Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Just Completed Round 4

When you're looking for the perfect fit, it can be quite the endeavor when you're an "average" size.  There's so many choices and, of course, they don't all fit the same or look the same.  The hard part isn't choosing which one, it's getting through all that you have to choose from.  My luxury is that I have the means to order a number of items at one time and that certainly saves me money in the long run and time because I'm not limited to just one or two at a time.  I usually order 15 to 20 at a time and Round 4 was no different.  This Round had 21 items in it and, surprisingly, it was the most successful of them all.  I found three to keep and six that I'll be trying in a different size to see if that takes care of the fit problems that I experienced.

Fantasie and Panache are tied for most styles that I've tried on from their lines--13 different bras each--with Panache being the winner, so far, for styles that worked with my shape and aspects of fit.

There is quite the difference between this round and the first one: I know my own breast shape a lot better.  During the first round, I ordered what I thought was pretty and what I thought I'd like.  Basically, there was no filter except aesthetics.  NOW, I know which bras to avoid, as a short-rooted, evenly full (which makes me functionally full on bottom (FoB)), breast shape.  I also have bottom-of-the-cup projection (also known as immediate projection) but I can't tell from website pictures which ones will work and which ones won't; mainly because most websites photoshop their pictures, erasing the "flaws" so there's no way for me to really filter for that fit aspect.

To give you an idea of my journey, I'm attaching a list of the brands, styles, and sizes that I've tried.  I'm not including my notes this time because they tend to not fit in the blog format but you can see where I've tried alternate sizes in various styles.  There's also an overlap/repeat from the first leg because my list is sorted alphabetically.  Makes it easier to check my notes when I go back to them.  (The odd spacing is attributed to the space that my notes take up on the Excel sheet)

Chantelle C Ideal Tshirt Hazelnut 36H
Chantelle Pont Neuf Black 36H
Chantelle Rive Gauche Black 36G
Chantelle Rive Gauche Black 36H
Chantelle Revele Moi Black 36H
Cleo by Panache Juna Balconette Black 36F
Cleo by Panache Juna Balconette Black 36FF
Cleo by Panache Lily Balconette Aqua 36FF
Cleo by Panache Lucy Balconette Black 36FF
Cleo by Panache Lucy Balconette Black 38F
Cleo by Panache Maddie Balconette Blue 36FF
Cleo by Panache Marcie Balconette Burgundy 36FF
Curvy Couture Cotton Luxe T-Shirt Black 36H
Curvy Couture Matte and Shine T-Shirt Nude 36H
Curvy Couture Tulip Lace Push-Up Black 36H
Curvy Kate Princess Balconette Black 36FF
Elomi Betty Plunge Black 36FF
Elomi Bijou Convertible T-Shirt Surf 36FF
Elomi Caitlyn Side Support Chambray 36FF
Elomi Lexi Plunge Ultra Violet 36FF
Elomi Nina Lipstick 36FF
Elomi Tessa Cobalt 36FF
Fantasie Alex Side Support Sand 36FF
Fantasie Allegra Balcony Black 36FF
Fantasie Elodie Side Support Black 36FF
Fantasie Ivana Balcony Rosewood 36FF
Fantasie Jacqueline Side Support Black 36FF
Fantasie Joanna Side Support Black 36FF
Fantasie Lois Side Support Pink 36FF
Fantasie Melissa Side Support Plunge Black 36FF
Fantasie Natalie Side Support Samba 36FF
Fantasie Rebecca Mirage T-Shirt Blush 36FF
Fantasie Rebecca T-Shirt Red 36FF
Fantasie Susanna Side Support Smokey Rose 36FF
Fantasie Smoothing Tshirt Nude 36FF
Fantasie Salsa Balcony Nude 36FF
Fine Lines Blessed Memory Convertible Tshirt Skin 36H
Freya Active Molded Sport Atomic Blue 36FF
Freya Deco Spotlight Plunge Tshirt Ivory   36FF
Freya Gem Nude 36FF
Freya Idol Balcony Tshirt Nude 36FF
Freya Rapture Plunge Black 36FF
Freya Siren Balcony Plunge Black 36FF
Freya Minx Balconette Leopard 36FF
Freya Fifi Balconette Half Cup Ballet Pink/Black 36FF
Freya Deco Debut Plunge Clover 36FF
Freya Marvel Side Support Black 36FF
Freya Active Maximum Control Sports Nude 36FF
Freya Rio Balconette White 36FF
Goddess Rose Lace Nude 36H
Gossard Glossies Unlined Nude 36F
Gossard Glossies Unlined Black 36FF
Heidi Klum Intimates Madeline Royal Vista Blue 36FF
Heidi Klum Intimates Sofia Lace Jet 36FF
Le Mystere Dream Tisha Tshirt Natural 36H
Natori Pure Allure Tshirt Vivid Violet 36H
Natori Satin Fleur Buff 36H
Natori True Decadence Embroidered Black 36H
Panache Andorra Black 36FF
Panache Andorra Black 38F
Panache Clara Full Cup Charcoal/Black 36FF
Panache Colette Balconette Claret 36FF
Panache Dahlia Balconette Nude 36FF
Panache Envy Balconette Nude 36FF
Panache Floris Balconette Ivory Multi 36FF
Panache Idina Balconette Black 36FF
Panache Idina Lace Tshirt Black 36FF
Panache Melody Full Cup Nude 36FF
Panache Tango Balconette Black 36FF
Panache Porcelain Elan Lace Convertible Navy 36FF
Panache Cari Tshirt Cranberry 36FF
Panache Esme Balconette Black/Nude 36FF
Parfait by Affinitas Charlotte Balconette Purple Wine 36FF
Parfait by Affinitas Destiny Balconette Cassis 36FF
Parfait by Affinitas Jeanie Java 36FF
Passionata by Chantelle Starlight Plunge Black 36H
Passionata by Chantelle Sexy Fashion Demi Grapefruit/Pink 36H
Prima Donna Madison Full Cup Scarlet 36H
Sculptresse Kitty Full Cup Hot Red 36FF
Wacoal Casual Beauty Toast 36H
Wacoal Fine Form Cappucino 36H
Wacoal La Femme T-Shirt Cappucino 36H
Wacoal Maximum Control Sport Blue Iris 36H
Wacoal Retro Chic Minimal Gray 36H

Out of these 84 items, four have been kept (from four rounds of try-ons) with the Chantelle Rive Gauche being the one that I settled on six months ago as a compromise as I continued my search.  I bought four different colors to get me through.

If you're still in your own bra journey, keep on keeping on.  You'll find something that works for you.  If you're local to me and want to do a Fit Event--where I take on the task of ordering and returning items for just a little more than it would cost you to return anything--email me and let's get something set up.

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