|Avocado's A Shape: Greta, Jewel in Black & Kyoto|
Purchasing a product from a new brand is stressful and ordering from an overseas company feels even riskier, especially when it comes to bras. Avocado is a wonderful company and after Wednesday's announcement that their international website was live, I was flooded with questions about their collection. Specifically, there seemed to be a lot of uncertainty about the various constructions they offer and how their bras fit. I've created this guide to cover the basics and share my own experiences of the line. I hope this helps! :)
Avocado currently offers five different constructions and I've tried all but one. There are three soft balconettes -- A, H, and K -- as well as two half cups, the sheer D and padded F. The D shape seems to have been something that the company offered more of in the past, as most of those designs are currently in the sale section. It's also the shape I haven't tried so I've left it off this list. Although, if anyone has tried that model, please tell us what it's like in the comments!
|Avocado's A Shape: Creole|
I find that the easiest way to tell the constructions apart is to examine the intersection between the straps and cups. On the A shape, the straps are connected to longer top cups which creates a dramatically V-shaped neckline. This style offers a natural lift, an anchored feeling during wear, and like all the Avocado bras, a rounded profile. And, as I hope the pictures reveal, the A shape provides a fuller coverage fit. The center gore and cups are also noticeably taller than the other balconette models. The wires mirror the ones found on the K shape; both are narrower than the H wires.
I own a number of A shape Avocado bras, including the Creole, Greta, Kyoto, Luna and Jewel in black. I choose these bras on days when I want a more comfortable, boob-like fit or when I know I'll be running around and would prefer that, ahem, everything stay in place.
|Avocado's H Shape: Arielle & Caprice|
The H shape and I have only recently been acquainted so the jury's still out on when or where I'll wear this. I noticed the difference in the width of the side panels and wires, but that's a common fit glitch I run into and the discomfort isn't nearly as severe as what I experience with Freya or Panache. However, I adore the neckline and holy moly, I'm crazy about the Caprice in every way.
|Avocado's K Shape: Nina & Vedette|
|Avocado's F Shape: Camélia|
|Avocado's Size Chart|
Just like the British manufacturers we're familiar with, Avocado believes in a firmer band fit so I took my usual size of 60/28. I'd say the bands were as consistent as could be expected and there were only a few exceptions: the owners told me Luna runs tight, I felt the black Nina colorway was firmer, and unlike most black dyed bras, the Vedette was truer to size. Creole and Kyoto were comparatively looser as they're both previous season styles and thus, have been tried on more often than the current designs.
Cup sizes are a tricky business and they're even trickier since the chart above isn't currently available on the English language version of Avocado's website. I've never used this method to order because I was fit at their boutique in Poland, but I've taken my measurements and they do line up with the chart's suggested size. I'd highly recommend you take the measurement while wearing the bra that gives you the most forward projection. Polish bra cups are generally constructed to be deeper and narrower than other's so if you're wearing a style that minimizes your bust, it won't be as applicable to Avocado's chart.
I measure 92 cm around the bust which puts me right between a G and H cup. Since my boobs are fairly full all around, I'm most comfortable in the larger cup size. Like always, there are exceptions: I take a 60G in the Camélia, the Haiku runs extremely small, and the Annick in Love's edging has a tendency to dig in.
Don't forget -- enter the "missunderpinnings" promo code at checkout for 10% off your order and it's applicable through tomorrow! :)
Also, if you've ordered from Avocado in the past (*cough, Dorothy, cough*) or have been fit in their shop, please share your size or style experiences below!