It feels strange coming back to the very serious business of boobs after a fortnight of grief-tinged catatonia, so perhaps it is fitting to find my way back with a brand new-to-me brand and bra: the Charlotte padded plunge, from Affinitas’s Parfait collection.
First things first. The pants. Look at these beasts. I do love a high waisted knicker, and though there is a brief option, these high waisted beauties are just fantastic. Not only is all the detailing (big satin bow, panelling, black piping) gorgeous, but they are Spanx-lite snug too (for extra support). Mr B4J was rather baffled by the size (“They’re MASSIVE” he said, possibly concerned by the scale of this new elasticated obstacle), but I loved them – lovely over the bum and they nip perfectly in at the waist. They do however run extremely small – so size up from your usual Freya etc size or risk garotting your buttocks off…
And the bra itself? I think it’s beautiful. Affinitas really haven’t done it justice with the above picture: it looks stunning on soft curves, and an altogether more convincing pin-up look when not accessorised with a 90’s lads’ mag duck face pout. I’m not a huge fan of a big shiny cup, and Charlotte sidesteps glare with a matt finish cup with a cute bow and a touch of satin pleating around the sides to make it a little bit more special.
The band is firm, the wires comfortable, and though the straps are so long you can tighten it all the way to the top of the cup if you need to (perfect for those who struggle with straps at both end of the spectrum…). Though technically the plunge style, it gives a balconette-y shape and cleavage – with enough oomph to turn a ‘bottom heavy’ boob like mine in to a ‘toppling over’. Which brings me to the only flaw: the cups run small. Ideally I’d trade some of this rather distracting, jiggling cleavage for a 30GG and a center gore that could sit flat. Alas, G appears to be the limit of Affinitas’s capacity for now. I may have to wait for my perfectly parfait Parfait bra.
That said, some lingerie just looks so good on I’m not sure it matters if it’s 100% perfect. After all, who needs day long support when you can barely leave the bedroom?
Huge thanks to the FREE INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY-ing legends at Large Cup Lingerie for brightening up a tough couple of weeks with this gift wrapped packet of loveliness. FREE INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY! You rock x