Like my other longline, Danielle has also proven to be a tricky fit. I lusted after this color for a long time and finally, finding it on sale, I decided to give it a try. Ordering the 40G which is the largest size offered in this particular bra, I crossed my fingers and hoped for the best because typically when I buy the largest size offered in a particular style, the upsizing can be somewhat questionable compared to picking a brand that specializes in the upper sizes of bands and cups.
And not to my surprise, when I got the bra, the band stretched to 38″ comfortably and at the time of trying it on, my underbust was about 39″ so I had to do some fancy wiggling to get it on. Stretching past to 39″ also created some wire distortion which ended up flattening and pushing my breast tissue east west but also somehow created some cleavage despite the spread of my tissue. I suspect this is because the cups lifted and flattened my tissue together. Also visible is some wrinkling in the band and gore at the front of the bra. This, I suspect, is due to the tightness of the band pulling the materials taught and creating some wrinkling. Due to the wire distortion and the cups being pulled flatter from a too tight band, the gore would also not tack.
You may also notice that in this longline in particular it does have 2 bones in the front which is useful to help anchor and flatten the material of the band in the front. For my pear shape, sadly, when I sit, the band still pushes upward due to my waist being wider than my underbust and the bones do help somewhat when I stand but I do find it curls more than it stays flat.
If you weren’t aware of the compare bra feature in Bratabase, here’s an interesting comparison between this Parfait bra and my other Wellfitting longline…
If we compare cup widths, you can see that Parfait has wider cups than Wellfitting as well as a higher gore and higher side wings. A narrower cup width on a Polish bra seems to be the norm and this comparison confirms it. Parfait also gave us 6 hooks instead of 5 like Wellfitting. As you can see, Bratabase has told us that the 40G Parfait is 1 band smaller than the 42HH in Wellfitting despite our band measurements almost being equivalent for both. Other bloggers have advised that going up a band/cup size in Comexim is definitely needed and through comparison, we have confirmed such to be correct for these sizes. If I account for comfort, I definitely would have gone up one more band size to a 44 in the Wellfitting for the band to fit my pear shape slightly better. A regular bra, I would definitely stay a 42 band.
All this being said, the Parfait by Affinitas Danielle bralette is a gorgeous bra and if it fits you, definitely very pretty and also supportive. My wish would be that Parfait consider extending past the 40″ band to accommodate those of us 38″ and higher. A girl can dream, right?
Disclaimer: These are my own personal opinions based on my experiences. As always, your mileage may vary.