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Bras » Curvy Kate » Ellace Balcony Bra (CK4401) » 30DD 30:5

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Fits ribcage71.2
B. perimeter23.0
Stretched Band75.4
Band Length61.2
Cup width12.7
Cup depth21.5
Wire length20.9
Cup height13.4
Cup separation2.1
Gore height7.0
Wing height8.4
Strap width1.6
Hooks2

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  1. 4
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    Used to fit

    This bra is surprising, in a few ways.
    Firstly, the band is strangely just one layer of thin, stretchy mesh, not firm powermesh. Secondly, the bottom of the cup makes my boobs... Wavy?? Lumpy?? Not sure what's going on with the seam between the two lower parts of the cup, but you can see in my angle shots there's a strange dip in the middle. And the third thing is the cradle shape. By this I mean that the underwire channeling is super short, but the gore isn't a plunge. This makes the gore almost too high or wide, especially would be if you have super close boobs, ... and the under channeling end very shortly under the arms. What also doesn't help is that the underwires are over half an inch shorter than the channeling, so they're definitely too short in the underarms. I can push the wires away from the gore and into the underarms, which helps, but we'll see if they stay in place.
    Despite these few strange construction quirks, I like the fit and overall shape it gives me. I wish the 28E was available to exchange for. By the measurements and reviews here, I was afraid the 28 would be too small. But with the super stretchy fabric, it might be necessary. Then again, i find stretchier fabrics create less flattering back rolls, and would prefer firmer fabrics over tighter band with stretchy fabric.
    I LOVE the color... So much I bought the matching panty, which I rarely buy sets! Haha. It's a size 10 and fits without stretching much at all over my 38" hips. This would be fine, as it doesn't cause any cutting in, but it means there's too much fabric in the front and it wrinkles. Not sure if I could be bothered to exchange it for an 8 (granted it's available).
    Overall, I like this bra; the style is beautiful, and it gives my boobs a lift. The stretch lace upper cup helps with my tall roots despite the overall cup design being short. My right side is slightly too small, but fits the left nearly perfectly! Will wear for a day at home when I can before determining if it needs to be returned or exchanged. If I keep it, I want to add a layer of powermesh to make the band more firm!

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    Crimson red colorway

    Updated on Jan 23, 2018 Flag this


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    • 2

      I have the 30E of this one coming soon. I hope that it will work for me.

    • 1

      I found this one to look better once is bit too small. The cups give nicer and rounder shape . Also I found the band to be tight, my 32s feels like other brands 30 or polish 70. Size 30 I hardly could breathe and I’m 73cm under bust

    • 2

      Looks great on you! I have one coming in the mail too (30E). Can't wait to try it. I opted for the blue since I already have a red bra, but I do love that red. The other curvy kates I've tried didn't work on me (princess, gia, others I can't remember the name of), so I'm hopeful that this one does!

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      Crimson red is a really nice color on you!

    • 2

      This looks nice on you. I've seen a lot of ppl say this isn't quite right for them but they're keeping it because it's comfortable. That's my experience too.

    • 1

      Fantastic colorway on you!

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  2. 2
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    Didn't fit

    Cups are smaller than my other 30DD in Crimson (I was banking on it being smaller since it's darker and dark dye usually means smaller) but damn are the wings stretchy!! Even worse than my other! It's WAY too big right off the bat, you can see wrinkling cup fabric under my arms since the underwires didn't spring. Being big to being with, and having super duper stretchy wings (what is with the one layer of weak mesh??), and stiff wires, it takes a LOT to get the wires to spring.

    Cups are great accept that the lace is looser than the lower cup portions, but then the top ... elastic is tight, so it creates an in-cup quad effect when first scoop and swooped, but then the top cup edge slides down within a couple seconds of movement, causing it to create a bubble.

    I love the style even though the wires are a bit too wide even not being sprung, but I definitely knew sizing down in cup would be disastrous as I've already tried that, and by some fluke it was $14.89 on Amazon Prime (now it's $72???) so I took a chance. Ideally I'd want to try this in a 28E, but it's $54.95 which is a HUGE price difference. I need to just bunker down and sew some freaking black powermesh onto the wings, and it will all be good!! Also might remove the narrow elastic along the top of the lace. What's the point of stretch lace if you're going to have tight elastic along the top edge??

    If they could create a slightly narrower-wired version of this bra, with actual powermesh as the wings, and didn't tighten the top edge of the cup, it would be the perfect bra for me. If anyone knows of one matching this description, let me know. :)

    Update after a full day of wearing: the wires are too wide, so my boobs settle into the armpits, and the cups end up puffy and empty in the upper part of the cup throughout the day. :( It's obvious under tight or thin or clingy shirts, and I continually feel the need to readjust. This bra might have to be a large project: add powermesh to wings, adjust armpit elastic, put in narrower wires, and maybe have to take out some center cup depth. We'll see.

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    Black/Champaign colorway

    Updated on Jul 19, 2018 Flag this


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      I have wrinkles at the strap/side of the cups as well. I think it's some kind of flaw because my 30Es are both tight (28.5" stretched) which is right around my snug ub measurement. As for the bit of ribbon on the lace, I completely agree and have toyed around with removing it. I think that it's there to make the stretch lace cups appear more closed in. Your assessment of the flaws is exactly the same as mine and yet I love the bran and plan to try a few sister sizes.

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      Interesting that this fits so different from your Crimson red one in the same size. Black and Champagne was the first version from AW 2015. Maybe they fixed a few things in later colorways.

      Also agree with Calluna that the wide wires are probably a flaw. I have wide set boobs and get the same wrinkling on the sides in both my 28F (http://bra.pe/XY3C/ less, but the wires are distorted) and 30F (http://bra.pe/XYt0/). You see this on so many girls.

      If you are planning a big surgery on this thing anyway, you could try to shorten the elastic between the straps and the band a bit, although I'm too afraid to do it on mine.

    • Calluna aboobaccount
      Thanks for the input! It's good to know it's the original design. They must have made the armpit curve too large or deep or something, or didn't pull the armpit elastic tight enough in the older style. Yes I could try shortening it, oh boy, haha.
      I do know that in my crimson I didn't like that the underwires seem a lot shorter than the channels and I always had to push them away from the center so I wouldn't get gaping at the side. (and also prevent painful gore digging) This one seems to have slightly longer wires, and a more U shape and more stiff, which is also contributing to them not wanting to spring. I'll have to hold the bras together to compare!

    • Slava-Zone check out my reviews for both Ellaces and the Florence bras. I get the wrinkles on both sides and all three bras (though I returned the Florence). In the Ellaces and Florence bras, I thought that maybe it was because I'm center full and the sides are a little bit empty as a result, or the tension of the band is tighter on the bottom than top go accommodate a v shape torso, but a user on one of the reviews said that she has a v shape torso and it still wrinkles. So I can only see it as a design flaw.

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  3. 0
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    Didn't fit

    People say this bra fits narrow and projected. I would say this is true! The cups run deep for a 30DD - 9" deep! I am more of a 30E and find this bra on the cusp of being too narrow - something I haven't experienced! The low wings and sides of the cups are also a bit problematic. A 30E may be better, but the cups would probably be too deep for me!

    The band fits true to size to slightly tight.

    The materials are softer than my Cleo bras, but also slightly sheer. I really like the stretch lace, but I also fear it is fragile. A seam has a few loose threads. I like the soft materials but also think they might wrinkle a bit more.

    Compared to Bardot, I would say it is less closed on top and has deeper cups.
    30:5 30DD

    Too narrow? Wrinkling on one side.

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    Ellace Balcony Bra (CK4401)

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    Black colorway

    This bra is not owned any more

    Updated on Oct 18, 2016 Flag this


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    Fits

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    Hasn't set fit

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    Black/Champagne colorway

    Added on May 20, 2016



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    Hasn't set fit

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    Didn't fit

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    Didn't fit

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    Crimson colorway

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    Added on Dec 23, 2016