The second set I recently purchased from the Tutti Rouge Carpe Diem A/W 2014 range was Eliza - a stunning bra and matching 'mini-brief' that is the same design as previously available Fifi.
The bra is a slightly 'twist on a classic' combination of royal blue with the slightest hint of indigo, and a light raspberry pink. As it's not your more standard pink/purple mix it looks like quite a fresh colour pairing which I think gives a modern update to this typically girly/romantic design. The outside of the bra is a subtly dot patterned mesh in the blue/indigo shade, and the raspberry tone is from the mesh ...on the inside of each cup. The gold heart shaped adjusters are present on the fully adjustable straps, as is a fairly large blue ribbon rosette, overlaid with a thin pink ribbon rosette and a large pink circular gem on the centre gore. Sounds flashy and tacky, looks less so in person (and I'm not a fan of spangles or overly fussy designs).
The unpadded lined cups are made of two thin layers of mesh with a vertical seam up each cup, and a 'side support' sling made of more pink mesh. The thick lace at the top of each cup is part of the blue overlay layer and has some stretch to it. The cups are slightly see-through with just a hint of nipple!
There is a rather gorgeous frill of indigo lace across the front of the body underneath the cups which makes me go 'oooh rarr!' in a very excitable way and was one of the things that appealed to me about the bra - it's stunning in person too.
Eliza is very similar to Liliana in terms of the shape it gives - the wires are comparably wide and it gives a familiar minimised shape, albeit with perhaps slightly more projection/uplift due to the side sling (and given there is no padding in this bra I would think without the side sling it may give a very deflated profile).
This works well for me and my wide rooted, shallow breasts. It is however the polar opposite to the Nichole bra I previously reviewed. It's great that Tutti Rouge are catering to women with very different breast shapes, but I do wonder if there will ever be a way that manufacturers are able to identify what breast type a particular model may suit? Perhaps by referring to previous models....or at the very extreme providing measurements so that consumers have more of an idea of whether a bra may work for them. It still surpises me just how two bras of the same 30E size can be shaped so differently. The band is comfortable and just right for me.
The top of the bra has some stretch to it but given that this one fits me like a glove (and I have very little breast tissue on top) I would imagine this would not be compatible with anyone who needs much space on top.
There was a little gore stabbing the first time I wore this bra, but on subsequent wearings this seems to have resolved itself. The matching knickers are gorgeous, but I had to size up to a large due to little stretch in them. Design wise they're flawless, and not as low-rise as I feared they may be. Read more 451 more words
This is a really pretty bra that gives a decent shape. It has extra side slings of a extra couple of layers of mesh fabric on the outer edge of the inside of the cups shown in my photos. It's comfortable and pretty and I like the frilled lace at the band on the front. The volume of the cup is a little too big and a little too projected for my shallow breasts so wrinkled above the nipple a little. This doesn't really show through clothes and it's a lovely set so I still wear this bra. I have the matching briefs in XS which are actually a little big for my 36 inch hips but still wearable, though probably not under a fitted skirt/dress which I haven't tried.
man, i really wanted to love this bra. im pretty sad that it didnt work out, and ive kept it for some time now hoping that eventually it would magically fit, but it doesnt https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> its a gorgeous color, sort of a pale raspberry with a dark blue lace overtop. the lace itself has a sheen so its almost shifting to a purply blue. its a half cup, but theres a decorative lace trim along the top that makes it nearly look like a balconette at first.
fit wise: the band is a 34, and it feels best on the tightest hook. im ...not sure if size down though, because then id most likely need an extender, and im not sure how fast TR bras break in. the straps are also wide set on this, so an extender would make that worse. i cant attest to if the width would dig at armpits, because i havent worn this for an extended time, but i assume i would find it more annoying as time went on. the gore is high, but so far in try-ons doesnt seem painful or stabby. its nice and narrow, so thats a plus! the wires feel like a good width if maybe a bit wide, and they dont feel too tall or too short at the sides.
my main issue is with the cups. there is some odd large bubble/wrinkle at the top of the cup, right across the whole top section. the edge lies flat, but there's space inside still. its really similar to what i get with 3 piece cups, but this is definitely constructed like a half cup so im confused on what is happening. i fill the bottom 2/3 of the cup really well, but i have extra space in the top half, and thats not usually how half cups are for me. i think the cup wants more upper fullness than i have, and closes off too quickly for me, leading to empty space that makes that weird baggy wrinkle. its very obvious under clothes, and it also leads to me not feeling secure in the cups. the shape i get also ends up being more natural and not lifted, so all around i just dont like the look on me. its a sad, sad mismatch https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> Read more 288 more words