Although I only gave this product 3 stars, I will state upfront (no pun intended!) that this is still my favorite minimizer of all bras I've ever tried. It does not rise to the 5 star level, however, because of something I've never seen anyone else mention... and that is that the padded part of the strap basically hits my chest and collarbone, and that the seam connecting the padded part to the thinner part of the strap in the back lies right across my shoulders. I also have to have the strap on its loosest setting, so I can only assume that the strap is not long enough and that the padding in the strap needs to be extended another four inches or so. Additionally, the rib cage measurement seems larger than other Chantelle bras, and I will be exchanging my 36DD for a 34DD. The "flat pears" comments apply to my experiences as well, and the bra also does not have a very padded underwire. At the end of the day, I have red marks on my ribcage from the underwire. However, as stated above, I have found no better alternative, so I keep on with this style.
Chantelle Response: You state that you are tall. Unforuntately, bra straps with padding such as this have limited strap adjustability. Your comment about going from a 36DD to a 34DD (34E) means you will be going down a band size AND a cup size. IF this was not your intention, you should consider a 34DDD (34F) if you wish to maintain your cup volume.
Elizabeth from Virginia Beach, VA
Tall (5'9" and over)