I took a chance on this bra and it really surprised me. I won't say it's perfect - it's certainly not, but very wearable, and I think a good enough deal for the $30 I spent on it.
My shape: Full on bottom and in the middle, projected, soft tissue, narrow root, loss of volume, a little close set, with a curved breastbone which causes splayed breasts and a somewhat projected sternum . I teeter between a 30H and 30GG (28HH-ish in Freya and stretchy bands). Bras always sit a little lower than they should on me, partially because of the projection, mostly because the curvature of my ...chest means my underbust sits on an angle, leaving a bit of sliding inevitable.
The band: FIRM. It strikes me as similar to the Fantasie bras I've tried in terms of firmness, and may actually be even a little firmer. I'm between a 28 and 30 back (I measure around 29 inches), and the 65 band feels pretty good out of the box, but probably fits closer to a 28 band than a 30. If you're between sizes, you definitely want a larger band.
The Cups: Definitely more suitable for FOB than FOT. The top of the cup is fairly tight. The bottom I wish was a little more projected, but is still wearable the way it is. This is definitely a fuller cup, and the cup shape reminds me a bit of fantasie's three part balcony bras - it's a lot of bra, but still pretty comfortable overall. It was fine in the front with a tank top for me, but a bit higher on the side - definitely will show under a sleeveless shirt. The cups cut in very slightly along the top of my bust, but not enough to be visible when clothed, and this is a common problem for me with full cups in general. The shape they give is pointy. It's not necessarily horrible pointy, but it's definitely noticeably pointy in profile. Not my favorite look at all - I prefer a nice round profile, but I've seen worse.
The Wires: slightly narrower than my Cleo Lucy - so the width suits me fairly well. They come up pretty high in the center, but not so high that I'd worry about them showing through anything but a particularly low cut top. This is not a cleavage bra by any stretch of the imagination, though. The center gore comes up pretty high, and the wires are pretty high under the arms, too. I'm only 5'4 though, and I don't find them so high that I'm getting poked, or anything - just high enough that it's probably not the bra to go sleeveless with.
The Straps: The straps are positioned well, and fully adjustable, but since the wires - and as a result, the cups - come up so high, the side of the cup does dig a bit into my armpit. This is a typical complaint with full cup bras for me, so if full cups don't usually bother you, this one probably won't either.
Sizing: tight in the band, big in the cup - according to the listing, a 65K is the equivalent of (US 30J/UK30GG). I'm between a UK GG and H, and an H would definitely have been too big, so if you're between band sizes, you'll want the larger, between cup sizes, you'll want the smaller unless you're particularly FOT. Sister sizing is probably the way to go, but I think it fits pretty similar to Fantasie (the few times I've tried the brand - I'm more of a Cleo girl), so if you wear a lot of Fantasie full cups, your Fantasie size might be just about right.
The looks: This is where Gorsenia shines over UK full cups, I think. This bra has style. It's just pretty - the floral detailing, that dash of color in the flowers and along the lace upper section, the flower embroidery trailing down onto the gore- it's a very simple, but elegant looking bra.
My final verdict: It's a pretty decent bra for the price. I like the firm band, and the look of the bra. The wires are long, but comfortable and supportive. There's definitely attention given to the finer aspects of design, so even if the cut is a bit matronly, you don't feel like you're wearing your grandmother's bra. The straps are fully adjustable, and comfortable. On the down side, there's a lot of cup, and I wish it was a little looser on the top. If you're buying this bra because Polish bras are supposed to have narrow wires, you'll be disappointed, they're only marginally smaller than the Cleo Lucy. A true FOB would probably do very well in this bra, but my middle fullness means I'm probably going to be tweaking the gore a bit and give myself a bit more room in the center of the bra. The gore, however, is not impossibly wide, just a little wider than I'm strictly happy with. It's pretty supportive - even with the straps quite loose my boobs stay pretty much in the same place, which is rare. If you have the right shape for it, it's not the best bra you can buy, but it's a good option in a lower price range. But, it is not a bra that's going to be forgiving to every shape.
The pointy profile kind of kills it, but I wonder if this is perhaps just an FOB trait - a lot of bras give me this look.
After a full day of about 11 hours, the bra was still comfortable.
Out of the few similarly cut Gorsenias in different cup sizes that I had a chance to try on, this one was the closest to fitting. Sadly, not a good fit at all. The size was right, and when I tried the cup on with the band undone, the cup fit quite nicely. With the hooks closed, the fit was terrible. The wires tilted very badly and the top of the center gore was several centimeters off my chest. The cup's shape changed and the top cut into tissue, while the side was empty.
I tried the bra on with an extender, ...but the cup was still distorted. So going up a bandsize would not work for me. The band seemed pretty tight so if you're between sizes, try a bigger size.
The shoulder straps were very wide set and that made them feel uncomfortable.
I think that the cup is simply too wide to work with a small-ish underband. In higher bandsizes it may work better. Also, smaller cup sizes in the small bands may work better. Most of the issues I had with this bra seem to be about the way the size is scaled up. They've only added a bigger cup to the band and not considered how this affects the proportions. Read more 112 more words
Beautiful bra, but the band runs very tight. It also doesn't seem to work well for close-set breasts with immediate projection; my breasts push the gore out and away from my chest even though technically the cups should fit. It also has a great amount of immediate lower projection. If you have splayed breasts that are FOB or evenly full, this is a great bra for you.
Very well constructed bra, sturdy, designed for support. I would agree that this is "a lot of bra"--3 hook back, high wings under arm, wide wires. Exactly what I'm looking for. Extremely high gore is a little strange but it doesn't press in/hurt. Perfect wide/shallow shape for me. The cup is just a little large, next time I will order a cup size down. Important to note that fabric stains very easily--after one wear there's large sweat stains under the arms. Hasn't happened to me before.