I adore the color scheme, fits well, and looks great on until I put on shirt on. Then the profile is conical and I am not a fan of that look. I still will wear it under looser clothing because it is comfortable though.
Profile: Broad shoulders | Narrow boobs | Wide and tall roots | Full on top | Round
My shape: average to narrow root width; tall, shallow roots above the nips; projected below the nips; soft breast tissue; possibly conical.
How this bra fits - this bra is a sister cut to the Freya Fearne balcony plunge, so I knew it was going to work for me. The wires are moderately narrow, the cups are deep and accommodate my projection well. Most importantly, the fabric of the upper lace section is forgiving, which means it works with my tall roots - doesn't cut it, but does provide support for my breasts from above, which really helps my soft tissue get into a decent shape. I need something ...lifting up and something pushing down!!
The band is big for me, but I knew that when I bought the bra. In Freya I usually go for a 28 band. This one was on sale very cheap though, so I bought it anyway. I don't need to re-swoop and scoop as much as I thought I would with a too-big band though, so I am overall happy with the fit (my soft tissue prefers wire that do not budge!).
The bra is also very pretty. The floral pattern is feminine, but the blue and yellow and red colours against the black and the sporty design on the lace section give it some edge. It's just 'girly' enough for my tastes. The bows have the same colourway as the lace section - a bright blue and black - which really pulls the whole thing together. I really love the look of this bra. It's just so damn cool! (I did remove the bows from the straps tho, I thought they were overkill/I usually prefer a minimalist look. The gore bow sufficed! But this bra is cool so I bought it with all its jazziness. And I may attach the extra bows to some plain black underwear to help me match, haha!).
When I began my quest to find ABTF after reconstruction, this was one of the first bras I ordered. I had used the bra size calculator but I rounded down on the bustling measurement -- because I thought there was so way the results were correct. So I rounded down and ordered a 32F.
Of course, the bra is too small. The cups feel uncomfortably tight on the sides and bottom of the cups and there is many spillage on the center and tops of the cups. The top edge of the cups are stretchy lace so there isn't as much quadding as I would expect (just a bunch of center cleavage). This bra does a great job of pulling the girls front and center.
Size issues aside, this is a very pretty bra. The band seems firm for a Freya 32 - but that is most likely because of the too-small cups. The straps have nice stretch and do not cut into the arm area. I would like to find this bra in the proper size!
I love how much projection this bra has. The band could be tighter. The gore and wires could also be more narrow. There is some empty space on the sides. The shape is lifted and somewhat pointy. I really like how it looks under tight shirts.
Arabella: -Itchy mesh -Narrower wires -Slightly more narrow gore -Underwire is shorter on the side -Top edge is more closed off and can cut in
Afterglow: -Prettier (IMO) -Smooth soft mesh -Upper lace is much more accommodating for upper tissue -Roomier, though both are 28E