Fauve Bronte Review

I said to myself when I moved and got a raise that I could treat myself to a ‘frivolous’ bra. A bra I wouldn’t wear too often, that I found beautiful and fun and orange. Wait, orange? Yes! It was time for the Fauve Bronte I had lusted after. Figleaves had a generic coupon, so I bought the set at less than I was cringing at. I haven’t worn it a ton, so this review may get updated.

Construction

Padded longline bra. Two vertical seams in each cup for shaping, and. Five hooks in the back. Took a bit for me to figure out how to do it up correctly, but I definitely feel supported. There’s a lace edging at the bottom of the band which unsurprisingly tends to flip up. If that bothers you or you’d need to readjust, I wouldn’t recommend this or a number of frilly longline bras that the Eveden brands put out, like Freya Secret Garden and Just Flew In.

Fit

Not what I was expecting. Namely, those are some wide wires/cups! Perhaps it’s because it’s a longline? I measured each cup as 6.1 inches wide. That’s half a foot, and if you have narrow breasts, I don’t expect you and this bra to get on- it would be an easy armpit poke.

In the back the band tends to ride down. Is that a function of it being a longline bra? Or of my torso being larger up top? I haven’t had the opportunity to stretch it out, and it does compress me at present. It does feel pretty true to size. The strap placement seems fine to me.

The cups seem to run about average if your breasts are wider and small if you have narrower/deeper breasts and work with soft tissue, no spilling in the middle. There’s a bit of overflow on the top of the cup sometimes in my monthly cycle, but this is the end of the size range, and one cup up would probably be too much.

Looks

The embellishment is a bit over the top, but there’s a great deal of attention to detail here. Grayish cream lace frippery everywhere! Vines, I think. There are bows on bows. The bow at the center even has little teardrop fake crystals hanging from it! Not usually my style. But orange satin. There you go. I wonder if one day I should remove the lace on the bottom.

Happy Surprise

I was set to be saddened by this bra, but it actually fits a lot better than most of my current drawer (especially once I break in that band! They don’t make extenders in five hooks yet!). Wide cups that fit, supportive band, shiny orange satin, and I think I look pretty smashing in it. It’s like orange and cream frozen dessert. Nom nom nom.

The Fauve Bronte is set to come out in more colorways this fall. I do quite like the green (chocolate mint chip?), but this will always hold a special place in my heart, my sunshine in Seattle!

Other reviews: Two Cakes on a Plate

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New fitting issues

I’ve lived in Seattle for two months, gained some weight, lost some of it, and may have had tissue come from my armpits. I am popping out of my 30GG bras and some of my 32G bras. I finally put my Decos in storage because they required adjusting all the time.

As I’ve gotten older (I’ll be thirty-one in August), my tissue has gotten even softer and I require a slightly higher center gore and longer wires. It can be a bit frustrating to see lots of lingerie targeted to younger women with firm busts (as assumed from the promotional material).

I’ve mostly given up on Cleo. I’ve tried on the Marcie, Bella, Maddie, Rihanna, Juna, and Melissa, and I just did not feel very secure in them. The bands were tight enough, though. What gave? My guess is that the underwires are shorter on the sides and that they may be not quite as robustly constructed (hah!). Sizing’s also a bit tricky. I barely overspilled a Marcie in 32G but a 32GG was far too large. I love the cut of the Maddie but I felt pretty insecure if I walked at a quick pace or went up and down the stairs. Seattle’s got many hills and my building has a bunch of stairs, so it did not really work out.

I’ve also given up on my beloved Decos. The fabric buckling at the bottom is still there and I pop out of the top of a 30GG. That’s the end of their size range. I could try a 32GG, but the band feels quite loose and I’m leery of shortening/altering it myself. This leaves me with the Porcelain Plunge for tight tanks, since most of my other bras show through. I’m been trying to find shirts that aren’t quite as faithful to bra detailing that I still find flattering.

So I still have plenty of bras, but I feel dissatisfied. The Amors buckle a bit at the bottom. The Confetti,Porcelain, and CHP Stalowka are just a bit too small on top some days. The CH Onyx is usually too big and EM bras feel a bit too narrow in the cup. Going up a cup size often is too much volume. Perhaps I’m just extra finicky these days?

My dream bra is a smooth molded cup with enough room in the bottom that I don’t spill out of and otherwise feels secure. I might give Maddie another shot, otherwise it’s the Porcelain for now. I felt a bit droopy in the Fantasie Rebecca when I tried it on, but perhaps I should give it another try.

Anyway, that’s today’s rumbling and grumbling. I hope to provide some useful reviews within the month: Cleo Rihanna and Fauve Bronte. Yes, the Bronte fits. No, it’s not very practical and the bottom of the frilly band rolls up. However, it’s orange and pretty and MINE.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!