Our very own Becky has reviewed the Parfait by Affinitas Charlotte set before here, but after reading how she found the band sizes extremely snug – to the point where she’d consider upping a band size to a 32G (and therefore a cup size too) I thought that perhaps my luck would be in and I could ‘get away’ with wearing a 30 band despite usually preferring a 28 band – so I thought I’d write my own review on the set as I’ve certainly a word or two to say!
The brand kindly sent me some sets to consider and possibly my favourite of the lot has in fact turned out to be the Charlotte – largely due to the fact that the red colour-way is SO festive and I’ll therefore probably be wearing it for most of the Christmas period.
Taking Becky’s advice I went for my usual cup size of FF but with the 30 (mainly as that’s the smallest band size they sell) and I’m sure you’ll agree the fit is absolutely glorious. It’s more comfortable than a Christmas day lie in, prettier than a frosty winter morning and has a cracking cleavage to boot. And a partridge and a pear tree.
The band is perfectly snug, in fact I found it a very firm 30 – to the point that I think the band is lying and it’s actually a 28FF/G. The smooth, soft and sensuously luxurious fabrics: satin, power mesh and moulded cups all feature, with a beautiful shape and fabulous support. This bra even survived the Christmas Eve Eve panic shop and if it can do that I genuinely believe it can do anything.
Regular readers may know of my love for the balconette bra – and this one is no different. The shape is (ahem) cracking on me and it’s one of the most comfortable bras. Ever. C’est Parfait!
Unlike Becky who’s partial to a bit of nude and black (and admittedly the Charlotte in blush nude with black detailing is absolutely to die for!) I’m such a sucker for a red colour-way, and with the holiday season coming up I simply couldn’t resist this one. I know for many of you it’s far too late to opt for this as a Christmas present for a loved one or even for a cheeky note to Santa as a special wish – however its wholesome sex appeal (aka it’s pretty, practical AND could ruffle a man’s feathers on a special occasion) it has massive potential as a Valentine’s day gift.
I went for the stunning high-waisted knickers which I usually struggle to find to fit. On word of warning – I got a size medium on recommendation from Becky, and I feel like I could even have gotten a large around the bum area. These are a tad tight around my very rounded hips in comparison to my waist but I find the medium wearable without any sagging due to them being too big around he waist and no uncomfortable cutting in around the derrière and thighs. Sure, the silhouette could be smoother around my legs but as long as you don’t have more than a 18 inch waist-to-hip ratio like me this shouldn’t be a problem at all – and even if it does it doesn’t look awful (to me at least) and it’s certainly not uncomfortable. Just size up at least a size larger than you’d expect if our experience is anything to go by. I have a pair of knickers in another set and the short briefs in medium are way too small and I’d definitely need a large – and I usually wear a size small in Freya or a 10 in Panache!
Recreating my facial expression on receipt of my delicious parcel from the lovely Parfait by Affinitas. If only I’d ‘discovered’ that I could wear them a bit sooner in 2011…
Price vs. Quality: 8/10
Invest In Your Chest Rating: 8/10
What are you hoping from Santa this Christmas? Will you be secretly celebrating via the medium of festive lingerie like me?
You can buy this bra from Large Cup Lingerie, who do free international shipping! Hooray!
** This bra was gifted by Affinitas Intimates for review purposes. This does not affect my opinion or my write up in any way. All views expressed are my own. **