I thought that Fantasie Elsie was the prettiest bra I've come across, but that spot has now been taken over by Caroline. Seriously, Caroline is such a gorgeous bra if you are into the feminine, pink floral aesthetic. I tried Caroline in the Plunge cut, which is a new fit to me, but unfortunately it didn't quite suit my shape.
The Plunge cut from Fantasie is taller in the cups than the Side Support styles. Compared to other brands, the wires here are quite narrow, and as they are quite firm, I feel a bit of pinching on either side. I need more flexible or ... wider wires to make this comfortable. Cup depth is also deeper than the Side Support styles. It reminds me a bit of Freya Fancies Plunge in terms of fit and construction. The main problem with this fit for me is that the required shape is much more center full than I am able to fill. The upper cup also has a rigid top edge, so it cuts into tall roots. I get a horrible orange in a glass effect when I wear this style, though it looks better on my fuller side and horrible on my smaller side. It looks fantastic with either foam cup inserts (I am newly a die-hard fan of these) or my Commando Takeouts, though. If you are able to fill this out, it gives a lovely rounded shape with none of the pointiness that the Side Support styles tend to give.
Like all my other Fantasie bras I've tried, the 30 band is too large on me, but since it is firm, it stays in place and isn't a huge issue, though I'd prefer to alter anything I keep for everyday wear.
The construction of the bra is classic Fantasie, with lightweight single layer silky fabric for the cups that feels like nothing but provides great support. Caroline is all about roses, with pale pink and fuchsia combined to make a more modern take on the classic rose. My favorite part of this bra is the upper cup embroidery, which has gradient tonal roses on mesh done in very shiny satin stitch to give an elegant texture. Unlike some of their other styles, this embroidery is soft and comfortable right off the bat. The straps are a lovely textured satin that reflect the shine of the embroidery threads. The bows are identical to those on Camilla, with a larger ivory bow topped with a thin pink bow to resemble a blossom. Printed powermesh wings and a leotard back complete the style.
This bra is so beautiful that I've also ordered the Caroline Side Support version, and am determined to keep whichever is the better fit as I must have one of these in my collection! While this fit is pretty disastrous on its own on me, it does look great with inserts, so it is a contender for keeping if the Side Support ends up being of the Estelle/Harriet cut that doesn't work for me at all.
Update: I ordered the Caroline Side Support and the fit is a disaster. After revisiting this bra, I've decided to keep it as it looks quite nice with foam pads, and it is the only plunge cut in my collection.
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Updated on May 16, 2020 Flag this
Great review! I have this bra in a size 30ff coming in soon from a seller from another site. The wires look narrow and close set, and the bras fabric and design is beautiful, I love either black or pretty floral print. I am hoping that the band will be firm enough and the cups not too tall or the wires too harsh like my other Fantasie bra. If it doesn't fit or work I can always pass mine on. Thanks for sharing those details! @belleandblues@ belleandblues
meganelaineshaw1 Thank you! I hope this works out for you, it's so gorgeous!