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Chantelle Rive Gauche 3 Part Cup Bra 3281 Reviews

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rating Size: 32F

Love Chantelle bras - they provide great support and are beautiful as well. This bra was terribly uncomfortable. I've worn this bra (same size) before and the wire on this recent one digs in and leaves indentations on my chest. It's quite painful. Not sure the cause - maybe they revamped the design? Would not recommend!

Chantelle Response: Hi Krista! Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback, and for your nice compliments about our bras. We are so sorry to hear that your new 3281 wasn't as comfortable as your old one, and we assure you that the design hasn't changed. One of the biggest reasons behind wire poking/indentation is due to wearing the wrong size. If the band is too snug, or the cup is too small, this can cause visible (and painful) marks on the body. However, if the fit seems to be perfect and you're still experiencing painful indentations, this style might just not the best option for you - the center gore of the bra might come up too high on your breast bone, or the underwire might come up too high and rub under your arm. In that case, we would suggest you try something with a lower center gore (more of a "plunging" neckline), and an underwire that doesn't come up as high under the arm. Our recommendation is the "Parisian 4-Part-Cup" (style: 1471) because it has the same great support as 3281, but its plunging neckline and lower underwire construction under the arm minimizes the chances of any irritation on the skin. We hope this helps! Krista from Saint Louis

  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 20s
  • Posted: February, 2016
rating Size: 42C

I ordered a number of styles/sizes from HerRoom to find the best fit for me. This is a very pretty bra and seemed true to size, though it does not offer the same smoothness under a T-shirt or thin blouse that other styles do. I also found the underwire to be a bit less comfortable than the Olga bra and Vanity Fair bras I wound up keeping. I wish I liked this one more, as it is certainly sexier than the bras I kept. I wound up going for function over form, however, and I'm glad I did.

Chantelle Response: Hi MMS! Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. We love that you think 3281 is so pretty - we definitely agree with you! The cups of this style are made of a beautiful floral stretch-lace, and while the lace lays smooth under most tops, it might not be the best option when wearing extra thin tops for individuals who are more sensitive to lace showing through. In this case, a fully smooth style, like our "C Magnifique" (style: 1891) is an excellent alternative. Not only is this style completely invisible under clothing, but it also has a lightly padded underwire and straps, making it the ultimate in comfort. We hope this helps! MMS from Boston, MA

  • Height: Tall (5'9" and over)
  • Age: 50s
  • Posted: January, 2016
rating Size: 34H

This is my second color, this bra is comfy, looks great, fits well, true to my size in several brands. This time the bright fuchsia color, yeah!! Mac from henderson, NV
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 50s
  • Posted: November, 2015
rating Size: 40D

Not so comfortable to me.

Chantelle Response: Hi Faith! Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. We are sorry to hear that 3281 wasn't comfortable for you, especially because this is one of our top selling styles. We'd love to know more about what parts of the bra weren't comfortable so that we can provide you with some recommendations that are sure to provide you the ultimate in comfort. In the meantime, one style we'd suggest for you is our "C Magnifique" (style: 1891). From the lightly padded underwire and straps, to the completely smooth, non-padded, strech cups, and the ultra soft and wide band, this bra is the pillar of comfort at Chantelle, and one of our most popular styles with our customers. If you're looking for something with more structure, our "Parisian 4-Part-Cup" (style: 1471) has a buttery soft band, soft and breathable cups made of light mesh, and supportive seams in the cups that center the breast tissue, narrow the waist, and remain virtually invisible under clothing. We hope this helps! Faith from California

  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: October, 2015
rating Size: 36E

The middle panel is really uncomfortable -- this hard, pressing presence on my breastbone. My settled breasts leave the top of the cups unfilled and prone to bunching. the underwire does not sit flat on my chest. the lace shows through a thick t-shirt. However, the color is nice and the material feels nice and durable.

Chantelle Response: We are sorry that the 3281 isn't fitting you the way you would like. You had mentioned that the underwire wasn't sitting flat on your chest, which leads us to think that it might be possible you're wearing a band size that is too large. The reason being is that, when your underwire fits correctly, it should lay flat against your body at all times. A band that is too large can also cause bunching in the cup because there isn't enough tension in the band to pull the cups back towards your breast tissue. If you think the band is indeed too big, try this bra in a 34F (which is the sister size of your 36E). If the fit seems correct, then this style just might not be right for you. In that case, we'd suggest our "C Magnifique" (style 1891), which has completely smooth, soft, full-coverage cups, lightly padded straps and underwire, and a wide band that supports busts, while smoothing the back. Chris

  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 20s
  • Posted: October, 2015
rating Size: 42G

Perfect fit - good side coverage without digging into my underarm. Jean from Everett, WA, USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: October, 2015
rating Size: 36G

Great bra! It has always been so hard to find a bra in my size that fits properly and support. This one gives me great support and I don't have any "boob bulge" popping out! The only con for me is the side wires are a little high and rubs my underarm. Other than that it's very comfortable and I will be getting others! Michele from Raynham, MA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: September, 2015
rating Size: 36G

This is the most comfortable bra I have ever worn. Awesome support. I am sad that when I went to order more that it was discontinued. Bummer. Debbie from West Allis Wi
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 50s
  • Posted: August, 2015
rating Size: 34D

Best bra ever! Very comfortable, good support. Ellen from Vancouver, WA
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 70s
  • Posted: July, 2015
rating Size: 32G

I love the way this bra fits me and the way it looks under clothing, except for two things: 1. The wires hit my underarms and are thus uncomfortable. (I don't feel the wires in my Wacoal slimline seamless minimizer bra, but this Chantelle one fits me better and looks better than the Wacoal, except for the wire problem.) 2. I prefer a seamless bra, as I don't like seams showing through my clothes. Even though this is not a minimizer, it makes me look smaller than the Wacoal -- which is good. Robin from NY
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: July, 2015
rating Size: 34F

This is the most comfortable, beautiful bra I have! It's the best I've ever worn! My girls are uneven, one cup size uneven, and the lace cups fit so well you cannot see the difference. Brenda from Iowa
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 40s
  • Posted: July, 2015
rating Size: 42G

One of the most comfortable bras I have ever worn. The straps stay up where they belong. It is a beautiful bra! Carole from San Antonio, Tx
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: July, 2015
rating Size: 34D

The most comfortable bra I have ever owned. Gives me a nice shape and is very comfortable to wear. I ordered 3 of them and will order more. Ellie from Vancouver,Washington
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 70s
  • Posted: July, 2015
rating Size: 36F

Greatest bra I've ever found. Gives great uplift and fits my full breasts so well! Love, love, love it! Own four of them! Sally from Parkland, FL USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: July, 2015
rating Size: 36G

Excellent support creates a wonderful line; Highly recommended. Laury from Port Washington
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: June, 2015
rating Size: 40E

I love this bra. It gives great support without binding you and making you feel like you are in a torture device. Jo Lynn from Artesia, NM
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: May, 2015
rating Size: 32F

Beautifully constructed and great fit. The wires in the front poked my sternum slightly, so I gently bent them outward and then they were fine. Wish this came in a smoother non-lacy version to wear under sheer knits. Ann from New Jersey
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 50s
  • Posted: May, 2015
rating Size: 40E

I love this bra, it is feminine and still does the job of supporting heavier breasts. Jo Lynn from Artesia, NM, USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 60s
  • Posted: May, 2015
rating Size: 32E

I wanted to love this bra. It's a beautiful bra -- it looks so good, both by itself and under clothes. Vintagey appeal. But, like a couple other reviewers said, the center underwire is way too high for me. It presses into my chest and is extremely painful. Maybe that part of my chest is just too bony?, but either way, this isn't the bra for me. Other than that it looks great and is clearly a great bra for most people! I do love the wire on the sides and the shape the bra creates. But I would suggest wearing it around the house for a bit when you buy it until you know for sure how it feels on you. Sarah from MN, USA
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Age: 20s
  • Posted: May, 2015
rating Size: 36F

The most comfortable bra I've ever worn, with great support and pretty details! Well worth the cost, and lasts for years. Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Tall (5'9" and over)
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 36H

It's amazing, it's so amazingly comfortable. Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Tall (5'9" and over)
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 36DD

Pretty with good fit. Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 34DDDD

Comfortable bra for big-chested but petite women. Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 36DDDD

great support, fit and style. Great shape Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 30F

Beautiful, well made, durable, comfortable. Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 36G

Love the way this one fits and feels! Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 32DDDD

Pretty and supportive! Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 34G

Unlike everyone and their mother, I don't love this bra. It was my first "correct bra size" purchase. Chantelle is itchy, to me. Its wires poke me, both in my armpits and on/between my breasts. And I get red marks from the elastic. I'm also not totally in love with lace like a lot of gals here are. Oh well. I learned. You have to try things out to learn what works for you.

Chantelle Response: Hi Heather, while we do find that all lace products soften with wear, you may want to try the Pont Neuf 3 Part Cup Underwire Bra 1381 as an alternative option. The cup is slightly deeper than the 3281 which may give you more underwire clearance under the arm and make the bra more comfortable through the cup. It provides similar coverage to 3281, but is primarily made of an extremely soft knit fabric, with a few embroidered details, for a very gentle and light feel on the body. Heather from NY

  • Height: Petite (5'3" and under)
  • Age: 30s
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 34DDDD

Great lift, comfort, pretty. Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Posted: April, 2015
rating Size: 32G

Consistent fit. Good support. All day comfortable wear. Submitted from TheUndies.com
  • Height: Average Height (5'4"-5'8")
  • Posted: April, 2015
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