Up to this point, I had only tried Ewa Michalak’s SM cut, with great success. I fit well into a 65GG, which is a cup size above my normal UK 30G size.
Even though I consider 30G (and 28GG) to be my normal UK size, I do find that I have a lot of bras in 30FF and 28G as well. Certain styles in certain brands fit nicely going down a size, particularly if they are full on top friendly: e.g. some unlined Cleos, unlined Freyas, and most Fantasie bras (Fantasie, in general, seems to run a cup size large).
That’s why I wasn’t being entirely silly when I snagged a used CHP Lawenda in size 65FF. I figured it might fit, especially because this cut is known for being particularly open on top.
Let me just make it clear from the start: this size is not my best size. I’m certain I technically need a 65G (and could probably wear a 65GG with the pads). However, Lawenda in 65FF has still, somehow, charmed my pants off:
The CHP cut from EM is a padded halfcup. In this size, it has fairly narrow wires and good room for bottom projection, upper fullness, and inner fullness. I am not going to lie – when I took the bra out of the parcel and saw the size of the cups I was like NOPE. But the teeny looking cups and wires (including a narrow gore!) somehow create a construction that frames and hugs my breasts quite cleverly, allowing my upper excess tissue to sit astutely above the cups without quadboob. Hmm.
Now let me also say this: CHP styles come with small pads (“cutlets”) that can be inserted into a sleeve within the cup, either to correct for assymetry, or to give a little extra oomph. That’s really cool. However, there is no way that I could use those pads with this bra in this size. As soon as I saw them, I took them right out. These photos are without the extra pads.
I couldn’t help buying the Lawenda in this smaller size because it is a discontinued bra, and I was thoroughly enamoured by its appearance. I haven’t had a purple bra in a long time, and didn’t think I wanted one, but the dusty lavender color, the contrast embroidery, and the kind of Victorian era look to the bra sucked me in so hard. I regret to say that I was indeed seduced.
Above, we see some narrow wires, some admirable bottom projection, and some ample upper fullness JUST ABOUT to overflow, but somehow not doing so. Honestly, the cups are shaped so perfectly that even if I roll around a little bit, the tissue still stays put fairly well without the boob popping out. Is this magic?
The gore firmly tacks, and the band is a normal 30 (I have it hooked on the second hooks, I believe). The bra is also comfortable to wear: the materials are soft, and because the bra is small, the straps aren’t too wide for the armpits and the wires are most certainly not too high.
I admit I am confused by the mirror image in the photo above. Why does my boob from the side look so inordinately large?!
Now, I would be remiss if I did not mention the number 1 fit problem that a CHP style bra has for me: the straps are not fully adjustable and are way too long for my short upper torso. Most CHP bras appear to have straps which are only partially adjustable. Luckily, I mitigated this problem by using my Strap Saver – a handy new (inexpensive) device that allows you to shorten your straps without sewing. In all of these photos I am using the strap saver clips. If I didn’t, the cups would be giving me no lift, and the bra simply wouldn’t work. The strap saver is certainly a “saver” for this bra. Note that it can end up looking a little chunky/messy in the back, especially if you put the clips on hastily (new-bra-excitement-induced haste) like I did:
Lastly, let’s take a look at Lawenda under a shirt. It’s really nice under low scoops, and even though it is not a plunge, the gore is low enough, and the breasts are pushed close enough together to avoid any visible gore, that for me it also works with lower v-necks.
Yeah – I guess just like SM bras, CHP bras give a lot of projection! It’s definitely a hard look for me to pull off in my everyday life, and looks best with fitted tops (otherwise boob-tent). If you are looking for a narrow, projected halfcup, CHP is your girl. UK halfcups are decidedly more shallow and minimizing.
65FF CHP Lawenda – you are too small, but I also like you too much!