A size too big, but I think this would be better on someone fuller on top regardless of size. It gapes at both the top (creasing along the seam with the lace) and there is a ton of empty space at the sides (too wide). What is worse, when the wire is at the IMF, it rolls off my ribcage in an uncomfortable way and the gore digs in a bit even just when trying on. I don't think that changing the size would fix the fit.
Sadly, I've come to the conclusion that there are two types of Freya bras: one based on Fancies (Rhea, Sansa, Fearne), which fits me beautifully, and . . . everything else. This bra falls into the latter category.
However, there are many things about this bra that I think are great. If I didn't know otherwise, I'd guess that this bra came from Curvy Kate, not Freya, because it exhibits so many aspects of functional design I've found in CK bras. This is one well-constructed bra with impressively supportive powers.
First, this style has an impressively firm band. The band is made of super thick stretch ...tricot with sturdy elastic on the top and bottom, and it is a full band style, with elastic running through the cradle. If you've been disappointed before by Freya bands running one size larger, you won't be disappointed here. This is a TTS 28 band, and because of the low stretch on the fabric, it was actually quite difficult for me to fasten, and it felt too constricting on my ribcage. But those who need a true 28 band or are smaller may find that this fits when virtually anything else from the Freya line will run big.
The cups are made from lightweight satiny stretch tricot lined with serious powermesh. The outer cups have a small embroidered circle design, and luckily there is lining, as we know Freya isn't know for soft materials. The upper cup is embroidered mesh with a scalloped edge, and it is actually also on the soft side by Freya standards. Overall the cup construction reminds me a lot of the Curvy Kate Princess Balcony bra, down to its deeply projected shape. Straps are nicely textured wide straps to hold the slider in place, and there's only ribbon bow charms here, none of the little metal center gore charms that I've found in so many other of their fashion styles.
Since the cups were too deep on me and I couldn't fill the upper lace cup, this style didn't work for me. However, this was the same issue I had with the Curvy Kate Princess Balcony bra, so I suspect that if that style works for you, this could be another solid option!
Update March 2020:
I tried on this bra again randomly at Nordstrom Rack. Now that I am in a 28E, this bra is too small for me. The cups are no longer too deep and I have no trouble filling them, but I found that the upper cup is too closed off and cut into my roots, causing some overflow. I need more fullness and openness at the upper cup, although the wires and the depth at bottom of the cup still worked for me. The band felt snug but didn’t feel too tight. Not sure if I am getting used to firmer bands or if the actual bra I tried this time ran a little looser than the original.
This was an ALMOST fit and at the super discounted price I almost bought it, but I’m trying to avoid keeping bras that I know are not an ideal fit (if they can be returned). I’d say this cut runs about a size large in the cup compared to the other styles I’ve tried. Read more 445 more words
This bra would be perfect for me (FOB, projected, narrow roots) if I had gotten it in the right size. The band was uncomfortably tight and unusually small for Freyas. The material (non-scratchy, thicker material) however felt wonderful and the lift was awesome.
This fits similar to my Freya enchanted in white, this review is for the beige color. The gore is a tad bit wider and the cups a tad bit more open on top then the white one. Might be due to it being stretched out because it was super discounted. Either way, like with all bras, if you like a style, you should try it in at least 3 different bras in the same size to determine if it is right for you. So many times I thought that Freya wouldn't fit me, it was due to inconsistent manufacturing.
I thought I was buying the 32F cup, but the website where I bougth this bra made the conversion to EU size badly ... So as expected for too small cups, my boobs want to escape and make a quad boob. Also, it doesn't fit my quite shallow shape.
This bra runs tighter in the band than my 36J - Freya » Lauren Balcony Bra (4823) , despite being marked a band size larger. It also runs even bigger in the cup, with a lot of the usual large-cup Freya problems.
I have empty space in the front near the center gore, my breast tissue is pushed towards my armpits in cups with apexes significantly towards the sides, and the side of the bra cuts into the front my my underarm. I have a lot of wrinkling at the underside of the cup; possibly because this model runs shallower than I need. This is also ...the only bra where I've ever needed to bend the wires narrower, as I have a lot of tissue under my arms. Since it's about a full cup size larger than I need, I'll be altering this bra to more closely match the shape of my Cleo bras, which fit much better.
All of that said; this is a very pretty bra on the hanger. It's a matte black satin with embroidered circles, trimmed with black and carnation-pink lace, plus cute pink bows with black polka dots. In smaller sizes that fit a little better, this bra must be adorable. Read more 102 more words
This is a very pretty bra. Gore is into breast tissue because I have touching breasts and this is always a problem
You can see from the front picture that the one cup seems too narrow even though there isn't any quad boob affect. I think that is because of the gore cutting into breast tissue. I tried this in a 28GG and I couldn't really fill the upper part of the bra. I think this doesn't give me the lift I'm looking for. My breasts are dense(heavy)
Review from when I first tried on this bra, in the evening a few days ago: It's the first 30 band I've tried and it's so tight it gave me fat above and below I didn't even know I had. However, the cups are perfect (at least, they are compared to anything else I have tried on) and the wires, though slightly wide, are something I can absolutely live with. It's basically a magical bra if only the band weren't such a bad fit.
Review from trying it on again this morning: Now the band is slightly less offensive feeling (not having already worn an uncomfortable bra all day), but the ...tissue poking out above and below is bad as ever. The strange thing isthis bra doesn't fit the same today as it did a couple days ago - the tops of the cups are a bit looser, though not so bad I'd rule out the bra based on that. I have a 32E coming in tomorrow's mail, so I will hopefully sit down and do a thorough compare/contrast review at that point. Read more 72 more words