I'm so pleasantly surprised by this bra! Major fit adjustments have been made to Charlotte for SS16. It's now a great option for the narrow/projected crowd. This bra now runs big, so I'd recommend sizing down in the cup 1-2 cups depending on how FoB/short rooted you are.
SIZE DOWN IN CUP. Floral Shimmer. Overall very pleased! Thanks to PetiteCollegiate for her review, or I never would have found this rare ABTF! I have never tried this brand before, so I cannot comment on differences from other colorways, but I will say this one is much like Comexim (actually a better fit than I get in Comexim Basic, I'd say neck and neck with my AP, and for a fraction of the cost!).
Cups- Borderline quad on my larger side, minimal gaping on my smaller side, so I'd say cups are perfect. Narrowish. They are not TTS (Cups in this are the same size ...as my AP 32FF and Panache Clara 32F). This has a good amount of bottom projection. Appearance under shirts is green-purple shape, which is my ideal. It's like I'm holding my boobs in the ideal supported shape. I get a weensy bit of buckling of top line of cup close to the gore, which I think is related to the straps being a weensy bit too far apart for me, but it doesn't do this as much as the other bras I currently have and it does not bother me/show. Band- on the tighter end of 32 but not horribly so. I am currently wearing with an extender on the first hook and it's lovely. I anticipate being able to nix the extender after several wears. Has a plastic vertical strip encased in fabric on the side where fabric transitions from satin to mesh under the arms (don't know what this is called, but it prevents wrinkly band under the arms and increases stability. win!) Straps- are thankfully closer together than they were in the 32F, which was the #1 issue for me, and are not rubbing or irritating at all. I probably move them in a few cm closer together than they are designed to sit, which causes the weensy cup buckling near the gore; to be perfect for me, they could be moved in 1cm. It's a very sturdy design. I feel like I could wear this on my 24h shift and still be supported. But it's comfortable and a U-back. Win! Strap width is 0.5in. Straps are cushioned and not holding a lot of weight. Gore- narrow. Yay. Wires- channels are 1.5cm longer than the wires under the arms and at gore. They are low/medium flexibility. Not soft, not hard.
Note, if you order from BareNecessities, their size in this brand is one size up. To get this UK32E, I had to order "32F." Read more 313 more words
I would tell a friend: Pros: -The band fits perfectly in a 28. -It is beautiful. -The cups are filled completely, no quadboob, no hollow underboob, etc. Cons: -The cups run small. I'm normally a 28ff, and had to up to a g. -The straps are set pretty far apart, which isn't a problem for me really as I have broader shoulders. -There is just a SLIGHT discomfort of the cup against my armpit/breast tissue. It seems to be cut high, but it may just be that I'm getting used to larger cupped breasts after finding ones with the proper band and cup size.
All in all it is a lovely look when on, but I wouldn't recommend to an especially narrow shouldered friend, or a petite friend if the cups are cut high on me, and I am "normal" height.
This review is for the red. I ordered both the red and the peach at the same time, from the same retailer. I will review the peach separately.
So, for the red...I absolutely love this bra! It's pretty, it's got excellent push up and in. I think it's super sexy, but I could totally see wearing this a lot, almost as an everyday bra really as it's so comfortable-at least so far it is https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
The description says padded, but it's really more of a lined bra than a padded. It's definitely not padded like many ...I've had over the years. It's got a nice snug fit. I was advised by reviews and by a friend to order up in band size at it runs tight in the band, and I completely agree. I absolutely love the cleavage it gives me. If I had a complaint about it, which I really don't, it would be that the straps are maybe set a little too close for my frame, but all in all, I think it's an excellent fit. The cups are a 3-part cup. The fabric of the outside of the cups has almost a velvety look to it, though it's not velvet. I don't know exactly what the fabric is, but it totally works for this bra. There are two black ribbon like strips going partway up the cup, and up the center of the gore, which could show through with thinner shirts. There is also a satin overlay on the outside edges of the cups. Really the pictures don't do it justice I don't think. The gore measures about 3-1/4 inches. It sits nice and flat on me, and really seems to be the perfect separation for me.
I think this has a look of a much more expensive bra, and it's very reasonably priced. I will definitely be looking into more of the Parfait line. The Charlotte has 2 styles of matching panties, a high waist and a bikini. I purchased the bikini. The whole styling has a retro look about it, making one think of an old-school pin-up styling I think. All-in-all, I'm extremely pleased with this bra! Read more 282 more words
You had better think again if you think you won't garner some attention whilst wearing ths bra. It doesn't give me an enormous amount of lift but does create a very attractive profile.
There's nothing I can really say to add to the other reviews of this terrific bra. The construction is stellar and the fit is quite firm. I am very glad I sized up in the cup. A wide, tight band to capture all that wandering tissue and with the wide-set, wide straps it gives me a great feeling of support and containment without completely covering up all that lovely upper boobage.
*edit* not able to make this into a fit check because I did not take measurements of the bra before returning it to Amazon.
I really wanted to like this bra, and the design with the blossom pink print too. Unfortunately, I think the cups are perhaps too shallow for my projection and that I maybe ordered the right band (I think) but not the right cup, which would only make the fit that much shallower. Gore does not tack at all to sternum and the sides of the cup have extra space as well as the top having gaping with wrinkles in the fabric. I did also swoop ...and scoop myself in, on loosest hook, and sat with it on for about an hour and the wires under my arm are either too high or just does not fit me right. Also, I am only 5'5" but have a relatively short torso, and fat around, for anyone looking to compare. The pink blossom print fit exactly the same as the Rio Red design.
Anyone able to take a look at me and give suggestions would be appreciated as I am still looking for the right shape/style of bra. Read more 89 more words
This one fits me in all the right places. It brings my side-heavy breasts around to the front so they're not tucked under my arms. It is barely noticable as I wear it, I'm not adjusting the straps all day and it's sexy AF. I literally cried when I put this one on. Having large breasts on a smallish frame makes bra finding really, really hard - and then when they're are side-heavy, style-wise it is limited even more.
Shape: round, projected, even to FoB, close set, on the narrow end of average root width.
So, typically I fit splendidly in a UK 30E, but it's clear from other reviews that the cups run a size big in this bra. I kept my band size, sized down in the cups, and here we are with a 30DD. I haven't tried any of the other colorways, but once I heard that the Floral Shimmer ran much more narrow and projected it seemed prudent to give it a shot. And it's a great fit!
Pros: Compared to the much wider wires of the Panache bras I typically wear, these are ...nicely narrow and run about even with my tail of spence. The gore is higher than I would expect for a plunge cut, but it is more comfortable than my other high gore balconnets - I wonder if this is due to how projected the cups are? The projection is more accommodating to my center fullness, which usually leaves the gore resting uncomfortably on breast tissue. Not in this! The overall shape/side profile is VERY up, at-attention, and forward. Under shirts, it legitimately looks like I grew a full cup size or two thanks to the deep, projected cups. This could be a pro or con depending on whether you prefer a minimized look. Lastly, it's super comfy! The shiny fabric and interior cup foam is lovely and soft and it's basically invisible under (darker) t-shirts. Thumbs up.
Cons: This looks like a swimsuit. I'm not kidding! The thick molded cups coupled with the shiny print fabric give off a serious swimsuit vibe, especially paired with the matching bottoms (as a side note, I have 38" hips / 27" waist and the size small high waist briefs fit perfectly). Not a huge issue for me, just something to be aware of if you care about it. Also, if you have *any* asymmetry, the cups will not be forgiving. The bra fit perfectly to my larger breast, but I get a touch of gapping on my smaller side. It's not extreme, but again, something to be aware of especially if you have pronounced asymmetry. Cookies would probably help.
Overall, I'm very pleased. This is such a different fit to what I'm used to in my typical Panaches and Cleos, and I think I might have to hunt down more narrow, projected bras. I'm hooked. Read more 292 more words