I was really torn with this bra. It was one that I'd been really excited about finally getting. I loved the pale blue with yellow contrast details. After some deliberating, I opted to send it back.
About my boobs...shortish, narrow roots with soft and malleable pendulous tissue that are even to full on bottom and center full. I need depth and projection at the wire, but not necessarily the apex.
On to the bra...the band was very snug. I'm kind of not surprised because it's noted on Amazon that it runs small in this style and also because my Ellace also has a snug band for a 30. ...I'm ok with that though I would need an extender for a while. I'm not sure if a 32 would be better or too loose. It would probably have relaxed a bit more once a bit of wear and washing. All my pics are sans extender...just as I tried it on out of the package.
Like the Ellace, it seems like the band has a bit of uneven tension, where it's looser at the top than the bottom, which is great for v shaped chests (rib cages) but I'm guessing that I don't have one based on how it fits. If it was even, the upper part of band would flex the wires back enough to make the fabric taut. My lack of side tissue from being center full is not helping the side cup wrinkles. Normally I would not consider this a deal breaker. It's not visible under shirts.
Because I have soft tissue, I have a problem with tissue spilling over the seams when the fabrics change between the double mesh cups to lace. This causes what looks a bit like in cup quadding. I think that also the cup height (mesh portion) is a contributing factor to the problem. Again, not a huge issue, especially as this is something that I can expect from a lot of styles that are not vertical seams, same material on top of the cup as well as bottom, or molded cups. It's typically also not visible under most tops. So not super pretty but also not deal breaker.
The cups had a bit of gapping/wrinkling at the top, especially once the extender was added, even though it didn't really look like it did. Again, not a huge deal breaker because I have a bit of gapping with the Marcie.
The shape is great with the immediate depth and handled my pendulous projection. It was not too deep at the apex. I do love how soft and light it is. It's hard to believe that it's as supportive as it is.
What I think was the issue is that I felt that I preferred my Ellace and Marcie more than this one, and wanted to redirect the refund from this to another Marcie or Ellace, Cleo Mimi, or Ewa/Comexim. It really was a very hard decision to return because I really did love the powder blue and yellow accents, but I also felt that the bra was 1) a little bit too plain (even though the button is love) 2) didn't really do anything for me and 3) almost a little too cutesy or demure (not that I am really after sex appeal either, but the Ellace, for example, is just so classic looking, even in latte which is a nude...pics up but review is pending).
I figured that I could get a beige Marcie, though the new cornflower blue is really nice or find a nice nude or pastel that was better than the Florence. Looking at the pics as I uploaded them, especially the initial one, made me wonder if I made the right decision, but I know deep down it was not quite right.
Anyway, so I don't have the bra anymore and forgot to measure before sending back, but I wanted to have a memory of it here.
If the Easter bunny were in the market for a cute bra, this would be it. I was pleasantly surprised by how adorable this bra was in person. In the powder blue colorway, Florence is definitely my pastel pick for Easter. 💙🐣🐰 Sadly, I have the same fit issues with Florence as I do with all Curvy Kate balconies: uneven band tension, gaping at the side of the cup/underarm area, tight at the apex, yet not able to fill the top lace. Full review on my blog!
Since trying Ellace and having good luck with that, I've been wanting to try some more Curvy Kate bras. I found the Florence for a good price and decided to give it a try. I am very pleased with the Florence, and the Blush color works very well as a "nude" for me.
Very short, projected, even, somewhat narrow, close-set breasts...
Eeks. I didn't think this would remotely fit. It weighs less than an ounce and appears significantly smaller than any other bra I've ever owned. Her predecessor in my wardrobe was 30G Ellace which fits spectacularly--excepting the cup and wing height are too tall. melifish recommended I purchase a 30FF Ellace; no longer available for less than $60. cupandahalf suggested Florence because she found the design remarkably similar to Ellace except the materials were non-stretch. And, Amazon conveniently, had 30FF Florence on sale with free returns for $21. Enter 30FF Florence.
Florence is small and mighty. ...She lifts and rounds like bras twice her weight. She is impressive and comfortable. Compared to Ellace her wings, gore, and cup height are wonderfully shorter. Like I mentioned, she is diminutive in size. This is a bra for short-rooted, even breasts. I'm projected and think she might be better for average projection, whatever that is https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" /> It is important to note, 30FF Florence may be one size too small for me. Nevertheless, she is amazing!!
Her materials are not as soft as Ellace, but they are more supportive. If you have heavy, short breasts Florence is your gal.
Like every other bra I own, Florence's gore is too wide for my close-set breasts. And, there is some in-cup quadding. Finally, considering the prolific wire and fabric seam lines on my breasts, she is just one size too small. That is an easy exchange.
Every Curvy Kate unlined I've tried endears me to this brand. Today, 6 Panache bras arrived from Amazon. After testing Florence, I tried one Panache and the rest remain in the shipping box. Three rows of fasteners, wide straps, soft materials: these are admirable characteristics https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":-)" /> Again, many thanks to courtnelius for sharing her favorite Curvy Kates and helping me quickly and inexpensively find my size.
Me: Short, narrow roots, splayed, very projected at wire, average apex projection, even FOT/FOB, extremely center full. Wide on top, omega on bottom? Cleo Lily/Marcie fit me best.
I've recently tried a few beigeish bras from Curvy Kate to supplement my rainbow of Cleos.
Here's a short review of the 30F Florence in Blush, largely compared to my usual 28FF Marcie.
The materials and fit are similar to the Marcie, with lower wings and gore. The horizontal seam on the cup is about a seam height lower than the Marcie, with the upper cup section correspondingly taller, so a slightly lower apex?. The band on the ...30F Florence is fairly tight, only slightly (maybe one hook?) larger than the 28FF Marcie. Had I been able to buy the Florence in a 28FF, I would probably be wearing it with an extender in the beginning.
Overall I'm happy with this bra. I'll probably take the gore in a bit as the band is a little bigger than I need, and it's generally a good alteration for my center fullness.
It's appearance is similar to the pictures. My bra arrived missing its gore button, but I'll keep it anywayhttps://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> Read more 99 more words
Love, love this bra! I am usually not a fan of unlined bras because they give me a weird shape but I took a chance with this one, and I am quite grateful I did.
I would consider this bra a minimizer, it gives a lovely round shape that is supported and lifted. I am 7 months pregnant and the wires do not slide down on my belly , which is awesome.
This is also the first unlined bra that I have found that does not make my boobs appear droopy or point down. Wonderful support and lift. Also in this size range the cups are narrow, at the perfect width for me currently. I just wish the other colors were on sale now.
The underwires are very stiff and I can only tolerate this bra in small doses because it is just too narrow for me now. This bra definitely runs narrow.
This bra fits well overall. I like how the band fits sung, I would not want it any tighter but it is comfortable to wear all day. The cups hold my breasts nicely. I'm fairly happy with the shape it gives me, but I do have to position my breasts just right or else I get a more pointy shape than I like. Once things are set, they stay in place and look good for extended periods. The center gore runs a little high, but is not uncomfortable. I think it's a keeper. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
So I love the Curvy Kate Florence balcony Bra. It is wide enough to hold all of my breast tissue and I love that the gore is relatively short, so it doesn't jab into my sternum. the soft lace is surprisingly not as obvious through thin shirts as I was expecting, which is a good thing. It looks good with thin shirts, thicker material, and the blush color is close enough to skin tone without being blah that it doesn't show through on light or white colored shirts. It's pretty much my go to bra; I have it in blush and black. Sadly, any additional weight I gain goes to my breast tissue first, so now I'm getting a quad-boob effect on my bigger breast.