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Full Bust Lingerie Review: The Selena Balconette Bra in Green by Kris Line

Image via Brastop

Image via Brastop

I was really flattered to be nominated for best lingerie blog in the Brastop awards, but the icing on the cake was that all nominees were offered a sample set from Brastop! I had originally intended to try the new revamped Curvy Kate line, but I couldn’t resist this green Selena set once I ran across it. I’m a huge fan of Kris Line bras, but I’d never run across one in a color in my size before. I liked their Pearl set enough to buy two at once, so I couldn’t resist seeing how the Selena measured up.

Selena Brief in Green by Kris Line

Kris Line hasn’t made it big in the US yet, although they’re starting to pop up occasionally on the discount sites like Zulily from time to time. Brastop is still the most reliable place to find them, as well as their fantastically comfortable and flattering nightwear. They’re definitely a different design aesthetic from the UK brands that are targeting younger customers, but their materials and lift are second to none. While I’m the first to embrace crazy clashing color designs, Kris Line sets always look so smooth and sophisticated to me.

Like most brands out of Poland, sizes don’t quite conform to standard UK sizes. While many Polish brands run small in the band, Kris Line runs fairly true to size. What does run small is the cups – as much as two sizes small. I wear a 34HH consistently in UK brands and wear a 34JJ in Kris Line. If you’re new to the line and want to try it, I’d start with your regular band size and two cups up.

So how does the set look on a non-lingerie model? Here it is in the 34JJ:

Selena Set by Kris Line in 34JJ

As you can see, this bra gives amazing lift and is absolutely gorgeous. The color is different from any other green I’ve seen used in lingerie and hard to capture on camera – I think my photo is a little truer to the color than the Brastop promotional photos are. The wires in this bra are narrow and the gore is nice and low, which helps give the great lift and shape. What’s really notable about this bra is the materials. While all of my Kris Line bras have been made of nice luxury materials, this soft green fabric is my favorite. It’s the softest fabric I’ve ever felt in a bra, but it still creates lots of structure and lift.

A note about the gores on Kris Line bras – I never have any trouble with gores tacking, but not all of my Kris Line bras tack firmly. They still fit so I’m willing to give them some leeway, but it’s worth noting if that kind of thing bothers you. The gore on this bra does a better job of tacking than on my others, so if you’re new to the line this might be a good place to start if they have your size.

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Brastop currently has two more of the fashion options from Kris Line in my size currently, which I’m incredibly tempted by! A matching set of Kris Line from Brastop runs around $55, so it’s a great way to try them out without breaking the bank (or to collect all the colors if you’re slightly obsessed, like me). The bra alone runs about $125 once it’s imported to the US and marked up to full retail, so Brastop is a great budget friendly alternative.

Have you tried Kris Line? What do you think of their designs?

 

19 Comments

  1. I have done a few trial and errors with Kris Line and I find myself in a bit of an opposite situation of you. I am normally a 30H UK but I found the 65 band much too tight, though the cup was perfect. I find the cm are quite exact, with limited stretch. I wound up with a 70H. I currently own three of their bras and I find the 65 is a lot smaller than the 65 band at Ewa Michalak and Comexim. Kris Line’s half and half designs are perfect on me and really flex for varying upper fullness.

    • I’ve heard that from other people in smaller band sizes, so I wonder if it’s a range thing. Several brands have tighter bands in the smaller sizes and bigger bands in the larger band sizes, which tends to switch over around 32/24 band. It’s entirely possible that Kris Line could fall into that category, which is good information to have.

      I really do love their half and half cup designs – I have another one coming from the Zulily sale in lavender. They’re supportive yet flexible, which can be hard to find in a bra.

      Thanks for commenting!

  2. That is a beautiful set! Was the shape from the side pointy at all? I’ve seen other reviews of Kris Line bras and they seem to have a pointy shape.

    • Nope, not pointy at all from the side. In fact, Kris Line bras are the ones I get the most compliments on when I’m wearing them under clothes due to the rounded profile. I’ve heard other people mention pointy shapes as well, but I’ve never gotten it with these. I wonder if it’s something that shows up with a different shape or with a different band size/cup size range more often?

  3. It kills me that shipping is so much on Zulily and Brastop to brasil because I really want to try this bra! AND the center gore looks like it’s exactly what I need, sigh.. It WILL be mine someday. 😉 I just wish we could order directly from their polish website.

  4. I just ordered this bra and a gray Kris Line bra on Zulily. I am a 34H usually in UK sizing so I ordered a 34I and a 34J after researching their sizing. This post reassures me that I may have ordered the right sizes. I can’t wait to try it. This is my first Kris Line purchase. The price was right and I just couldn’t pass it up.

    • Yes, it sounds like your bras should fit perfectly! I’m glad you found the post helpful – I know it can be tough to figure out international bra sizing, especially for less well known brands. I’m envious you got two selections in the Zulily sale – there was only one left in my size by the time I got to it.

      • I actually had four options to choose from but I didn’t want to take the risk considering I’ve never tried Kris Line before. I figure I could sell the two I ordered on ebay if they don’t work out and hopefully get my money back since it was such a bargain.

  5. I just ordered this one from Brastop. I am changing in-between sizes, and I did find I needed to go up one in the cup. But it looks lovely and well made. And awesome lift. I haven’t broken it out yet, but should this week! 🙂

  6. Kris Line uses 2 cm increments in cup size like most European brands. So even though they use the same alphabet as in UK sizes, the sizes are not the same 🙂 In smaller cups the difference isn’t as big as in the bigger sizes.

    UK D = KL D
    UK FF = KL G
    UK HH = KL J

    At least theoretically 🙂

    I got a pointy profile in KL half-padded cups, and I have full-on-bottom soft breasts. The unpadded ones I had were round in profile but too small (both in band and cup).

    • This is really useful, especially because of the shape information. I’ve never tried any of the unpadded, but I bet they would have a great shape.

    • So I read up on the sizing issue. I do well in a Fantasie or Freya 34G. One conversion I read was to a J. But 2 sizes up could be interpreted H or I? I really don’t want to be ordering 3 bras! Any ideas? Thx.

  7. hi, i love your blog by the way. i usually wear one cup size larger than you in most styles so do you think a 34k in KL would be a good starting point? any advice would be appreciated. thank you.

  8. Hi…I just came across your page when checking out the reviews on KL…your info is by far the best! I’m usually a 38G or 40F in Panache….I go up a size because my muscles swell … I’m not really one for extensions though…if I understand what everything…I should order 38I and 40H going by 40FF then G or 40F, skip G to wear H???
    thanks…from Canada!

  9. I took a chance when I found this gorgeous bra and undies on zulily so reasonably priced. I chose a 42F, and it was too small. Several months and a significant weight loss later, though, and I have never looked better, and my bustline is WOW! I LOVE this bra, and I’m frantically seeking another. I love the style, the quality, and most of all, the magic lift and nip and tuck I get that makes my 42DDDs fabulous!

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