Note: The lighting is pretty off in my far away pictures. The close ups are much better in terms of clarity and detail.
I am very excited to bring you all my review of the Elomi Carmen Plunge! This set was given to me by Elomi for review, but this does not influence my opinions. I was not paid to write this review, and I do not have any affiliate links in this post. I asked for the bra in a 40JJ (36KK sister size) and the briefs in a 2X. Interestingly enough, the briefs are my first pair of underwear from an actual lingerie brand. All my other underwear is by boring no name brands from Wal-Mart. Keep in mind that this bra is 2 band sizes up from what I usually wear, and I am wearing it on the tightest hooks until I can alter it. I’m unsure if this affects the fit of the bra but I’ll update you if I find that the fit changes with a tighter band.
The Carmen comes in either Sand or Black (it’ll be available in a cute cashmere blue in January), and has an impressive size range for a plunge bra. It’s a well constructed bra, with a side support panel and a vertical seamed 3 piece cup (4 pieces in all.) The top section is made from a sturdy stretch mesh with a band of pink elastic at the top edge. It looks like one of those cute crochet bikinis, and I’m curious to see if Elomi will make a bikini top with this design. The mesh is firmer than the lace on the Panache Jasmine, for example, but it’s not as firm as the stretchy top section of bras like the Elomi Rita or Goddess Kiera. The bottom section has no stretch and offers a great amount of support. The gore is nice and low and is adorned with a little charm, a welcome difference from the usual bow most bras have.
The straps are wide and made of a thin piece of elasticized fabric, the standard Elomi/Goddess strap, and are fully adjustable. I was surprised to find that this bra comes with a J-hook, which has been my favorite bra feature since I encountered it on the Elomi Rita. The wires are extremely soft and pliable. I thought this would cause me problems, but it doesn’t seem to compromise support for me personally. If you have very bottom heavy or dense breasts the wires may be too weak for you. I love the fact that the wires are nice and soft because it makes the bra ridiculously comfortable even after long periods of wear.
The only downside in the construction of this bra is the fact that the wires are too wide for me. Yes, I said it. I finally found a bra that’s too wide for me. It comes in at 9.4 inches wide and 15 inches deep. Compare this to the Bravissimo Alana that measures 8 inches wide and 17.2 inches deep in a 36KK.
This bra fits me a lot better than I thought it would. It is commonly believed that women with really soft and splayed breasts can never wear plunges due to the low gore, and that it’ll let their breasts escape out of the cups. This is true in most bras, but isn’t really an issue in the Carmen. Due to the stretch mesh, this bra prevents my breasts from sliding out towards the gore as much as I expected. I do get a little bit of shifting in this bra. I can either find my boobs in my armpits, or creeping towards the gore. It’s corrected with a good scoop and swoop, but keep this in mind if you have either very close set or very narrow breasts.
I will say that the fit of this bra is improved greatly with the J-hook clipped in back. If I don’t have the J-hook clipped my boobs just look unsupported and super splayed. As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, this could be due to the fact that the band stretches to 41.5 inches despite me needing a 36 band bra.
All in all, I really do love this bra. It’s not perfect, but it’s a plunge bra in a reasonable sister size that comes in nice basic colors. It’s so comfortable that I wore it for 24 hours, while shopping, sleeping, and lounging around the house. I’d really recommend at least trying it out if you think your breasts are like mine. (My breast roots are wide and short, and my breasts are full on top, pendulous, high set, and splayed).
As for the briefs, something was a little off about them to me. It’s like they weren’t full coverage enough in some areas and were too full coverage in others. They fit decently in a 2X, but I think I’d be more comfortable in a 3X so I can have a fuller coverage underwear option. The material is super silky, and I love the way it complements the look of the bra. They’re comfortable under clothes but when I’m just in my underwear I prefer to have my underwear cover up a little more of my chub. You’ll notice in the pictures that it’s a little baggy on my butt, but that’s to be expected since I don’t have much going on in the butt department.
Appearance: 9 out of 10
Fit: 7 out of 10
Comfort: 10 out of 10
Quality: 8 out of 10
Overall: 8.5 out of 10