I have done it. I have found the holy grail of bras. I think I have found my perfect bra.
So, I have found that it is my shape, rather than my size, that makes it so difficult to find a bra that actually works for me. I am functionally full-on-bottom with narrow, very short roots, and a huge amount of projection. My boobs essentially go straight out from my body on both top and bottom. Finding bras with enough depth but not too much height is a struggle; throwing a need for narrow wires in just makes it worse.
This bra has it ALL. It says it was designed ...for petite women, which I am not, but with my breast shape and the fact that they are so high-set on my chest I ordered it anyway, hoping it'd work. And oh does it work.
The band is fantastically snug - incredibly so for Elomi bras. They tend to run rather loose, to where when (well, if, since I have Etta now) I replace my Caitlyn I plan on getting a 34 band (I also tried on Lexi in a 34GG for kicks and giggles at Nordstrom Rank and despite being way too small in the cup the band was great). This is not loose at all and is much more true to size; I measured the band at 36.5" while stretched. Awesome.
It also has gloriously narrow wires. My other Elomis, much as I love them, have wires that are 7" or more. My EM experiments have led me to find that wires in the 6.3-6.5" width work best for me. This bra falls right in that range. Yes!
The cup has just enough height where I don't have gaping even where the cup meets the strap - something I've been resigned to expect from any unlined bra I try. The wings and gore are both very low for Elomi and, well, most bras in this size. The underwire channels are lined in a nice soft fleece, which makes them extremely comfortable against my chest, and the straps are also slightly fleecy.
I love the bright cheery pink color, and the sunflower embroidery is adorable. It'll probably show through on a thin shirt, but who cares? Not me. It's pretty! I also like the matching bows on the gore and straps, and how the gore isn't full fabric all the way up but rather a keyhole. Very nice.
The only real quibbles I have are the width of the gore - it's a bit too wide for my breasts, which are happier in narrow gores, but it's not a dealbreaker by any means. The fabric is a bit stiff - it reminds me of the material that Caitlyn is made of, but stiffer and less satiny. Still, I'm sure it'll soften up once I wash it; I can't remember if my Caitlyn was stiffer at first or not.
This bra basically takes all of the usual stuff about Elomi - wide wires, loose bands, tall sides, etc. - and throws it out the window. And it's fantastic. I'm absolutely going to be recommending it to everyone in this bra's size range that needs narrower wires but doesn't necessarily want the hassle of trying Polish bras. Read more 434 more words
HAPPY DANCE!!! Thank you overthestars for the recommendation.
PROs - * It actually fits and is quite comfortable * My breasts are supported by the band and wires rather than being held up by the straps. * My two friends feel completely supported and stay put without either feeling constrained or bouncing around. * The cup shape and placement mimics my natural shape and looks great under a shirt. * It's not only functional. I think it's sexy. * The price was quite reasonable for such a well fitting foundation garment. ($58.00 via Amazon Prime)
CONs - * Limited selection in a 38G. I wish it were available in more color options. * (UPDATED) The little decorative loops at the base of the gore were scratchy. I carefully cut them off. Problem solved.
Overall, I am very satisfied with the look at fit of this bra. I may order a second one in black.
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Decorative loops at the base of the gore were scratchy. I very carefully snipped them off. Problem solved.
This isn't an exceptionally pretty bra, especially in nude, but it's full coverage, unbanded and durable. It has a J-hook which is really convenient for when the bra starts to stretch (after 2 years) and you want more support or for when you need a butterfly back or v-neck neckline. On me, the gore doesn't tack completely when I'm using the J-hook but I don't notice it.
Very comfortable, I sometimes forget I'm wearing anything.
If you're a 38 G or higher, with full breasts, this is the bra for you.
Best Elomi bra for narrow breast roots, one of the few bras I own where the straps won't fall off my narrow shoulders. The band is not as long or stretch as much as other Elomi 40 bands I own. The shape is a rather unfortunate pointy 1940s look. The seams are thick and the horizontal seam will show under most clothes. The embroidery on the transparent portion of the cup can be itchy. There's a J hook for racerback.
This bra has atypical Elomi wires that do not stretch back and mold to the body. The wires are instead firm and quite narrow for Elomi, making them similar to Panache and Curvy Kate. The center gore is fairly low as well.
I already had this bra in a nude colour, and now I have it in black as it is the only bra I have found yet that works for me. It is a bit tight on the band at first, but after a few wears and wash it fits great.
I tried this bra in 34HH and 36H and found that the upper cup edge cut in somewhat, so I tried this size. It seemed to fit well when I tried it on, but on further wearing the cup is too big. The armpit edge cuts into my tail of spence. Also this bra might be less stretchy than the 34HH which was great except for the quadding. Using an extender helps a little with comfort but not quite enough.
The salon where I bought it is enthusiastic about fitting clients who've never had a good bra before, for whom 80% fit is miles better than anything they've ever had; the shop is not so enthusiastic about finding the right bra for clients who want really great fit.
I hadn't bra shopped in a while and my body had changed, and former-favorite brands' quality had decreased, so I wasn't as picky as I should have been. My bad.
Good: the straps have a hook and eye on vertically adjustable sliders, so you can convert the bra to racerback style.
Me: Pendulous, center-full, need a lot of projection, soft tissue.
The band is surprisingly firm. Most Elomi bands run large or stretchy in my experience. Maybe this one would stretch out with wear, I'm not sure.
The wires are short enough that their width wouldn't really bother me. They didn't feel pokey at all, despite ending more past my arm pit than before it. Unfortunately, the wide wires and the wide gore do not suit my shape. The gore didn't tack at all and mostly just sat on my center-full breast tissue. I also got a really unflattering east-west shape. I imagine this bra could be good for a lot of people in the small band, large cup range, but not me unfortunately.