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Full Bust Lingerie Review: Parfait Charlotte 28" Band


I've had this bra for awhile and I haven't gotten around to reviewing it because I've worn it so much. I have to confess, I wore it for a few days continuously while I was in the U.K. The Parfait Charlotte doesn't reinvent the wheel or preform any great fitting miracle, it's just easy. It's affordable and for full girls on a budget, it would be one of my top recommendations. For the price point, it's well made and the design should've been ripped off years ago, but miraculously remains an exclusive market original. What's not to love?! Parfait has decided to experiment with an extended size range for this bestseller and they've revamped the fit so it better matches the industry standard. I was lucky enough to try out one of those newly introduced styles:



I bought my first Charlotte in 2011 and at the time, the 30G didn't fit very well. The cups were shallow and much, much too small while the band ran tight so, on the bright side, I wasn't discontented with the 30" back. Once I dropped a cup size earlier this year, old Charlotte and I got on swimmingly. The gore didn't tack against my chest but that's to be expected with my close set boobs. I decided that, although it fit me well enough, I wouldn't order another because I find 28" bands last longer and fit better. Then, Parfait announced this summer they'd be adding 28" bands in the Charlotte collection and extending the cups from a G to a K!


Through the lingerie grapevine, I heard from a storeowner that Parfait had made the Charlotte's cups truer to size and with confidence, I chose a 28G for a trial run. It's such a better fit! The firmer band made the bridge tack correctly, the cups were a comfortable match, and from the first day I wore it, I felt secure and...well, hot! With padded or slightly padded plunge bras with a sturdy side (i.e., the Freya Deco or Tutti Rouge Liliana), I typically experience a little looseness or the suggestion of spill over which you can see in a few of the photographs. It's not enough to warrant a larger size and it's often accompanied by taller cups which I don't fill 100%, but I've accepted that it's my personal fate with this type of bra. Since it's not something that I'm distracted by and I don't feel as if it diminishes the day-in, day-out experience of wearing it, I'm content.


I never recommend matching panties unless I believe that they're worth the extra money and in this case, they absolutely are. I'm obsessed with high waist panties and I think they're the most comfortable and stylish option around, but these ones are particularly cool. The lower leg and bum coverage make all the difference and the way they've done the contrast black lines is insanely flattering. They also run true to size.

I'm sure you could've guessed this, but I LOVE how striking, sexy and retro the Charlotte design is and the minute I saw this muted Dusty Rose shade, I knew I had to have it. Luckily, it's being made into a continuity version too!

Side Notes:

-If you're looking for those extended sizes in the Charlotte bra, they're available from Breakout Bras and Beauty Full Bras for $36.

-If you're not a fan of the champagne Peach, Dusty Rose, or Red, the Spring/Summer 2014 colorway is a Wild Pink/Black which has a modern vibe.

-Dear Parfait, I'm a fan of your retro-inspired and classic pieces so if the Danielle Longline, Madeline or Cassandra could come out in 28" bands, I'd be eternally grateful. Love, this blogger.

17 Comments

  1. Cecily, this bra looks amazing on you, and I love the high waist shorts! I keep meaning to order some for myself because of how cute they look. The bikinis just didn't seem to do anything for me, so I'm hoping the high waist will be better. Great review per usual!

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    1. Thank you! Unless they're jazzed up with skirted or interesting sheer sides, bikinis and I do not get along either so I feel your pain. I hope the high waist option works on you too! I hope you liked the mention of a storeowner in the know. ;)

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  2. I love this bra so much I'm thinking about sister sizing into a D cup to get it. Great review and amazing pictures...as always!

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    1. Thanks you, Treacle! It would be worth it to try sister sizing, it's a winner all around.

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  3. I have that exact same problem with my red charlotte in 30F, I had thought about trying the new sizes but quickly dismissed that thought because it's just a gore that doesn't tack, nothing major, right? But now that I know the fit is improved in the new version I really want to try a 28F, because as it turns out the non-tacking gore is what makes me go for some other red bra instead of this one in the morning.

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    1. I'd encourage you to try the new size/fit out, Ana. Honestly, I was just as hesitant as you that this wouldn't live up to my expectations or wouldn't as be as big an improvement, but I was way, way wrong.

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  4. I just got this exact same set in this color, love it! I also have it in the red, and can't wait for the SS2014 Charlotte that will be available in th bright pink color. Oh and great photos! :)

    xoxo,
    Amber
    scarlets-letter.net

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    1. Thanks, Amber! I know...I'm eyeing that peach color too to replace my old 30G one and the pink coming in October is damn cool.

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  5. I spill over towards the gore after a few hours, but this bra is totally worth it. Had to go up a cup and a half, though!
    ...yes, I am wearing it Right Now. Mwahahaha.

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    1. Hahahaha! That's what Miss Underpinnings needs, more evil laughs. I love it! I *was* wearing it when I wrote the review, but now have changed so I give it a chance to get washed...it's a tough sacrifice. ;)

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  6. So I always thought I should order a 30 in the Charlotte, since I've heard it runs so tight. Did they alter the band to fit truer to size with the size expansion? Because the 28 looks great on you! I'm considering getting this bra myself...

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    1. Hey Windie! I saw on Facebook that you were considering the Charlotte and if you order, I hope you like this set as much as I did. With the size expansion, the bands on the Charlotte became truer to size so I think the 28" would be the best bet for you.

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    2. Thanks! Gonna give the 28 a shot!

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  7. Can I ask what size you chose for the panties? I'm hesitating between S and M (want to avoid panty lines if possible). Judging from your pictures, I'm about the same size as you and the bottoms fit you beautifully. So I thought I should order the same size you chose.

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  8. I own a lingerie boutique, and Charlotte has been a best seller. All four colors have been popular, and I'm sure when purple comes out in September 2014 (squee!) it will be just as loved as the others.

    On a side note, Peach in the Balconett is running small, so for instance, if you order a 40DD in Peach, Red and Dusty Rose, the Peach is actually going to be a cup size smaller. I had a customer who had to go up a cup size in Peach While the others fit her just fine. For the price point, this is a great bra, and I like the fact that it is not only pretty ,but functional. Enjoy!

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