What I love about this bra: the fabric. It is everything! High quality feeling and looking. And so soft and silky. The band fabric is so nice too, not that usual stretchy thin mesh. Also this bra features something I have not seen on another bra before: there is some light padding where the bra-clasp is...so the hooks would not dig in. I also like the thick shoulder straps. There is no stretch in the top section of the Cups.
My shape: Center heavy soft pendulous boobs, rather narrow and tall roots, slightly full on top.
The problem with this bra is, that the wires are too wide on ...the sides. The cups are quite tall but I think that is to be expected on a bra like this. I had some slight wrinkling on top of the cup on my smaller boob. But I also think that these cups are quite tall but at the same time are not very roomy on top. If this bra had a stretch lace on top I could probably size down to 32HH and have wires that fit me better. I don't think it's a bad bra at all. I would totally wear it, if I had no other bra around, but I did not like that the shape was a bit east-west. I also got some digging in from the straps in the first 15 mins of wearing, that is not a good sign... I wonder if the Fantasie shape is not compatible with my boobs? Read more 145 more words
I think this bra is just a Rebecca variation! It has a nice thin layer of spacer foam that I expect to stretch out just slightly.
As it is right now, the cup on my larger side cuts in ever so slightly into my chest, but it's not unbearable and I've worn worse to be honest. The cups also have a slightly minimising effect - I freakin love it! I've been working an internship where the size of my boobs is really getting in the way of feeling comfortable. I like it so much I'm considering getting a nude Rebecca as well.
The band is nice. Not too tight, not loose. The only issue I have with it is that it has 2 rows of hooks which I absolutely hate. A 30GG should have 3 hooks and that's it. It should be standard.
The bra is comfy, the wires are comfy, the gore is sitting against my sternum perfectly.
I'll start by noting that I've purchased 5 of these bras over the years, in 3 different cup sizes. It was my first bra in a sub 32 band (which I hadn't known existed prior), and I absolutely fell in love with it at the time. It's not available in a 28 band, which is why I first started looking elsewhere.
It looks fantastic under clothes, at least in the smaller cup sizes. It is very comfortable and supportive. With care, it lasts for years.
The molded cups are fairly thin (much thinner than a Deco or Neve) but quite stiff. Therefore, ...it does not mold to your shape, you mold to it. Unless you overfill or your shape can't fit in the cups, its great for hiding asymmetry, jiggling, and time spent in coldrooms at work.
Its positives for me contain its main negative. It has a fairly high gore, which combined with the stiffness of the cups means it doesn't move with you the way a less stiff bra would. When the band begins to stretch out, it literally feels like you are wearing a (comfortable and less supportive) boob shelf. However, I like this bra so much that I altered the band when it reached that point.
I find myself reaching for this bra when I want an absolutely smooth line under clothes, or, oddly, when I'm doing ridiculously hard physical work. It's more comfortable than any sports bra I've ever owned and nearly as supportive.
The criticisms of this bra that I've seen tend to be that it is very plain (yes, that's why it's invisible under clothes) and that the cups give a pointy shape. I suspect that the pointy shape may be more of problem in the larger cup sizes. I would describe the 30DD and 30E as uplifted round, but I think my 30F was a little pointy. I loved it anyway.
Pros: Durable, comfortable, supportive and great under clothes. Cons: Probably not great for shallow or very firm breasts that don't conform to the cup shape. Might be too pointy for some. Not available in a 28 band.
I was hoping that the Rebecca would be a good replacement style for a long time everyday bra that I own about 6 of in nude because they work with all my outerwear and are super comfy (Fantasie's Smoothing Balcony Bra - the unpadded one, not the Tshirt bra).
I've been recently fitted into a 28GG for Panache/Cleo but since Fantasie doesn't go down to a 28 I find that I'll end up in a 30G or occasionally 30FF in Fantasie.
Like the Fantasie Smoothing Balcony Bra this is generous in the cup and the 30G was too big. It looks ok in the photos because the fabric is ...thickly padded and shaped and won't wrinkle but my boobs are just hanging in those cups. I don't fill out the sides at all and don't stretch the cup fabric anywhere.
Oh! And that's the best part of this bra - the fabric is nice and padded (no nipple show) but it has a fair bit of stretch in it!
I also found that the bra gives you an unflattering east/west spread - it's a bit minimising from the side view but makes me look matronly from the front.
Hoping this will be less noticeable in a cup size down. I think I'm going to give it another shot in a smaller size simply because it is really comfortable and I haven't found a bra with a bit of padding in it that is as comfortable and as versatile as my everyday Fantasie Smoothing Balcony bra. Read more 145 more words
This bra is very pretty. I own it in 3 colorways. After a break-in period it became pretty comfortable with some issues: the mulberry colorway is very pinchy and has scratchy elastic; the black/pink colorway is the least stretchy and the tightest in the cup, and the cafe latte colorway has the roomiest cups and the stretchiest band.
It has very narrow, deep cups with a very strong construction. It runs small in the band, really more of a 32 band size, and the band is a bit narrow which causes back bulges. The straps are very stretchy, but not as stretchy as on a Fantasie Florence. ...I would prefer a wider band and 3 hooks rather than two.
The bra holds the boobs a little more widely than my favorite bras, but it's only a little bit, so i can live with it. As the bras break in they are less easty-westy, so don't give up after the first wear.
The problems: the seams are very bulky and show through thin shirts. There ARE seamed bras that have completely flat seams, so this is a negative. All that said, I had originally rated it "good" in quality, but today I must lower that rating, as for the second time I have had a random rip open up in the lace. My pink/black one had several rips and i thought this was a singular fluke, but now my mulberry one has ripped also.
Also, on some days this bra seems to move around a LOT. I honestly think this is because the band is too narrow, so the weight of my breasts is pulling it down in front. I wear the band quite firm, so it's not a matter of a loose band.
Pros: I like the narrow wires, very pretty fabric and color, the non-bulky construction on the band, and the fact that the cups are 4-part, seamed, and NOT stretchy. It's pretty comfortable.
Cons: very stretchy straps, limited sizing, only 2 hooks, minor east-west effect, and the seams are kind of bulky, especially where 2 seams meet. This bra is very visible under a thin tshirt. Then the rips. I bought my Savannah bras at a discount on eBay and I would not pay full price for them.
I wore this bra out dancing and it was completely comfortable and stayed put all night long. It moved WITH me. I was very impressed. If they could solve the construction problems it would be a favorite.
NOTE: if you are having problems getting this bra comfortable, remember that it is a plunge and the center gore should be lower than the underarm area. Grabbing the outer edged of the underwires and hauling them way up beneath the armpits gives a better, more secure fit. Read more 355 more words
Unfortunately the wires of this bra are extremely soft, thus they get bent out of shape under stress from a snug fitting band. The whole bra suffers from this. First the band stretches along with the wires, causing the band too be loose. Second the cup gets pulled flat and the upper rim of the cup has a tendency to cut into the breast and cause quadboob, despite the bra being the right size or even too big in the cup. (This effect is also known as the Curvy-Kate-phenomenon because Curvy Kate bras are prone to do this. Women often choose to go ...up in bandsize with CK bras to avoid this.) I was quite shocked to find that the wires of the Florence are even softer and more yielding to than the notoriously soft underwires from Curvy Kate. I'm very dissappointed in this bra, since it is the only bra by Fantasie that is available up to 40 K. Due to the soft underwires it does a poor job in the support area. I urge everybody who is considering this bra to exchange the underwires for something more stable. I think the wires of the Panache Ariza two cupsizes down might possibly work or maybe the wires of the Fantasie Mariette, the Fantasie Kara or another Freya bra or one from the "Just Gorgeous" by Debenhams range. It is also possible to buy underwires over the net relatively cheap from specialist online shops for people who sew their own bras, the challenge will be to find one that is stable and that fits especially for the larger band/larger cupsize combos. I think it will be worth the effort, because it is over all a very good bra. The material of the cups feels very soft to the touch and I am glad that my friend ordered this for me so that I could try it out. Sadly it doesn't work for me. The wires are too narrow for me even totally bent out of shape and I cannot quite fill out the upper part of the cup. But it would be great for somebody who needs narrow wires and deep cups and has breasts shaped like a torpedo.
My first ever Fantasie bra! Why did I avoid this brand for so long? I was under the impression that the bras are similar to Freya not very stable constructions and not supportive enough in large cup sizes.
The Camilla bra however is actually quite good! It also looks and feels very high quality. I love the wide shoulder straps, they are amazing. If only all bras in my size range had those! The bra is a 4 - part cup construction with a side support panel. The construction and look of the bra reminds me very much of my beloved Bravissimo English Rose bra.
The top section ...of the cups is not very stretchy but the edge of the cup is stretchy. Since the cups come up very tall, it does cover all my breast tissue and doesn't cut in. The wires are average for an UK bra, not very narrow and not extremely wide. The wires are sturdy but not as hard as on a Panache bra. The bra felt supportive and comfortable for the short time I was wearing it.
I don't know how it would hold up for a full day of wear. I also find the band a bit on the stretchier side for a 32 band. The bra is really a full coverage bra, I would call it a full cup bra with side support. I feel that the cups come a bit high under my arms and on the front, I think that with wear I could feel the shoulder straps cuttin into my arms.
I love the fabric on this bra, it's very soft smooth and silky feeling. The lace on the upper part of the cup is not itchy. I also really like the colors and the print. The turquoise blue / green color is amazing. I'm really impressed by the quality and want to try more bras of this brand! Read more 211 more words
Oh Rebecca...I had high hopes for a fitting friendship. But...we’re just not working out. It’s not me, it’s you. After trying the Rebecca in a 30FF and having cups that were too wide and slightly too big, I have it a go with this 30F. Now the cup is the right width but lacks the projection I need. If I could get these wires in the 30FF I’d be happy. I get a pushed up affect in this bra with the center gore not even close to sitting in the proper spot. But as far as working under a top in need of wider straps I can get by with it. It’s not ideal by any means but when you’re in a pinch this will work. I do get some quad-boob but as the cup relaxes it goes away for the most part due to the forgiving cup fabric. Such a major bummer. I really hoped this was “the one”.
The color of this bra is to die for! It’s pretty close it a cobalt blue, but my pics are coming off more of a navy. Very vibrant color, and I love it, well, because I’m a sucker for blue. This bra has a very light spacer foam. So light in fact, you can see through it when you hold it up to light. In this size I don’t get any lift and I could size down a cup due to the very forgiving fabric of the cup. The lace is supposed to provide a side smoothing effect, but I feel ...it runs just a tad to high for my liking. For any short ladies, or high set boobs like me, it can be annoying and uncomfortable. The wires are sturdy, but a smidge too wide for me, again I could probably size down for a better fit. I’m finding this band a tiny bit loose for a 30 as I’m already wearing it on the tightest hooks. The straps have a lovely lace detail up the front half and of course the beautiful lace that runs along the underband and backband. Overall this gives a lovely natural round shape. But if you’re looking for some serious support this might not be it with the forgiving cup fabric. Read more 118 more words
The Great Amazon Prime Wardrobe Try-On, Part 3 My shape: full on bottom, soft tissue, narrow shoulders/roots. Appearance: I've been on a beige bra kick, can you tell? https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> This one is a pretty caramel-ish color, with white floral lace pattern all atop the cups. The straps are a stiffer elastic with a ribbed pattern. The bottom of the cup is lined with beige satin. The lace atop it is more stiff, and the top of the cup has a thin piece of elastic at the top edge to help keep it close to the chest. Fit: As you can see from the pictures, ...this bra is too large in the cup for me somehow. There's massive gaping at the top, and I can't fill the bottom because of the wire shape mismatch. These wires aren't as wide as the Jacqueline I tried in the same size, but still too wide for me. The straps are placed wider, as well, and dig into my armpits. Yet another swing and a miss with my third Prime Wardrobe box o'bras. (So far? 0/24 I've tried have fit. wompwomp) I'm running out of styles and brands I can try in my size! Hopefully, Amazon will expand this service to offer more brands. Overall, however, I'm grateful for the chance to try all of these on and give my opinions and measurements to help with the database here. Read more 129 more words
As I said with the Fantasie Helena, I'm starting to think that Fantasie bras are a whole cup size bigger than Panache/Cleo/Freya and pretty much everyone else. I bought about 10-15 bras in a big haul from Figleaves this month - while Figleaves had a 20% off sale - all were size 30GG including this one.
The Fantastie Elodie is another style that I've been meaning to try for years: it is always rated 4 or 5 stars on Figleaves and Fantastie keep making new colourways season after season. It must be a successful style for them. However, due to its price - it's expensive enough - I never ...got around to trying it.
This didn't seem quite as generous as Fantasie's Helena but I still think it's too big on me. The cup isn't noticeably wrinkled at the top of the cup, but I'm not really filling the bottom and sides out completely either. My nipple is a bit too low and not at the cup seam.
Again I feel quite un-sexy with this on. It's a true full cup bra and the upper edges of the cup are completely against my sternum enclosing all my breast tissue completely. I felt restrained in this bra - the back band, the straps, the full cups everything combined to make me feel strapped in.
The straps are chunky and it's too much coverage for me. The colour combination should have been a winner: cobalt blue with black lace, but I didn't adore the style in person.
The main reason I wont be keeping this one is the shape: from the side it's way too pointed!
I wonder if the 30G would have been better. Probably. it wouldn't have been quite so bad.
Like the Helena I can't recommend this style at this price point. If you think all your bras have straps that are too narrow, try Fantastie, but otherwise, steer clear! Read more 211 more words
I'm starting to think that Fantasie bras are a whole cup size bigger than Panache/Cleo/Freya and pretty much everyone else. I bought about 10-15 bras in a big haul from Figleaves this month - while Figleaves had a 20% off sale - all were size 30GG including this one.
The Helena always gets 5 stars and has been available for years and years - but it's expensive enough that I never got around to trying it.
The first thing that I noticed is that it's really a full cup - it looks matronly. It's got lace and satin but it looks like an practical bra trying to look sexy. It certainly didn't make me feel good wearing it. The straps are really wide, like: you've-got-massive-boobs-so-you-must-need-an-inch-wide-elastic-to-hold-up-all-that-fat.
Perhaps if I had it in a 30G it wouldn't have been quite so bad.
Honestly can't recommend this style certainly not it it's normal price point. There's plenty other full cup bras out there that I prefer (see Panache Envy or Idina or Andorra for that matter)
Not the most exciting looking bra on me, really. I've got to quit trying fuller cup bras, I feel like they don't do much for my shape. I guess it's about what you're looking for, but all the coverage makes me feel so matronly. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" /> (And after wearing for a day, the tall cups were really bothering me)
It's comfy, but it can't compare to the Simone Perele spacer bras I've tried - except maybe that the band feels like a truer 30. The foam is a bit thicker than I thought it would be.
Also, after the post where people were saying they prefer lined bras in the summer, I must say that I found this bra much more uncomfy and sweaty than my unlined Cleo Marcie or Lily.
This bra is extremely comfortable all day long. It definitely minimizes the size of my boobs under tops. While the cups are smooth on the outer side, the molding is made of a thin spacer foam and is definitely prone to nipple visibility poking through every so often. The foam also doesn't shape so much, but rather it smooths out whatever your natural shape is (part of the reason why it is so comfortable though). The cups are also very breathable with the foam. I have only had this bra for about four months (actually bought two colors) so far but it hasn't stretched out at all, even with regular wear since it has become my workhorse bra. Most days, this is my go-to bra and for that, it has been perfect.
Band length: 61.0 cm Cup width: 15.0 cm Cup depth: 26.7 cm Wire length: 25.5 cm Cup separation: 0.5 cm Strap width: 1.7 cm
Updated: March 27, 2012
Purchased an inexpensive "red" bra extender from ebay and although the hooks are spaced a bit different than the bra they still work together and hold up comfortably with all day wear. I just needed about an inch or so and this bra is just as comfy as my original Ava in Black. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
Reviewed: October 21, 2011
This is the exact same style as the black Ava just in a beautiful Red color. (See full review above) It fits significantly tighter ...and was uncomfortable the first time wearing it. The band is 2cm smaller at 61cm where the Black version is perfect for me at 63cm: so much so that I want to wait to wear it again until I can get a 2-hook extender. The quality of material, cup size and everything else is wonderful.
Measured unstretched immediately before wearing. Purchased in Red, Mid-October '11 from Brastop. Read more 65 more words
This bra has soft, unseamed cups with strong but gentle fabric for the band, straps, etc. The soft, unseamed cups are supportive, but also take more of their shape from by breasts than other bras have. This gives me a less awkward shape (my breasts are a reasonable shape, if a bit bottom-heavy, un-bra'd).
I've had these bras for years. I wear them for everything. They get sweaty. They get nasty. They get gross. They go in the washing machine (but not the dryer). They do stretch out a bit (the band, most noticeably) after the break-in period, but after that, they just keep enduring. I've found fantastic ...build quality and durability with these.
I do have some issues due to the too-big band. The band rides up, and once this happens, the support is less. I can adjust for this to some level by yanking the band back down (great to do in public! *cough*) or tightening the straps (non-optimal, can cause some redness on my shoulders). If this bra were available in a 28 and still had a cup size that fit me well, it'd be the only daily-wear bra I ever bought. I'll be trying a few other bras, but if I don't find something I like this much, I'll just keep buying these and have the band shortened.
Please note: The bras in the pictures are heavily worn, multiple years old. Read more 125 more words
This bra is just gorgerous. It is a floral print that I really like everything about. I tried the 32J - Fantasie » Camilla Side Support Bra (FL3122) a few months ago and I found the bra a bit too tall and the wires too wide. I also lost a bit of weight since then, so I decided to pick up a smaller size in the sale. (I couldn't find 32H or 32HH so I decided to try the 30HH since I found the bra on the 32J to be quite stretchy).
So... no it does not work. The band is not too tight I don't even ...need an extender to close it. It stretches to almost 32in so it runs larger more like a tight 32 band would fit. The wires are a good width for me and the cups are not too tall. The bra fits well on the bottom half, but I find that there is not so much room at the center. Also the gore is a bit wide, I'd prefer a more narrow gore.
The upper half of the cups is made of a very pretty stretchy lace... and it is lined with beige non stretchy mesh. Like why make stretchy lace then line it with unstretchy fabric? It makes no sense. Like it is either a bra with stretchy lace or not. I hate when they do that. I also hate the elastic band at the cup edge that cuts in. Why??? Would the cups fall off if it wasn't there? Would the boobs fall out? Okay enough of a rant, the bra is just not made for my tall, full - on - top shape. I have to accept it and move on but oh this is the most gorgerous floral print I ever saw on a Fantasie bra. The only way to top this would be this on a cool toned pink background with pink lace. They better not do it or I will be even more sad. Read more 229 more words
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! Read more 448 more words