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This bra is now a little small for me, but it is still wearable. The only problem this causes me is that under the arm the underwire sits on the tissue of my larger breast.
The first time I received this bra one of the hooks was not properly sewn in, but once I returned it for a new one I found no problems and it feels like a very well-made, good-quality bra. The satin material feels luxurious and I love the Mulberry colour. The cups are lined with cotton for comfort.
The vertical seams on the cups provide excellent uplift and a rounded shape. From the side it looks ... slightly minimising, as this cup construction often can, but I feel like most of my bust is up front rather pushed back around my ribcage, as is often the case with Panache.
The straps are only partly adjustable, which was an initial cause for concern for me. However, I haven't found this a problem, despite usually having to shorten straps quite a lot.
The bra is fastened with two hooks in my size (28FF).
The bra comes up very high in the centre, which I usually find causes it to dig in. This was the case at first, but after a couple of wears it no longer did. The underwires are very slim, which means the centre gore is narrower than on any of my other balconette bras. This is great for me as my boobs are very close together at the top.
The band is not particularly stretchy and I'm still on the loosest hook after a couple of months of wear.
The thick lace edging shows under tight tops, but is generally OK under most things. I think it's a great bra for everyday luxury. My only major complaint is that the matching knickers run large. I usually wear an 8-10 and the 8 in these are very large on me. I tried a couple of pairs and found some to be bigger than others, so that suggests an inconsistency in sizing.
Updated on Mar 20, 2012 Flag this
This bra gives me the most amazing cleavage! And it's one of the most beautiful bras I've seen! I just love all about the appearence of the Rhea (antique ice)! BUT unfortunatelly this is not such a good fit for me as I hoped it would be. The underwires run down and I have to replace them after only about 20 minutes, so this is not gonna be an everyday bra!
I must say though, that the issue with the wires might be because of the band, which is actually to wide for me. So I will probabely sew the band in and see how this goes. fingers crossed xx
Updated on Dec 19, 2015 Flag this
I'm around 5'1-2 and have a short torso but find the straps adjust enough for me so it should be no problem for taller people/with longer torsos. I love how firm this band is. My only issue with this is that i quadboob quite a lot. 28FF doesn't fit me [recent breast shape change/growth] but maybe G or GG would.
Updated on Aug 16, 2014 Flag this
This bra is solid and supportive. I don't like the rounded, squished profile.
Updated on Sep 13, 2013 Flag this
It's a beautiful bra, it just doesn't fit.
Updated on Sep 06, 2013 Flag this
I think I'm wearing this in a cup size too small, but I think there would be too much gaping in a cup size larger. I have slightly shallow and I think slightly FOB breasts. This bra is one of the best fitting bras I own.
When i stand straight, I have a pretty nice outline, and when I put my shoulders back, some slight quadboob, but if I put my shoulders forward, some slight gaping. Overall, the fit looks pretty nice.
The quality is pretty nice too. It doesn't seem to have a lot of stretch. The material is satiny with the lace detail on top of ... the moulded cup (not a separate section of lace). This material may show up through a tight-fitting shirt, but isn't too noticeable. It's a very elegant looking bra. The straps are kind of wide. The gore is quite comfortable! With the bandeau-type fit (the cups are attached to the same piece of fabric across the entire front instead of just at the gore) the support is outstanding!
Overall, its a pretty good quality and well fitting bra.
Updated on Aug 05, 2013 Flag this
Rhea just doesn't work out for my narrow, projected boobs. It is definitely too small nowadays, so while a size or two up might remedy the nipple-popping quadboob, the bottom would probably still be empty and folding over. The band is nice and snug though, which is a plus if you are sub-28, and fit issues aside, it is indeed a stunning bra.
Updated on Jul 05, 2013 Flag this
I first sought this bra for the unrivaled shape, and indeed the shape is very beautiful for full on tops and perhaps shallow breasts too. The band is firm - excellent! And, although this is my favorite bra at the moment and even my best fitting bra, I really dislike it.
1. The lace is very thick and can show through shirts. Nothing a cami can't handle, but I'm tired of wearing camis!!
2. The material is a nice satin, but I wish I had more stretch.
3. I am very close set and my breasts project forward. I feel like this bra squashes my boobs into my chest and a bit out to the sides. Furthermore, the wires are too wide and there's a ton of empty space under my armpit. Perhaps my breasts are very, very close together??
4. I think the straps are too far apart and they aren't stretchy. What a bother!
This really is my first Masquerade purchase and although the brand makes beautiful quality bras, I don't think we're compatible.
Updated on Feb 03, 2013 Flag this
This is such a pretty bra that I just had to get it in 28FF, because in 30E the cups are tiny bit too small and the band was too big.
At first I thought I finally found a bra that has cups the right size, but no... The line is smooth up there, but after a while I found out that there is wrinkling at the bottom of cups. I think I have this "orange in a glass" effect there. It doesn´t help if I try to adjust the bra more "up" on my chest. The wrinkling is way worse on the left side, and my left boob ... is bigger than the right one! So it seems that the cups are too shallow for me at the bottom.
Another problem as well, the straps are too wide apart for me.
Other than that it´s okay, band is just right and the bra feels quite comfortable on. The wires are wide enough, too. Too bad the fit is just not good for me.
In 30E I didn´t notice the wrinkling of the left cup at all. Now that I rechecked, there is some, but very little. The issue in 30E (besides the band) is that there is quadboobing.
Updated on Dec 20, 2012 Flag this
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