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!
-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.