Avocado Review: the Kyoto

Let’s talk about Avocado.

Avocado is a luxury lingerie line from Poland. Poland is basically the ruler of bra-land and seems to be the standard in many ways—you cannot go to ABTF without encountering some mention of Polish brands. The most popular ones are arguably Ewa Michalak and Comexim. Avocado is still on the radar, but not nearly as much.

I don’t see as much fawning over Avocado or extreme allegiance with the brand as I see with other Polish companies. I understand this because Avocado is actually pretty expensive. I have five Avocado bras and I believe they were at least $60 a pop. I’m very grateful that I have a steady enough job and don’t have to pay rent, because I would not have sought them out otherwise.

But still, I got some things to say!

Avocado makes GORGEOUS bras. They are more intricate and beautifully made than my Cleo bras without a doubt. They truly are luxury items.

But here’s the thing: they don’t fit me.

Polish bras are always recommended for people like me: people with narrow roots and lots of projection. But Avocado is not made for short people. The cups come up extremely high on me, unlike the way they fit the beauteous model. On her, the cups don’t come up to her collarbones. On me? Uhhh…

Arielle in H cut, 65G. My hands are showing you how much empty cup space there is... There's a LOT.

Arielle in H cut, 65G. My hands are showing you how much empty cup space there is… There’s a LOT.

Well.

I will outright say that if you have a very narrow frame, the H-cut is going to hurt you. I have  moved the straps inward for the Arielle, but it still REALLY hurts me. I cannot wear this bra. Even though I just put it on for the sake of an image, it was painful. It wasn’t just the straps that were too far apart, but it was the span of the cups—they were hanging out in my armpit, wondering why they couldn’t find any breasts in there. The gore is also MASSIVELY HIGH on me in the H-cut, causing extra pain because it’s digging into places where I don’t have the flesh it’s anticipating. So I would absolutely steer you away from the H-cut if you have a very narrow frame and you’re short. Ouch.

That is IN MY ARMPIT. You understand? Armpit bra.

That is IN MY ARMPIT. You understand? Armpit bra.

The A-cut is more successful in terms of comfort, but it is still a bad fit on me. The bra cup itself is just too big. It’s lifting, yes, but it’s even further away from my IMF than my Cleos! : ( And it is impossible to wear under a mildly low cut shirt. Shame, because crewnecks are very unflattering on me.

Let’s look at the Kyoto (A-cut) in a size 65G.

Look at that beautiful embroidery - but notice the shadows up top? Too much fabric where there's too little boob.

Look at that beautiful embroidery – but notice the shadows up top? Too much fabric where there’s too little boob.

Looks decent, right? Well, kinda. It lifts, but it’s a mildly pointy shape, and it is pretty empty towards the underwires as well as at the outer top of the cup, where the straps meet. It really is gorgeous, though – look at the details!

Uhhh ignore ALL THE WRINKLES on my smaller side and look at the embroidery. Please note that the gore detail is only attached by the top and bottom - the sides don't lie flat.

Uhhh ignore ALL THE WRINKLES on my smaller side and look at the embroidery. Please note that the gore detail is only attached by the top and bottom – the sides don’t lie flat.

Come on bra, meet with my IMF. You two will just LOVE each other. (Indicating with thumb where my IMF is...versus the underwire...)

Come on bra, meet with my IMF. You two will just LOVE each other. (Indicating with thumb where my IMF is…versus the underwire…)

Here is our hero from the side. I have in-cup quadding, wrinkles, and emptiness on the top. Notice the shape?

Here is our hero from the side. I have in-cup quadding, wrinkles, and emptiness on the top. Notice the shape?

See that shadow? I don’t have tissue there. The embroidery might hide it a bit, but this bra and my breasts are having an argument and really don’t walk to talk about it. There are wrinklies all over the bottom and empty space near the straps, which are beautiful but hurt my shoulders.

Let’s rate the Kyoto.

Appearance of bra itself (10/10)—THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BRA. It is a stunner. Truly. I can’t fawn over it enough.

Appearance of bra on my body (6/10)—Pointy-ish shape. Lifts, but is not the rounded shape I like. Lots of wrinkles. Doesn’t do what I want it to.

Comfort of…

Straps (4/10)—Relatively thick. I had to force the clip over the embroidered bits to make the straps short enough, which is a bit of a battle. They dig in a ton on me.

Band (8/10)—Band is too big on me now, but it was very very tight when I first purchased it. It’s a bit rough. You need to break this sucker in, at least in my experience.

Gore (5/10)—Digs into my sternum, but not as bad as the H-cut.

Underwire (4/10)—Really doesn’t sit at my IMF. I have a lot of space between the wires and IMF, which I try to fix by tightening the straps, which makes the straps hurt me, which makes me stay up late at night with haunting visions.

Cups (6/10)—Too tall. Anticipates more flesh very high on the cups. If the cups were shorter, I don’t think this would be a huge problem.

Overall rating, then? Kyoto gets…

61% – a…not passing grade……..

Sorry, Kyoto – you are very beautiful, still…

The embroidery, my goodness!

The embroidery, my goodness!

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2 thoughts on “Avocado Review: the Kyoto

  1. Allegra L. says:

    Thanks for this review! You and I have super similar boobs. I was considering buying an Avocado Greta on bratabase and it would have been a disaster!

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