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!



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.


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.