I've previously tried the Bravissimo Contour strapless in a 30J, which was laughably small on me, giving both overspill and absolutely no lift or shaping, so I wasn't expecting much from this bra. But, shock of the century, this actually fits me reasonably well (at least based on my quick try-on)! The band seems to run on the firm side (possibly slightly under 30 inches), so combined with the smaller-than-my-usual-size cups and the grippy silicone, it's a little hard to put on properly, and I can't fully scoop and swoop, so keep that in mind for my review.
My usual CK size is around a 30K (30JJ in Eden, ...32J in Ritzy and Carmen), so I wasn't actually expecting this to work. As a strapless, this gives me an extremely round, nicely uplifted shape, despite technically being too small. I get minor overspill when worn strapless, which becomes much more obvious when I wear the straps (as the cups are lifted more). Being strapless, it's kind of like when you wear a too-small bra with loosened straps to hide it being too small - except in this case, the shape is still good. One problem I did notice was that the section of the band under the gore quickly rolled and flipped under itself. This wasn't particularly uncomfortable, and may be due to me wearing the wrong size, but I don't think it's how it should fit, and it could possibly lessen the bra's staying power.
The bottom of the cups are too shallow for me, and I get slight buckling there, as well as being unable to pull the bra right up into my root. However, this isn't really too bad, and is more cosmetic than anything. I also find the sides are slightly too short for me, and I feel like I'm not properly contained, though I think this is exacerbated by this bra sitting slightly too low on me. In 1-2 cups up, I imagine I would be able to fully scoop into the cups, pull the bra up slightly more, and hopefully rid of the overspill. Overall, though, it's much better than I was expecting, so I'm fairly happy with it. It's definitely a very solid bra, and one to try if you're in the size range (or possibly even for those just outside, if you need a strapless and can't find one). Read more 287 more words
The band ran too loose for me, and although now I realise I should have gone for a 30FF, the cup shape is incredibly rounded, projected and yet too closed for me at the neckline so it digs in. I adore the colour and the shape but it would only work for me if it was a half cup - right now its shape is more literal cup.
First impression upon removing from the package: Aw poo, this is so tiny
Band: Very snug. Couldn't fasten it myself, and my husband had to attach an extender to get it shut. Didn't even stretch to 32". Nice wide 4 hook closure though.
Cups: as this is a newer season CK, the wires are narrow-ish/average (narrower than old CK). Bottom of the cup was very shallow on me. My boobs immediately started pushing it down to find more room, so I couldn't jump around like I'd planned to test its stay-up-ness, but it did have wide silicone strips on the top and bottom of the wings/band. Seemed to flatten me ...out. Gore was fairly high. Didn't tack on me, partly from the cups not fitting and partly because I'm too close set. No cleavage in this bra. Top of the cups fit ok-ish without the straps, but once the straps were on they cut in.
Appearance: Pretty. not 'super fancy wow I need that now' pretty, but considering it's a basic bra, it has nice detailing.
Overall, if you want to try it, I'd recommend sizing up in the band, and possibly a cup unless you are shallow. If you're fairly/very projected or very close set, move along. 'this is not the bra you're looking for' Read more 106 more words
While the fit of this bra is sigh-worthy, the construction is solid and keeps the horrific fit from ruining the practicality of this bra. The key to this bra's design is the vertical boning along the seams. Without it, this bra is just another wide, shallow strapless with an inward curve at the top that may be problematic for FOT shapes. The cups run small, but I don't know how much I'd recommend sizing up, since it is functional even with the gore a gaping 2" from my sternum. My very projected, firm-ish breasts pushed this entire bra forward at the top and my FOB shape ensures the ...underwires sit rather low. The boning keeps the whole cup from just flopping over (a la FOB boobs in the Deco strapless). My biggest complaint is the the forward tilt of the bra causes the bottom of the wires to dig into my ribs after a couple hours of wear. It's also rather high cut under the arms and at the gore, so it's not incredibly versatile. Sizing up in this would make the wires uselessly and uncomfortably wide for me, so I feel this is my best fit in my usual 30G. Read more 93 more words
Tl;dr The most projected, narrow, strapless bra I've ever tried, and I've tried a few (VS, QT, Wonderbra, Neve, Deco, Deco shape, nameless others in stores).
Construction: A nice, neutral beige. A little light on my tanned skin, but it would blend in on a lighter skinned person quite easily. The pinstripes on the band are adorably retro, as are the super cute little buttons and bow. (Seriously, I love little buttons on bras). This bra has cut and sew foam cups. The foam is thick and sturdy (thicker than comexim), and the cup seams are reinforced with extra cozy material. The Luxe is seamed like a halfcup with two ...vertical seams. However, it is more full coverage. The cup curves up and over the breast instead of ending just beyond the apex like your average halfcup. Somehow (*magic*) this creates a very projected style. Yes, the bottom of the bra is shallow. I have yet to find a strapless bra that isn't shallow at the bottom. But the amount of apex projection and the narrow wires (5.3") make up for it tenfold. In addition to all that, there is a sling on the inside of the cups to bring the boobs front and center. There is no east-west to speak of in this bra.
The wires are extremely firm - like Panache firm. I don't like them (but I also cry when I wear some panache bras for more than 10 minutes). I've worn this bra around the house for about half an hour before the wires killed me and I had to take it off. During that time, the bra never shifted (hooray!) and my boobs didn't move once - this bra is serious boob armor. If you can tolerate firm wires, I would highly recommend this bra.
Also, for those who care about cleavage - this bra has none - zip zero zilch. That could be because I have short roots and am FOB to even. A more FOT person might get some, but I had absolutely none (and I have very center full boobs to boot). If you like showing off cleavage, or if your strapless attire is plunging, this may not be the bra for you.
Right now, I'm between a 32-34 band but this 34 was definitely too loose. I'd recommend choosing the smaller band size if you are between sizes. The cups are extremely closed on top, so not a good choice for upper fullness. I'm FOT and this gave me epic quadboob. I jumped around a little to simulate movement and it almost fell off.
The material is soft and there are small strips of silicone along the upper and lower elastic of the band. There are also mesh side slings in each cup which are not as soft as the rest of the bra.
Overall, I imagine this could work for someone with wider, shallower, and more full on bottom breasts.
Oh gosh. I really want to like this bra because I really want a strapless, but I'm not quite sure. It seems to fit okay. I can't find any real faults with the fit. The wires are a bit wide. I'm not quite filling the cups completely, but not really not filling them. The gore is fine. The slots for the straps go a bit wide into my armpits, if I were to wear them. I'm just not quite sure I trust it as a strapless. Maybe I'm just paranoid, and it's just because there's no straps that I feel the desire to pull it up just a bit, just ...to make sure, every so often. Also the cups do this weird thing where the fold over a bit at the armpits after a few minutes of wear. I'm not sure what that means. I don't have a strapless dress handy (I'd hidden them all away since I didn't have a bra to wear with them), so I tried it on under a spaghetti strap shirt. It's okay, but it has that tell-tale line, where it folds a bit at the armpits, that's like telling everyone, "Hey look, I'm trying to wear a strapless bra so you don't know I'm wearing a bra right now but you totally are!" But it's not as bad as it could be. Gah, I can't decide if this works! Read more 123 more words
I sized up for this, because I usually need to in strapless bras and the measurements in Bratabase looked right. Sadly, it's waaaaaaay too big. There's much more than one cup's worth of empty space, so I'm thinking it's also a shape mismatch for me. My full-on-bottom breasts just don't come close to filling up the cups. The underwires dig painfully into my sternum, but it's hard to tell if a proper fit would solve that or not.
Sizing issues aside, the bra is nicely constructed. The seams are pretty flat. They might show through a thin top, but it would be perfect under a more structured or embellished top. The cups have a lot of projection. The band is lined with silicone and has a small piece of boning under the arms. The band is nice and tight and it actually stays in place!! It feels like this would be an excellent, supportive strapless bra in the right size.
I'd love to try this in a DD or E if I ever get the chance.
Strapless bras in my size are, of course, difficult. But this one has been getting rave reviews. Supposedly it really keeps 'em up there! Feels stable, and so on!
...Not really my experience, alas. Part of it is a shape mismatch; Curvy Kate and I have never gotten along. (I'm too narrow and projected for them, just speaking generally.) But for strapless bras, you sort of have to put up with a certain amount of wideness and shallowness, similar to sports bras. Without straps, you just can't quite support the projected shape.
Still, ye olde 34G - Wacoal » Red Carpet Convertible (854119) did a much better job ...of keeping me feeling supported and stable than this bra, which seems determined to sit below where a band should be, pushing my skin out in a way that creates an unpleasant reverse muffin-top shape, and squeezing uncomfortably as my ribcage is a different size where it now 'sits'. No amount of pulling this bra up will get it to actually sit where it should, and as a result... it manages to feel both too big and too tight, putting the weight of my boobs on this part of my ribcage. (But I tried the 32 band in the past, and it was too big to actually stay up at all, so... no good.) The overall effect is to shorten my waist and make me look dumpy.
The shape under t-shirts is a bit awkward, as without the straps and with no line of the tacky material that lines the band to keep the cups actually up, they gap away from my tissue.
Overall, this is just a completely unworkable strapless bra, and it was around $70 on Amazon to boot. Thank goodness for Prime shipping and free returns. Read more 187 more words