Hello Ladies =) please excuse my little absence as I have been quite busy or ill lately which really gets in the way of trying on BEAUTIFUL bras and then writing about them. I hate to make any sort of half hearted effort as I like my reviews to be not only impartial, but thorough to! I have to warn you, this is the first of quite a few reviews which have been in the pipeline for FAR too long. I'm really experimenting with size and cut recently as I am still a growing lady. Such is the case, I will not be doing them in the general 'Bra Quest' style of magical sizing epiphany's or boudoir prancing photos! (more of those soon!)
The 'Charlotte' instantly struck a chord with me when I first saw it reviewed a few times on Bratabase (external link) which described it as having a very tight band. It was quite difficult to source a seller in the UK with reasonable pricing. I am constantly out priced by DD+ and smaller band size lingerie which annoys me to no end. I had my chance to apply a discount and so I did with great joy, at Large Cup Lingerie (external link). Best of all it was free shipping and returns so I had nothing to loose! (and it came in 24 HOURS, I know I know!)
- Thinly lined balcony style bra. Some people get confused when I say 'Padded' what I really mean is 'thinly lined' or rather 'no nipple showing through'.
- Fully Adjustable straps
- 3 hook and eye closure with 3 adjustable settings
- 30FF, although it runs very tight in the band I would almost say a full band size smaller which is good news for me! (Normal size for me is between 26G-28FF-28G so branching off a bit)
|30FF 'Charlotte' Bra in 'Peach'.|
|Although it is a seamed cup construction, the black panels and seams hardly show through clothing.|
|Satin like side panel, not exactly sure of its function other than to make it look nice.|
|Smooth interior cup has the standard shallow balcony cut but has quite some depth in the middle, keep that in mind if you feel that sometimes you do not fill a cup due to depth.|
It's probably not safe for work so how about a little jump?
|Please excuse my teenage skin (that I'm too old for) which never ever happens until this very day! :O|
|Centre gore is flat with no quadraboob complaints from me.|
I know that the underband in this bra will eventually have to be fastened on the tightest hook, for this I am prepared to shorten it by a few inches (maybe bring it down to a firm fitting 26).
I appreciate the natural cleavage in this bra as everyone needs one of those days! I dread the day though, that I grow out of this bra as these images were taken on one of my 'smaller days' and I do notice a slight pinching on other days. I think this is going to be an annoying '2nd puberty' trend for the next year or two as(I'm growing taller, and on top of that constantly having to re-measure and ditch some of my favourite bras recently) along with breast tissue migration which I have started to notice a little. Check out more about this subject here via The Butterfly Collection (external link).
It also gives a very good shape under clothing, even in moderately tight and thin t-shirts or jerseys it does not show through and for some reason, it gives a really 'out there' look which I'm not used to but still quite happy with.
Over all I would recommend this particular bra for an introduction to Parfait by Affintias =)