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Review is for the 'Damson' colorway. Looks more like wine than a plum color to me, though. Nice narrow U shaped wires, sufficient bottom projection, great lift: I get the typical Cleo high & round "apples" shape. I think this bra is made for those even all around. Heavy embroidery in an ornate pattern reminiscent of mosque screens or Byzantine (Turkish) ceramics; the bra is well-named. The embroidery is on a slightly sparkly sheer background. Half-lined in a silky beige mesh that matches my skin tone, so the illusion is of a fully lace bra. That lace? Kinda scratchy and stiff, especially noticeable on skin at the top ... unlined part and straps. Maybe a few washes will soften it up, but is is quite thick and stiff. Lace extends all the way along inner part of the satin-covered straps to past the shoulder and down the back a little to a silver ring and the adjuster. Straps are quite narrow and elastic after that point. They are also wide set, but I have wide shoulders so its OK. Band is a matte satin, very firm,, TTS and doesn't feel like it will stretch out with wear much. Wires come up high on the sides, containing side flesh, but not too high to poke. Cups also come up pretty high and the neckline on me is rather square-ish (wide set straps contribute no doubt). I can't quite fill the fabric right at the gore and get a tiny gap there because I am not center-full although I am close-set. Gore is narrow enough for that and tacks without hitting breast tissue. It's not enough loose fabric to mar the fit or look though.The bra is very lightweight; honestly from the design it looks "heavy" but is not. All in all a beautiful, romantic, well-made bra in a nice deep color that fits great and looks elegant.
Updated on Apr 17, 2016 Flag this
**UPDATE** wore it for 2 days, and i notice severe gaping in the top half of the R cup where im shallower and wider. visible through shirts and makes me feel very unsupported, so i think i might actually need to alter it before i can put it in my rotation. part of the issue is probably that the apex of most cups is too high for me, my nipple is lower set than they require.
in a nutshell: narrow wires, firm band, high gore, straps more center set and partially adjustable. possibly shallow/small cup.
onto the details! i have a tall breast shape, with narrow roots and breast ... tissue that goes up very high. i have projection that is somewhat shallow (but most shallow friendly bras are too shallow) and almost no upper fullness, so that combination means most balconnetes both gape in the top section but cut in along the top edge.
in any case, the shape and construction is such that, unlike most balconnete shape bras, this one nearly fits! i still do have some gaping in the top section and i can pinch maybe an inch or so of extra fabric. the top edge of the cup presses in but the structure and height of the top edge makes it less noticeable or severe as i get in Cleo type balconettes. neither feel uncomfortable or look noticeable under clothes for once, so im going to call it wearable. ideally i would be able to alter this some way, but for now its good.
im inclined to think the cups run shallow because of the fact that there isn't nearly as much empty space in the upper half of the cup as im used to getting in other balconnetes, but im awful at that sort of assessment so take it with a grain of salt.
the wires on this are NARROW. for me its awesome! ive been trying to find a bra with a 5.5 inch wire width in my size and this is one of the only ones so far. i may seek out more colors and just deal with the shape issues or attempt alterations.
the band on this is made of a satin type material, and its quite firm. i dont think its a type of fabric that ever "breaks in". im between a 34 and 32 band right now, and im wearing this with an extender on the second hook. im okay if this is how i will always have to wear it, and i think the 34F band would be too large.
the straps are only partially adjustable, so that might be an issue for some. the lace on the front half of the straps is a bit itchy, but that may soften with more use. BUT, they arent super far apart which is a total blessing. every other balconnete ive tried has sawed my arms off!
the gore is quite high for me and might be the only part of this that is truly uncomfortable. there is some extra wire channel near the underarm that i may try to shove it into to see if that helps.
im sad to hear rumors of masquerade discontinuing when ive finally found success! hopefully they come out with a shape like the Persia again. i'd love to have it in nudes or a non lace material.
Updated on Sep 16, 2014 Flag this
I like this bra quite a bit. The wires are medium width and almost perfect for me. The center gore is nicely narrow and the cups allow for quite some volume towards the center, which I need and haven't found in too many bras. However, I have very full-on-top boobs and that means even though the cups fit, they cut in a little. The shape it gives me is also a little pointed, but that might well be because the top section is too constricting for me.
Updated on Nov 02, 2013 Flag this
Gorgeous to look at, very comfortable, and thiiiiiis close to fitting. If it hadn't fit on the tightest hook right away, and if I didn't have such narrow shoulders, I would have kept it. I ended up exchanging it for the 30G because the cup measurements seemed so similar. Fingers crossed that the exchange pays off. Seems like it will be a good fit otherwise.
Updated on Mar 02, 2013 Flag this
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