Similar fit to the Fauve Veronique; being on the deeper side of Fauve Half-Cups (or at least a fairly secure shape for a larger bust), it fits me well. Because of the less obtrusive pattern (it's subtle embroidery, not lace), it works a bit better for T-shirts.
Having tried several Fauve Padded Half-cups in 30F, here is how well they fit me, from best to worst. Better fits are deeper and/or more open on top.
This is a beautiful, incredibly well-constructed and high quality bra which I tried briefly in the "Sunset Brown" colorway. The embroidery looks like a European tapestry... the overall aesthetic of the bra is more mature and sophisticated than overtly feminine. The cups seem to run about half a size large, and I had a minimal amount of gaping on my smaller breast. The shape was lovely and very lifted, as well as seamless beneath thin shirts.
O.M.G. - Finally! A bra that truly, TRULY fits! I've had such a hard time finding the perfect bra and I think this is it. I've got average projection, with tall roots and slightly conical. I've been eyeing this bra for a very very long time and I finally purchased one.
Appearance: Beautiful. So much prettier in person. This bra has a gorgeous embroidery on the cups and the color (Moonlight) is a very pretty steel blue. The embroidery is slightly embossed, but not so much so that it would snag. The straps seem wider (in strap width) than Cleos, but that could be because there are little eye ...hook thingies as a frill.
Fit: AHHHHmazing. Seriously. The cups are lined, not padded. However, the lining is thicker than the Freya Patsy Half cups. I can't imagine anyone having a problem if it's cold . The cups are great for my projection (average) and since they're half cups, they allow for my taller roots. I fill this cup perfectly, and for me, it is work appropriate. However, I could see it giving someone bigger too much ooomph for work. The inside of the cups are super soft and comfy. This bra gives a really great side profile, up and round - even for me! I think this bra actually makes me look bigger than what I am, but I guess that's what I get when I have a bra that fits right. The band runs true to size. I have yet to find out how fast it stretches.
Cons? None for me. BUT, I could see someone super petite or with a very high set chest having trouble adjusting the straps as they only adjust 3/4 of the way up due to the straps changing width.
I will sell my soul for more of these bras.
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Surprisingly good support for such a pretty bra heavy decorations are clearly visible through knits- may require undershirt or thicker shirt to disguise lace. Supreme lift, but doesn't bring breasts front and center. More of the "boobs on a platter" look than a rounded front and center look. Some breast tissue migrates under my arms, but is still within the underwire. Overall, comfortable, beautiful, but not subtle under many of my clothes.
My 30F Fauve Emmanuelle Padded Half Cup Bra in Blue is my boyfriend's favorite out of all my Fauves. He finds the deep blue with black color and pattern combination sexy yet elegant. He likes it even better than my other half cup Fauves that fit equally well, including:
Marla in Blue Evangeline in Biscuit Evangeline in Red Lucia in Ruby Maya in Butterscotch Chloe (sheer half cup) Bras in Blue, Teal, and Black
Fauve half cup bras deliver quintessential cakes on a plate cleavage. The full, round profile is lush. I had tried a few dozen bras, mostly from UK powerhouses like Panache, Freya, and their sister brands, before discovering Fauve. (Fauve is a ...brand of the Eveden Group, which also puts out Freya and Fantasie.)
The remarkable feature of my Fauve half cup bras was how fully they pushed my round, full-all-over breasts front and center. The fullness around the center gore delighted me. I like the look for its own sake, and it also slimmed down my torso, viewed from the front.
The main problem for me with Fauve, and I deeply regret it, is how high the gores are. (Half cup bras typically have higher gores than balconettes. I've never tried a Fauve balconette bra because I heard they run even deeper than their half cup bras. Looking at Bratabase, I reckon Fauve doesn't have a single 30F bra with a gore 1.5" or lower.) My 30F Fauve Emmanuelle Padded Half Cup Bra's gore is resting on breast tissue. I have an easy time getting gores of all kinds to tack, despite having no space between the breasts above the 1.5" mark. Unfortunately that means I can no longer wear Fauves everyday, as I used to. The bra itself is quite comfy while being worn, but the bruising I had was starting to look permanent. The beauty, comfort, and shaping of my Fauve half cups was a hard addiction to break. Read more 210 more words
Not a good fit for breasts without a lot of top fullness and projection. I'm not keeping it.
I originally tried a 32D, but the cups were way too deep. Since a 32C wasn't available, I tried a 30D. Strangely, it seemed to fix exactly the same as the 32D. There is a lot of gapping all across the top. The cups feel more like a shelf than a cup.
The bra is really pretty, though it feels a little cheap. The band fit is comparable to other 32D bras I own in various brands and styles. The straps have a moderate amount of adjustment, though may not work well if you're tall or have lower set breasts since I'm close to the end of the adjustable range. Also, the decorative "fringe" on the straps makes it hard to adjust.
This bra had a high percentage of likelihood on my recommendation list. Took me a while, but I was finally able to find one (new) through eBay. My very first impression was 'if this bra is typical for this brand, I don't understand the rave this company has received'. Overall, I guess the quality is good, but there is plenty of room for improvement. This particular one has major issue which completely changes how it fits, and happens to be a construction problem: the trim at the top of the cup is significantly shorter than the length of the top edge of the cup, ...causing it to be extremely closed and leave pucker-like 'bubbles' between the layers of the cups just below the trim. The puckering is actually worse on my larger side. I mean, I have short roots, but this is ridiculous! The bottom of the cups also don't have much fullness, so this seems to be a very rare breed. It might work for even, self-supporting breasts, or "might" be OK for moderately FoT, but that trim would likely be problematic (at least with this particular bra.) However, with a little TLC using my steamer & pressing ham, I was mostly able to stretch the trim to match the cups and smooth out the bubbles in the cups. So I really don't know if this was a defect in stitching, a leftover that didn't fit anyone else, or if it was designed to be that closed in. I'm hoping this doesn't turn into a high maintenance bra that needs steaming after every wash! At least it didn't gape any. The band is true to size, but I certainly would have preferred three hooks instead of two. After wearing for a few hours the hooks were chafing my back red, and washing it has not softened it up. There are two tags, one below each underarm which prevent the band from stretching properly and they don't sit flat...so those are coming out! The straps are soft but only partially adjustable; thankfully it is not an issue now; might become one once the straps get broken in. The front straps are borderline too far apart and are on the verge of cutting into my arms, so I may move them over. The cups are made with old fashioned tricot foam padding, which in my experience is very hot in the summer. Nowadays, memory foam or spacer fabric would be a better choice. The 10" depth is very good for me and the wires, at 5.5", is the ideal width for me. Despite the awkwardly stitched trim on the cups there is plenty of room for my center fullness. Totally did not expect that. I also did not expect it would give a somewhat minimized look and the girls look rather smooshed into my chest, as well as the distance between apexes is 1" too narrow for me. It IS pretty to look at and the velvet accent on the ribbon bows adds a nice touch.
A rare breed indeed! Bottom line, I'm not sure I'll be keeping it.
Update: I decided to disassemble the cups to fix the puckering in the cups. (If I do decide not to keep it, nobody would be happy with it the way it was.) So first I took off the stretch lace trim on the edge and then separated the top embroidered layer from the inner tricot lining. The top layer was between 1/4"-1/3" longer than the lining along the entire length of each cup edge. No wonder it puckered so badly! Honestly, this is simply poor workmanship, and someone was clearly not paying attention to what they were doing! Now that the repairs have been made, the bra actually fits better than I expected. I decided to add a piece of black scalloped lace to the top of the cups, just above the cup edge, and then I layered the original white trim just a little bit lower, along the cup edge. The cups are still quite closed, but the layers of trims at the edge do not show, except a tight knit tee. Read more 589 more words
Cream & Black colorway
This bra's measurements have been altered
Had to completely redo the top half of the cups to lay flat.
This is my second pre-loved Fauve Emmanuelle. Although I still really like this bra, and have figured out Fauve's underwires are, as a rule, too wide for my seemingly narrow roots. This is becoming more obvious as my migrated breast tissue is ceasing to exist thanks to being in right-sized bras for over a month now. Fauve still has (had I suppose, taking into account they're no longer in business) some of the most comfortable bras I've ever worn and I don't intend to part with my Emmanuelle anytime soon.
This is THE MOST COMFORTABLE bra I've found so far. The lining is important to me because seams are bothersome and irritate my breasts. This half cup model comes up high enough that I don't spill out nor do I wobble impossibly as I go about my life. It is also very beautiful, with delicate patterning and trim details that I just adore. I love the light padding (more of a thick lining really) and the way the bra brings my breasts to center and makes them look perky. The silhouette under clothing is just phenomenal - it's not matronly or awkward. The projection and centering of the breast mass makes me look trim and neat and youthful. The comfort is outstanding. I was thrilled to find this bra as I then set out to buy more, but alas Fauve is no more. What a shame. I have ordered several Fauve clearance padded half cups in hopes they also fit as well as this one.