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.
EDIT: I altered the band myself so it can stretch to 26 inches, and now it fits me PERFECTLY. No more gaping, and I finally have nice cleavage without quadraboob. If you experience gaping in the cups, I highly recommend altering- especially if you are a sub-30 band.
EDIT #2: Now that I've tried the Freya Deco bra, Casey's rival, I'd have to say that I VASTLY prefer the Casey. Although they share similarities such as both being padded plunge bras that run large, the shape of the cups are different. Even though the depth of the Deco is too small for me, my breasts still won't conform to ...the top part of the cups because I don't have a lot of upper fullness and the material is very frigid; the top of the cups are somewhat straight and don't curl towards the body. Meanwhile, Casey's cups are a bit more elastic and forgiving albeit still being frigid, just to a lesser degree than the Deco. I also find that the top of the cups on the Casey bra curls toward the breast. If I had to decide between the two, I'd have to choose the Casey. If they made Casey in a 28 band or even a 26 band, I'd be a very happy girl.
I special ordered this from Large Cup Lingerie (which by the way, is absolutely fantastic for special orders). Based on other reviews, I sized a cup down because it apparently ran big, which I'm glad I did. I have a 26 inch back and I found this stretched to a true 30, which is way too large for me. Note that my measured bra size is 26FF. I have narrow, bottom heavy breasts and I experienced several fit issues with this. First of all, this thing gapes on me; it is definitely not a good shape for my breast shape. Secondly, like I said, the band runs way too large. I do have to say that this bra is VERY comfortable and despite the gaping, I still get cleavage. The blue color is very pretty. This is a great bra for those who own standard American bras like Victoria's Secret but have recently discovered their 'new' bra size. The lace on the sides of the cup are reminiscent of VS' Angel push up bra, which used to be one of my favourites. I hope Parfait comes out with a lavender Casey... I dislike nude bras but lavender is an alternative for those who like pastel, girly colors but want a bra that does not show under white clothing. Read more 321 more words
(This review is for the newer version, with the purple Parfait label.)
I started off trying Casey in my normal sister size of 30DD, but found that the cups were generally too tall and designed for a more FOT shape than I have, so I decided to size down and give the 30D a try. However, I am still getting the same issue with the cup shape being a mismatch, so while the fit overall is pretty good, I don't think this is the bra for me.
For a 30D, this bra definitely measures closer to a 30DD. Actually, the cup depth is basically the same as the ...30DD Black (new version) that I tried, but measures consistently 1 size smaller than the 30DD European Nude (old version) that I tried. The main difference is that the 30D has much shorter cups, which work better on my height and proportions. However, both 30D and 30DD fit in the new version, though the overall appearance is different.
The wires still fit well on me in this size, since they come up high enough under the arms. The reason this bra isn't for me even though it technically fits is that the molded cup shape is very pointy and projected, so if you are not FOT, the cups will have this weird shape under clothing. If you are fuller on top, the shape becomes much rounder and more balanced, and looks great under clothing. So, I am not faulting Casey for the cup shape, but have accepted that it isn't designed for shallower on top shapes.
I think this bra is designed for tall, projected shapes who find standard molded cup bras to be too shallow, but don't like the super tall cups of Freya Deco or Freya Idol. Upper fullness is necessary to get a rounded look instead of pointy cups. The deep plunge gives a really nice shape if you have upper inner fullness.
I've been impressed by Parfait's quality lately, because I have been enjoying the quality of the materials and the fact that they are truly designed as a full-figure brand. Unlike the Black Casey, this one has normal medium width satin straps instead of skinny straps. Like all Parfait bands I've tried, the band on Casey is very firm and supportive despite being standard powermesh. The cups and cradle are made from matte knit tricot, and it seems to be a different fabric than used on the older version of this bra. I like the topped on lace at the outer cup, and the lace design seems to be consistent between both versions. It reminds me of the appearance of some older Victoria's Secret styles, though the quality and construction is vastly different from VS. A satin bow at the gore is the only decoration.
Ruby Wine is a deep mulberry with brown undertones. It is suitable for warm-toned skin but looks muddy on my cool olive skin. Read more 390 more words
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
Short rooted, close set, slightly narrow, center full, even breasts...
Note: These wires distort easily. If the cups feel especially shallow, you may want to use an extender.
This is my first Parfait bra. I appreciate the three column fastener and supportive band. The straps are perfect for those who prefer narrower straps. Still, I prefer Curvy Kate and Comexim's more substantial straps. The bra is minimalistic and easy to wear under tight knits.
The cups are a bit tall near the strap for me, but that is a fit issue I experience in most molded bras. These cups can accommodate moderate projection. Both shallow and somewhat projected tissue may ...happily fit. It slides out of my IMF quickly, but I expected that.
The molding expertly hides prominent nipples and creates a very smooth, rounded appearance under tight knits.
The gore is delighfully low. But, it presents the same problem every plunge has so far: there is mot enough space for center projection. I'm returning to balconettes because plunges are not working for me.
Because I practice minimalism, this is not a bra I need to keep.