After having such good luck with the Satine bras from Bravissimo, I thought I’d try some of their non-plunge offerings as well I was mostly motivated by the new Darling Heart set, but was ecstatic to see that the Mai Blossom set in orange had been put on sale in my size as well. I’ve never met a bright orange bra that I was able to resist!
I had heard that Bravissimo brand bras tend to run smaller in the cup, so I picked up both in a 32JJ instead of my usual 32J. I also grabbed both matching thongs in a size large, since I thought that both bras were unique enough that finding matching underwear might be difficult.
Bravissimo produces sheer bras in the lower cup sizes and the same bras with extra lining in larger cup sizes. This can make it hard to tell what your HH+ cup bra will look like, but thankfully they’ve started putting up photos of the bras with the extra lining on Facebook. I tried to grab pictures of the bras, but none of my came out as accurately in terms of color as the ones from Bravissimo did. Here’s the Darling Heart with the extra lining:
I don’t mind the extra lining, but I’ve heard some people complain that it looks weird with the sheer matching underwear. Depending on how devoted you are to completely matching sets, this may or may not be an issue.
Both bras were on the tighter side of a 32 band, but still perfectly wearable. If you’ve tried the Satine, these bands are markedly tighter (as much as a whole size tighter). Both bras were a great fit in the cups and were extremely supportive, but also seemed like very different bras. The Mai Blossom has a thick and very stiff section in the cups with a ribbon decoration at the top. It’s a stiffer bra and the ribbon would cut in easily in the wrong size. I suspect this may be one of the reasons that people size up in this style – an open top design would make the whole thing much more forgiving. The Darling Heart is a more standard feel and fit, and will work for a larger percentage of women. I also suspect that due to the fabric, the Darling Heart will stretch a bit more in the cups with wear.
Both bras are incredibly supportive and really boost your breasts up nicely – they almost rival Ewa Michalak for lift on me. They’re also both gorgeous and unique, which is a rarity in the full bust and plus size markets. I’m seriously impressed by the work of the Bravissimo designers and can’t wait to see what the late spring collection has to offer.