This Bikini top really impressed me. I tried Freya Bikini tops in the past, the unpadded plunge ones and they were not supportive and the wires were so wide they ended on my back. Also I had planned to try this top 34HH but they sent a 34H to me. (I had to order my EU size and they did conversions wrong. This was labelled a 75O on the site while usually 75O=34K and 75K = 34H!) Anyway - I already expected the worst since it's a padded top and I hate those. But when I put it on, it felt really good! The wires are not extremely ...wide but keep in mind this is a H-cup and I usually wear 32 J. So the wires in my actual size would probably be too wide.
The cups are average depth but not too shallow. I don't get any empty space on bottom. The gore tacks and is a good height for me, it's not too tall or low. I just can't wear too low gores, they cut in my sternum and my boobs spill over. Not to in this top. I feel like my breast tissue is contained well apart from some minor quadboob between the cup edge and the decorative stripe. It also feels quite supportive! Not like a regular bra but supportive enough so I dare go out with it. Also wouldn't mind to put this on under clothing on my way to the pool / beach / lake. The shape is very good and round from the side. The padding of the cups gives it already a good round shape - unlike the unpadded top in which my boobs look droppy. I'm not familiar with Freya Deco these days but I think the cut could be similar. The band is okay so far - but keep in mind I measure around 31inch underbust. I only tried the bra for a few min and it felt like the band would just ride up slightly.
So if I had nothing else and this was the only Bikini available to me, I would wear it! I also made the test to lie down in it and my boobs stayed inside. So it's good for laying down sunbathing. I don't know about swimming though, I plan to return so I cannot test this. I'm also not sure I'm confident enough for this style. I also think I should size up in cups but down in band, which is not possible since this stops at a 32HH. Read more 317 more words
This is the second bikini set I got from rachaelll, and like the Bondi set, I just had to make a few alterations which drastically improved the fit for me!
The top, being a 30F, was far too big in the band for me to begin with, especially since I bought this to be worn strapless (there are however loops to connect straps if desired). So, I ripped out all the seams that connected the band with the clasps and I pulled the band further through the clasps until I thought it would be tight enough for me, then I stitched the band in place and ...cut off the excess. I think I could've used a tiny bit more ease in the band, but it's not too uncomfortable, even after I've worn it for several hours and gone swimming and whatnot. Other than the band, the rest of the fit is pretty good. I'm impressed with the amount of projection in the cups, and the gore actually tacks (unlike my Cleo Lucille bandeau)! The cups are a little closed on top, and although I do get a tiny bit of bulging above the cups, it's not noticeable IMO. The only thing that could be better in terms of fit is that the wires are quite wide on me, but this doesn't affect my comfort at all.
As for the bottoms, they were pretty baggy on me to begin with, but I took them in at the side seams, which tightened them right up. I wore this suit to the beach for several hours and both sunbathed and went swimming, and it was only due to some really strong waves that I ever felt I was in danger of being exposed due to the top sliding down, but it was easy enough to pull it back up.
Overall I'm really happy I purchased this set, because now I know that it's possible for me to alter a strapless swimsuit and make it work for me, and I'm also really happy that I learned that Freya's strapless tops fit better for me (and probably a lot of other folks) than Cleo's.
PS. If you come to the full information page for this bikini, you can see all the photos I've added, including some of the alterations I made. (Sorry I didn't take any before photos). Read more 284 more words
Well, I got this and the Freya Palm Haze bikini sets from rachaelll a couple weeks ago, and after some quick alterations, I am happy to report that they both fit really well! Let's get into it.
Unfortunately I didn't take any "before" photos of either of the bikini sets, but this top was a bit too wide-set for me originally. So I decided I would do some fancy folding to maintain the design of the top (to keep the diagonal seam in the middle where the cups met, well, diagonal) and stitch it all into place. First I folded the left side of the gore ...under (left from my perspective when I'm wearing it) and stitched that down onto itself, and then I stitched the left side to the right side and did some crafty pulling of the outer jersey layer so that the stitching wouldn't go through that. It came out looking almost completely invisible from the outside, which I'm super happy with. The "gore" is slightly higher now than it was originally, but I'm perfectly happy with that, and bringing the cups closer also had the added benefit of giving me some decent cleavage, too.
The top's band was snug for a 30 to begin with, but the band is slightly shorter now that I folded some of it onto itself in my alteration. I have no problem with this. The top is made of a nice medium-thickness foam which I feel secure and supported in, but it does take a while to dry completely.
So the top fits beautifully now, and the bottoms fit well enough. When I'm just lounging, the bottoms fit perfectly, but when I go swimming, they do get a little baggy and don't fit as snugly as I would like. However, this doesn't bother me too much, and it would be easy enough to take the bottoms in a tiny bit at the side seam if I want to in the future. Read more 222 more words
Another bikini bust! But probably not a total loss. The cups on this are just too wide for me with more than two fingers width gap between where the side of my boob ends and the wire sits on the side. Even if I tried to bend the wires or replace with narrower ones, the cup would just be too big overall then. It’s a very lovely white, with fully adjustable, comfortable soft straps. They do sit wide set for me, but again it’s due to a too big cup. Currently if I were to bend over and bring my arms together you’d get a free show lol. ...It has one plastic back clasp, and the band feels loose for a 30, but overall comfy. The fabric overlay has a subtle pattern, but can be delicate and might snag on rough surfaces. I definitely wouldn’t go body surfing in this, you’d end up with an outer cup full of sand lol. The cup is soft with one vertical seam up the center of the cup. Overall it is really nice and comfy for mom-on-the-go. I just reordered a 30FF to see if I can get a better fit. Read more 90 more words
Really wide cup for wide-set breasts. Not a good choice for close-set, center-full breasts without significant alterations. The cup height may also pose a problem for full on top breasts. Straps are fully adjustable and covered by Coral Bay's sumptuous floral. This fabric is super soft and feels wonderful directly contacting skin.
I was smitten by the abstract, fuchsia-infused watercolor floral after viewing cupandahalf 's review. I should have just ordered a fabric swatch because wearing wires is simply irritating when they sit on breast tissue at the gore and underarm. And, when cups are too-wide-set, the underwire digs into my ribs. This is 99.9% of wired ...bras on me. Finally, there is no lift when wires tether my breasts. My wireless bras are much more supportive than this wired design.
Although these straps are repositionable, I was unable to detach one of the straps. I won't need to worry about one of the straps flying loose https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" /> https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";-)" />
The wire is shorter than the underwire casing which allows the wearer to shift the underwire away from the gore. With this shift, a .7" gore height is created. So, an ultra low gore is possible with a simple wire nudge and a few stiches to hold the wire away from the gore.
The wire discomfort has diminished my need for this gorgeous bikini. Sigh. It may be a better idea to purchase a Coral Bay tankini and make my own swim top...
Amazing abstract floral fabric and best for wider set breasts. Read more 156 more words
Edit 19.08.20: Today I have finally learned how to close the hook on my back. But my ovulation day is coming, and my boobs start to swell again. After I scooped and swooped, I saw quad boob on my left side https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" />
Actually this is my first time to try a bikini. I have no idea if it fits or not. It is a struggle for me to close the plastic hook on my back, so I do it on front and then twist the band. I don't know if this is the right way to wear a bikini top. If not, I ...guess the band can be too tight for me.
It's a multiway top. The cups are very wide, maybe also a little bit shallow. If I wear it without straps, they slide down and cause slightly quad boobs, just like any other strapless bras on my body. So I only wear it with straps, or pull the sleeves up as straps, then they look better. However, I still can't define if they really fit or not.
The center gore is wide and tall, but it tacks. It is strange to me because my boobs are closeset. Normally I can't wear a bra with such a 8.0×2.5 cm center gore.
I love the pink-orange colour. I also tried to make the look just like the online shop model but failed, because I don't have so wide shoulders as her. So I give the appearance a score 4/5.
Anyway, I want to thank alisa for the bikini panty size suggestion. I chose a size M, it is very comfy and fit snug on me. Read more 171 more words
I ordered this prior to actually finding some other bikini tops I like better. This top is really cute and the photos are rather deceiving in making it look like a pretty good fit. The top is quite wide and shallow, but does have some apex projection.
This is my first foray into swimsuits with cup measurements; all of my previous bikini tops were measured in S/M/L (shudder). It's also my first 28 band bra since losing enough weight to measure 28" around my torso.
Another reviewer said that the print is a bit garish, but frankly, that's why I bought this bikini top. I wanted an underwired bikini top that didn't look like a bra. The loud print completely masks the underwire, so it just looks like I'm wearing a "regular" swimsuit top. And along those lines, the print is so much brighter than the official pictures depict.
I would definitely describe ...my breasts as shallow but with a wide base. This bra almost works for my breasts, but not perfectly. The cups are just a bit too narrow for me (but are probably wider than the average bra). They're also just a tiny bit too far apart. I would prefer the gore to just be a cm or so closer.
The seams on the cup are...odd. It cuts into my breasts at the top (quad boob, but that happens very easily with my shallow breasts), more or less fills the bottom, but wrinkles in the middle. Even when I try to "fill out" the cup with my hands, the cup is a weird shape. It's as if they thought the apex of the breast (the nipple) was on the inside curve of the breast. My nipples are a good inch outside of the vertical seam, which I'm sure is what's causing the wrinkling in the middle of the cup.
As another reviewer mentioned, there's definitely no padding/oomph to this swimsuit. They called it minimizing, but I'd more call it honest: as my breasts are pretty darn tiny to begin with, they don't give any illusions about my size.
Overall, it's not the greatest fit for me, but it's a heck of a lot better than all of my previous swimsuits. I'll be proud to wear it to the pool. Read more 234 more words
Had opportunity to try on the Red version in a store so I knew to order 1-band size smaller + 1-cup size larger as this band was just a bit loose in my regular Freya 30.
Incredible design! I'm less a frilly girl but they flatter in just the right amount and are positioned nicely. Cups are perfect fit, band is quite nice & snug, I'm assuming it may stretch some after a season of swimming. (Have yet to test it out!) Halter neck is tie-back so adjustable for cleavage.
Excellent buy and a timeless piece of swimwear. Highly recommended if you have any remote interest in it, go for it! https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
In short this bra fits similar to my 32HH Sundance and better than the 34H Gatsby as the 32 band gives me better hold and support. I usually wear 32 bands in most bras these days so I say it's tts. Sometimes it's recommended to size up 1 band size in Swimwear for comfort but I ...wouldn't recommend it on this. The cups run on the larger side and are full on top friendly since they are open on top and tall enough at the gore and straps to hold soft upper breast tissue in.
This Gatsby style is discontinued and can be found for good prices on ebay where I got mine. I think it's very pretty. I like the black and white geometric print it's something different. I usually don't like the very flashy bold floral prints on Bikinis, This is a nice depart from that. As for the extra strap at the gore --- I know this was / or still is trendy but I'm not sure if I like it on this so much. Maybe it just isn't so flattering on fot soft boobs as the strap cuts in a bit and therefore makes it look like quadboob. I got 2 negative comments on it, saying the bra is nice but they dislike the strap which made me insecure and I only wore it once or twice yet. I think about cutting it off.
I also own the matching pants in size L, they fit nice on my hips (108-110cm). They are called high waist bikini brief, but Imo they are just good coverage pants - not very high waisted on me or on the model as they end below the belly button. They look really flattering and even better than the really high waisted ones on me as they accentuate the hips and not the belly. If you are between sizes, size down in pants are they run generous. Read more 266 more words
Round two for this bikini top. While it’s a much better fit than the 30G I originally purchased, it’s not perfect, but it works for what it is and what it’s for. After all, there aren’t a lot of options in my size in white. I will eventually swap out the wide wires for much narrower ones. It is very comfortable and will be heavily used on my upcoming tropical vacation. I can easily move around and chase after my toddler without fear my teddies will pop out lol.
Freya Zodiac Onepiece halter is adorable. The colors and patterns are super trendy. I like the halter with keyhole look. The back has a cheeky coverage, which I like. I ordered this to be a cute swimsuit to wear to the pool to actually swim with my kids, yet still look cute.
This swimsuit definitely let me down, and I mean both my expectations and my boobs, haha! Despite the inner bra being sewn to the swimsuit 3/4 of the way around, I did my best to measure the stretched band, and I got nearly 40 inches, on a 32 band. That is the maaaajor problem ...with this suit. The bra band material is extremely stretchy, even dry. When I wore it, I would tighten on the tightest hooks, and tie the halter tight. Which we all know is uncomfortable. And I would still hike my boobs back up regularly. Additionally, I often avoid high neck shirts because they create an optical illusion of my boobs being low or saggy, so the halter wasn't doing any visual favors to the lack of support situation.
The other critique I have of this swimsuit is of the rear coverage. When wet, the back stays in place nicely. But, that initial walk to the pool while the suit is dry can be perilous. The back wants to very quickly turn itself in to a tanga or thong, not what I want for family swimming, haha.
I have had other Freya swimsuits that have fit much better. I am guessing this style just has some problems. But it would personally deter me from buying their other onepiece halter styles unless I saw lots of reviews leading me to believe it didn't have these same problems. Read more 192 more words
This is a no-underwire bikini from Freya. Usually I wear a 30E, but this bikini has a very tight band, therefore I have it in 32DD. It is very comfortable and I like the style of it. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> There are two problems with it: The top of the cup doesn't sit flat and folds away, no matter the size, it seems to be a common problem (even though from afar it is not noticeable) and if I bow down, I don't feel entirely sure everything stays covered. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" /> It's fine in the water though, doesn't expand and it feels safe, doesn't float away or something. Generally, I like it very much.
I received this in June 2020 when I was about 32J/JJ in other bras, Back then I would have said that it's a good fit and I get no quadboob. Now at the end of summer I'm more close to 32JJ/K but I can still wear this bra. If I don't swoop and scoop too much I get no quadboob. For Bikinis my fit standards are lower than for regular bras as usually we don't wear them every day. Most important for me is : okay fit, band is snug enough to hold it up, cups give good coverage and nothing falls out, support is okay enough to ...wear 2-3 hours. Bonus if it also looks cute and gives a round uplifted shape.
The Freya Sweetheart cut does tick all boxes. It's a balconette cut with padding at the cups. I think the cut could be like their idol / deco models but I haven't tried those, it just looks kinda similar. I'd say it runs a bit large / the cups are on the taller side, that's probably why I can fit into an HH cup when I usually need 2-3 cup sizes largerI really love how comfortable and supportive this feels. I even don't mind to wear it under my clothes before I go swimming as it just looks like a regular bra under clothing. Also I like the shoulder straps. They look rather narrow but the width is just right to feel comfortable and not cut in too much.
I used to struggle with Bikinis - either they weren't supportive at all or the padding on them was so thick that it added lots of bulk and they didn't sit right and boobs fell out of the middle. This Freya bikini has light padding, it helps to shape and support the bust but it doesn't add lots of bulk. It feels like spacer foam. I was shocked how much I liked a padded bra as I usually hate them! I also say that the cut is full on top friendly as the top section is open and the cups are tall where they meet the straps so they hold in upper tissue well.
The Sundance style is a staple from Freya and is made in many different colors. Older colors are often available for good prices on ebay where I found mine. The quality feels good. I probably wore it like 10 times this summer and noticed 2-3 loose threads. Maybe the crochet part is a bit more sensible to wear and tear than if it were just regular swim material on the cups? But apart from that there are no issues.
Overall this Bikini top makes me feel confident and supported and I can go swimming without worrying about my boobs falling out. I really recommend it! Read more 361 more words
I ordered two swim tops from Freya Swim in similar cuts and in two sizes. While they both fit me ok, I don't really love either of them.
The Freya Swim Run Wild Banded Halter Bikini Top shares the same cut as the Freya Swim Palm Haze Underwire Halter Bikini Top. They both have a deep plunge cut with a nice wide underwire and short gore. The one odd feature of this cut is that it is a 2 piece plunge cut, but the top piece is much smaller than the bottom piece. The interior cup is cut as 2 piece, but the exterior cup ...is cut as one piece, so there is a dart on the exterior to approximate this shape. The dart isn't placed in the center of the cup but about halfway from the bottom of the cup to the gore. This is normally not noticeable, but the dart will stick out and look a little pointy along the seam.
I found that both sizes 28D and 28DD fit, though 28DD is my normal size. 28D was a little snug in the cups, but I didn't experience any overflow. 28DD fit better in the cups, but made the oddly-placed dart more visible as the cups weren't as tight on me. It felt like the fullest part of the cup wasn't constructed in the right place, and I had this pointy seam at a weird spot on my body.
The one dealbreaker for me on this style is the ruffle trim along the neckline, which is narrow but quite full. I got this in an animal print, and in this particular print, it made me feel like a frilled lizard displaying its ruff to scare off predators. It wasn't my style, so I decided to return this top. I think it would be better in a solid, although some might like this detail. This style comes with the same plastic swim back clasp also found on Cleo Swim tops, and I found this to be challenging to put on, but I'm getting used to it. Read more 249 more words
My shape: close set, center full, full on bottom, average/narrow width roots, tall shallow roots, soft tissue.
I ordered this from Bare Necessities partly for bra science and partly to see if it would win me over!
I absolutely love the green/pink print on it, it has some flecks of neon green color too which I love. I ordered this a size smaller than usual since it was all they had at the time, but it’s a decent fit/shape considering. I don’t feel like it’s too skimpy up top and on the sides, I do tend to tolerate “skimpier” style/type of coverage in swimsuits. The fabric is nice and soft ...and overall looks well made.
The cups are soft, there are no wires, and the center “gore” the fabric is sewn over itself a bit in a triangle. The soft cups have one vertical seam and one horizontal seam, they are not very deep and look very flat, but since they’re wireless they take more of your breast shape I believe. There is a very soft side boning on the sides of the cup, it’s flexible but still gives some structure which is nice. The top is adjustable as a halter and is comfortable on my neck.
The band is comfortable, albeit slightly loose. There’s only one plastic setting in the back, so I do wish it was a little bit tighter, I’m not sure how this would hold up when wet. Band is 27” in length and stretches to about 31.5” (I don’t usually pull a lot on the bands to get measurements because I don’t want to ruin a new bra/top, so it probably stretches a bit more than that). It is looser than my loose underbust measurement, so maybe that’s why it feels a little loose (?), not sure, but I don’t think I’d want to risk it.
I ordered the side tie bottoms in size M (which is the size I usually get in swim and regular underwear) and I absolutely hate them. First, they are too big, I couldn’t tighten the strings enough to get a snug fit around, and the back coverage is very full, a little more than what I like. (I will try to update the bottom pics with measurements). Plus it just sort of hangs since it’s so loose. I measure 39.5” (100cm) at the fullest part of my hips. Overall, it misses some marks for me in terms of fit, both top and bottom. Read more 304 more words
This bikini is adorable. It has a white background with various shades of bright green succulents, some with hot pink flowers. I don't usually go for white swimsuits because I don't tan much. This swimsuit however has lots of color on it, so it doesn't look strange against my pale skin, and isn't see-through.
The cups are underwired, but the cut of the cup gives the look of a triangle bikini top. The back is not adjustable, it has a single plastic clasp. This is a halter neck bikini with double strings and a big hot pink bead at the end of each strap. The ...gore is two small straps. The material is stretchy but not too stretchy. As with all all halter neck bras and swimsuits, if your breasts need a lot of support, your neck will be bearing that weight.
I got the matching ruffle edged bikini bottoms. The style on these are very flattering with elasticized ruffled waist and legs. They are great at not cutting in to create any bulges. I often wear medium bottoms, I have narrow hips that measure around 38 inches. I ordered a small and a medium. They both fit, but I prefered the small. They gave a bit more of a cheeky look, but still weren't super skimpy on me, I was comfortable wearing them swimming with my children.
The one problem that happened with this swimsuit is that the cute beads dangling of the halter strings transfer hot pink dye on to the suit. Which is very noticeable since a lot of the material is white. I don't see how to avoid it, other than maybe removing the beads before use.
Overall I give this bikini 2 thumbs up, I just wish the cups still fit! Read more 198 more words
This was very graciously donated to me by veggiechic ; thank you so much for sending me this to try on! Unfortunately, the cups aren't projected enough, and I get some major quadding at the top. The band isn't very stretchy, so it's a tad too tight for me to be comfortable. It's a shame, because this bikini is ADORABLE! I love the colors and the print; it's got a very 50's sailor-esque vibe going on. The top of the cups has a navy blue piping/line decoration that ends in a little bow on the right side cup only, which is a nice touch. The clasp is plastic, but seems heavy duty enough that it won't come undone while in the water. This bikini seems a bit smaller in the cups than other Freya 30GG's I've tried, probably due to the padding. It's not thick padding, but more of a foam lining.
Shallow and too small even when I was that size, but the suit hid it well. I enjoyed having a top that stayed in place, didn't look like a bra, had support, didn't show cleavage/stayed in place with antics, and felt fashion forward. I'm really sad it is too small now!
I've seen this sweetheart cut fairly often in Freya Swim and I found it to be a very comfortable padded bikini top. I would call it a half cup bra/bikini top and it gives my FoB breasts an uplifted and round shape. This particular version comes in a quite bright red with a black pip print.
Personally I've don't worn that many Freya models (nor half cup bras for that matter) still construction and looks of this bikini top reminded me of the Freya Patsy Padded Half Cup Bra (1223) though I found the bikini top much more comfortable to wear. But notice I went up a band size and down two cup sizes here comparing to the Patsy that fit me in 28G.