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This is called a plunge bra, but I found it to give far more coverage than I'd expect from a plunge bra. It also doesn't give any cleavage.
The cups are soft, not foam molded, but they have two vertical seams & are thickly lined so as to have some shape on their own. The cups generally conform to the breast shape, rather than vice versa.
It's a very pretty fuchsia shade of silk with lime green lace. It looks pricier than it is.
This bra is from the M+S Limited Collection DD Plus line. The band is stretchier & larger than the 28 band in M+S A-DD line. It ... stretches up to 30" max & is 25" unstretched, whereas a 28 band I tried in a bra from the A-DD line stretched up to 26.5" when new. This fits me most comfortably on the second hook, although I can fasten it on the tightest also.
The straps are partially adjustable, with the front of them being very, very stretchy. The straps form a U shape with the band in the back. Unfortunately they don't adjust tight enough for me, partly because they are so stretchy. However, the bra fits well over all, and so I will keep it & possibly just alter the straps about 1cm shorter. It fits well enough to wear in the meantime too.
I have breasts that are a bit less full on the top than the bottom, so the style has slightly too much coverage for me. I feel like I barely fill these out, although they don't gap or wrinkle unless I really hunch forward. I think shorter/tighter straps would probably make the fit perfect. I tried the bra with a "bra buddy" (an accessory thing to make bra straps like a racer back), as it tightens the straps, and the cups laid better against the top of my bust, so I could lean forward & they'd stay put. However, the bra buddy doesn't work with the U-shaped back on this bra; it distorts the back so it puckers. That thing is not comfy anyway!
When I first tried the bra on, the wires in the center dug into my sternum a bit, but I just bent them so they were less curved & wider, and now it fits great. I think the wires are perfect in length, or very nearly so, but the shape curved wrong for my body shape. I wore the bra all day & found it conforms to me better after "breaking" it in. I should note that I do have a bony ribcage & in the past would find that even too loose 32 bands would make the underwires dig into me because I have little fat padding & many bras do not have wires that are very padded for comfort.
I have a feeling, as suggested by someone else here, that M+S bras will work best for me in 30DD, as the DD+ lines seem to have stretchier bands & straps. However, as I said already, I will keep this because it's a pretty good fit over all. It is flattering under clothes, supportive, and comfortable once I bent the wires. The fit issues seem rather minor & fixable, and it might aid me in comparison as I continue to replace my old bras.
Updated on Feb 12, 2012 Flag this
I wanted this bra to work, I wanted it to be comfortable, I wanted to like wearing it. None of that happened. I thought I was shallow, I got a shallow bra, turns out I'm not quite that shallow. The cup is a little big for me although it almost works for my PMS boobs, shape issues aside.
The fabric is nice, the pink embroidery is extremely vibrant, I love the dark purple fabric, the powermesh in particular is very firm which is nice. Unfortunately this bra is just all wrong for me.
My breasts push this bra down almost immediately, it ends up a good half inch below my ... root. The gore tries to stab me in the heart even after bending the wires, the gore is slightly too wide for me so it pokes me in the boob as well as the sternum. The wires are quite wide, even a bit wider than I need, although would be almost spot on with a narrow gore.
I think this bra could work great for someone with shallow, wide, wide-set breasts, best suited to someone with upper fullness (but not too much or the top of the cup with cut in). All-in-all, it's a cute bra and if the shape works for you it'd be pretty great. I'll probably list it soon although I'm not sure if anyone wants a bra with a bent gore.
Updated on Nov 24, 2014 Flag this
I think this bra may work better for someone with slightly more FoT breasts. It also is SLIGHTLY too shallow for me; I am projected but not very projected.
It is slightly an uncomfortable bra for me, but I imagine more comfortable to someone who fits the shape.
Updated on Oct 06, 2014 Flag this
This is a really lovely bra with lace covering the cups and the underwire cover part contrasting in colour. The fabric feels very durable, and the straps are very supportive.
The cups are pretty narrow, but the underwire will stretch out, so it does feel slightly narrow on my larger boob, but not uncomfortably small. The cups also feel like they run a half cup size smaller than they should, which is okay since the quadboob I'm getting is "good" quadboob (cleavage) haha! Luckily it doesn't really cut in there, so it looks fine.
The band also feels quite firm for a 28, it was very difficult stretching it to 27 inches, so I'd say it runs a band size smaller too.
Update: After wearing this bra for a day, I noticed that the center gore was leaving unsightly marks on my breast tissue. Outch!
Updated on Feb 13, 2013 Flag this
This bra is quite small for an E cup and I feel that a 28F might fit me better, as I quite often have to readjust the bra so that my boobs are not escaping from the top of the cup. Apart from that, it is a good quality bra that has a pretty lace pattern, and because it is white I don't have to worry about it showing through my clothes. I have 2 of these bras, so they were a reasonably decent buy.
Updated on Jan 21, 2013 Flag this
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