This bra is extremely supportive and very full coverage. After wearing 36DDD for years, I've finally found something that I can completely even forget I'm wearing. I've never tried anything comfier, and the only complaint that I have is that I can see the design on the top of the cups through any tight shirts.
This is my first multi part cup bra. I was desperate for a bra that fits. The closest I had was Elomi Bijoux, and others recommended the Cate. Cate gets a lot of great reviews. For me, even with the pretty lace, it feels a little, well, industrial. The band is power mesh, so it doesn't stretch a lot. On the plus side, this makes a very supportive bra. On the minus side, if you have sensitive skin, you may not feel as comfortable in this one. I am close set, pendulous, and have wide roots. This bra fits me very well and keeps me well projected, which ...was quite a surprise to me at first. The shape it gives me is like that of a 1950's bullet bra. Under clothes, my shape looks fine, so no worries there. Others commented that the lace did not show through clothing. I have some tops that the lace absolutely shows or the horizontal seam shows, so I'm quick to change either the top or the bra, in that case. I will be wearing it more often during winter, when I don't need to think about such things. Overall, I like it, but would not buy another. Read more 96 more words
The band on this bra is very very firm. I fit very comfortably into Elomi Caitlyn Side Support Bra (EL8030) in a 34HH, but I am having to wear Cate on an extender for a few days. It feels a little lower cut than Caitlyn, but it's still definitely a full cup bra. I am having some issues with the band underneath the cup and along my back rolling up, but I have had this problem with Elomi bras before and it doesn't seem to be related to fit issues.
I love the details on the front of the bra, and the "scalloped straps" that ...Elomi claims prevent the adjusters from slipping are beautiful as well.
Edit 10/01/2016: The band is absurdly tight. This is unusual for Elomi so I would blame it on this colorway. I have had this bra for several months and rarely wear it. Because of that, I can now attribute some of the intense shoulder blade pain I was feeling to this bra. I don't know what it is, exactly, but something about this bra turns it into a torture device on me. I am now wearing a 34J, but no other 34HH bra except for my pink @Elomi Caitlyn causes me such intense and specific pain. Read more 107 more words
Pretty embroidered detail on the cup, textured straps with delicate lacy edging. It sits flat on the sternum. The straps are set too far apart for my narrow frame, though, and rub on my arms when I move them.
I both love and sometimes hate this bra. The cups, band, straps, and center gore fit perfectly. It looks nice on, but isn't overly flashy and gives a nice silhouette. It is very well made and the material is sturdy, so it should hold up well over time. There is only one downside, the underarm wire. Sometimes it is fine, sometimes just slightly uncomfortable, and at times it is downright painful. The wire goes up too high on the underarms, but usually sits close enough to my ribcage that it doesn't hurt. Other times the very end of it slips outward a bit and starts jabbing me painfully in what I call my "underarm love handles."
Cate in the guava colorway is bright and festive. It is not ornate, but pretty enough and quite comfortable. I personally don't like the shape it gives, though.
Cate has smooth, satiny bottoms with non-stretch lace uppers with a pattern of tall arches. The gore is a breathable mesh. The straps are ridged on the top surface, felted below. They are fully adjustable, but keep in mind that when tightened, the ridges on the top wrap around to the bottom, which may be uncomfortable if you have sensitivities. The cup of the cups is more triangular on top, giving quite full coverage. Cate also appears to have more fabric in the upper cup than some other models, leading to a lower apex. On me, this leads to a cone shape that I can certainly do without. Cate also is wider in the cup and gives a wider profile than the Morgan or Kim.