One day my mind conjured up my dream bra - a seamless, unlined beige bra with no pattern, lace, anything. Something to wear under white t-shirts that wasn't moulded. This was the bra I immediately clung to. And here I am.
Guys, this bra is awesome. I want it to work for me so badly https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> The wires are so soft and flexible. Seriously, I put it on and went to feel how the center gore was sitting on my chest - for a minute, I thought I'd bought a wireless bra. But nope. The center gore is pretty low, and the wires ...don't come up far at all in it. No stabbing!
The sheer look isn't for everyone - in one post someone said how it "leaves nothing to the imagination" - and I really like that! Some people won't. Not gonna lie, sometimes bras like this will smush your nipples in the weirdest, most unsexy ways. But other times, when your nipples are sitting straight, it's a very nice look. From the front, I feel like this bra makes me look a bit flattened and wide (I think that's just how I perceive it based on how bras flatten out your nipples), but from the side I am actually more rounded than I was expecting.
Under a shirt.. Depending on the shade of your nipples, this can be a pretty solid nude bra - not for those who are afraid of hard nipples, of course. My nipple color shows through my lightest shirt a tiny bit with this bra - the pierced one is more obvious. And a weird part of me is cool with this - it's like wearing a bra, but not. It hides the natural pointy, droopy, kind of splayed thing my boobs do without a bra, gives me a nice rounded shape instead, but doesn't hide my nipples. I know this isn't what most people are looking for in a bra, but I'm kind of mystified - of course, in most of my shirts it won't be an issue anyway!
The fabric is so smooth and soft - not itchy at all. The sparkle adds a special touch to what could be another boring beige bra (it also comes in a brown color called mocha, so at least Fantasie has more than one "nude" option here)
Most of my bras are in 30E, but after reading some reviews I sized down to this 30DD and I think that was the best option. The cups are tall and full coverage, and a 30E would very possibly be too tall and I'd have more trouble filling out the tops of the cups. Originally, I struggled with this bra fitting shallow and wide. Due to the flexible wires, the cups were being stretched with the band. Adding an extender helped so much with this, though the band didn't really feel too tight before. With an extender, I think the bra allows for some projection and even has narrower wires. I think the shape it gives me is just as round as my Cleos, with a bit less lift. I'm in love.
I saw another review that noted that panties ran big, so here I want to say that I found my matching high waist brief to fit small. I bought an S after looking at their size chart, but I guess I should've went with a M.
After a few wears, I am rating quality as "OK", because it feels fragile for a t-shirt bra. I am always wary of catching something on the fabric and causing a run, and pulling at the cup edges or gore too much might pull a string loose. I expect this in a lacy, sexy bra but less in a t-shirt bra. Read more 524 more words
Beautiful bra & made very well. A very different look - unlined, sheer, soft cups with full coverage (sort of opposite of the modern padded push-up bra). This bra is actually very supportive, because it has a sheer lining in only half the cup that works like a vertical seam. So it gives a pretty shape & lifts well with no padding or seams.
The cups are slightly too large for me on top, wrinkling a bit. This bra is made for a very round breasts that are full on top. I regret not sizing down as reviewers suggested, but then again, the wires & cup depth through the ...bottom & middle of the bra fit well. I think it's just not made for my breast shape (fuller on the bottom). I wear this size in Gossard otherwise.
I'm keeping it because if I have even the slightest weight fluctuation (ie. period), then it fits very well. I can do "the scoop", stand up very straight, and tighten the straps a bit too tight to get rid of the wrinkles also....since the bra is TOTALLY SHEER, it's not like I wear it under sheer or very fitted tops. It's actually not a good t-shirt bra because of that, but good for loose, opaque blouses, especially if you want to de-emphasize your breasts (no padding, lining, etc).
Oh, as a side, Gossard panties run big! Their small is like a medium in US sizes (ie. compare to VS or CK panties). Read more 139 more words
Bought this bra in 34G before I discovered my size was actually 32H. I would say that the band is slightly loose and the cup size slightly large, although I wouldn't say a whole cup size. I love the shape it gives - natural and rounded and I found it quite supportive - despite being slightly too small for me. I also love the narrow straps as I don't like the huge straps that you get on some bras. I have now bought this bra in 36G and had the band altered to 32 size, making a 32H.
I got this bra and the Parfait Kelly at the same time. They both suffer the same problem - those goddamn slings. For those who are unfamiliar, it's a piece of stiff (read: nonstretch) fabric inside the cup, and the rest of the cup is made of stretch material. Unlike, say, the lovely Claudette Paramour, whose lower two of its 3-part cups are made with supportive non-stretch material, and the top panel of the cup has stretch. I don't know who designed this sling thing, but they should be fired. What happens when you put a narrow piece of fabric down the outer ...portion of the cup? Gossard claims it pushes your boobs together, but in reality it pushes that one part of your boobs inward, and the rest of it bubbles outward as squishy flesh is wont to do. Maybe if you have extremely firm boobs that are already close-set, which I have neither. So yeah, that aspect of this bra (and, in my experience, all other bras who utilize this "technology" and just make lumpy shapes) is a total failure.
Moving on. The rest of the fit was okay - it seems like it would be better served by some seams, but I think generally the bra was designed for smaller girls, as I was at the top-end of the range. On the model, the cut is almost like a demi, but mine arrived and was seriously full-cut. In a bad way. First of all, it has this weird-looking gore that basically looks like a v-neck, and the tops of the cups come straight out from that point. Normally, bras will have some swooping so they cover the breast tissue and then get out of the way. Not this one. Since the gore was functioning like a v-neck, and the top of the cups goes out in basically a straight line towards the straps, it covered up basically everything. Not that comfortable, or practical for any low-cut shirts.
Also, a note about the sheer. It is entirely see-though, which is what I wanted, because it's kinda sexy and whatnot. However, this means that you can also see that dumb sling. And because it offers little by way of support, and the sling butchers my shape, the sheer cups give a window to sad, wall-eyed, droopy boobs. Not sexy at all. I would not recommend this bra to anyone my my size range, because it just ends up making everything worse. If this were my only bra, I would rather go without. Read more 335 more words
I liked this bra. It’s extremely lightweight and breathable, yet offers side support. It was a better fit than usual for me, and I was thinking of keeping it until I tried on the Fantasie Rebecca. But it’s going back, and here’s why: It was just a wee bit too shallow in the cups for me and gave me a slightly weird shape under a very clingy t-shirt where there was some tissue spillage into the armpit area. It wasn’t super supportive up front, either, or maybe it just didn’t have enough immediate projection — I couldn’t get the underwires to properly cup my breasts to keep them ...up and off of my skin. As a result, I think I’d get sweaty/rashy in this one, plus the shape it gave me was rather droopy. In addition, the sheer fabric showed in graphic detail how my breasts kind of folded themselves into the cup. My nipple was all smashed looking. It wasn’t nearly as sexy as it looked in the stock photos, lol. Under a sweater, this bra would be fine, but I’m looking for better than “fine.” A couple of final general notes about this one: 1) They aren’t kidding when they say “sheer,” so if you want modesty, look elsewhere. 2) The gore on this is basically nonexistent. It’s so narrow that the cups touch. Read more 119 more words
I'm somehow surprised that this bra is not more popular, because it has quite a few nice features. It's quite practical for something looking so delicate. The shape it gives is round and very minimised - it does not bring the tissue front and center, but rather it creates a more splayed shape. This does create a wider silhouette from the front but a flatter one from the side. I actually enjoy wearing it under a swing dress or a looser or more flowy top. However, it seems to have enough immediate projection to work for me, despite being overall minimising. One potential fit issue could be the ...gore. It's on the wider side, but because it's also quite low, that somehow works better. The wires are quite flexible but they are still supportive (not as soft as Elomi wires for example). Speaking of wires, I like the way in which they are attached to the cup, as they are completely on the inside of the cup and the cup fabric wraps around them (it's easiler to see in the pictures..). This makes the cup design look more minimalistic. My only comfort issue at the beginning was an unusual one. The tops of the wire channels under the arm were somehow rough. It wasn't the wire that was bothering me, only the stiff fabric on the edge of the wires. Fortunately it softened after a couple of wears and washes. Regarding sizing, the cups are quite generous so it can be possible to size down. Read more 146 more words
Be aware that the band is extremely stretchy, I would need to go down to a 28 band in a perfect world. I usually wear a 30GG and I think the 30G fits fairly well, so it probably runs slightly larger in the cup. I really like this bra! It's unique! It has the honor of having the smoothest outline under clothes EVER on any bra I've tried so far. The upper seam does not even show. Amazing! There is a lot of nipplage going on however, so you might want to wear this with pasties. Comfort is pretty good, but because of the thin band I feel the straps more than I usually do with bras that have thicker bands. I also think this is because the band size was too loose on me.
The combo of fit + shape might be as close to perfect as I'll ever get. I have one tiny, tiiiiny quibble, which is that I wish there was just a hint less projection at the apex. Just a hint. Ok, on to all the awesome:
Material: feels smooth as silk, breathes like air. I've seen some people say the material felt flimsy, but I think they must be comparing it to bras made of thicker material. AFAIK, there is no such thing as see-through fabric that feels thick. Instead, I'm pleasantly surprised by how strong this fabric feels, given that it's sheer. ...And soooo comfortable and light. My American South summers just got a lot more bearable.
Band: pleasantly stretchy. My experience so far is that 36s tend to start at 30 inches and stretch to about 35 (I can usually force them to 36, but then cup distortion starts creeping in). This one starts at 29 and stretches to 36 without distortion. Another pleasant surprise for me: it reduces my "rolls." The bottom edge of the band is nice and grippy, but the top edge of the band--which on most bras squeezes me into some serious rollage--has a bit of extra, different fabric that seems to spread out the tension and mitigate that squeezing. Kind of like how you're supposed to spread-eagle when pulling someone out of a frozen lake. See pics if this description isn't making sense https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> 3/4 inch spacing between hooks (if you're considering using an extender).
Wires: Pretty firm, U-shaped. A good width and height for me (slightly narrow, short).
Gore: Lays flat on me, short but not super-short. The tops of the wires dig in a little after an hour or so of wear, so I'll probably bend them out a little.
Cups: Flexible and stretchy, while still providing support and a nice rounded shape. This is the first unlined bra I've tried that offers enough room to accommodate my outer fullness; other unlined bras have flattened the outside of my boobs, so that when I look down at them, they look like /)(\.
Straps: Not very wide, stretchy but firm. Fully adjustable. They attach to the cup a little further from my arms than most other bras, which I love. Read more 283 more words
UK 36DD. No review and no pics, since this one is clearly too big in the cups and a 36D is coming in the mail tomorrow. I'll review and photograph that one instead. I just decided to add this one's measurements for the benefit of other users. Sorry for leaving out the stretched band measurement; I'm definitely returning it so didn't want to risk damaging it. I will say, though, that the band feels neither particularly stretchy nor particularly firm for a 36.
Very edgy/cool looking bra. Smooth surface, except for nipple show of course. Band is slightly too tight, but I hope that means it will last me longer. The underwires are too wide, which is common for me, hence I bended them a little.
EDIT: The band already is a lot less tight and I now wear it on the middle hook.