I wish this bra came in a 28C. Actually, if there was a half cup size inbetween C and D, I'd probably take that. The wires sit about a quarter inch too wide on the outsides for me, and I have a significant amount of wrinkling/gapping on my smaller side. On my larger side, it appears to fit well depth-wise, but the cup could be a slight bit tighter before giving me any quad-boob.
The gore is quite wide on this one, so I would only recommend it to those who are particularly wide-set. This is the closest I've ever come to finding a perfectly wide-enough gore, but it ...actually goes about an eighth of an inch too wide if I'm being nit-picky.
The lace on this bra is just gorgeous. It is just so pretty I want to keep it just to look at it sometimes. It is very delicate, but seems fairly high-quality at the same time. Unfortunately, I found this bra to feel uncomfortably tight and somewhat rib-squeezing (something to do with the wires, but I can't put my finger on it - I just know my breathing is constricted a little, but when I flip the bra around, the band doesn't feel too tight), so it's hard to justify keeping it. For the record, I do have a strange and flare-y ribcage, so this may not be an issue for you.
I have somewhat broad shoulders for my size, but I also found the straps to be just a bit too far apart. They dig into my armpits, and are also not long enough for me. I have them let all the way out, and I wish I could loosen them a half inch more or so. Read more 180 more words
I'm wearing my normal size in this bra, 28D. I'm shallow with wide roots. I've been looking for a balconette push up for a while because the one I have pokes out above any mid-low cut top. This one is super comfortable and gives my boobs a nice boost! My main complaint with it is that the seam where the cup and straps attach sticks out quite a bit, but you can't see it under a tight tee-shirt so I think it will be fine under most clothes. The straps are also a bit farther apart than I'd like, but they are very soft and don't cut into my armpit so I also don't see them being a problem. I have two other bras by Skarlett Blue in 28D and the fit seems consistent across the brand!
I've never heard of this brand until I visited my local Nordstrom Rack and found this. The cups smell like chemical foam. Hopefully that will diminish with time. The inside is super soft and after it's first washing, it's already starting to collect fuzz. The band is super tight for a 32, it feels like a 30 or even a 28. The band stitching is a little harsh on my sensitive skin, hopefully that will soften over time. The cups are also slightly stretchy, so I'm guessing that's why it only measures around 7.5" when I usually need a shy 8" depth.
This bra feels much too small. I don't think it is actually the band, despite it not being adjustable (it has a front closure) - it's the cups. Specifically all the push-up padding. It makes for a VERY shallow cup which has my small bust quadding all over the place. The straps are also almost too short for me, but not quite. I do tend to sit fairly low in the bust, however, so this might not be an issue for many people.
The back is very cute, the quality is good overall, and I love a good racerback for certain shirts that I like to wear. I also love a push-up bra, if it fits right, but unfortunately this isn't responsibly wearable for me in this size. I intend to exchange it for a 28D and see how that goes.
I recommend probably sizing up in the cup for this one, unless perhaps you are particularly shallow all over.
This is such a beautiful bra. The material is soft and high-quality, and the color I bought (slate) is gorgeous. The construction is wonderful - I don't think I could distort these cups if I tried.
Unfortunately, it is VERY padded on the bottom and is not particularly compatible with my full-on-bottom breasts. The wires seem like they are the perfect width and separation for me, but all the padding at the bottom makes it difficult to keep the wires in my IMF. This bra is so close to fitting, and making my small bust appear much larger than it is (sometimes that is a very nice option to ...have) but it just isn't a perfect match. The areola of my larger breast is barely contained (in fact it isn't, unless I make sure to occasionally tuck it back in), and because of my shallow tops, there is a little bit of gapping with my smaller breast, despite the larger one quadding just a bit. If my breasts were more even, I would definitely keep this bra for certain occasions.
I highly recommend this to anyone looking for extreme push-up/padding and seamless construction, but it is probably better for those who are full on top so their breasts can rest on the shelf of padding inside these cups and let it round out the bottoms for them. Read more 117 more words
For reference, I have wide-set shallow boobs. The bra fits alright. Not perfect, but alright.
The cups encase my boobs in the armpit area without cutting into skin. Not a huge fan of it being a push up, but as push ups go, it's not too overzealous with the padding. There is a little quadboobing, just because the cup shape isn't exactly the same is my natural boob shape.
This is another Skarlett Blue style that didn't work out for me. Generally I fit into 30D in this brand, but the bands are a little stretchy and I felt I could size down. Unfortunately, this is not the right style to size down in, as the band runs quite small.
I could get the band hooked, but I could tell immediately that it was distorting the wires. Since these wires are flexible, they didn't dig into my body, but distorted and splayed quite badly. The cups are made from flimsy mesh and once the wires were distorted, they flattened right out. Basically, this ...bra was like a chest binder on me. Extremely uncomfortable and unflattering. However, given the cup construction, I don't think sister sizing to a 30D would make this a good style for me.
The term balconette implies that this bra should give some degree of lift and support, but I find that the cup construction here is not capable of giving the required level of lift. The mesh feels like the type you might find in a stretch mesh panty or in sleepwear, not the powermesh you might be familiar with from a supportive bra. Like most of Skarlett Blue's designs, the cups don't have much shaping, relying on a center front half seam in the cup to create the cup shape. Because of this, I think this bra would only work on true B cups and below who don't expect much shaping or lift from their bra, and would be happy to wear something comfortable and unpadded. You would also want to sister size up one band size as wearing a tight band here will also constrict the cups. Read more 185 more words
I really enjoyed the Skarlett Blue Condesa Balconette in 30D, so I wanted to try more from the brand.
Upon first impression, I really liked this bra, but after playing around with the fit, I decided this isn't right for me.
The cups here are made from really gorgeous, soft lace that disappears nicely under tight clothing. It's a surprisingly comfortable style and looks beautiful on. However, the problems with this bra come from the lack of support commonly found in brands that design for appearance and comfort over functionality.
This style has decently wide wings, but the fabric and elastic of the band have a lot of give, ...so the band only gives medium support. This became a problem for me because the cups themselves are not designed with much support or structure. The cups are structured almost like a bandeau with light seaming in the center front of the cups for shape, but the top of the cups is very open and the cups are on the taller side. If the band is not tight enough, the cups will gap at the top when moving. However, when I tightened the band to the tightest hook, the cups ended up flattening me out and giving me pancake chest. This is because the cups don't have enough shaping built in, so tightening the band results in pulling the entire front panel into the body.
This style might suit someone who is FOT or has tall roots and is OK wearing the band a little on the looser side, however I am unsure how much the lace of the cups stretch as the effect on the lower part of the cup might be flattening. Read more 178 more words
This bra is too wide for me. The mesh lining is very soft though, and the lace shows far less under clothing than I expected. I'd recommend it for people who are wider than I am & live in a warm climate.
Here's another bra that I have waited entirely too long to write my review on. Oh, my life and it's ever falling bricks. I fell in love with this bra the instant I saw it. I think Skarlett Blue has a set if patterns that they re-make every so often in new colors, patterns, and fabrics. I think the newer one of this style is their Entice bra. That unfortunately does not come in a 28 band. I can't understand for the life of me why Skarlett Blue only have two of their main styles available in a 28 band. They even have a style or two ...that's only available in 32+ bands. Yeah. It sucks. I LOVE S.B. and their timeless shapes and styles. This bra does not look the same on me as it does the model. IMO, this bra is essentially a full coverage bra. Perhaps if you're taller, or you have lower set breasts or more "average" proportions this would be more of a low coverage bra on you like it is on the model. At first the bra appears to be very delicate but is in fact pretty hearty. The lace doesn't feel like it's going to rip easily. The colors are just beautiful. A neutral slate grey covers the majority of the bra, but the differing fabrics have slightly different shades of this grey. From the slate grey cotton used on the cradle of the bra, the satiny smooth and stretchy grey fabric used for the straps, the grey elastic expertly hidden in the seams of the band, to the very fine slate grey mesh netting used for the band and the "gore." All this grey is balanced out by the white lace used on the cups that features some grey threading. Just a beautiful bra, picture's do not do it justice. The straps are fully adjustable with beautiful gold hardware. You can tell they focused on the small details of this bra be cause it's not just two gold circles used for hardware, it's two intersecting ovals. Which is a separation from the norm. Although, I wish they were silver. That's just my personal preference though. The straps are made of a fabric I have not yet seen used on bra/for the straps. It is this very lovely smooth fabric that some stretch to it. Perhaps a stretch satin? It's not overly stretchy, but certainly has some spring to it. The straps are really comfortable and just slightly thinner than most straps at about 0.4" width. Thin straps always have their pros and cons. They present no cons for me though. They are a bit wide set for me, but tolerable. If you have particularly narrow shoulders or a very heavy bust, you may want to avoid this bra. I really like how this band is sewn together. There is two layers of a very fine mesh netting with the elastic sandwiched between the two layers. So the bras elastic never actually touches the skin. I think this makes the band very sturdy even though it is not made of a firm power mesh. The mesh is so fine that if you weren't looking closely you might think that it was a solid fabric instead of a mesh. The mesh is fairly stretchy while the elastic is fairly firm which can easily create "rolls." You can even see indents on my lean torso. I don't think that this band would stretch out as quickly or as easily as other bands made of a stretchy fabric due to it's construction. The band is smooth and soft. The under wires are about average width for this size, 4.4". They're perfect for me. The under wires are attached with about a half a centimeter wide piece of cotton. This piece of fabric makes the top of the "gore." There's another piece of fabric about a half a centimeter below the first that makes up the rest of the "gore." It's made of the same mesh as the band and is a half inch wide at the top and 1.1" wide at the bottom. Because of all this, the cups are set slightly too wide for me and like most bras, the wires sit on my breast tissue instead of encircling it. Thankfully I am shallow there and it isn't noticeable to me. Perhaps it would change the fit if the gore base was narrow all the way down. The under wires are firm with a bit of fled to them. Which is probably a good thing. Within the cotton under wire channels there is padding to protect you from the firmness of the under wires. This is my first experience with padded under wires. It was nothing short of comfortable. There is about 0.4" inches worth of empty space in the right under wire channel and 0.3" in the left under wire channel. This does not affect me with this particular bra, certainly note worthy. They also come up high enough on the sides to efficiently hold all my tissue in the cup with digging or poking in any where. The cups are made of a hearty lace with a single strip of mesh sewn vertically in the middle of the cup. I originally thought that this was a two part cup and that the mesh strip was used to reinforce the seam in the middle of the cup. Upon further inspection it became very clear that each cup is made out of one piece of lace with the mesh strip sewn in the middle of the cup to provide shape, lift and structure to the cup. The mesh strip is sewn on the inside of the cup and is not irritating to me. Unfortunately it was not sewn expertly enough as there is some wrinkling in the mesh that is easily visible through some clothes. Which sort of just looks like my nipples are showing through my clothing. The top of the cup is really open. The cups also have a decent amount of projection through out the whole cup. All in all I really like this bra and the way it fits. IMO, the wrinkling caused by the mesh not being sewn to the lace cup perfectly is my biggest issue with it. I'm not sure how well this would work for very shallow or very wide rooted women, but it seems to me that a huge variety of women could have this bra fit them quite nicely. I have to say that this bra does not give a s**t ton of support or shaping. Yet I don't feel wholly unsupported in this bra. This bra also gives a more natural shape instead of a very lifted and rounded shapem. And who knows, according to my S.O that not-so-flat support & shaping seam may have only been super visible to me and not the general public. This bra does make me feel beautiful and sexy!
Cups appear to distort quite a bit when band is stretched. I would worry about long term durability. Outer cup has an extra layer to reinforce and prevent breasts from spilling out the outer edge, which helps keep breasts forward. Made in China.
Gore was too wide and very painful. Cups fit well, but might be too small due to feeling of band tightness, despite good fit when bra was tried upside down and backwards. Fabric was soft and comfortable if fit had been better.