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The Her Room "Fitter's Comments" said that this bra's band runs large (and it does), and their advice was to go down a band size and up a cup size. On the other hand, Breakout Bras said to go down a band size but keep the cup size the same, and I think theirs is the correct way.
I followed the Her Room guidelines, and ordered a 28DD... then had to return it. The stiff cups were too tall and came up too high, and so with the slightest movement, the upper rim of the cup would stand out and show under my shirt... Not ... a good look. Gave amazing push-up and cleavage though. The 28D probably would fit, but I'm already backed up on exchanges as it is, so I just returned it. Too bad!
Purchased early 2010 from Breakout Bras.
Please see also my other review of this bra: http://www.bratabase.com/browse/freya/lydia-4404/28D/
*** UPDATE ***
For a promising alternative to the Deco, for women whose shape is not compatible with it, try the new Cleo Neve Plunge T-shirt Bra (7196) ! I have reviews for it here: 32D - Cleo » Neve Plunge T-shirt Bra (7196) and here: 30D - Cleo » Neve Plunge T-shirt Bra (7196)
Updated on May 05, 2014 Flag this
I am used to push-up style bras. I do not have much mass at the top of my breasts, and if I don't have any padding, the bottom of the cups wrinkle (they can be pushed in and flattened and it is obvious there is no breast in the bottom of the cups). My breasts don't fill out the bottoms of most non-padded bras. This style does not have push-up padding in the cup bottoms but was said to give nice cleavage anyway, which it does without pushing you up high.
I needed a seamless, cream-colored bra that wouldn't be obvious under my clothing (you know how thin ... everything is these days). When I bought this style in a 28E, there were obvious problems: the cups wrinkled/gaped at the bottom, especially on my smaller boob's cup; the top of the cups would gape open if I moved my arms up and around; and, oddly, the band seemed to slide up in the front, I think because the cup bottoms were not weighed down by any breast tissue, so they crept upward to find some!
I thought a cup size down may be the correct fit and purchased a 28DD. This size is great. I still don't entirely fill out the bottom of the cups but there is no visible wrinkling or flattening. The top of the cups are fine if I keep the straps super tight, but that leaves red marks on my shoulders and gets irritating. After prolonged wear, I have noticed the bra still is not perfect for me. I think the cups are too narrow on bottom and also not filled, so the bra rides up and makes gaps at the top. I think the side underwire could be higher and the cups a tad wider on top (covering more toward the armpit), but that is the case with most bras.
In general, the Freya Deco Moulded Plunge bra gives nice cleavage but (at least with the sizes I tried and from what most of the model photos show) the cups cover a lot of boob so you can't show the cleavage in an average low-cut top without the bra showing. The straps are very wide (5/8 inches) and this is annoying because they absolutely don't need to be so thick (especially on petite people such as myself) and it makes most of my clothes incompatible with this bra. On the bright side, the straps are super adjustable and not hard or itchy.
I personally would have liked a little padding in the bottom, but otherwise it is a nice, cushioned, very rounded cup that is thick enough to keep you from distracting people on cold days, if you know what I mean. Good for under t-shirts and other smooth tops.
The band is not very stretchy, which I like. Very tight! There are three sets of two hooks on my bra.
Updated on Aug 20, 2012 Flag this
I'm regularly a shallow, slightly FoT 30D, but I read endless reviews that Freya bras tend to run big in the band, so I ordered a 28DD. For disambiguation, since different colorways often have a slightly different cut or stretch, this was the bright yellow "Zest". Well, the band fit fine, properly snug on the last hooks, but the cups were insanely narrow. I haven't put on a bra that narrow in the cups since I stopped wearing A cups. It was only 4" across! Whether this was a manufacturing error or just true of that particular model, I don't know, but that seems fairly ridiculous to me for a brand and model known for being fairly good for shallow breasts. If I can find the Deco Plunge in a physical store in 28DD and 28E in other colors, I may try again, because the material itself was perfectly pleasant against my skin. As it was, I only ordered this color because it was the cheapest price.
Updated on Feb 03, 2016 Flag this
Individually, the cups fit fine. The wires are just a tad too narrow for my preference. I like how the bra runs half a size large in cup volume and the cups cater to tall rooted people. The worst part of this bra is that the cups are simply too close together. This is a great bra if you're in between 28DD and 28E, are tall and narrow rooted, and have close together set breasts.
Updated on Oct 03, 2015 Flag this
Same bra as the Lydia 28DD, but this one seems to be straight from the manufacturer as it feels tighter in the band and closer in the cup. So i imagine no one has tried it on before me. Like the 28D Deco the top of the cup line does not lie flat against me. So it gets returned.
Updated on May 25, 2011 Flag this
Freya has turned out to be one of my favorite brands because of the availability of 28DD across so many styles, and thus I decided to give the Deco Plunge a try when looking for a new seamless lightly lined t-shirt bra.
However, I was surprised to find that this style fits nothing like the unlined Freyas I've tried. Though I was warned in advance through reviews that the cups run narrow and tall, I really had no idea what this meant until I tried the bra on for myself.
But getting the bra on was a challenge. Since I wear such a small band size, there's been ... less than a handful of bras where I felt the band was too small. This is the absolute smallest of the bunch, and I could barely get the band fastened. On the plus side, this means that the band is very powerful and firm. I would definitely need to size up to a 30 in order to fit this band.
The cups, however, are indeed just as narrow and tall as they were reputed to be. They pushed me to the center and gave me great cleavage, but I really couldn't do much to improve their fit since the band was squeezing me like an anaconda. Unlike Cleo Maddie and Lexi's abnormally short cups, which visually look too small on me despite fitting well, Deco's cups looked disproportionately tall and huge on my frame. Because of this cup shape mismatch, I don't plan to try this in a 30D.
I would suggest sizing up in the band in this style, and avoiding it entirely if you are petite as the proportions may look very strange on you. However, this is the most powerful and supportive bra I've ever encountered, and might be a good choice for those who need a 26 band and can't find anything small enough.
Updated on Sep 01, 2019 Flag this
I guess I am in that group of people who find Deco to be pure torture. The 28 band is too tight, the cups are uncomfortable and seem to be too small, yet the tops of the cups are sticking upward away from my soft breasts. The gore digs in and keeps on digging as the day goes by. The bottom of the band is also somehow itchy. But I know that others love Deco, so I think we are just a shape mismatch.
Updated on May 30, 2017 Flag this
Definitely not for someone who isn't full on top. The cups angle out at the top leaving a giant gape on me.Might be better as a size down for someone who is in between sizes too
Updated on Mar 22, 2016 Flag this
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Ugh! Freya! Get it together! Inconsistent sizing makes me crazy. A 4.0" wide cup that is 6.5" deep is what I would expect to find on a 28C. Maaaaaybe a 28D.
Super fun color and straps though!