Product Review: Anna Pardal Rosa Half-Cup Longline Plus a Bonus!

Hello Everyone,

Last week, I posted a glowing review to the new Anna Pardal Hibiscus Longline in the classic plunge shape, and today I want to compare and review a longline with the three-section half-cup design, similar to the Doyenne on the website.  The sample I received is for the as yet unreleased Anna Pardal Rosa, which I am told should be on the website soon.

Sizing & Fit:  As with the Hibiscus longline, I ordered a size 34H—the sister size of my standard 32HH in Anna Pardal.  Because I planned to wear the piece all day at the store, I wanted the added breathing room afforded by a 34 band, and I knew the wide band would aid in providing additional support and smoothing.  With Hibiscus, the 34 band felt comfortably snug, and if I were so inclined, I could have squeezed into the 32 band.  However, the overall fit and feel of the 34, especially later in the day, was exactly what I was hoping to achieve.  With Rosa, the 34 band is TIGHT and is more in line with how I thought the 32 would fit.

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After shooting the videos, I compared Hibiscus and Rosa and realized why Rosa fits so much tighter:  the firm, heavy fabric on the center panel extends all the way around the wing.  With Hibiscus, the heavier fabric is limited to the front panel and then transitions to a standard and thus more flexible powernet mesh.  Rosa is not uncomfortable to wear, and I have done so at the shop once or twice . . . but only on days I am feeling especially svelte and plan my meals carefully.

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As with Hibiscus, the longline portion of the bra is incredible.  I won’t rehash my gush-fest over the longline again, but I will note the band stays put and feels comfortable all while eschewing the traditional boning.  To be necessarily redundant:  It’s incredible!  My analytical tendencies kicked in over the weekend, and I believe the overall improved fit here originates with the length of Anna Pardal and Comexim longlines.  My Curvy Kate Carmen barely extends more than an inch past the underwire, but as you can see from the photos and video, these hit me at my natural waist.  The overall effect not only improves my posture and the overall support of the bra but it also smooths my sides and back for a slimmer silhouette.  Comexim and Anna Pardal seriously knocked the ball out of the park on their longline!

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In the past, I have steadfastly ordered the classic plunge shape, sometimes with modifications, because half-cups tend to utilize wider, shallower designs which are at odds with my close-set heavy tissue.  As a result, I went into the review expecting shape problems but also sizing issues.  I realized after I requested the 34H size that the half-cup bras often require sizing up for a good fit, and when I fully scoop the breast tissue, there is overflow toward the front.  The center gore does not fully tack either, and if I press it inward, I wonder if a 34J would not have been even better because the overflow becomes more severe.  As expected, the center and bottom cups are more shallow than I need, but I am still getting impressive support and lift here.  The comfort level of the bra was nice too, but throughout the day, I did need to periodically adjust myself.  My heavier center tissue wanted to push the cups down further or to spill out the center.

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With these critiques in mind, if you experience fit problems with the plunge shape because of the depth, narrowness, or cup height, consider the half-cup style instead.  The comfort and support are lovely and have worked well on special order, particularly for those in the D-G cup size range.  With a few tweaks, I think the three-section half-cup could work for fuller-busts too—a common request I have fielded lately.

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Materials & Design:  Because of Anna Pardal’s commitment to quality, I am never disappointed in her use of materials.  The lightly padded cup provides firm support without becoming too rigid, and all of the fabrics resting against skin are non-abrasive to prevent irritation.  Fully-adjustable straps allow you to improve the fit of the cups, and two columns of six hook-and-eye closures offer flexibility for when the band looses elasticity.  Of course, the heavier, restricted-stretch fabric extending onto the wings makes this situation unlikely for some time, and even the slightly stretchier Hibiscus shows no signs of breaking down quickly.

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One of the reasons I am excited to see Rosa debut on the website is because it is a personal favorite for me.  Anna Pardal often releases collections with sophisticated combinations of neutral colors, relying on textural laces and unique prints to craft a luxurious design, but the feisty Rosa is a fearless, bright beacon in the collection.  Hot pink and black never fail to look sharp together, and I love the contrast piping and black floral lace at the top of the cup.  Instead of the typical rose print complete with color or ornate details, Anna Pardal subtly nods to the bloom using a light-reflecting monotone print which showcases the curves and contours rather than the precise details.  The smooth fabric shines more in person than on film, but I love how Rosa showcases how successfully Anna Pardal transitions a classic lingerie staple into something slightly different.

Overall Grade:  B for me, A for shallower breast types

Wait, what’s this?  The review hasn’t ended yet?  . . .

Hopefully, you have visited the revamped Anna Pardal website already, and I am sure you noted the Rosa will retail in the $80-$90 ballpark (what’s up with me and baseball metaphors today?).  One of the blog posts I have brewing for the future is a frank discussion of lingerie quality and pricing, and Anna Pardal is a prime example I will be using.  Yes, you will pay about $20 more than a Freya Longline, but the quality of materials far exceeds many fuller-bust options.  The price tag also grants you access to a design team which is constantly evolving to improve the fit across all sizes as well as one which offers custom alterations.  Sometimes, the price tag comes from the name on the tag.  In the case of Anna Pardal, you pay more because the product costs more to make and is an all-around better piece.  It may be an investment piece, but it’s something that will last you.

And this leads me to our BONUS!

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At the same time Anna Pardal sent me Rosa, Comexim sent over a sample of their longline bra.  Since mine is not available, I think they may have used scrap fabric, but I want to briefly compare them.  For starters, the band on the Comexim 34H is loose.  I would have needed the 32 for a comfortable fit as I needed to wear this one on the tightest set of hooks.  The cups are also a size small like Rosa, but the fit on the Anna Pardal is better.  The half-cup shape and I do battle throughout the day as I mentioned above, but it’s nowhere near the kind of battle I have with Comexim.  I pushed the entire bra so far down at one point that I was concerned I was going to have a nip slip pop up.  The longline part is still great, but you can tell there is a difference here in materials.  The fabrics feel thinner, a little stretchier, and more on par with what I’ve come to expect from the brand.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I freakin’ love Comexim, and I plan on stocking one of their half-cups or longlines in the shop in the coming months because the fit is still lovely and the price point is a nice counter to Anna Pardal.  But, I wanted to emphasize why it is you would spend about $56 on this longline and $86 on the Anna Pardal.  There is definitely a quality difference here that accounts for the price shift.

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Product Review: Anna Pardal Rosa Half-Cup Longline Plus a Bonus!
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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18 thoughts on “Product Review: Anna Pardal Rosa Half-Cup Longline Plus a Bonus!

  • August 18, 2015 at 2:14 pm
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    I love this fabric on Comexim, I’d buy it for that reason alone! But the fit on Anna Pardal looks just hot damn amazing compared. I love the general concept of both their longlines, but I’m having trouble finding the right size in them as they seem to fit differently than regular bras…as in, the longline doesn’t pull the underwires close to the body the same way a normal band would, if that makes sense. I’ve had the problem of the gore not tacking and overflow as I pushed it in, as you mentioned, but the next cup up doesn’t seem to be the perfect match for me either – I get no overflow, but the moment I lift my arms or don’t stand perfectly straight, there’s obvious gaping. I wish finding the right size was as easy as falling in love with the designs!

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    • Erica
      August 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm
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      Hi Cheeks! The polka dots are certainly fun too and very vintage-esque. I just hesitate to do a full review since the last time I did (like with Anna Pardal Felicity), people wanted to buy it or pre-order when that wasn’t possible. I played it safe this time!! As for the fit problems, I highly recommend emailing Anna of Anna Pardal directly. She has been amazing as working with us on instances where something goes awry fit-wise, particularly because she can conference with Comexim Anna too. It’s helped people take an okay fit and turn it into absolute perfection. She really doesn’t get as much credit as she deserves for how well she zeroes in on fit problems with the bras and finds a solution. It’s totally worth emailing her!

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      • August 20, 2015 at 7:44 am
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        That’s understandable! I love everything vintage looking, I hope they make something similar in the future so I can snap it up haha.

        And thank you for the recommendation! I was a bit hesitant to email them, I didn’t know they offered individual help to that extent, I’ll definitely give it a go!

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        • Erica
          August 25, 2015 at 11:02 am
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          Cheeks, they definitely give individual help although I know Anna’s inbox piles up, so it may take a couple days for a response. That said, the personal consultations and construction has made it possible for several of our customers to get the benefit of her bras with an improved fit for their shapes.

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  • August 18, 2015 at 2:17 pm
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    OMG!!! I need these!! i absolutely, definitely need these!! In the half cup or Sophisticate cut. I am in love!! The Anna’s have done it again, and I adore both of them 🙂

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    • Erica
      August 18, 2015 at 5:23 pm
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      The Annas are a great pair for sure! They are always outdoing themselves, and it’s so exciting to see how they continue evolve with all of the feedback they receive. Truly amazing companies!

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  • August 18, 2015 at 2:45 pm
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    That AP fabric is drop dead gorgeous. My poor wallet!

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    • Erica
      August 18, 2015 at 5:22 pm
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      Yes, yes it is! Such a pretty use of roses in an unexpected way. 🙂

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  • August 18, 2015 at 8:37 pm
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    All very, very beautiful and you are such a great model too! I know what my next purchase is going to be…

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    • Erica
      August 25, 2015 at 10:59 am
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      Anna Pardal makes some of the best, most beautiful bras out there! She’s a business owner like you who cares about the quality and fit of her products. 🙂

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  • August 18, 2015 at 10:46 pm
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    Looks great on you, Erica! Love the detail on the fabric and the lace! I almost feel as though the bra could be worn as a crop top with high waisted pants or a skirt and a jacket. Anna Pardal scores again 🙂

    I second the high quality Erica mentions above. She showed me the Rosa in the store a few weeks ago and it is absolutely stunning in person. The bra is very well constructed and the fabric feels rich and luxurious. The pink is BRIGHT (bordering on neon), so do keep that in consideration if you prefer more neutral colors.

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    • Erica
      August 25, 2015 at 11:01 am
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      Sam, I think her longlines could be worn as crop tops for sure! I like the idea of them with a jacket over as well. The pink is definitely very bright, so that is a good point. I think the sharpness of it contrasting with the black really pops. I’m excited to get a Lady Grey one though . . . I am just biding my time since I just bought new stuff. But, I must have it!

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  • August 19, 2015 at 5:44 pm
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    This may be the prettiest bra I’ve ever seen! I can’t wait to buy it.

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    • Erica
      August 25, 2015 at 11:01 am
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      It’s fantastic, Stephanie, so much prettier in person!

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  • August 24, 2015 at 11:16 pm
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    Hi Erica! Greetings from NH! I just wanted to say that you are beautiful, and I’m so thrilled to have just recently stumbled across your blog! I just celebrated the big 4-Oh this year, lol and I’m not at all happy about how much my breasts have changed right along with my age. I have always been top heavy with heavy, I guess what you’d refer to as “dense” breasts, but since I’ve recently more than lost 70 lbs, my poor girls are starting to more closely resemble tennis balls in an athletic sock than the breasts I once had. Lol! For soo many years I never had a proper bra fitting, and squeezed myself into bras that neither fit NOR flattered my body. Your blog is so educational and is teaching me that there are in fact beautiful bras out there today that do both of those things, and so much more! Despite my weight loss, I still struggle with finding styles that provide the lift that I so desperately need in my size (40E). I look forward to all of your upcoming posts, and learning even more about all of the current styles out there, along with the best bras to help flatter my “not so sophisticated pair” of deflated air! #TheStruggleIsREAL #ItSucksToGetOld Any suggestions you may have for me would be TRULY appreciated!
    Thank you for all that you do!
    ~Keri

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    • Erica
      August 25, 2015 at 11:05 am
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      Thank you, Keri! Have you checked out the Bra Naked Truth tab for our website? It’s got fitting instructions plus some great information on how to correct common bra problems. You can also feel free to use the Contact Tab and email me, and I can see about giving you additional recommendations. I’m glad the blog has helped you as I know how hard it is to find bras which fit post-weight loss. Let’s see what we can do about getting you some well-fitting supportive bras!

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