My quest for a sleep bra: Royce Charlotte

The Royce Charlotte is another soft cup bra which I reviewed back in the early days of my blog.  I tried it in a 36H but found it to be completely unsuitable for me.

The Charlotte is available on Bravissimo in sizes 28DD-J and 30-40DD-K (also available in a nursing bra).  It’s a great selection of sizes and the promotional picture suggests good support and shape.

Image courtesy of Bravissimo

I ordered a Charlotte from Bravissimo in a 34K as I felt the smaller band and larger cup might just work for me.

At first view, this bra might look like it suits me well.  The cups are clearly large enough in volume and the band fits me well.

The cups are made from a soft poly cotton mix fabric and have a pretty polka dot mesh section along the top.  The straps are wide and comfortable and there are four rows of three hooks.

However, the straps only adjust part way (not even halfway), meaning that I cannot give my breasts as much support as I would like.  These pics show the straps fully adjusted.

The tops of the cups cut into my breast tissue, giving me slight quadraboob.  I’m not overly fussed about this for a bra that I would wear at night and around the house but surely it can’t be good to wear a bra that does this?  I know some of the Ewa Michalaks I own are a little small in the cup but they certainly don’t cut in as significantly as this bra does.

My biggest gripe is that the cups are too shallow for me.  This 34K is the largest cup available and yet my breasts still met in the middle – I hate it when that happens!  I guess to some extent this is inevitable for unwired bras as there is no central gore to hold the breasts apart but even so I was disappointed at how much spillage into the middle there was with the Charlotte.

I think this is a very pretty bra and Royce have tried hard to make it pretty and appealing to a younger market but for me it doesn’t quite hit the spot.

You can read my other reviews of the soft cup bras I’ve tried here:

A range of non-wired bras from Fashion World

Panache Sophie Non-Wired Bra 

Emma Jane Non-Wired Maternity Bra 

Triumph Doreen Non-Wired Bra 

Royce Impact Free Non-Wired Sports Bra 

Royce Sadie Non-Wired Bra

Royce Jasmine Nursing Bra

Bravissimo Inspire Sports Bra

More reviews coming soon!



  1. K.Line
    15 April 2012 / 01:42

    In my experience, all soft cup bras join the breasts together. There's no structure to separate them without wires. And, to be secure, the designers often overdo the side support which enhances the problem.

    • CurvyWordy
      15 April 2012 / 08:23

      Hi K.Line, thanks for your comment.I too have found that all soft cup bras I have tried do not separate the breasts in the middle. And you're spot on about the side support exacerbating the issue. I wonder if bra designers will one day find a way round this? Who knows!

    • K.Line
      15 April 2012 / 23:08

      I also wonder that! Is it possible, I wonder, given wire free construction combined with deep breasts? I hope so.

    • CurvyWordy
      15 April 2012 / 23:17

      I think it would be a dream come true for many women the world over!

  2. June
    15 April 2012 / 19:03

    I have a Royce line soft cup bra that I've already ordered. Here's hoping that it works better for me (but not sure since I also don't have very shallow breasts)

    • CurvyWordy
      15 April 2012 / 20:09

      Oooh good luck with that, June. I look forward to reading how you get on with it. I was just looking at the pics on here again and it's clear that what I need is a soft cup bra with very narrow but extremely deep cups. I also need a custom bra-maker… 😉

    • June
      16 April 2012 / 18:06

      Agreed (on the custom bra maker). I was thinking about this and I wonder if they could put some sort of divider between the breasts in the soft cup bras? As in an extra piece of material that sits between them to prevent rubbing. Or maybe even a center gore that's wired but no actual underwire?

    • CurvyWordy
      16 April 2012 / 20:22

      The extra piece of material sounds like a great idea. I wonder how a wired central gore would work if the wire did not continue to the cups? Do you mean something like the boning you get on the sides of some bras?

  3. Helena
    17 April 2012 / 06:15

    I actually find that Freya soft cups does separate, and so does Royce, but then you need a much larger size than they make. Both of these look extremly pointy on in the right size, and I think the pointyness is the key to get support, lift and separation.The Freya is very much like a lightweight version of their non-wired sports bra, which also separates well in the right size.I just don't get why Freya's non wired ends at a HH-cup. Shouldn't this one definitly go higher as maternity bras usually is needed in a time where boobs grow quite a bit from normal?

  4. Anonymous
    26 June 2013 / 22:01

    I have this bra, which I have just received in the post. The bra fits me very similarly to you in the same size that you are wearing in this post, including the bit of meeting in the middle. I have to say, though, that I feel pleased with the fit and I would wear mine outside, to work, etc because it feels so comfortable and supportive. I was surprised and impressed. I do agree with you that the cup needs to be deeper for the ultimate fit. I feel very womanly and quite sexy in mine but I am odd that way. I like classic cuts in my lingerie and clothing, even though I am quite young. Like you, I got a good lift from this bra. It does flatten the boos a little bit but this does not show under clothes. I did not feel saggy or self conscious outside in it. The only thing is that I wonder if this nice supportive feeling will last as it is a wirefree bra.

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