In case you’re wondering, yes I do realize that Bravissimo has spun off its clothing line into a separate store called Pepperberry, and I’m very excited about it. I haven’t had time to order anything yet, but fortunately, we have a kindred spirit blogger (with a kindred body) who has already tried and reviewed Pepperberry’s first in-store offerings here. As a 28FF, Cheryl Warner has several great reviews of bras that come in 28 bands that you should also check out.
Each manufacturer that I spoke to at Curve allowed walk-ins, so it was slightly intimidating that Chantelle required an appointment. However, my recent discovery of the Cachemire bra gave me enough curiosity to book one. Tiffany Berrier, the specialty business manager that I met with, was so interesting to talk to that I forgot my earlier fears.
Those of you who have winced at the Empreinte and Prima Donna prices might feel a little more comfortable with this line. Chantelle’s prices begin at $68 and don’t go above $105 for their laciest bras.
Also, if the first Chantelle bra that you try isn’t perfect, don’t give up. Tiffany confirmed that cup depth can vary between styles. For example, the C Chic bra fit the model perfectly, but there was a tiny bit of extra room at the bottom of the Cachemire cup on her. (Tiffany had an actual model wear each bra that she wanted to show me.)
With the help of her model, Tiffany talked me through the best styles for us, beginning with the seamed bras. (If you click on the Her Room link below and then on the video link, you can hear Tiffany describe each bra yourself!)
- The Rive Gauche 3281 has a lined lower cup that lifts each breast, with stretch fabric at the top. The interior side sling centers each breast so that you don’t, as Tiffany put it, “look like a balloon”.
- The C Chic 3582 has a super flat seam and a youthful look.
- The Icone 3851 has a very deep cup (deeper than the C Chic and Rive Gauche). I tried this bra last month and loved the fit but felt washed out by the nude color. The good news is that it will be available in iris this fall (the color of the Icone shorty panties below).
- The Cachemire 3371 also runs deep. Here’s some more good color news: (1) it’s coming out in a true nude this June (so you don’t have to buy the mocha with the maroon paisley); and (2) this gorgeous prune for fall is being delivered in July. (I link to my great experience with this bra in the first paragraph of this post.)
For seamless cups, Tiffany recommends the Hedona 2031 for D-F cups (it’s their top seller worldwide) and the Rive Gauche T-Shirt Bra 3286 for larger cups. The latter has center pull straps, like the Fantasie 4500, which helps keep them from sliding if you have narrow or sloping shoulders. It also has a soft brushed fabric inside that is helpful if you have sensitive skin or nipples.
Finally, because the seamless C Chic 3581 comes with a racerback option, I asked Tiffany if Chantelle would ever produce a racerback bra suitable for larger cup sizes. Her scientific explanation was fascinating.
- Racerback bras require front closure.
- Full busts need the center gore to tack between breasts to anchor the bra to the body.
- With so much pressure on this center anchor, a front closure wouldn’t stay closed.
- She’s going to ask the design team to look into a racerback clip for a three-part cup bra, like the one you see below for the C Chic 3581.
Tiffany is also the one who explained the benefits of the leotard strap back that I described two weeks ago. You can understand why I’m glad I made the appointment that allowed me to learn so much from her!