American Eagle zip front sports bra size S

I cames across these bras one day, when someone on bratabase posted that Aerie was having a $10 bra & bralette sale. I haven’t bought a bra from Aerie since I started really wearing the correct size. Earlier on in my journey, I did get a 30D bra from Aerie (that I apparently never reviewed), but I knew it didn’t fit.

Anyway, so I came across this zipper front sports bra, as well as some other sports bras that I had no interest in. When looking for sports bras I’m mainly looking for non racerback, non cross back, regular strapped bras. While searching for sports bras, I’ve noticed a majority of them are some sort of racerback style, which I don’t want to buy. I had a 25% off coupon on AE/aerie, so that, the $10 price, and the regular straps, it just made sense to buy them. For $7.50 each, I decided to buy 3.

 

SIZE BRA SIZE
XS 30B, 30C, 32A, 32B, 30D
S 32B, 32C, 34A, 34B, 32D, 30D
M 32D, 32DD, 34B, 34C, 34D, 36A
L 34D, 34DD, 36B, 36C, 36D, 38C, 36A
XL 36DD, 38B, 38C, 38D, 40C, 40D

I didn’t look at their size chart, but I’d tried on a bralette a few weeks prior, and I knew the M was too big in the band, so I went with a small for this. But looking at their size chart I’d technically need a M. Well, technically I’d need a small band and a medium cup, but no such size exists.

 

Before I talk about the fit, I’ll talk about the bra. These are compression sports bras, where you end up getting a “monoboob” look. Everything gets smushed closer to your body. They have a zipper front, and there’s a hidden hook at the upper portion that is supposed to keep the zipper from coming down. The sides of the bra, and front of the straps are a mesh material. There is also a small piece of fabric at the bottom that covers the bottom of the zipper.

 

I wanted to love these sports bra, but I don’t. They’re not a good fit.

I have tall roots, and the top of the cups on these do not cover my breasts completely. This probably shouldn’t be an issue, but when I swoop and scoop, you can see my breast tissue over the cups. When I do the “stomach chest chin” exercises at the gym, my chin is literally resting on my boobs. It feels weird. So when I wear it, everything gets pushed up and in. I’d imagine on someone with shorter roots they wouldn’t feel their boobs on their chin.

 

When I put this on, the back actually rides up. And surprisingly it feels comfortable that way. I can pull it down so the band goes straight across, but I’ve noticed after an hour or so I start feeling some pulling on my shoulders. The stretched band measurement is about 30 inches, and it feels nice and firm. The straps go straight up and down. No rings, sliders or j-hooks. The straps seem somewhat centered, so I think they would work for people with narrow shoulders.

 

Now let’s talk about the zipper… I thought the idea of a zipper front bra was cool. It zippers in the front, so you don’t have to worry about pulling it over your head. I always feel like when you have a bra that you have to pull over your head the band gets stretched out more and more. When I first put the red one on, the zipper immediately unzipped. And then it kept happening. I noticed when I had the hook closed, the bra didn’t unzip all the way, but it did unzip.  I personally believe that the little extra piece of fabric at the bottom of the zipper should be at the top, and maybe it’ll prevent the zipper from going down as you wear it.

But who knows since sports bras don’t have that. I did wear this bra to the gym, on my Tuesday class, and surprisingly the zipper stayed in place the whole time. Until, I wore it today. I don’t why it unzipped. But I was literally sitting in my car waiting for my parents to meet up with me. I was browsing the internet and I felt the zipper slowly go down.

Even the hook was barely hanging on

The blue and the green versions don’t behave like that, once the zipper is up, it’s up. The issue with these two is that it is really hard to get the zipper up. It almost feels like I have too much boob. The 2 pieces don’t connect easily; It would be easier if I had a second pair of hands- one set to hold the 2 pieces together, and the other set to actually zip up the bra.

 

With all of the bras, the hook does get in the way of zipping it up. I have to push the hook in, when I get to it.

Aerie has this bra listed under the ‘Move’ category, but I don’t believe it is very good at constricting the movement. I jump up and down, and I can feel/see movement. I don’t have big/heavy breasts, so it isn’t painful.

 

I went to AE once, and came across this bra in a medium. Of course I tried it on just to compare the fit. I loved how the cups fit. They seemed taller, although I didn’t measure them, and I probably still had some breast tissue that wasn’t completely covered. I don’t recall having any issue with the zipper, but again, I only had the bra on for at most 5 minutes. The band and the straps were too loose. If I bought this bra I wouldn’t have been properly supported.

 

 

Have you tried any zip front bras? How do you like them?

Ewa MIchalak unlined bras comparison– 3DM vs BM

I recently purchased a BM Chaberek (from bratabase), and a custom 3DM Malinowy. Right after I got the BM Chaberek, I decided there needs to be a comparison post for the 2 cuts from Ewa. I own both bras in 70DD.

I own:

3DM Malinowy

3DM Burek

3DM Rożówa Mgiełka

3DM Amorek

&

BM Naomi

BM Chaberek

BM Tajemniczy Ozgród

 

I chose these 2 bras because they’re similar in material (the Amorek, Rozowa Mgiełka, and Burek all are made of stiff fabric. The Ozgród is a totally different fabric).  The biggest difference between these 2 bras, is that the BM is lined, and the 3DM is not. With the Chaberek, the lining is a stretchy beige fabric.

 

The measurements of the bras:

As you see some of the measurements of the bras are similar, with the BM being .2 inches wider; the 3DM being .2 inches deeper; both the strap width and the cup separation is exactly the same .6 inches; the wings only have .1 inch difference. The 2 biggest differences (and for me, the most important) are the wire length, the BM being .8 inches longer, and the gore of the BM being .7 inches higher.

These are important for me, because I have close set breasts, and Ewa’s wires tend to be too hard for me, so the 3DM is okay, because the gore is only 1.6 inches (short enough to not bother me), but the BM’s gore is 2.25 inches. That extra height definitely causes the gore in the BM to be painful for me, and the outer wires tend to poke me, and leave marks. Surprisingly, the cup height on both is 5.5 inches.

 

You can better see in this closeup the difference in gore height.

 

 

The technical differences that will hopefully be of use to someone:

 

One of the things I think is interesting to note is that the nipple to neck measurement is .5-.75 inches higher in the bras, than me being braless. I think it’s interesting because when I measured my breasts from IMF to nipple, in all 3 scenarios it was the same measurement (3.5 inches). So there is some ‘pushing up’ of my breasts, but the bottom isn’t effected.

For the breast perimeter of both breasts, I measured from the outer portion where my breasts end. This shows that with both bras on my breast tissue gets narrower.

 

Ewa has said she won’t make a bra that comes as BM into a 3DM, but I don’t see why, because the BM literally only has 1 extra layer of fabric, that if removed would make the BM (fabric wise) exactly the same as the 3DM. I will point out that I don’t have the BM styles that are half lace, like the BM scarlet, so I can’t say how the fabric difference is on that.

 

More pics

 

Victorias Secret VSX Sports Bra Size 32DD

At the end of April, I decided I was going to start going to the gym.  My normal ‘bradrobe’ consists of regular bras and bralettes, but nothing that I could wear to the gym, and workout with. If did buy a few ‘regular ‘ sports bras, but quickly realized that they’re not for me. (I may review all of them together in one post later). This VS sports bra isn’t the first bra sized sports bra that I bought, but it is the first I want to review.

I bought this on eBay, because I loved the color, and the fact that it wasn’t a racerback, which I don’t care for. Unfortunately for me this bra doesn’t fit. I sized up from my other bra sized sports bra (even though they’re different brands), and this ended up being too big. So in this review, I can’t talk about how well it’ll work when working out.

 

For a 32 band it is pretty firm. Relaxed it’s about 24.75 inches, stretches its about 29.5 inches. It’s bigger than my underbust measurement, but it does not feel loose at all. There is a thick elastic band that goes across the whole length of the bra. It feels very comfortable. I’d be happy if all VS 32 bands fit like this. There is also 4 rows of eye closures.

 

The straps are part of the reason I bought this bra. There seems to be a lot more racerback , or criss cross back style sports bras, than regular strapped sports bra. These straps are only partially adjustable, and they can be clipped into a cross cross, which may help those that need shorter straps. The printed part of the straps are fairly wide, at 1.125″ wide, and they’re also somewhat padded.

 

I’m not 100% sure if this bra has wires or not. There is  something that feels hard, so it’s either a thin plastic wire, or just all of the material. The ‘wire’ is in the shape of a half moon, so I think that’s why the cup measures as wide as it does.

 

The cups on this bra are too big. When buying this, I forgot that when I’ve bought the padded D-DD bralettes from VS they were too big, and this bra seems to have the same characteristics as those.

The cup is too wide; it measures 7.5 across in width. The sides of the cup definitely come up too high. If I were to put this bra on before putting deodorant on, I’d definitely get some on the bra. It’s definitely in the area where hair grows. The height of the cup/bra, is actually perfect. It covers my tall roots, which no other sports bra seems to do. However, the cups are also too deep. I’d say there’s about an inch of space between my nipple and the apex of the cup. There’s space on the inner part of the cup, as well as above my breasts. There are 2 separate cups, so this isn’t a bra I’d wear to the gym (or anywhere really). If I wore this to the gym, it wouldn’t control any bounce.  I do think this bra would be best for those with tall roots.

 

The cups are so big on this, I wasn’t sure if I should go down 1 size or 2 when buying another one. I ultimately decided to go down one size (because I found it cheap on eBay).

Do do you own any VS spots bras?

Etsy Kente cloth bikini (Kentekini) review size S

I hate having my phone near water, so I has a clear cover over it, which contributed to the blurriness of the photo. I like the appearance.

I decided to buy this bikini because I wanted a Kente cloth print bikini.  As is the case these days, I have a thought, and then I forget about it. I wanted this for my trip to Miami, but I forgot until like 12 days before I was supposed to go. I looked on eBay, but didn’t see anything that was exactly what I wanted, so I googled, and was brought to etsy. The first bikini that I saw was $45, not too bad, considering it was going to be handmade, but when I emailed the seller she said it wouldn’t be shipped out for 2 weeks. Bummer. I looked around for a bit, until I came across this set. Well, I actually came across a similar set sold by the same seller, but the top & bottom were sold separately, and cost about $10/$15 more. I didn’t want to be THAT person, that asks for a cheaper price, so after emailing the seller, I settled for this suit. (I wasn’t a fan of the gold)

Before I get to the review, I do want to mention that the seller had 10 days to make, and ship this set, so I received it on time. However, I did ask her beforehand, and she said it wasn’t an issue…

With that said:

The construction of the bikini

In case you’re not aware, Kente cloth is a cotton fabric that has no stretch to it at all. So in order to wear this as a bikini, it had to be lined with a stretchy fabric. The outer fabric is the Kente cloth, and the lining is a stretchy black fabric.

Both the top and the bottoms use the same black fabric. On the top, the Kente cloth, and the lining are not sewn together. The gold ‘binding’ used on the bottoms is a stretchy fabric. The binding on the top is also stretchy. I can’t say what the actual lining fabric is  but I’d assume some sort of nylon/spandex/rayon blend.

 

When I first saw the bikini I was so happy. It was exactly what I thought I wanted. But then I really looked at it. And I’m not really happy with it, especially considering how much I paid for it ($112). I am not a seamstress, I’ve altered a few items  using a sewing machine (I can hem a pair of true religion jeans with little issue), however the sewing on this set is not good.

 

The stitching is often not straight from one part of the garment to the next. In this pic, there is a small amount of material above the stitching on the right side, but more fabric above the seam on the left side

It is like this throughout the top and bottom

The pink denotes where the stitching is. You can see on the right side the stitching is more towards the top, but on the left side it’s in the middle.

 

The upper piece and the lining of the top aren’t sewn together and it feels like there is too much of the gold fabric

 

The biggest issue I have with the quality of the sewing, is that there’s a piece of the top boning that isn’t attached to the inner part of the bikini top. This is something that should have been caught before the item was shipped out.

I’ve had this happen to me before when I would hem jeans. But I would always catch it, and I would also always take it out and redo it. If I would have gotten this set like, a month before I had to go on vacation, I would have returned it, but since I got it the day before,I decided to keep it.

 

The seam on the loops is visible, and I would have liked for it to be flipped over so that it wasn’t, but that isn’t something that effects the fit or appearance of the bottoms (unless you’re close enough to see it perhaps)

 

 

Fit

I wasn’t 100% in love with the fit. It’s high waisted, and y’all know how I feel about high waisted bottoms. But that’s me, and not the bikini. I do feel as though with the side lacing and the high waist, I look like I don’t have hips.

The crotch did seem to be on the wide side. But the back coverage was what I like.

Another thing I didn’t care for, was putting it on and taking it off. I had to lace it up, and unlaced it. So I tried to not use the bathroom too much. The loops did feel stable when I tightened the sides.

 

The gold fabric appears loose, and it’s especially loose on my smaller side. I wish the cup came up a little higher. I tried to tighten the straps but that didn’t help, because the cup is just too short. As you can see, a bit of my nipple is showing at the top of the cup

 

I dont love this set. I didn’t message the seller to tell her I wasn’t happy with the set. I didn’t ask for a refund (full or partial), because I’d already worn the suit.

I most likely won’t be paying this much for a set again. I don’t think the set was worth what I paid. I know that when you’re buying something from etsy, or something  that is handmade, you’re paying for the labor, as well as the cost of the materials.

Thinx high waisted panty review part 2


I am going to be doing an updated review on these panties. I’ve worn them twice since my first review of them.

March 29, 2017

When I got my period in March, it was breakthrough bleeding that lead to a period. It started March 7th, and ended March 31/April 1. From the 7th – the 28th it was spotting. The kind of thing I could get by, if I used a tissue or panty liner. The 28th, I remembered that I had these panties, for some reason I forgot. Anyway, I found them, and decided to wear them the next day. If I remember correctly, I probably started the sugar pills a few days before, so I was expecting my period the 29th (I always get it on wednesdays). My periods on birth control are generally light, so I didn’t think twice when I put the panties on and left for work. When I say light, I mean a light tampon may or may not be filled, 6 hours later when I pull it out. After the first time I used to the bathroom, I noticed that the gusset felt damp. I was able to get past it, but the next time I went to the bathroom, I still felt it, and it bothered me, I literally had this expression on my face: 

Dampness in my panties is something that drives me crazy. So I got a tissue and tried to remove as much blood as I could (blood that for whatever reason didn’t get absorbed), tried to put the panties back on, and I still felt the dampness. So I did what I didn’t want to do- I put a piece of tissue on top,of the gusset. (See facial expression above). I didn’t feel any dampness any longer, however, it was a thin layer for my blood to go through. And Everytime I went to the bathroom at work after that, I had to use toilet paper. Granted I didn’t go to the bathroom that much. I did not feel secure with these panties on. I mainly sit at work, and Everytime I got up, I had to check my seat to see if there was any blood. (There wasn’t any) But, by the time I got home, I noticed that there was some blood on the outer part of the panties. The blood has seeped through all of the layers. I didn’t think to bring a backup pair of panties because I knew I wouldn’t have filled 2 tampons.

I am posting links to the pics of the bloody panties, in case someone reading this doesn’t want to see the pics.

The inner part part of the gusset (his was taken when I got home)

The outer part, it’s hard to see the wetness, but it’s in the middle

 

June 30, 2017

So I decided to wear these panties again. Main reason being, I only had ‘regular’ tampons, and no panty liners. (I just came back from vacation, and didn’t go to the store, and on my day off, I forgot to get tampons– I forgot to get some today as well…) Anyway, so I wore these to work, not expecting anything. Certainly not thinking I’d need to update y’all about the panties. So I definitely didn’t bring extra panties, or panty liners (which I still didn’t have). I put the panties on around 7am. By 10:30am, I’m at work like:

I felt that wetness, that I’m sure everyone who has had a period before, has felt. It was wetness on the outer part of the gusset. I went to the bathroom, and there was blood on the top, some had soaked through, AND there was blood on my pants. I know this sounds crazy, but this day, wearing the thinx panties basically felt like I’d worn nothing but tissue between my legs, with regular panties. Luckily for me:

-I work at a place that at one point required black pants, they’ve allowed us to wear different colors, but I still wear black. (So no leaks were visible to anyone)

-We have a washing machine & dryer. I didn’t wash my panties there, although I could have. I did have a clean pair of pants fresh out the dryer to wear (but I do have a spare pair in my locker)

-There is a store a hop, skip & jump away

-I had a patient not show up.

So I was able to go to the store and buy some panties, and panty liners, and change with no issue.

Houndstooth!

In case you’re wondering, I was able to only use 2 panty liners from 11 to 4 when I got off work. So it wasn’t like my period was regular or even heavy. (In case you’re wondering, the day before I wore a regular tampon; I wore it for 8 hours, and when I pulled it out, it was still very white. A dry tampon isn’t very comfortable to pull out)

More pics; these were taken when I was able to change, not when I first went to the bathroom.

Inner gusset 

Outer gusset (I did wrap the panties in tissue to prevent more leakage)

Closeup of outer

 

Based on these last 2 experiences, I most likely won’t wear my thinx panties anymore. I don’t fee so secure, and I don’t think I should have to change in the middle of the day, especially since I had light periods. I shouldn’t have had bloody pants 3 hours after putting the panties on.

Earlier in the morning I was thinking to myself that I needed to buy more, but if I only wore the panties 3 times, and they’re already leaky, I’m not taking that chance. Especially since they weren’t cheap. It would have really sucked if I had on white pants.

Foxers Tomboy Boxers + Lace Camisole Size S

I chose to go with small for both the top and the bottoms. I pretty much assumed what my size was, as I hadn’t looked at the size chart. I just know that for me, lately XS bottoms have been too small, and I’ve never really worn XS bralettes.

I went with the tomboy boxers because of the look of them. I wanted something I could wear to sleep that wasn’t too sexy, but wasn’t boring. I also wanted something I could walk around in, in my apartment. These are definitely different. I’d never seen anything like these, which was part of the appeal for me.

 

The lace cami

The cami is a very soft and stretchy lace. For those with sensitive skin, it should not be irritating at all. The band is a little loose on me, so when I initially got it, I was thinking I should have went with an XS, but in this I do get a little bit of side boob.

But since this is a lace cami, and not a bra, the side boob isn’t important. Since the band is loose, it does ride up in the front a bit. I may take in the band to make it a little tighter.

The straps on the cami are fully adjustable, and are the same fabric as the waistband on the lace boxers, the boxer briefs and the boyshorts (for this particular color). The straps are not stretchy, and they’re also somewhat long.

 

The Tomboy boxers

 

The boxers do feature a sort of ‘gusset’, it is more horizontal, than vertical like regular panties. The interesting thing about these shorts is that they only have 2 seams, and there’re between the legs. There are no side seams, nor a seam going down the front or the back.

There is a large pocket on both sides that can fit an array of stuff, including an iPhone. There are 2 buttons that are fully functional. Along the inner waistband, there’s the foxers logo.

The shorts can be worn with the band rolled over, or regular. I personally am the type to wear all bottoms at my waist, and not my hip bone, so I didn’t roll the waist.

I do think that because they’re no seam down the middle, or sides, there ends up being a little extra fabric in the crotch area. However, I don’t feel the extra space when I’m walking, but it’s something that I see, so I’m pointing it out.

 

I decided to wear these boxers under a pair of my jeans (which were tight), because I figured someone that’s debating on getting these may want to know how it feels. So I could definitely feel that I was wearing them, but it wasn’t uncomfortable, and they didn’t bunch up. Also, they weren’t visible through the material, although I do think if you decided to wear these under leggings or non denim pants, they would be visible in the front, as well as the side. Towards the end of the night, I started getting lazy, and not fixing the shirts after I went to the bathroom, so the bottoms were visible. I kind of pulled them up with my jeans.

 

I did wear this set to sleep, and I can say it was very comfortable. I don’t find myself having to adjust anything during the night. Speaks of comfort, I do want to mention that I never once got a wedgie in these shorts. So that’s definitely an A+ in my book. I will definitely be ordering from Foxers in the future. I have a sale set on the way, which I should be reviewing soon.

 

I received this set in exchange for a review

Ewa Michalak Różowa Mgiełka 70DD + matching brief size 36

I bought this bra on a whim. I bought it along with the Amorek, because I’d wanted to try Ewa’s unlined bras. I’d already owned the 3DM Burek, but I bought it used. I wanted to try a 3DM that wasn’t used. I also had two BMs, but the 3DM is meant for smaller breasts (lower gore, shorter cups), so I needed more. Although I’m not interested in the Kankan, it is a bra I’ve debated about buying, just because it’s a 3DM. I will say I’m not in love with this bra, or the Amorek because of the cups material. This is why I haven’t asked for most of the SM bras (Rozmarzona, Ja wiem etc) to be made as a 3DM. The Ja Wiem looks like it’s exactly the same material is this bra. Let’s check out how this bra fits:

 

The cups on this bra are nice and low. I was able to wear it underneath one of my low cut v neck shirts that I got from working at true religion (their v necks are ridiculously low), without the bra showing. When I got the bra, around Christmas Eve the cups were okay. Now they’re a little too small.

This picture has the most accurate color of the bra.

The diagonal ribbon cuts in a bit, but it’s masked by the upper ribbon piece. As much as I love the appearance of this bra, I don’t think the material choice was the best. When I first ordered this bra, I was sent a bra that was too shallow. It was not a good fit on me.

The left cup (my smaller side) seemed the worst.

The first bra was probably cut best for even/shallow shapes. I think that bra was cut the same way it would have been cut if it was a stretchy material. I sent Ewa pictures and she remade the bra for me.  The material on the cups is an unstretchy mesh, but it’s not delicate feeling.

 

When I initially tried this bra on, I didn’t have an issues with the gore, but that’s to be expected. The gore height is 1.75 inches high, and a little over half an inch wide (.6 inches), so in theory I shouldn’t have had an issue. .6 is really narrow. Most of the morning I was fine, but around lunch time I started feeling the gore. It wasn’t painful, but I could feel it. By 5pm I was DYING. I was at my parents house, so I took my bra off. Unfortunately I didn’t get any bras in the mail, so I was walking around braless.

 

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I RARELY have straps issues. I don’t have a strap issue with this bra per-se, but I can definitely say the straps are wide-set. Definitely not a bra for women with narrow shoulders. I didn’t feel the straps when I was at work, but you can definitely see that they’re directly on top of my clavicle. Because of the detailing on the straps they’re partially adjustable. The lacing on the front of the straps is the same as the lace at the top of the cups

 

The band stretches to 28 inches. 28 inches is small for a 70 band, but I’m starting to think Ewa’s 70 band (at least in the bras meant for smaller busts) will measure around 28 inches. The wings are nice and wide, measuring at 3.75 inches high. The band is a different material from the cups. It’s a stretchy polyester, that would have been really nice on the cups. The wings and the band are double lined.

 

Panty

I absolutely love the appearance of these panties. However, I don’t love the fit. Right off the bat, I want to say when I was wearing them with jeans on I had no issues, and I really didn’t feel anything.  But when I wasn’t wearing bottoms I felt a lot. Due to the material in the lower portion of the back, it felt like the panties were too small, so this may work better for someone with a smaller butt. But the front felt like there was too much fabric. The gusset was wide. I don’t really have gusset issues with panties, but this pair and the Amorek panties I do (they’re cut the same). The wideness occurs with the gusset and the front of the panties. The front of the panties is cut wide, so the elastic is in the crease of my groin (is there a technical term for that?). When I had no pants on, I could feel the elastic everytime I took a step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Verdict: I would not wear this during one of my long work shifts

Love Claudette Dessous longline 30E + matching thong

I’ve wanted this bra, in this color, ever since I got the other Dessous longline. When I bought the other longline, I could not find this color at all. So I gave up looking. Around Black Friday I came across this branon brastop. It was on sale for like £13, but I didn’t buy it because I was hoping it would be cheaper on Cyber Monday. Well, I was wrong, on cyber Monday the price went to £17, and stayed that price until March (😭). I would check brastop often to see if the price went back down, also to see if this size sold out because it was the only 30E left. I really wanted 28F, but it wasn’t available. I ended up buying this when it went to £16, but I only bought it because I tweeted to brastop that I wanted to add something to my order, but I couldn’t find that bra (I didn’t look hard enough because I ended up finding it 2 days later). I didn’t want them to hold my order for nothing, so I asked for this and the matching panties.

I’m happy that I was able to finally get this set.

 

The gore was too wide for me. The gore measures a hair under 1 inch wide- 7/8s of an inch.

However, because it’s so high, it was sitting on breast tissue. I was able to push the wires down the channels at the gore, so there wasn’t any stabbing; pushing down the wires I was able to get 1/2 an inch of free space. The gore just got wider the further it went down, so the inner portion of the wires were sitting on breast tissue. It wasn’t painful, but just annoying because I was aware that the wires and the gore were raised.

I decided to alter the gore, otherwise the bras wasn’t really wearable. As I’ve said before, when I alter things these days, I don’t have a desire to be 100% accurate (nothing is getting cut), so I just pinned the fabric at the gore in place, and hand sewed to make the gore less wide. If you decide to too this to this particular bra, be forewarned that the material is mesh and this alteration will mess up the material if you make it too tight, or if your breasts are heavy and close set. I decided when I altered this, that I was going to sew and leave the extra fabric on the outside, instead of sewing it on the inner part of the bra. I like the way it looks, and tbh no one else is going to be looking at my bras.

 

One of the things I absolutely love about this bra, and the other Dessous longline that I have is that there is depth to this bra that the regular Dessous bras don’t seem to have. Initially I thought the depth was above the wire, but it’s really just in the lower portion of the cup. There is wrinkling in the fabric, but I think that’s because how wide {the entire length of} the gore is. My nipples are in the upper portion of the bra, so I’m getting a bit of in cup quadding. I do a reverse swoop and scoop after putting the bra on. Before I altered the gore, the reverse swoop and scoop didn’t do anything at all. It couldn’t because there was no where for it to stay. The wires on the inner portion of the cup wasn’t touching my skin. Taking in the gore did seem to open the cup at the top a bit.

Walmart selfie

I rarely mention this on my bra reviews, but the seams wear only very slightly visible. I do want to mention that this bra is about 3/4s of an inch deeper than the peacoat Dessous longline that’s a sister size down (28F).

 

I think if you have narrow or sloping shoulders the straps will be too wide set for you, for me the straps are fine. The straps are fully adjustable. Although the straps look brighter/more neon in the pics, in person it’s the same color as the polka dots.

 

The band stretches to 28 inches before the wires start to distort. Stretched the band feels comfortable. The closure is 3×3, and it’s actually easy to button up from the back (I usually find the 5 row longlines to be a struggle to close behind my back, or som unhook when I get others hooked)

The longline is pretty short on this bra. There’s about 1 inch of extra fabric underneath the cups. There is 2 small bones, and the top of them keep ending up below the cups (but I don’t feel it), because there’s a space, the bone isn’t as long as the channel. Realistically speaking, the space is like 3 mm at the most.

 

Thong

These are unremarkable. They fit. There was a small amount of extra fabric in the front, but not enough that I would size down. The elastic wasn’t bothersome. They were comfortable.

 

 

verdict: This is a bra that I’d wear on one of my longer days at work. It was actually very comfortable.

 

Do you own any of the Claudette Dessous longline bras?

Comexim Bellissima longline 65G

When I first saw this bra , I knew I had to have it. I did wait a while, because of the price, and let’s face it, I don’t actually need any bras. It wasn’t until Wen from ‘Comicsgirlsneedbras‘ posted pictures on this bra, that I decided to get it. I bought it when they had their Black Friday deal, so I think I paid about $36 for it.  I ended up getting it almost 2 months later…

I wasn’t sure what size to get when I ordered this bra, so I went with 65G, because in worst case scenario, I could use extenders if the band was too tight.

 

The band is firm. When I first wore this, I wore it with an extender, and it felt fine. I have it in right now without an extender, and it also feels fine. I definitely didn’t loose weight, so I’m not sure why I had an extender on the first time. The lace part of the band (in the front) doesn’t stretch at all. There is elastic at the very bottom of the longline, which (on me) can have the potential to feel too tight.  There’s no boning on this longline, so there won’t be anything stabbing you in your ribs, however the fabric does get a little wrinkly.

On me, where the lace meets the solid fabric, at the bottom of the band it tends to press into my skin. I’m short, and the longline comes down to where my waist tapers in, it probably won’t look as long on someone that is taller.

 

The cups have good depth at the bottom. This longline isn’t like the padded longlines, in which the bottom is shallow. I don’t know if this is because the bra is unlined, or because the fabric that makes up the gore is non stretchy. I requested that the cup be reduced 1cm only, I’m not sure if that was done, as the cup height is 5.75 cm. The cup does seem higher than what I want it to be, but it’s not too tall.

There is some stitching at the top of the bra, and even though it’s not elastic, it doesn’t seem to make the bra closed on top. There’s 2 layers of fabric on the cups, but it’s still sheer. I believe the fabric is exactly the same as the fabric on the coco bra. The width of the cup is 5.25 inches, and the depth is 8.4 inches. Lately with unlined bras I need a depth of around 9 inches, but I think this works because there’s enough depth at the bottom and it’s open enough at the top.

 

 

I can’t get an accurate measurement for what the gore is (since it’s a longline), but it seems like it comes up higher on my sternum, than other bras. The gore isn’t stabby.

Narrowed gore

I did request that the gore be narrowed, so that could be helping with the cups not feeling too widely spaced. I think a narrowed gore is an alteration I need to ask for with Comexim, as sometimes the bottom of the gore is too wide.

 

I think I requested that the straps be moved in 1 cm. I don’t need them to be moved in 2 cm, but on my Donna bra the straps feel like they could be moved in a bit. The straps on this bra are the same as the ones on pretty much all the bras with black straps (Rose, Donna, Tropical Garden, Coco, Burgundy, Mystic etc); they’re not the easiest to adjust. They’re not like other straps where you can adjust them while wearing the bra.

 

You can see how long this longline is on my short torso. This is how I wish all longlines were.

 

 

Look at that roundness!

Lepel Roxy longline bra size 30E + brief size 8

 

I came across this bra one day when Abracabra posted herself in it on Instagram. Up until this point, I’d never really looked at Lepel as a brand. It just wasn’t on my radar. When I saw it, I wanted it- it’s a longline, and its floral, what’s not to like?

 

I searched online for reviews, but couldn’t find any. This bras wasn’t even listed on bratabase! So naturally I had no idea how it fit. I asked Abracabra what the depth was on her bra (32DD), and she said 21,5cm (8.5 inches), with the width being 13cm (5.1 inches), which works for me. The bra looked like it would work for me, so I ordered the 30E.

 

The cups on this bra appear to be ‘cut and sew’ with seams, but in actuality the inner part of the bra is molded/contoured, and the outer part (the floral fabric) is seamed. I didn’t know that before I bought it, but it probably wouldn’t have made a difference. There does seem to be enough depth at the wire.

 

 

This is considered a longline, and I guess it is, in theory. The back and sides are longer than a regular bra, as is the gore, but underneath there’s a little fabric, and some lace. The wing is 4.5 inches high, and there’s 4 rows of hooks. The band only stretches to about 28 inches, and that’s doing a hard stretch.

The lace flipped up

The lace flips up at the slightest movement! The time it took for me to go from my living room to my balcony (~10 steps), the lace had flipped over (as you can see in some of the pics). There is boning on the side of the cups, I guess to keep the rest of the band from flipping up? The very bottom of the boning presses into my skin- so this is not a bra I would wear on one of my longer days at work.

 

I would consider the straps to be wideset. As I’m sitting down on the couch, everything feels fine, but when I move my arms forward, the front of my shoulders/armpits get rubbed a bit- another thing that would prevent me from wearing this bra to work.

Right above the bow, to where the cup starts is where I have irritation, when my arms are in this position

 

 

The gore is high, and sitting on tissue, but luckily it’s not painful. There is a bubble of space in the fabric at the middle of the gore.

 

The wires encompass my breasts completely.

 

The panties

Okay, obviously I didn’t pay attention when I bought these, because I thought they were regular low cut briefs, but they’re actually ‘hipster shorts’. I don’t really like underwear that are cut like mini shorts, I like more of a Brazilian brief, where there’s less coverage. The elastic on the leg openings feels a little tight. The side panels on the panties are the same sheer black fabric that’s on the sides of the bra. There is a small piece of elastic at the bottom of the shorts in the middle. If it looks like I have a wedgie in the pic on the far right, that’s what you’re saying seeing.

 

 

Have you you heard of this bra before?