And there are two I've had my eye on for a long time.
|Cleo Minnie and Brief|
And the sexy:
|Masquerade Persia and Brief|
I've read that they're both very projected bras (especially at the centre gore). They've both got narrow wires (in the scheme of things) and they're both lauded for fit.
You'll note that they're both riffs on basic black. The Masquerade was discontinued some time ago but it's still available in some sizes on eBay. In truth, I'd have preferred the blue version - but it wasn't to be found in my size.
The Cleo is a popular bra that's still being produced. I'd also have preferred this in the blue/gold colourway (of a few seasons ago) but had to go with the colour way available in the appropriate size.
Having said this, I'm not in any way feeling flirty or floral. These days, I like the binary, low-key quality of black and white.
My concerns about each are these:
- They close with 2 hooks and eyes (vs the 3 I prefer, especially since comfort is key and I'm trying to deflect pressure against a wider portion of my back torso).
- They're known for being snug in the band. I've sized up to a 34 in each (and I'm willing to use an extender as necessary) but who knows how these will be, especially when you add in the factor of bullet point above. There's no way I can size up in the band more than 34. At that point, the scale of the bra becomes too wide for my frame (and the wires too wide for my breasts).
- I've never tried a Masquerade bra (thought they were popular before the brand folded into Panache - and was rather decimated in the process), so I don't know if it is a comfortable brand.
- Cleo bras aren't known for their comfort at the end of the day - I can say that with experience. Mind you, I've never gone up to a 34 back in this brand...
Furthermore, I managed to get very reasonable deals on both sets. Including shipping and currency conversion (GBP), each was 50 bucks.
I seriously considered yielding to my latest bra tingle with Empreinte, but seriously, that would have cost me 3 times this total price for one set alone. I can't justify that expense right now. Mind you, I wear 90% of my Empreintes into the ground - and they last, in regular rotation, for years, not to mention that they're insanely comfortable, especially in the band.
FWIW, I do intend to sell one or two in the upcoming bra sale (cuz they never fit right - they were purchased online so I couldn't try them on for fit) but please note, I do intend to charge for those. Not so much that I'd even come close to breaking even (by a long shot) - but for bras that retail at 200 bucks (and that have been worn twice), I've got to charge something.
If these Cleo and Masquerade are duds, I'm going to return them and give the (very projected) Polish brands one more go. And if that process becomes too complicated (getting bras from Poland is quite a production), I'm going to accept that I'm the kind of woman who will buy a couple of Empreinte sets a year, and call it a day.
Thoughts on these bras? Have you tried them? Do you like them?