This bra is absolutely beautiful and I wish it fit better. Got the Dusty Rose color and tried it on for ten minutes. My shape: short, narrow roots, somewhat even with more bottom projection, fuller in the center with less tissue on the sides, short torso.
Very comfortable and firm band, largely due to the vertical boning on the wings to help the elastic not roll and cut into you.
Unexpectedly narrow wire width at 5.1". For once, I didn't notice the wires bothering me at all, which was amazing.
The cups are a little shallow in bottom and center for the size--I got minimal quadboob toward the ...center because this was a balconette plunge style and not a full balconette. I don't think the cups run small--if my tissue had filled the top of the cups (meaning if my boobs were tall enough, not FOT enough), I think the volume would seem like a standard 28F.
Tall cups (6" tall from highest point to bottom wire measured vertically). I don't need the top inch of cup at all--the distance from my armpit to inframammary fold is about 5.5", so my breasts are even shorter than that. So, unfortunately, my arms were pushing the bra down so it wouldn't stay in the right place, and when I slouched even a little, the top triangular edges gapped.
The center gore was too wide--I prefer 0.7" or less, or else the wires end up sitting on my boobs in the center.
The straps were a little too far apart, but this is always an issue with me (my weird ribcage is smallest at the top and largest at the bottom).
The construction is sturdy, the design is great, the materials thoughtful (matte cups with satin side support panels) and the bra itself is kind of heavy--the wires are thick and don't bend easily. Overall, wish I could have a version that fit me.
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Funny story- I had this shipped to my 82 year old aunt to bring with her from the USA, and she was rather shocked. She called my mom to complain that I had bought "a fancy dress bra" and "a circus bra".
I think what put her off were the rich colours, and the bulk. I love the rich red colour, but I am bothered by the bulk. Despite the Charlotte fitting like a glove, there is no way I'm going to forget I'm wearing it.
I love the shape it gives from both the front and the side, but oddly I'm less pleased with the side silhouette under clothing. ...I think possibly having a different material on the wings and on the cups creates an optical illusion which improved the silhouette when the bra is visible.
The thing that bothers me most about this bra is that although the band is firm and doesn't ride up, and even digs in after a few hours of wear, after a few hours I feel like the front of the bra is sliding down- I keep feeling like I need to pull the bottoms of the cups up to meet the bottoms of my breasts, but in reality there's nothing to adjust. After a few hours of this, the wires also start digging in underneath my smaller boob.
Despite these problems, I still like this bra a lot. My favourite feature is the elaborate construction where the cups meet the straps- it creates a kind of buffer that pushes underarm fat/migrated breast tissue/overdeveloped muscle (whichever it turns out to be) inwards towards the breast and prevents it from showing.
The detailing on the bra will show under very thin tops, but all in all it's quite useful for a "clown bra". Read more 186 more words
Doesn't fit me--too big. I'm also wondering if some of the other listed measurements are older and they changed something in the newer ones, because it seems like I'm looking at a completely different bra than everyone else!
Mine definitely has 3 hooks (trust me, I checked like 5 times just in case...) but all the other submitted measurements for this size say there are 4...
Really love the 'pin-uppy' aesthetic of this bra, but sadly it's not a good match for me.
Fit issues: Bottom cups are way too shallow for me, causing me to size up to avoid quadding. This also adds to the tallness of the cups (but a smaller size cuts in). But my real deal-breaker is the amount of coverage in the armpit / tail of spence area!
I'm apparently someone with unreasonable tenderness there, who often experiences (even generally well-fitting) bras to 'chafe' my armpit area... (while I see other people wearing bras with much more 'armpit material' without trouble - so yeah I don't know, call me sensitive). But as Charlotte ...has SO.MUCH.MATERIAL near the armpit, I can't comfortably deal with it. Especially as it's thick/foamy as well.
As I really wanted this bra to work, I've actually attempted bra surgery and undid the sewing at the wing / where the strap meets the cup; toward the under-armpit. This sewing intervention is relatively doable, as the satiny fabric can be re-attached over the alteration, so the sewing underneath is pretty much invisible. So you can easily cut part of the material away and re-sew it in a more comfortable, lower-coverage position.
But you know, life happens, being too busy and with a too-large pile of sewing projects.. I never got around to finishing my alteration. Now I've moved countries and this either Charlotte is somewhere in storage or I donated it, can't remember.
I'm still low-key contemplating the Shimmer Floral though, which is supposed to have much better projection! So I could size down for sure, like 32G, which could hopefully also (partly) counter the too-much-armpit-material effect? Read more 163 more words
Though the print is a floral, it more reminds me of rocks under a stream. The outside cups are satin, while the inside is like a soft jersey cotton. This bra, in this print and more recent colour schemes have been compared to polish bras in their fit - fairly narrow wires, immediate projection and all the depth of a good partner (okay, maybe not that deep, but deep for cups) all lead me to agree - it's similar to my Comexims rather than my Ewa Michalak's in the shape it produces as well as the comfort from softer wires and well placed padding. Wide straps that allow comfort. It tends to make me feel like I'm wearing "boob armour" from how full coverage it is with moderate padding, and some days I just love that feeling - especially in winter.
Charlotte has turned out to be one of my favorite bras in my current size, and I've collected many colors, but Dusty Rose is quite possibly my favorite colorway! Unfortunately, I only own this in a 30D, which has always been too small for me. Luckily, I found this bra in near-brand new condition from needboobwisdom, who happened to not get on with the shape.
I am pleased to find that this bra fits exactly as expected. While I prefer the 28E in this style for a more snug band, Parfait makes very firm bands in general, so the 30DD works quite well ...and doesn't feel too large. The cups on this bra measure as expected, with no notable discrepancies although I have experienced some bras running a little larger or smaller in the cup than the others. Note that this is for the older version with the rainbow Parfait label, which fits me quite well.
Dusty Rose is a beautiful matte cool rose that functions as a nude on lighter skintones. It is a very flattering color on me, and I hope to find more colors like this in other styles as they are more attractive than flesh-tone nudes while still appearing invisible under clothing.
I am very happy to have this gorgeous colorway of Charlotte in my collection in my size, and will definitely be adding it to my rotation this winter! Read more 132 more words
This is SUCH a beautiful bra. I had it before in red in a different size prior to my breast reduction and wore it quite often. However, the band feels extremely firm - much more firm than my Parfait Lulu - and is kind of uncomfortable. As a result of the tight band, I feel like the underwires dig in under my arms a little bit. I also think the cup is too shallow for me. The ultimate killer for me, though, is the SQUEAKINESS. It squeaks every time I move, and my previous Parfait Charlotte Padded squeaked too, so I know it's not just this one!
I have to admit that I am not the target audience for Charlotte. My reason for trying this bra is solely curiosity, coupled with a discounted price on Nordstrom. I hate padded bras, Charlotte is quite projected in shape and I am shallow, and someone on Nordstrom described this bra as "a Halloween costume for a character from Pirates of the Caribbean." I hoped this was unnecessarily harsh judgment from a disgruntled customer, but she was spot on. This bra is totally not for me.
Yes, I can totally see why this might remind someone of a campy lady pirate. The bra is extremely ...structured, and the cups are made from a very firm foam covered in heavy satin. Potentially sweaty satin, depending on the climate--I doubt you'd want to actually wear this in the Caribbean. There's something a little Frederick's of Hollywood in the design, a little too cabaret for my tastes. There are seams galore, anathema for anyone who is looking for a smooth look, although the two front stripes on each cup are actually just topped on ribbon detailing. The exterior also has a decorative side sling panel, and I have a hard time imagining this sitting smoothly under any item of clothing lighter than a sweater. The padding feels about 1/4" thick, and because it is so stiff, there's no ignoring it. You are committing to a padded bra when putting on Charlotte. This bra is a comfort-seeker's worst nightmare, but it'll give you a fabulously structured shape if you can put up with the ruthless foam cups.
Unfortunately, because of the materials and construction, this bra is not forgiving in any sense, least of all the fit of the cups. I found the cups to be too deep and projected for my shallow shape. While the top of the cup laid smooth, thanks to the nicely-angled upper panel, I could feel the emptiness at the fullest portion of the cups. Charlotte won't work for shallow shapes, tall roots, or FOT, and I am unsure about FOB. I feel the ideal shape for this bra is someone who is projected and evenly round with short roots. The underwire shape is a deep angled U, rather narrow on the bottom, but thanks to the angling is more open on top than a standard U.
Now, I do have to say that the construction of this bra is excellent. The seams actually end up giving a pretty rounded appearance given the stiffness of the foam. You won't see harsh lines like in Cleo Juna. The proportions of the bra look good, the straps are wide and fully adjustable, and the band is amazing. My favorite part of this bra is the band. With a powermesh-lined cradle, extra-firm mesh wings, and firm elastic, the band was lightweight, comfortable, and supportive. I wish more brands would take a cue from this construction and make more supportive bands (I'm looking at you, Natori!)
Overall, while Charlotte is definitely not for me, I can see why it has so many fans. It's a polarizing style as it's not for everyone, but if you're looking for a solidly-constructed, supportive, padded bra to wear in cooler climates, give it a try! Read more 449 more words
This is my first time ever trying Parfait. Charlotte is very well liked, and I can see why. The padding and exterior material are quite soft, and the floral pattern is beautiful.
I think this 28FF fits the best and will probably be keeping it. It says out of my armpits and does not gape. It does seem to run large as other reviews have said - I would normally wear 30FF/G in Panache at this point. I'm wearing it with an extender while I break it in.
Purchasing: * Paid $38.79 on Amazon with free Prime shipping & returns (not Amazon Wardrobe) * Available in solid black and beige plus several fun colors (all with black accents).
Band: * One layer of stretch mesh. * Elastic at top of band. * Wing support: flexible boning * Continuous band - wires lower than wings. * Back close with 3 columns of hooks.
Straps: * smooth elastic * stiff (stand up on their own) * full adjust * leotard back
Cups: * 2-seam (3-piece) half cup * unpadded, stiff underwire * All pieces constructed of a one-way stretch opaque knit. In the top & center panels, the stretch runs horizontally. In the inner & outer panels, ...the stretch runs vertically. * External (outside the cup) side sling made of opaque, non-stretch satin. * Molded cups.
About me: petite with wide horizontal oval, slightly conical breasts * average projection * wide-set (3 fingers width of space between breasts) * very wide roots (extend past the mid-axillary line) * even horizontal fullness (just barely outer full) * short root height, average vertical placement * mix of firm & soft tissue (front molds to shape of bra, sides push wimpy wires away) * conical shape (but will squish to round) * full on top (2/4 shape, not even or very full) - BUT functionally even to FOB due to short roots and soft tissue * petite (5'3") so have narrow frame * front (anterior) rib flares
Band: * length: good * wings: too short * axillary skin spillage
Gore: Comfortable, tacks, good spacing, height fine.
Cup: * Gives breasts pleasantly round shape. * Wires too narrow. * Top of cup: quad boob.
Straps: * not too far apart * adjust short enough
Assessment and Plan: * Also tried in 32E & 34DD. (Fabric and piping just so pretty that I really wanted this to work.) * Cups too shallow. Try different styles. Read more 182 more words