Bluebella MORE Review: “Calypso” in 32G

25 Mar

Hi lingerie folks! Hope the spring has been treating you well. We are now less than two months away from the wedding and we are also moving on Easter, so needless to say I have been a busy woman. Everything seems to be happening at once, but I think I’m probably not alone – it’s just the way life works itself out. I haven’t forgot about you though! I have exciting reviews coming up, both clothing- and lingerie-wise, so do hang in there!

Today I am reviewing something from a very exciting new collection from Bluebella MORE range. The MORE by Bluebella is a collection for us fashion-forward full-busted ladies and it now starts with 30 bands as well! The range is still only up G-cup though, so I needed to cheat with  the sizing this time as well – don’t judge me! However, let’s keep buying and wearing MORE, and maybe in the future we’ll get those H-cups 😉 *Disclosure: This set was provided me free of charge by Bluebella. All opinions are my own!*

The Design: Picking something from the Bluebella MORE ss18 collection was a hard task – there were so many things I was intrigued by, I really wanted to have it all. This is rare these days, as I am a picky lingerie consumer and hardly find myself getting so excited over a whole collection.

I usually pick something non-padded as it is more wearable to me, but having tried some non-padded MORE lingerie already, I went for the padded half-cup shaped Calypso. Take note: this was never supposed to be even remotely everyday-wearable to me, but something more to wear in the boudoir or maybe on stage. Thus I was not too fussed about the fit or shape of this bra.

I like how low cut the bra is, as most bras in my size range tend to go higher up my chest. I like having options so thumbs up for the low-coverage, definitely! The one thing that really drew me in with this set was the harness-brief though and the beautiful thick lace decorations of the set. The adornments really make a statement and the aesthetics are both strong yet romantic at the same time. Also, I am always a sucker for the combo of cream and black.

Fit: As the MORE range goes up G-cup, I had little choice with the size of the bra – either I was going to compromise on the band being too loose or the cup being too small. I absolutely HATE too loose bands, so I decided that for a boudoir bra it wouldn’t hurt to wear it in a slightly too small cup size. BUT… As you can see, the cups are not slightly too small 😀 In theory the cups should be only a cup size too small for me, but as this bra runs both small and shallow in the cup, it seems like I would need two cup sizes more to have all my breast tissue lie nicely in the cups. Overall, I would advice to go up a cup size in this bra, if you can. The band is on the snug side, so if you find yourself between sizes, do go up a band as well.

Frankly me and the bra weren’t a great match shape-wise either as I need narrower wires and deeper cups. It’s really the same issue as with most Curvy Kate padded balconettes. However, this does not stop me from wearing such styles from time to time – it’s not meant to be the most practical bra so let’s not expect a perfect fit from it either. Also, the fact that it doesn’t suit me does not mean it won’t suit anyone. I can think of a number of people this would be pretty much perfect on (I am looking at you, Miss R!). Also the shape of the bra is quite nice – it’s not square-y like some half-cups in D+ sizes and I think in a better size the construction of the bra would be highlighted much better.

Comfort: As the bra is a wrong size for me, I haven’t worn it out much so it’s a bit hard to say whether it’s super comfy or not. Only time would tell that and I cannot really wear a bra two cup sizes too small several hours in public – anyone my size would know the experience is awkward and uncomfortable. Based on the feel of the garment and the materials I would say the bra is a rather comfy one – the elastic parts are sturdy and wide, the band has three hooks and eyes, and both the inner and the outer materials are nice to touch.

When it comes to the bottoms of the set, I tried a couple of sizes but unfortunately neither of them fitted me at all. I got a size 12 and 14, but for my body type (hourglass with a bit of tummy), this panty did not feel comfortable or flattering on. I reeeeally wanted it to work and was conflicted to whether review the panties at all, but I think you should be always aware of what you are buying so there won’t be any disappointments. What didn’t work for me were the strappy parts of the panties – they are not elastic at all and thus won’t conform to my body the way I would have liked them to.

I have seen bloggers wearing the panty successfully (here some pics on the lovely Charlie of Big Cup Lil Cup) but they have a slimmer body than mine with a flat tummy. I know some people don’t mind if their pants create more curves but at this point, I am not that comfortable with extra tummy rolls which the straps create by digging into my skin. This was not corrected by a bigger size as the size 14 was otherwise too big for me (the crotch area bunched up significantly) but the straps still dug in. What I think I’m going to do is to sew a loop on some other black knickers, so I can wear the beautiful harness with another panty (luckily the harness is detachable!).

Thank you for reading the review and let me know what you think of the new Bluebella MORE offering, which can be found here! The Calypso bra (UK 30-38 DD-G) costs an affordable £38 and the harness panty (UK 8-18) sets you back at £24.

Happy Easter everyone!


8 Responses to “Bluebella MORE Review: “Calypso” in 32G”

  1. Blue March 25, 2018 at 11:59 am #

    I think this bra is supposed to be low coverage, so I doubt you’d need 2 sizes up — perhaps just one up?

    Also, I hope it’s ok to comment on that, but your body shape is not “hourglass with a bit of tummy”, it’s a classic Apple, own it 🙂

    • Sophie March 25, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

      Never act like you know someone’s body type better than the person herself. By definition, I have an hourglass figure as my waist is more than 10″ smaller than my bust and hips/butt. What I refer to as “tummy”, is small bump most women have on their lower abdomen. I wouldn’t have a problem with saying I am an apple, but I am not. My measurements are 42-28/29-40. And yes I do mind out-of-line comments about MY body – you were just plain rude.

      I am also a bra fitter and know how many cup sizes a bra is too small or big for me. Can you see the pic with a side view? That is not just one cup size of extra breast tissue as the boob comes out of the bra at the front and the armpit area. One cup would only be a small bulge but my nips are almost showing.

      Again, I encourage you not to comment on someone’s expertise or body anymore. If you feel like you need to do that, you are no longer welcomed here.

    • Kiwi March 25, 2018 at 8:27 pm #

      I’m pretty sure that the author rocking her body in her own public lingerie blog is basically the definition of “owning it.”

      • Sophie March 26, 2018 at 4:56 am #

        ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. Sian Thomas March 26, 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    Snap! This bra looks gorgeous on you! I agree on the sizing with you – it’s very shallow in the cups so I think I would have been better with another cup size up too, but luckily thanks to the open top edge, I can get away with it. I’ve actually managed to wear mine as everyday lingerie under my clothes a lot too – I find it really comfortable and fun to wear!
    It’s a shame you didn’t get on well with knickers – it’s annoying how they have very little to no stretch on the elastic. I’ve found I’m not wearing them very much because of this – even though they fit alright on me, it’s odd that they don’t stretch when I pull them on and off, and it’s actually hurt my finger doing so, however weird that sounds!
    And thank you for linking to our review too 🙂 (But it’s Sian, by the way, not Char ;D)

  3. Kaitlen April 25, 2018 at 2:08 pm #

    Thank you so much for the review! I work as a bra fitter, and we just started carrying blue bella as more of a fun brand to have around the store. I really hope we get this range in, because I really want to have something to offer someone with a bigger chest that is so reasonably priced! Thanks again!

  4. Chelley September 21, 2019 at 3:44 am #

    Thanks for sharing.
    I was thinking it looked like a minimizer at 32G. then you mentioned it was too tight so my suspicions were correct at least partly. It is good that someone like you can give us a warning if one company is stingy on their sizing. Helps us avoid the shipping costs to return online purchases that don’t fit true to numbers.

    We occasionally see photos of Kelly brook who “thinks” she is a 34E and that makes me wonder if even she is being honest with those figures.

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