My first encounter with Antigel bras was a bit anticlimactic after the glamor and elegance of Éprise and Antinéa. Basically, the collection seemed like a variation of the Freya Deco–a lot of contoured cups but in interesting prints–plus one really neat 3-part charcoal basic in super soft Modal that you’re going to love. I planned to write this in a quick summary at the end of my last post, but the more I prepared for said summary, the more I realized there was nothing quick about all I have to share with you.
First, Antigel bras are the moderate arm of the Lise Charmel group, retailing at around $90 for 3-part bras. Rather than intricate constructions of lace and embroidery, the company relies on its exclusive prints and fabrics to make an impact. Each line includes loungewear, outerwear or shapewear that builds on the base established by the bras.
For most Hourglassy readers, the style you’re going to care about is the 3/4 cup 3-part bra that is available from a 30G to a 36G, and since I began with continuity styles from Eprise and Antigel, I’ll do the same with Antigel. Let’s start with the charcoal Modal bra that I mentioned earlier.
It was the minimalist sweatshirt look of the Simply Perfect that initially grabbed my attention, but then I touched the fabric in a matching lounge top and melted from the softness. The same super soft Modal is used in the bra. Some of the matching loungewear comes with shelf bras, but if I could wear this 3/4 cup bra underneath the pieces that don’t have it, I wouldn’t miss it. The Simply Perfect 3/4 cup bra also comes in beige, light grey, ivory and black.
Shopping for basic bras is usually just a chore, but next up is a basic that would be a real treat to bring home. The style is called Personal Pep. Given a choice between the rounded Antinéa Essentiel Fit that I told you about yesterday and this lifting, centering full cup with lace-up front and alternating opaque and transparent stripes, I’d choose the the Personal Pep!
This full cup style (no 3/4 model in this style) comes in 32-44F and 32-38G. It’s constructed out of microfiber fabric and is available in beige, black, white and red.
There’s one more basic called the Culte Beaute that comes in a 3/4 cup in 30-38F and 30-36G, available in white, black, ivory, blush and “poudre de soleil”. I love its simple clean lines.
Finally, here are two examples of Antigel’s gorgeous prints. I’ll update this post once I’ve confirmed which styles are available in 3/4 or full cups. From what I can tell, D is the highest contour cup size that Antigel offers.
Oiseau d’Eden appears to come in a 3-part cup, complete with interior side sling.
Definitely check out the Antigel website for some of their other prints–you can see that I gravitate towards lacy or floral, but they also have plaids and polka dots.
But wait–there’s more! Here’s a bonus peek at some of the 2016 swimwear prints in styles that should accommodate a French G cup.
Currently, it seems easier to find Antigel swimwear than bras, but I’m now on the hunt for stores that carry them. Sandra Jones, the U.S. sales rep for Lise Charmel, told me that neither Antinéa nor Antigel are sold in massive department stores, and 95% of the time they are only sold online by brick and mortars that have their own website. What a nice way for boutiques to be able to distinguish themselves–especially if they offer the full range of sizes so that full-busted women can discover which band and cup size work best for them in these brands.