I have many Decos (probably 10 or so) of various colors and types (Spotlight, Vibe, Delight, Rebel, Honey, etc). I had previously passed on this one because I saw nothing special about it, but changed my mind when I found out it has 3 HOOKS vs. 2 (and found it at a great price)! That makes this bra feel very secure. The straps are much narrower than the normal Decos, but so far that doesn't bother me because the band does so much of the work. In my opinion, the band runs firm, but not as tight as the vibe, and the cups run a tad on the smaller size. They hug the top of my breasts like the spotlight does.
This is the first bra I've tried recently that fits! It more than fits...I think it makes my shape look almost cartoonishly good. I love how much lift it gives me.
The cup shape and cup separation feels like it was made for me. The problems that I've been running into with other bras recently are: top edge of the cup digging in if the rest of the cup fits me, next cup size up even worse because the underwire is wide enough to flatten me, and cups too far apart. This bra doesn't have any of those problems. And the convertible straps ...are a must for me - crossed straps are the only kind that won't fall off my narrow, sloped shoulders.
The band feels either tighter or less stretchy than other 30 bands I've tried. I don't mind that - I think the tight band might be helping to create the epic shape in front.
There are 2 things about this bra that I think could be improved, though.
1) The convertible hardware. I always prefer hardware that detaches at the middle of the strap - it's easier to put on, easier to take off, more comfortable with no possibility of being poked, and more durable because the fabric isn't stressed when the strap position is changed. This bra doesn't have that type of hardware, unfortunately. It has strap hooks in loops of fabric, in two places - in the front at the top of the cup, and in the back on the band. Being able to attach them in the front makes the bra reasonably easy to put on and take off, but I think the fabric loops will still wear down over time from repeatedly detaching the straps (which I need to do every time I put it on or take it off, because I wear the straps crossed). It's difficult to detach the straps without the little metal hook getting caught on the inside of the fabric loop.
2) Exposed elastic. I prefer a seamless band - or covered elastic at a minimum.
I'm actually really surprised at this bra. I ordered this bra on sale, before I realized the extent of my tissue migration, and started thinking it'd be tried on and promptly returned. Or if I kept it, I figured it would fit like my Hatty - a bit too wide, a bit too gappy at the top, but would serve its multi-way bra purpose and that would be that.
Well, these cups measure 5.5" - same as my Hatty. Depth is smaller than my Hatty at 9" but is right on target for a bra with an index size of 28:9. I ...probably could have done a GG for the sake of my bigger boob, but I don't think it's quadding enough to bother me. Time will tell. The good part is the Deco-gap at the top of the cups is much less pronounced in this style. Maybe it's due to the seam/edging at the top of the cup. I've heard that really stands out under shirts in other styles like the Spotlight and Vibe, but I haven't tried this bra on under a tighter shirt yet to find out. The cups are too shallow at the bottom, and fold over under my boob after a couple hours' wear. They're molded like every other Deco variation, and theoretically seamless under shirts. This is my only ivory color bra. The weird pattern on the band is meh. It needs to be a bit more vibrant, because as is it kinda looks like a stain.
The band has THREE HOOKS! Let's all take a moment to appreciate that. Not only that, it's a FIRM Freya band, stretching to 27.75"! Yes!!!! I wonder if Freya did this because the straps can be removed and it could be worn as a strapless? I don't see myself wearing it as a strapless, because of the cup construction, but regardless having a firm 3 hook band from Freya is like finding a unicorn.
UPDATE: Sold it, once I realized the wires sat half an inch below my IMF and half an inch outside my side root. It got really uncomfortable after a couple of hours. Read more 271 more words
The bra is beautiful. The straps feel plush when wearing it. And the good ends there. The band seems way too big to be a 30. The center gore, while placed low like a plunge, is painful. It presses into the space right where the ribs separate causing me to move the bra up out of position. The cups are made for a different breast shape/type. It seems more suitable for low-set breasts that are more full on top, with a lot of natural projection. This bra doesn't add or take any projection away. I'm neither shallow or really projecting, I'm somewhat narrow breasted, very high-set, equally full ...on top as on bottom. I fill out the bra all the way up to the apex, perfectly placed, but I stop filling out the bra an inch above my nipples. Doesn't sound like much, but for me this bra is a lot of coverage and the cups aren't the thinnest along the edges. It may fit me better when my breasts swell so, this may end up being my PMS bra. Read more 72 more words
The only good thing this bra did for me was show me exactly what "reverse orange-in-a-glass" looks like! The cups were ridiculously shallow and wide on me, the wire couldn't physically go within an inch of my IMF, it gaped at the top something awful. It is however a gorgeous bra with a subtle pattern across the gore and bottom wires, the multiway straps are a godsend and it would be a great bra for someone who is wide/shallow.
I bought another deco (black deco shape), one size bigger than my usual size 28E, because this one felt very comfortable. Especially because of the wires. They are wider than in my 28E deco (I've wide roots)! They even could be a bit wider. The band is unexpectedly perfectly snug (I am a 26), different to my deco rebel, which is definitely wider. I'm closing it on the widest hook. It isn't gapping that much at the top, but in the cup bottom is some empty room, what doesn't bother me.
This bra gives the best look I've had since stopping breastfeeding, with decent support, shape and containment and a low enough gore. It would fit perfectly if my breasts were slightly taller, since there is a little bit of gapping at the top of the cup, but not enough to go down a size without quadboob or wires on breast tissue. My main complaint, however, is how low the bra is under the armpit, given how wide-set the straps are; I get some cutting in with movement, because there isn't the fabric around the sides to contain tissue there. That said, this is still the most comfortable bra I currently own, as well as looking the best under clothing, and it does a good job at containing soft breast tissue. It's not perfect for me, but I can see why so many people love the deco styles!