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 have medium to wide root shallow boobs, and tall roots up to my collarbone, neither FoT nor FoB. My regular UK size is 30E.
Why This bra didn't work for me: - The cups have a ridiculous amount of projection. - The cups are very closed on top (which I didn't expect in a balcony/halfcup). The top rim cuts into my breast tissue while I was not filling out the apex. - The cups are molded (no seams!), and have a projected and closed-on-top shape. I think they might work for people who need immediate projection (boobs that are full on bottom), and are not too full on top at the ...same time. - The wires are U-shaped and very long, making the bra unconfortable to wear. They dug into my armpit area uncomfortably (and the side boning was making it even worse). - The band is too stretchy. Despite of stretching only to 30" when I measured, it felt unstable and slid around on my back when I was moving. It actually FEELS a lot stretchier than the measurements indicate. Hooking it tighter didn't help. I didn't get any support from the band. Also, I found the band ridiculously thin compared to the height of the cups. Thin bands that don't have are leotard back are not my favourites, since they are very prone to cutting in. Read more 114 more words
Since I had such success with the Magenta colorway of this bra, I ordered another one in Pink/Ivory. The fit is similar for me, but not quite as perfect. The cups don't sit quite the same, but still fit well. As with the Magenta colorway, the band on this is not true to size and I would advise sister sizing up in the band. The 32" band really only stretches to 31" so I'm wearing this one with an extender for comfort (snug underbust 32", tight underbust 30.5").
Just FYI, uploading my pictures to bratabase dulled the color to a dusty rose, but in real life the color is a satiny hot pink.
This balconette bra with floral print and lace detail is pretty if somewhat gaudy. Lepel's balconettes always look rounded and front-and-center on the models, but they give me such a pointy east/west shape. I had the same issues with this bra as with the 30G - Lepel » Lilly Moulded Balconette Bra (150304) and 30G - Lepel » Babushka Padded Balconette Bra (141104): Pointy/bullety/east-west shape; not supportive enough straps; and not really well made. It's bulky feel reminded me of a cheap version of the Parfait Charlotte balconette (which doesn't come in my size). I wouldn't invest in any of the moulded Lepel bras I've tried. I don't think they would last long at all. Seems true to size.
This was a really frightening bra. I don't know what on earth was going on with the sizing - utterly confusing. I own 2 other Lepel bras - in 36 band size - but had read to size up in this one, hence ordering the 38. The 38 felt like a 34, very tight and stiff. The cups on the other hand were truly extrordinarily large for this size. G was more like HH or even larger. The materials were also a letdown from the other Lepels I own - much cheaper and more uncomfortable. The straps were another point of confusion - they were by far too short, even extended to their fullest. Granted they were only semi-adjustable, but this is the first time I've ever encountered a bra with straps that are too short of ANY design! Just not a bra I could recommend for anyone, sorry.
This bra is really pretty and comfy and it worked for my shallow shape. The fabric is silky and has a soft luster to it. Padding is about 1/8" - 1/4". I wore this for a whole day at had no fit issues. The straps stayed on my shoulders and the ribbons on the straps didn't scrape me either. Because the bra is padded and the lace on the top is sewn on the top of the bra, it might create the illusion of gapping but it wasn't too noticeable or bothersome to me. The lace is soft and not bumpy when ...you wear looser t-shirts but it does show up if the fabric is thin or you wear tight knits. The shape it gives is nice and rounded. I'm actually really happy with this purchase and would recommend!
Edit: After wearing this one a couple times I noticed that the wires sit slightly on my breast tissue and the center goring cuts into my sternum a bit...Sighh. Neither issue is bad enough to discard the bra but it does cause discomfort at the end of the day. Read more 93 more words