Before I even start, let me give you an idea of how this bra might fit you - here are my measurements and my breast shape:
Comfortable underbust measurement: 33"
Bust measurement (average of standing, lying down, bending over): 40"
Projected bra size: 32F (yes I am aware that this is not the bra size I purchased, read on for more)
Breast shape: even / slightly full on bottom
I purchased this bra used through Bratabase with the knowledge that it may not fit; I had heard that EMs run really small, and it was such a great deal that I couldn't help myself. I thought maybe it would ... be a cup and a band size small, as I speculated it might be from other reviews I had read, and if that was the case then I would be okay wearing it. Well, after weeks of waiting for my shipment from Italy to arrive, I can tell you that these bras DO NOT run small. As far as I can tell, this bra is very true to size. How can I tell? It's two band sizes, and one cup size too big - why I didn't run the numbers before buying I'll never know, but now maybe YOU won't have to!
I am disappointed because this is a beautiful and very well-made bra, but I can't even pretend it fits me. Even though this is a demi-cup bra I found cups are still just a little bit too tall for me, I feel like I might have had a smidge of gapping on the outsides where my breasts crease. Then again, this bra was too big so I am just speculating. I was pleased by how short the straps were, as I often have problems with bra straps slipping off my shoulders after a few months of wear. And the three-hook closure on a bra that's got such lovely lace fabric was really nice to see. The shape of the bra was fabulous, very front and center with absolutely zero East-West nonsense. The profile was delightfully rounded, a shape I really love. And the top of the cup is cut more straight-across than convex, which I really like because it sits on the skin very naturally.
If this bra came anywhere even close to fitting, I would keep it and just deal with it. But the band is noticeably slippy on my frame, and I would need some cutlets to keep the edge of the cup flush against my skin. Here's hoping that it fits one of my girlfriends or female family members, so I can cross at least one Christmas gift off my shopping list for the year!
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Updated on Nov 11, 2013 Flag this