Funnily enough, this Freya bikini top runs rather tight (given how loose regular Freya bras tend to fit). There's no way I could be comfortable in a 30 band. Also, I found the cups rather stretchy. The fabric does have some give, and swimwear fabric tends to loosen up in water.
I ordered several sizes for comparison, and after figuring everything out, I went up 1 band size and down 1 cup size from my regular UK size (30E -> 32D). Couldn't be happier with the fit.
The 32D cups are just right, considering the stretchy fabric the bikini top is made of. The 32 band keeps me supported and contained while not cutting in or leaving red marks.
After all, there's no reason to stick with 'your size' just for the sake of it. To me, a bikini top (or a sports bra...) has different fit requirements than a regular bra. So, If I end up wearing a different size in them that's totally fine with me, as long as it feels comfortable and nice.
30DD is the second out of three sizes I tried this bikini top in.
Turns out, the 30 band is unexpectedly too small. It cuts into my ribcage (my ribcage is 29" measured loosely), the underwires dig into my ribs, and the top leaves red marks against my skin even after very short periods of wear.
The cups fit well, and thus run large in my impression. As I'm usually wearing 30E as a cup size, I'd say they fit larger due to the slightly stretchy fabric and the open cups.
If in doubt or between band sizes, definitely size up in the band with this bikini. Consider a smaller cup size if you a) prefer a low-cut cup, b) don't have a 100% projected shape.
That being said, the bikini top looks nice and classy, I love the blue-ish shades and the contrasting black seams. By far one of my favourites from Freya's swimwear line.
Another one of the few sizes I tried this bikini top in!
This is my regular UK size of 30E and it has two issues:
- The band is too tight, stretching to just 29". This is definitely a surprise in a Freya bikini top (as Freya is notoriosly known for their loose bands). This bikini is an exception.
- The cups are rather large and covering. There is no gaping by any means, but I feel that cup size might become an issue as soon as I'm wearing this for swimming - remember that swimwear fabrics tend to loosen up and stretch when wet.
In the end, I went for a 32D in this top, which is a surprise given the fact that I'm on the larger side of 30E already in most bras.