This was my first attempt at this beautiful lace longline bra. Both the cups and band were too big for me. The band runs true to size for a 30, but the cups run at least half a size to a full size big. The wires are much wider than my Freya padded half cups in this size. The gore is also taller and quite wide, which did not work for my close-set boobs. The 4-part cups are fairly closed on top and projected, so good for full on bottom shapes, but probably would cup in if you're full on top. Other notable features of this bra are really soft and stretchy straps and only 2 columns of 5 hooks. The materials are soft and supremely comfortable, except, in my case, for the wide and tall gore. I loved how it looked so much that I ordered it again in 28FF - Freya » Fancies Longline Bra (1014). I've written up a full review of that bra on my blog.
I'm in love with so much about this bra: the fire engine red, all-over lace is stunning. The materials are lovely and soft. There is ample projection, but the cups also run at least half a size large and somewhat wider than I expected. Unfortunately, it's an incompatible shape for me https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> That red, though! A full review can be found on my blog.
My shape: self-supporting teardrop (max projection/depth underneath, tall shallow roots on top, moderate overall projection), center-height, forward facing, very close-set, really wide roots and lots of side boob, and firm tissue that pushes push-ups right back
This review is for the new Candy colorway. It's very sweet! The allover lace is subtle and not lumpy or bumpy, and the edging is simple and effective at dispersing the cup edge under clothes.
But the very first thing I noticed, before even swooping and scooping, is the tall gore. Poke city! It's so bad that it pushes the whole bra down out of my IMF, and there's nothing else that could be ...doing it this time. I plan to swap this one for the 28FF or the 28G, but those wires are going to have to get bent as soon as I try it on.
Speaking of swapping for the 28, the wires pushing down is not ameliorated in the slightest by how stretchy this band is. I am accustomed to Fauve longlines and the Patsy and Ivy I've tried a number of times, all of which are firm and supportive even 2 sizes up from my regular band. This is attributed to the way the taller band can distribute tension, I think, and is one of the many reasons I like them. Not so, the Fancies. It's better on the tightest hook (of which there are only 2 sets, I might add, not 3), but still not enough. Look at those photos! When I pull the band back far enough, I also notice some tension ease on the gore as the wires flex into a better position on my sternum. Hopefully this will all be better with the 28. So basically, ladies, I would definitely recommend sizing down at least one in this band, at least in this cup range. Good grief, Charlie Brown.
Moving on, the cups are great. Wonderful! Dare I say perfect? I can't tell completely because of the gore issue, but I'm 99% certain I have enough immediate depth. This is so rare for me, especially needing half-cups for my upper roots like I do, since they usually run shallow on the draft and my poor boobs just have to make do. There actually might be a titch more room by the inner wire than I need, but it doesn't affect my fit. The top edge barely even buckles when I slouch. Hooray!
The wires are another problem, but this is more because I have an unusual shape at the wings where my side roots are shaped like the Nike swoosh. This is the first time it's been so obvious in the photos, and I do have some tissue around where the cups want to buckle, that's where it kind of tapers off (so while it looks like I have almost an inch gap between the base of my root and the wire, it's more like a cm). The wires would be a great width otherwise (i.e. SUPER WIDE), I think, but they are just too steeply curved for me, and sizing down too much in the cup would probably put the outer end of the wires right on top of breast tissue.
The straps are soft and comfortable, and they adjust long enough. They are too far apart, as always, and it affects how the top edge of the cup stays put, but this is Freya's favorite scaling problem in this size range, so if you were hoping for a fix for this on the Fancies, no luck this time.
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I really really,really wanted to love this bra. But I can't. I like it a lot, but as the other reviewers/owners mentioned, the cups feel really wide. In actuality the wires are narrow. I'd say the wires literally stretch an inch when worn-- measures 4.5 inches (which is too narrow for me), but leaves marks behind my tissue, around the 5.5 inch range.
See my post for more on how this fits someone with tall roots
I got curious when Freya introduced this new longline style with four-part cups, because their usual (three-part) half cup styles are just a bit too shallow for my shape. I had high hopes for the Fancies and thought that I would finally get the perfect longline, but unfortunately it turned out quite disastrous!
I’m somewhere between 28F-FF for Freya. I decided to go with the smaller size because I got to try a 30F in store, and it felt too big in both the band and cups. It does seem like this cut might actually allow a bit more projection in the bottom of the cups. However, the horizontal ...seam makes the bra much too closed at the top for my FoT shape, and totally minimizes the top of my boobs. As a result, I get quadboob and a really sad “upside-down seven” kind of shape. It looked worse in real life than in the pictures. The wires at the same time are already much too wide (for some reason they don’t measure so wide but it definitely feels like it). The wide gore doesn’t really help the issue.
I’m so sad about the fit because the bra itself looks fantastic! I love the allover lace and pretty details (which don’t really show in my pictures) like the straps and bows. The color looks absolutely amazing too. All of the materials feel very soft, and the cups are very thinly padded. The band seemed to fit well, although it gets minus points for only two rows of hooks.
I also bought the matching brazilian bottom in size XS. I have an older Fancies brazilian in the watermelon colorway, and I was hoping that they would have changed the cut, but no. It looks really good and I like the coverage level, but I have a weird problem: the cotton gusset. It’s weirdly shaped and only sewn in at the corners, which makes the fabric roll up during wear. It doesn’t feel very comfortable! Why, Freya?
With a heavy heart, I returned the whole set. Although Freya’s traditional half cup shape is not so good for me, it’s still better than this new style. The shape really made it unwearable for me. This bra would probably fit better someone with FoB shape and maybe average projection/width. Read more 273 more words
This bra is very comfortable but not flattering. The wires are very flexible and distort even when the band is barley stretched. The cup width increases by an inch when stretched. Distorting the wires also distorts the cups making them flat at the top, smashing my boobs. The tall gore is not painful even though it sits on breast tissue because the wires are so soft and pressure is distributed over a larger area. I wonder if they could make a bra with soft wires at the gore and harder wires on the outside because I think that would work for me.
I had read some negative reviews on this bra but when I went to the UK in September I tried EVERY bra in Bravissimo in my size range. This one is like a breast hug! While it's not technically the best fit, it's very comfortable and is beautiful in the black colorway I have. The band is stretchy, the wires are not firm and the bra gives a SLIGHTLY east-west look, but for my fit preferences and my shape this bra is great for when I need to wear a bra but reallly want to sit in pajamas all day.
This bra is so cute! I love the longline! Encapsulates breasts well, and seems to be correct size. The underwire is a bit tall at the gore and at the armpit, but not so much that I didn't like it. I have fairly shallow, wide/tall rooted breasts, fyi.
Purchasing: * $39.94 on Amazon with free Prime shipping & returns (not Amazon Wardrobe) * available in black, white, beige, and some fun colors
Band: * Made of a stretch mesh with a stretch lace overlay. Lace stretches horizontally only. Mesh has 2-way stretch. * Elastic at top of band. * Wing support: soft seaming * Continuous band - band is straight under the wires -- a short longline (this won't provide any waist shaping). * Additional seaming (not reinforced with boning) under each apex to keep band flat (spoiler: doesn't work). * Back close with 3 columns of hooks.
Straps: * smooth elastic * soft (don't stand up on their own) * full adjust * ...straight back (not a leotard back)
Cups: * 3 seam (4-piece) half cup * Underwire is unpadded but can barely feel. * Outer fabric is a lace that stretches horizontally only. * Structure comes from a very thin layer of opaque, non-stretch foam. These cups are just barely molded. * Slightly unusual construction: Lace and foam were cut and sewn separately. They are attached only at the wire and top edge -- not at cup seams.
About me: petite with wide horizontal oval, slightly conical breasts * average projection * wide-set (3 fingers width of space between breasts) * very wide roots (extend past the mid-axillary line) * even horizontal fullness (just barely outer full) * short root height, average vertical placement * mix of firm & soft tissue (front molds to shape of bra, sides push wimpy wires away) * conical shape (but will squish to round) * full on top (2/4 shape, not even or very full) - BUT functionally even to FOB due to short roots and soft tissue * petite (5'3") so have narrow frame * front (anterior) rib flares
Band: * length: tight, took a couple of attempts to fasten on loosest hook * wings: too short, boobs escape * no axillary skin spillage
Gore: Comfortable, tacks, good spacing, height fine.
Cups: * Gives an oval shape. * Wires too narrow. * Top of cup is smooth.
Straps: * Feel wide set but don't slip. * adjust short enough
Comfort & Fit Summary * Band too small, cups too narrow. * Didn't try other sizes, not sure why. Read more 245 more words