Magda at Bras4You.com got Kostar to make me this one in a custom size based on my measurements & current fit, which was quite a bit out of their size range. Kostar’s listed size range for this bra (from Kostar’s website) is 70F-L (32:6-32:12) up to 120D (52:4), but their general range is bands 60-120 (28-52) and cups B-L (:2-:12) though not all inclusive. My general size is 28:16 or an EU 60P/ UK 28KK.
This bra arrived with a 60L tag, which would equate to a 28:12, & would indicate it was 4 cups smaller than my normal size. ... Magda told me when it shipped that the tag said 60L but didn’t feel the bra was actually a 60L. It seemed logical since the L cup was their largest cup, that they wouldn’t have a tag for a larger cup size, but they didn’t want to send out a bra without a tag. As Magda said, the tag shouldn’t matter as long as it fits. And we know that sizes can vary and aren’t really universal so I tried to remain optimistic. (Spoiler alert: Don’t look at the photos first.)
So now for the bra:
The bra itself is a sheer white cup, with a very bright bold neon Lime green embroidery, straps, and band. It is a spectacular color & I absolutely love it. The construction is exceptional. I see no loose threads, no missed or off stitching, and no flaws. I always get a few loose threads on every Ewa, which is twice the price. I am actually quite impressed with the quality and cannot understand why we don’t see more from Kostar here on Bratabase as, based on this bra, it is a good quality brand at an exceptional price.
This bra has the standard 3 parts to the cup, two lower vertical sections and one upper horizontal section. There is no stretch lace on this bra but there is some give to the material like most bras.
The band measured flat at 19.5” and stretched to a max of 24” before there is wire distortion, but actually can be stretched to 28” max. It has 3 hooks and 3 rows of eye loops.
The cup width was wide at 7.15” which was disappointing as I specifically noted my issues with wider wires, but figure Kostar has their standard way so I accept this. The cup height was 9.25” which isn’t a bad height. The depth has a flat conservative measurement (hovered between the knees with the tape measure placed into the cup with not resistance) of 11.9” but stretches over the knee to 14”.
The gore was wider than I am used to at 0.8” but again, this is about average for most brands so it’s not odd, just not as narrow as I need or am used to with Ewa Michalak or Comexim bras. The gore height was 4” which is typical for my range.
And now for the fit……
I must admit, I was not too optimistic about how well this would fit, as my size is quite a bit out of their standard range. Plus with so few Kostar bras on BtB, I didn’t have much to go by regarding how they fit compared to other brands, and even less when you factor in the differentials that occur as the cup sizes increase.
Does the bra fit? No, not at all. If I was to guess, I would say it was at least 3 cups too small, and is actually fairly close to the tag size unfortunately.
Taking the bra out of the bag, I was convinced I wouldn’t be able to get it on, as the band looked tiny and the cups took up most of the band. It was exactly like the 28J-KK bras from Panache, Freya etc that I’ve tried. Surprisingly enough, I could get the band on and connected easily on the loosest hooks and the band felt comfortable. At my current underbust of 24.5-25.5” tight to comfortable firm, there was some wire distortion but the band did not feel tight or off at all which was surprising.
The cups are quite projected, but did not provide enough depth for my breasts. With the wide wires, my breasts first squish under my arms and actually fill the whole space before popping out of the cup up front. Swoop n scoop is futile here, as the wide wires and too small cups allow for the tissue to immediately fill that side space. This is expected as typically the tissue will follow the path of least resistance before exploding over the top. Needless to say, the gore if far from tacking, which is expected with this much overflow.
My husband argued with me when I asked him to take the “bra on” photos for me. He tried to convince me that there was no value to such photos as it was clearly not a good fit & he actually did not want me to post the photos online. This is the only the second time he has ever voiced such a complaint, so I actually found it kinda funny. (The Ewa 60JJ BM Fioletowy being the other.) Sure, it was clear that the bra didn’t fit, but still, why did it matter to him? Anyway, I did get him to take the photos despite his opposition, as there is value to all photos, even if it’s just to get a bit of a chuckle on the fit. Seriously though, the “bra on” photos always show the detail better, especially things such as projection, wire distortion, and angle of incline. Plus with so few Kostar bras, I wanted to add as much as possible for the brand, so that it would benefit all.
While this bra did not work out for me, I am still impressed with the brand. I absolutely love the color and look of the bra, and wish it had fit but it was not unexpected that it didn’t work out, as again, my size is about 4 cups larger than their normal range. I do not blame Kostar or Bras4You for this not fitting, as my description of what I needed was very lengthy and over worded (any of you that have read my reviews or Adventure posts can attest to my habit of yammering on and giving way too many details) so I feel the lack of fit would have more to do with miscommunication on my part and not a fault of Kostar.
The price on Kostar’s site for this bra is 101.90zl, which at current conversion rate equals $27.90. Magda has it listed as $30 on her Bras4you.com site, so it is very minimal markup. I was only charged $30 for the bra, so there was no additional cost for the custom size, which is always a nice surprise. I had to request the invoice, as Magda wasn’t going to charge me until she knew if it fit, but my theory is that I requested the bra, and whether it fit or not is irrelevant. Kostar spent the time and supplies to make it and Magda the same to order & ship it, so they should be paid for those services. I am not one to return bras, so this was my choice, and again not a reflection of either the brand or the service.
As I always say, Magda’s customer service is always excellent, & I am always happy to give her my business whenever it is possible. She has always gone the extra mile for me, finding items that I could not, getting brands to make me custom sizes more than once, and special ordering items not on her site.
I would definitely recommend the Kostar brand, though I’d suggest sticking as close to their normal size range as possible to get a better fit. Quality and Price are superior to many brands, so if you are on a budget, Kostar is definitely a brand to consider.
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Neon Lime colorway
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