Review: Figleaves Boudoir Carmen 132512 in 36G U.K.

Figleaves Boudoir Carmen in black. Image from Figleaves.com.

Oh, how we FF+ cup girls cry the bitter blues over the lack of sexy lingerie in our cup sizes.

For some reason, most of the lingerie that looks like this….

 

…generally isn’t made in sizes above a U.K. F cup.

So we dream and cry and lust after lingerie that is too small in the cups and complain to each other while we drink wine, and bury our bitterness in chocolate.

And then came Carmen. The Figleaves Boudoir Carmen gave me hope that someone had taken the hint and decided to provide the Big Boob Girl community with what we’ve been yearning for – something sexy and sleek and strappy that isn’t fucking pink or smothered in fucking bows.

Figleaves Boudoir Carmen in black. Image from Figleaves.com.
Figleaves Boudoir Carmen in black. Image from Figleaves.com.

Unfortunately, for me, the Figleaves Carmen runs small in band and cup. I’d guess the Carmen is one size small in band and two sizes small in cup….which puts it right at, you guessed it, a U.K. F cup.

So, I’m still waiting. In the interim, I think one of these might work. I could eat my bra and get happy.

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Here’s how the Figleves Carmen broke down for me.

Band: Tight. I would need a 38″ band. I could fasten the 36″, but it hurt.

Gore:  Great height and width for close set breasts. I couldn’t get it to tack because….

Figleaves Boudoir Carmen in black. Image from Figleaves.com.
Figleaves Boudoir Carmen in black. Image from Figleaves.com.

Cups: The cups are 1-2 cup sizes too small. The cups are well constructed and supportive – and in the correct size this would be a bra I could wear all day. The cups are designed of two layers of black mesh, with a hint of diagonal stretch, and the black satin edging is stretchy and soft. Since the cups are layered and unforgiving, you can’t fudge the fit in this bra if it is too small, since overfilling the cups results in the outer mesh layer puckering – which isn’t sexy at all.

Straps: Yowza. Strappy and sexy. The sexy black straps are constructed of stretch satin, are soft on the skin and give plenty of lift and support.

Figleaves Boudoir Carmen in black. Image from Figleaves.com.
Figleaves Boudoir Carmen in black. Image from Figleaves.com.

The Figleaves Carmen is a great bra – it’s just too small, which is a tragedy because women who usually wear FF/G U.K. cups will probably still be sized out. Good news for those with smaller ribs –  if this bra runs small on the lower band sizes, those who need small bands/large cups may have a great option in the Figleaves Carmen.  With a 4 1/2″ wing height and plunging gore, the Carmen is a great option for high set/close set women. The Figleaves Carmen is available in black, in sizes 30DD – 36G U.K. from Figleaves.com.

9 Comment

  1. OMG BASTAGES. What a letdown.

    1. WideCurves 1 says: Reply

      Pretty much…

  2. Bella says: Reply

    Its a shame but I guess predictable that this bar did not fit. In your view, is there a particularly good brand that offers (well fitting!) bras in larger sizes?

    1. Bella, there are several excellent bra brands out there, and Figleaves is definitely an excellent brand. As far as size goes, different brands cater to different sizes so I’d need to know which size range you’re interested in. All of the brands listed in the menu to the right of this post are excellent brands; however, they do specialize in different size ranges.

      Some styles run small or large…the Carmen ran small on me.

      1. Bella says: Reply

        Thanks for the help! I’ll check some of those brands out.

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