To start, I'm in the process of resizing and refitting a correct size. I used to be a 32A and am debating between 28D/30C and 28C/30B. The following bra is a 28C which I have concluded is just about right except just a tad cup too small. If this bra came in a 28D it would work perfectly.
I bought this particular style because I was in between choosing a 28/30 band size and the description of this bra said the band was "stretchier" than other TLBC models so I should consider choosing my actual bra size. They only go up to C cups so I decided to try ...the 28C, assuming the 30C would be too big in the band.
The band fits extremely well and I'm happy to say I can fit it on any of the hooks, however the band is very STRETCHY so that I can fit a hand but it doesn't seem to ride up at all. The color is a little darker (medium mauve) than is shown on the website.
I tried the Yvonne model, in which the cups were WAY too small (see other review I have), but because I was in between cups and bands, the way the lace on these cups are structured, I think I am just able to get away with wearing this size without spillage or quad-boob over the top after the scoop & swoop. These cups seem to be a little deeper than the Yvonne 28C.
If these came in a 28D I would be ecstatic. I think the 30C's band might be too big if I try it given the stretchiness of this 28 band already.
This bra is absolutely cute! Unfortunately I can't wear any thin smooth t's or tank tops given the textured lace and bow details peeking outside of some of my inch-strap tanks...great for a shoulder-covering dress with lots of structure.
This review is for the Hyacinth/Mink colour of this bra, and doesn't really apply to the Mink/Nude colour, as their bands are different.
This bra is actually a fairly good fit on me, but I just couldn't get on with it. No matter how I adjusted it, with or without extender hooks, I was always aware of it. I just couldn't get it to feel comfortable.
I'm not the first person to notice that TLBC's sizing seems to be all over the place. I really don't know why they can't get more consistency across their sizes. Let's start with band size. In the past month ...I've ordered 6 TLBC bras, all in a 28 band, and the bands have differed in size by 4.5cm unstretched, and 9cm (3.5 inches!!) stretched. This makes it virtually impossible to know what size to choose on mail order. These bands should all be the same length, surely??
Model.................Band..Stretched Band Nicole (Hyacinth)..53..........69 Nicole (Nude)........51..........74 Ethel.......................53..........72 Ethel.......................51..........72 Yvonne..................55..........75.5 Lucia......................50.5.......66.4
Note the 5cm difference between the 28-band Nicole in Hyacinth colour vs. the same bra in Nude colour!
The first problem I had with this bra is the band being too tight. My ribcage measures 66cm with a super-tight tape. I usually feel comfortable in bands that are around 75cm, so at 69cm, this is 2" too small. The 28C Nude Nicole's 74cm stretched band was pretty comfortable. So, choose your band size based on which colour you want for this bra!!
I can't quite pin down the reason for the other problem I had with this bra. It just made me feel like I was constantly rolling my shoulders forwards, no matter how I adjusted the straps and/or the band. I think MAYBE the straps are set a little too wide for me, I'm not sure. They were constantly falling off my shoulders when I added extender hooks so that the band felt more comfortable.
TLBC's fit tips for this bra say that it has "slightly roomier cups". Presumably this means slightly larger volume? I really don't understand WHY they would do this - seems like just another reason to confuse the customer!
With the removable padding in, these cups fit me pretty well, not really any gaping or overspill. The wires at the side come up really high, which is something that I always seem to need, to stop my wide-set boobs from escaping at the sides. My boobs are fairly shallow, and I found that the cup projection was good on this bra too. With the padding removed, the cups are definitely too big, and gape at the top, whilst still fitting ok at the bottom and underarms.
The very lovely-looking Yvonne 28A (pics here: http://www.bratabase.com/bra/dl63k/) had wires that were much too low-cut at the sides for me. I think I would be a 28B-C in Yvonne if not for the wire-length issue
The Lucia (non-convertible straps) 28B (pics here: http://www.bratabase.com/bra/dl6e3/) had cups that were set too close together for me, and a band that was too tight. I think I would be a 30B in Lucia if not for the cups being too close together.
The Ethel in 28B is a great fit, and the only one of the six that I'm going to keep. I'll be reviewing this one soon.
Overall, this bra, to me, has the feel of being designed for a larger woman. It doesn't feel like it was designed for a petite frame, which seems at odds with TLBC's ethos. Read more 532 more words
The TLBC Nicole in 28C has a band that runs either true to size or slightly large/stretchy. The cups have more volume and projection than than the Lucia in 30C. The Lucia fits well for shallow and wide-set breasts. If the Lucia doesn't work for you, the Nicole might work if your breasts are more protruded. The cups have too much volume for me and gap quite a bit, but my ideal size is between 26D/DD. Also the wires are more narrow than the Lucia in 30C and actually cut into my side breast tissue.
You can tell the Nicole is larger than The Little Bra Company's Lucia in cup and band. Band fits as recommended. Feels like the bra wraps your chest like a tight blanket. Not ready yet to say it’s comfortable because the band is still restrictive. Photos shown with and without insertable pads. My breast do not fully fill the cups, though I worry a 28B or 30B would result in quad boobs. Bra doesn't fit properly without pads.
Band size was too big. Fit on the tightest hook. When I took out the removable pads, the cups were slightly too big, but I could fix that with some scooping -- or just by leaving the pads in. They don't make this bra in a 28D, so I ordered a 28C and we'll see if that one fits.