Product Review: Tutti Rouge Nichole

Hello Everyone,

When I reviewed the Tutti Rouge Liliana last week, I mentioned the obscene amount of lapsed time between trying the brands offerings, and when I saw Nichole, I felt the tinglings of longing in the lingerie chamber of my heart.  Liliana was a necessity to test because I wanted to see how the design changed from the Tutti Rouge launch in 2013, but Nichole was a newer style with a gorgeous aesthetic which spoke to my personal craving.  Not to mention, early feedback emphasized the use of a narrow center gore, deep cups, and a rounded, forward profile—basically three components all of my favorite bras possess.

Sizing & Fit:  I ordered Nichole and Liliana at the same time, and both of them left me in an indecisive mess over sizing.  In the past, I estimated my Tutti Rouge size would be one cup and one band up from my regular UK size.  My initial samples confirmed this hypothesis, but a lot can change in two years . . . including my weight.  I was close to my heaviest when I ordered and worried that if I did not order a large enough size in band and cup, I would be in the same position as my previous reviews.  Ultimately, I ordered both in 32HH when I was around a 32H in other UK brands.  Not to totally spoil the Liliana review if you haven’t read it yet, but the 32 band required a full extender to even clasp in an uncomfortably snug fashion around my squishy body.  The cup seemed fine, which had me thinking Nichole would also be tight in band and fine in the cup.  As it turns out, the 32 band was loose—a fact which became worse by the time I filmed the video as I lost a few pounds.   Fully-stretched, my Nichole measures 35″, and unlike the sturdy, stiff wings of Liliana, Nichole uses a thin powernet mesh prone to stretching with wear.

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The cup size for Nichole was initially perfect on my larger side but gaped slightly on the smaller; however, the issues were not noticeable under my tops.  As I lost weight, the cups became too large.  Based on my experiences, I contemplated retrying the bra in a 30HH or 28J depending on whether the band was representative of the style as a whole.  Sizing aside, the reviews were accurate in describing the cups as deep and the gore as narrow, thus offering excellent forward projection, incredible lift, and a rounded profile.  Nichole creates an overall look comparable to Comexim, Anna Pardal, and Cleo Marcie.

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Given how much I enjoy the shape, I know some of you will question why I did not reorder Nichole in another size for the review.  While the cups are deep toward the center, they are also wider on the side, and the bra uses heavy, tall underwires.  Many small band/large cup bras fall victim to this issue, and the result is a cup which pulls sharply into my arm, creating welts and red marks.  Of course, it occurred to me that a smaller cup may fix the height issue too, and I had not ruled out revisiting the bra.  Oh, except for that tacking.  Did I not mention that?  Ordinarily, tacking, i.e., the act of the underwire sitting flat against the sternum, is a good thing.  Tacking separates the breasts and can often provide better support.  Nichole does not have ordinary tacking.  It has SUPER TACKING!  Nay—BORE INTO MY STERNUM AND LEAVE MARKS TACKING!  I have only ever experienced this phenomenon once before in a Panache tankini, which I mistakenly thought would be fine.  It was terribly uncomfortable, so I tried bending the wires.  Nothing helped, and I ultimately cut them out entirely.  Hard tacking like this hurts me, but I was hopeful that perhaps it was a defect.  I have heard from other people who experienced the same issue though, so I will not be retrying this style.

It also felt bruised for a good 3 hours afterward.
It also felt bruised for a good 3 hours afterward.

Materials & Design:  I feel a little bad harping on the tacking problem because I otherwise love this bra!  The three-section cups are made from a lightweight, breathable mesh, and while the wings are stretchy, I do like how they smooth the sides without feeling binding either.  It is a 100F outside right now while I sit in the confines of my air-conditioned store, and any southern east cost readers will tell you we only ever have high heat with high humidity too.  You can drown while breathing today.  A bra as lightweight as Nichole can be amazing for times like this because the fabrics keep you cool while still providing support.  Fully-adjustable straps are wonderful, and I cannot fault the quality of materials.

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Aesthetically, Nichole ticks off every box in my “Erica’s Cravings in a Bra List.”  Lately, I want to see bras which use minimalistic details to create sophisticated and fun designs—a description Nichole completely embodies.  First, the pomegranate color feels richer and deeper in person than the pictures, and the color is a little unusual for a lingerie market dominated by true reds, hot pinks, purples, and lately, all manner of blue.  The knotted embroidery along the underwire eschews the traditional floral temptation as well as the overly simple plain black fabric in favor of geometric uniqueness.  The lace embroidery at the top completes the contrast, and the leopard print bow at the center is a fun final touch.  I really wanted to try the white version because the crispness of a black and white juxtaposition speaks to me, but I live in dark colors (yes, even on days like today).  Color bleed is a problem people!  Regrettably I erred on the side of practicality, but I still love it!  Sweet Nothings also reviewed the bra in the mint color which is frothy and gorgeous too.  It really upset me that I had issues here because this bra is something I would buy in multiples.

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Final Thoughts:  I am not sure whether the tacking problem is only cup-size specific or not, but I know it was enough to cause red marks after a short time.  Keep this in mind if you are ordering it!

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Product Review: Tutti Rouge Nichole
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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16 thoughts on “Product Review: Tutti Rouge Nichole

  • July 14, 2015 at 5:09 pm
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    The tacking problem problem you speak of here is the same one I ran into with my Cleo Lucy, which would have otherwise worked out at least ok for me(although the wires are technically too high, also). I had been thinking about trying this since it looked as though it would be similar, but because of the probability of the same issues arising again, I will most likely pass on it.

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    • July 14, 2015 at 6:13 pm
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      I also have a Cleo Lucy that tacks a little to well, but fortunately it doesn’t cause any real pain red marks yes. Under the arms is a different story it’s very stabby, but I put up with the Lucy cause it’s the best fitting bra cup wise and gives me the best uplifted rounded look so far in any bra I have tried.

      Erica, may I ask does Dezi still do reviews? I love your reviews and they help a lot! Just my breast shape is similar to Dezi’s.

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      • Erica
        July 18, 2015 at 11:20 am
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        Hi Kathy! Lucy was stabby under the arm for me as well. I didn’t realize it at first, but as I wore it longer, especially going down to the middle and tightest hooks, it became more prominent. I switched to Marcie around this time too, so I think it was making the problem all the more apparent because of the contrast. 🙁

        Dezi won’t be doing anymore reviews unfortunately. She had a job opportunity out of state she couldn’t pass up, so she doesn’t really have the time/ability to do them anymore. I totally get liking to read hers because of a shape similarity. I have been contemplating bringing on guest bloggers to compensate and will post more when I make some decisions.

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        • July 18, 2015 at 3:01 pm
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          Hi Erica, thank you for the reply. I will look forward to if you find any guest bloggers for different shapes and I understand for Dezi and good for her with the new job.
          It’s good to know its not just me with the Lucy and the stabby underwires. Only if I could have the Lucy cup shape and lift combined with Curvy Kate’s underwire and gore, I think that would be my perfect bra.

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          • Erica
            July 23, 2015 at 6:52 pm
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            You’re most welcome, Kathy! Don’t rule out Curvy Kate entirely. I hear they are really doing a nice job tweaking some of their new designs to be fuller-bust friendly. Maybe that perfect bra will be an actuality soon!

    • Erica
      July 18, 2015 at 11:18 am
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      Hi Emily! On my Liliana review, a commenter and I were discussing Nichole some more, and she mentioned that in the G cups and under, the gore poking isn’t a problem. It seems to be something at work with the GG and higher. Just a little food for thought although I know shipping costs from them are high, especially if there is a chance the issue will arise. Plus, the wires here are as tall if not taller than Lucy in my size, which could create issues for you too.

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  • July 15, 2015 at 1:36 pm
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    Hi Erica, another fab review! Having looked at your photo of after 15 mins of wear, I have just realised every one of my bras does this! To the point I have scars from the stabby ends. I thought it was a Panache thing with the high gore. Is there anything I can do to correct it? I’ve tried bending the wires and even unsuccessfully swapping them out. Is it linked to a sizing issue?

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    • Erica
      July 18, 2015 at 11:27 am
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      Hi Alex! It could be related to sizing, but it could also be the shape of the underiwres too. Panache does use a very firm underwire, so if the shape or size is not right for you, then it could push harder into the sternum. Have you thought of looking for bras with lower gores for everyday wear? I know you’ve done things with some of Curvy Kate’s plunges, but it could be worth focusing on them more. I know you recently tried Liliana too. Does the lower gore help there?

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  • July 15, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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    * to the point where I have scars from the stabby wires I mean. Trying to type too fast!

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  • July 18, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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    Hi Erica, I found Liliana too stretchy in the band in the size I brought so it’s not the best fit, but the gore is still a bit stabby. Perhaps I am just choosing the wrong size. I am currently looking at Curvy Kate again, and have brought the new Arizona which has a lower gore, so shall see how it goes. I shall have a look at the plunges more, I like the Fontaine by Panache and Dita looks lovely. I was just looking at Freya Idol. It also has a lower gore. I think I need a cup down in that style as my usual size was about a cup big. Wish me luck! 🙂

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    • Erica
      July 18, 2015 at 3:16 pm
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      Keep me posted on Arizona, Alex, but you may want to skip the Idol unless you can return it. It does *not* have a lower gore. It’s kind of like a Deco and FL4510 hybrid. It’s got more coverage like the 4510, but the cup is softer and more of a rounded shape like Deco. The cups are also pretty tall too. It’s not terrible from what I’ve seen on special order, but it’s more of a hit-or-miss piece.

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  • July 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm
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    Saying that about the stabby gore on Clara, I have worn it today and it’s not been too bad. I pulled the wires up more and the stabbing seemed to go away. Perhaps I need to take more time on a morning when I get dressed!

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  • July 19, 2015 at 5:59 am
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    Hello I will do! I did find the idol tall and big in the cup when I tried it. Have you tried daily dream? It’s meant to be a more structured fit compared with daily boost. It looked good to me but Arizona won me over. Clara seems to be behaving today as well. Maybe I could take the extender off now.

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    • Erica
      July 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm
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      Hi Alex! I haven’t tried Daily Dream yet, but there are definitely some new CK bras I want to try and see how the fit has changed. We just have a hard time with people in GG+ sizes wearing CK well, and competition in D-G sizes is a little tougher, especially with powerhouses like Wacoal and Natori offering more bras.

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  • July 28, 2015 at 1:01 am
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    Hi – just wanted to say I bought the purple haze Nichole when it first came out back in Nov/Dec last year and took it away on holiday without wearing properly first – BIG mistake!!! The gore rubbed my sternum red raw to where it bled and I had to stuff toilet paper down between the gore and my skin to get some relief! And I wear a 30E people! This bra I gorgeous but deadly in the full gamut of sizes unfortunately!

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    • Erica
      July 30, 2015 at 8:52 pm
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      Hi Emma! Thanks for the feedback in your size. It sucks that it created so many problems for you. 🙁 I wonder if this is a shape thing with the way the underwires are made or if there is something else at work, like the firmness or weight of them. Either way, I hope they resolve it because it sure is beautiful!

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