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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.
Updated on Aug 31, 2016 Flag this
Oops! So... I thought that the 30DD would fit better in the cups since the 30E was too big...
Unfortunately, the wires are not wide enough for me in this size and the cups seem to be too tall. (Similar problems I have with the Freya Deco) But the good part about this bra is that there is an elastic sewn on the edge of it to prevent little gaping that Deco has.
The bra is very cute, a little lumpy under clothes and people say it is "retro". I'm not exactly sure since I guess I haven't lived that long yet
Personally, ... I would not consider it a plunge because the gore is so high. Ah!
I like all the detailing that went into this bra, such as the bow and the black stripes on the cup and the center. The padding is about 1/8th of an inch, so it is a good amount, but I wouldn't consider it "push up".
I also have reason to believe they updated the sizing on the Charlotte, because the two I got (30E and 30DD) stretch to 31 inches, while most of the older measurements show that the 30 band is around 27-28 inches.
Overall I really like this bra, but I think I will try my luck with the balconette version they have.
Updated on Jan 19, 2013 Flag this
This is the noisiest bra I've ever worn.
I also think it's a PMS bra for me; without water retention, my boobs don't feel like they're filling up the inside of the top of the cup. They look like they do, but feeling them doesn't return much more information due to the lining/padding.
Updated on Oct 29, 2015 Flag this
Pretty good fit, but I suspect a 28E would be better. Nice projection. A bit stiff, but still pretty comfortable.
Updated on Feb 22, 2015 Flag this
I got this bra in red. It is very pretty and well-constructed. I definitely prefer this look to the Charlotte balconette, but that's just me.
The band on this bra is very firm and feels more like a 28. This is good for me, but others may want to size up in the band. I also followed the advice left by other reviewers and sized up in the cups (the early version of the red Charlotte runs small). I was worried that they would be too big, but they were fine. It might not be good for full on top shapes because it's not very open at the top. I have fairly wide roots, and this bra works well for them. The straps are very wide-set for me. They rub at my armpits, which can be uncomfortable. Overall, though, I'm pretty happy with it.
EDIT: Boobs have grown. Now I'm quadboobing a little.
Updated on Nov 02, 2014 Flag this
This bra is clearly one size too small. (the size 30E fits me nearly perfectly) If I was FOB, with short roots, I think I'd like the smaller fit, but because I'm more even, with tall roots, the bra cuts into my root, instead of just giving me better cleavage.
Despite the size issue, I will keep this as a back up bra, because it is comfortable.
Updated on Oct 30, 2014 Flag this
This bra is gorgeous! The seams are a bit thick though, and will show under thin fabric. The wings are quite tall, which I love, personally. But if you often have issues with tall wings then this might not work for you. The cups are very shallow, which is wonderful for my equally shallow, FoB breasts not sure how it would work on someone with a different shape.
Updated on Mar 15, 2014 Flag this
Update: This has become my most-worn bra! It's so comfortable and the fit is just right. I hope Parfait will introduce many more bras with this style.
I have both the Charlotte Balconette and the Charlotte Padded underwire bra. They are both in size 30DD. The balconette is too small on me but I love the style and the peach/black colors, so I purchased this model. It fits and it has excellent side support and great tall sides. My husband absolutely loves the balconette model, but this one barely gets a yawn. I pointed out to him that it's styled like that "Roaring 20's looking bra" he loves so much, but he just shrugged. He says it looks like an ordinary, everyday support bra to him. Oh well - I bought this for myself anyways. It wears under just about everything and it gives better lift and shaping than most "t-shirt" type bras.
Updated on Nov 07, 2013 Flag this
This is a pretty bra and I like the retro look but the padding is thicker than I care for. The cups were just a little bit small and the band was too loose. I also found that the seams were noticeable under clothing.
Updated on May 24, 2013 Flag this
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