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Let's Play Balconette Bra (5215)

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65G

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70B

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70C

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70D

32:4

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70E

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32:6

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75B

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75C

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75D

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75E

34:5

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75F

34:6

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75G

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  1. 65 C-G ... (30 :3-:7)
  2. 70 B-G ... (32 :2-:7)
  3. 75 B-G ... (34 :2-:7)
  4. 80 B-G ... (36 :2-:7)
  5. 85 B-E ... (38 :2-:5)
  6. 30 F-F ... (16 :6-:6)

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  1. 4
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    65F

    Didn't fit

    My shape: mid-height center-set teardrop with max projection underneath, very shallow super tall roots, very wide roots, all over fullness, and firm tissue that doesn't like to be pushed around.

    This review is for the Capri (turquoise) colorway.

    Oh, this bra is so cute and such a great color, and I had such high hopes for it after all the fit issues with the 65G - Passionata ยป Let's Play Balconette Bra (5215) . It is sheer and thus slightly scratchy, but it might soften with the first wash. I think it would be a great light summer bra, which is the main reason I wanted it to ... work. It has its own set of little problems, though, and I just can't reconcile ALL of them to keep it.

    First of all, the straps are too far apart. This really isn't a big deal, though, since they aren't cutting into my armpits, and it also doesn't make the top of the cups flex noticeably when I slouch. They are thin, but fully adjustable. They sit quite far out on my shoulders, so the neckline is super-duper open, which I like since my breasts are pretty self-supporting and don't really ever try to escape or bounce out of low tops, but others might not want.

    The gore is too wide, or the cups are too far apart. I can't really tell the difference between these two in any bra because the effect is basically the same for me. I CAN tell it is definitely too tall. Luckily, there is almost 3/4" of space in the wire channel, and since I don't ever notice wires poking in my armpits, this is great! If I kept the bra, I would put in a couple of stitches to seal the wire channel at the gore and make it permanent. This shift does make the top of the gore float, but since it no longer has any structure to it and the wires still tack farther down, it doesn't bother me at all.

    Let's talk about these wires. I guess that in this case the cups really are too far apart for me because the apex of the wire's curve is farther out past my breast's apex, leaving the wires extending beyond my IMF on the outer curve and contributing to the space left in the bottom of the cup. The edges come all the way to the top of the wing after I shifted them out of the gore, which is actually nice for me because I like tall wings and too-tall wires never poke me there. They are also too narrow, but I actually only noticed while wearing it (instead of after, while looking at the photos) because it makes the top edge of the wing gape and stand away. I have had this issue with some Freya half-cups, and in those cases can sometimes solve it by cross-hooking the band (that is, the top hook in one column and the lower hook in the next-tightest column, which occasionally works because I have a conical ribcage), but I had this on the tightest set of hooks, so I can't really do that.

    Lastly, the cups are pretty shallow. This means that the top edge is great on me! I had a [long] phone call in the middle of my try-on, so while lounging on my bed it never gaped, even when I laid sideways. However, where the base of the cup meets the wire I think I need Maximum Projection, so this one shifts downward a bit trying to move my fullness to a bigger part of the cup. I don't think it would be as much of a shift if not for the weird wire curve exaggerating it. Anyway, it has vertical seams and those are always somewhere between good and great on me, so in this case it could have worked.

    The band is lined in powernet and is quite stretchy, too, which I dislike. The elastic edges feel comfy, or even a little tight, but because the powernet has a different tension and stretch than the lace outer fabric or the elastic, I still get the bulge. This happens with basically every powernet band I've ever tried, and I don't like any of them.

    It's such an adorable little bra, and I live in Hot Summer Country. I am very sad it doesn't work. :(

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    capri blue colorway

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    Updated on Jun 07, 2016 Flag this


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      What a lovely bra, and in exactly the style I am hunting for at present! The only problem is, I can't seem to find it on sale on-line anywhere. Could you tell me where you bought yours from please? I'm in the UK, so that might be why I'm having trouble tracking it down!

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      Yeah single seamed half cups are usually crappy when it comes to immediate projection! You can probably safely avoid all single seamed half cups.

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      alexad I still have this one; the returns package is sitting on my kitchen table. I bought it at Nordstrom, but if you want a different size I can totally purchase it and ship it to you.

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  2. 0
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    65G

    Didn't fit

    Despite the name, the Passionata Let's Play Balconette Bra is actually a half cup style. Like most half cup bras, it has a high gore. As in most half cup bras, its straps are wide-set in front. The bra cups covered almost my entire chest. This bra otherwise fit well.

    Because the gore was about two inches too high for me, I experimented with cutting down the wires. I removed about two inches from each. The gore doesn't hurt me with the shortened wires. I then found the shape and fit were excellent without the wires. The shape from the side is round. Without the wires, the bra cups barely come up high enough to cover my small aeroles and nipples. This is how much half cup bras are supposed to cover. All other half cup bras I've tried in my 30F size range have had about as much coverage as full cup bras are supposed to have.

    Capri colorway

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    70D

    Didn't fit

    I have FOB, wide root, rather shallow breasts.
    There was a bit of gaping at the top of the cup, but not too bad. The straps were wide set but did not irritate like others I have tried in a similar style. The problem with this bra for me was the underwires. They weren't' wide enough and dug in to the breast tissue at my underarms. After a few hours of wear, I had to take it off.

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    65G

    Didn't fit

    My shape: projected teardrop with all the shallow-breast fit problems like Orange-in-a-Glass due to my super-tall (within a finger's width of my collarbone) and super-wide (almost to my shoulder blades) roots that almost meet on my sternum, with very firm tissue that fights back when smooshed around.

    This review is for the capri blue colorway.

    The lace fabric and the tags are surprisingly un-scratchy, even though it's brand new. The band is firm and supportive on the loosest set of hooks. The wires under my arms don't seem to go quite high enough for my boobs' preference, but I can only tell because the top of the wire channel [that's ... sewn shut] is distorted a bit, not from any discomfort.

    The only real uncomfortable part of this bra is the center gore. It is too high for me, although I can't really say how much higher than any of my other bras, but it definitely chafes. Pushing it down to a comfortable level pushes the wires out of my infra-mammary fold, and otherwise they seem to stay put pretty well.

    The cups don't have quite enough immediate projection for me, sadly, and unfortunately that means the fabric folds up at the base of my breast. There's a center cup seam, but it's not placed badly and doesn't irritate across the nipples. The top edge is smooth, and the neckline is nicely open. The straps are kind of thin and very widely set, but not too wide and not uncomfortable. After a second assessment: The neckline is suuuuuper open, and I think the cups might be too big, so maybe I need a 30F? Either way, the straps are still too far apart; they were comfiest extended as long as they go, but more supportive if I shorten them some - and sadly only on the outer cup panel, which makes the inner one gape. I had hoped the vertical seam design would work on me, because I've had great luck with it in other brands (but usually with a 2 seam/3 panel cut), but alas, it looks like it's not to be.

    I think this is a great summer bra, light and breathable, and is a great color. I just don't think the fit is going to be right for me, which is a shame because it's cute.

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    75F

    Hasn't set fit

    Didn't write a review

    Added on Oct 25, 2015



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    65E

    Hasn't set fit

    Didn't write a review

    Added on Mar 27, 2016



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    70G

    Didn't fit

    Didn't write a review

    Black colorway

    This bra is not owned any more

    Added on Mar 21, 2016



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    70D

    Hasn't set fit

    Didn't write a review

    Added on Apr 22, 2015



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    70F

    Didn't fit

    Didn't write a review

    Black colorway

    This bra is not owned any more

    Added on Mar 21, 2016



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    70G

    Hasn't set fit

    Didn't write a review

    This bra is not owned any more

    Added on Feb 11, 2015