This bra is wonderful. I was a little concerned about shape, given that I had tried this on a few times, and some of them (same make and size) gave me a weird " > " shape. Not perky, almost downward 7. This one gives me a more rounded shape, it's extremely comfortable, gore has little separation(thank God ), fabric is one of the most unnoticeable/ comfy I've owned/tried, wires aren't too wide, really as good as I think I'm going to get (I'll explain), and band is snug, but not too snug.
As for those wires, I've come to the sort of depressing conclusion that because of my tubeyness, ...even if it isn't super severe (which makes me really sad for more severe cases), I'm never going to have "perfect" wires that come just an inch or so from my boobs, without sacrificing the depth that I really need. Looking back, I think this is why fitters have given me 32D and 30DD and said they fit. When I go up, the wires are too big, but depth is perfect. If I had the wires of most 32D/30DD's and the depth of a 32DD/30E, that would be perfect, but I may be sacrificing shaping then also.
The Freya Rio was the best I've tried, wire and depth wise, but those wires were also incredibly painful if worn a whole day.
There's a little extra fabric in the sides of this bra, but, that's how it's going to be for me I've realized. My biggest issues have been extra fabric in the sides and bottoms because I'm not fully developed- and even losing the fullness I did have. I'm not super comfortable with photos right now, as they're just looking more constricted and deflated. I've been wearing my Freya Deco way too much to hide it, but even that is becoming large in the cups. I think I mentioned that I haven't had a car to get to doctor appointments, so I stopped taking what is basically an androgen blocker, which had caused a little boob growth.
Aside from making my own bra, a perfect bra doesn't exist for me because of my tubies, which has just become exacerbated by not taking Spiro and losing some boobage. Depressing, and that's why I've lost some excitement over trying new bras -and it's sooo costly- but this is close enough, and it provides good support and everything else that I really think I need in the long run.
I'd say for those who need more narrow wires and projected cups in general, the Susanna is really great. I wouldn't recommend for anyone super shallow, but I think this may work for someone "average" also. As for unlined, the wires are less narrow than the Rio and Curvy Kate that I had, but overall, shape, support, style, fabric, depth, and comfort, this bra is up there next to my Freya Hopscotch https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_razz.gif" alt=":p" /> I'm super happy that I found this for less than the near $80 Nordstrom sells it for! It's one of the best bras I own.
This bra feels more supportive than most I currently own, but the fit is a little off. I'm not sure if that's because the tops of my breasts are still very full for their size, or because it's less than a cup size too small. Either way, it's very pretty and I feel like it helps me stand up a little straighter. The lace could also theoretically be itchy, but it doesn't bother me.
This is an extremely stretchy band, even for Fantasie. I would size down from whatever looks like it fits in the store. A 34 looked perfect on the loosest hook in Nordstrom, and I had it on the tightest hook after a single wash.
I like the shape it gives me, lifted and less rounded, a little more projection. It's a pretty bra and looks good on me. I feel well-supported. I like the lace-covered fine-mesh fabric of the cups, allowing some movement for my boobs. The only real criticism I have of this bra is the use of wires that are too flexible. I can't be certain, but I don't think they're steel. I don't have a strong enough magnet to tell, but two needles and my trusty multimeter indicate there is no conduction (which DID work with my 40F - Panache » Andorra Full Cup (5675)).
Fortunately, I bought this bra at Goodwill for $4, so I'm not going to complain.
This is the first bra I've purchased in my true size after gaining weight. I love the look of this bra and it fits extremely well with no puckering or spillage anywhere when I first put it on. However, it is very uncomfortable to wear all day. By the evening, even if I hook it on the loosest hooks (too loose for proper fit) I have deep ruts in my skin under my arms and along my back. The underwires tend to dig into my ribcage as well and leave welts. I mostly wear it with shirts that really show the shape of my boobs because the lift and roundness of the bra is very nice.
Oh Susanna! I am surprisingly thrilled with this bra. I didn't have the highest of hopes because honestly some of the colorways did not look very attractive in photos, but I managed to pick up one in Petal, which is ivory lace over the palest baby pink with a hint of mauve. Since Fantasie Side Support styles are kind of all over the place, I was also kind of scared based on the measurements that this bra would be the wrong shape for me, but I was pleasantly surprised. Despite the ever present too-large band, Susanna is the best Fantasie fit for me so ...far!
In terms of band size, this isn't much different from my other Fantasie bras, but somehow the band feels a bit firmer. The wing height is the same, so perhaps the elastic used here is wider, or the solid powermesh might have more retention than the printed versions. It is a little large but stays in place. I will probably alter it eventually since the leotard back should be pretty easy to shorten.
The cups of Susanna remind me of a slightly deeper, more rounded version of the Elsie/Camilla/Frances cut I like. The bottom 3 piece cup is firm single layer tricot, the upper cup is single layer mesh, and the entire cup has a sheer floral lace overlay. The silky fabric used on Fantasie printed bras is very thin but firm, and I feel that this tricot/lace combo has a little more give. The cup depth is also a little bit deeper, so overall the shape looks nice and rounded. The side support panel has some give, and there is some natural stretch along the seams that makes it fit more flexibly than in the more rigid styles. The upper cup edge is this same type of seam, which is firm but has a bit of yield from natural stretch. It isn't as elastic as the top edge of Elsie/Camilla/Frances, but not totally rigid like Caroline/Harriet/Estelle. It gives me a great natural shape on both sides, which can be kind of tricky to fit due to my asymmetry. It also looks great with foam pads to wear as more of a t-shirt bra!
The only real complaint I have about the fit is that I feel the wires are a bit narrow on me. They have a nice gentle curve like the Elsie/Camilla/Frances ones, but I feel that the ends of the wires are a bit more vertical. Since Fantasie wires are very firm, any wire shape that's a little off can feel noticeable. I could use slightly wider wires that are a touch more open at the top, though this isn't close to pinching like the ones on the Caroline Plunge.
Styling-wise, this has a full lace covered cradle, lace trim fabric topped on textured satin straps, and small lace bows. The edging of the elastic along the band and cradle looks a bit like scallop shells, so it overall gives the bra a more frilly appearance than many other styles. I am so happy that I ended up with Petal, since the other colorways didn't appeal to me much, though I like the fit so much that I'm trying to pick up more!
The shape of this bra seems to be the most universally flexible and should suit most breast shapes except tall roots, as most Fantasie bras are pretty closed at the top and will cut into tall roots. Read more 485 more words
The scalloped lace along the top and bottom of the band, as well as on the top of the cups is very pretty, but I can't bear to leave this bra on for even 10 minutes. I have other bras by Fantasie, and they are all scratchy, but this one is by far the worst! I sister-sized this for what I normally wear. (32F UK fits me best in most brands, but the calculator always overestimates me at 32FF). I won't bother to try again in another size.
Otherwise, as for fit, it was really really close to ...perfect. There was minimal quadding at the gore on my larger side, and minimal gapping on my smaller side. Yes, the band was a little snug, but the way Fantasie bands seem to stretch so quickly, I would have used an extender until it relaxed. The only thing I didn't like about the style is the super tall gore. It wanted to float, not for the cups being too small but because the gore sat on my close-set breast tissue. If it had been shorter (my comfortable height limit is 2"), it would have been fine. The shape it gave was somewhat pointy. No torpedoes, but not rounded either. Sacrificed lift because of it. Read more 114 more words
I'm in two minds about this bra. At first I thought it fit perfectly swell and was terribly excited about it, being the first bra I've found to do so since starting This Whole Thing. Now that I've worn it to work a few days, I think it might be be a little too snug and a little too light on coverage on the sides.
Overall, it's gorgeous. The fabric is a little scratchy, but I haven't washed it yet and it may yet soften.