Today I’m reviewing one of my new favorite bras, the Elomi Etta! I found the 42J for sale on Bratabase, and decided to go for it. A 42J is a sister size to a 36KK. The Etta is said to be made for a petite frame, so naturally I was extremely interested in trying it. If you’ve been following my blog at all, or if you’ve even read one of my bra reviews you’ll know that my biggest bra fitting problem is finding bras that don’t eat up my entire upper body and gape due to my short roots. This bra has solved all my problems, and is now a staple in my collection. I wear it at least once a week and have even picked up a second one because I love it so much. I bought this bra with my own money, and though I’ve worked with Elomi in the past this review is my honest opinion and is not impacted by the fact that I reviewed products for them before.
These photos were taken while I was on a particularly bad menstrual period, so I am a little more bloated than usual, but it doesn’t impact the way this bra fits. I paired this bra with my Elomi Carmen Briefs in a size 2X. All photos were only edited for color accuracy.
The Etta is made of 4 parts, including the side support panel. It’s considered a bandless bra, so if you struggle with bands rolling up or digging in this is the bra for you. The gore is very interesting because it features a cutout design that I rarely see in this size range. The straps are wide and come with a J-hook to convert this to a racer back. The top of the cup is slightly stretchy, but not as much as other bras like the Elomi Rita or Caitlyn/Cate.
I’ll break the fit up into multiple sections for simplicity.
Cups: The cups are super full coverage, but they actually cover less area on my body than other Elomi/Goddess fullcups I’ve tried. The fabric on the bottom of the cups is a smooth laminate type material, and the top is a mesh that’s not too scratchy on my sensitive skin. The side support panel seems to direct everything forward, but not to the extent that other bras like the Panache Jasmine would. I was afraid that the embroidery would show under shirts, but the seams and embroidery all lie flat. I do notice a little bit of wrinkling in the fabric, but I don’t think it’s enough to warrant going down a cup size.
Wires: The wires are actually a hair too wide for me, but not to the point where they’re uncomfortable or unsupportive. As a result, I do have some space below the wire but I don’t consider this a problem at all and actually find it more comfortable for me specifically. I love how the gore isn’t as tall as other bras I own. It doesn’t poke out of my work polos and I never have to wonder if it’ll be too tall for any shirts I own. The cutout feature is really pretty, and helps this from looking like just another black bra. I don’t feel a loss of support, and it’s still just as comfortable as a normal bra. It tacks beautifully without digging. You can definitely tell this bra is made for a petite frame because the wires don’t come up super high under my arms.
Band: I usually don’t like bandless bras. I find that most of them make me feel like I’m not supported properly. I feel more anchored with some extra fabric under the band. That said, this bra is the complete opposite of that. I am wearing it on the tightest hooks because it’s a larger band size than I’d usually wear, but it feels just as supportive as my other bras. The band doesn’t dig in at all, and I actually like the bandless design. It’s a really nice feature on super hot days when I can’t deal with the feeling of a traditional band. I don’t feel any pressure on my chest at all. This band isn’t as high as some of my other bras, and you can see from the side view that it comes up a lot lower than bras like the Panache Tango.
Straps: This is where Elomi bras really shine for me. I’m 5’2″ with sloped shoulders and high set breasts, so most bra straps are too wide set and long for me. Elomi straps are consistently perfect for me, and these are no exception. I don’t have to adjust them very short, and I actually find myself wearing this without the J-hook sometimes because it’s supportive enough the way it is. I actually have to be mindful when I use the J-hook because if I adjust the straps as short as I do for my other Elomi bras with J-hooks, it’s too short.
Shape: This bra gives a very natural and slightly minimized shape, but I think it looks great. I don’t want my boobs to be super projected and out there every single day. This is my favorite bra to wear to work because it keeps me supported while also taking the focus off my boobs. If I wear an Ewa Michalak bra or something like the Panache Jasmine, I’m guaranteed to get at least one gross comment or look from a perverted older man at work. When I wear this, I feel like people actually look at my face. Another benefit to the minimizing effect is that I can wear it under shirts that have printing across the chest without the words getting warped.
In Summary: Elomi really knocked it out of the park with this one. It’s perfect for my petite frame and ticks all the boxes on my wishlist. It’s a really comfortable and supportive bra that suits my wide and short roots, and it’s the only bra in my collection that understands that having big boobs doesn’t mean I need super long straps. It’s not a perfect fit, but I reach for it more than other bras that have a more “textbook” fit.
Appearance: 8 out of 10
Fit: 7 out of 10
Comfort: 10 out of 10
Quality: 9 out of 10
Shape: 7 out of 10
Overall: 8.2 out of 10