I'm so pleasantly surprised by this bra! Major fit adjustments have been made to Charlotte for SS16. It's now a great option for the narrow/projected crowd. This bra now runs big, so I'd recommend sizing down in the cup 1-2 cups depending on how FoB/short rooted you are.
SIZE DOWN IN CUP. Floral Shimmer. Overall very pleased! Thanks to PetiteCollegiate for her review, or I never would have found this rare ABTF! I have never tried this brand before, so I cannot comment on differences from other colorways, but I will say this one is much like Comexim (actually a better fit than I get in Comexim Basic, I'd say neck and neck with my AP, and for a fraction of the cost!).
Cups- Borderline quad on my larger side, minimal gaping on my smaller side, so I'd say cups are perfect. Narrowish. They are not TTS (Cups in this are the same size ...as my AP 32FF and Panache Clara 32F). This has a good amount of bottom projection. Appearance under shirts is green-purple shape, which is my ideal. It's like I'm holding my boobs in the ideal supported shape. I get a weensy bit of buckling of top line of cup close to the gore, which I think is related to the straps being a weensy bit too far apart for me, but it doesn't do this as much as the other bras I currently have and it does not bother me/show. Band- on the tighter end of 32 but not horribly so. I am currently wearing with an extender on the first hook and it's lovely. I anticipate being able to nix the extender after several wears. Has a plastic vertical strip encased in fabric on the side where fabric transitions from satin to mesh under the arms (don't know what this is called, but it prevents wrinkly band under the arms and increases stability. win!) Straps- are thankfully closer together than they were in the 32F, which was the #1 issue for me, and are not rubbing or irritating at all. I probably move them in a few cm closer together than they are designed to sit, which causes the weensy cup buckling near the gore; to be perfect for me, they could be moved in 1cm. It's a very sturdy design. I feel like I could wear this on my 24h shift and still be supported. But it's comfortable and a U-back. Win! Strap width is 0.5in. Straps are cushioned and not holding a lot of weight. Gore- narrow. Yay. Wires- channels are 1.5cm longer than the wires under the arms and at gore. They are low/medium flexibility. Not soft, not hard.
Note, if you order from BareNecessities, their size in this brand is one size up. To get this UK32E, I had to order "32F." Read more 313 more words
I would tell a friend: Pros: -The band fits perfectly in a 28. -It is beautiful. -The cups are filled completely, no quadboob, no hollow underboob, etc. Cons: -The cups run small. I'm normally a 28ff, and had to up to a g. -The straps are set pretty far apart, which isn't a problem for me really as I have broader shoulders. -There is just a SLIGHT discomfort of the cup against my armpit/breast tissue. It seems to be cut high, but it may just be that I'm getting used to larger cupped breasts after finding ones with the proper band and cup size.
All in all it is a lovely look when on, but I wouldn't recommend to an especially narrow shouldered friend, or a petite friend if the cups are cut high on me, and I am "normal" height.
This review is for the red. I ordered both the red and the peach at the same time, from the same retailer. I will review the peach separately.
So, for the red...I absolutely love this bra! It's pretty, it's got excellent push up and in. I think it's super sexy, but I could totally see wearing this a lot, almost as an everyday bra really as it's so comfortable-at least so far it is https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
The description says padded, but it's really more of a lined bra than a padded. It's definitely not padded like many ...I've had over the years. It's got a nice snug fit. I was advised by reviews and by a friend to order up in band size at it runs tight in the band, and I completely agree. I absolutely love the cleavage it gives me. If I had a complaint about it, which I really don't, it would be that the straps are maybe set a little too close for my frame, but all in all, I think it's an excellent fit. The cups are a 3-part cup. The fabric of the outside of the cups has almost a velvety look to it, though it's not velvet. I don't know exactly what the fabric is, but it totally works for this bra. There are two black ribbon like strips going partway up the cup, and up the center of the gore, which could show through with thinner shirts. There is also a satin overlay on the outside edges of the cups. Really the pictures don't do it justice I don't think. The gore measures about 3-1/4 inches. It sits nice and flat on me, and really seems to be the perfect separation for me.
I think this has a look of a much more expensive bra, and it's very reasonably priced. I will definitely be looking into more of the Parfait line. The Charlotte has 2 styles of matching panties, a high waist and a bikini. I purchased the bikini. The whole styling has a retro look about it, making one think of an old-school pin-up styling I think. All-in-all, I'm extremely pleased with this bra! Read more 282 more words
This bra almost didn't fit, but it does fit. It best caters to people who have broad roots, medium height or short roots, with average projection and a conical shape. If you feel like the Cleo Marcie and/or the Cleo Hettie are too narrow in the wires for you, this might work.
You had better think again if you think you won't garner some attention whilst wearing ths bra. It doesn't give me an enormous amount of lift but does create a very attractive profile.
There's nothing I can really say to add to the other reviews of this terrific bra. The construction is stellar and the fit is quite firm. I am very glad I sized up in the cup. A wide, tight band to capture all that wandering tissue and with the wide-set, wide straps it gives me a great feeling of support and containment without completely covering up all that lovely upper boobage.
This one fits me in all the right places. It brings my side-heavy breasts around to the front so they're not tucked under my arms. It is barely noticable as I wear it, I'm not adjusting the straps all day and it's sexy AF. I literally cried when I put this one on. Having large breasts on a smallish frame makes bra finding really, really hard - and then when they're are side-heavy, style-wise it is limited even more.
I did not want to give up on this bra. I have been searching for an unlined bra made of a knit or cotton fabric that wasn't absolutely hideous. This is pretty much the only one I have found so far (someone, anyone, help me!!). I ordered it in the size that I have had the best luck with at my current weight first (30FF). With the 30FF, the top of the bra cut into my tissue, so I ordered the 30G. I think the fit is pretty great with this one BUT there is a wrinkle on the seam on the right cup. This makes me wonder if the cup is a little too large in this area with a bonus of looking like a nipple through Tshirts. Hmmm. I am not sure, but I want to like this bra so much I might just walk around looking like I have headlights.
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. Read more 292 more words
I had long admired the Parfait Charlotte from afar, knowing that the fit would be a horrible mismatch with my shape. Luckily PetiteCollegiate reviewed the new Floral Shimmer colorway and revealed that it’s actually narrow and projected! So I couldn’t help but order this from Large Cup Lingerie during a sale, especially with the free shipping they provide. It was recommended to size down 1-2 cups for this colorway, depending on your fullness. I decided to size down one cup size since I’m more FoT, and it turned out to be quite correct. I was amazed already when I opened the package at how deep and ...narrow the cups were! Cup depth and wire width indeed measure very similar to a 60HH Comexim plunge.
Although Charlotte fits pretty well, it’s not perfect for me for two reasons. First, the cups close in quite abruptly at the top. It doesn’t cause major quadboob but I'm still bulging over near the center, especially my bigger left breast. And I cannot wear this during the bigger times of a month. I think that extremely FoT/tall-rooted girls may want to stick to their usual cup size, or skip this one. Secondly, the gore is pretty wide. It’s apparently narrower than in the previous colors, but there is still space between the wires. And well, basically any gore that is higher than 5.5-6 cm will sit on my breast tissue. The wires are firm enough to kind of tack, but not so much that they would try to stab my boobs (like Panache ones).
The band runs pretty tight, and it fits me perfectly on the loosest hooks. The cups are very sturdy. Charlotte feels very supportive and pretty comfortable. Still, I can feel that I’m wearing it, and it’s not necessarily something I’d choose to wear on a day off.
As an unpopular opinion, I was not incredibly fascinated by the new colorway of Charlotte, and would have preferred the older dusty rose or peach versions. I just loved those color combinations, and I felt that the seam pattern was more apparent and the style more vintage-looking in the solid-colored ones. However, now that I’m holding this beauty in my hands (or on my boobs) I don’t really mind so much anymore. I have never seen a pattern like this. It's just incredible.
I also got the briefs in size S, because XS wasn’t available (Large Cup Lingerie team told that Parfait had decided not to make them). Unfortunately, these were quite big on me and baggy in the back, so I returned them. However, this bra would look great with any pair of black panties.
Despite small fit issues, I’m very happy for this beautiful and original addition to my bradrobe! Read more 347 more words
I made a little comparison of Charlotte in 30E in Red and Charlotte in 30DD in new Floral Shimmer. Floral Shimmer has definitely bigger and deeper cups which are also close on top. For full review look at my blog.
Simply put, this bra fits and feels fabulous! The fabric is, as others have already mentioned, soft and pliable; the lace lies flat and as far as I can tell, doesn't show under clothing; the bra feels supportive and makes my smallish bust look awesome.
The one "con" I would list is that the upper line of the cup does show under my clothing --- this is an issue I had with similar style Freya Deco (4234) , but on the Affinitas Casey it is nowhere near as prominent, and so I really don't mind it. And, oddly, it seems to be more ...obvious on my *larger* side as is apparent in the picture of myself wearing a t-shirt with this bra. Overall, I am beyond thrilled to finally have a bra that looks and feels good after wearing wireless nursing bras for the better part of the last 4 years.
The band fits slightly tighter than I would expect for a 30. That's fine by me as I tend to be between sizes 28 & 30. Normally I wear my 30s on the tightest hook, but this one I wear on the middle or sometimes last hook.
I'm kinda surprised there's not more reviews about this bra, I think it's a good alternative to the Deco strapless. Seems to have a bit more immediate projection, cups are more closed off on top, and the material is just more comfortable. So far no digging or poking, and the molded cups are smooth but softer and a bit more flexible than the Deco. The wires are stiffer than Freya wires, so less likely to stretch or distort as the band is fastened.
First impressions, as I've only had this for an hour.
Band - this is the tightest Parfait band I've ever met. No need ...to worry about the 30 band, it only stretches to 27.5" but it feels less firm than my Koko 27.5" band so I think it will stretch out with wear. I can clasp it on the loosest hooks, but it kind of distorts the shape of flexible cups so right now have an extender on it for a bit more comfort and to keep it true to shape until it breaks in some. Wings are quite tall and the band has 4 rows of hooks, thankfully I happened to have a 4 hook extender lying around. Not sure what I think about the 4 hooks, they're harder to do up behind my back for sure! A 30FF isn't exactly giant-heavy-boobs that would really NEED 4 hooks, but since it's strapless I think I'll appreciate the extra-wide band and support. There is side boning in the wings, which was the absolute death of me in my Deco strapless, but so far this one isn't painfully poking my ribs.
Cups - similar to the Deco, except with the difference of the material I already mentioned, and the cut of the top of the cups. They're a pretty good fit on my boobs, no quadding or gapping. They give more east-west spread than I'm used to but it's unnoticeable under shirts, and this is not a bra for sexytimes. It's very utilitarian in its appearance. If it weren't for the cute heart shaped charm on the gore it would be quite boring. The European Nude color works on my skin tone, but I can see fairer skin tones not being a fan of it. It's not a particularly attractive shade of nude. The gore height is quite comfortable - higher than the Deco but not nearly as high as the Fantasie Smoothing Strapless that I swear tried to meld with my sternum and poke my heart.
I wouldn't recommend this bra as one to wear with deep plunging spaghetti strap tank tops, and for that reason I'm going to keep either my Koko or Neve strapless (once it arrives). But it appears like it will serve its purpose. I always whine that I'd like a strapless with cups short enough not to peek out of the armholes in my tank tops, but quite frankly I don't think that's gonna be available, or practical, in my size. So, that's what bandeaus are for and why I've got a collection of different color bandeaus to layer over my bra and under my tanks.
I'll update this review later if anything starts to dig or stab me. Read more 443 more words
This bra is looooovely, it feels really supportive, very much like sexy scaffolding. The wires don't feel too wide on me, I think because they don't get warped when the band stretches, so they're pretty mid-width. I'd prefer a touch narrower, but they don't dig or irritate due to the width. The band is a bit big on me (I think I'm about a 30K in most bras now) but it doesn't ride up much, I think due to how wonderfully wide the four-hook band is.
I have fairly even upper/lower fullness and it works well for me on that count, but from what I gather it isn't ...the best for very full-on-top, so I think it's more a bra for in between or full-on-bottom breasts. It isn't particularly deep or shallow, it feels more mid-depth all over, which means I have slight overspill towards the centre and some empty space at the straps (I'm more centre heavy). The gore is quite tall, so it lifts very slightly due to me being close-set, and I get a bit of empty space at the bottom. I don't think this is a depth thing, I think it's down to the main issue with this bra - the very tall sides. I don't think I've owned a bra so tall at the sides before, though it doesn't dig so much as slightly irritate and get pushed down.
I'm a UK 14-16 in clothes (medium in Freya briefs, 40 in Ewa Michalak, 16-18 in Curvy Kate.) and I found the XL high waist briefs to be a good fit, if anyone was considering getting the full set. It's a lovely set, I think I will keep it, though I might have to see if it's possible to lower the armhole. Read more 187 more words
This bra is slightly more interesting than the standard beige bra with the addition of lace on bottom/outer third of the cups, but visually, it is still pretty bland. The shape the molded cups give is nice and round, although a bit low. The cups are quite shallow and may run a bit small. The straps are narrow, made from a foam similar to the cups, and are both edged and textured.
The band has two flexible vertical underwires on either side of the cups under the armpits and is also lined twice to that point, which I found helpful in eliminating side-bulge when viewed from the ...front. However, the difference in elasticity between the mesh and the elastic used to make the band means that the elastic appears to cut in to the flesh of the back. This problem is made worse by the fact that the elastic is also quite narrow. In addition, where the band continues under the cups in front, it tends to fold under and dig into my ribcage. Initially, I found the fit quite snug and thought I would have to exchange it; however, the band stretched out very quickly.
Since this was my first foray into full bust bras, I thought to ease myself in to my "true" size, which is presently closer to 34G/32GG. Consequently, I have found that breast tissue has migrated back to where it should be and this bra no longer fits. Read more 141 more words
After wearing molded cups from Victoria's Secret for almost as long as I've been wearing bras, but when my size changed, I realized that a lightly lined T-shirt bra wasn't as all-purpose for me as it used to be. My figure felt sad and deflated, and so when I grew out of my comfort zone (and VS's size range!) I set off in search of something more structured that would give my figure the shape I wanted.
When I put this bra on for the first time, I'm pretty sure I heard angels sing. The wider band and straps, super soft material, and tailored, structured shape are exactly what ...I was looking for. I feel supported, the underwire actually sits under my breasts instead of an inch below, and I actually have a shape again!
One thing that will take some getting used to is the additional fabric in the wings. It comes right up under my arms, so I notice it quite a bit. It's not uncomfortable, just not something I'm used to - and when looking for something with more structure and support, it makes sense that there would need to be more fabric there. After adjusting the straps and wearing it for a little while, I'm reasonably confident I won't even notice it given enough time.
The aesthetics are sweet and pretty without being too frilly or cutesy. I (usually) like my bras to have some personality but not go too wild, and this particular design is unlike anything else I've seen while browsing. Unique is good, in this case! I've also noticed that the structured feel of this bra has been constantly encouraging me to maintain better posture. Hooray for unexpected benefits!
All in all, I adore this bra. When I have the funds, I fully intend to buy more of this in different colors. Read more 197 more words
My namesake bra is one of the most comfortable bras I have tried on. It feels as if I have put on one of my Panache sports bras, which are my favorites in terms of comfort and "holding" power. The padded cups have the same feel and thickness, but they are sexier and prettier than a sports bra, as they should.
The straps are large compared to other bras I have, and combined with the large band (which closes with 4 hooks!) and the sturdiness of the construction, it makes for a very "secure" bra. I can totally see myself wearing that bra everyday. But as I have tried ...it on for only a few minutes, I don't know about the quality in the long-term. As it is I can vouch for its excellent construction and comfort. But can you expect less from a bra designed in France ? (what, am I not allowed a little bit of patriotic love? lol)
I bought this bra in the bronze color, which looks a little bit darker than on the brand pictures, but it's a lovely color. It could have had more satin on the center part of the bra because as it is there is only satin on the outer part of the cups and it is a little bit less glamorous than what I expected. I like that the straps are black, it is more discreet under clothing.
Unfortunately the band is so big I can close it to the last hooks and the center gore doesn't lay flat on my sternum. In addition to that, I have a small quadboob effect which means I need one cup larger. I am going to return this bra and order the same one in 28J.
I also have the high-waisted knickers in 2XL which are also a little bit big, but they are very cute and comfortable as well and I don't feel like I have put on my grandma"s panties. Read more 216 more words
An unlined, cut-and-sewn everyday bra for those who find similar bras by Goddess (Kayla, Keira), Elomi (Caitlyn, Cate) and Wacoal (Fine Form, et al) too tall in the gore, cups or wings.
Please note: This is a Jeanie model that is not offered by many on-line or boutique retailers, so be careful to distinguish it with the more popular Jeanie contour plunge.
This bra has four-section cups with a side panel. All of the sections are constructed with the same materials, a jersey outside and a mesh lining. These materials aren't quite as firm as the similar bras by Elomi, say, so they provide somewhat less firm support. I get ...good lift and rounding, partly because the bottom section projects upward as much as outward. That works well on my soft tissue, which needs to be hiked upward, but if you have firm tissue and a lot of projection at the bottom of the cup, you might have trouble. The wire has some flex in it, but not much.
I like that the proportions suit by 5-2 frame much better than even the Elomi Etta, which was designed for the "petite plus" market. The cups aren't too high, the gore is low enough that I can wear almost all of my wardrobe with this, and the wings and wire don't dig into my armpit. The seams are invisible under every top except the very closest-fitting knit ones. Note: This "European Nude" color is a little darker and less pink than other Parfait models (in case you're trying to match with undies, etc.). Read more 151 more words