This neon bra by Love Claudette is one that I’ve been lusting after since I first saw its neon gorgeousness in photos last year. I purchased this set after seeing it for sale on Zulily and I’m really excited to share this review with you because there are several sizing details and construction observations that I think will be helpful to others thinking of purchasing this set.
One of the most noteworthy things about Love Claudette, as well as their simple yet striking designs, is the wide range of sizes that they cover. At present, their size range covers cup sizes A-G (UK) and band sizes 30-38 and I know they are planning to expand even more. From research online and asking other bloggers, I found out that this bra runs a size larger in the band and one size smaller in the cup, meaning that I ordered this bra in a 32D instead of my usual 34B. This was a much improved size change, as it fit quite well– I definitely couldn’t have gone any smaller in the cup.
One thing that differentiates this bra from the bras I usually wear is that it was created primarily for full busts and then scaled down from there for smaller sizes. Although this does have an effect on the shape, the most noticeable difference was the use of an extra thick wire that was much stiffer than my usual bra wires.
The result of this thicker wire is that I actually began to understand why full-bust bras should be worn more tightly than core sizes because of the way full-bust bras are constructed. In general, I prefer to wear my bands as loosely as they can be while still feeling secure/not riding up, as it is better for the elastic not to be stretched more than necessary and my boobs are not heavy enough to need the additional support a tighter band would give. Everyone has their own preferences for how they like a bra to fit, but the way I am built means that this is what feels most comfortable to me.
Although I found the Love Claudette bra snug and it didn’t move around, I felt that there was something about the way the bra was fitting that didn’t seem quite right and that it had something to do with the wire shape. Once I compared the bra to one of my other bras with thinner wires though, I realized that the shapes were almost identical, so that couldn’t be the issue. What I found to be the problem was the fact that at the size that I was wearing, the band was not tight enough to give the wire the proper spring outward because it required much more force than my normal, thinner wires. In fact, if I wore some of my 34B bras as tightly as I would prefer to wear this Love Claudette bra, I would probably distort the wires.
Although I do like this Love Claudette bra, I think it would be improved by having the band shortened, an alteration I will likely attempt myself. When it comes to the briefs, I tried a size L, but I would probably prefer a size M next time. One flaw that I find in the briefs is that they use the same strong elastic that is used in the bra band, which is beautiful and great for consistency, but a can be a little too strong for interaction with my squishy bits. I personally prefer relatively gentle or thin elastic in my knickers– sizing up to an L did not help this issue.
Note: the bands for this season (SS13) and going forward should fit true to size, rather than running large like this bra from AW12. That means that if I were to repurchase this bra in the current season’s colorways, I would still try a 32D.
This bra is from last season, so it’s not necessarily available in all sizes– you can buy it on sale from Faire Frou Frou.