This bra is stunningly pretty. It is a very different shape/fit from the Evangeline, which is absolutely outstanding on me in 32G and astonished me into a deep drooling unexpected love: I hadn't expected any padded halfcup to work for my immediate projection at bottom and moderately narrow root, but, also being firm and full on top, I had a whirl, and lo, joy occurred. I also have a sort of vertically shallow fade to collarbone and an overall tall root. Somehow the Evangeline was incredibly right for the whole odd combo. There is so little info about the various Fauve fits available that I took a lotto ...flyer on the Dali here when I saw it listed NWT.
The Dali is not a dreadfully bad fit, but, alas, it doesn't have the perfect iron-support, maximal uplift, precisely right width, sufficient bottom depth, perfect 18-hour comfort, and total stability combo that I had been hoping might prove Fauve-universal. And there are several issues with it. It threatens to gape just a tad -- there isn't that aggressively uplifting snugness all the way up that I get in the Evangeline. I experienced some slight underwire crawldown, indicating it hasn't got enough depth at the bottom for me. The armpit underwire mark it'd left in the evening indicates the appropriate width, but a slightly insufficient height: perhaps partly due to the crawldown but I also think it's just a slightly shorter bra. Finally, there is a little bit of uncomfortable soreness right on my sides from the lower edge of the band digging in extra hard.
(The gore-end underwire mark is over-wide, way outside where my breast root stops. That's not actually a problem. I'm very wide-set and a little narrow-rooted and I see this in almost every bra. It's not a support issue, I only have side support issues on the outer or armpit side, am too firm to have to worry about cleavage spill. And it does at least mean I never have gore tack issues.)
All these problems are not severe but they are distinctly reminiscent of the much worse time I had in my old too-big-band too-small-cup too-wide-shallow-shape bra era, before the recent Great ABTF Enlightenment. Many or most padded halfcups are best for shallower and wider women than I am. I have to conclude that the Dali is definitely one of those. I am going to continue investigating styles like the Annelise, which (from what I can tell in pictures) more closely resembles the Evangeline, and avoid those like the Aurelia, which (again, from my impressions of web images) seems similar to the Dali.
Apologies for not measuring either myself or my bras just now -- my tape measure is plasticky and slides around all over the place and it's difficult to get the same number twice running and I just can't deal at the moment. I do hope to come back and add all that at some point. My description is here up-post, and my other best fitting bra besides the Evangeline is a Cleo Melissa (in what I wish were a 34FF not a 34F, and wonder if I won't eventually be happier in a 32G, once the crazy tight band stretches a tidge and/or my shape adjusts to decent-fitting bras;happily it's still near-miraculous as it is).
I will put this bra back on Bratabase once it's washed and I get some time to focus, but it might be a few weeks, as I've intense work travel upcoming. Read more 474 more words
i jsut got this bra, but so far i think it might work alright. the band is snug but not too tight, the cup width seems okay, and its super friggin cute .appearance wise, its a gorgeous deep green with roses embroidered on it. they even continue onto the straps! the bow at the center has a small gem at the end of each tail, something ive never seen before. fit wise i have a few issues, but i have those with pretty much any bra, so at this point i think its time to settle.
the right cup gapes quite a bit along the top, especially when moving ...around, which drives me a little nuts. it happens in almost every bra though, especially stiff cups, because thats the smaller side. i get a little gaping on the L side too,but more towards the strap connection, so its not terribly obvious when wearing clothes. the gore also wont lay completely flat, it sits up just a smidge off my sternum. when i push it down i get just a little bit of quadboobing near the veeeeery center, but nowhere else. the straps are a bit too wide (halfcups, ugh), so im not sure if i will be able to deal with those, but time will tell!
This bra is beautiful, and basically everything I could wish for in terms of color. Olive green cups with black roses and white detailing. The only way it could be better is if the detailing were done in silver instead.
I could not find this bra in this colorway in 30D anywhere and thus settled for 32C, two sister sizes away from my preferred size. I knew I would have to alter the band down, and I was fine with that. Unfortunately, it turns out this bra not only runs large in the band but in the cups as well.
The band is 28 inches unstretched, which meant that ...I couldn't wear it even on the tightest hook. No problem. I folded the band over at the hooks and reduced the unstretched band to about 24 inches, more in line with my 30D - Fauve » Celine Padded Half Cup (0111) . The band fit great at that point. But a well-fitting band showed that, well, it wasn't just the large band affecting the fit of the cups. The cups themselves had just a bit too much projection, resulting in gaps along the top of the cup. I can get rid of most of the gaps by tightening the straps like whoa, but that resulted in red indents on my shoulders after a day of wear, so I loosened them a bit and dealt with the small gaps. You can't see them under a shirt anyway.
The Dali isn't as plush as the Celine, but it's still quite comfortable. The wires are soft and bend easily. The gore is fairly low, so it doesn't bother me. The straps are quite difficult to adjust due to the loopy edge decorations.
The cups feel like they're quite shallow on the side and bottom, similar to the Celine, but as it runs large, it doesn't do much for me. Going down a cup would probably improve things a lot, and probably squish me enough to get cleavage. But 32B in green doesn't seem to exist any more than 30D, at least on ebay. Too bad.
Overall, this is a good bra for wide, shallow, tall-rooted breasts. The band runs large but not as large as Freya bands, thankfully. Read more 268 more words
I altered the band down so the size is now technically 28F.
The cups are not the best shape for me, there is some empty fabric in the center, near the gore. Other that that the cups are ok, even the wires are wide enough for me. I have shallow boobs, tall + wide root.
Oh, how I wish this bra had fit! I thought I could size down to a 30E but I cannot. If you are a true 30E it should fit well. The "30" definitely seems true to size and the fit is firm but not painful. The inside is finished impeccably and the whole bra looks and feels very expensive. The detailing is pretty and sophisticated; the cups are very smooth and supportive, just not big enough for me!