I've really been looking forward to getting my hands on this bra, ever since I read on missunderpinnings.com that it is meant to have longer underwires, and that should solve the only problem I typically have with Freya plunge-balcony bras: the wires being a bit too short on the sides. I saw on John Lewis's website that they have the Enchanted in stock, so I went along to my local store, and there it was! Instant gratification! (They have Curvy Kate on their website too, but never any in my local store.)
I picked up my usual Freya size of 30E and headed for the changing rooms, ... but when I put it on, the band was much too tight and the hooks were being pulled out. The wires were very distorted by the stretching too. Luckily they also had a 32DD in stock, so I grabbed that one instead, and it fits perfectly. It gives a remarkably rounded shape, and even jumping up and down wasn't enough to dislodge the band! I shall keep my fingers crossed that it doesn't stretch out too quickly.
Anyway, taking the measurements of the Enchanted, I find that its underwire isn't actually any longer than the one on - for example - the Secret Garden (which I have in a 30E) but it is fine, and contains my boobs on the sides perfectly well! As a bonus, it's also a very pretty bra. The orange highlights on white are very reminiscent of the Cleo Lucy (last season's colour, I think?) but the orange is a bit more subtle. Now I just need to get hold of the aqua and beige too - oh, and the black and pink when that comes out next season!
Edit: On actually putting it on in earnest and attempting to wear it while making breakfast, I found that the Enchanted is in fact too large for me in the 32 band after all! One side of the band turned over and the back rode up a lot. I still love the shape and the design, so I shall explain the situation to the sales lady at John Lewis and see if I can return it and see if there's a second 30E in the store with a band that's more suitable than the first one I tried.
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Updated on Mar 25, 2014 Flag this