This bra makes you look pretty in pink: the shade is almost a bit 'dusty/rose' rather than bubblegum pink. Nice sort of geometric woven border along the cup edges. Material is a little bit scratchy (mesh-like?) but not actually uncomfortable. Band is nice and firm, straps are pretty much standard width and fully adjustable.
Cup-wise Flirtelle padded bras run small, in my experience (I've tried quite a few: Ellie, Kimberley, Mia, Zara). On average I would say smaller also than Curvy Kate (Flirtelle is her 'sister brand'). Same goes for Anneliese: while normally a 30GG/H, I definitely needed a 30HH in this.
For reference my shape is pretty ...FoT, tall-ish roots, average projection? Always thought I was wide and shallow - but with some size fluctuations, I think I'm more medium/projected now.
This bra runs fairly deep in the cups but is a little too closed on top for me (though there's no real quadding). From the side, it gives a slight elf-shoe appearance - a bit too pointy for my taste. Still, as I do fill out the apex of the cups and the pointiness is less obvious under clothes, Anneliese is wearable for sure.
The reason I wear her less than Ellie (e.g.) is mainly the straps + tallness of the side wings: this bra tends to chafe my armpits a little. Not as bad as some (Flirtelle Amelie - review yet to come - a Smoothie clone and VERY wide & tall in the sides) but enough to make me prefer other bras.
Contemplating whether I should give Anneliese more opportunity to prove herself; or put her up for sale. Read more 163 more words
Oh boy. So much wrong with the sizing of this bra. I don't know this brand very well, but the model is too big in the band and too small in the cups. A 32G that fits like a 34E... For a UK brand this surprised me a lot. Maybe that's why it was so cheap on brastop. I couldn't believe how small the cups were. All it did was smash my boobs down. The fact that it has three hooks, yet hardly any adequate side wing support confused me as well.
I struck out hard on this bra, and can't return it. Blurgh.
I got this from Brastop on sale in the Boysenberry colourway. It's an attractive shade of pink (darker and more of a muted rose colour than it is in the stock photo). The detailing looks nicer in person than it does in the stock photo, and I'm happy that Flirtelle seem to be one of the few British brands trying to make padded bras up to K cup (even if I'm at a lower point on the size range). However, it didn't work for me.
As far as sizing goes, I wouldn't call this a true 32H. It fits smaller in the cups ...than the 32GG Deco Honey I bought at the same time. This is also a bra in which my breast asymmetry is really obvious. I have major quadboobing on my larger breast, but the bra fits OK on the smaller one. It appears to give a nice lifted shape on the better-fitting side - however, I've identified a problem with this bra that I think would make it very difficult to wear with full-on-top breasts. On my larger breast I have cutting in at the top - this is very rare for me since I'm so bottom-heavy, and I think is only visible because the bra is too small. The top padded section (the one with the embroidery on it) swoops back in at the top, making the bra not very open-on-top at all. In the correct size, this bra would work great for someone with FOB breasts, and the asymmetry problem could possibly be corrected by sewing in a pocket for a removable insert at the bottom (I won't bother doing this since it's too small for me - this would also depend on your degree of asymmetry. For reference, I have about half a cup difference between mine).
This bra was very soft and comfortable - the inside of the cups feels similar to the Curvy Kate Tease Me bras. The straps are fully adjustable and have only a moderate degree of stretch (much less stretchy than the CK Tease Mes - about on par with the CK unpadded balconettes). The band appears to be fairly stretchy. This didn't bother me when I tried it on, but someone who requires a firmer band might want to size down. The cups are narrower and deeper than most CK, but not as deep as the Smoothie I tried - bear in mind this is a bit of a guess as the bra runs somewhat small. Wire comfort was fine, however the gore didn't tack - although I'll stress that this may not be a problem for everyone, as I have close-set breasts that get closer together further up my sternum. Gore height seemed to be about average.
Conclusion: This bra has a stretchy band and runs small in the cup. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone FOT and would suggest those with FOB breasts size up in the cup and down in the band if required for personal preference. Not the best choice for those with half a cup or greater difference between breasts. Otherwise, the bra feels comfortable and of reasonably high quality considering the price point of Flirtelle. I also appear to be the first person to have added the Anneliese to Bratabase, so I would be happy to respond to messages with specific questions about the bra. Finally, I will be listing this bra. Read more 489 more words