I have never had a white bra before – which is probably not surprising to anyone who reads our blog and follows my Instagram account; white is a color I try to avoid at all costs due to my clumsiness (you can basically guesstimate my daily menu based on shirt stains). I was also afraid that my white underthings will become grey very fast and won’t look as good, now I will have to figure that out somehow. I think I will have to wash Selma with my boyfriend’s stuff, since he is the only person in the household who wears white.
Cups are finished with white gross-grain ribbon – the netting between ribbon and the main fabric of the cup is so sheer and thin that on pale skin we get a harness bra effect. The design is calm and classy a perfect basic bra. Both cups and band are made of to layers of fabric. Netting used in the band is much thicker and a bit coarser than the fabric of the cups, but that is not that noticeable once you put the bra on. Straps are rather wide and adorned with a little frilly detail that reminds me of folk Bavarian costumes.
There is a little coin on the gore – am I the only one who sees a pendant inspired by Mayan coins?
The upper fabric layer is a diamond-patterned netting; cups are three-part and rather wide. 65G fits me well, but even though the cups are wide I have a bit of a tissue deposit under my pit (scoliosis makes the tissue migratio a bit hard and lopsided, and even though I have worn properly sized bras for over 5 years now my boobs are still not fully front and center) – I don’t mind it too much, especially since it is not noticeable under clothing. I would recommend Selma to people who have been fitted for the first time lately and want to train their tissue to be actually where it is supposed to be not under arms; you will see clearly how much tissue is there still to migrate 🙂 that being said the visual effect of armpit bulge might not be what you want, so wear Selma during sweater/jumper season.
Band is rather tight and a bit corset-esque from the lack of better word – I cannot fasten the bra wthout help and my boyfriend does that for me (that is due to my anatomy and not the bra itself; it happens everythime I have more that three hooks to deal with). You should try to hunch in this bra; impossible. It keeps you nice and straight like those pseudotherapeutic bands that were advertised in TV and beeped when we hunched. Except Selma does not beep, and it keeps my girls in place so much the bounce is minimized and I can do basic exercise without much pain.
One thing I have to stress is that Rosa Faia is from my experience not a brand for women who experience trouble with tacking gores. Both Fleur and Selma wouldn’t tack with Madź’s boobs, but that is normal for her, but I had issues with Fleur even in 65H, when the cups were already way too big. Selma tacks, but tends to stick out for a few milimeteres during the day. The cups are fully filled, the size is correct, but this is not a bra for closesly set boobs, I would definitely recommend it more for someone with widely spaced breasts. I am under impression the wires are kind of … too flat? I feel like in majority of the bras I have wires tend to flax inwards a bit, and in Selma they just don’t flex at all, and human body is naturally curvy, not straight. Moreover, the wire channels at the gore are cut at an angle, not in a straight line, which also may be a factor here.
Quality-wise I have nothing to complain about – German care for details and ordnung are very clearly visible. All seams and stitchings are done with expertise and there are no sign of tear or wear at all, really.
Shaping is a nod towards going au naturale – Selma rounds what is naturally round and lets hang loose what naturally hangs loose. Boobs has a little non-surgical lift and looks a bit younger, but still like your own set of breasts, kind of like the ‘no bra’ thing. I like it especially since it gets more and more fashionable to have natural, tear-shaped boobs.
I really respect and appreciate Rosa Faia for being a brand for mature and conservative women, who are unapologetic about the fact that they don’t want or need crazy neons or prints; this is a valid and existing pool of consumers (I would be the most happy to get some of the sets featured in AW 17′ catalogue) so cheers to keeping up personal style and integrity of the brand. The designs are classy, kind of similar to each other, quality deserves respect. What boggles my mind though are the gores – almost all of the models in RF catalogues have the gores sticking out. I wonder why the brand allwows this – it would be good to try and create new cuts that would accomodate close-set boobs, or just choose models who have boobs that a bit more far apart (please remember that is it almost impossible for one cut to fit all boobs) – or, as a last resort, fix the issue in Photoshop. We have a good product that can absolutely be recommended, yet the pictures damage that good rep. These aren’t the ‘fits nobody’ bras that are made for non-existent bodies, so whay would you leave it as it is…?
To be completely honest – I am not being nasty for the sake of nastiness, I am just bewildered and trying to point out that the pictures don’t necessarily show how the Rosa Faia bras actually fit on normal bodies. I like the brand – I don’t like the pictures.
Selma is priced at about 250 PLN – in my humble opinion that is too much for a basic bra, especially considering the price is higher than what some luxury brands ask for. The quality is great and all, but my hand would hesitate while reaching for my wallet. Selma is clearly an investment bra that will last for years of wear and you have to decide whether you want to pay so much for a bra designed to be basic staple in your lingerie drawer – it is not a visual firework, but a sturdy and durable product. I am not a fan of basics and I only have a few basic pieces in my collection that I really like evolving so durability is not a factor here for me and I deduct two hearts for the price. I can imagine though that there are busty girls who think that paying 250 PLN for approx. 7 years of wear is a good investment.
What would you say about Selma? Do you wear Rosa Faia?