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
So I don't own this bra anymore - but for me this used to fit like a pretty 'typical' UK 32G. No very noticeable excesses in cup depth, width or height.
Fantasie bands do tend to run a tad large, like Freya's, so this 32 fit me on the tightest hook. The shape is somewhat vintage/pointy, but in a way that I don't mind.
There are some common fit issues for me, that apply to most of my 'off the rack' bras with no alterations: - Strap placement (too wide) - Gore (too high) - Cup edge (too closed off) - Projection (not quite enough)
Most of these issues just have to do with my ...build I guess: tall-ish roots, close set (when supported), more projection than I used to think, and apparently I have a sensitive armpit area? My FOT tissue makes me prefer a stretchy upper cup (which Alicia sadly doesn't have) - and often I lean towards too-small-ish rather than too-large-ish bras.
Some of these issues have actually eased a bit over time, with my breast size 'settling' over the past couple years, some aging / gravity and also losing a tiny bit of weight, my upper fullness has gone down a bit - which makes average cups cutting in slightly less of a problem. There's always a bright side, right? (;
Also, despite these (normal to me) minor fit issues, Alicia was actually very wearable, quite comfortable, the fit was pretty decent overall. I did love the general black & pink 'blossomy' aesthetic of this bra!
However as I owned wayyyy too many not-quite-perfect bras; when I moved countries last year it didn't make the cut. It ended up finding a good home with a friend's sister though!
Alicia -in different colorways- as well as her sister cuts are still pretty widely available (eBay, BareNecessities, Bravissimo) and I think they could work very well for many people. All in all it's a supportive yet 'dainty' looking bra, that is well suited to a variety of shapes I would think! Read more 224 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.
It fits! The center gore is about an inch away from my sternum, but that's not a deal breaker. I was worried that the cups would be too wide, but it's totally fine, and nothing is stabbing me under the arm. This thing is incredibly supportive and well-made. Nothing is pinching or pulling or bruising or chafing. There's a lot of raised decorative stuff on the straps and the tops of the cups, but it doesn't show through a t-shirt and neither do the seams. It's squishing my boobs down a little and pushing them to the sides a bit (almost into my arms) rather than to the ...front, a little more than they'd like to be squished, but not enough to hurt, so even though a little more projection and a little less width would be nice, this is honestly perfectly fine. (They do hurt a bit when I take it off, but not while I'm wearing it.) I'd like it if the gore tacked, but I'm shocked at how much coverage I'm getting with this bra. I'd sort of resigned myself to buying full coverage bras that only covered half of my boobs. But nope. This is secure, sturdy, and pretty comfortable. And I'm not popping out anywhere! The straps slip a little bit because my shoulders and neck started to hurt when I tightened them, but that's fine. And my nipples don't show through this fabric. The band under the wire is comfortable and not digging in or chafing. The lace on the cups themselves is slightly itchy, but I mostly don't notice it and I think it'll soften with use. Hopefully the creaking and squeaking will ease with use, too.
Overall, I'm very happy. I think this is a good option for top-full, projected, pendulous breasts, even close-set, narrower breasts. Might work for east-west breasts, though, considering how it seems to want to go out toward the sides. Read more 214 more words
I ordered the Illusion mainly because I loved the color. The Willow colorway is a light, silvery green that is very pretty in person. The Illusion is a very full coverage cup, and is closed on top. The bra is a little big for me in a 32J usually, but it's perfect for days when my breasts are swollen.
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
I really love this bra. It's gorgeous, the fabrics feel like they're high quality, soft, smooth, and very comfortable. It took me quite a while to review this bra. I feel a bit off doing a proper review on something I've only worn at home for like an half hour, max. I did a fit check on this bra and was informed that the Helena Balcony Bra model from @Fantasie is one of their older models. @Fantasie is specifically a "bigger bust" brand and most their bras (especially the older models) are originally patterned around a size 32G (just a guess on my ...part) and are then sized down to the smaller cups/bands. I often hear that @Fantasie bras run larger in the cup compared to most brands (i.e. Panache, Freya, CK, Parfait etc.). Due to my lack of experience wearing the bra I had to mark everything as "Good" instead of "Excellent." But, IMO, I think the quality, comfort, and appearance would all be excellent if I had more experience with it. I hope I do! I am looking at more @Fantasie bras! Though they tend to be on the more expensive side and very rarely do they come in a size 30C. I have found the Helena in a 30C a couple times and hope to get my hands on it. The top of the cups on this bra are obviously too big for me. I completely fill the bottom of the bra and fully intend on removing the lace section and perhaps attaching it to the rest of the cup to stabilize it. I think this alteration will make me a really lovely low coverage, plunge style bra that fit very well and it super comfortable. The fabrics felt oh-so-nice and were really comfortable against the skin . Although I often wish they used the silky/satiny fabric they use on the outside of the bra on the inside of the bra because of it's lovely skin feel. Instead they tend to use some rougher cotton, cotton-like, polyester fabric for the inner lining of the bra if they use any at all. I can see this bra being very good for FOT, even full, firm breasted women. I didn't really like how the lace felt, but I don't see it being annoying to those with more sensitive skin than I. The band was nicely firm for a 30 band. I typically need a >28 band, so this band was obviously too big for me and I needed to hook it on the tightest hook. It certainly seemed tight/firm enough on this book and was definitely comfortable. The elastic definitely feels very high quality. The wires seem to be about an average width for this size. I really enjoyed these wires. They were not extremely firm, but they were not soft and flexible like Comexim's. They were...sturdy. Nice and sturdy. They were tall at the Gore and the sides. I could see some women complaining about the bra being too tall and poking. I also feel that the Gore is fairly tall but was comfortable for me. I really like that the wires are pretty freaking close together and the Gore remained narrow all the way down to the bottom of the gore where there is some widening. I can definitely see this bra being good for closer set women. I really disliked the straps. The base fabric didn't feel great and seems to be some sort of fold over elastic. This "elastic" was covered with the same lace that was on the cups. This made the straps really wide. I'm not a huge fan of wide straps. It also made the straps not fully adjustable, which can easily be a con. The lace does not look really good so it does nothing for the appearance of the bra IMO. Although it does match so it makes the bra look well thought out in design and aesthetic. What was nice about the straps was that they weren't very wide set, I am getting really tired of super wide set straps. Overall, I can't wait to try more @Fantasie and I certainly look forward to making my alterations to this bra and will post and update as the alterations occur. Read more 603 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)
I love this bra, its underrated... I do not understant that Rebecca is more popular. Fantasie Eclipse is made big, average to wide cups, very big in the band. This feels like my usual 32G bras. The straps are quite thin, cute, fully adjustable and have a J-hook! How cool! There are 3 hooks at the back for a more secure feel. I feel like the spacer cups are thiner and more flexible than the Rebecca. There is a little bit of lace on the wings and on the band, just under the cups. It feels a little bit scratchy. Overall this is a very convenient and comfortable bra, its only downside is how large the band are. This would definetely not for for women who usually wear 28 or 30 bands.
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.