Simply put, this bra fits and feels fabulous! The fabric is, as others have already mentioned, soft and pliable; the lace lies flat and as far as I can tell, doesn't show under clothing; the bra feels supportive and makes my smallish bust look awesome.
The one "con" I would list is that the upper line of the cup does show under my clothing --- this is an issue I had with similar style Freya Deco (4234) , but on the Affinitas Casey it is nowhere near as prominent, and so I really don't mind it. And, oddly, it seems to be more ...obvious on my *larger* side as is apparent in the picture of myself wearing a t-shirt with this bra. Overall, I am beyond thrilled to finally have a bra that looks and feels good after wearing wireless nursing bras for the better part of the last 4 years.
The band fits slightly tighter than I would expect for a 30. That's fine by me as I tend to be between sizes 28 & 30. Normally I wear my 30s on the tightest hook, but this one I wear on the middle or sometimes last hook.
This bra is slightly more interesting than the standard beige bra with the addition of lace on bottom/outer third of the cups, but visually, it is still pretty bland. The shape the molded cups give is nice and round, although a bit low. The cups are quite shallow and may run a bit small. The straps are narrow, made from a foam similar to the cups, and are both edged and textured.
The band has two flexible vertical underwires on either side of the cups under the armpits and is also lined twice to that point, which I found helpful in eliminating side-bulge when viewed from the ...front. However, the difference in elasticity between the mesh and the elastic used to make the band means that the elastic appears to cut in to the flesh of the back. This problem is made worse by the fact that the elastic is also quite narrow. In addition, where the band continues under the cups in front, it tends to fold under and dig into my ribcage. Initially, I found the fit quite snug and thought I would have to exchange it; however, the band stretched out very quickly.
Since this was my first foray into full bust bras, I thought to ease myself in to my "true" size, which is presently closer to 34G/32GG. Consequently, I have found that breast tissue has migrated back to where it should be and this bra no longer fits. Read more 141 more words
I bought this bra to replace the Jeanie in 30F which was too big for me. Size wise, this fits much better in the cups and the band is nice and firm, and I feel well supported and it gives a nice rounded shape. It's a basic bra but the lace makes it a little nicer. The colour I have is "European Nude" which was darker than what I was expecting, but is otherwise fine.
The cups are stiffer than the Jeanie. The tags on the back band are pretty scratchy, although it'll probably soften up over time. The shoulder straps feel like they ...have sharper edges than the ones on the Jeanie as well. I like the way this bra looks, but looks aside, next time I'd go back to the Jeanie just because it was more comfortable.
Update: The top edges of the cup have a tendency to turn out in time. I don't know if it's because the outer fabric has shrunk, but it's kind of annoying.
Update 2: The top edges have curled so much that I had considered this unwearable and was about to toss it. I cut a long slit on the fabric along the top edge of the cups just to see if it made a difference and it totally restored the shape! In the photo you can see the amount the outer fabric has shrunk (I didn't cut any fabric away). Not sure if I would wear this as is under a t-shirt, but under a white sweater it looks completely fine. Read more 155 more words
I am very spoiled and find no bra super comfortable for a full day wear unless it is an Empreinte or Prima Donna ($150-$200 CAD price range) which is why I am parting ways with this bra. I believe it retails for around $60, and for that price, it is awesome.
This is cutest t-shirt bra I've seen in a while. It would be perfect under v-necks or a cute low cut dress. I liked how soft the material was. The lace bits around the top of the cup were a bit itchy. With it being a plunge, I expected cleavage, but this is was just insane amounts of spilling.
There is nothing good about this bra for me. The underwire pokes me everywhere. My sternum, the side of my ribs. I try to move the bra and I can feel the underwire pressing into my ribs on the side making it hurt very bad just a few seconds into putting it on. It is very uncomfortable. The cups are WAY too large. This bra should come with a warning label: "Cups are not true to size". It is possible this is well known knowledge to veterans of bra shopping, but as a beginner I had no idea the cup size would be that off. There is at ...least an inch of free space between myself and the bra at the top of the bra. The bra is just floating away from my body. I have a long torso and the straps did not adjust long enough to be comfortable to me. I have broad shoulders and even I thought the straps sat too far towards the outer shoulders. The lace is pretty. If it fit, this bra might look okay. But what matters when it comes to a bra did not work for me. Read more 87 more words
OVERALL RATING: 6.5/10 DESERVING PRICE: £20-£25 BEST FOR: Wide roots; moderately projected breasts; back fat and armpit fat issues; moderately shallow breasts in large sizes; everyday wear; fibromyalgia suffers or people who need soft, comfortable bras.
Parfait Casey is an underwired, padded plunge bra with a flowery pattern and a lace accent. Overall, the bra is beautiful, but it suffers from some serious quality issues in the fabric and the sewing. It fits well for certain types of breasts, but could easily look strange on some breasts. I paid £27 for this bra with an RRP of £58, and I would say that the quality ...isn’t up to scratch compared to bras in the same price range. I would not want to pay more than £25 for this bra.
PROS: LOOKS: This bra ‘looks’ expensive from a distance or at first glance. The fabric is very soft and shiny, without looking tacky. The beautiful lace detailing on the edges of the cups is also very soft, flexible, and thin, so it won’t snag or scratch. The cups are a unique shape, which creates excellent cleavage for both fuller and shallower girls, although if you are very shallow this bra may not be for you. COMFORT AND FIT: The entire inner-side of the bra is lined with a soft, comfy mesh-type material. The bra has a wide band with spaced-out hooks, which helps to smooth any unwanted back fat or armpit muffin problems. It has very wide wires, which are good for girls with wide roots or migrated breast tissue (breast fat underneath your armpits – creates a ‘muffin top’ effect). The gore is short. It’s wide at the bottom and narrow at the top, and very comfortable. It does feature a ribbon detail, which may be uncomfortable for some girls. The band is very comfortable. It’s true to size and firm, but not inflexible like the bands on bras like the Cleo Kali, for example. Although this bra is padded, the padding is not thick. It’s very flexible, so it will form around tight dresses and tops. CLEAVAGE: This bra will give fierce cleavage for fuller, rounder breasts, and good cleavage for shallow breasts too. Close-set, projected, full breasts will get true ‘tavern Wench’-style cleavage from this bra. Projected breasts will look better in this bra, but shallower breasts will be comfier (due to the shape of the cups).
CONS: QUALITY ISSUES FABRIC: the fabric is a MAGNET for hairs and lint. Mine arrived covered in hairs. The fabric is also prone to snagging, and will arrive with some snags already. SEWING AND THREAD: The vertical seam on the bottom section of the cups is over-sewn, so there is frayed thread in the middle-top of the cups. There is also some fraying on the edge of the gore, but it is mostly obscured by the ribbon. The sewing on the bra as a whole is not great – there are many loose threads all over the bra. FIT ISSUES STRAPS: The straps are too far apart – they create friction burns against your armpits when you lean forward. The straps are also very badly sewn on (it almost looks as though they are hot-glued), so there is a strange ‘lumpiness’. CUPS: The cups are very open at the top, meaning lots of gaping issues when you move. This will suit girls with very full breasts and people who are Full on Top, but shallower girls with need to swoop and scoop breast tissue often. Because of the shape of the cups, depending on the shape of your breasts, this bra can give you simultaneous gapping (near the straps) and quadboob (near the gore). You may find, if you are a shallower girl, that this bra gives you a strange type of cleavage. Cups can be very minimising and make your breasts look small, too, for the same reason (minimised cleavage). The cups are relatively shallow, so girls with full, projected boobies will want to SIZE UP, unless you’re looking for a bra to create really nice cleavage. For girls with projected breasts, this bra might not be a good everyday choice. WIRE: The wire is very wide, so girls with normal roots will probably find a lot of empty space at the sides. The cup is very high, too, so if you have a short nip-to-neck distance, you’ll probably find that the wire pokes you in the armpits. FABRIC/PATTERN: The lace MAY show through and deform tight and light-coloured shirts, but I have not noticed this yet. GORE: This bra has a relatively high degree of cup separation (distance between the cups), which could be a problem for girls with close-set breasts, and may cause the gore to dig into your breast tissue painfully.
ABOUT ME I NEED BRAS TO FIT: wide roots, moderately full on top, moderately shallow; 30G-32FF
DISCLAIMER: I'm just at the beginning of my bra journey, so take everything I say with a note of caution! Read more 708 more words
My shape: slightly shallow teardrop/FOB with super wide/tall roots and very close-set tissue in the middle
This review is for the darker Nude colorway.
I won this bra as part of an underwear set in a blog contest and was thrilled because it was the first bra I was going to get that fit me properly. Well, after I exchanged it for the right size, because as it turns out, it didn't actually run small in the band OR the cups... but now I can't say enough nice things about the customer service at Affinitas, who were super helpful, very accommodating, and fast! Nicest people ever.
Ok, back to the bra: ...The nude color is not actually nude on someone as pale as I am (or really anyone who hasn't been tanning for a few months...), but that isn't really noticeable under clothes. On the other hand, it's very pretty for a t-shirt bra. I only wish I could have gotten another one in the blue colorway when it was still available.
The cups are very stiff. This is good for a lot of people, and fine for me most of the time, although they do gap a little when I let my shoulders fall forward. They give a lovely rounded shape, though, and it's like wearing boob armor.
My only issues with this bra are the wires, which are too narrow for me, and the angle the cups are cut in on the outer top edge. The straps are rather far apart, so this probably is part of the issue, but it really is the shape of the cup. It cuts into the soft tissue around my underarm and shoulder if I don't keep my shoulders pulled back in perfect posture all the time. I mean, it's great motivation to stand up straight, but it still hurts after a little while. I am hoping this will resolve itself at least a little after another wash or two.
All in all, a great bra. I am really glad I own it, and the strap thing won't stop me from wearing it as much as I can.
6 month Update: This bra actually shows through a lot of my thinner shirts now, for more reasons than just the dark color: the top of the cups has curled out and now there is an inescapable ridge that can only be hidden by decoration or a neckline, or perhaps a thick woven fabric. On the plus side, it no longer cuts in under my arms as much, and it is still as armor-y as ever. It also doesn't appear to have stretched at all, but I have lost some weight or gained some muscle or something and now it is pretty obviously too loose on me. I'd sell it because it's still in great shape, but I don't think anyone would want it because of the ridge on the cups. Le sigh. Read more 374 more words
I think this is a very good example of what a properly fitted bra can do. I'd pretty much given up on the idea of my wide breasts having cleavage but this delivers majorly. It gives that "baby's butt" touching cleavage like the add-2-cups bras i used to wear did, except that it also fits and supports me. It feels very firm everywhere, definitely not a "forget you're wearing it" bra, but during try-on it didn't seem like it was going to be painful. I'll report back if it is. I would recommend this as an alternative if the Freya Deco didn't work for you. I could never find a size or style in that that worked for me but this definitely works better for my deep, wide, short shape.