The band size on this is much tighter than the Deco bra, so I'll have to wear this with a bra extender. The cups are similar in shape, but I think that they seem half a size smaller than with the regular Deco. This may possibly be because the center gore comes up higher in this version. When it comes to the strapless aspect, it stays up and still provides a nice shape. I also like the fact that this bra gives you some choice in how close together you want to place the straps.
This @Deco is a far cry from the Deco Charm I tried. There is more immediate/center projection in this model and it closes off at the top very fast. Albeit this bra is one cup size larger, I doubt the Deco Charm in a 28DD will be so severely different from the 28D. There is no projection anywhere in the Deco Charm. In my experience, the strapless version is wider than the other models. This model of the Deco working for me makes me eager to try the half cup Deco. I'm pretty sure that one will work for me, hopefully I can find it on sale at ...some point. After trying these two Freya bras in 28:4 and 28:5 I am positive that I could not wear a Freya size 30 band and not have it be entirely too large. There's my short comparison of the two Freya Deco's I have. Onto the review. When I first tried on this bra I felt the band was too big and felt like I had to hook it on the tightest hooks, which I did easily. After wearing to work for a full night, I no longer feel that way and feel perfectly comfortable on the loosest hooks. Although I have only worn it with straps as of now, because well, I don't wear many strapless things especially in the winter. I don't believe that the bra would move too much without the straps. I have the straps quite loose any how. There are THREE silicone "bands" on this very wide band. I've never actually experienced the silicone banding on a strapless bra actually help keep the bra from sliding down my torso, but I've never worn a strapless bra that actually fits either. This band is nice and WIDE. About 2.5" wide and the wing is about 3.6" wide with 3 hooks per column and 3 columns. The hooks are a bit difficult for me to get clasped. Half the time I only end up getting the top and bottom eye hook done up or the middle hook and top/bottom hook. Often times I get my S.O to hook it for me. I do not know if this bra came with straps or not, but I received it with none. There are two spots on the front and the back of the bra to pick wherever you would like to attach the straps. So there's a total of eight connection spots for the straps. Both placements seem fairly wide to me, so I chose the inner setting. These different sections give you multiple options for strap options. The cups seem to encompass my entire breast quite well. The wires come up high enough to just about hold my tissue in the cup. I rarely feel the need to pull the top of my breast back into the cup. The wires are a bit too wide for me and spreads my tissue out more than I'd like. These wires are about 5" wide and I only need wires that are about 4.5" wide. This doesn't really bother me and I am quite comfortable and secure in the bra all night long. I also like the nice rounded shape that the bra gives me. I think Gore's and myself are going to have issues adinfinitum. I seems that I need a gore that either comes up over an inch and a half or one that is almost non-existent to avoid them from digging in or being uncomfortable. Even if it is only slightly dis-comforting (like my Claudette bras that I love so). I have yet to try to slightly bend the gore's away from my body. I only have about 0.4" worth of space between between my breasts. I used to think that I was very wide set as I could easily place three fingers between my breasts on my sternum, but now that most my tissue has migrated back to the front of my chest I now clearly see I do not have that much room there. I just don't have a whole lot of natural fullness there. Because of this I always seem to have the under wire sitting on my larger breast. Doesn't seem to matter how I try to adjust my bra. Thankfully it is not very noticeable due to my lack of fullness there. Along with this problem, if I have the under wire IMF on my left/smaller side, then the wire is sitting on my tissue on the right side. So. Yeah. I have some issues. Fortunately, they're not really noticeable or painful. It would just be nice to not have them. Perhaps one of these days I'll get around to sewing the wires together, perhaps overlapping them.
Cups filled perfectly. No gap at the top (unlike the regular freya deco in my usual size- 28FF) and absolutely no spillage. (Usually I can only get one or the other.)
Nice and tight band, but not too tight. I might need to go to the middle hook if I was to wear it strapless just to be on the safe side.
Totally comfortable. No "adjusting" as the day goes on. It's my favourite fitting bra right now, and also my first strapless bra that fits properly. I can't say if it stretched out yet because I haven't worn it all that much. It's my only strapless so ...I don't want to wear it out before I need to use it as strapless. I'll probably get another before summer so that I have a good tank top option bra (adjustable straps, and I will probably hook up some clear straps if needed.)
UPDATE: This bra no longer fits, I lost 5 pounds and 2-3 cup sizes (right when I was starting to build a nice base of bras to wear too....)
I repurchased this bra in a 28F when I realized I had lost some breast volume, and when I got it it fit perfectly. Again, no gaps or spillage. The fit didn't last for long, and now it is too big. I still wear it when I need a strapless bra with my dresses that have skinny straps, I just use those clear bra straps. It is not ideal, but it works for right now, and the only way to notice the incorrect fit is when the dress is off- so it works for now since my dress is usually on... https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" />
I plan on repurchasing this bra again, I am just trying to decide between a 28E and a 28DD. Time for me to start comparing other bra measurements! Read more 206 more words
Well... it's not the worst strapless ever. It's a shape mismatch, but that's a guarantee for projected boobs in a strapless bra. I've owned this bra twice now in 2 totally different sizes. In my blog review I talk a little bit about why all strapless bras are shallow, and how I've managed to make this one "work" by being in a size far from my usual size. It's wide. It's big. It's tall. It does the job, though.
The best strapless bra fit I have found of 4. That might not be saying a lot. But I have worn it out. It stays in place and there is minimal gaping.
My usual size is 30E, but I think 30F may be the best fit I get. The cups are tall and much too wide, but the amount the top seam cuts in is minimal compared with other strapless bras I have tried. Through some witchcraft it does stay firmly in my IMF.
No bra makes me look this busty. It's odd. I guess its the large moulded cups, in part. They disguise some fit issues. It sucks because suddenly I'm too busty for the tops I wanted to use a strapless bra with, like one with buttons up the front.
I figure I will use it with a dress I've been dying to wear and a few other outfits this summer. It is good enough.
I've had this bra for over a year and I've forgotten to review it! This is the best strapless design I've ever worn. It's extremely supportive, and it DOESN'T BUDGE. It looks smooth under dresses and doesn't cause as much armpit skin flap as other strapless styles.
I hadn't had a strapless bra in about a year before purchasing this one, so I'm glad to have the staple once again. I had heard that the strapless runs a bit smaller in the cup than the regular Deco so I got it in a 28FF while my Deco Plunge is a 28F.
This bra fits me well half the time, but gaps terribly the other half of the time. With straps, no matter how they are (criss-cross, normal, wide, etc) this bra fits perfectly. Without the straps, it still fits perfectly, unless I move around a lot. Then it looks like this bra is about 2 cup ...sizes too big.
This bra is extremely tight in the band, so do NOT size down in the band like you would for a regular Deco. If you are between sizes I'd advise going with the bigger one. I found that the wires are a bit too wide for me as well.
The only other complaint I have about this bra is that it makes my chest seem very wide. I prefer the look where they are projected outward, but because this is mainly worn for its cross-able straps this isn't that much of a problem. Read more 97 more words
I *love* this strapless bra! I had been struggling with a Fantasie strapless (4530) that was too big post weight loss and that was cut like a traditional strapless bra (i.e., a high center gore and complete coverage). This Freya is MUCH better, and not just because of proper sizing.
While the band is a bit snug (my ribcage measures 28" and I bought a 28 band), I have always found that it is best to wear the smallest size possible in the band when purchasing a strapless bra (there is nothing worse than slippage throughout the night!). I also *love* the plunge neckline and the lift it gives my breast. Absolutely amazing. I can't believe a strapless bra makes my boobs look so sexy!
This is a great underwear essential. I tried both 28F and 28FF as I went down a cup size in the standard 'Deco' bra, but the 28FF in the strapless was a better fit. It's totally smooth under clothing and a very useful bra as it's multiway!