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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?
Updated on Jan 17, 2019 Flag this
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.
Updated on Jan 01, 2019 Flag this
I love this bra! It gives good lift and shape. The fabric is very soft and I like the Safari detail. The straps are thick enough and the wires don't poke into my armpits. However, I think for me the band is too big and I would do well with a 30. The gore is wide, so it does not push the breast tissue together.
Updated on May 23, 2013 Flag this
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