I have loved the quality of Elomi's fabrics...until now. This bra was made of tough, plasticky fabric. It was not nice to touch. The inside was ok but I did not like wearing it because it was so stiff.
Carmen is a plunge, a true plunge at this size, with a stretch lace top. The lace had an elastic edge which took away all the good fit qualities of the lace for me, but that's because I'm full on top and Elomi is definitely best for even to full on bottom folks. The wings didn't seem too high but the wires were ...definitely already bending back, like Elomi wires do. The band was nice and firm but stretchy. I think the elastic Elomi uses helps the band feel more stable.
I could have used more projection at the bottom of the cup and there was wrinkling. The texture of the cups is also on the straps which was cute. I liked the metal-like plastic adornments on the straps and gore. The straps were reduced stretch and fully adjustable. A good bra in a terrible fabric. Read more 92 more words
I had tried this bra in several sizes a while back, and it never fit quite well enough for me to buy one full price. Then I found this one on sale, and now I have it to wear on my lazy days. Ideally I would have narrower but bigger cups on this, without the elastic band at the top. The Good: It fits comfortably, and I like that the J-hook makes me correct my posture more. It is well made, and the lace portion isn't flimsy or scratchy. The center gore actually sits almost right against my sternum (closer than any bra before it). The Underwire doesn't dig ...into my underarms The Bad: There is a small strip of elastic material along the top of the cup to prevent it from gaping, that gives me a bit of quad-boob. The cup is too wide and while it fortunately the wire doesn't dig into my underarms, it rests at an odd spot along the side of my ribcage, farther back than it should sit. It doesn't detract from comfort most of the time, but when stretching or reaching at odd angles (being short I do a lot of this at work), it can be a bit tight against the side of my ribs. Read more 103 more words
I've just bought this beam but so far it seems to be a great fit. I am breastfeeding, so I have pretty lopsided breasts right now, and even with that being the case, my smaller breast fits nicely in the cup with no gaping at the top. The bra stays in place when I lift my arms. I love the fact that it has hooks on the straps to hide under a tank top!
The undersides are a smidge too long, but I don't think that will be an issue overall. The band rolls up slightly under the cups, but the bra fit so nicely everywhere else I'm willing to deal with that.
I received this bra from Elomi so that I could review it for them. This does not impact the way I feel about this bra. I was not paid to write any reviews for this bra.
I'm not posting a full review here as I'll be posting a full one on my blog, but I'll just sum it up with the pros and cons.
I received this in a 40JJ to be a 36KK sister size. This size was okay for me, although I could have dealt with slightly more narrow and deep cups.
PROS: -Adorable. Looks like one of those crochet bikinis that I can't wear due to ...my size. -Stretch lace on top holds my boobs in and gives me a customized fit. -Straps have a J hook for added support. This is my favorite bra feature. -Gore is nice and low. Doesn't dig at all. I prefer shorter gores. -Straps wide and thin. Don't dig or move once adjusted correctly. -Extremely comfortable. Wore for 24 hours straight and while sleeping, which has never happened to me before.
CONS: -Not the most supportive without the J hook. If it wasn't included, it would be unwearable. -Wires are extremely soft and flexible. This makes the bra comfortable, but may compromise support if you need a lot of support or can't use the J hook for whatever reason. -The wires are slightly too wide for me. Let's take a moment to reflect. I found a bra with wires too WIDE for ME of all people. I'm actually kind of happy that a bra like this exists.This isn't a dealbreaker for me, but it does tend to push my boobs towards my armpits if worn for too long without vigorous scooping and swooping.
I'll be discussing the bra in detail, as well as reviewing the matching panty on my blog. The post will be up soon.
I wanted to like Carmen but there were a few factors that made me send it back. First, I didn't care for the stiff fabric. It may have softened up with washing so that wasn't the deal breaker. I've learned that Elomi wires are too wide for me. The shape would have been fine but I had too much empty fabric on the sides to justify keeping. For reference, Curvy Kate tends to be a little wide for me and this was far wider than CK. Otherwise, the shape was nice, I liked the appearance of the plunge and the low gore, and the band seemed to run true to size.
So far I like this bra a lot. The gore tacks snugly (almost too snug but not quite). It's very stretchy and comfortable. So stretchy that it rides up on the loosest setting so I have to wear it on the 2nd hooks. And I worry it may loose support as time passes so we will see. I suspect the side support would work a touch better if I use the built-in clip on the straps to make it a racer-back, but then it pulls the straps a too closely at my neck and they keep showing since I generally prefer wider, v-neck tops. I love the thin strip of elastic that runs along the top of the cups as that is the one place bras usually are a touch loose on me and the elastic gently helps the top lay flat.
Me: shallow, full on bottom, pendulous from weight loss, wide roots, short waisted, petite.
I am just about to be sized out of Elomi. 😭 My previous love was the @Elomi Rita in a 36G, because the wires didn't cut into my armpits like the 38G @Elomi Caitlyn. (I pretty much wait to get a new bra when I'm on the last hooks and the cups look like sad plastic grocery bags lol)
My previous experience with plunge bras has been limited to Wal-Mart plunge bras, which my boobs would always be trying to escape out of the center while the outer part of the cup would be empty toward ...the straps... And yet although I didn't know at the time, the cups were way too small for me. However, I really like the Carmen Plunge. Maybe it's because it's more like a full coverage bra, but with a lower gore. I really like the lower gore because on the Rita it would stab me. This bra is so comfy! I think it is because of how stretchy the band is. I was able to put it on the tightest hook comfortably.
When I wear the straps regularly, I have the same emptiness towards the outer part of the cup near the strap. I suspect that it's just part of the shape of my breasts. There is minimal quadding at the inner part of the cup, toward the gore that diminishes as the curve of the cup goes higher. When I wear the straps using the J-hook, there is more noticeable quadding toward the gore, but the outer part of the cup is filled more. But this means I have to loosen the straps so that it doesn't strangle my back/neck.
The fabric is a nice color for me, it almost matches my skin in Sand. But compared to the fabric of the Rita and Caitlyn, I kinda feel like I'm wearing furniture. It's a stiff fabric. Although the wires are the right width for my roots, there's wrinkling at the sides of the cup toward the top. I like that compared to the Rita and Caitlyn, when I move my arms forward in front of me, the outer part of the cup doesn't cut into my armpit.
Based on the fit of this bra, I'm starting to think I might have center fullness. Or that could just be the shallow shape. Overall I'm happy with this bra. It feels like a good every day bra. This is the most comfortable bra I've had yet. Read more 313 more words
I liked this bra but I should have gone up one cup size (as suggested at Herroom but since I bought the bra at Bare Essentials I didn't get that advice). The cup didn't enclose all of my breast tissue on the sides but fit fine otherwise. Returning the cup and will mark as not owned.