Not too long ago I placed an order in the Bravissimo/Pepperberry sale. I wasn’t expecting to be particularly impressed with much of what I ordered, as I’ve tried PB clothes in the past and found the size 8s swamp me, and the bras I ordered were more out of curiosity about how the styles fit in the correct size. This is one of those bras: the Demi Diva in a bright pillarbox red. A couple of months ago I tried a similar bra from Bravissimo, the Rococo Charm, but I was only able to try a 28FF and this was clearly too small. I hoped that some of the fit issues I experience in this size would be resolved in the 28G, which is the size I went for in the Demi Diva.
From what I can see, this bra has exactly the same construction as the Rococo Charm, but in my opinion is less attractive. I know many will love the bright red and the leopard print bows, but I’m not a massive fan of the colour and I really don’t like the pattern on the cups, which seems quite old-fashioned to me.
Fit-wise, this was far better than the 28FF Rococo Charm. The shape from the side was pleasingly rounded, and the cups were a perfect fit with no overspill. I do think this is a bra better suited to full on top boobs (unlike my bottom-heavy boobs) as the dramatic straight-across of the half cup means there is less fabric around to shape the top half of the breast, but it’s not doing a bad job – as you can see in the photo below. I think you’d get a very Marie Antoinette style cleavage in this bra if you were full on top.
The band felt like a fairly standard 28, so it was too loose on me even on the tightest hooks.
Ultimately, this was never a bra that was going to work well for me. As I noted with the Rococo Charm, the wires are quite wide and as a result the overall shape is somewhat flattened. The straps are also very wide set, and were digging in from the moment I put the bra on. And, of course, the ultimate deal-breaker for me was that super-high centre gore. As well as being high, it’s quite wide, and I was in quite a lot of pain within 5 minutes of putting the bra on. Some balconettes, such as the Masquerade Rhea, are just about OK for my close-set boobs, but this one was absolute hell. Give me back my plunges! The things I put myself through for you, readers :p