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Bras » Parfait By Affinitas » Charlotte Padded Bra (6901)

Charlotte Padded Bra (6901)

AW2011- AW2015 version - This is the plunge version. See 6931 for half cup balconette. More...

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  1. 2
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    30J

    Didn't fit

    I have been wanting to try this well-reviewed bra for a while. It has great style and provides a flattering fit on many people. Unfortunately I am not one of them! I bought this bra in "Wild Pink" colorway. It is a fun, bubble gum pink color. The band seemed a bit looser than I prefer, not bad, but I personally like a very snug band. My tight underbust is 29. The real problems were with the cups. The worst of the problems was with the side of the cup. For those of you familiar with the smaller band ... larger cup problems with Panache sawing the side of your shoulder off, it is similar. Interestingly, it wasn't super painfully tight in the front of the shoulder/ armpit area like Panache, but there was a ton of fabric there. Like covering large areas of my armpit when I lower my arm. I live in the deep south, and tbh that would just be covered in sweat in the summer. Gross. And quite uncomfortable. It seems like the same scaling issue that Panache has, like maybe they don't actually try these bras on women in my size range, but rather just guess and hope for the best? This bra does not have quite enough projection for me, you can see a bit of collapsing at the bottom of the cup. Finally, despite the excess fabric at the side of the cup, there isn't enough space in the cup where my center full breasts are, causing me to quad, and the gore does not come anywhere close to tacking.
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    • 1

      Pics and measurements underway! I didn't mean this to be posted without them, oops!

    • MamaPagan , I remember you said a while back you were considering this bra, and as this is getting close to your size I figured you would be interested in the review

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      The strap situation is really bad! I strongly suspect, like you said, they don't try these on real women, maybe dolls or something. There is no way any sane woman would wear this and be like IT'S PERFECT!

    • You are too funny brasaremean . "IT'S PERFECT"

    • Oof, those straps are painful to look at on you! What were they thinking?

    • veggiechic You must be confusing me with someone else. I tried this one over a year ago in a 28K and a 30K, both too small in the cup. :-/ But I am interested in all bra reviews so thank you! I love reading the different perspectives!

    • hmmm. Guess so! Hopefully someone else considering this bra in this size range will be forewarned, lol!

    • I think I figured it out! A few months ago I was considering ordering several Amazon bras that were super cheap just to add the data here, then return. This was most likely one of those, as there was definitely more than 1 cup differece between the 28K and 30K, so inconsistent at best and we'd benefit from more entries. I know one of the bras was a Curvy Kate with stretch lace.

      Either way, I felt guilty about ordering them with the sole intent to use free returns, which would drive up Amazon prices....so that guilt won and I didn't buy them. I chose the guilt of not adding potential data here instead. Damned if you do, and damned if you don't, right?

      So I think your memory was correct after all! It's just mine failing me, haha!

    • 1

      Funny! I am glad I wasn't totally confused!

    • Nope, I think it's totally me! :-D

    • 1

      OMG the wires are basically ending on your back. Wow. Grading fail! Well, at least you tried it and you established it's not one for you.

    • 1

      Atleast it looks pretty lol.
      Terrible looking fit though.
      I think the main problem when getting into the larger cup sizes is that bra brands are in the mindset that the wires and the base MUST GET WIDER whereas it's looking more and more to me like the width of the wire really should stop at around 6-9" width depending on band size.
      I mean really this is a 30 band, what women is likely to have breast tissue that close to their back to require the cups to be 8" wide on each side. That's 16" of space they're expecting on the front of the chest, not even including the gore! So over half of the complete circumference. I guess it might make more sense on a 2D model, but not a 3D model.

    • LeProfessor I think this bra is just inconsistent at best. I tried it last year in a 28K & 30K. The 28K wires were 8" wide while the 30K was 7.5" and the gores were seriously floating. I don't think they actually intend for the wires to keep the breasts in place in this range, but more craddle them. My feelings on it at the time I tried them was they only would work for super firm tissue or over the muscle implants. The photos posted on Amazon reviews make it look flattering. (Those that were up Apr 2017 at least!)

      Parfait's Sophia bra (in 30K) was unpadded with full stretch lace and a wide lazy J wire , flattened the breasts, but was so comfortable! If it wasn't for the band being huge, I would have loved that one especially on period tenderness days. I think the brand just likes the push up with "wide & to the side" look.

    • I totally agree MamaPagan this is their first bra into large sizes too. I was looking at other bras from them and they were very cute and not offered in the larger size range. Lets hope that they get more consistent and refine their bra patterns over the years!

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    28E

    Fits

    I have average-width, even breasts with tallish roots.

    This bra cuts in slightly at the top of my breasts due to an incompatibility with the slope of my breasts/them being slightly tall. I got this lingerie set not as an everyday set, so I cannot comment on how well it goes underneath shirts. Might work for tops that are cut slightly lower than other bras will allow, as there is a slight plunge style shape to the bra.

    Seems fairly true to size. Very stylish!

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    28F

    Didn't fit

    Bought from a bratabase user. The appearance is so beautiful yet the bra is very sturdy and if it fit better I can tell it would be wonderfully supportive. I love the relatively tall cups, wings, and gore; If this bra fit it would be probably my favorite bra ever. See my profile page for my measurements and breast shape info!

    My fit: Band a little too big on my 26 back, I can fit my hand into it, but it's firmer than a Freya I'd say. Too open in the top of the cups for me, I gape in every position I try except standing up with good ... posture with my shoulders back. Too shallow in the lower cups because after a few hours I feel minor pain in my lower breast so that leads me to believe they are being pressed too hard.

    If I grasp the cups and hold them against myself, the cups are filled with breast tissue, so I don't know if that means technically it's not too big, rather it's just too open up top. Straps and cups and wires are too wide: outer lower sides of cups are empty, the top of the cups painfully dig into my armpits big time, and my arms Touch the cups and push against them. Overall it was a miss but it was exciting to try my first padded/moulded/lined/whatever you call these type of cups. I may try to alter the cups to fit better.

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    • Gorgeous color on you!

    • Thanks Love4Pollinators !

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      If you're up for some serious alterations, this bra may still end up fitting you! Charlotte is actually great bra for altering, because there's lots of ways to 'cover up' the bits you did bra surgery on.

      I had similar problems with my Charlotte (straps too wide, frontal 'armpit' cup-part uncomfortable when moving my arms).

      *Alteration*: I moved in the straps & reduced the outer front cup / armpit part - removing and then re-attaching the shiny satin side sling.

      First I used seam rippers to remove the straps and loosen the satin part - just leave this hanging. Then I removed a bit of the foam part underneath. Trial and error how much / at what angle the armpit area works for you - use pins to try on! If it needs some tweaks, try cutting off more foam or pin differently.

      Once you're happy with the armpit part, sew this new outer cup edge and try it on again (the satin is still hanging loose btw.) Works? Arrange the satin sling with pins and cut bits off where needed. Then you can re-attach the satin side sling (also helps to cover up your sewing underneath). Finally, re-attach the straps, set narrower and / or at a bit of an angle.

      Here's a link to a less specific but more technical explanation: https://www.orange-lingerie.com/how-to-move-straps-on-the-marlborough-bra/

      This alteration also made my Charlotte fit smaller, which is why it may solve your gaping.
      If not, you could also (alteration 2) lower the cup edge by removing the black piping (or cutting part of the cup and adding new piping).

      (:

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      bubblegum ahh you are a genius! I am trying to practise more sewing so thank you for this. i may work up the courage to do this bra surgery.

    • Edit: alteration 2 does interfere with alteration 1 (needs to be done at the same time). Pinning is your friend: in the first steps of alt.1, trying on with pins should already make obvious if the armpit surgery helps solve the gaping or not. If so, alt.2 is not necessary but if it is, you can do both.

      Hope this makes sense!

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    28J

    Didn't fit

    I got this bra in 28J after trying on the 30H and finding it lacking in sizing for me (cups too small and band too large). I fell in love with the design, the quality and the feel of comfort and sturdiness that this bra offers you.

    Now that I got to try the 28J, I'm not so sure about some of those qualities, more precisely the design… For a starter, even though I purchased the smallest band size and that my measurements seems to put me in the 28-30 inches band size range, this bra is still too large for me ! I have to close it at ... the first set of hooks to get this tight feeling I get from other bras (where I can only put two fingers under the band and feel supported but not constricted). The biggest issue is the center gore that doesn't lay flat against my sternum at all, I can put one finger between my skin and the center gore ! I don't know if the problem is with the design or the cut of this bra, or if my breasts are set too close apart (I doubt that since it's the first time I get this issue). I recently put on weight, and I was a 30 before so I don't think I lost some inches at the ribcage measurements…
    Secondly, the cut of the cups makes them go very high under my arms, it touches my armpit. This doesn't concern the wires, just the top-side part of the cups. I think I will get used to this.
    Thirdly, and I think this is because of the high cut of the cups, I get more empty room on the sides in the cups that I'm used to, but that is not a concerning issue.

    Despite that I get a very good breasts shape visually and everything is tightly held together, which is the feeling that I like. The straps are firm and large and stay on my narrow shoulders without slipping. The quality of the fabric and the sewing seems top-notch even though the vertical details are very visible under t-shirts (in 3D).
    I only wish the center gore would lay flat, and the sides to be a little lower…

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      I tried this bra and got similar issues...pokey underwire under the armpits and a gore that liked to float. The wires on this bra are wide. I really love the look of the bra but wish they had executed the design better.

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    40FF

    Didn't fit

    I'm on the fence with this one. On one hand, I don't think I'm going to get much cleavage with my breast unless I wear this type of bra which I think is overall a little too small and big at the same time. Cleavage-seeking is the only reason I bought this. But, I really enjoy the shape, lift, and yeah - the cleavage. I think I will end up keeping it for special wear, but not everyday.


    The band is tight, the gore doesn't tack, and the wing height is very high. Will get very slight quad boob if I were to bend. There is slight gaping at ... the very top edge, and I think the wires are slightly narrow on me. I needed to take the straps almost all the way up to correct some top gaping, and at least this bra allows for fully adjusting the straps. I'm not fond of the "peach" color - it just looks nude, but I like the detailing. Like other bras on me, it doesn't stay in my fold (I've never had one that does).


    Despite the fit issues, it's not really uncomfortable. Incredible lift, shape, and cleavage for my breast that don't do cleavage. It's subtle, which I prefer. I believe if I were to correct the size issues, I would lose out on the cleavage. So - special-time bra only for me!

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    30FF

    Fits

    I wanted to try out Charlotte for a long time and now I had the chance. I got this bra pretty used, but it still fits decently. The colour is pretty darn great and I like the shape it gives me.
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    Updated on Aug 26, 2016 Flag this


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      Very nice on you! I like my Charlottes too. They don't fit perfectly but very pretty bra!

    • 1

      I also like my Charlotte. It's super flattering. I had to go up a cup size and it is a good fit. Not perfect I still have not found any to be perfect

    • 1

      I think I actually need a 32F, since the pre-loved 30FF fits best on the first set of hooks, but you know - a good bra is a good bra :D

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    28E

    Fits

    I love this bra and it fits! Hooray! My first one.
    It's got some issues here and there but I would still call it a fit.
    The wires were unwearable. They were the most painful wires I have ever come across. I couldn't leave it on more than a few minutes at a time, and it still left my rib cage tender to the touch the next day. It made the stabbing wires of the freya crush longline feel like a relaxing spa massage. Once I was sure it fit, I replaced the wires and it's fine now.
    It was slightly too wide and shallow for me ... so I bent the wires. This fixed the slight quading and width issue. Both of those were minor enough so that this worked.
    The straps are too wide and dig into my armpits. I make the straps as loose as possible to try and compensate for this. If I'm feeling brave enough, I might try to move the straps inward or replace them with thinner straps.

    I like the oversized bow and how tall the sides are. The 28 band is tight enough for my 26 rib cage. I thought the contrast of the two different materials and the thick black lines were strange at first, but it looks better on. It gives a nice profile, not perfectly round, but still rounded and uplifted. Holds all swoop and scoop in place. I would get another one in a different colorway because I'm so happy with how this bra fits!

    UPDATE
    I replaced the straps with thinner softer ones, so no more cutting into my armpits. This bra needed modifications but it's sooo worth it!

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      Word to the wise, I have heard their newest color ("floral shimmer") is narrower and more projected than previous ones. Never tried them though, and I'm tempted cause floral fits me great....

    • Thanks for the tip. I think I heard that one also runs large in the cup. Not sure if that's true or not.

    • I have heard that as well. I had to size down to E from FF/F

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    40G

    Didn't fit

    Am pleased with this bra! The only issue is the top of the gore slightly does not touch my sternum but it is longer than my other bras. Counting this as a win given it is comfy otherwise. I could have gone up one cup for my larger side but my smaller side would have needed a cookie or it would have been too large. Excited to rotate this in as a regular wearing bra. I also bought this in dusty rose and the tag on that one says US/UK size is both a G. Puzzled by that as I thought US and UK sizes are not the same in bra land.

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    Updated on Feb 19, 2016 Flag this


    • Thanks for @40G review

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    34K

    Didn't fit

    A bit uncomfortable to wear all day. Underwires slide down, don't stay in inframammary fold. Underwires poke me in the armpit. Cups are very shallow, flattens out my shape. Has plastic boning on the sides, comfortable at first, but hurts after wearing for a few hours.

    Dusty Rose colorway

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    32C

    Didn't fit

    This is easily going to be my longest review so far, because it may be the only one in this size on Bratabase for a while. I bought this from the Parfait by Affinitas sale on Zulily, and the tag for sure says 32C. Apparently I bought a bra that doesn't exist, but photographic evidence is included. Maybe they quietly expanded their size range to include C cups?

    Note that the band in this size only has 2 hooks, not 4. Another difference between this and the larger sizes is that the cups don't seem to run small or shallow here, as others have noticed ... with the larger sizes. I'd say this is a true to size 32C with average projection. It is definitely more projected than my b.tempt'd and Natori bras. I can only fill the cups with a LOT of scooping and swooping, but once I'm there, it keeps me in there pretty well. My larger left breast sits nicely in the cup, and the smaller right one has a small amount of gapping at the top, but not so much that I can't deal with it.

    Anyway, I'm a bit conical, a bit shallow, splayed, separated (2-3 finger-breadths), with a wide root but not a super-tall root, and soft squishy tissue. My snug underbust is usually about 31" and tight underbust 29". This bra looks awesome, but there are 2 major comfort issues.

    The positives: It brings my boobs front and center in a very "in your face" way. The whole "lifts and separates" thing is in full force here. I completely agree with the person who said "boob scaffolding," as it's extremely supportive. The wings go up high enough to bring all my armpit tissue inward, which is rare for me given how spread out my boobs are. It's also very well constructed and has a gorgeous 1950s vintage pinup feel. Looks awesome with the matching high-waist briefs.

    The negatives: It's SO uncomfortable on me. The gore wants to eat my sternum. I have a very bony sternum, and this gore digs right in where my sternum meets my ribs. It's made worse by the fact that the band seems really small and really firm. Either a wider amount of space between the wires or a lower gore would be preferable. The band is also quite wide and very firm, so it goes up high enough to dig into my lat muscles and create a little bit of an unflattering back fat roll. However, wearing it with an extender all but eliminates the back fat issue and definitely improves the gore issue. Finally, the wires are not quite as wide as I prefer, but the construction of the bra brings my roots inward and keeps my axillary tails from leaking over the wings, so it doesn't seem to be a big problem.

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