Here it is, my second mutually selected Christmas present from the husband!
This is the second size of this bra that I’m reviewing. Even though neither size is a great fit, I want to use these reviews to show sister sizing in action.
Before I took the pictures for this review I would have told you this bra is a much better fit than the 34E that I reviewed last month. Theoretically, a 34E and a 32F should have the same cup volume. The 32F feels like exactly the same fit, but with a tighter band. Turns out, that’s not true.
I love babydolls. So pretty, so sexy, theoretically so much more supportive for the bust than chemises. Yeah, I said theoretically. I’m pretty sure I’ve never owned a babydoll that actually fit well. Usually the problem is that once I find a size that fits in the cups, the fabric that should be supporting my breasts (where a band would be on a bra) is way too loose. And that means that my boobs slide down underneath the designated boob area. Not cute. At all.
This bra is the first bra in ordered in my “correct size” according to several different online calculators, along with two others that fit so badly that I got rid of them. It’s not the best fit, but it’s workable. Plus it was one of two bras I owned at the time that were anywhere close.
I really want to stress that there is nothing wrong with the online calculators that I used. Some of them are linked in the “Resources” section at the top of the page. Reputable online calculators are as accurate as it gets outside of a professional fitting. Sometimes they give the correct size, but sometimes all they can do is provide a good starting point. An online calculator just can’t account for the wide variance of breast type and shape. For me personally, I usually need to move down one size from the given 34 E in both the band and the cup. Pretty sure this is because of soft breast tissue and fat around the ribcage.
Anyway, on to the review!
Please excuse the “selfies in the bathroom” pictures for this review. My bathroom has the second-best lighting in the house. I usually take the pictures in the hallway but both of my kids were asleep by the time I got around to this and I didn’t want to chance waking them. So I balanced my phone on the medicine cabinet shelf, stood on a (closed) training potty, and did my best. Like the pros do. 🙂 Anyway, to the reviewing!
Better than I expected for a molded cup bra from the clearance rack at Marshalls. Surprisingly better.
Almost, man. Almost. I think Curvy Kate will be a great brand for me once I lock down the right size and/or style. I’m having a rough time with the Showgirl bras. You might remember that I reviewed the Tempt Me in a 30FF, and that had a too-wide gore, and maybe, possibly a too-large cup. I decided to try out the Thrill Me in a 30F. I went ahead on the smaller cup just in case part of the problem with the Tempt Me was in fact the cup size. Plus the measurements for the 30F seemed good. But I think maybe I should have stuck with FF, because I’m spilling out a bit. This could be an error in sizing on my part. Or it could be due to the seriously shallow cups. Seriously. If you don’t have shallow breasts, you should probably give this one a pass.
On this blog’s Facebook page (go here to “like” me on Facebook; the WordPress widget keeps switching over to my personal Facebook profile so I had to kill it. I’m working on a fix for that) a reader asked me to explain the difference between purchases made at Victoria’s Secret vs. Wal-Mart. That’s a great question because there are plenty of differences between the two. And there are problems with both.
I got my very first ever matching set!
I have so much to say about this! Let’s go!
I said I’d talk about sister sizing, so here I go. Don’t worry if I confuse you; other bloggers have said what I’m saying much more concisely than I probably will, and I’m including links to them.
I want to start with a quiz: What do you think the bust measurement of someone who should wear a D cup is?
A) 32 inches
B) 36 inches
C) 40 inches
D) 44 inches
I realized that I keep hovering around some fit issues that I haven’t properly explained yet. So I’m gonna take just a minute here to talk about a couple of those. They have to do with elasticity.