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Bra Feedback. Fit, Quality and Styles

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enriquetheringbearinglizard Tue 28-Jan-14 13:40:12

I piggybacked on another thread with a few questions. Now having had all the size advice I thought I'd post about the bras I ordered online and give feedback and comments and leave it open for anyone else to chip in with similar questions or feedback.

I always try and buy my underwear when the sales are on and admit I look for bargains, but I do like something pretty and for it to feel nice as well as being a good price because if you don't really like something that much, it's not a bargain really is it.

I ordered six bras of the size I measure up to and six pairs of pants too. Must admit I was a bit disappointed in the parcel that came. I got free next day delivery which was good, but the parcel looked a bit like a football, a soft plastic bag and everything bundled up in one scrunched up sheet of tissue. Some of the bras were fastened and some not, so overall I was slightly underwhelmed by my package of goodies.
On the upside though returns are free and replacements sent free of postage as well.

I'll post some links to the styles and thoughts so far.
The last thread I posted on was here

I have millie and marcie and they do fit a bit differently. I suspect that it is due to the difference in the fabrics. Millie is much thicker

AcrylicPlexiglass Wed 19-Feb-14 23:42:57

Have ordered the ebay babydoll marcie! Thanks, sorrel. Hope going up in the cup size will work and if not it will give me crucial info re width/ shallowness I suspect. My bravissimo balconette still seems a good fit a couple of days in so maybe I need those slightly shallower cups. I'm really surprised that the millie and marcie are the same cut! The millie really gapes noticeably and bizarrely on me but only at the sides and it is too well filled at the front- fits wrong in all respects! Whereas the marcie looked like it had potential shapewise but was just a little too small... We shall see! Thanks for all your wonderful help, mumsnet bra

SorrelForbes Wed 19-Feb-14 23:12:23

Oops, apparently the Millie is the same cut. Odd though, as it certainly fits differently.

Just saw the Marcie Babydoll on ebay in a 32GG - bargain

SorrelForbes Wed 19-Feb-14 23:04:26

I too love my Cleo bras, however some fit slightly differently to others. I get on best with the Marcie, Melissa, Bella, Lily and Meg, which I think are all the same cut. I believe that the Millie is slightly different.

I do not get on with the Bravissimo balconette styles are they are too shallow for me. I have two Cleo Junas as well which are lovely bras but are slightly too wide/too shallow for me.

I'd try the Marcie (or one of the others above) in a 32GG.

AcrylicPlexiglass Wed 19-Feb-14 22:43:12

Hmm. 2 Cleos arrived v speedily but the fit is not quite right, sadly. I think the marcie looked nice shape wise and my breasts filled the cup quite nicely at the sides but there was definite, if mild, quadboob. The millie on the other hand was a v odd fit. Just the merest suggestion of quadboob but huge side-gaping. Think the millie is not for me! Worried that if I size up in the cup of the marcie will become millielike and I'll lose the quad boob but get gaping sides, as width wise I seem to fill the current cup well. Maybe my boobs aren't cleo shaped?

AcrylicPlexiglass Mon 17-Feb-14 21:43:46

I think they are exclusive to bravissimo though and no stock anywhere around my possible size. I have ordered the pink one from amazon though. And a lily and a millie! Hope I'm 32G in them as that's the available size. If not can return and order more bargains to try, of course. Thanks so much, statisticallychallenged. I would never have thought of looking on amazon.

AcrylicPlexiglass Mon 17-Feb-14 21:34:29

I really fancy a purple marcie. They look

I'm a fan of cleos. I think they run a bit bigger in the cup than my bravissimo bras but it varies person to person.

The Marcie is particularly nice - that picture is awful but it comes in red, purple, turquoise and there is a black babydoll version too

AcrylicPlexiglass Mon 17-Feb-14 20:45:14

ooo, thanks so much I really like the look of those cleos and they are bargainatious!

For cheap bras try Brastop as you mentioned, but also Leia Lingerie (the sales arm of the brand which makes freya/fantasie/fauve), mycurvesandme (sales arm of panache), amazon (some fab deals to be had especially on panache, cleo and curvy kate last time I looked), belle lingerie....

The one you bought in bravissimo looks like their classic balconette which are generally lovely bras. You might well get on with the Kris Line you linked to. They tend to run tight in both band and cup though - if possible could you order a few sizes to try as brastop do free returns? You might also like some of the Cleo unpadded balconettes - there's loads of them in "last season" patterns. I'd hazard a guess you might want to try a 32G and GG in them.

cleo millie bargain and pants
marcie, shown in a godawful fit!

AcrylicPlexiglass Mon 17-Feb-14 20:25:56

Hi guys. Got this this today in Bravissimo in a 32GG. Really love it and it seems to fit pretty well - I asked for fitting help but already knew from mumsnet intervention that I was a 32GG! The sales assistant was impressed. It has immediately leaped to the top of the Acrylic Bra league (admittedly not difficult as all the others are ill-fitting old horrors) and I want to order some more lovely bras but at cheaper prices if possible as am not exactly flush. Any ideas on what styles/brands to go for that will be likely to fit well and how they come up size wise? Is brastop the only place to go for cheaper big bras? I quite like the look of this? Do you think it would be worth a try? My partner has had a massive stroke and is doing rehab as an inpatient and I showed him my new bra today (after sending my teenager out of the cubicle!) and he definitely responded with enthusiasm. So it is my duty to get a few more!

SoulJacker Thu 06-Feb-14 13:54:55

Thanks DramaAlpaca, I think the bra you linked to is slightly different to the one I tried but it seems that there's a consensus that the freya bras do stretch more than other brands.

I'm not on the pattern myself, might just keep an eye on if it comes up in the sale at any point.

SorrelForbes Thu 06-Feb-14 13:48:02

I only recommend one pair of jeans - Gap High Rise Skinnies grin

DramaAlpaca Thu 06-Feb-14 13:33:04

Hi SoulJacker I have the Freya Patsy bra (in a much bigger size than you blush) and it is definitely quite stretchy. It's one of my favourites.

enriquetheringbearinglizard Thu 06-Feb-14 12:33:00

No experience of the Patsy bra but it looks pretty.

It's the feedback about shapes and which brands tend to be tighter in the band etc. that I've found so very helpful and enlightening.

I've got an image in my head of our bra experts on Mastermind now 'and your specialist subject is?' grin

Don't even start me on jeans shopping.

SorrelForbes Thu 06-Feb-14 12:01:43

Yep, I agree with Hazle that bras always stretch (Freya isn't a particularly 'stiff' make either so should give quite quickly).

HazleNutt Thu 06-Feb-14 11:26:17

tight is good. I have several bras that I've considered bit on the tight side when first trying on, but they do stretch and feel fine.

SoulJacker Thu 06-Feb-14 09:53:42

I spent 3 hours in Bravissimo at the weekend and came away with 2 bras, same style, one nude, one black. Such hard work!

Has anyone any experience of the Patsy bra?

I was in between cup sizes at a 30 so it was suggested I try a 28 and that was perfect apart from it being slightly tight around the band. The assistant suggested that this brand stretched a bit so could be fine after wear but wasn't sure whether to risk it or not?

BirthdayMuppet Thu 06-Feb-14 09:29:42

Don't worry about massive orders and sending stuff back. I spent something like £800+ on 30+ odd bras in 5-6 orders after sorting out my intervention, and kept only four of them. Four!!! It's a long process when you change size so dramatically (36F to 30HH!), worse than jeans shopping for me, and that's saying something!

TulipOHare Wed 05-Feb-14 23:31:17

I bought another two from there this week. All five are peeeeerfect. I'm so happy.

enriquetheringbearinglizard Wed 05-Feb-14 15:30:50

Tulip I've bookmarked that site as there may be something there for my DD, if I can ever get her to measure herself properly.

I got the exchanges from brastop today and all the stuff I sent back refunded. Am pleased with the Lepel purchases actually as they really fit true to size for me.
Of course, just as I've completed a big order, they have an extra discount for today and tomorrow on selected styles.

TulipOHare Sun 02-Feb-14 11:11:47

Can I thread-crash to say that after lurking on the bra threads, and having always though I was a 34B or 36B, I tried some new sizes and have FINALLY succeeded (it took a lot of trial and error).

This week I bought three bras in 32D (!!!) and they fit amazingly shock

THIS one is the best and was only £4.99. This store still has quite a few bras in its sale at rock-bottom prices, mainly in 30 / 32 back sizes, but some larger too. Just thought I would point it out for anyone wanting to try new sizes cheaply!

carrielou2007 Sun 02-Feb-14 10:37:38

Ooh thank you, I just had a child free half hour before a meeting -- on-- my day off so whipped into m and a on the way tried a few on quickly. Going to try again today but with dc in tow no chance wink

Carrie I think you need more cup space and that is probably why the 30 felt too tight also

enriquetheringbearinglizard Sun 02-Feb-14 09:53:42

Morning Carrie, a bra lady will no doubt be along, but did you try them on at first back to front, no arms through the straps, just to check the bands and did you try different makes
You can see I've been tutored can't you smile

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