This is the prettiest thing I've ever seen (although I am usually not a fan of pink). The only optical downside are the straps which are rather wide. As usual I cut off the bows as soon as I was done with the pictures.
The wires are rather narrow, narrower than I've ever worn them but no problem for me. The band runs about 2 cm loose (0.8 in) - which means I am starting on the middle hook, I might shorten in a few months. I might have bought it in 30FF but the boutique I visited did not have that in store. There is a tiny bit of space at the top of the cup but not enough to go down a cup size. I do also get a strap gap - with my short-rooted breasts that's almost unavoidable. The straps are not only wide but also thick which contrary to intuition doesn't make them feel comfortable but weird.
Overall it gives good support, especially if you consider the very thin material.
Wow. This is a review I'm almost scared to write. This bra in this size fits me perfectly. I already own two of these bras. They are both about 10 months old. I'm still using the loosest hooks. I keep telling myself it's too good to be true... so often it is.
It's time to admit it: this bra really is perfect! No complaints on fit at all. I can wear these bras under my clingyest knits and they don't show. No binding, no pinching; I can wear these bras all day long and not think twice. The best above all: The set is so sexy! Hubby loves ...them too!
Some may complain about the cups being pointy but this is not the case for me. Just simple perfection.
I'm always searching for more colours. Hear me Freya? Keep putting them out or other bras based off of this like the Lyla because I will always buy them!
Update: These bras are now officially a year old and I'm just moving to the middle hooks. I'm just so geeked! When I used to try to make do with bigger band sizes they would always stretch out and be useless in only 10-25 wears. I actually am getting my money's worth now! Woohoo!
For info: I've grown a cup and this size no longer fits. I am definitely getting a 28E in this bra; I can't live without my precious Arabella. Read more 129 more words
Both the band and cups fit true to size. The cups are a little on the tall side, but that makes up for it being a plunge style. The embroidery is too thick for most shirts. Another thick sweater, Winter bra for me.
**This is sized with American sizing. It was bought as a G, but comparable to a 28DDDD cup as listed on Figleaves.com
*Update 8/02/11* Since this is exactly the same as the Pollyanna, it also has the same fit (and fit issues). It does not fit. At least not the way I want it to. I can't wear lace styles, especially any from Freya because they're ...cheaply made and none of them are lined (I'm talking a thin tricot lining, not foam or padding). No matter how I adjust it and how tight I wear it, the band is too tight yet rides up in back. Also the cups wrinkle and sag, but also cut into my breast tissue which makes the cup look too small. You can't see this in the photos because I wasn't wearing it that long. It's painful and I can't wear it with anything anyways, unless it's a shelf bra camisole (or anything super fitted with 2 layers, those types of shirts help to smooth and lift better than this bra!). But I'm still in pain even then. It's not worth it.
Also, if you're thinking I might be in the wrong band size, maybe one that's too small...my ribcage is only 25" (bust 35"). Read more 143 more words
Size: My 'real' size is 32E/F and that's what I've tried at first. I have two other Arabella bras in 32E and they are actually almost good, the cups embrace breasts fully, the band is ok, though a slightest bit on the loose side. The only problem is that I have wide root breasts and I prefer wider wires, while this model (and many other Freya models, as far as I can tell) have definitely narrow underwires, shaped like capital letter U. Arabella is so beautiful that I wore 32E anyway and it wasn't tragic, but after several hours I could feel the discomfort from the wires and ...I was afraid I would get dark marks on my skin. Finally I got a possibility of buying an Arabella bra in Cassis (dark violet) shade and in sizes 30FF. When I read the measures of the bra I noticed they actually look more like my measures and I decided to give it a try. It turned out it was a good decision. The cups aren't as perfectly fitting as in 32E, but still good enough and they don't give such slightly tubular shape as the 32E gave me. The band is tight, but ok. And finally the underwires are good! I must confess also I bought a 28FF at the same time, as I was afraid that 30FF may be too big in cups. Well, that 28FF is again too narrow in wires, the cup size itself seems to be fitting, but the band is too tight. I can wear it with an extender, but the wires poke, so I don't.
Comfort and shape: This one had wires wide enough for me and I can say that it's amazingly comfortable. Suitable for all day wear and in summer the mesh fabric is a real blessing. It gives me a lot of support, natural shape and moderate lift, while 32E gave me more protruding shape.
Appearance: It looks amazing! I think it's the most beautiful bra design I have ever seen. Arabella just looks good on its own and amazing against the skin. Personally I like Cassis and Oyster colour versions the most and that's what I own, but I wouldn't mind having more colours. I think it's a real shame that Freya doesn't make them any more, as Lyla is nice, but not as strikingly pretty. The bra I own was second-hand and the label was quite washed out, but the condition of the bra is excellent, so I hope it will stay this way for a longer while. I bought a matching shorts and suspender belt, brand new ones and they are exactly the same shade, so I think the colour doesn't fade.
Extra info: My mum is a fan of Arabellas, too. She's over 60 so I'd say this bra is also suitable for mature women. Despite its delicate look it's very supportive. Read more 377 more words
A pleasant surprise from Freya, whom I haven't had a lot of luck with up to this point. But this bra is so gorgeous I couldn't help myself! Very nicely narrow and projected, very stretchy band as per usual Freya. Nevermind my twisted strap in the blog pictures! If anyone knows where I can acquire a nude color 28FF, I'd be eternally grateful.
Runs large in band and cup--fits like a tight 30F, or a really loose 28FF. Decently narrow wires. Scratchy band and mesh.
Unpadded Freya plunges (Arabella, Totally Tartan Plunge) want very centered, projected-in-the-middle, kind of full-on-top breasts, and they don't look right if your nipples can't line up with the pointy part in the cups.
Not good for projected-on-bottom, shallow-on-top breasts. The lace was obvious through loose t-shirts because it was so oversized on top.
I got this bra in red and it is very striking. The embroidery is high quality and the bra is made of good materials - nothing itches or chafes. The cups on Arabella are ever so slightly larger than standard, which causes the underwire to dig in very lightly into my sternum, while other Freya bras in the same size fit well and do not have this problem. Aside from this, I think this bra fits very well and is absolutely beautiful.
Im really surprised as usually Freya doesnt work on me. This bra is trully red, and looks quite sexy - would be great for a 'hot night'. The wires are narrow, the cups are deep and creates this rounded but pointy from the side look. Bra overall fits well - there is no digging into my boobs, straps are not too wide however the band could be tighter as Im closing it on the tightest hooks. Im not really sure about this bra, as it fits well but at the same time i have so many bras and this one is like okay only and also I have already one other red - cleo lucy, so need to decide which one Im going to keep with me https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
I do think you're in the wrong band size! If your underbust is 25", you should look for 26 bands. These are hard to find, I know. But 28 is definitely too big, especially in a model like this that is very stretchy in the band.