This was my best fitting bra prior to losing 75 pounds. However, I didn't know anything about bra fitting, and I suspect the band was too loose and cup too small even at the higher weight.
A year ago, the bra was comfortable, and didn't attract attention (meh!) under clothing. I did have problems with the bra straps loosening, but it still remained on my shoulders (I have a problem with the left shoulder strap on many bras). I suspect the straps loosening was due to the overly large band size.
Pros Comfort cute pattern
Cons didn't fit well enough to improve appearance top edge of cup rolled
Based on the self-measurements, I'll be ordering ...in the 32F range very soon, and plan on spending more $$ than I have in the past. I'm FoB, and have a fair amount of underarm flap (weightloss or migration?) so I think I'll probably need side panel support (don't like torpedoes though). In sewn bras, I'm looking at Panache Tango II (but I'm only 5'3 and short waisted) and Envy Balconette; Fantasie Helena Balconnette. T-shirt bras include Fantasie Smoothing Moulded Balcony Bra; Freya Deco Moulded Plunge Bra. Hopefully I'll upload the results, as I desperately need new bras, and haven't a clue what to expect when ordering online. The fitting advise from the users on this site will undoubtedly save me time and the cost of some future shipping returns.
So, no nipples, smooth seams, bra strap slippage, and natural shape have always been my priorities. In the past, I rarely wore low necked, thin, or tight fitting clothing. However, with my new smaller size, I might find myself branching out. I'm already wearing much tighter, more revealing styles, even though my chemise with shelf-bra is inadequate and the Olga doesn't even remotely do the job anymore. Read more 189 more words
It's a shame that Olga doesn't make this bra style in a few more larger sizes. I wish I could have gotten it in a 40DDDD (40G?). The cups are almost perfect. I wish the fabric of the cup didn't ride up so high under my arm into my armpit, but that's my only complaint about the cups. I have a hard time getting all of my breast tissue into cups and this bra manages it. But I had to go up a band size to get the right cup fit. I think I would have gotten more out of a smaller band, but I'd rather feel comfortable ...that my breasts aren't spilling out over the tops or under the sides of the underwire.
I tend to wear more of a demi-cup, but this bra isn't as "full-coverage" as most, either. It's a nice medium. The extra support along the outer edges of the cup is great. There is the slightest of foam padding the lines the edge of the underwire out the outer edge (under the arm). It both pads the wire so that I barely feel it, plus it pushes the breast tissue more firmly forward. I've always hated how much my breasts "leak" around my sides under my arms. This bra really feels like it's pulling that tissue forward into the rest of the breasts.
I really like the band around the back. It doesn't have a think seam along the bottom edge so it really minimizes the 'roll' so many bras create. It fits flat against my sternum, and I've had problems with many bras that pull away and gap there.
It's a soft cup, not a molded, pre-shaped one. The fabric seems to be micro-fiber or an imitation of it. Not satin though. It allows tops to drape nicely. The straps are slightly wider than I normally like. I tend to wear tank tops with narrow straps over the shoulders and I don't like my bra straps to hang out. So I wear this with cotton shirts and tanks with wide straps. But the straps are comfy with very thin padding rather than just elastic.
This particular color, "Butterscotch," happens to be close to my skin color. I'm pretty pale. Their "Toasted Almond" shade for their other bras is much darker than my skin. But it almost seems to show up under some shirts more readily than the "Toasted Almond color. It's better than white. though.
I hope Olga makes more of this bra but with different prints and/or lace options. The detail on the gore is pretty, but very simple. One of my greatest frustrations about bra shopping is that it feels like companies make pretty things only for women of socially acceptable sizes. The rest of us are in boring, large swaths of fabric we're meant to hide ourselves behind. This bra takes steps in the right direction in that it's "full-coverage" like without feeling like the cups cover my decolletage entirely. I'd just like to see flirtier versions, I guess. Something with a lace detailing or sheer overlays. Or fun bright colors. The black/white/nude trio is sort of a hallmark of the "no one wants to see you in this" bra. I think this bra could be both really supportive, comfortable to wear, plus fun if they expanded their color and fabric options. Read more 452 more words