Happy weekend lovelies! Today I’m reviewing another UK bra I’ve found an acceptable fit in. I’m happy to add it to my unlined bra collection, as summer is approaching and my padded bras will just be too freaking hot for our 100+ degree days and high humidity. Claudette Dessous is available in a rainbow of colors, and mine is Sandstone and Navy from SS2013. I’ve been told Claudette changes the fit of this bra about every season. While I’ve never tried another color to personally speak to this, it’s a bit discouraging because depending on which Dessous you get your hands on, you may or may not find it fits the same as previous Dessouses. My particular Dessous is rather narrow in the cups and fairly projected at the wire, with a generously sized band that is too big for me. I’ve read other reviews of Dessous that said it was wide and shallow and the band was far too tight. So keep in mind as you read this, your mileage may vary….
From the front, we see a pretty good fit. You can tell especially on my right side there is not *quite* enough room at the underwire as it is sitting a little below my IMF. However, I don’t notice this space when I’m wearing it, so I don’t consider it a deal breaker. The nude cups blend well with my skin and are very sheer. The navy strap and band accents are a nice touch, although I would have preferred an all nude Dessous as my quest for an all nude unlined bra seems neverending.
The side view shows nice and narrow wires that follow my root well. The cups are a bit tall for my short roots, but as this is a “full coverage” bra I kind of expected that. There is minimal gapping at the strap connection on both sides. The tall cups also allow my tissue to spread a little and produce a minimized effect. Again, this is the look I go for in unlined bras – it makes these bras very useful for my summery shirts and scrubs.
Dessous is a simplistic yet stylish design and is one of my favorite bras aesthetically. I like the grown up, minimal look a lot. It’s sewn and finished well and looks like a second skin when worn. If I knew I could get this kind of fit in a different Dessous, I’d go after the discounted ones on Claudette’s Encore sale page, as I like some of the fun bright colorways this bra was released in as well. I’m particularly fond of the Yellow and Navy color and you can find Sandstone and Navy still available as well.
I bought this bra secondhand, which may explain some of the band issues, but regardless – this band runs huge for its tagged size. It stretches easily to 31″ which is, for lack of a kinder word, unacceptable for a 28″ band. In this picture I have it closed on the tightest hooks and obviously have room to spare. For a large 28 or a 30 band person, this would be fine. But having a band be this oversized makes it difficult to be sure one is ordering the correct size, especially with all the Dessous fit variations that are running around out there.
I give major high fives to Claudette for the overall design of this bra. It’s wildly popular in the well-fitted bust community, most likely for its grown up aesthetic. Simply put, I love the way it looks. I have altered the band since taking these pictures so it fits better. I just wish the sizing and shape inconsistencies could be worked out, because I would order more if I was sure they’d fit like this one does!
What do you think? Have you tried a Dessous or two and found sizing and shape differences? Thanks for stopping by!