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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.
Updated on Jun 14, 2016 Flag this
I originally tried this in a 34E but I had forgotten how stretchy Freya apparently is. So I got a 32F this time. Unfortunately, the band is still too big. I need to be on the tightest hook and the straps yanked up really short in order to fill the cup. So it's possible that I might need to size down in the cup if I stick with a 32 band. Looking at the measurements for 30 bands, I don't think that'd be very comfortable for me.
So with it on the tightest hook: it still wrinkles just a little near the center seam in the cups. But ... the wrinkling is tolerable. The gore sits flat but the wires poke just slightly at the top, and the fabric at the gore pushes very firmly against my sternum which I find more uncomfortable than the wire poking. I get some major side, armpit, and back flab going on with this bra.
It's a really pretty bra and my husband likes it, so I may try it in a 32E to see if it resolves some of the issues I'm having with it. I suspect it won't, but it's worth a try at least.
Updated on Feb 18, 2014 Flag this
As far as I'm concerned, the Arabella is as close to perfect as a non-customised bra gets. Not saying it's for everyone, but it works for me.
I've been experimenting with a few differently shaped Freya bras, and while many are good, Arabella suits me best. My breasts are:
- close set
- even - shape 3/6
- fairly soft
- neither high nor low set
If you're the same, the Arabella could be for you. It is an extremely comfortable, forget-you've-got-it-on sort of bra.
Depending on time of month, there's either a tiny bit of wrinkling at the top of the cup on my smaller breast, or quadboobing ... on my larger one, but neither is an issue.
In terms of appearance, I love the Arabella. I love sheer bras in general, and I squeezed myself into many far-too-small bras in my youth just because they were sheer. The bra gives a very up-front and slightly pointy silhouette, although the pointiness softens after a few washes. I slightly prefer the up-front-but-more-rounded silhouette of the Freya half-cup, but I much prefer the comfort of the Arabella.
ETA: After trying out some new bras it's become obvious to me that the Arabella only fits 95% - it gives me a little bit of quadboobing. However, the bra is so comfortable and pretty (and fits well in all other regards) that I'm going to keep it.
Updated on Oct 13, 2013 Flag this
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