Product Review: Comexim Sapphire & Sweet Dottie Plus Alterations

Hello Everyone,

After falling in love with Comexim and partner-in-crime Anna Pardal for their superbly narrow underwires and deep cups, I embarked on an alterations process to tweak the original shape and figure out which combination worked best for me.  In the past, I have reviewed Beatrix and Felicity from Anna Pardal as well as the Hibiscus Longline—all of which sported some alterations combination, but today I am focusing on a double review of two gorgeous Comexim styles:  Sweet Dottie and Sapphire!  Both bras feature the original, lightly padded classic plunge shape with reduced cup, raised gore, and straps moved in 2cm.

Sizing & Fit:  Since focusing on my fitness goals, I found my usual 32HH in Anna Pardal and Comexim (which is up one band and one cup size from Panache Superbra) no longer yields a surefire success.  Certain Comexim bands feel too loose in a 32 prompting me to occasionally size down to a 30.  Furthermore, any of my bras featuring both a reduced cup and either a standard or lowered gore now have spillage, mostly on my larger side.  Almost all of my side breast tissue is completely gone, leaving me extremely heavy toward the center.  Both Sapphire and Sweet Dottie are in the original 32HH size although I also own a 30J Brigitte with reduced cups, inset straps, and a lowered gore and an unaltered Butterfly in 30JJ too.

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Sweet Dottie was perfectly snug on the loosest set of hooks in the 32 band and has continued to stay firm after wear.  Sapphire, however, not only was larger around but also stretchier, leading me to wear it on the middle or tightest hooks.  Thank the lingerie gods for Eucalan because it has helped keep the fibers tighter.  For both bras the HH cup works well without any spillage issues or gaping.  Reducing the cup takes less fabric from the center and more from the top of the cup, but it has recently become *just* enough to need either the higher gore or a bigger cup size. 

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While the higher gore helps contain center tissue, the underwires do not fully tack, particularly toward the top.  The regular and lowered gore height offer me the best tacking, and in the future, I would love to see Comexim and Anna Pardal utilize a heavier or higher gauge wire to allow the gore to press back firmer against heavy center tissue.

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Even knowing there would be soft tacking issues, I anticipated this combination would prove a favorite, which is why I ordered two bras with it.  For me, a soft tack is not a problem provided the integrity of the support is not compromised, and I find the bra does a great job keeping my breasts contained in the cup as I move.  Moving in the straps by 2cm seems to work for nearly everyone, myself included, and the lowered cup height prevents wrinkling or gaping near the top.  As always, the lift and shape are phenomenal too.

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Materials & Design:  Sapphire has been on my wish list since a customer special ordered it over the summer because it initiated a craving for jewel tone color bras (Pretty please, let’s do an Emerald!).  The opulent blue fabric with a touch of sheen contrasts lushly with black accents such as embellished straps and a simple lace upper cup.  Between the color, texture of the fabric, and final finishing touches, Sapphire reads as a bra far more expensive than it is.

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Sweet Dottie, on the other hand, is your basic fun, cute bra.  With hot pink polka dots popping against a bright teal, Sweet Dottie could have been ripped right from Barbie’s wardrobe.  I think I may have developed Multiple Lingerie Personalities Disorder because at the same time I saw the mature, sexy Sapphire, I also lusted after the aesthetically opposite Sweet Dottie.  Finally, both bras utilize a smoother fabric for thinner tops.  While the lace styles are not as textured as they appear, they can still create friction issues with certain fabrics or show through thin knits.  The smooth fabrics here give you more flexibility while still being a fun fashion piece.

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The Matching Panties:  Fashion underwear for me is hit-or-miss with fit and comfort.  Sometimes I absolutely love it, and then other cases, I tend to not wear it much.  The Sweet Dottie channels a tap pant vibe with a flounced hem and elasticized waist.  Because my hips are squishy, I prefer fabrics with stretch at the top to prevent visible lines, but these tend more toward flattering with less pronounced digging.  The angled cut in the back succeeds, and the fabric itself is dreamily soft.  With Sapphire, the design verges more on boy short with sheer black stretch on the back and solid panel in matching fabric on the front.  I have to confess this is my theoretical favorite pair of matching underwear.  Back in the days before owning a lingerie shop, my go-to sexy undies were these lace boy shorts which showed some cheek because they made my butt look amazing.  However, it’s hard to find that exact profile in a comfortable everyday panty.  Sapphire allows me to channel that shape for times I want to wear the matching set.  The downside for both pairs is they creep upward on me.  Sapphire does this to a lesser degree, but it makes them more uncomfortable as I wear them.  I usually reserve them for slower days at the shop or for the weekends.  For reference, both panties are a size Large.

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Product Review: Comexim Sapphire & Sweet Dottie Plus Alterations
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: Comexim Sapphire & Sweet Dottie Plus Alterations

  • October 8, 2015 at 1:54 pm
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    Having worn a bra for almost 30 years now, even being a guy, I’m starting to develop my own style, I think. I’m not sure if I guy should have a “style ” of what he likes or doesn’t like in how a bra looks. I’ve had so many people suggest that I wear a plain sports bra. I HATE sports bras unless I’m working out, and then they’re my best friend.

    Anyway, what I’m getting at is that I really like the looks of these bras (especially the blue with the lace). I know that I guy isn’t supposed to wear lace but , I like it. I figure that if I’m going to have to wear a bra, it might as well be something that I like.

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    • Erica
      October 9, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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      Honestly, life is too short to be concerned over whether you should or shouldn’t have a bra style you love. Wear and enjoy! It’s no one’s business but yours what style bras you like and buy, and if it makes you happy to have a blue bra with lace, even as a male, then buy and wear with pride. 😀 We need to stop gender policing people into making decisions which conform to our views. But, then you know how passionately I feel about this topic!

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      • October 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm
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        I agree with Erica 110%. Life is way too short. It’s a hard lesson to learn sometimes. I love Push Up Bras, they are the most comfortable and supportive ones I have in my wardrobe. I, also, love a little lace too. It makes me feel sexy. Should a guy feel sexy? I don’t know and really don’t care. However, best thing, is that Erica still accepts me 🙂 Keep up the good work.

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        • Erica
          October 16, 2015 at 2:04 pm
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          <3 <3 Guys should feel however they want. I hope your finger is feeling better too, by the way!

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          • October 17, 2015 at 8:03 am
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            Thank You Erica, my finger is improving everyday. I still can’t speed type my way through a post, but soon enough.

      • October 27, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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        I just watched your video review. I keep going back to your website and looking at the sapphire. It looks like it would be a good fit for me (except for it being so gorgeous! ) I’m getting closer “pulling the trigger” and just ordering it except I usually am fitted before I buy. Maybe soon, you may just see my order show up. =)

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        • Erica
          October 29, 2015 at 2:50 pm
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          Hi Corey! If you pull the trigger on this one, I’d stay with your normal band size but go up one cup size. They can convert it to a half-cup too which may suit your shape better because it’s a little wider set. They really are lovely bras!

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  • October 8, 2015 at 6:03 pm
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    These are both beautiful. I think I may just have to treat myself soon

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    • Erica
      October 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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      Not to enable or anything, but yes, you totally should. 🙂

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  • October 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm
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    Love that Comexim offers the opposite of the UK ‘whole lotta bra’ approach. But i do hope they don’t heed your suggestion to use the harsh heavier-style wire so loved by Panache. It’s those same softer wires that make Comexim such a great hybrid of gorgeous – & still comfortably wearable.

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    • Erica
      October 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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      Hi Alicia! I don’t think they need to go straight to Panache level, which is admittedly exceptionally firm. However, in some sizes the underwire is too soft to tack, particularly if you are looking at 36+ bands and G+ cups. Anna Pardal actually goes up to a 50 band and too flexible a wire does not stay anchored enough. In fact, we’ve seen a lot of people in the 38-42 band range in FF-J cups not be able to achieve any sort of tacking. In some cases, it’s not the end of the world, but in others, it throws off the entire fit, particularly if the person has soft, heavy center tissue. This also happens in smaller bands too, but it seems to be especially problematic in that size region.

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  • October 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm
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    I love the look of the reduced cup and raised gore. It looks more modest/sophisticated and sexy at the same time.
    By the way, I would love it if you could do a review of the Freya Hero. I’m intrigued by the new cup shape and im curious to see how the shape differs from the Freya Rapture.

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    • Erica
      October 16, 2015 at 2:02 pm
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      Hi Caroline! I think the combination is quite nice and does give more coverage without sacrificing a little cleavage too. If the wires tacked a little firmer, this would truly be perfect! I actually have a Hero review in the pipeline when my new size comes in (I ordered 30HH but it was too big, so I’m waiting on the H). First off, it’s WAY better than Rapture. Rapture to me is a Fantasie balcony bra made for Freya. The shapes are almost identical. Hero looks a lot more rounded and forward. Underwires are still too wide, but the sides are low enough that it really is comfortable.

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  • November 10, 2015 at 11:24 pm
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    I really want to try comexim but I’m worried about the sizing… I just ordered a bra from them and I hope I chose the right size… I’m a UK 30GG and I bought a 70J. What do you think about that?

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    • Erica
      November 11, 2015 at 11:49 am
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      Hi Wen! That sounds like a good place to start to me. Some of their bands run looser than others, but they are almost always a cup size small compared to UK brands. I hope it works out perfectly for you!

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  • November 14, 2015 at 8:13 pm
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    Hi Erica,

    In this review, you talk about the raised gore adjustment with Comexim. I’m a 30G/GG (UK) and I’m thinking about Dottie with the same 3 adjustments, but I’m not sure about the gore. Do you know how tall a standard gore is on this bra and how much higher the raised one is? I have tried to find measurements on Bratabase, but without success.

    Thanks!

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  • November 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm
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    I have both sets and love them! I got the thong for Dottie though. I absolutely love the panties for Sapphire, but unfortunately , I ripped them at the hip with a finger 🙁 I’m going to take a look and see if I can see them. Mine seem to be a bit different from yours at the hip.

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    • Erica
      November 28, 2015 at 9:33 am
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      Hi Rachel! I just can’t get down with the thongs, lol. Anna Pardal sent me one for free to go with Milk & Honey way back when we first started working together, and I think I’ve worn it . . . twice? That said, I just did a post on everyday undies, and the Hanky Panky thongs have me intrigued a little bit.

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      • November 28, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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        I have heard of those. I’m going to read your post now 🙂

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  • January 14, 2016 at 8:50 pm
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    If you order straight from Comexim or through Wellfitting, are the sizes different than ordering through you? I’m a tweaked 30HH in the AP I ordered through you. But the Comexims I’ve gotten through Wellfitting and secondhand through Comexim seem to be 32 (70) K as the best fit. But I noticed that in your refiews, you’re getting the same sizes in both brands. The AP’s I have are Stiff Cappuccino and Florence. The Comexims are Basic Beige T-Shirt Bra, Elena, and Irish Coffee.
    What’s up with the size weirdness?

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    • Erica
      January 21, 2016 at 11:51 am
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      Hi Tami! I found them to be pretty consistent for my orders, but I know that some people have had issues. Even our customers had the occasional problem where bras marked the same size fit vastly different. With our future orders, we’re working to ensure the inconsistency issues are resolved. I will say that for me personally, I was more between band sizes for Comexim. My Sapphire had four columns of hook-and-eye closures which was good because I was off the first set of hooks really fast. The fabric itself was a little stretchier over time. In some cases, I actually sized down in the band (Brigitte and Butterfly, for example). I’m going to make some general specifications on our orders about band stretching too. For what it’s worth, the 32K in Comexim is a sister size to 30HH for Anna Pardal, so that’s not a terrible discrepancy although frustrating all the same.

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What are your thoughts?