Claudette En Dentelle: when sister sizing doesn’t work out

I wear a 28HH or 30GG… or 30H… and sometimes a 30HH. Also occasionally a 28H or a 28J. And I’ve found a few 32G bras that I can wear on the tightest hooks (though I should really just alter them), like the Parfait Casey.

So when Claudette showed up on zulily, I thought I’d see if I could make a 32G work. Claudette only goes up to a G cup and I really, really love the En Dentelle collection. I decided to go for it, and then had to make the extremely difficult decision between violet and green. I went for green, since I rarely see green bras and have enough purple things to last a lifetime (that’s what happen when purple is your college colour).

claudette intense green

Wow, this has to be the most beautiful set I’ve ever seen. But the band is clearly too big for the model. :/

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See? Gorgeous.

In person, the lace is just as lovely and delicate. The colours are a bit less vibrant, but it’s still clearly green.claudette32Gclaudetteclaudettegreenclaudettepanty

How did it fit? Not so well. :/

It gives my breasts a weird tear-drop “natural” shape that makes me feel saggy and totally unsupported. And the band, predictably, is way too loose. (And the cup fit is much worse when it’s on the tightest hooks!)

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From the front, it’s really East-West. It felt like the cups were pulling my breasts down and out… which is exactly the opposite of what I want a bra to do.claudetteshape

Part of it was that the cup was too small. But it was only a size (or two) too small. I think the underwires were also extremely flimsy. Look how easily I can pull it away:claudettegore1

And even without my pulling on it, it doesn’t come close to sitting nicely against my sternum.claudettegore

Since I bought a sister-size, I feel unfair reviewing this fully. I really, really wanted this to work out, since it’s such a lovely bra. Maybe Claudette will consider adding more sizes?

FYI: I’m selling it here. If you need a 32G, this is an amazingly gorgeous set…

Curvy Kate Entice, take 2

I tried a 28HH Curvy Kate entice recently, and found that it really didn’t fit. But since it’s such a gorgeous bra, I wanted to give it another change, so when it showed up on zulily again, I bought it in a 28J (30HH was not available).

Before even trying it on, I was really disappointed to see that the stitching detail was messed up (and unfixable, since it’s under the sheer part) and also that the pattern was not well matched on the cups, giving it a really sloppy appearance. The 28HH, on the other hand, looked really neatly tailored. I don’t know how to account for the difference. I was also surprised to see that the stitching at the strap was partially undone, so the strap isn’t even attached to the bra. (Side note: I contacted zulily customer service about the issue and they were wonderful about it!)

But despite the strap issues, I did manage to try the 28J on, so I could check the fit. I took photos of the 28HH at the same time, to compare the fit more exactly.

Cup fit: The 28J is better, but the wires are very wide. And yes, I did pull this up all the way right before taking the picture. The cups are very shallow and I think my breasts manage to push their way back up almost immediately. (Deep cups with open tops tend to work best on me.)

28HH:

28HH side 2

28J:

28J side

Band: The 28HH has a slightly (~1 inch) longer band than the 28J, which is odd. The 28 is a firm 28. I can wear it, but I think it’d be more comfortable once it’s been worn a few times. And the 30 seems like it would have been too big after a few wears.

Strap placement: This was WEIRD. In the front of both bras, the straps came quite close to my armpits, which doesn’t bother me too much… but in the back, the straps of the 28J were almost in my armpit. The straps on the back of 28HH at least come back far enough to give some support, but the the straps on the 28J seemed like useless loops around my armpits. The bra may as well have been strapless! I’m very confused about this.

In this picture, I’m bringing my shoulders/arms pretty far forward, and you can still see how much they veer into the armpit area. If I let my arms fall normally, the ring on the strap is covered by my arm:

28J strap

Attention to details/Craftsmanship: Inconsistent.

The 28HH bra is gorgeous. The stripes could be better matched, but it’s not painfully obvious:

28HH front

The 28J, on the other hand…

28J front 2

Well, the stripes are more obviously mis-matched (okay, maybe only more obviously to me). And the lump of thread under the sheer overlay isn’t too classy. :/

Overall: The 28J is a better fit, but the strap placement and cup shape are just too weird to work for me. If this shape were close to the Tease Me style, it would be amazing. But also, the sizing is very inconsistent: a 28J is pretty far out of my size range. So anyway, odd shape and odd fit, but if the shape works for you and you can find a size that fits, go for it! It’s really gorgeous…

FYI: I’m selling the 28HH, if anyone is interested!

Curvy Kate Entice (not a full review…)

Earlier this year, I almost ordered the Curvy Kate Entice via zulily. But I stalled too long and it was no longer available. When I found the Entice on zulily again, I had enough store credit and I went ahead and ordered it. Lately, I’ve been fitting 30Gs, 30GGs, and 28Hs… but I heard that the Curvy Kate Entice ran a bit small in the cup, so I ordered a 28HH.

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Maybe I should have ordered a 28J or 30HH? The band is slightly snug (but also too lose with an extender) and the cups might be a bit too small in volume… but the strangest part is that the inner section of the cup is tiny relative to the outer section, which ends up smooshing my boobs east-west… and dragging me down. Not a pretty look. It also kind of flattens me, which is an impressive feat.

Since it’s just very much the wrong size, I don’t really want to review it in this size. (Though maybe if the fit is THIS off, it wouldn’t be unfair to review it in this size?) Anyway, here are some more pictures:

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If it were cut more like the Tease Me, the too-smallness wouldn’t be as much of a problem… but the inner section is really flattening and the bra comes in at the top, making quad-boob more obvious. (Side note:  I’d LOVE to see the Tease Me in this colourway…)

If anyone is looking for this bra in a 28HH, I’d love to trade this for a 28J or 30HH! It’s a really, really gorgeous set, though, and, if I can’t find a 30HH or 28J to exchange this with, then I’m going to try to make it work.