This bra runs small both in the cup and the band. Fortunately I had read reviews from other Elle Macpherson bras and ordered the 32D instead of a 30D and am very glad I did. The biggest the band stretches is 29", the precise comfort zone for my back. After a swoop and scoop it fits perfectly! For the record, I am a shallow/wide root with pointy, close-set breasts. This bra creates a lovely, curved silhouette with its slight contoured padding in an upward molded shape that even gives me some cleavage. On top of all that, it's silk, including even the ... lining of the cups. The golden lace detailing is gorgeous and properly sewn down instead of just laid on top and the straps are about 2/3 non-stretch satin (while still adjusting in the back just enough for my petite stature), so I think this bra will last a long time.
My only dickering will be the bows. Though they look rather cute, the little bows on the back are completely impractical for wearing anything over it (the matching bikini has the same issue with two bows toward the front). After taking the reference pictures I set about removing them. Instead of the usual single attachment easily snipped off, these were very tightly sewn down and it was nerve-wracking getting them off without destroying the silk. In the end I succeeded, but it took the better part of 20 minutes and a lot of very carefully seam-ripping to achieve it. At least now I can wear this bra under a shirt without having weird bumps on the back.
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