Saturday, August 3, 2013

Parfait by Affinitas Charlotte Bra Review

Have you heard the oh so exciting news yet? Due to high customer demand, Parfait by Affinitas, who previously offered pieces in the range of 30-40 D-G, has announced the expansion of their size range in a few select pieces for Fall 2013!

The Sophia Wire Bra (in Black, Pearl White, and European Nude) and the Alexis Babydoll (in Ivory and Black) are set to be offered in the 30-40 D-K range. A babydoll for G+ cups? Yes, please!!

image from Parfait press release

And, in even more amazing news, the Charlotte Padded Bra is now available in the 28-40 D-K range! The new size range is offered in previous colorways (Peach/Black, Red/Black, Dusty Rose) as well as a new Wild Pink (see below). Be still, my heart!

image from Parfait press release


When I was offered a piece for review purposes, I jumped at the chance to try a long-coveted Charlotte set in Red/Black. I selected my usual size of 28H to review and could barely contain my excitement until it arrived!

*Swoon*


Sizing

While older cuts of the Charlotte were known to run quite a bit small in the band and cup, this new line runs much truer to size.

I found the band to be true to size - my 28 band measures 28" stretched. The 28H cups were maybe a cup small for me, so I'd recommend sizing up, especially if you're between sizes (I seem to be bordering on 28HH in general these days). The slight smallness of the cups in no way will prevent me from wearing this bra to death, though - this is one bra where cups that are a bit small serve to give a little extra "oomph"!

The briefs I tried ran perhaps a bit snug as there wasn't a big amount of stretch to them, but I found them comfy and flattering.



A high-waisted brief version is also available.


Appearance/Shape

The Charlotte has an amazingly solid construction. This thing is like (sexy) scaffolding for the boobs! Slight overall padding and side slings help push everything up and forward and hold it there. I have a somewhat bottom-heavy shape, and I've never gotten this kind of cleavage-uplift combo in a bra, ever.


The bra gives a rounded, upfront look, while the cups themselves have a slightly shallow, somewhat visually squarish shape to them.


 However, I didn't find that the shape appeared pointy underneath shirts.


The Charlotte has 4 hooks in the band for GG+ cups, which adds to the solid, structured look and makes the bra almost reminiscent of a longline. I did find that the combination of the structured band and the 4 hooks gave me some upper-back-pudge, but I'm guessing it would be a bit less in the right cup size.


I was surprised at first by how thick the straps were, but my opinion is that the strap thickness really fits with the whole look of the bra. It's definitely more of a "hold 'em up and make sure they don't go anywhere!" piece rather than a dainty one.


After waiting and hoping for what felt like forever, I'm so pleased to finally be able to wear the lovely Charlotte in my size. The bra's unique shape, striking colorways, structured comfort, and major uplift make it an all-around winner in my book. Major kudos to Parfait for taking customer feedback into account and expanding the size range! And, according to the press release, "Parfait plans on rolling out additional styles in expanded sizes in future seasons" - so stay tuned!


Can't wait to get your hands on the Charlotte? At the moment you can find it in select colors and sizes at Beautyfull Bras (or on their Ebay store), as well as at LargeCupLingerie.

Other reviews:
TheFullFiguredChest (34J)
Quest for the Perfect Bra (30H)
A Sophisticated Pair (30J)
Bras and Body Image (32K)
Miss Underpinnings (28G)
Petite & Plentiful (28E)

Although this set was provided to me free of charge for review purposes, this in no way affects my review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.

22 comments:

  1. Great review! I have this same bra and thought the same, that the cups were a bit small, though I found the band to be true to size. I just adore the color! I can't wait until this bra comes out in the Wild Pink color for 2014! :)

    XOXO,
    Amber

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  2. Fantastic review!! I like the thickness of the straps as well, and they seem like they will disperse weight better. Oh, and those four hooks! The only thing I dislike about Cleo bras is the two hook-and-eye closures. You are right that the cup is running a bit small. I can't wait for mine to arrive!

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  3. AmyRebecca8/3/13, 1:14 PM

    This looks so great on you, I'm half-tempted to try it now.

    I'm really impressed with the straps + band too, hooray Parfait!

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  4. Seeing that bra on you might well change my view on padded bras.

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    1. Honestly, the padding on this bra is very light - comparable to most regular molded bras I've tried. It's pretty great! :D

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  5. Woah, Charlotte looks amazing on you! I love the design already so it's fantastic that I'm going to be able to wear it in my size. But heck, the straps look way, way too wide. That makes me sad. :-(

    Becky x

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    1. I measured and they're just a *smidge* over 1 inch wide, if that helps any. I don't mind them, but I understand that they won't work for everyone! :/

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  6. The charlotte is my absolutely favorite bra. The uplift is AMAZING!

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    1. Also, to anyone who is thinking about purchasing: I own this bra in red, and have washed it dozens of times, but red dye comes out of it every time. I'd only wash this bra with other reds/dark pinks in case of bleeding. The dye also tends to transfer at the armpits when I am wearing a white tank top -- haven't had a problem with the dye permanently staining anything, but I wear my white tanks under other shirts anyway so I don't really care.

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    2. That's interesting to hear! I'll see how mine ends up holding up after washes - since it's the new season's cut/line that I have, I wonder if this issue still applies. I haven't noticed anything yet.

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  7. Fantastic! I just ordered mine and am glad I went up a cup size!

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  8. Mine arrived today in a 30GG. Alas, it's at least one cup size too small (I'm a 30G/GG in every other bra I've tried). Overspill, under arm bulge and orange in a glass effect. There seemed to be an awful lot of bra too, especially on my fairly short torso. I think this is possibly just the wrong shape for me. It didn't give me much lift either, certainly not as much as my Panache Idina or my EMs and Cleos. I usually wear the Cleo Melissa/Bella, Fauve half cups and EM CH shapes.

    I so disappointed. Sob.

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    1. :( I'd definitely recommend sizing up in cup in this bra, so maybe 30H or even HH would've been a better starting point size for you in this bra. But you're right, the shape won't work for everyone. It sounds like your breasts may have a more top-heavy shape?

      I'll be linking to more reviews as they come up so readers can get a better idea of how this bra works for different shapes and sizes. Overall, consensus so far seems to be go up in cup, the wires are on the narrow side but the cups are somewhat shallow, and it seems to work better for more bottom-heavy shapes.

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  9. Just ordered Charlotte in Red in 3 different sizes 36JJ,36K and 38J. My Elomi/Panache size is 36J. I so want this beautiful bra to work on me. I envision it as a sexier,firmer, more uplifted Elomi Hermione. Up until now, I have never cried over a bra but if none of these sizes work with my shape I will need a hanky or 2.

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    1. I'd love to know how it works out for you - I've seen evidence of some possible grading issues (showing up especially in J+ cups, seemingly), so hopefully you have good success!

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  10. CB,

    What are your thoughts regarding sizing within the same brand. For example, once you find a bra that really fits well, are you OK with staying with that brand and style? I guess what I really want to know is, are the sizes with a brand usually consistent across all styles, or will each style fit a little different based on our unique body types?

    Thanks for your insight!!

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  11. Thanks for the review! Quick fit help if you would. I'm a 28GG in anything unlined, but 28H in anything with moulding (definitely on the border). Do you think it would be wise to order a 28HH, since this one has padding? Thanks :)

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    1. That's a bit of a tough one, Caitlin, and really depends on your breast shape and what bras work for you in a 28H. There really isn't a ton of padding in the Charlotte, so a 28H *may* still work for you...

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    2. Thanks :)

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  12. Was just considering purchasing this bra and am glad I didn't until after I read your review!! I usually have good luck with Freya bras - in a 34H. They aren't lined or padded at all. My breasts seem bottom heavy and I've had good luck with bras similar in style to the Charlotte. I'm thinking I should order at least a HH cup if not larger. Just wondering what your suggestion might be?

    BTW, one of my favorite bras has been discontinued, but it had nice wide straps too, which I absolutely LOVED.

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  13. Got mine in today, it is an amazing bra!! size ordered 34HH
    Pros: very supportive and great shape under clothes. Excellent lift, hardly need the straps to keep the girls upright. Love the wide fully adjustable, fully elastic straps!
    Cons: The straps are pretty wide set. If you are small (I'm 5'2") these will dig into your arms. I'd also like to see this with a little bit longer span under the bust - the band does a little bit of curl under around the bottom - if the bottom was longer (maybe 2-3 inches) than the 1/2" under the wire it would be a huge improvement.

    I'd say this bra rates a 8.99 out of 10. And that's saying a lot.

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