Took a shot in the dark on an unknown bra in my desperate search for a workable unlined nude bra. Didn't turn out that bad! Could be slightly more immediately projected, but I say that about almost everything. It's fairly narrow, good for FOB shapes, and not totally ugly! So I suppose I consider it a win.
I ordered this bra on US Amazon on 9/21/16. It arrived very quickly, on 10/3/16.
This bra is very pretty. It has a fairly simple design, which I quite like. It has all-over stretch lace, an interior side sling, side boning, and super narrow straps. It has three columns of two rows of hook and eyes.
It runs a full band size small. I am closer to a UK 30H these days, so my usual EU size would be 65K, but the band on this 70J is perfect. Size up in the band if you're not between band sizes.
Now for what I like - the cups are narrow and ...fairly deep. The shape is minimized but not super pointy (it's not round like a Cleo, but then what is? https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> ). There is lots of room for bottom fullness. The stretch lace is very soft and comfy.
For what I do not like - there is not much room by the center gore. I consider my center fullness (along with my bottom fullness) my defining shape characteristic, so YMMV with whether this is a problem for you. I plan on narrowing the gore to give me more room at the center. It also does not allow room for much top fullness. I am pretty even/full all over, and it definitely cuts in a little. If you are full on top or tall rooted, I do not think this is the bra for you. The straps are a little too narrow and too stretchy for me. They are a ever so slightly uncomfortable, and they allow me to bounce a bit. I am currently deciding whether or not to switch them out.
Despite all of my gripes, I really do like this bra. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> The beige functions as a nude for me, and the shape actually looks really good under clothes. For the price (~$26 + $6 shipping), it really is a good value. Read more 224 more words
Starting Notes Polish haul bra five of six! To be quick about it, I don't like it. It was so pretty in the photos online, but it's just the wrong shape, cheap materials, and just... UGH. I wanted it to work so badly!! But no way, unless I cut off half the wings, somehow lose more weight (which would be unhealthy for me), and magically changed the shape of my breasts. Lol, it's just not gonna happen! This bra sucks (for me). I'll go into more detail, as this might work for some people, but for me is was just an absolute shape mismatch, and extreme disappointment considering this ...bra is SO pretty!
Wires It's not quite as dramatic as the extreme U shaped underwires that it seems like all these bras have had so far, and having one major difference that for ONCE it doesn't have a mile-high gore. While they touch in the middle, because the front end of the underwires don't have as dramatic a drop in them, they still seem a bit far apart. They have a gradual slope in the middle, but come up steeply on the sides. This is basically the opposite shape of my breast roots. As for underwire width, they are wider than the Gaia Adeline.
Cup Shape Shallow in depth for this size, and very much shaped like < from the side. It doesn't look quite as dramatic when I wear it because the top half of the bra is stretch lace, so my breast managed to stretch and round it out. But off the body, it has virtually no roundness. The cups are also pretty short in height, so my breasts were pushing the center seam down, which isn't very flattering. This would be good for a very conical shaped breast that has short roots, that is also not very projected. As for materials, the bottom half is lightly lined with thin foam, and the upper portion is stretch lace.
Projection Absolutely no immediate projection because of the overall < cup shape. With it freshly on, and me shoving it up as high as I can make it, I have more than a finger width of space between the bottom of my breast and the bottom of the cup. I'd also say it doesn't have a lot of center projection. It just seems very shallow in comparison to the other bras I've tried so far, and it does measure the smallest across the apex. I could have guessed how this would fit, by how it fit the model in the product photo, but product photos can sometimes be misleading with them purposefully putting a too-small bra on to hype up the "oomph" factor, so I blindly hoped that it would be more projected than it appeared. I guess I need to not be seduced by just pretty fabrics in the future!
Band Giant. And it's just one thin piece of stretch lace!! WHERE IS MY POWERMESH?!?! Of all the bras I ordered, this one starts out as the longest band when lying flat. For a 30 band, it wouldn't have seemed that bad, except for it can stretch to over 32 inches! (I stopped at 32 for fear of ripping the lace, but it definitely could go further than that.) In the photos, I was wearing it on the tightest hook, yet you can see how far it can stretch from my back. Extremely cheap way to make a bra, which is frustrating and disappointing. Even if I did add a layer of beige powermesh, the cup shape is still wrong, so it would be a waste of materials.
Straps Longest of all the bras ordered; I don't feel fear for anyone taller than me being able to adjust them long enough. Also very thin and delicate, which is nice. It finally seems like the band elastic is balanced to the rest of the bra and doesn't overpower everything else. (Yay, one positive! *sarcasm*) They are the usual too wide, though sadly. The lace portion is nice, but it's just too little too late for this bra.
Appearance I do have to admit, the fabrics and design of this bra is just so stunning to me. I love that the straps have a portion of the lace coming in towards the center of the bra. It's probably what attracted me to is in the first place, other than the colorway. I've been wanting a black lace bra for a long time, but I knew I didn't want fully unlined, so to see the lower portion have foam in a beige colorway was exactly what I was looking for. The black lace has a really pretty pattern. And the sparkly charm in the center is just charming! Overall, this is a very pretty bra. Now as for appearance on me, on the other hand, it's not that great unfortunately. It's very wide and shallow and splayed looking, and sits too low so it makes my boobs look lower than they are, and then we have the upside-down 7 shape going on since the cups are too small or short for me and my breasts push the center apex downward. I added a top down view, because it flattens me out more than my natural projection is. It just doesn't look good on. :,(
Comfort Can't really say much for comfort, as I kept it on only for a few minutes to take photos. I felt unsecured through the loose band, and the wide straps always bother me, so I could tell that if I were to wear it for a day, it would become super annoying having to adjust the band and straps all day long. But this time, the gore didn't hurt, so there's that. Comfort is just neutral I guess.
Summary This bra has a deceivingly gorgeous appearance. Fabrics are beautiful, but construction is cheap, and fit is poor. I think this is the first and only bra of the six that I ordered that I don't think I can keep, and will probably be listing it as I took too long writing this review to return it. (Plus return shipping would probably cost what the bra did, bleh.) If you are wide and shallow, have short roots, don't need a lot of immediate projection, and fit closer to a 32C (or don't mind stretchy straps or can alter them), then this bra will work for you! At least from this bra adventure, we have all learned and added to the database. For bra science! Read more 973 more words
I ordered Marilyn before in 36E cause their calculator gave me that size. Bad idea. Do not use their calculator. The band was way too loose and the cup too small. I passed that bra on.
Marilyn in 70I fits a lot better (if not a little too roomy in the cups?) I think in EU size I still have to order 70H despite this recent growth. Or maybe that's just Gorteks sizing.
Marilyn is made of nice stretchy lace all over (similar to Wacoal's Halo Lace bra kind of). It has three part cups that are reinforced with mesh wings for a little side support. The cups.... honestly give ...a nice shape. Different. It's kind of east-west rather than front and center but in a shirt it doesn't look half bad. The top of the cups are finished with stretchy elastic, but it doesn't seem to cut into my soft tissue terribly, it's very very mild. It could be though because there is not much lift and so all the tissue under my collarbone doesn't get lifted either so there's nothing to cut into. The cups, however, are very very wide. At least in this size. They go all the way to my armpits. They are VERY firm. It doesn't bother me so much, I think what bothers me is that bra is kind of itchy on me which should be solved after a wash or two. On my smaller side there is some wrinkling along the wire, but overall nothing too terrible. The gore is a very strong (but not painful) tack. The band at 70 is like a Ewa old 70 band. It's more similar to my Fluo than her newer bras. Do not downsize in the band! It's very very tight.
I think I want to replace these straps with a lot wider ones. They're just not very comfortable this thin.
Overall, I like Marilyn. I do wonder if I could have ordered a 70H and gotten away with it? Right now I'm at my 'high tide' days so the cups fit, but I'm not so sure about when I'm on low tide days. We'll see.
This bra makes me a little more confident that my 70G EM bras will fit just fine. The cups on these are huge (28cm depth, maybe even more) but they fit decently well!
Update: I have tried on several occasions wearing this bra but the wires are just too darn wide for me and it bothers me A LOT. On top of that I find that after an hour of wearing it, the support just vanishes for some reason. It could be the cups are too big... who knows? I will not reorder this bra. Read more 338 more words
The wires are shaped interesting, the outer halves angle out at a 130 degrees. I think I've seen this better described as a Nike swoosh. The wires are soft. The upper lace is really stretchy, semi closed on top so it tacks at the top but I can't fill it on my smaller side. The cups extend high up on their outer sides so I could see some people having it go too much towards their armpits, but I like it because it keeps my tall roots in check on the outsides. I don't think this bra would work for lots of immediate projection. The band is TTS, one layer of mesh and one of lace, and has side boning. It is hard to tell in pics but the pattern is pink and grey houndstooth.
Me: tall roots, close-set, average or narrow width, even but functionally FOT, centre-full, size asymmetry. 26" and 34" leaning.
Runs a full band size small. Cup doesn't fit the same as Marilyn - cup is designed for slightly short roots/FoB shape, I sized up in cup in compensate. Deep, narrow cups. Straps are thick and only moderately stretchy, fully adjustable. Has side boning, boning channels are on top of the band elastic. Cup is made of a single layer of sturdy printed stretch mesh with an elasticated trim along the top edge. Side sling is of a double layer of low stretch (only vertical stretch) mesh, the center gore and the area leading to side boning are also reinforced with a single layer that mesh. Band is ...designed for a straight torso. Three rows of hooks and eyes, back closure lined in very comfy material.
The design of grey background and florals in subdued purple, brown and green tones was eye catching on promotional images and it's even prettier in real life. Straps, hardware and closures are in a harmonizing grey tinged with a hint of blue-green. The center gore decoration is an unobtrusive grey-blue bow made of a thin ribbon, with a small pendant with a round gold and a transparent teardrop detail. There's tasteful low key picot trim detailing along the edges. Read more 97 more words
This is a beautiful bra, it fits and is comfortable, so I should love it, but I don't. It's because the single layer net cups are just not strong enough. My breasts aren't super-soft, but medium soft and pendulous. I need cups that are firmer on the bottom that give some lift. The only way I can get some shaping from this bra is to shorten the straps a lot, and even then the shape I get is only meh.
I would also like a firmer fabric on the back. The single layer stretchy satin bulges out between the top and bottom elastic. As MiskiDwie ...noted the floppiness of the back makes it hard to fasten. I'm afraid I'm going to put a finger right through it.
I haven't decided yet if I'll keep or return. It is very comfortable and I do love me a grey bra. I have a Fantasie Allegra on the way in purple. If I like it as much as I did when I wore 34FF I may order another in silver and then I'll return this. Read more 80 more words
This bra is a hidden gem! Gorteks is definitely a brand that deserves more attention, because they've really hit a home run with the design of this bra. This was one of those bras I fell in love with at first try on. It fits like a glove and it's extremely comfortable.
I expected the material to be a typical lace but it's actually a quite thick jacquard (i think?) stretch lace. This material is not only insanely comfortable because of the stretch, but its thickness provides great nipple coverage for an unpadded bra. The design of the bra is quite thoughtful, with a mesh side support sling ...in the cup and side support boning in the band.
Onto the sizing and shape: it is very true to size for a 32F/70G. If you're one who usually orders a band size up in European bras expecting them to run small, I would not do that in this model. Choose your normal UK size. The wires are a pretty average width, so if you're looking for very narrow wires this unfortunately isn't it (although I have narrow roots and don't find the width uncomfortable at all). The cup is deep, short, and closed on top--perfect for me. It also has great immediate projection. Also, in a wonderful surprise, the straps are not set too wide or high and don't cause any pain to my narrow shoulders. The shape of the bottom section is very lifted, supported, and round, with the top section being a little bit flattening. If you have too much top fullness for this bra it might give you an "elf shoe" or "upside-down 7" type shape. I would not pick this bra if you are a cleavage seeker either. The gore is an average width, certainly not narrow like overlapping comexim gores but because the wires are not hard it is perfectly comfortable.
I would highly recommend this bra for short rooted and/or FOB projected breasts. I would not recommend this bra for tall rooted, FOT or shallow breasts.
I ordered this from Other Eden's eBay store, btw, and they are great. Great prices on a lot of EU brands. Read more 254 more words
This bra fits me a lot like the Fanstasie Esme 30E. I happliy find it slightly minimizing. I almost bubble quad on my larger side. It's just a little too closed off at the top for my roots. The cup width only has a little empty space on the sides at 5". I wish there was a tiny bit more immediate projection but the cup volume is really borderline for depths that fit me so it easily might not be a complaint if I wasn't on the cusp. Overall I'm happy with it for a "nude" even though it's not an especially nice ...shade of beige. The lace mostly disapeared and its thick enough I don't show and tell through my tee. I haven't worn it for awhole day. If my opinion changes I'll come back and edit my review accordingly.
Updated: after having this bra 6 months Im not crazy about it as I’d hoped. It’s jusf a bit too small. Now that it's getting cooler and I'm layering I probably won't wear it much but it does work decently. It doesn't have quite enough immediate projection for me so it slips down durning the day and cuts in slightly at top. I have inner fullness and a, even though depending on the shape of the bra can be functionally full on top. Read more 131 more words
My shape: Projected, narrow, short rooted, even/functionally full on bottom, soft tissue.
I'm a 30G currently, but sister sized up to a 70H (32FF UK) since I'd read that Gorteks bands runs small. Unfortunately I found this bra to run true to size in the band, and slightly small in the cups.
I agree with some other reviewers that this bra feels flimsy. The straps are extremely stretchy, the materials are thin, and in general I just prefer a sturdier bra.
The wires are too wide for me, and the top of the cup cuts in a little bit on my larger side. I don't think it's worth trying this in other sizes, and I'll be returning it.
Wow, I am sold. This is probably the only bralette - style bra that makes my boobs look better than in a regular bra. The style is similar to F&f Frankie Coral Lace (VG51628453) and it is delightfully comfortable. I will post pics wearing the bra soon, but for now I am a happy camper. It is a soft cup with a little padded piece on the bottom of the cup, which provides enough support with that 'sweet nothing' look.
Turquoise lace laid on top of mint green. A delicate, but fun, Polish bra. Construction: 3 part cup. It provides great coverage, projection and support. The inside of the cups are a jersey knit kind of fabric while the outside is stretch lace. The construction is excellent. The straps are fully adjustable and the band offers 3 hooks. Fit: As far as the fit goes, like most Polish bras, the straps are wider set than most UK and US brands. But, with that, the outer part of the cup comes up a little higher. This works well to contain that 'armpit fat' for me, but may be an issue ...for others. The band is rather giving. I ordered a larger band than usual as I had read that the bands run small in @Gorteks, but I didn't find that in any of the 4 that I ordered. Wearing a 34 band in US/UK sizes, 80 in @Ewa Michalak and 85 in @Comexim, I ordered @Gorteks in an 80 band and it's on the smallest hook immediately. I would suggest using the standard conversion for band size with @Gorteks. The cups offer great support, projection and a ever so slightly pointy shape. Read more 93 more words
Beautiful! This bra has purple peacock feather print on a turquoise background with delicate lace trim. Construction: The padded version is a 3 part cup. It provides great coverage, projection and support. The inside of the cups are a jersey knit kind of fabric while the outside is smooth polyester. I don't see either being easily snagged. The construction is excellent. The straps are fully adjustable and the band offers 3 hooks. Fit: As far as the fit goes, like most Polish bras, the straps are wider set than most UK and US brands. But, with that, the outer part of the cup comes up a little higher. This ...works well to contain that 'armpit fat' for me, but may be an issue for others. The band is rather giving. I ordered a larger band than usual as I had read that the bands run small in Gorteks, but I didn't find that in any of the 4 that I ordered. Wearing a 34 band in US/UK sizes, 80 in Ewa and 85 in Comexim, I ordered Gorteks in an 80 band and it's on the smallest hook immediately. I would suggest using the standard conversion for band size with Gorteks. The cups offer great support, projection and a ever so slightly pointy shape.