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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.
Updated on Dec 27, 2017 Flag this
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.
Updated on Jun 28, 2015 Flag this
First strapless bra to actually stay up! The band is nice and snug and grippy. Cups are comfortable and smooth under tight shirts. There are two loops on each cup and four loops in the back for attaching straps. Here's a comparison of this bra in 28D and 28DD:
- cups fit almost perfectly when worn strapless. just sliiiiightly too small.
- straps are most comfortable when placed on the outer loops in the cup, but create quadboob when placed on the middle loops unless worn quite loosely.
- sadly only has two rows of hooks and a narrow band which HURTS digging into my ribs by the end of ... the day. it stretches out faster too so I'm on the last hook now.
- cups are definitely too wide, with the wires sitting under my armpit, well past the edge of my boobs. this is not uncomfortable so I don't care that much.
- cups have some gapping when worn strapless, but fit nicely with straps tightened just enough to bring the cup in a little (not enough to dig into shoulders).
- can only wear straps on the middle loops because they'd be in my armpits if worn on the outer loops.
- has three rows of hooks!!! yay! The band is wider and MUCH more comfortable than the 28D (but still not gentle).
Conclusion: I like both. The cups are a better overall fit for me in 28D, but the band is several orders of magnitude nicer on the 28DD. I don't understand why Freya would neglect the smaller-boobed ladies in that regard, because, having very little fat to pad my ribcage, thin bands (especially on a necessarily tight strapless bra!) get really hurty. I usually wear the 28D as a strapless for only a few hours as needed. The 28DD with straps attached works really well as a T-shirt bra because it's smooth and seamless and the nude colour matches my skin pretty closely.
Edit: I've noticed that both of these will gradually ride down in the front even when I hook them tight enough to leave angry red marks on my skin. The underwire marks are much lower than my IMF at the end of the day even though I'm very deliberate about adjusting it properly when I put it on. Too shallow???
Edit 2: Having also tried the La Senza Itec in 32B, Betsey Johnson Forever Perfect in 30D, and Thirdlove Everything 2.0 in 30C, the Freya Deco is still the best strapless I've found. It's not as comfortable as the super-soft Everything or the Itec, but it's overall the most workable. I'll hang on to it until I find something better.
Updated on Dec 11, 2015 Flag this
Definitely too small for me. I wanted to find a smaller bra that would not show under clothes, but this one is far too small
Updated on Sep 04, 2017 Flag this
Was a good fit when I was 28DD but now it's all wrong, I'm 28e now. Gore doesn't tack; the cups are too small so my boobs push the gore forward off of my body. I can fit a finger inside the gore.
Updated on Jun 25, 2017 Flag this
What a pain device. I am in that group of people for whom Deco does not work. The 28 band is too tight, but 30 is too big. The cups seem to only cover a part of my breasts, and I'm not sure my soft breasts feel much support. But the shape is good - a beautiful rounded one. Again, I know others have a better time with Deco.
Updated on May 30, 2017 Flag this
This is the first strapless I've tried in my correct size; the first strapless bra I don't have to constantly hike up. It's a great feeling.
I read this bra tends to gape at the top, but I am full on top and don't experience this. Actually, I get slight quadboob.
I own the bra in 28DD, a cup size down from my normal 28E. I would like to try it in 28E to see if I get the gaping I've read about.
It's marked as "didn't fit" because of the slight quadboob, but it's the best strapless fit I've ever had so I kept it.
Updated on Dec 26, 2015 Flag this
This is the first bra I bought after realising that I have been wearing the wrong size for years. I am surprised how well the DD cups fit. I think this is the closest to a perfect fit I've ever been, but at the moment I am quite picky, because I am trying to find THE perfect one.
Unfortunately the band seems to be too tight for me. 60 (or UK 28) was what I got, when I used an online calculator. The Bratabase calculator actually recommends 65 (or UK 30). I ordered 65D (30D) and I can't wait to see, if it fits better.
Updated on Sep 29, 2015 Flag this
I thought this bra might be the answer to my strapless prayers. The wires are still too long though! The wires are also too wide and slightly too far apart int the center. UHG! This bra does what all other strapless bras do - make my boobs disappear! Here's a hint: If I'm buying a strapless bra, I probably want to show the ladies off a little bit. That means lower wires in the center! Maybe in larger sizes this bra works, but for me... sooo not what I'm looking for in a strapless bra. (Sorry for the mini rant)
Updated on Aug 24, 2014 Flag this
I don't think this bra is quite right for my shape, but the molded cups look fine under clothes. The band is very very tight. I measure 25.5" snugly, and I find the loosest hook to be very constricting. I am sure that it will feel better after I break it in. I'll have to wear this bra out to get a good opinion on it. I'm worried, because it feels like it will wander downwards after a while.
I measure to a sister size of between 28D/DD. I know a lot of comments say to size down but I think I would be quadboobing out of ... a 28D. The 28DD has the right volume for my (larger) breast, but the wires are too wide and the gore doesn't tack. I think the shape is too shallow for me, but I'm not 100% sure. When I bend the wire to a narrower shape it's better, but I get a little gapping in the top center.
This is not THE strapless for me, but it works well enough that I'll keep it.
Updated on Feb 18, 2014 Flag this
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