Closet Cleaning…

I’ve had a few major changes in my life in the past few months and, in the craziness, I’ve realized that the amount of stuff that I have is really weighing me down.

You might assume that, as a broke college student, I wouldn’t have so much stuff… but actually, being broke is the main reason why I hoard. Growing up, my family was poor, so I got used to wanting things and not getting them. So when I did get a thing, it was a big deal… and I clung to my things as though I’d never have a “thing” again. My family’s situation improved and I got more things… but I couldn’t quite shake the mentality of “you must keep every thing because you might never get a thing again!”. This seems to be a fairly common problem for people who grew up in similar situations.

Anyway, with all of the changes in my life, I decided to start making active and positive changes. One of those changes has been to get rid of all of my “things” that I can’t use anymore. Like books that I’m not going to read again… and clothes. I have incredible amounts of clothing that hasn’t fit me since 8th or 9th grade (I’m a senior in college now)… and incredible amounts of clothing that never quite fit me (damn boobs). I had considered purging my closet, but the very thought of it terrified me. But a few weeks ago, I finally sorted through my clothes and decided to get rid of roughly 1/3 of my clothing. I gave about half of it to a friend and am planning to consign the rest of it (since I do need money to buy clothing that actually fits me).

And I am so glad that I did. I had been clinging to all of that stuff for years… and it was weighing me down.

Parfait Fiona and Full-filled “mystery bra”

So neither bra turned out to be wearable. The 34G Parfait Fiona was too big in the cups (and, obviously, way too big in the band). The 28HH “mystery bra” technically fits well, but the cups sit too low and slide down my boobs… causing empty bottom cups and quad-boob. Sigh. So I can’t really do full reviews of either, but here are some thoughts:

Parfait Fiona (34G)

Fit: Everyone seems to think that Parfait bras run tight in the band. This one might have fit like a 32… but even on the tightest hooks, it was moving everywhere. Anyway, I thought the cups would fit since, theoretically, a 34G is the same as a 28HH. The cups, however, were a bit large. It’s hard to tell, though, since it would have sat differently with a well-fitting band. I tend to fit between a 28HH and a 28H, so I don’t think the cups were that far off.

Comfort: Not as comfortable as the Parfait Casey, but more comfortable than, say the Freya Deco.  The fabric was a little itchy, but the band seems to be the same soft band as the Casey.

Looks: It’s a gorgeous teal-ish blue satin… with black lace. Lovely.

Shape: Hard to tell, since the fit was so off. My guess, though, is that it wouldn’t have been as rounded as I would have liked.

Overall: A 32G (with an altered band) might have worked, but I don’t love it quite enough to buy another new bra just to alter it. It’s quite pretty, though.

Full-filled “mystery bra” (28HH)

Fit: The band seemed like a pretty standard 28. Tighter than a padded Curvy Kate 28, but looser than a 28 Cleo Chloe. The cups also seem to fit, but, due to the shape of the bra, they slide down my boobs, causing both empty lower cups and quad-boob… not a pretty sight.

Comfort: The bra seems pretty poorly made. The fabric is scratchy and the bra arrived with loose threads and some pulls in the material (hint: most of the things that look like wrinkles are actually pulls in the fabric). Cheap materials + poor construction = not very comfortable.

Looks: Eek. But, honestly, if it fit, I really wouldn’t care.

Shape: If the cups stayed up, it would be decent. It flattens me more than I’d like (ie: pushes my breasts up and back, rather than up and out), but it would work well as a T-shirt bra.

Overall: The shape is just all sorts of wrong for me. I wish it worked. And, honestly, it works well enough to serve as evidence that H+ MOULDED CUP BRAS ARE POSSIBLE!!!

Things to come

Given my dearth of bras with cups that encompass my breast tissue, I decided to take a risk and order a few bras. The 30GG Cleo Sasha was the best I could find (a 28HH would be optimal), and it’s working out well (other than the pokey wires), but I do really like moulded-cup bras. Anyway, since I had a credit with zulily, I decided to order a 34G Parfait Fiona, with the intention of altering the band. In an attempt to get a bra that I won’t need to alter, I also purchased a 28HH “Full-filled” moulded cup mystery-bra that popped up on eBay.

Parfait Fiona:

Fullfilled bra:

I’m excited for their arrivals and my fingers are crossed that they will fit! I ordered the Parfait bra on 13th of September, though, and it still hasn’t shipped, which is pretty frustrating. Reviews will follow once they arrive!