Over the summer, I was looking for some bralettes for lounging in and for a little while when I got some chest/sternum pain when wearing my bras. Heat swelling? Costocondritis? Who knows. Anyway, I tried this bralette in 2 sizes...the 32F/G that I will be reviewing, and the 32D/E (one size smaller). It was among the first bralettes I had tried in the cup size scheme, as the aerie bralettes had been fails.
At the time, the 32F/G felt fine but it also felt a little bit big in the cups and band. The cups were generous and stretchy. So I tried it in the smaller cup range ...and it was a bit better fit, though still a bit loose in the band. At the time, there was no 30 band sizes offered, however, it is now offered in 30D/E.
I went to the store a few weeks ago when my mom and aunt were in town... I went to the store looking at sports bras while they were on a several hour long tour as part of the package they had. I forgot to ask about the bralette then, because I was curious about the fit now with the new growth I’ve had since last fall. So when I went in today to try an extender with the Jade plunge and ask about alterations to the Fit Fully Yours bra I recently acquired, I remembered to ask about this one.
To be honest, I think that I kinda pissed off the fitter because at a point in my visit her attitude was very “whatever” to me. Was she upset that I was already bra aware and knowledgeable and she did not have to teach me? I don’t know, but her attitude definitely shifted by the time I tried this and she kinda hung the bralette on the hook hard like leaving a room and closing the door a bit more forcefully. She was resentful that I was asking about bralettes because she didn’t like them and didn’t think that they should sell them and they offer no support, etc. And she also argued that the bralette I was trying on today was new and I couldn’t possibly have tried it on over the summer. I assure you that when I tried it on over the summer, this is the only bralette listed on the website and how I learned that it wasn’t offered in a 30 band at the time. It’s also the only one that is dual cup sized and I recall quite clearly the structure from when I tried it. I’ve since cleared the pics off my phone or I was looking in the wrong area for the pics I had of this bralette in both sizes.
Anyway, ranting over...
The fit of the 32F/G is better than it was over the summer and I don’t think that it would fit in the size down. I suspect that it might have been a newer production that is not so generous now, but also my size change. Funnily enough, while the band felt looser, it felt tighter than the 32s from the summer. So again, maybe new batches are better sized? New black dye? You can see how much I can pull the band back with it on the loosest hooks, but if I am lounging, a slightly looser band is ok. I looking for some minor support and comfort. I mean I really felt comfortable in this bralette. I do wish that it wasn’t so much coverage though. I think that it’s worth getting while I search for other options to try (like Cleo Lyzzy) but it’s also not my top bra buying priority unless I find a really good deal on it. I think $50 CAD is a little bit too steep still. But I can easily see myself in this with a light robe on over top or with some comfy lounging pants. Like I said, it’s maybe still a bit loose, but I think that it’s mostly that it’s tall and that I start loosing upper fullness well below the top of the cup of this. A size down might compress me too much. But it’s hard to tell without trying it out now in my current size. Read more 606 more words
This bra is a dream... I have waited so long to get this bra too. I ordered in July and just picked it up from the store yesterday. I don't want to take it off. It's a band and cup size up from what I usually wear because my size is just not available and fits great. I was surprised how well it fits, actually. I have a little gapping on my right, smaller side but not noticable or problematic. It encases everything and gives a but if a cone shape which is my natural shape. The band is bigger than I like but still fits. It's got silicon lining to help stay up and is a very firm and studry hold. Has a lace decor and crystal ornament that make me feel super cute and sexy in it.
Unfortunately, 30D is as large as this particular style goes with a 30 band size. I tried this size after the mishap at the store where they told me I needed a 32C in this style.
The gore floats ever so slightly and I quad at the top of the cup; the cups are too small. I haven't had to alter the straps and cut them down the way I did with the 32C. This bra does what it claims to - it gives a decent amount of push-up and lift. I sag due to tuberous breasts, so it's something I'm always seeking out.
It's extremely hard to find a push-up bra in my size that isn't covered with lace and looks smooth under a bodycon or form-fitting dress or leotard. I also have the smooth, rounded look (vs. pointed look) that I prefer. This bra is perfect for situations like those but I just wish this one would fit.
I had purchased several bras on a trip to a boutique to get fitted earlier this year - my first time since 2019 (pre-pandemic). The fitter suggested multiple 32C bras for me, probably because even at a specialty shop, they carry more styles that are in the conventional bra matrix. Also, this particular Montelle push-up doesn't come in bands smaller than 32. It also doesn't come in anything larger than a C or a D cup, I believe. It's unfortunate that the stereotypes that anyone larger than a D cup doesn't need a push-up or a bra that gives them extra lift.
This particular bra ...is new with tags and has never been worn, but due to the boutique's return policy, I was unable to return or receive store credit for it.
I notice that Montelle bras have very stretchy bands and straps. I love the look of this bra and all of the "oomph" it gives. It's just the wrong size for me and would be better suited for someone who can have it be a part of their regular rotation. Read more 78 more words
I'm pretty mad about the whole situation that led me to buy a bunch of 32C bras. During the middle of the pandemic, I thought it would be a good idea to get fitted for bras, since it had been a few months since I had surgery for my shoulder hypermobility and it had been over six months since I was teaching 10+ fitness classes per week since gyms were still closed then. I made an appointment at a pricey but popular shop with a not so great return policy in a pricey neighborhood in a pricey to live in city. The employee fitted me ...as a 32C, which I was a little surprised about, but attributed to my lack of physical activity and upper body workouts.
When I got the bra home, I was already wearing it on the tightest hook, which should have spelled danger. That, and I had to adjust the straps as tight as I could to prevent them from sliding down my shoulders.
Flash forward to a week later: The band was super-stretched out, to the point that on the tightest hook, I could stick my whole hand up there...yikes. I also had to alter the straps and cut two inches from each strap. I am not skilled enough to alter a bra band and prevent the cups from warping or buckling...that's above my pay grade. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":-(" /> I had gotten a few other Montelle bras on this shopping trip and also found a 30 band in another style online and I do have to say that this particular brand seems to have very loose and stretchy bands.
A week after altering the straps: Straps continued to be stretched out to the point where I could have cut more off, but would risk having the top of the bra cup warp.
Rather than continue to reconstruct this bra, I decided it would just be easier to buy something that fit better from the get-go. In the early days of having this bra, I felt like my shape under clothing had improved some but my tolerance waned as soon as it was time to alter it.
I'm not sure if I'm more salty about this bra or the crappy fitting. I'm sure she tried to get me into the "traditional matrix sizes" so that she could sell me more inventory that she had on-hand. Of course, when I called the boutique to ask about a 30 band size and a larger cup, I got the response that the smallest band size this style comes in is a 32 and C is as large as it goes in the cup. Because 30D+ women don't need push-up bras, come on now. /s. Read more 357 more words
The cups are narrow on me and I have some wrinkling at the top (common in plunge bras for me). But it's a cute bra and it definitely fits well enough to keep. I would futz with sizing a bit more on this one before buying the same style again—I think it's possible that the cups are just the wrong shape.
I almost didn't get this bra because I wasn't used to the shape that wire-free bras make (a little less round/perky), but I am so glad I did! I think of all the bras I got on this haul, this one fits me the best. I was worried at first because the gore didn't seem to sit flush on my sternum, but my fitter said that's just the nature of wire-free bras, as they don't have molded cups to "frame" the breasts quite like underwires do. Everything feels fully supported and it feels kinda like a cross between a sports bra and a lined bra. Plus I LOVE the convertible strap system! I'll definitely get more of these.
This bralette is SO cute but it's obviously too big for me. I don't fill out the cups and the seams don't line up with my nipples, giving me quite a bit of sadboob from the side. I was uncertain about sizing down because of the band, but it looks like it rides a tad high so I could've afforded going down to XS/XP (if the shop had it in stock!). I'm going to keep it since I think bralettes are reasonably forgiving, but I'll keep that in mind with this brand for the future.
I thought this fit perfectly, but after posting at r/abrathatfits, eagle-eyed folks noticed that I wasn't scooping and swooping properly. When I try to line up my inframammary fold with the wire, it turns out the cups are a skosh too shallow and my breasts can't settle into the bottom of the cup. Also, the cups are a teensy bit narrow and don't quite encompass all my breast tissue at the side. But the bra is cute, it's still comfortable and I don't get any gapping at the top of the cups, so it's still a win for me!
Back Smoothing feature is wonderful! A single layer of bonded stretch microfiber. Straps adjust in the front! Sturdy metal front closure clasp! Cups are very thin microfiber: thick enough for modesty! Beautifully thin top edge of the cup: won't show a line under clothes! Cups are wide & shallow: sat below my IMF. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> Gore sat on my breasts. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" />
Oh, if only the cups were designed for more projection, I would be in love!
This almost fits, but I need a cup size smaller. But they don't make a 30C, so I will try 32B next. The few measurements for this bra here indicate the 32 band only stretches a little bit more than the 30, so maybe it will work! Will report on 32B. The bra otherwise fits my boobs great, its very pretty, looks okay (thought not perfectly smooth) under t-shirts. It comes in many beautiful colors!
I feel like this bra would be a great bra for me… but I have no idea what size would fit me! The 34D was huge on me and usually I'm a 34DD (or 32E/DDD). The straps also kept falling off my shoulders- they are not fully adjustable. I feel like maybe I should size down… but still I feel like the straps would not stay put for me.
This is the full cut version. 3 part seamed bra. Lined, unpadded, underwire, bra. I really like the silver metal "hardware". The gore has a rhinestone jewel. The color I have is mint, my camera couldn't capture the true color of this bra. The top of the cups kinda smoosh my breasts down a bit because of my super flared ribcage. Gives a vintage pointy shape.
I ordered this from Zulily, as I thought it was a 30DD. Sizes seemed to skip DD, so I thought it was just an aesthetic sizing system and that 30E in this bra would still be a 30:5. However, I think I am wrong. It seems to be about a cup size too large--I ended up giving to my 30F roommate, whom it definitely fits better but is a tad small. So, I think this bra does probably fit like a true UK 30E.
So comfortable. The stretch lace fabric is super super soft and there's an even softer fabric lining. The wires are a good width on this 30D where they were a bit too wide on the 30E. I do get a little bit of quadding, but that's overshadowed by the floating gore. At the band, it hits my skin, but at the top of the gore, it floats about 2cm away. The band is also very very stretchy, which makes it comfortable but not super useful as a bra. The wires are also significantly shorter than their channels... about 2cm combined (space at the ends of the channels at the gore + at the wings). The shape of the cups is very nice.