I'm generally a Freya 34FF so that's what I'm going to use as a point of comparison. I also bought the molded/padded (non convertible) Kimberly in 34FF. The Kimberlys' bands were 2 inches shorter than the Freyas' (one deco, one longline halfcup) which might be good for some people. I like stretchy @Deco bands, so this wasn't so great for me, but that is why we have extenders. The cup of the non-convertible Kimberly had the same wire width as Freya, but it was one size shallower. The convertible bra was a joke! The non-convertible's 34FF underwire was a size ... 44 wire (www.bramakerssupply.com sizing) so theoretically, the 34G should have been a 46. No, the manufacturers jumped up 4 wirelengths, to the size 52, effectively squishing and stretching the cups out to 42D (on a tight 34 band). I've never seen a white pinstriped bra before, so I didn't want to lose this one. So I went online, bought a pair of 44 wires, seam-ripped out the 52 wires, and popped the new ones in. The original wires are very flexible and spread easily (the non-convertible is the same way, so maybe parfaits are just cheaply wired). If you want a 28" band, replacing the wires with better ones might make you feel a world of improvement. Also, they have this way of twisting forward that the replacement wires and my Freyas do not and they're embarrassingly creaky. Now the bra lays almost flush against my sternum, and it'll probably be perfect when I'm at a lighter, less busty, summertime weight. The replacement underwires are a little too short for the cups vertically, so I'm considering adding some more plastic boning by the outer sides of the breasts, or I'll get lazy and always utilize the straps.
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