Ahhh I've done it! I've found the unicorn comfortable projected strapless! DDD Seriously, words can't express how thrilled I am to have finally found one that works for me. This runs small in the band and large (ish) in the cups. Full review on my blog
My dh is from a country where I'm almost positive they don't actually sell one pieces so he's a little horrified if I wear one all the time. I'm horrified to wear a bikini most places in public .... So we compromise. I got this for the rare occasion I'm willing to go out in one. I'm pretty happy with it. The wires are narrow and the band is firm. The bottoms give moderate coverage. My hips measure 38" and I bought UK 12/ Euro 40. I often wear size 6 or 29 (US) in jeans if that helps at all. ... The top is built just like a bra except it's got the swimsuit latch instead of eye hooks. The fake tie is on crooked but that's an easy fix. I think the pattern camoflauges underwires and tones down the bra esthetic. I wouldn't have paid full price but I got the set at pretty steep discount so I'm pretty sure I'll keep it. I'll have to wear it around my room a bit more to decide for sure first. Read more 86 more words
Never heard about this bra until 2 weeks ago. I had to try it out because it was so beautiful, and on sale. It looks like it's a seamed bra, but it really isn't, the cups are molded. I wore this for a few hours while lounging around my apartment, and it wasn't the most comfortable bra, due to the boning on the side. I, very tempted to remove the boning because I won't be able to wear the bra for long periods of time with it in.
I think this would work best on even or FOT breasts; I'm not sure if there's enough depth at the wire for vFOB breasts.
LOVE the fit of the Lepel bras! Super comfy, nice shape. Just wish they had some slightly more fashionable, not-lacy styles. Also wish they made a 28 band. The 30 fits, but once it stretches out it will only *just* fit.
Compared to the Fiore Balconette, the Fiore Plunge has: - longer band - shorter gore - lower-cut sides - shorter underwire - lace detail on the straps comes to the same height - no lace trim on the bottom band.
I wanted to try Lepel Matilda (126304) for long time and now I finally did it. And it's surprise for me. It fits, it's comfortable and pretty and I have it for a good price. If you also would like to try it, be careful about the colours. Aqua/Purple, Black/Gold, Ivory and new Lipstick Pink/Yellow have moulded cups without seams but Lipstick Red, Magenta/Purple, Coral/Purple have padded cups with one vertical seam and they fit differently. The Aqua/Purple fits me but Magenta/Purple doesn't.
I have a wide and shallow root, and this is tied (along with b.tempt'd Ciao Bella) for the best-fitting bra I've tried. However, both of them give me an undesirably pointy profile, so I will likely have to return it
EDIT: I returned this bra (others on reddit.com/r/abrathatfits confirmed that this style has changed recently, possibly explaining the pointiness), and found that the 30DD Betsey Johnson Eyelet Lace is an even better fit - the band is smaller, and the cups have a nice, rounded shape!
So today I got my first ever bra that actually fits, and I am ridiculously happy about that. My evaluation of it is as follows -
This style is great for close-set, FOB boobs (FOT probably won't work so well), and it has moderate lift with quite a bit of projection. I really like that it doesn't make me look huge from the front, which is a problem I've had in the past due to trying to wear bras for shallower boobs. The support is great, which is something that really matters to me as I can't stand bouncing. ...
The cups are unlined, very soft, stretchy lace. I had thought that they might be itchy (I've never been big on lace), but they aren't, at all. The lace is also smooth enough that it looks fine under medium-weight t-shirts (probably won't wear it with anything tissue-weight, but fortunately I don't own many of those anyway). The stretchyness of the cups is going to be a really good thing for me because my boobs swell and shrink quite a bit with my menstrual cycle; I'm a little concerned that it might wear out faster because of that, but it'd be an acceptable trade-off for me, honestly.
The one comfort issue is that the bottom edge of the band could stand to be quite a bit smoother; my boobs are pretty heavy and make the front edge dig into my skin a bit (the band is definitely the right size for me, though; anything bigger rides up like woah).
All in all, great first experience with actually measuring myself and using bratabase! Read more 175 more words
I got this bra because I wanted to try other Lepel plunge bras based on how the Fiore fits me incredibly well! I found this gorgeous red Iris bra on the ASOS website and had to try it.
First impression: POINTY! this is probably due to the one diagonal seam across the front. At first I thought the pointiness would drive me crazy but after awhile my breasts settled well and the bra got it's form back after being smooshed in packaging for a bit. It DOES have a very vintage-y madonna feel to it but the shape grew on me and I really like how perky it makes ...my little shallow even breasts look!
The pads that it comes with are GIGANTIC...they are almost like mini balloons filled with air and were almost too much (gave the bra an awkward squarish shape) so I subbed out some thinner softer pads which worked much better. Without the padding the pointiness is a little much but the pads round out the cups well and still fit my breasts in. I think the cups are the perfect size, no quadboobing also because the top edge lace of the cup is very soft and forgiving as well.
The band is actually VERY SNUG for being a 30...I almost mistook it for a 28 at one point. I'm wearing it on middle and sometimes last hook because it's not that stretchy of a band.
Definitely not as rounded of a feel as the Lepel Fiore and might take someone with more even/full on bottom breasts that are moderately shallow...size 30B ran true to size with me, similar to 30B in the Fiore.
Very sexy bra indeed and easy to match with lipstick red lacy underwear. Read more 180 more words
Finally found my very nearly perfect bra! This works great for shallow breasts - doesn't cut in at the top, wide underwires, no gapping anywhere. The band does feel very stretchy so I am going to try a 30G because I think it will last longer, but for now this is wonderful. The pads/cookies are removable, so I took out the one on my larger side and it's amazing. Normally I quadboob slightly on that side, but not in this bra! Very cute style too, and unlike most bras that fit me the gore is not high so I can wear low cut tops with it.
I have to say that I have extremely mixed feelings and emotions about this bra. I have a sentimental attachment to it because I bought it at a Bravissimo store while we were on holiday for our 20th wedding anniversary. I have ordered some bras from Bravissimo in the past, though never went to a store because we don’t have them here. I made it a priority to get to one (actually made it to 2!) and thanks for being positioned near Apple stores for the menfolk to occupy themselves while I was trying on bras. I was in between sizes with Freya Patsy half cup which I’d ...really wanted, but this one seemed to fit at the time, and the price was right. The strap is a little twisted inside and doesn’t lay flat (lies flatter once on) and they gave me a discount for it. I say fit at the time, because at that point, I was only leaning forward and jiggling into the cups, and not swooping and scooping as the second Bravissimo store fitter had me do. So once I readjust my tissue, I get some quadding on my bigger boob. That said, I’m not sure if the F would be too gappy on my small side. The slight quadding doesn’t seem to make a huge difference. Now, I tried the 30E on because I had asked for 32DD which is what I had been wearing, and they didn’t have it, but said the bands ran large on this one so they sister sized me to 30E.
What I love about this bra: I love the print. The blue is very nice and the shade of ivory to contrast with the birds and bow is just right. It’s not to jarring...I think it’s rather cozy. The material is very soft. It’s a single piece of foam cup with a silky cover overtop. However, there is a small vertical seam on each cup, which does affect the print placement. The seams give the appearance of it being a sectional cup, but they are a red herring. It’s relatively light compared with my Freya Deco Spotlight bra, and not the boob armour the Deco is. I get a great rounded shape from this bra, both under clothing and...not.
The in between and partially irrelevant: The straps are stretchy and don’t have full adjustability, however, I do actually have some space left to tighten as needed, when I usually have to tighten all the way, even when I’m in a snug band. As previously mentioned, the elastic strap inside the printed material is slightly curved on one side and doesn’t lay down flat on its own, but is flatter with wear. Either way, it doesn’t seem to affect wear or comfort.
What I hate about this bra: The sides come up pretty high near my armpit crease, so when I get into certain positions (like moving my arms forward) it cuts into the crease. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s still not super comfortable either. I had this with my Panache Tango II plunge years ago (that was a horrible fit). I have had a few instances where I’ve had pain behind the gore. I’m not sure what exactly causes it. I think that it happened last time after I had been on the couch leaning up against some pillows. I recall the gore feeling like it was pressing in a bit then. Despite it mostly being a good fit, I feel like the wires press too hard against my ribcage sometimes, but sometimes I also think that it’s slipping away from my IMF a weensy bit. So maybe it’s just a wee bit too shallow or perhaps it’s the shape of the wire at the bottom of the cups. There’s just something about the band and/or wires that makes it not feel completely comfortable for everyday wear. I’d love to find something like it but without the fit concerns I have with this. I’m not sure that a larger cup or bigger band would fix the problems with this bra. I really love it it but I can’t overlook the problems I have with it. Read more 598 more words
Lilly has a snug and comfortable band, soft fabric and a cute floral and strawberry print. Unfortunately, the cups are very rigidly moulded, meaning it's going to be a hard bra to fit. The cups run large and are asking for more inner fullness than I have while still closing in more sharply than I'd like at the top. The shape it gives me is rounded, but not lifted. There's no gaping anywhere, but I can still feel empty space in various parts of the cup (e.g. the section closest to the gore).
My first and only (so far) order from BraStop came in today and just look at what I got! I've never tried anything from Lepel before but from the reviews on here it seemed like the padded balcony style might work for my wide roots. I'm so glad that I ordered this one. Not only is the color and pattern gorgeous, it fits me like a glove! The wires are wide enough to completely incase my wide roots but the cup doesn't come up high under my armpits so it's very comfortable. The band was very snug, probably the tightest 32 band I've ...ever tried, but I was expecting that from the reviews on here. I'll be wearing it with an extender until it stretches out a little, but this is a minor issue compared to the wonderful fit of this bra everywhere else.
The three seams on the front fabric of the cups are very flat as is the lace at the top, and neither show through my shirts. The straps are very comfortable. Even though this bra has one of the highest gores of any bra I own, it's narrow enough for my average spaced breasts so I don't have any problems with it (no poking or digging). Such a pretty bra, I can hardly stop looking at it. All in all, a great find that makes me wonder about other Lepel padded bras that might work for me. Read more 142 more words
I loved this bra! I have fairly small breasts, and this bra really gives them a nice shape and perkiness. There are very small cookies that you can take out of each cup (little bits of padded fabric, really), but I just keep them in all the time.
There is a lot of lacy stuff going on here. It itches a little at the bottom of the straps. Also, you can see the lace and the seams through a tight, thin shirt.
When I was really giving this bra a good once-over, I realized that some of the decorative pink stitching was coming apart. I ...have had this bra for approximately six months, and for about half that time it was my only bra, and the other half of that time it was one of two bras. The amount of wear showing on this bra seems appropriate for that length of time and frequency worn. It doesn't seem to have stretched out very much--after six months, I'm still wearing it on the loosest hook, and it still fits snugly.
Overall, I love this bra and will buy another soon, when this one wears out. Read more 90 more words
Simple bra with a very cute print (in my opinion). Useful as t-shirt bra, although the print and the lining in front are slightly visible under tight and/or light-coloured tops. The fabric feels really soft on my skin. It doesn't irritate at all. The underwire is perfect for me, so that probably means it's pretty narrow. I also fill out the cups perfectly after scoop and swoop. The bands stretched a bit in the first few wears, but it has now stabilised and fits best on the middle hook.
This is my most favourite bra. The band fits perfect on the first hook and it doesn't move a bit over day. It is so comfy that I sometimes forget about it. The cup is padded but smooth so that little fitting issues are invisible. I used to wear that bra in 30C but the wire startet to poke my breast though the cup seemed proper. A consultant gave me the advise to try on 30D and the cup seemes to be the same ecxept of the wire width. Now I don't have any issues with this bra and wear it the most time. The bra is very good for women who need wide wires and shallow cups.
Magenta has always attracted me and I really wanted this bra to work. Despite its cups running large for the size they are still too small for me. The band is stretchy lace, straps simple and thin. Cups are moulded lightly padded.