This bra has the reputation of running small in the cup and tight/firm in the band, but I found that although it definitely does run a cup size small, for me the band fitted true to size and did not feel unusually firm.
I currently wear 30FF in Panache and lined Cleos; 32F in the (notoriously tight-banded) unlined Cleos. However, in the Charlotte Balconette, I need to exchange this 32FF for 30G, since I can easily pull the 32 band four or five inches away from my back even on the tightest hooks.
Speaking of the hooks, I love the three-hook closure and the wideness of the band to each ... side of it, which equals less back fat. This is the only bra I have ever tried on that has wings wide enough and wires high enough for me! (Although I'm petite, my breasts are rooted fairly low on my chest.) It contains sideboob and gives a lovely, smooth line under the arms. The Charlotte is pretty much perfection in that department.
If you need low wires and/or narrow wings, stay far, far away from this bra! Ditto if you have narrow and/or sloping shoulders, because the straps are the widest set I have ever encountered. Even my broad-for-my-height shoulders are barely wide enough for them.
Looks sexy as hell. (I'll definitely be getting matching panties when I get my 30G.) Gives a nice, rounded look under clothes; seams are somewhat visible, but I don't care about that. Gorgeous bra at a good price point.
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