Weirdly constructed. The cup depth is next to normal if you measure from side to side, but if you measure from bottom to top it turns out to be ridiculously deep. I guess it is designed for larger breasts, and when sizing it down for smaller breasts they just came up with a wrong construction. Smaller breasts are usually shallower. Thus, if you just resize bigger cups into a smaller volume but with exactly the same shape, it will never work.
Pros: It has three hooks, side-boning, and the band is super-smoothing. Re: no bulges anywhere near the band. The cups are super-soft. The straps are non-stretch. The band is firmer than 9955, so it was tight enough on my (bony) 27" ribcage on the tightest hook.
Cons: The lace is kind of itchy (both on the band and straps), the bow on the center gore is a bit too big (looks silly rather than pretty), and the cups dig into my armpits. The straps do not fully adjust. I was excited that this was supposed to be like 9955, but ...softer and better for the narrow-shouldered. I guess I misinterpeted that, because although the straps are closer set, the wire is just as wide and the cups extend much too high under my armpit. Like 9955, the cups are too big on me, even though the 32E is almost too small in 955. (Le Mystere must have very strange sizing, I guess.) Finally, the padding is not thick enough to prevent show-through.
All in all, I would suggest this bra to someone who likes the material of Rebecca (the cups feel like a very similar material) but wants a bit more shaping and structure than she offers (it felt like she just smushed me, whereas this one offers more uplift and projection). Also, this one is softer. Just beware of the cups digging into your armpits! Read more 140 more words