I was excited to try the Vivienne because it’s an elegant, sophisticated and sexy plunge bra with side support… and it’s a Fantasie bra – whose wires usually fit me very well.
One thing I love about the Vivienne is that in a 38F it looks exactly like the photos on the models – the gore isn’t higher, the cups aren’t cut differently…I got what I was expecting.
Band: The band is not a super stretchy band. The 38F fits, but on the middle hook – I should probably try a 36 band.
Gore: The gore is low and tacks beautifully.
Wires: Very firm and Fantasie-like. The wires may be a bit too narrow on the outer edges; however, I think that’s because there’s very little tension on the band. I think a tighter band would stretch the wires out for a better fit. The right wire is also hitting that perfectly terrible old rib injury when I sit down. Hopefully, a bit more tension would shift the wire position.
Cups: I think the cups are one size too large. The bra gives excellent lift and support for my heavy breasts; however, I’m getting some bullet boob projection and empty space on the tops of the cups, even at my fullest time of the month.
Straps: Beautifully textured and wide enough they don’t feel skimpy. Their position does not allow them to push under my arms.
Conclusion: The Vivienne is an elegant yet sexy bra – and right now it’s on sale everywhere. If you like sophisticated, supportive plunges I’d scrounge one up. I do think it runs a bit large - you may consider sizing down. I think the Vivienne is a great bra for short waists and high set breasts – you get phenomenal lift, and since the band height and gore are shorter, there’s plenty of room to adjust the bra for a great fit. The plunge style is a good fit for close-set breasts – the gore tacks beautifully for me.
The Vivienne also comes in a balcony version, if you prefer balcony style bras. I couldn’t find other reviews of the Vivienne plunge, but I did find some for the Vivienne Balcony from A Sophisticated Pair, and Busts4Justice.
Fantasie Vivienne Plunge with Side Support – 38F
Band: unstretched 32″; stretched 37 1/2″
wire length: 11 1/3″
distance between straps: 10″