My quest to find a sensible semisoft continues. If anyone considers it a first world problem, well, first of all – they’re right. Secondly, it took me less time to find a life partner, so it’s not a challenge to be taken lightly. The problem lies in the fact that EVERYTHING must fit the shape and the condition of the breasts, from the amount of vertical and horizontal stitches, through the elasticity of the lace, the kind of padding, to the width and the depth of the cup. Because of that, my very picky breasts only agreed with one such model so far. Today we’re doing a double review – two semisoft models, Secret and Desert Flower will demonstrate for us how a single element can completely change a bra’s fit. First, we’ll take a look at the Secret.
Secret is a black bra with a silver embroidery element on the soft part of the cups. It looks a little bit like a paisley, and a little bit like something inspired by India.
The gore features a small pearl in netting and a chiffon bow. This is definitely a little temptress.
The gore is also a little bit translucent, which is a sensual and elegant element.
The soft part of the cup is stitched around with a slightly stretch elastic which is supposed to help fit it to the breast – however, for me it’s simply not the case, because the netting acts like a poofy sleeve and sticks out. Considering the shape of my breasts it doesn’t come as a surprise, but it’s not a fault of the bra’s cut or materials as much as it is a case of a mismatched model. According to the manufacturer, Secret is a Novato (K-1030) model, just like Desert Flower.
However, the fit is much, much different. I think you can see which one fits better 😉
Remember how I said that everything in a semisoft depends on a specific type of breast in order for it to fit properly? Well, when it comes to the cut, both Secret and Desert Flower are twins with the same construction. It follows that both should look identical on me, right? Well, not really. Desert Flower easily wins the showdown because of the different material used at the top of the cup and the difference in width: the netting in the Secret is slimmer by 4 milimeters and less elastic due to the embroidery. The other bras are identical, I measured all of them myself.
Those four milimeters were enough to change the fit and the breast shape. In padded or soft balconettes, such a detail would probably not matter too much, but when you combine both types a minefield reveals itself. I wrote about this in the past, but it’s worth reiterating – the work of the designer and the seamstress and the precision they need to apply to each bra is crucial to the final product. This is why D+ bras from mass manufacturers don’t retail for 30 or 40 PLN, but approach a price closer to a hundred or more; the whole journey from a design sketch to the QA facility makes this a tiny technological marvel. The labour of all of the people involved has a set price, which is reflected by the final product’s price.
The matching panties are adorable, classic briefs with a slightly transparent panel on the front. The only thing I need to pick on is the fact that the silver embroidery started showing signs of wear – I don’t know why, I washed both the bra and the panties already, using the same detergent, so something weird must be going on.
I’ll take this moment to repeat the mantra of every large-breasted woman: the fact that something doesn’t fit me doesn’t mean it’s the bra’s fault. A bad bra doesn’t fit the majority of people. Secret is simply a pleasant temptress featuring a cut that’s not optimal for my breasts, which affects the fit, but doesn’t change either the comfort or the functionality. I hope – for the sake of those who can wear the Secret without fitting issues – that it receives a gold version, because let’s be honest – gold lingerie is always great. Desert Flower coming soon!