Review | Parfait Charlotte Extended Sizes
It came as welcome news when Parfait by Affinitas announced their intended extension of large cup sizes. Parfait, the Affinitas sub brand which caters for cups D-G, has released it’s Autumn/Winter ’13 range with favourite lines, Charlotte, Sofia and Alexis available in bands from 28, in cups up to a K! So, if you’re a small back G+ bra wearer and have been hankering after the contemporary collections, you’ll be pleased to hear you’re in for a treat!
A while back I showed you the beautiful Danielle long line bra (30G) and deep brief, which was a gorgeous set but as I wear a 28H-30GG it wasn’t the perfect fit. I was however able to judge the quality and durability of the fabric and construction which truly is second to none, and with the exquisite detail of Danielle I encourage you to check that collection out.
When Charlotte was released in the larger sizes I was offered to try a set out, which I was thoroughly keen to do since this time I’d be able to go for my ‘usual’ size. I received both a 28H and 30GG in the peach and black colourway, but unfortunately the fit hasn’t been great for me.
The 28H and 30GG bands were both a very comfortable tension; firm without being too tight and secure with a deep 4 hook and eye fastener, which provides a fantastic level of support. The fully adjustable straps ensure a reliable fit but I must be honest and admit I find them just too wide; extremely oversized to the extent the bra looks more industrial, less sexy, and makes me feel strapped me. I would love to see Charlotte made with straps 2-3mm less wide.
The balcony design is flattering with the central gore finishing just high enough to sustain a supportive hold. The cups, which are lightly padded, are perfect for keeping warm through the colder seasons (those of you with poor circulation or Raynaud’s will know what I mean!). A sling of satin fabric runs alongside the outer cups that helps keep a rounded shape and your boobs supported.
Despite Charlotte being a really comfy bra in respect of the band and the design of the cups, sadly the fit in neither the 28H or 30GG didn’t agree with my shape. I found in both, the cups cut too high beneath the armpit which made the upper cup section and lower part of the front strap dig in. The 30GG was slightly worse than the 28H in this respect. I’m fairly narrow bodied and don’t fair well with wide set designs, so I feel Charlotte may suit you if you’re broader and less petite, or have boobs which are more widely set apart/rooted.
I was surprised by how disappointingly I got on with Charlotte as I was so excited to hear about the new sizes, but this simply shows that cup size is not the be-all-end-all – your bust shape is important to bear in mind too. I found that Charlotte does not suit my shape but be sure I’ll investigate to see how I get on with the rest of the D-K range!
Have you tried Parfait yet? What are your own thoughts and experiences on the newly extended size range? Is Parfait perfect for you?