This is my first experience with the newish side support balconette that I’ve been wanting to try since it came out. Unfortunately, at 11.5 inches depth, this appears to run a full cup size small. The band, too, is a little tighter than the other 95 bands I ordered, but not so tight it’s a problem.
My overall impression is that this is a great bra if only I’d gotten a cup size up! It has the narrowest cup i’ve ever experienced in my size range at 6 inches, and the stretch lace at the top is very forgiving, so much so that i’m not even getting much quadding ...even though I can clearly see where it should be quadding.
It has plenty of room at the wire, and toward the center for us center-full gals, and I got an overlapping gore and all of this somehow means - miracle of miracles - the gore tacks even without switching wires! It’s a soft tack at the very top, but I don’t feel that it’s affecting the stability of the bra overall, so I’ll probably leave it as is.
I will be ordering this style again, and I really, really hope they make more like it! I wore it all day without issue.
Update: Comexim confirmed in email that this style always runs smaller than the other cuts.
Update #2: I reordered this in a 95K per Comexim’s advice, and that one is far too large. So, uh, order your regular size and hope for the best?
This is my Comexim set Black Friday sale that arrived yesterday, who hoo!
Unfortunately, I have gained weight and it's just a *smidge* too small on my larger side - I know it probably looks like it fits. The fit on my smaller side is perfect though. The same with the matching panties, they fit, but would fit better if I lost 10 or 15 pds, lol. I think their size chart for underwear is pretty accurate.
So these are the differences I can think of between padded plunges and Karen (unpadded plunge):
Unlike many balconette bras, Karen has a 4-part cup; 3 parts on the bottom of ...the cup, and one part horizontal across the top. I think this makes the bra rounder on the bottom, instead of a pointer shape.
The bra is double-lined, even across the lace; also the wings of the bra are double-lined. Not all bra manufacturers do this #ComeximQuality This is why these Comexim bras last so long!
The top of cup is lined with an elastic - perfectly fine for my shape (FOB), but like the other review said-- if one is FOT, I'm wondering if that elastic edge would cut in a bit.
Interestingly, the shoulder straps are unlike any other Polish bra I've tried; they really stay in towards the center of one's body! Completely different from Ewa Michalak BM bras, which tend to go a little wide with the shoulder straps.
There isn't as much immediate projection as with an Ewa Michalak BM bra, it works okay for me (there's a little bit of space in between the underwire & my boob) but I guess one can always request "added depth at the wire."
I think it actually runs large in the cup compared to a padded plunge in the same size; I would say probably size down. The gore is really narrow on this bra, too. about me: FOB, narrow roots and projected shape, center full. average root height.
I think this is also a petite-friendly (or short breast root friendly. or high-set breast friendly) style, because like a typical Comexim, the underwires don't go very high towards the armpits, like some brands do.
If one has a lot of breast tissue on the side, I don't think this would be a good style for them (maybe a brand like Elomi would be better?) because this is a good style for someone with narrow boobs/close-set breasts.
the fabric itself is a navy blue leaves print, with grey lace, 3 grey bows, and dark navy elastic for the shoulder straps, and dark navy wings. Read more 323 more words
MY SHAPE: Projected, center full, tall and narrow roots.
THE TAKEAWAY: Definitely inspired by other similar half-stretch-lace bras (cough 32FF - Panache » Jasmine Balconnet Bra (6951) cough 30G - Cleo » Hettie Balconnet Bra (9011) ), this Comexim bra is a soft cup with a soft unlined fabric on the bottom and a stretchy lace on top. FOT shapes, be warned: there's an elastic strip on the inside of the top lip of the stretchy lace, making it more closed on top than it would otherwise. Hard-stretches to ~33", so it's a bit stretchier than some Comexims. Fully-adjustable straps and four rows of ...three hooks.
DETAILS: I bought this in both a 70J and a 70K - Comexim » Karen, because I've had problems with Comexims not being "big enough" in their padded bras so I wanted to use this as a diagnostic. (Padded bras cover a multitude of fitting sins.) To my surprise, the 70J is actually a little bit too big... arguably.
My particular needs with Comexim, related to my center fullness, are definitely stiffer wires (and narrower gores), so on closer inspection I think that might be what I'm experiencing here, too -- the gore floats a little, and also sits partially on breast tissue, because it's too wide and the wires are too soft to hold their shape against the weight of my tissue. Ordering the 3HC Beauty with firmer wires and an overlapping gore gave me an almost perfect fit there (the gore still only soft-tacks), and it initially had very similar problems to what I'm experiencing in this size.
So, while I initially reported that I thought other customers might be able to go down a size in the Karen, it's proooobably very similarly-sized to Comexim's padded plunge and half-cups.
My biggest note of concern for other boobs fitting into the Karen is definitely the elastic strip that has been sewn to the inside of the stretch lace. It gives the cups a different aesthetic look than they'd have without, gathering the lace slightly, but will probably also cut into FOT shapes. (It's cutting into my tall roots a bit, too, but given the sizing/wires issue I'm not sure whether that would still be the case with an overlapped gore, etc.) Read more 272 more words
This bra is so cute in person. I'm so glad I was able to order an unlined Comexim that was NOT white! It's nice to have something pretty and colorful in my bra wardrobe. Anyways, I'm quite pleased with how this bra fits me. The band is nice and firm, the lace on the top is stretchy and conforms to my soft tissue on top really well and makes me feel "enclosed," if that makes any sense. So far, the unlined, lacy-top bras I've ordered from Comexim have been perfect when it comes to that. (I haven't had much success with their padded bras, unfortunately; my left breast is ...just about a cup size bigger than my right, I think, so I always have one breast that fits and the other .... doesn't, lol. Lots of left quad boobage.) I didn't realize that the Karen has two vertical seams as opposed to the Emily; not sure how that affects fit? Regardless, this Karen fits me just about perfectly, except for the straps are set ever so slightly too wide. I did request the narrowed straps, but either they didn't or couldn't do that particular customization on this bra. (I ordered a Queen of Hearts and another Emily along with this Karen, and they both came with the narrow straps, so I'm thinking the design or something makes it not possible for them to narrow the straps easily.) Read more 128 more words