When I first saw the Diana from Anna Pardal, it was a sample sent to see the quality of the line, and much to my immediate chagrin, the size was too small for me. However, I knew I would eventually need to own this bra because as much as I enjoy my padded Comexim and Anna Pardal bras, it’s nice to have an unpadded option too, especially one this gorgeous:
Sizing & Fit: I discovered early on that my Anna Pardal and Comexim size was around a 32HH, essentially one band and one cup from my standard size, and with Diana, the size works fairly well. At the time I received the bra and took the original photos, I was at the higher end of my weight gain and cup size, and I feel a J cup would have alleviated some of the overflow I experienced. Because I was in the process of correcting my medication and loosing weight, I ultimately held onto the Diana with the hope it would fit better soon enough, and my patience was rewarded. I’m down six pounds, and the bra fits significantly better. (Note: For comparison, all of my bras were too small during the weight gain, and I was sporting the quadboob constantly.) True to Anna Pardal’s standard, the band fits firm on the loosest set of hooks although not as tight as the Emmeline. The bands used by Anna Pardal have less stretch and tend to last longer—a money saving feature I appreciate.
The shape of Diana could double as a template for the Anna Pardal padded bras, and I know the brand uses the Cappuccino as the basis for a padded variation called Stiff Cappuccino. Both padded and unpadded styles utilize 3-section cups with a v-shaped neckline, but Diana feels more open toward the top of the cup. The lack of padding and added height does create a little jiggle with heavy movement which may not appeal to some readers. Furthermore, the top of the cup features a stiffer fabric without much give, and while this ensures breast tissue stays anchored toward the center, I worry the restricted stretch of the fabric will not fit certain breast shapes. For my even fullness, the fabric contours beautifully, and I have not encountered issues with special orders at the shop yet. Nevertheless, when I review an item, I include observations for readers without my breast shape to help them make smarter purchasing decisions, and I thought it wise to include a caveat about the fabric.