The En Dentelle is a gorgeous, gorgeous lace cup bra with vertical seaming. Everything about it should have worked. HerRoom measurements put it at a 2 1/2″ gore and band side seam (in a 34B), and the cups are supposed to be rigid and supportive.
If you’ve avoided Claudette because the bras look too skimpy to cover large breasts – fear not. The 38G came in with a much higher gore and side seam – you will NOT suffer for coverage.
My husband plucked this bra up off the bed with a smile, wiggled it at me and said “I like it!”.
Unfortunately, the En Dentelle does not like me. The wide-set straps doomed this bra from the beginning – the straps are almost falling off of my shoulders, and that’s darn near impossible on someone with 19″ shoulders!
The 38G is 1-2 cup sizes too large in the cups (unforeseen weight loss seems to have transpired) – I sized up since it is a demi cup and quite frankly, I don’t think you need to. I would say going down in cup size may help the strap fit; however, I’ve been to this rodeo and know how it ends. The straps and cups will still end up in my armpits.
Band: Very comfortable, not too loose in a 38. I may be able to wear a 36.
Gore: Would not tack to save my life. It is too tall for my close-set build. The gore was wide-ish, which was exacerbated by the stretch. I do fear that even in the correct cup size, the wires lack the “umph” needed to support my heavy breasts, so I’d never get a firm tack.
Wires: The wires should have been perfect – they are very crescent shaped with a good bit of stretch – the cups stretch from the gore and bottom and outer side. They do wrap around my sides uncomfortably. My breasts are outer-edge full, so they push cups and straps outward. The shape of the wires are perfect for my wide-root shape.
Cups: Due to the stretch of the wires, the cups almost end up on my back. Going down in cup size will help, and I think the cups are deep enough for center/low full breasts.
Conclusion: The En Dentelle is a beautiful, well-made demi bra, and there’s plenty of support for the large-cup woman. If you need wide, crescent shaped, stretchy wires and don’t have a problem with wide-set straps – try this bra!
38G Claudette En Dentelle Underwire Demi 12009
Gore: 4 1/4″
Band side seam: 4 3/4″
Wire circumference: 13 1/2″
Strap distance from each other at cup: 13″
Band: 28 1/2′ unstretched, 36′ stretched; 3 row, 3 column hooks