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Ellace Balcony Bra (CK4401)

Since AW2015 - Unpadded balcony bra with stretch lace in the upper part of the cup. More...
This bra is discontinued.

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  1. 1
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    30JJ

    Didn't fit

    First, I want to start off by saying that photos do not do this bra justice as to how pretty it is in person. I thought it was black and this boring beige color but it's actually this really adorable champagne. Unfortunately this bra didn't fit but it worked as a diagnostic bra. The sides could've been lower and the tops of the cups are still a bit high on me, the wire length could've been wider but this may also be because the cups are too small, the cups on this also roughly 1in higher than my CK Romance which would fit perfectly except it's also too ... small lol. I noticed my breast tissue seems to be folding inside of the cups, Im getting what Im guessing is strap gap, it does get less intense if I pinch the fabric of the top cup in. Other than that the wires are actually in my IMF and I'm not getting wrinkling on the sides/by the wires. The gore isnt tacking and is actually twisting more towards my larger side.

    A common complaint I saw was that the band elastic was irritating. Imo it reminds me of how the decadence is constructed and I honestly liked it because for me, it makes the band feel sturdier. Over time though I did find that the elastic straps were not strong enough and had a little too much stretch, which led to them becoming painful. As much as I love the way this bra looks, and how it shapes me, I dont want to perform any alterations on it when I can probably get something that fits better by relisting it.

    Im taking this as a definite sign that I'm FOB with a short root height, lots of immediate projection, and I need something that is closed and firm in the upper sections. I am planning on trying the CK Victory next in 30JJ as long as the upper section is closed.

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    36JJ

    Fits

    This bra doesn’t give me the shape I have come to love from panache or more recently Nessa. It also feels a bit flimsier. I need a bit more immediate projection which is a consistent trans across most brands I have tried LOL.... after wearing it a bit more, I think I would have been better off sister sizing down in the band due to the stretchiness. It’s stills good fit, very comfortable and is worth keeping As far as I’m concerned, I just won’t be buying the same size in multiple colors.

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    32H

    Hasn't set fit

    The d shape - that’s what I call these bras ^_^ it sort of looks like my breasts form a d if you look from the side (from my collarbone down). I really like this bra, but I couldn’t seem to figure out what was up with the cup shape.
    It was a bit tight in the band (would probably have gone up if it fit better) and I couldn’t fill out the top of the cup so the lace creased and wrinkled. I really liked the appearance though and it did seem very comfortable in fabric.

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    34H

    Didn't fit

    Ellace appears to be one of those bras people either love or hate. I fall closer to love, but I understand why some may fall into the hate category. It's beautiful, IMO, and confortable - 2 major plusses in my book - but is bouncy as all get out. The fabrics are soft and smooth and very lightweight ("flimsy" I have heard it called), but that endears it to me. I have always had kind of industrial bras until recently, and I love the delicate airiness of Ellace, especially now in the summer. Plus, it actually has enough and the right kind of projection for me, able to ... lift, but also round. The roundness also charms me. It's not as molded as, say a Cleo bra, but rather swoops gracefully down with a cute upturned nose at the end. At least on me - even, but functionally with short roots and FOB. And the wings are low and the wires don't poke my armpits - yay!!

    It bounces. It does. But I love it, and choose to turn a blind eye.

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    30JJ

    Hasn't set fit

    Probably the worst bra I've ever owned. I'm so glad I got in on clearance. This thing is cheap and flimsy and ridiculously wide. I get in cup quadding at the seams and it looks like I've got 4 tits. I'm surprised anyone would ever like this bra.

    Updated on Jun 27, 2019 Flag this


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      Oh, wow, I just this second finished posting about Ellace in 34JJ! I get what you say about it being flimsy - it's so lightweight it practically floats, but I liked that about it in a wistful sort of way. Most of the bras I have (and need) are quite full coverage and sturdy fabrics. I was longing for something light and airy, But it doesn't give enough support, so I'm sending it back. The 34JJ cups were too big for me, so I didn't get quadding. Sorry it didn't work for you!

    • 1

      It’s sad because this looks really nice in the smaller sizes. Apparently having a large cup size means your wires need to wrap to your back. 😑

    • 2

      This made me laugh! I second your opinion, I had a larger sized one a couple years ago and gave no support and was not cute, I was always mystified why others like this bra. I suspect that Sovavosi is correct and it just goes off the rails in the larger sizes. Darn it Curvy Kate!

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    30HH

    Hasn't set fit

    I bought this bra online because it was very cheap, and it works on me better than I expected.

    I'll start with the one major drawback in this bra's design - elastic straps! Of course, straps take only a small percentage of the breast weight, but still if you hang anything from elastic it's going to bounce - great for a cat toy, not so great in a bra! So going up and down stairs will remind me of the mistake the designers made in this bra every time.

    The stretch lace in the cups though works. The support is pretty good and it copes really well with my ... asymmetry! No wrinkling on the smaller side, but stretches to fit the larger side too. The wires are not too wide for me, which is unusual. I haven't worn the bra for a full day yet, but so far it is comfortable. It minimises the appearance of cleavage - the gore is pleasingly narrow and so far the breasts haven't managed to meet up over it!

    The bra band looks tiny when the bra is just lying flat. When I unpacked the bra I thought the cheap price was due to a manufacturing error and the band would never stretch to fit me, but in fact I had no trouble putting it on and the wires were not distorted as they are when a band is overstretched.

    For £6 I think this bra is quite a bargain!

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    30GG

    Didn't fit

    The Great Amazon Prime Wardrobe Try-On, Part 3
    My shape: full on bottom, soft tissue, narrow shoulders/roots.
    Appearance: I really love the look of this beige bra. There's a darker shaded beige elastic strip along the bottom edge, and matching little bows at the straps and gore. The top edge of the cups are stretch lace, the bottom a soft, lined mesh. The cups are constructed with three parts, one seam down the middle. It's just a really striking beige bra.
    Fit: The band is a bit too tight for me, though I think after repeated wear, it would stretch out to be more comfortable. The straps are too wideset for my narrow shoulders, however, which is the only reason I will be returning this bra. It's just so pretty! I'm bummed it doesn't work out for me. Surprisingly, the wires aren't as wide as other Curvy Kate styles I have tried. The cup depth is perfect, the gore tacks, and all fits correctly except for those pesky straps.

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    30G

    Didn't fit

    This almost worked for me, but alas! I get this weird gaping at the very top of the wing under my underarm area. Not gaping at the side of the boob (which would mean the cup was too wide) just gaping at the very top stretchy part of the wing. It was so bizarre, I've never had that problem before. Finally, through trial and error I figured out it was because the straps are simply set too wide. If I put the straps inward, the problem disappears. So sad because otherwise this bra is a good fit with lots of immediate projection.

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    28F

    Didn't fit

    This is my first Curvy Kate bra and I'm not too enthusiastic to try more. I love the style and the color but the fit is far from ideal. It looks slightly darker than in the pictures and the light blue is more pale.

    It is hard to tell if the cups are the wrong shape or just a bit too small. It feels like they have less depth at the bottom which squishes my boobs to the center. So that the gore lifts away from my sternum and the stretch lace is getting stretched a lot. Overall the cup volume is like a 28E/F compared to my Cleo ... and Freya bras. There is no quadding or cutting in and the shape looks very round and lifted under clothes. But the cups feel pretty snug. I really feel the elastic ribbon at the top and I am sure it would be cutting in if my breast tissue wasn't super firm. There is also a noticeable amount of pressure at the sides where my boobs try to be wider then the bra allows them to be.

    The wires are the same shape as the ones in the Cleo Marcie but not as stiff. Which makes them fit slightly wider but they don't poke me anywhere. The band could be tighter. I tried it on middle hook but this makes the wires too wide and the cups feel even smaller. I expected the light blue elastic at the bottom to be somewhat stiff (at least it looked stiff to me) but it is actually very soft and comfy.

    I can't say much about the quality but the whole thing feels stretchier then my other bras. Which is also why think a 28FF would be too unsupportive in the cups. I am still keeping this one hoping that the cups will stretch out a little but also because it was quite cheap and the shape under clothes looks really nice.

    --Edit--
    I had the straps too short in the pictures which caused the band to ride up.
    The cups fit better with an extender but then the straps are too wide set.

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    • 1

      too bad its not comfortable - I think its lovely.

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      I think it's definitely too small, that's why the upper cups feel tight and if you had softer tissue you'd be quadding everywhere. You'd be completely fine in a 28FF. Or better yet, a 30F. This poor band is too tight, straining and flattening the bottom of the cups. I often see your reviews and think you could get a much better fit from most of your bras by sizing up a cup and a band. If you prefer everything tight and too small, that's your perogative, but you won't get a "fit" and something comfortable that way.

    • 3

      I also think it looks too small. I used to wear bras with the band tight and the cups small because I have short roots and I hated tall cups, but I had that slight bulge over the top of the armpit that I should have known was a sign of a too small cup. Because there was no room out front my boobs were being squished back into my armpits. This bra is a good example: http://bra.pe/XTbh/

    • 1

      It looks lovely on you but I agree with the previous comments that it's probably too small. I can't imagine that the band is loose and riding up when it's creating the gap at the back. I've gotten that in some 28 bands that I've tried recently and it's so uncomfortable. Plus, if the gore is not laying against your sternum, is it possible that the cups are too small and pushing the gore away from your chest? It's a really lovely bra on you but I think that you can benefit with at least a larger cup size if you prefer a band that tight.

    • 2

      Thank you for your input!

      I just tried it with an extender and loosened the straps, which were probably too short to begin with. Now the wires fit much better and there is less pressure on the lower part of the cups but the gore still doesn't tack and the extender also makes the straps too wide. So I will give this another try in a 30F and maybe 28FF hoping that the larger cup size won't make the wires too wide again.

      I probably have to accept the fact that bras with softer wires (like Freya and obviously Curvy Kate) cannot be worn this tight. But I do have a few 30E/F bras and they are still supportive enough for me to wear at home or for an "office only" workday. So there is probably still good use for this one in a 30F.

    • 3

      aboobaccount I seem to recall you are the poster who wears bands as tight as possible due to sensory issues (a preference for the feeling of compression)? I would suggest trying longline bras, which usually feel and fit much firmer for the same band size compared to a standard bra. I think they might work better for you, providing that firm secure sensation without complicating the fit of the cups so much.

    • Please be sure to let us know what other sizes you try and how they fit. Re: wide straps with extender...have you considered lengthening the straps and turn them into racer back? I think that the suggestion that wendybien has made with the longline is an interesting one and I would be curious to see how it works for you. I hope that you can get the right size in this bra and love it as much as lcl0706 and I do.

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      wendybien

      I tried the Cleo Breeze (http://bra.pe/MFFz/) a few month ago but the cups were not the right shape and it was not comfortable while sitting down. Also my torso is a little V-shaped so the band was too tight at the top and too loose at the bottom. I like the Comexim Joy (http://bra.pe/MEvW/) but can't find it anywhere. The Freya Francis also looks nice and I already found a cheap one on eBay.

      For clarification
      I don't actually want to be compressed. I like it when a bra fits snug but the main reason I wear a 28F/FF is that my boobs feel more supported and less jiggling. I work as a network engineer in an automated warehouse. Meaning I often have run or climb ladders. And I absolutely hate the feeling of my boobs moving around. Or having to adjust my bra before rushing into some meeting. In a good 28 band like my Panache Georgia (http://bra.pe/XYON/) I can actually forget that I have boobs. I never have to adjust anything and the shape is much better then with some bulky sports bra. But I do switch into a 30F / 32E or even a bralette when I get home.

      @calluna
      I will keep you updated after giving my wallet a break from all the bra shopping. I just notice that I spend well over 200€ on bras in the last 3 months.

    • 2

      Ya know I was thinking about your need for a lot of support/locked in boobs at work and wondered if you’d ever considered sports bras at work, like Panache Sport. Then I thought about Ewa and how you may really like her SF cut. I’ve never tried it, but the construction is such that your boobs shouldn’t budge all day. A tight band/too small cups isn’t going to offer more support, it’s just going to smash everything down. The SF in a proper size should really contain everything - it’s like a blend of her BM and FB models and available in your size range. Great depth at the wire and the bottom half of the cup is reinforced for added lift and jiggle protection. It’s going to do a lot more work in terms of holding the girls still than something like this CK or other UK bras that are often a single layer of mesh in our size range. If you do decide to spring for one I wouldn’t go smaller than a 65F, as her bands often run quite tight. I think your overall shape is going to be a good match for Ewa in the long run, specifically thinking of the S and SF cuts.

    • 1

      lcl0706 great advice! I also think finding bands in your size with more hooks is a good idea. I feel more secure the wider the band. To that end I was going to suggest Curvy Kate Luxe. It's a strapless so it's made to keep everything in place and has a nice supportive band and firm cups. And you could also still wear it with the straps.

      Most other CK bras aren't going to be for you as they are softer than what you want and have more jiggly straps.

      Comexim longlines are also an idea, as are wired sports bras. Good luck!

    • Except just in the previous comment she said "my Panache Georgia (http://bra.pe/XYON/) I can actually forget that I have boobs. I never have to adjust anything and the shape is much better then with some bulky sports bra. "

      so i guess she doesnt like sports bras.

    • 1

      aboobaccount ohhh ok I see what you were talking about now. In our previous discussion I think it was more general and it sounded like you preferred a sense of secure compression around ribs instead. Now I see you are talking about the actual breasts, that's rather different. I used to teach university students and what with gesturing during lectures, leaning over to consult with student groups during projects, writing on the board and erasing the board in front of the class I definitely wanted my bras to be like armor so I know exactly what you are talking about!

      To keep the bust completely secure and minimize movement, really what is most needed is complete containment of the breast tissue. This means a design where the edge of the cup ends at or above the edge of the breast mass, i.e. a very, very full coverage bra. This does NOT have to be a sports bra btw. Some of my typical workday bras that provided industrial-strength secure fit when I was teaching are listed under my profile, I was much bigger then but you will see the style of bras: good old-fashioned full cups!. Prima Donna Deauville, the full cup Chantelle Rive Gauche are two examples. Don't be put off by the old lady appearance of these specific ones because it's not something you are forced to tolerate along with the containment--personally I like the retro touch, but if you prefer a more mainstream and modern appearance you can absolutely find the same bra construction and the same super-secure containment in styles with smooth fabrics.

      Anyway, although you will see fewer of the full-cup styles in your size range on this site, because in your size especially we have a strong majority of younger users who are typically more responsive to the marketing and design of moderate to lower-coverage bras, those bras are definitely out there.

      Tl;dr version it sounds like your ideal "work bras" would be the opposite of what you've been trying: full coverage, fairly deep/wide band, centered straps and an optimal shape match to ensure that you don't budge. These can definitely be found in non-sports designs and if you don't like the vintage/old lady full cup look, these do exist in minimalist designs as well! For a rounded shape it's best to try on but this can be obtained too.

    • lcl0706, dbmamaz

      I tried the Shock Absorber Active (http://bra.pe/MBtR/) in a 30E (couldn't even close the 28F). It is very supportive but gives me a flat uniboob shape. But that is probably by design. I also have the Panache Sports bra in a 28F. The shape is not too bad. But it gets very warm and sweaty after a few hours. The same goes for the Freya Active (http://bra.pe/MCTk/).

      I like the EM SF-line you recommended, especially the Kobalt and the Trapez. Too bad the Royal Blue (http://bra.pe/MGYT/) seems to be discontinued. According to the EM site they all start at 30F. So I hope they run small.

      @cupandahalf
      I also like wider bands better. I totally don't get how Cleo bras only have two hooks even in very large cups sizes while Panache (same company) uses 3. Unfortunately I can't stand strapless bras. These silicon stripes on the band drive me nuts.

      @wendybien
      Thank you so much for the detailed response. I didn't try a real full cup bra yet. But I found that my most supportive bras in terms of breast movement are the ones with stiff wires and stronger fabric at least in the lower part of the cups. Maybe this is due to my super firm tissue: So if the bottom part of my breast can't budge the top won't move as well. I am still going to try a full cup bra. At work I really don't care how my bras look as long as they fit properly.

      Just out of curiosity: Did you find that you can wear a larger band size if the cups are more full coverage?

    • 1

      aboobaccount well I can't say I experimented a great deal, but I'll say I experienced it from the opposite end--a LOWER coverage style makes it more necessary to err on the side of a tighter band for me. So in that sense yes I suppose I'd say full cup/full coverage does allow a very secure feeling without such a tight band. Prima Donna (if you should choose to try it) also runs rather tight in the bands in many models anyway. Re: nonstretch material, yes, for this type of workhorse full-containment bra, they tend to use only thick, robust, nonstretch materials--even what looks delicate in photos (lace or embroidered tulle) is typically nonstretch and quite tough. Rive Gauche is the exception, I found the materials effectively did have stretch, so perhaps not the best bet for you.

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    36FF

    Didn't fit

    The band fits amazingly well. It feels snug but not too tight and it's very comfortable. However, I found that when I sat down the wires under my arms poked me. I cannot completely fill the cup on my right side (typical) and the fabric showed through my t-shirt. The strap on the left side rubbed into my arm and left a mark (right too but not as bad). I adjusted the straps for a better fit but it wasn't comfortable fabric.
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    Ellace Balcony Bra (CK4401)

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