This seems like a good "workhorse" bra - lol I don't know what else to call it. It's not overly fancy, but it does push up my breasts nicely without being over the top like *BAM!* CLEAVAGE! I like the way my breasts look in it. It looks good with a v-neck t-shirt, is what I'm saying. I have a smooth profile, nothing weird and lumpy going on. However, the band seems a little on the stretchy side: I really haven't had this bra for very long and already I'm using the middle hook. It might be because my band measurement is kind of in between sizes, 31.5 last ...time I checked. Usually I end up trying on a 30 band as well as a 32 band to cover all my bases. While it fits enough to say "Okay this here bra is pretty comfy" I think the widths of the underwires may be a tiny bit too narrow. I've got some wide-set breasts, and I get a tiny bit of tightness/discomfort towards the outer edges of the wires heading up towards my armpits. But I haven't had this bra for very long, so maybe I just need to break it in. I'll give it some more time, but I might update this later with additional thoughts and change the "does it fit?" portion accordingly. In conclusion, this is a good all purpose bra, but if you have breast that are bottom-heavy, spread apart and with a wide root, you may want to proceed with caution.
[ETA]: The bra is definitely too small now. I don't think it was a matter of the cups being too narrow, I think it was basically the cups were too small and shallow. This is a good basic bra though. Read more 185 more words
Brand new, this fit like a 30" band; I had to start off with an extender. Eventually it was able to stretch up to 32", but it distorted the wires somewhat. It measures 31.5" while I'm wearing it. Padded restricted stretch straps are only partially adjustable; short and feel very tight; don't stretch much. They are also wide-set. Cups: good cleavage bra; lots of lift, fair projection and I don't fall out. The same shape of the top band across the cups which prevents me from falling out also cuts in & flattens out my center fullness, creating a bit of quadding above the gore. Thankfully, it doesn't show under ...a shirt. Seamed cups are faintly visible under a T-shirt. If I could lengthen the straps just a little and round out the center of the cups then the quadding would go away. Capri Floral colorway: pretty shades of pastel blue and lavender on a solid gray background.
Edit: after all this time, I've finally had a 'ta-da' moment that this bra became a diagnostic for me. I came to the realization that this bra (and others like it) is better suited for someone with a straight torso. It's not that the band is too tight (because it's not) but that it does not accommodate a wide V shaped back (aka Lats) very well. Meaning, the top of the band is the same circumference as the bottom, resulting in compression of the Lats/back fat.
Second edit: why does Bratabase still list this as "It Fits!" when I've marked that the straps are too short? Read more 152 more words
Consistent with the "Capri Floral" I have, this one's band starts out very tight and accentuates back fat. I use an extender making the band one set of hooks larger, and then the back fat is less of an issue. (The 34" band is too big and is still a problem in the back.) Eventually the band relaxes and I stop using the extender. The straps are also tight, but that's more because they're short and have restricted stretch to them, plus the fact they're only partially adjustable. Cups are thinly padded overall which I find is kind of warm for Summer. To me, the Safari ...is better suited for cooler temperatures. (Despite many other bras may have a similar type of padded lining, they seem to breathe better than this does.) The seam in mid-cup does show under a thin shirt, but still a lot less noticeable than a bra covered in lace. The shape of the cups is kind of unusual... Nicely rounded from the side profile, but it rather flattens above the seam (in the area of the Safari pattern), which makes a modified pointed profile at any angle other than a 90° sideways view. On my larger side only, I get a bit of buckling in the bottom of the cup, above the wire (where I guess I could use a little more projection). I'm not spilling into the middle, so I don't mind. The gore is nice and low...stays out of the way.
Edit: As several months have now gone by, I use these in rotation with all my other bras (I also have a few colors of this style now), I have found now that the bras are 'broken in', the cups have relaxed quite a bit and every one of my Safari's cups buckle, just above the wires. I think my first instinct of it not having enough depth was correct, but it doesn't show under clothing and it's still generally comfortable. However, I do wish the straps were longer, which is a completely different issue. Read more 238 more words
I've tried a few Safari's now and on each one I get the appearance of major linebacker shoulders. The 32" band provides the best tension; the 34" fits too loose but does not lessen the problem with the upper back. I've tried a larger cup in the 32" which helped somewhat, but not nearly enough. I like the shape of the cup well enough, even though the bottom tends to buckle a bit, in both the 32G or the 34F. (The wires on the 32G sit well in my IMF but the 34F falls out and the cups still buckle.) The straps on either the ...32" or 34" always feel short and I have to lengthen them as much as possible. I've tried tightening the straps to correct the wire falling out/cups buckling, but #1: doesn't fix the problem, #2: is very uncomfortable on the shoulders. This Crushed Violet colorway is a gorgeous Plum Purple, and the fabrics seem softer and more comfortable than the Nude or Capri Floral, which both feel very stiff while wearing.
What I wish I could find is something that has the back detail of the 'Wacoal Fire and Lace' with the projected cups & narrow wires of the Safari, padded or not. (If anyone knows of something like that feel free to chime in!) Read more 117 more words
My second purchase of a bra that hopefully fits. Right now I am going for comfort before I branch out. I will not walk out of a store with something that feels uncomfortable. This came from a so-so, not huge Dilllards in my town.
Gorgeous bra. Got this size as only prime option on Amazon. Looked huge but actually fits well. Little bit of cut on bigger boob though. Just not ready to give in on that issue. Also the seam is prett prominent through thin material and I really want seamless look. But gorgeous look and quality and feel Edit: tried it again, the slight cut on left is remedied by tucking. Stays in place with jumping jacks. Really really comfortable. Going to keep it. Hopefully band won't stretch too much.
Edit: After also trying this in 32G and 34DDD/F, the 34DDD/F fits best. I walked around in them for awhile and the 34G has just enough extra space for a little bit of boob to escape and fold over on the inner edge. It's not really quadding but it looks that way under clothes. I really don't want folds of boobies outside of my bra. I also get some nice cleavage with the 34 DDD/F; it borders on quadding but should be OK.
This bra is so beautiful and super comfortable. It's very soft and pretty. It's lightly padded for modesty and gives a lovely, natural shape in clothes. It is seamless and smooth and looks great under everything. The cups are trimmed in a tonal, subtle yet fun, animal print, which also extends across the entire wing and on the front part of the straps. Unfortunately, it doesn't fit me. It is brand new, with tags and has never been worn, only tried on.