After the 70D - Chantelle » Rive Gauche T-back Spacer Bra (3282) had me fallen in love with 'spacer' knit, my quest led me to the 32D - Fantasie » Rebecca (2024). I simultaneously ordered the 32DD - Fantasie » Rebecca (2024) to check the fit as I have been in between these two sizes for some time now. Most of this review is a copy of the review I wrote for the 32D, except for the info on fit.
My previous experience with Fantasie wasn't that great: I felt the cups were too deep and the wires too narrow for my ... shape. However, I recently got a nice set of Fantasie swimwear and a quick in store try-on of a different model suggested not all might be lost. I read in reviews that this model is generally thought of as 'slightly minimising' which should work well for my shape so I decided to give it a shot ...
A simple, yet nice looking bra. The cups are completely plain and made out of moulded spacer knit of a slightly stiffer kind than the Chantelles I've come to love, yet nowhere near as stiff as 'regular' moulded foam. They come up quite high and are quite full coverage. The centre gore is also high, which I actually prefer in a bra. The cradle part of the band and front part of the straps are decorated with lace embroidered in a geometrical pattern, giving this otherwise plain bra a feminine yet modern touch. Small, 'straight' bows decorate the centre gore and the points where the cups connect to the straps. The wing parts of the band are made out of a completely opaque stretch material that looks a bit like swimwear lycra, but is much much firmer. The back closes with three sets of two hooks and eyes.
Unfortunately this bra doesn't fit me. It actually is laughably big, even on my larger breast. The 32D version almost fits my larger breast, but it is way too roomy on my smaller breast. The cups of this model are clearly meant for someone with rounder, fuller breasts than I have. My breasts are conical and slightly shallow and just don't fill them out the way they should, especially towards the top. The wires in this 32DD are just perfect though, which just confirms my initial suspicions that Fantasie is too deep and narrow for me.
The band on this bra feel slightly looser than the band on the 32D. It does the same odd thing on me though: no matter what I do to the straps, it keeps angling upwards. Although I think I could size down in the band, it's not exactly 'riding up' -- it's the shape and design of the band that makes it LOOK as if it's riding up on me. My conclusion is that this band is designed with a slightly 'straighter' or simply less conical torso in mind. My torso is very very conical and I have this same problem in a number of bras, including the 30DD - Masquerade » Rhea (6121) that I love. It makes the band feel weird and uncomfortable and somewhat throws off the fit of the entire bra.
A nice, simple everyday bra that I really really wish would fit me. Alas, as it doesn't even come close to fitting it will be returned to Bravissimo ASAP.
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Updated on Mar 30, 2013 Flag this