Product Review: Anna Pardal FiFi

Hello Everyone,

Unless this is the first time you stumbled upon my own little corner of cyberspace, you know how much I adore both Anna Pardal and Comexim.  Since discovering the amazing fit and quality, I have been experimenting with multiple styles (more reviews still in the pipeline) and often battle serious impulse control when placing inventory orders.  Basically, I want everything, but I try to be selective without going overboard.  Anna from Anna Pardal highly recommended FiFi to me though, and who am I to turn down a knowledgeable suggestion?

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Sizing & Fit:  Per usual, I went with my standard 32HH in Comexim/Anna Pardal, which is one band and one cup up from my size in most UK-brands, and the bra fits perfectly.  The band is firm but comfortable on the loosest set of hooks, and the cups fully encapsulate all of my breast tissue in the front and on the sides with no overflow.  Moreover, the underwire tacks well in the center, and I do not have any gaping or puckering at the top of the cup.

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Having tested so many Anna Pardal and Comexim styles, I knew each model was similar but not identical.  Fabrics and construction vary enough to make each style unique, and FiFi came to reign supreme as my new favorite for fit and support.  Certain styles created minimal gaping near the strap—a fit quibble I ignore because the cup fits perfectly elsewhere, but FiFi totally avoid the issue.  Not to mention, my job on the sales floor can involve frequent movement or bending, and I would occasionally (once or twice per 9 hours) need to readjust slightly with the other bras; however, Fifi remains secure and supportive throughout the day.  In fact, FiFi feels more like a plunge/balcony bra hybrid rather than a standard padded plunge.  The gore extends more, and the cup shape is straighter at the top without sacrificing any depth.  Speaking of cup depth, both Comexim and Anna Pardal specialize in narrow underwires with deep cups—an ideal template for women with close set breasts like myself.  The underwires perfectly mirror my breast shape so I do not have extra space on the side or suffer from any digging or poking near the arm.  Furthermore, FiFi provides a lifted, rounded profile under tops, and the hint of cleavage looks lovely under v-necklines. 

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Materials & Design:  Despite many similarities between the brands, Comexim and Anna Pardal do have a few differences, one of which is the quality of materials.  My Anna Pardal bras have lasted longer over time (on average about two months longer), which justifies the added cost.  One factor in the improved longevity is the use of stiffer, less stretchy fabric on the wings, which prevents the elastic from breaking down quickly over time.  With FiFi, the wing materials remains comfortable but secure as it anchors to the side and lifts breast tissue.  Three hook-and-eye closures in the back and fully adjustable straps are perfect additions for fuller-busted women too.  Even the inside of the cup uses a dreamily soft fabric, and the light padding gives lift without adding bulk.

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But, who am I kidding?  It’s about them polka dots!  When I first saw pictures of the Fifi, I thought the print was a black polka dot on a charcoal background with the pink trim, which harkened back to a now-defunct favorite, the Cleo Zia.  When the bra arrived, I was surprised to see a black on black polka dot, and I love it so much more!  First, the black-on-black makes the FiFi read as a mostly black bra, making the style an alternative for women wanting a dark bra with detailing.  Secondly, the use of only two colors (black and hot pink) lends a sophisticated minimalism to the design which is something I have been craving lately.  I love bras with lots of lace and bows and all manner of prettiness, but sometimes I want a bra that makes use of fewer details in an unexpected and creative way.  For example, the hot pink trim could have easily been turned into some floral embroidery or a flat matte ribbon; instead, Anna Pardal pleated the ribbon to add a contrasting textural element to the design.  It’s a small decision with a big impact.  Can you see why it’s still my favorite?

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Overall Grade: A

For more information, check out the video review below:

Product Review: Anna Pardal FiFi
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
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21 thoughts on “Product Review: Anna Pardal FiFi

  • December 10, 2014 at 3:33 pm
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    Oh this looks FANTASTIC on you. Oh, Erica, what have you done? My budgetary willpower is crumbling again. This might be one of the first things I try in 2015!

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    • Erica
      December 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm
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      Oh, like you have never enabled me into buying anything before? 😛 I <3 this bra, and I keep recommending it to customers but I don't think people appreciate how awesome it is in the photo. I'm going to swap out the Emmeline for this in store next year I think . . . unless Anna Pardal woos me away with yet another style!

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  • December 10, 2014 at 5:27 pm
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    Thanks for the fantastic review – as always:) I have this set from you and I absolutely love it. I do have a considerably more cleavage, though. Looking at how well it fits you, I wonder if I should size up in cup next time I get Comexim/Anna Pardal. When are you expecting new Anna Pardal designs and, could we get a preview?

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    • Erica
      December 11, 2014 at 11:48 am
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      Hi Iveta! I have seen some women get more cleavage than me with AP bras even if the size is right depending on if they are a) more close set than me and/or b) have firmer breast tissue. I consider mine kind of average, but women with firmer tissue seem to get an amplified look. Of course, you’re right that you may be better suited with a cup size up next time. As far as the new Anna Pardal designs, Anna is putting things together now and working on new ideas. We’re going to be collaborating on a post soon to get people’s feedback on babydolls/lingerie pieces as well as longlines. The brand is definitely listening, and I know they want to release some new designs soon!

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      • December 14, 2014 at 5:53 am
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        You may be right with the close set breasts resulting in more cleavage-y look. I have previously tried Comexim Geisha in bigger cup, but ended up with tons of empty wrinkled fabric at the outer top of cup where the cup meets the straps. I hear that some women order customized lowered cup for that reason. Hm, maybe I should try that next time. I typically like the gore customized higher because the more of a balconette/plunge hybrid suits my soft breast tissue better – I tend to spill out of true plunges in the middle. Still, even without any customization on my Fifi, I love this bra set and am looking forward to some new styles by Anna Pardal. I would love to see a lounge/sleeping bra, a longline or basque, a body, a chemise, a nightie. Thank you for bringing this line within reach of all of us needing narrow wires and projected cups!

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    • Erica
      December 11, 2014 at 11:45 am
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      Hi Wide Curves! For the most part the size range for Anna Pardal is pretty amazing spanning 26 through 50 bands and up to UK M cups in select sizes. I have a graphic in this post with the full chart (because it’s unique for each band size), but your size is definitely in the mix:

      http://sophisticatedpair.com/blog/?p=15165

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  • December 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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    Oh my! I have a Ewa and an Avocado that I love, and now it looks like I’m falling for another lovely Polish bra. And I appreciated what you said here and on the video about the minimalism. Fifi’s subtlety really appeals. I need a bra with light padding, I need a black bra, I need narrow wires … Looks like we’ll be talking soon!

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    • Erica
      December 13, 2014 at 2:33 pm
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      Hi Sarah! Anna Pardal and Comexim are truly my favorite brands now because of the comfort and shape. I love FiFi so much because it’s fun but not over-the-top. I like having a mix of styles in my wardrobe, and I was glad to add FiFi into the mix. 🙂

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  • February 15, 2015 at 11:56 am
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    Erica –
    Ive loved your reviews as we were boobtwins. When i first (and finally!) fitted with a bra that actually fitted id been crammed into matronly bali 34dds for 20yrs after giving up finding anything better 15yrs ago. I initially sized at 32g on reddit, tried on bras at nordstroms and was fitted as more a 32gg and by the time the bra had arrived it was too small. I sat in 30h for about 6m and had more migration and ended up in 30hh for another year – mostly in cleos. When i started my current job in june i must have gained a few lbs and needed 8 or 10 in pants but my job has been physically demanding and i quickly dropped to a 4 in pants. My old 30hh bras were a bit stretched out and i bought 2 new cleo bras and found the band was too big. I remeasured and got a 28J. I ordered my first polish bras (ewa) during this time and bought 70hh based on reqs and fact id been wearing 30hh and found band too large (which is what prompted me to remeasure finally). I just got a new cleo minnie in 28J and the band is super snug but not unbearable so i think its right but since cleo is being dumb and discontinuing the 28 bands in bigger cups i am going to be struggling there. Not to mention after the glory of narrower wires in polish bras i realize how wide the wires are even on my cleos that i previously enjoyed. Even if i end up back in a 30band i think i will find polish just works better for me. Im bummed though because cleos bought at a discount off like amazon have been my workhorse and im waffling between 28j or hh and buying all i can find of the previous seasons before they are gone 🙁
    I ordered (just shipped!) some new ewas with a smaller band and a cup up in the plunge as the S style fit me in 70hh so i ordered a 65j but i had overspill in the PL so i bought a 65JJ.
    Im thinking that would size me in a 30J with anna too? I am loving the fifi and would love your 2c as well as how to persue ordering one from you!
    I can wear my 70hhs but im on tightest hooks but if you wanted to try out a ewa they are your size and id be happy to work out a lend so you can review 🙂

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    • Erica
      February 17, 2015 at 11:55 am
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      Hey Shan! I was so bummed to hear Cleo was discontinuing the higher cups in 28 bands. I know that they aren’t as a high a demand as some of the other sizes, but they are one of the few options on the market. Even in their Superbra line, they often do not have any 28s. It feels like one more betrayal of that customer. 🙁 As for Anna Pardal, I’d consider trying the 30J. I don’t know how tall you need the cup though because a lot of women have benefit from the reduced cup in higher sizes. One some of mine, I do get a hint of gaping near the strap, but even I’m curious how I would like the fit of the reduced cup design. We’re going to be putting together an alterations posts with Anna from Anna Pardal soon to discuss this further. I’ve never had the chance to try an Ewa bra, so please email me about a review option. Maybe we can work something out as I know I am personally curious how the brand fits. 🙂

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  • February 17, 2015 at 1:17 pm
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    You hit the nail on the head Erica – I feel betrayed. Growing up really poor well outside Chicago area my options were severely limited. at 11-12 my mom gave me her (now too big for her – she lost bust at this point) old Playtex wireless bras, and by 14 my grandma gave me her (lost weight and regained it) too small wacol bra. When I was old enough to drive and buy my own the best I could find was bali bras in 34dd which I had to literally cram myself into. I gave up…had some kids, and finally came around to trying to find correct size again about 2yrs ago.
    I finally…FINALLY have bras that actually fit and was excited to find fun cute “teen” like bras after wearing what was quite literally my grandma’s bra in my teens. My boobs were having a mid-life crisis!
    I lost some weight after being sized at 30HH and 30s are too big brand new…..but yay….cleo made 28Js….and now are just going to stop??
    I feel betrayed by bras again. I was so positive that I could buy bras that fit in (albeit online) stores and now….I’m sized out of most.

    blah.

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    • Erica
      February 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm
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      Shan, it may be time to start looking at Polish brands since they do make that band/cup combo in a lot of styles. Comexim and Anna Pardal will even custom make them to your alteration specifications too. It’s a little riskier, but everyone deserves to have a bra that fits!

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  • April 22, 2015 at 4:35 pm
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    Hey there, I’d love to order the FiFi as my first Anna or Comexim attempt. Is that a good choice? I’m so so excited about these brands but just haven’t bitten the bullet. Let me know what I need to do and if there’s a different bra you’d suggest for a first order. Thanks!!!

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    • Erica
      April 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm
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      Hi Kate! I am a huge fan of FiFi, and it has been my personal favorite so far. Very rarely do I consider purchasing the same bra twice because there are so many other options out there, but I love FiFi so much I am seriously thinking about it. I’d go for it!

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      • April 23, 2015 at 12:35 pm
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        Yay! I’m so excited! I think this is my Mother’s Day gift 🙂 What do I need to do to place an order? Email? I’m a 30hh in the cleo Marcie.

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        • Erica
          April 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm
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          Hi Kate! Yep, just email me (click the contact page for this), and we’ll go from there. 🙂

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  • August 12, 2015 at 3:39 pm
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    Erica! Thank you so much for bringing this brand to my attention! I spoke with you on the phone, today, and I cannot wait until my hubby and I make our way back down to NC. I don’t know your specific email address, so… this is the best I’ve got. 🙂

    Do you guys carry any 28JJ or 30 (I don’t know what I would be in 30?) ? I would love to be able to try this on before I order it–and I would double love to be able to return all of my other bras from a brand that shall be nameless that is far too wide set!

    (Also, I am the girl who is traveling full time. For some reason, this is leaving a comment from my blog account, but it still works!)

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    • Erica
      August 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm
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      I just wanted to follow up here as well (although I know we talked on Facebook), but I did come across a 30JJ in the shop too. If you get a chance to come down, by all means, let’s do a fitting and see if we can find something which fits better. Feel free to email me with other questions too!

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      • September 12, 2015 at 5:26 pm
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        Will be in Raleigh the last week of September! I’ll drive on over when we get there. 🙂 thanks, again!

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        • Erica
          September 16, 2015 at 10:52 am
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          Fantastic!! Have a safe trip down. 🙂

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