Monday, 5 March 2012

Bravissimo Dotty Spot Bra

I have long heard about the wonders of Bravissimo's Dotty Spot bra but had never tried it out for myself until recently.  A friend of mine told how she had bought one on eBay so I jumped on the site and found a brand new without tags Dotty Spot in Black/Cafe in a 34HH and bought it quick as a flash.

Image courtesy of Bravissimo
I had heard of the fabulous uplift and shape it gives, as well as the 'pointiness', which I wasn't sure if I would love or hate.  I was very excited to try my 34HH on when it arrived a few days later:



So as you can see there was a bit of quadraboob going on when I first received this bra but I was advised by my friends to wear it a few times as apparently this bra somehow shapes itself to the wearer's boobs after a while.  I did as instructed and sure enough, within two days' wear the quadraboob was gone and I now consider the cup to be a good fit.

The band, however, is another matter.  It's definitely too big for me but I am keeping this bra as it was under £10 inc postage on eBay so an utter bargain!

As you can see from the pictures, the cups are fairly full-coverage, but the shape they give me is amazing!  I am so used to having wonderfully rounded breasts thanks to my Ewa Michalaks so it makes a lovely change to have pointier, perkier boobs!

The cups of the Dotty Spot are made from a polyester/polyamide/elastane mix, creating a silky soft fabric which has the tiniest amount of give.  There is a cute large bow on the centre gore and smaller ones on the section where the straps meet the cups.  The straps are smooth and comfortably wide and can be adjusted fully.  The band is firm but stretchy and there are three rows of three hooks.

The cups are narrow and deep, which suits my breasts perfectly.  The centre gore lies perfectly flat but it is very firmly pushed up against my sternum.  I have yet to find this uncomfortable but, where with some bras I don't usually notice the centre gore, on this bra I definitely do the entire time I am wearing it.

The sides do not come up high under my arms at all, which is fantastic news.  No digging in of wires under my arms, either.  A big hit all round, then!

When the sale started in Bravissimo recently, I decided to try my hand at the Dotty Spot in a smaller band.  It turned out the other colourway, Aqua/Red, was the one in the sale so I set about ordering a variety of sizes to see what worked best.


Image courtesy of Bravissimo

Interestingly, there were no 32 bands available in my cup range so it was a choice between 30s and 34s for me.  As I knew the 34 was definitely too big I decided to go for some 30s and see how they fitted.



First of all, I tried the 30J:






As you can see, it's way too small in the cup for me.  Quadraboob ahoy!  But the shape is still lovely - rounded but with a hint of point.


Next up, I tried the 30JJ:





Check out the pointiness on this one!  Very retro.


This fitted very similarly in the cup to the 34HH - which is good as it's a sister size (34HH=32J=30JJ) - but was much snugger and more comfortable in the band.  Yes, there is again a little quadraboob but if this bra works in the same way as my 34HH then it will shape to my breasts within a few wears.


Finally, I tried the 30K:






It's not clear in all the pictures here but I found the cups a little too big on this.  There were wrinkles on the undersides of the cups and a slight gape in the top section near the straps.  If this one would stretch with wear too then it really would not have been long before these 30K cups were too big for me.


So, I settled on the 30JJ, partly because some of my tinted moisturiser had rubbed off on the centre gore so I suspected it would be unreturnable anyway!  I am pleased to have it but am not sure how much wear I will get out of it as it's so full-coverage for the sorts of clothes I wear.  However, I can't deny that the pointiness is exciting and looks pretty amazing!


I tried the 30JJ on underneath a very fitted basic vest top to show what it could look like under clothes:




What a super shape!  I am not sure I am brave enough to wear this bra outside the house yet as I think I might get too many stares but for now my 34HH and 30JJ Dotty Spots are firm favourites for house wear.


Well done, Bravissimo!

I have reviewed other Bravissimo own brand bras, including the Parisian PlumeRococo Charm, Boudoir Beau and Moulin Rose.

12 comments:

  1. Now you just need a cute little 50s style dress and it will totally work! :)

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    1. Ahh hush, Erin, I don't need any encouragement! ;-)

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  2. My favourite bra ever! The only one with the center gore lying perfectly flat on my chest. I love pretty much everything about it :-) Funnily enough, I feel confident wearing it outside, while I'm a bit self-conscious in my Ewa Michalak

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    1. I will definitely wear it outside once I have got more used to it. Also I need to find some higher-necked clothing to wear with it!

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  3. Very retro indeed! I'm a fan of round shapes, but this somehow seems to suit you. :-) It does seem to give great uplift, too. Is it because of the shape that you wear it as a house bra?

    The bra looks lightly padded (kind of like the thinnest EM bras). Is it really? I always thought that only unpadded bras could give a pointy shape!

    How do you find Bravissimo's bands compared to Curvy Kate's?

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    1. I am wearing it as a house bra for now in order for me to get used to the different shape. Also I don't own any clothing I can wear this with - the cups come up high on my breasts so they poke out from underneath my tops/dresses! Must do some shopping ;-)

      The bra is completely unpadded, which makes a nice change from my lovely padded Ewas. However the fabric used in the cups is reasonably thick so I guess it's the closest thing to padded without being padded.

      I have tried several Bravissimo bras lately (more reviews to follow in due course) and have needed a 30 or 32 in them all. I never established my true Curvy Kate size but suspect it would be 32KK/L!!! I would like to try a 34K for size one of these days - will report back if I do so :-)

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  4. It seems odd that the larger band and smaller cups are not pointy, yet the smaller band and larger cup (30k) seems more pointy. I have this in a 34H and it isn't as pointy in appearance, perhaps due to having a different shape. Personally I think the pointy look works well as long as it is perky and not down facing. I've often thought that too large of a band and too small of a cup can give a pointy look.

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    1. Hi there, thanks for your comment.

      Although the pictures don't show it too well, the 34HH does have a pointy shape, although slightly less so than the 30JJ and 30K.

      I think the larger cups are more pointy because there is more volume in the cup but the wires are not significantly wider. This actually suits me very well as my breasts are very much 'up front' and fit nicely into bras with narrow wires and deep cups. I am wearing the 30JJ today - it's incredibly comfortable and looks great!

      I agree completely that pointy and downward facing is not a good look but fortunately the Dotty Spot gives terrific uplift so there is no fear of that happening with this bra :-)

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  5. Thanks for this! This is definitely one bra on my "want to try list". I actually really would love a full-fit bra with great uplift, and it really looks like this fits the bill. :)

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    1. Thanks June - yep, that's exactly what this does ;-) x

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  6. This is my favourite bra ever, but recently the wire has started popping out in the middle and digging into my boob. I am actually wearing it right now though despite the fact that is is cutting into me so much blood has almost been drawn! That's how much I love the shape this bra gives me.
    Just been onto the Bravissimo website to see if they still sell them but they don't have either of them in my size (32HH) and I've stumbled across your blog whilst searching the web in the hope that someone is selling one second hand!
    Anyway, all I really wanted to tell you is that I LOVE this blog! I can tell this will become one of my most visited websites :)

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  7. This is my favourite bra ever, but recently the wire has started popping out in the middle and digging into my boob. I am actually wearing it right now though despite the fact that is is cutting into me so much blood has almost been drawn! That's how much I love the shape this bra gives me.
    Just been onto the Bravissimo website to see if they still sell them but they don't have either of them in my size (32HH) and I've stumbled across your blog whilst searching the web in the hope that someone is selling one second hand!
    Anyway, all I really wanted to tell you is that I LOVE this blog! I can tell this will become one of my most visited websites :)

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