is quite shallow - think it's the first time you can actually see cleavage in my pics (for some reason cleavage seems really hard to photograph, sometimes I have it in real life and yet it never seems to translate to the pics I post here - but check oot my cakes on a plate in this bra!) as the bra is shallow at the top and bottom, meaning my boobs are pushed straight up. The cups are taller that I expected which is good - I think if they were much lower then there'd be too much quad-ing which would result in half my boob falling out the top! As it is, the cups are nicely tall so manage to contain the tissue mostly with just a bit of quad at the top - not too much to deal with (and to be honest it's quite a novelty to have this type of look!).
The wires - oh how I love you LONG LONG wires that contain all my boob tissue at the side, you are perfect. Your width is delightful, your length is fabulous. Love your work.
Gore is high but not problematic at all.
Verdict: better fit than expected. Wonderful wide band + angelic wires + soft materials + heavenly colours = good bra for me https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":-D" />. Read more 252 more words
I got this in 30B and 28D. Neither bra is close to fitting me. It's almost as if the two bras are different models that are styled to look identical aesthetically. The 28D was obviously scaled down from large-cup bras, but the 30B is constructed very differently. There are only 2 rows of hooks per column and the straps are very thin and less wide set. The cups have a much shorter height as well (3.3" at the vertical seam vs 3.8" on the 28D), which makes them more open on top and less shallow.
The 30B has short, narrow wires which give the cups more projection. The 28D is very wide and shallow, as expected from reading other reviews. If I could have the smaller wires of the 30B with the cup shape of the 28D, it would probably fit me (I measure as a 26D).
This bra is a really nice simple bra. The cups are too small and shallow and I feel like they make my bust look smaller than it actually is. I like that the straps are a little bit wider than normal, it makes them feel more substantial. They are a tad bit too wide though, but with the strap extender the straps do not bother me at all. Overall the bra is just tight enough to be uncomfortable, however with a strap extender, its fits better. Size up in the cup and the band for sure!
It is runs small in the cup and the band is quite firm. Fits more like tight 28D, so it is better to size up in the band and cup. The wires kept sliding down so I feel that it is too shallow for me. Probably more suitable for the very shallow. Gives quite a flattened shape which I don't like. Also, the straps are ridiculously wide.
Three hooks construction which is rare in this size range. Aesthetics-wise, I love the clean and simple lines. It's well-made, but not for me.
Uggggghhhh this is a great bra and I wish I could fix just one, teeny tiny dealbreaker.
Here's the pros: Love the look - fairly pared-down design which lets the construction speak for itself. I got the navy colorway, which is a lovely color especially in the matte fabric. Also, the straps are a bit wider than standard which is always a design feature I love (not everyone is into this clearly, but I'll dive head-first into those luxury brands that have 1in+ wide straps like Fleur Of England ) Construction-wise, I love the very light lining and vertical seaming in the cups, ...which ends up giving a very uplifted and yet minimized shape. I tend to really like bras that compress everything very close to my ribcage, since when wearing t-shirts and floatier tops it ends up making my whole body look smaller in diameter (read: skinnier). On these counts alone, this is one of the best bras I have ever owned - and that's as a devoted fan of Claudette in general. The cleavage is fairly minimal since the gore is rather tall, but that's not a look I really go for anyway.
Aaaaand here's where I mention the con that SO MANY BRAS have that keeps this bra from being my favorite ever. Wide strap placement. IT'S SO WIDE. I'll refrain from cursing here, but for crying out loud, why does nearly every good full-bust bra have these effing wide-placed straps? Are they making bras for linebackers? At the tops of my shoulders, they can barely stay up, but the real problem is down where they meet the cup, in the DEPTHS OF MY ARMPITS. This is such a common gripe of mine and it makes me so capsy. I feel like I need to start a support group for people. I wore this bra to work once and by the end of the day, my armpits were so chafed that I whipped the bra off and threw it across the room the second I got in the door. Quoth the raven, nevermore. Read more 253 more words
The Claudette Sophia Icon Balconette bra in 30F, Navy, fits well and is extremely comfortable. It has three hooks and eyes!!! The fabric is attractive and soft. Unfortunately the front view is a bit east-west, and the side view looks flattened just below and above the top edge of the cup. I expected to get cakes on a plate cleavage because of the vertical seaming. I expected, at worst, to have little to no centering, plus a center gore that's a little too high. Instead, everything fits and the center gore doesn't dig in, but it looks terrible! A good lesson for me. Thank goodness for Asos free shipping and returns!
Too flat on the bottom of the cup. Considerable spillage on the top, to the point of falling out if I lean over. It's just plain the wrong shape - no size adjustment would fix this bra for me. Stays in place pretty well for a 30 band.