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Alex Side Support Bra (9152)

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  1. 3
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    36J

    Didn't fit

    A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to the Fitting Room

    I previously tried the Alex in 36HH and was impressed with the comfort, but not the shape or fit. It was a little wide-set and the gore didn't quite tack. I wasn't really planning on trying another size, but it was available on Prime, so I tried this 36J and a 34J. I was in a hurry when I first put them on and just noticed that this one was a bit wrinkly and saggy in the cups and the other was a bit tight, so I re-bagged them and set them aside in the return pile. But ... I wanted to take pictures and enter the measurements here, so I got them out again today. And something strange happened.

    The cups were still wrinkly on the tops near the strap and on the sides and the bottoms had major creasing due to too little projection. But then I walked into the other room and noticed it... no jiggling! I thought I was imagining it, but no! I put my Elomi back on, and it was still allowing all the movement that is part of my daily existence. So I had a mystery: why was this seemingly poor fitting bra holding the girls so steady?

    Turns out there are probably a few things. First, I had accidentally fastened the bottom hook onto the middle loop. This seems to have changed the angle of pull, allowing the wire to anchor more firmly against my bottom rib. But my bottom rib is not in my IMF, so that's not necessarily a good thing. But weirdly, the folding of the cup bottoms does fit in my IMF, and so snugly and with such faithful contour, and the fabric of the cups is so sturdy, that it seems to be functioning as a second underwire of sorts! This is somehow the first bra I have tried that fits and stays tucked in my IMF! Just not the wire.

    Another thing is that the wires are wider. But I'm not sure why that is helpful here, because they are definitely wider than my root on the outer bottom cups where there is some empty space, even on the larger side. So,???

    Regardless, the feeling of support is an amazing, rare sensation for me, and I put this bra back on and just walked around for 10 minutes enjoying the stillness. Other bonus: the Alex is still quite comfortable. The shape is still not my favorite, but it's a little better and more projected than the 36HH was, despite the wrinkling, and the gore tacks, so I think I'm moving this puppy into the keep pile!

    The construction feels really solid, and the fabric is thick, sturdy and soft, if somewhat utilitarian in appearance. The upper cups are a two-layer, non-stretch mesh with an attractive but simple lace pattern embroidered on the front. The bottoms have vertical seams and a side-support panel.The straps are subtly decorated and fully adjustable. This one is the Sand colorway, which is a bit bland, but a necessary staple in the wardrobe, and it will make a very good everyday and work bra. Like an ugly duckling, this little bra that seems quite boring and fits all wrong turns out to be the most supportive "fit" I've found so far!

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    Sand colorway

    Updated on Jun 24, 2019 Flag this


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    • how curious. glad its workign for you, tho!

    • My theory is that comfort and support are above all else, even if it doesn't scream "wow" or pass all the fit checkmarks. Glad it works for you!

    • i wonder if its because it has enough apex projection for your breast to not have to be smooshed?

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      It is curious. I'm trying out the staggered hook arrangement on my Elomi today, and it does seem to help the band to get a better "bite" on my ribcage, leading to a little bit better support, but not to the same extent. It's got to be the fabric, I think. The Alex fabric is much more heavy-duty than the Elomi - I think it may actually be two-ply across the whole bottom cup. It's quite industrial by comparison.

    • 3

      Pinniped like many extra-projected people who experience a discrepancy between the total cup volume theoretically needed and the localized depth they'd need in a given part of the cup to fit properly, you've basically sized up in the cup and down in the band (thanks also to the tighter setting on part of the band) to make it work. Basically, the fit you get in this bra is "so wrong it is [kind of] right" insofar as drastically overtightened straps and band are doing a fairly adequate job of compensating for the slackness in the much-too-large cup. If you apply enough tension to oversized cups so that the entire bra is pulled SUPERCRAZYTIGHT around you, this will create enough compression to provide support. With wired bras, there are limits to how well this can work because you still have rigid elements sitting where they don't belong, and those overtight straps will end up cutting into your shoulders eventually. But if you are open to nonwired styles this sort of sister sizing can be more forgiving. Hope that made some sense!

    • It reminds me of how my 32KK - Bravissimo ยป Erin Bra (LN441) fitted me.. It took me a while to figure it out. The bra had a tight band for the size. Also I adjusted the straps very short to get rid of wrinkling and that way the bra felt very supportive. But after a while the straps would cut in so badly and the bra felt less and less supportive. Apparently the cups on the bra were too big, but the tight band would distort them so they became more shallow and wide and less projected made them feel like they fit when there was still lots of wrinkling at the sides. I wonder if that is the case with your bra too? What happens when you loose the straps?

      Maybe the style is not the best for your shape? I'm not sure about it though, I never tried any Fantasie bras yet. I think Bravissimo could be a good brand for you. They work well for me and I also need very deep projected cups.

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    36HH

    Didn't fit

    The two things I love about this bra are its softness and the low wing height! The white colorway was perhaps a bit boring, but quite comfortable. The gore wouldn't quite tack on me, so I would need to go up a cup size. Maybe I could go down a band size, too, to see if that helps keep it up in the IMF. The shape is not great - too east-west with not enough side support for my outer heaviness.

    White colorway

    Updated on Jun 07, 2019 Flag this


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    32FF

    Didn't fit

    I find myself reaching for Alex a lot because it is incredibly comfortable. However, this bra does not fit. There are many, many issues with it for me, most of them, I believe, stemming from the fact that my breast tissue is very very soft.

    Usually 32 bands work great for me, but it's something about the fabric they used for this band that is weird. Some days, it will work fine and not ride up on loosest hook, other days, I have to fasten it on the tightest hook. Most days, I wear it on the middle hook. The band stretched out fairly fast, I'm talking within hours.

    The ... cup is really sturdy at the bottom and has great lift. It has three vertical seams on the bottom, with the most outer one going all the way to the top (the side support feature), and a horizontal seam where the lace connects. That being said, the cups will give you more of a east-west than front and center shape. This doesn't bother me with Alex. It looks pretty nice and has a somewhat minimising effect. The 'side support' seam will cut into my tissue when I lift my arms, and give me some vertical in cup quadding, lol.
    The real issue with the cups for me is the lace. It's non-stretch tulle with beautiful geo embroidery. Unfortunately, the change of tension between the lace and embroidery makes for the weirdest cutting in I've ever seen on me. I believe on firm breasts this bra fits beautifully. On mine... not so much.
    The cups are also a little too closed and on top of lace cutting in (even where it fits), I get some quad boob (especially on my larger side).
    I highly doubt any of these issues would be solved with going up in cup.
    That being said none of this is uncomfortable, just doesn't look good and is very very obvious under anything but thick sweaters and hoodies.

    The shape of wires I do love. It must be in the way Fantasie does wire channels but holy crap they are comfortable. The gore is really wide and tall. I do find that the very top will sit on my breast tissue at times, but not after I do the gore scoop and swoop. I can see this being a problem for pretty much anyone who doesn't have at least 2, maybe even 3 fingers between their breasts.

    The thick straps are very comfortable, and I can adjust them as long as I need.

    So overall, even if Alex doesn't fit, I still wear it whenever I don't feel like fussing about my looks. It's just so comfy https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" />. Because of Alex, I've bought two other Fantasie bras trying to find a similar fit, minus the weird cutting in. Unfortunately, that did not work.

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    Sand colorway

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    32HH

    Hasn't set fit


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    30J

    Didn't fit

    This bra is wrong in every way for me in theory but I find myself, at the beginning of my bra journey, reaching for it often. It's supportive and comfortable and on me gives a kind of pointy east-west silhouette, which I honestly don't mind as much as others appear to, but I usually wear vintage clothes. I'm a moron and accidentally bought a bunch of UK J-cup bras (I measured myself at a US J) but this one fit well enough to keep. It's not very FOT-friendly, and I can't tell if the bottoms of the cups are bunching up because the cups are too big or because my boobs are scrunching the fabric down.

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    34E

    Didn't fit

    Purchased second-hand BNWT. Unfortunately ordered incorrect cup size.
    Despite some over fill at the side and top of the side, is a relatively comfortable bra.
    I will wear as I continue to lose weight.

    Pomegranite colorway

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    34E

    Didn't fit

    Purchased second-hand BNWT. Unfortunately ordered incorrect cup size.
    Despite some over fill at the side and top of the side, is a relatively comfortable bra.
    I will wear as I continue to lose weight.

    Denim colorway

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    32H

    Didn't fit

    Likes:
    - This bra is SO pretty
    - The cup width!! finally a bra that doesn't sit on breast tissue
    - It is comfortable. I can get through the day without discomfort
    - This is my favourite bra that I own

    Dislikes:
    - The gore is too high and because of that it doesn't pin perfectly to my sternum
    - The lace and stitching make it very noticeable under shirts

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    34G

    Fits

    Just ok bra. Fits well and is mostly comfortable, but it's not that cute and the material feels a little bit cheaper.

    Petal Pink colorway

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    36DD

    Didn't fit

    About this Bra

    Purchasing:
    * $44.59 on Amazon with free Prime shipping & returns (not Amazon Wardrobe)
    * available in non-neutral colors

    Band:
    * One layer of stretch opaque knit.
    * Elastic at top of band.
    * Wing support: soft seaming.
    * Continuous band - wires lower than wings.
    * Back close with 3 columns of hooks.

    Straps:
    * ridged elastic
    * stiff (stand up on their own)
    * full adjust
    * leotard back

    Cups:
    * 3-seam (4-piece) half-cup
    * unpadded, stiff underwire
    * Upper panel is non-stretch lace (unlined).
    * Lower panels are non-stretch opaque knit (unlined).
    * Soft cups (no padding or molding).


    Fit

    About me: petite with wide horizontal oval, slightly conical breasts
    * average projection
    * wide-set (3 fingers width of space between ... breasts)
    * very wide roots (extend past the mid-axillary line)
    * even horizontal fullness (just barely outer full)
    * short root height, average vertical placement
    * mix of firm & soft tissue (front molds to shape of bra, sides push wimpy wires away)
    * conical shape (but will squish to round)
    * full on top (2/4 shape, not even or very full) - BUT functionally even to FOB due to short roots and soft tissue
    * petite (5'3") so have narrow frame
    * front (anterior) rib flares

    Band:
    * length: way too big
    * wings: height good
    * no axillary skin spillage

    Gore: Comfortable, tacks, good spacing, height fine.

    Cups:
    * Cups far too big. Fabric only covers breasts (with gapping) and provides no shaping.
    * Wires wide enough (SO RARE).

    Straps:
    * too far apart, slip
    * adjust short enough

    Comfort & Fit Summary
    * I tried this bra because it is recommended for side support and center pull straps. I should have looked at the pictures first because they are NOT center-pull straps. I can't speak to side support since the band & cups were way too big.
    * I chose this size based off a measurements search here on bratabase. I used my _leaning_ horizontal perimeter to predict cup depth and that was a bad idea. Laying horizontal perimeter is a better predictor (or somewhere between the two measurements).
    * I don't know what I was thinking when ordering a 36 band. The measurements table shows it would be far too big for my rib cage and it is right.
    * Ordered a 36E (same band, one cup larger) at the same time (reviewed separately) -- so I didn't just click the wrong size. Who knows what I was thinking!
    * Consider trying a 32DD, but I suspect the cups will be far too narrow (and Fantasie wires are stiff).

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    Black colorway

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    Updated on Jul 06, 2019 Flag this

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