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Wellfitting’s Bravantgarde Demi

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Great thanks for this and all the other wonderful photographs in this post and on Wellfitting.com go to Michael Contreras, a dear friend and fabulous photographer that I am so lucky to be working with these days. Please check him out at michaelpaparazzo.com.

 

What ho, Gentle Readers!  For those of you who follow the brog’s social media, this will not be a surprise.  Well, the fact that I am posting might be a surprise – I know it’s been ages – but the announcement should be familiar: I’m now doing some modeling for Wellfitting.com   I never thought I would end up being able to say I am a lingerie model, and it still feels a bit bizarre, but I really enjoyed doing the shoot and am so flattered that they want to feature me on their website.  You all probably know Wellfitting, but if not, let me introduce you.

Wellfitting.com distributes bras by Comexim in the US, which makes things exponentially easier for those of us who adore Comexim’s lovely styles, fabulous size range, and availability of customizations.  They don’t carry all of Comexim’s styles, but they carry a good selection and they have a lovely selection of exclusive styles as well.  That’s where I come in – I got to model all four of their exclusive styles, including – *swoon* – two LONGLINES!!!!

Insert dancing sparkleunicornsomethigerother here.  Because Longlines.  In my size.

—Disclaimer— I am actually saving the first longline for the next post.  Which is weird, I know.  But sometimes that’s just how I roll.  Bravantgarde deserves its own post, because look how pretty it is!

Usually I do themed posts and stories or things of that nature, but since I already had pictures taken for these and I wanted to get the word out, I’m just sharing the pictures from the photoshoot here.  Make sure to check them out on Wellfitting’s website, too, and, should you be so inclined, to use the wee discount at the end of this post to  pick up a few pretties of your own.  Hee.

So.

As many of you probably do, I have trouble finding bras that fit.  There aren’t very many companies that carry my size at all, and those that do… Well, just because something technically comes in the right size doesn’t mean it’s going to fit.  The options for me, in terms of cut as well as brand, have been pretty limited for, well… Basically forever.  My two most coveted cuts were balconettes and longlines, especially, dreamily, tearing-up-a-little-every-time-I-saw-one, the longlines.  Oh longlines, how I longed for you!  Sorry, couldn’t resist throwing that in just the once.  Heh.  Also, don’t get me started on Freya Decos.  For the love of all things holy, what I would not give to fit in Decos.  But I digress.

Anyway, obviously I was thrilled when Wellfitting asked to send their new line to me for review and modeling, given that included not only a demi but TWO longlines!  Oh, happy day!  But before I get carried away, I’m going to go ahead and start with the Bravantgarde Demi  as it’s absolutely lovely and I don’t want it to get overshadowed by my own insane obsession with certain other cuts.  *Ahem*

Photo by Michael Contreras // michaelpaparazzo.com

 

The Bravantgarde is a demi, which can be hard to find in the larger cup size universe.  A lot of people seem to think that good support can only be found with full coverage, which has really not been my experience at all.  Of course, needs for these things vary with breast shape and composition, so any given person may indeed want full coverage to give them that happy feeling.  In my case, though, variety is definitely appreciated, as is the ability to wear clothing with varying necklines without showing off my underoos in the process.  Enter the demi.

As you can see, full-coverage it is most decidedly not.  (Duh.)  What it is, however, is absolutely lovely.  The festive but not-overly-busy vibrant floral print is enhanced by the light sheen of the fabric, and the lining of narrow black lace at the top helps to finish off the look, which really broadcasts quality as well as style.  I happen to love little touches like the bow at the top of the gore, so that’s just icing on the (cup)cake for me.

Photo by Michael Contreras // michaelpaparazzo.com

 

Comexim is known for having narrow wires and for grading the wires appropriately to band size, which is basically a miracle in my size range; Wellfitting’s Bravantgarde is no exception.  And while obviously the demi style means the cups will not run high in the front, I also appreciate that they don’t rub at the armpits or next to my arms.

The band is nice and tight in my chosen size of 60 (that’s 28 for those of you thinking in British/US sizing), with four rows of three hooks.  I have worn it a few times now, and I’m still happy on the loosest set of hooks, which bodes well for six months from now when I am still needing to wear it with practically every low-cut thing I own.  Another thing I like is that the elastic isn’t a lot tighter than the band itself, which I have found to be a problem in bras in the past (not Wellfitting bras, just in general).  This makes for better weight-distribution and minimizes uncomfortable cutting in.

Photo by Michael Contreras // michaelpaparazzo.com

 

You may notice that in a few of the photos things are getting a little bit… Well, bulgey.  It’s true.  I know.  Bad form, Blogger Who Claims to Know Stuff About Bra Fitting!  Here’s the problem, though: my boobs are always, always growing.  Which means that between when I made arrangements with Wellfitting to have these sent and when they arrived, I grew a bit.  So they’re a smidge too small here at size 60P.  Sorry, Gentle Readers.  I don’t control them, I just do my best to haul them around without knocking anything over.  Do not, I repeat DO NOT let me near a china shop.

Slight size issues aside, I really like the shape of this bra.  Nice and full, round and centered well on the front of my chest (as opposed to east/west-ey or in my armpits)… Just a nice everyday look for me.  Your mileage may vary, as everyone has their own comfort spot for breast shape and cleavage.  If you haven’t already discovered the great blog Bras I Hate & Love  now would be a great time to do so, so you can know what I’m talking about when I say I prefer something between the purple and green shapes in her now-canonical post, “What Exactly is ‘Good’ Shape?”

Basically, I like the roundness of the purple with the uplift and projection of the green.  I know, picky picky.  But really, I’ve had to deal with enough crap for having these things; they could at least array themselves in the fashion I find most pleasing, no?  I say yes.  Harumph.

Anyhow, the Bravantgarde is one of the only bras I own that really hits a sweet spot on the rounded vs uplifted thing.  And as you can tell, I have a thing for sweets.

Photo by Michael Contreras // michaelpaparazzo.com

 

If you do too, and want to get one of these sweet little numbers for yourself, head over to Wellfitting.com and tell them Miss Shapen sent you.  Or, better yet – use the code “misshapen” on any order over $79 (U.S.) for 10% off!

*Quick note: as always, non-customized Wellfitting bras are returnable and have free shipping.  Gore customization is available on the demis, although the lower cups option is limited to plunges.  Customized bras aren’t returnable, so if this is your first Wellfitting or Comexim bra, consider trying a standard cut to figure out what you will suit you best.

Stay tuned next time, Gentle Readers, for the Abracadabra Longline!  Same bra time, same bra channel….

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  • Rachel

    I tried the discount code but it doesnt seem to be working :(

  • Amelia

    Hi Rachel,

    This is Amelia from Wellfitting. Sorry for this error! The code should work now.

  • Rachel

    Thank you so much! :)

  • Jillian Johns

    When I saw you on the website, I cheered!!! So happy for you :)
    I was so excited to see a new lingerie brand that caters to the extremely large cup size/small ribcage crowd. I wish that my size was there but as long as other women are able to get something beautiful and well fitting *tee hee*, I’m good. I am inspired by them and hope my lingerie sewing one day look that awesome!

  • Caro

    Yaaay! Another blog post, and that bra looks great on you! :D I’m now seriously considering ordering a Comexim when I have money again…

  • Claire

    So happy for you it has been a long time since you posted here. You look amazing as always looking forward to your next post. Please don’t leave it so long next time…

  • MissShapen

    Thank you! And I’m sorry it’s been so long. Seems like life has just thrown one thing after another at me in this last… uh, eight months or so? Sheesh, that’s a while. Hence the very few posts in that period. But I am really happy to be getting back into it, so it definitely won’t be as long till the next one! The post about the longline I’m wearing on Wellfitting’s website will be up next week. :) And a few more are in the works, along with some guest posts and things. I miss all of you Gentle Readers!

    Is there anything you’d particularly like to see?

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment and for reading!

  • MissShapen

    Thank you on all counts! And I know, I am always wanting more Comexims and Wellfittings (some are the same, some exclusive to one or the other)… Oh money, you are a thing. A thing I don’t have. I feel very lucky and grateful to have been sent these to model and such. If you do get one, post back and let me know how it turns out!

  • MissShapen

    Thank you so much! I have been following your adventures in bra design over on Sophisticated Pair and am really excited to see what you come up with. If you ever need fitting models in my size, please let me know – I would be very happy to help you with the process along the way. And I don’t mean just finished things to show in the blog, I mean prototypes for feedback or absolutely anything I can do to help you with your fabulous endeavor. :)

  • MissShapen

    Heh, glad this got resolved! Amelia is so helpful always, and quick, too!

  • Claire

    Thank you for posting back. I would love to see you compare a correct fitting bra with an incorrect fitting bra. I think this would really help the readers understand how different they are and the benefits of a good fitting bra. You must have a few old bras that are not well fitting…we all have them at the bottom of the drawer.

  • Halisi

    Long time lurker here – I decided to visit Wellfitting on a whim, and it was the best surprise to see your face! I’m so glad you’re getting back to blogging!

  • Steve Jameson

    So much cum….thank you.