This bra is lovely and I wish I could wear it without an extender. Based on the fit of my Kris Line Jasmine Soft Cup bra, and looking at what little measurements I could find on other Kris Line bras, I took a gamble and ordered a 30FF Mare balcony. It was hard to resist, because it was super on sale, and I loved the way the Jasmine fit. Well, that was a gamble I lost.
Not only do I have to wear the Mare with an extender, I have to wear the extender on the last hooks to get the full length. This is the first ... bra I've had to do this with. When I measured the band while stretched, it turned out to be a whopping 27"! Once I get it on, the Mare is comfortable, with the exception of the inside of the extender trying to scrape my back. The cups are partially padded with black cotton, and the green material feels almost like a soft stretch jersey material. The lace trim at the top of the cups is also slightly stretchy, and more importantly, not scratchy. The straps are just the right length and position for my frame. The cups come up a little low, but that could be because I should really be up a cup size.
This is one of those things were I was like "A Kris Line bra for $15?? Sure, I'll just get the size CLOSEST to my size that they have available!" I could really stand to cure myself of that habit. And indeed, the cups are too small; they runneth over. Oddly enough, they seemed more contained at the sides, which is usually the first place my boobs spill over when the cups are too small. No, what happens is that the top of the cups cut into my boobs. I thought the quadboob would not be too obvious under a dark knit dress, but I thought wrong! The thing is, the Mare lifts my boobs up in a spectacular fashion, and I can tell that if I had this in the right size, I would be happy with the shape it delivers. So far it has been my experience that Kris Line bras give a very lifted profile. It is not totally round. It is more like: round with a slight point. And because the gore is so narrow, depending on the position of the gore, your boobs will be pretty close together. In fact, if your boobs are already close together and you have issues with gores digging into your breast tissue, I highly recommend Kris Line in general for the narrow gores. Now, the gore on the Mare is also not as high as the gore on the 32F - Kris Line » Gladys Balconette Bra Khaki (GLADYS1) bra or the 65GG - Kris Line » Violette Soft Bra (6314). It is still not low like a plunge gore or anything, as I found out this morning when I tried on a dress with a lower V neck (not like obscenely low or anything!), and spied the gore peeping out. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_neutral.gif" alt=":|" />
The Mare would definitely be a keeper if it fit at least in the cups. I'll probably end up listing it soon. It would actually be suitable for someone looking for a firm 28 band.
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