I bought this bra in two colours, the purple/pink and coral/hotpink. I am not impressed with this bra at all. The only thing going for it is the colour. The colours are vibrant and patterns are nice. The fit, however, is a completely different story.
The band runs true to size. I take a 30 in most brands like CK, Panache and Freya, and this was no exception. I'm a 30G and that is the size I ordered for this bra. But it just did not fit right for multiple reasons. I don't think going up or down a size would have alleviated the problems I had with this ... bra. It's just a weird shape that wasn't the best for me.
Appearance: The shape it gave my breasts was quite unflattering. It squashed me and separated my boobs into east and west. My breasts were pushed down and to the sides. From the front, it gave a perfect hourglass shape which was very appealing. However, once I turned to the side, it looked horrible! It seemed like I'm almost flat or like someone who is trying to hide the fact that she has breasts.
Fit: It is true to size. However, the cups are just very strange. I was spilling a little bit in the centre but I had massive gaps in the sides and tops. Gaps got better as I shortened the straps all the way but I still had about two fingers width gap at the top of the cup, yet I completely filled the cup at the bottom, so going down a size would have been way too small. Going up in cup size may have fixed the quadboob effect but then I would have ended up with even more serious gaps in the top and sides. I think perhaps this bra is better suited for women who are full on top with wide set breasts. I have soft breasts that are fuller on the bottom and closer together. The wires in the cups went all the way back beyond my shoulders, not halfway under the armpits like other bras. There is only about 2 inches from where the wire ends and the strap begins. I guess the best way to describe is to think of it like a shortened back. It's as if the bra was made for someone with a very wide ribcage and then just chopped off the band to make it shorter. I hope this description can convey what I mean. That being said, surprisingly, the wires did not dig in anywhere and the bra itself was fairly comfortable. I also did not like the straps as they were not fully adjustable, so they are not great for petite frames like myself. The straps are very thin but have this frilly material on top to make them look bigger. Despite that, they did not hurt and were not uncomfortable. The material of the bra is okay but not the highest quality. The bra looks really bad under any type of t-shirt or form fitting clothes due to the flattened shape. It's still a comfortable bra but it's been relegated to the lounging drawer. I only wear it under my pjs.
Overall, I am not too happy about this bra. It does not dig anywhere and it's comfortable but it did not fit properly at all. I bought it at a clearance price and could not be bothered to go through the hassle of returning it. I would never buy this bra again and definitely not at full price. The only reason I kept both colours is because my husband saw me try them on and begged me to keep them. He loved the colours and the front hourglass shape. I would not recommend this bra to women who are petite (5'3" and under) or ones with soft bottom heavy breasts.
UPDATE: After wearing the hotpink/coral bra for a few hours the wire started to dig in the centre of my chest and left some marks there. I did not experience that with the purple bra, but then again, I did not wear it for as long as I wore the coral version. I've adjusted my ratings to reflect that. In general, this bra is just not good. I would only wear it as a bedroom bra, probably for 20 to 30 minutes tops. Otherwise, spend your hard earned money on a better bra.
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