I was in US for 3 weeks and believe it or not, it felt like very short time. I think it felt like that because it was packed with a lot of work and sightseeing. But this is not a travel blog, so let’s get down to bras.
I had only one late evening/night (and believe me Golden Gates and Palace of Fine Arts were absolutely amazing at night, oops, I digress again) and one whole day for San Francisco and I spent my time mostly walking San Francisco streets. So my shopping at Nordstrom started around 7:40pm and they close at 9pm, which meant I had only 1:20, and guess what? I spent most of those time buying casual shoes! So when I came to the lingerie it was something like 8:50pm. I picked couple of panties and when the sales lady approached me I said that that’s it, because I would love to try bras, but there was no time left till 9. But she was so awesome that she said that she would bring me bras nevertheless (I should have written down her name, my bad :-(). So she asked me what I was looking for, what was my size and what I needed from a bra, and gave me four bras to try. And when she was examining the fit I understood that she knew exactly what she was doing and what to look for. What a difference with what I have at home or in places like VS!
San Francisco Nordstrom lingerie department ladies, you rock!
One of the bras I tried was Simone Perele
RevelationAndora 3D in French size 85E (EU 70E). Be notified that I misidentified the bra, Revelation has slightly different lace pattern, my bra is Andora. I think it corresponds to the smaller end of British 32E. Band is true to size 32 band. I would never try it by myself, because from measurements it’s way too narrow for me, but wires are rather flexible and the cups depth was just the spot on. So it worked out. It wasn’t very comfortable when I first tried it, but when your only beige bra which doesn’t shows under clothes is a little bit too big for you and molded like a bulletproof vest plus in summer you have up to 100F sometimes and you are trying a spacer fabric beige bra which hits all the fit points (with scoop and swoop I was able to place all of my breast tissue into the cups, but I felt pressured from the sides a lot), you want it! So I decided to take the risk and buy it. I’m very glad I did, because later when I bent wires it became very comfortable.
I know that some ladies from lingerie blogging community don’t like beige, I’m not the greatest fan of the color myself, but I like white shirts and thin silk tops. And they don’t looks their best combined with colorful bras, especially bras with texture.
Andora features spacer fabric on the cups, so it seamless and lightweight, but it provides some coverage. It’s not ultimate solution for nipple concealing as true molded, because when nipples misbehave it shows under the very lightweight and clinging clothes, but when they behave, then everything is ok even under very thin jersey. It also features lace on the band and straps (so straps are not fully adjustable). So despite being beige it’s rather good looking bra (not the most beautiful bra I’ve ever seen, but it looks much better than Parfait by Affinitas Jeanie or Panache Porcelain in my opinion. And I would say that the quality is better, especially compared to Parfait.
Simone Perele Revelation 3D photo from Nordstrom site
Simone Perele Andora 3D front view
Simone Perele Andora 3D profile, as you can see it gives immediate depth
Simone Perele Andora 3D from inside the cup (I think it’s the best way to showcase wire shape, but keep in mind that it was bent to be about 0.3″ wider and shape is altered for the outer end of the wires
Simone Perele Andora 3D, lace on the band close up
And on a strap
This is how Simone Perele Andora 3D looks on me under thin jersey T-shirt, I think that shape is rather good
So things which are good about this bra
– it’s lightweight, spacer fabric is breathable and comfortable (I walked couple of miles in 90F heat in it and I wasn’t getting boob sweat from it, I think it says a lot!);
– it’s pretty despite being practical and it’s very good for thin light fabric tops;
– quality is good;
– it’s rather open. central gore is a little fraction higher the on my Mimi Holliday Super Plunges, but cups are higher and more closed to the top (but not very much so), so it holds better, I think that if you have very soft and heavy breast tissue it could be problematic support, because spacer fabric has some elasticity and wires are not very firm, but for those of us with average to firm breast tissue this bra would provide the amount of support needed, and I like cups shape a lot, I think it could fit a lot of women;
– it doesn’t cut in armpit area.
Things which are good or ok for me, but could be not so good for others
– flexible wires, could be bent quite easily;
– if you need a great amount of support this bra might be not for you;
– it doesn’t provide the coverage that molded bra provides;
– straps are not fully adjustable;
– wing height is average a little bit to the higher side, so be aware if you have extremely high set breasts or very petite;
– there is elastic on the edge of the cups, so if you have very soft breast tissue it could cause quadraboob, even if the size is right.