I get almost all of my bras from English companies, and am delighted to hear that some American companies are making larger-cupped bras. Affinitas Intimates’ Parfait line has received rave reviews from many other bloggers, so I thought I’d give them a try because their prices are much nicer (importation and currency exchange probably contribute to this), and I’ve been eyeing some of their structured bras. I ordered the Charlotte and Jeanie from HerRoom.
Construction: The Charlotte is a foam three-part cup with side support. Advertised as ‘light foam padding’, I find I disagree- this is one of the heaviest bras I have tried in my size, as the padding is thicker than the Freya Deco, Panache Porcelain, or any Masquerade bra I’ve tried. The sides of the cups have satin fabric over them, functioning as side supports. Additionally, there’s a bit of vertical boning on the wings of the bra. The straps are almost fully adjustable, except for an inch right above the cup covered in satin. It’s a lot of bra, even if it doesn’t give much coverage!
Looks: I’m not a retro person or into the ‘pinup’ aesthetic for myself, but the piping appeals to me geometrically. The red color is actually a deeper red than in pictures, and it contrasts well with the black details. It’s low cut and gives a round, uplifted shape, perhaps due to the side supports helping keep tissue in the cups.
Sizing and fit: Available from 30-40 bands for D-G cups, but HerRoom advised going up a band and a cup size. Sadly, this bra doesn’t come any larger than a G so I only I went up a band size. The band is still tight at 34, but the cups are just a bit too small- there’s a tiny bit of overspill. Furthermore, the side support boning digs in after a few hours, and it feels like the top and bottom elastic of the band are markedly tighter than the rest of it. Unfortunately, I’ll be reselling this.
Matching briefs: Run a bit small, so a large fit me fine except similar issues with the elastic digging in more than the fabric.
Conclusion: A beautiful bra that gives an amazing shape, but runs small in band and cup. If you have migrated breast tissue on your sides, check for how the side support boning and elastic fit.