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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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    32DD

    Didn't fit

    I think the cups are too wide and too short. Wire is encroaching on the side of bigger boob; extra fabric in smaller cup. Doesn't fit well. Fairly comfortable, nice looking bra.

    Updated on Jan 14, 2018 Flag this


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    • I think we are boob twins. Or at least very close to that! While Ellace does fit on top, the sides are just weird - too short and wide wires. I do also experience with lots of bras digging in at the top due to long roots. It looks like youre even/FOB? Im FOB/Even + tall roots, and not many soft bras except Ewa Michalak, Comexim and HCQ/H/HCT Avocado fit me. However, I love the ellace despite is not great fit, but this bra is very comfortable - I own 3 of them and just learned to live with the issues :D
      Re your Cleo Skye. While it looks good on you, sizing up or down won't solve problems. I found that SKYE is the most comfortable soft cleo but in Aqua version, the purple is less comfortable even if I have both in same size. Ive own SKYE in 30E and 32DD, and no difference when wearing - wires are eqaully showing that they exist. I think is just cleo, how its made. I used to be able wear marcies but not anymore, they re too much pain for me. If you want painless Cleo, try Mimi - its really great, but wires might be on little too wide side.

    • Black lace looks gorgeous on you....as does periwinkle blue Andorra :-)

    • Black lace looks gorgeous on you....as does periwinkle blue Andorra :-)

    • I think Ellace can be a difficult fit. From what I understand, it works great for center fullness (which isn't me!). I have trouble with the stretch lace. But like martka00, I find it very comfortable despite the flaws. But it sounds like this one isn't a winner for you - even though it looks nice. :)

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      I think this looks like your best fit yet. Just my opinion. These cups are definitely not too wide. If anything, based on the last pic, they're borderline too narrow.

    • I agree with lcl0706 , again, lol. I just wanted to add that these wires are the same width as your Cleo Skye where you do not mention the wires being too wide. Definitely your best fit yet.

    • Love4Pollinators thank you!! : )

    • lcl0706 and LeProfessor : I tried on the bra again and pushed it up into my IMF. I am not used to having wires there!!

      I guess I just feel like one of the cups is a bit too small and one of them is a bit too big. I also like more coverage on the sides and front.

      I took a few pics if it would be helpful..

      Any bra suggestions?

    • lcl0706 and LeProfessor : I tried on the bra again and pushed it up into my IMF. I am not used to having wires there!!

      I guess I just feel like one of the cups is a bit too small and one of them is a bit too big. I also like more coverage on the sides and front.

      I took a few pics if it would be helpful..

      Any bra suggestions?

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  2. 1
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    42G

    Didn't fit


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    34JJ

    Didn't fit

    I sized up to a 34JJ because I've found CK's unlined balconies to run a bit small. I do have some wrinkling on the outside of the cup and at the very top of the lace, but I'm not sure I could go down a cup.

    This bra is really well made and comfy. All the material on the bra is very soft. As usual with CK's larger cup sizes, I wish the straps were wider and scaled to a larger, heavier breast. These bothered me less than CK's straps usually do, though.

    Again: super comfy. I tried really hard to convince myself to keep this bra, but I ... just can't justify it when it gives me such an obvious bubble/quadboob where the lace meets the laminate cup. There's only a very thin piece of elastic at the top of the stretch lace which is the usual culprit for this kind of quadboob issue, but I guess I can't tolerate anything there. The only unlined bras that don't give me this effect at all are Panache Envy and Clara. This bra is constructed very similarly to those two, with the exception of the elastic and side support on Envy/Clara. I'm really tempted to keep this one and see if I can't remove the piece of elastic.
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    Latte colorway

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    Updated on Apr 07, 2017 Flag this


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      I pulled the elastic in at the top of the gore and tacked it there, making it a firmer fit, and that removed the in cup quadding for me. As a test, pull the top of the lace edge in towards the gore and see if that helps at all.

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      cupandahalf *facedesk* I'm an idiot. When I was trying it on I actually pulled at the lace a little and thought gosh, if only the lace was tighter! I never thought of sewing the lace to the gore. I'll try that before removing the elastic (after I posted this review I convinced myself to keep it).

    • 1

      Lol. I know right?! I have bought this bra a number of times and returned it because of this problem. I hope it works out!

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    38GG

    Didn't fit

    I bought this at a boutique today. I tried on 3 colorways: latte (nude), black, and red. The nude bra was the first and it fit perfectly and gave me good projection. It fit flat against my sternum and the narrower cups seemed to work well for my close-set breasts. I now understand what many of you mean about getting more projection with narrower cup styles. This definitely gives a front and center look.

    The black is gorgeous in person! Much prettier than how it looks in the picture. I like it better than the nude and the red. Unfortunately, the black in 38GG was not the same size ... in the cup as the nude and red colorways. It was a tad small and cut into my breast tissue on the sides under the arm. I'm not sure if all the black bras run smaller or if it was some kind of quality control error. I might try a 38H down the road, just to see.

    I'll post back later once I've worn the Ellace for a day or two, so I can comment on any fit issues after wearing it all day.

    Update: After wearing it all day, there is a bit of an issue with the wire on the right side. It rubs a bit at the top under the arm, so it looks like the latte is having a similar issue to the black bra, but I didn't notice it until wearing it for a couple of hours. I'm hoping there's a way to adjust the wire since it fits well everywhere else. I was aware of the center gore pressing on me, but it didn't feel painful or chafing. I think it's just that this bra tacks completely against my chest (which doesn't always happen with my close-set breasts). Since it is new, it hasn't been broken in yet, but probably as the band loosens, it won't press as firmly. I will measure the bra today and see if the cup is a tiny bit too narrow or if the wire is short. My guess is that maybe I need the cup a tiny bit wider on the right side.

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    Latte colorway

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      Black dyes require higher temperatures and the materials shrink when dyed at those temperatures. As an engineer very familiar with foundries and metal shrinkage, these bra patterns can be designed to compensate for the shrinkage. If we can design 3D molds that replace 200+ separate components for molten metal, fabric would be, relatively, simple. We need more engineers in bra design ;-) ;-) Giggle.

    • It looks like the latte has a bit of the same issue as the black (with the right side wire ending on breast tissue), so now I'm not sure if the black and the latte were the same or if it is as I suspected and the black was cut a hair smaller and I just didn't notice the problem in the latte at first.

      Love4Pollinators what you said makes sense, so it's possible the manufacturers didn't adjust for shrinkage.

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    42G

    Didn't fit

    I really, really wanted this bra to fit because I've heard it would be perfect for my short rooted, FOB projected shape. Unfortunately it is more suited to narrow to average roots, at least in this size range, as the wires dig into my breast tissue - I have wide roots. I may be too short rooted even for this bra as there is still some wrinkling at the top of the cup. I will try sizing down one size in case it too big overall. There was some strange wrinkling on the outsides of the cups too, so that might be the case. It's not very secure either, there is a lot of movement and jiggling, even when walking. I don't know if this will be helped much by going down a cup size, I don't feel very supported or strapped in at all. It's a very pretty, sexy bra, but that doesn't matter too much if it doesn't function as a bra should.

    Black/ Champagne colorway

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    Updated on Nov 11, 2016 Flag this


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    • Is it digging in to your breasts on the sides or in the center? I ask only because I''m wondering if you're center full rather than wide rooted if you're getting wrinkling on the outsides of the cup, which can sometimes mean you're not filling it out all the way.

    • It digs in on the sides. Or, not so much digging in, but the wires just aren't wide enough. Where they come up on the outsides, the wires sit on breast tissue. I have short but wide roots, like squashed ovals. There is actually not a lot of tissue at my roots, more like loose, empty skin, and maybe some migrated breast tissue under my arms. Like grapefruits in socks when I'm unsupported. Gravity has not been my friend. In a well fitting bra, I lose 1 1/2 - 2 inches of length/ projection at the top, and my boobs basically go straight out. Hence, very short roots, I think.
      I am close set towards the middle, so sometimes my tissue is a little squished in the centre at the top. Close set at the top, but splayed, so gores that are narrow at the top and get wide at the bottom, like Elomi Carmen suit me best. I did try this in a FF but it didn't work either. Even though the shape was almost spot on, turns out that when my boobs have adequate projection and no extra coverage on top with too tall cups, they don't have anywhere near enough support :(

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      Ah, okay. That makes sense! It seems like we may have pretty similar measurements, though I've not been able to find an Elomi I like yet.

    • I quite like the plunges personally. I've got Carmen and Anushka and I really like them. I could do with a bit more projection at the wire, and there is some strap gap, but beyond that they fit pretty well. The Carmen has elastic along the top of the cups to keep them nicely closed off. I've actually been having a chat with someone else in a similar size to us on her review of the Matilda. You might want to check it out.

    • 1

      I have a really hard time finding bras that are deep enough at the wire. It's my main problem at this point. I've got a Wellfitting Demi in the mail that I have high hopes for.

      Will check out the other discussion, thanks!

    • I hope the Wellfitting one works out for you. Fingers crossed.

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    38J

    Fits

    Feel: This bra seems to be a similar cut/shape/support as the Florence. The difference is the stretch lace on the top of the cup. The rest of the cup is a soft non-stretch mesh. The band is firmer than the Florence, less stretch, so the correct band size is necessary. The wires are softer than my Curvy Kate Cabaret, and I can't tell if they would mold to the body or not as I'm not keeping this bra. All the fabric is soft and comfortable. The band has a layer of soft thick latte colored fabric on the bottom for softness and support. ... This matches the bows. The straps are stretchy and fully adjustable.

    Shape: Narrow and super deep. The gore is also narrower. The wings are low and don't cut in. The straps look wide but that's with an extender. In my proper band size they would fit well and there would be no gapping under my armpit. Though there is no side sling in the three part cup there is no side projection or flattening. In total, a perfect shape for me, and ideally creating a projected but rounded shape.

    Fit: This bra technically fits perfectly. I get a great gore tack but the wires are softer so they don't dig in to my chest. There are some serious problems with this bra in my size/breast texture. My breasts are very soft and soft materials allow them to wobble and bob. Besides the band, the very soft stretchy straps combined with the very soft stretchy lace produce create a scenario where my breasts feel like they can move around freely. I like more containment and bounce minimization than the Ellace can provide me. On top of that, though the depth is amazing, the difference between the non stretch bottom and stretch top cause very visible in cup quadding. I feel that if the lace and straps were only a little more stretch restricted none of this would be a problem and I would have the perfect bra.


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    Black/Champagne colorway

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  7. I was encouraged to try a 30FF: it did not fit. So, I ordered another 30G.

    Here is the review from the 1st 30G review:
    http://www.bratabase.com/bra/difqy/

    White colorway

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    Updated on Aug 01, 2016 Flag this


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    32H

    Didn't fit

    Of my recent Curvy Kate purchases, I was looking forward to this one the most -- stretch lace, forward facing technically, gold band all sound like it makes for an amazing bra. However, this one was the most disappointing both in terms of fit and aesthetics.

    The band is really tight, so much so I wouldn't be able to wear it without an extender at least for awhile. The cups are also really large; I might benefit from a cup size down, but I doubt I'd try it. The wires are much too wide for my shape, and the bottoms of the cup are shallow, leading to great wrinkling by the wires. All this combines to provide a shape that is best described as 'rounded torpedo'.

    The stretch lace is *quite stretchy*,which I'm happy to see Curvy Kate utilizing in their bras, but it ends up looking sloppy somehow.

    I applaud CK for their attempt to branch out in their bras, but this is one that will require some work before it's perfected. Well...for me, anyway.

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    Updated on Jun 30, 2015 Flag this


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    34G

    Didn't fit

    While this bra isn't a perfect fit, it is worlds better than the 5 year old Bravado Body Silk bras I had been wearing. It has shorter cups and narrower wires than other British bras so it is more accommodating of my short roots and center fullness. The gore doesn't quite tack, but it isn't uncomfortable. There's also a little bit of wrinkling on the bottom of the right cup which is my slightly smaller side. Once I got used to wearing my first underwire in a long time I found it rather comfortable.

    Edited to add: it turns out that have mild pectus excavatum so most gores won't tack on me.

    Updated on Jul 22, 2021 Flag this


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  10. 0
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    38FF

    Didn't fit

    My shape is narrow, even, projected with average-to-short roots, close-set with lots of upper-center fullness and soft, saggy breast tissue.
    This is a really comfortable bra for me, but not super supportive. The soft underwires and stretch lace lets the full volume of my boobs just "hang out", or so it feels like. I love the low underwires and the stretchiness of the band and fabric, but there is a lot of jiggle and bounce when I wear this bra.

    Updated on Apr 26, 2021 Flag this


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