- Center gore comfort:
- Underwires dig into sternum, because they are too high
- Strap separation:
- Not a problem
- Top of the cup:
- Wrinkles, can't quite fill it
- Band fit:
- The band is definitely too big
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I bought this bra while I was learning more about my actual size, and before I knew anything about how stretchy Freya bands can be. Freya calls this a balconnet style but I think it's closer to a full-coverage, based on the fact that while the E is a little wrinkly at the top of the cup, the DD gives me quadraboob. If you're full on top or have even fullness, you'll probably face the same issue.
The pros: I really like the fabric - a sort of "garden-gate" pattern, thick mesh; the underwires are sturdy; it's comfortable all day; and the seams don't show too prominently under clothes. The styling is interesting and quite unlike anything else I've owned - sort of 'modernist' looking, with no bows or lace. The straps are fully-adjustable and wide enough that they don't dig in, but not so wide that they look frumpy or grandma-ish. The cups don't make me look pointy. My Rios have lasted in good condition for at least a year, as long as I rotate among them regularly.
The cons: the band, like most Freya bands, is stretchy. I recommend going down a size in the band (and correspondingly up a cup size). It comes in only 3 colors currently - red, white, and black - which is boring. The nude color was discontinued, but supposedly is coming back in July 2014.
The bottom line: Rio is good value for the quality and fit, and it'll continue to be my go-to, every day bra.
Updated on Jun 20, 2014 Flag this