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This is a very comfortable bra. It's more rounded than other Freyas I've tried, which I quite like. The fabric is very soft and comfortable. The wires are relatively narrow, which fits me perfectly. The band seems to be a little large - however, I did receive this bra used so there's a very good chance it's simply stretched out from being well-loved. I fastened it on the second hook from the get-go.
Updated on May 15, 2014 Flag this
I bought this bra in both black and beige when my local Nordstrom Rack had it on clearance. This review is for the black version. The beige does seem to fit a bit differently, so I'll add its measurements separately.
The band is very stretchy and far too loose--even on the tightest hooks I can feel it sliding around on my back. I would need a 28 or even 26 for this bra to fit, and even then I think the elasticity of the band would make it a no-go for someone like me who prefers a firmer band.
If Bratabase's fit issue selector used check boxes instead of radio ... buttons, I would've checked both "wrinkling" and "quadboob." On my larger breast the top 1/4th or so of the lace gaps and wrinkles, and then it cuts in and it's quadboob from there on down. Since I had some issues with the gore as well (one underwire would roll up on top of the other and they'd dig into my sternum) I think this is another pretty bra that just doesn't suit my extremely close-set boobs, but it's hard to tell in such an ill-fitting band.
Despite all that, the cups themselves feel supportive and comfortable, as do the straps. Overall, the shape I get is fairly typical unpadded Freya--slightly pointy, but not in a bad way. The lace and associated fit issues don't show through any of the shirts I tried it with. I like the look of this bra a lot, but the next unpadded Freya balconette I try will definitely be one with less of a reputation for crazy stretchy bands.
Updated on Mar 20, 2013 Flag this
Cups fit well, I'm debating on if the cups are filled enough at the bottom or not. I don't feel they are "quite" filled, but it doesn't feel like a bad fit so I'm thinking it's O.K. Underwires aren't uncomfortable... while I can definitely feel them, I'm thinking it's something I'd get used to rather quickly.
Profile from side isn't bad, it's what I would call ever so slightly pointy, but not at all bad. Profile view from front is a bit wider than I like, but not terrible. My main issue with this bra is that the cups are soft and have no structure (versus a molded or foam lined cup), so I have to tighten the shoulder straps tighter than I like to get a non-droopy appearance.
Band fits best on the tightest hooks, so I think a 28G would be a better fit. Bra will be returned for now, but in the future I may consider picking one up in a 28G.
Updated on May 21, 2012 Flag this
I am a fairly even and projected breast shape. I have average-to-narrow roots with a slight omega shape. My best fitting bra is a Cleo Lily in 30G.
Before the rest of my review, a quick thanks to learningaboutbras for sending this one my way after reading one of my bra misadventures
Note that pictures are edited very slightly to obscure nipples.
This bra is good for people who need narrow wires, are full on bottom, and have a decent amount of projection.
This bra is incredibly comfortable - I get just the slightest hint of quad-boob along the top, but I also ... tend to be a bit in between sizes for Freya. The lace cups of this bra are fairly stretchy an accommodating, as well, which means I have quite a bit of leeway anyway.
The nude colour is the best I've found yet for my skin! I tend to be very fair with slightly pinkish-yellow undertones, and most nude colours tend to be a bit dark for me. The snowflake-like pattern is really adorable and adds a bit of interest, given that nude bras tend to be very basic. The pattern is an off-white colour that is unobtrusive, meaning it won't show under clothing.
The shape of the bra is very round and flattering - especially compared to most other Freya bras I've tried, which tend to give me a bit of a "boob torpedo" shape. I love how it looks under clothing.
The band is very typical of Freya in that it tends to be on the stretchy side compared to the likes of Cleo and Panache. It's maybe a *little* looser than I'd ideally prefer, but it does not substantially affect the fit.
Updated on Sep 15, 2014 Flag this
I wouldn't ordinarily try a Freya balcony bra because of their reputation for suiting projected, full-on-bottom breasts, but I picked up the 30FF Faye Underwired Plunge Balcony Bra (4201) because it's a beige, unlined, very lightweight bra. It turns out the cups fit okay, with just a bit of wrinkling where the upper lacy material meets the plainer woven lower material. This wouldn't show under shirts.
I think the reason this fits okay on my neither shallow nor projected shape is the wires kind of slant backwards under the arms. The wires and wings are not high enough for me, but the wires do go far enough back that ... enough of my tissue gets pushed into the cups, and the cups are filled.
But what a lot of fabric for a plunge bra! First of all, the center gore is 2.5" high, which is 1" higher than my close-set breasts like. Secondly, there is a lot of fabric in those cups. This covers about the same amount of square inches as my Fantasie full cup bras, the Serene and 4520. Because I'm petite, I have an incredibly hard time finding bras that don't peek through necklines. The Freya Faye is not going to help me here.
I think this is a plunge perhaps designed for women who want a plunge but have soft tissue that needs to be contained so the tissue doesn't ooze out at the top or gore.
Updated on May 02, 2014 Flag this
I love this bra! It definitely has a minimizing effect on my boobs, making it easier to wear some tops. The pattern on the fabric and lace is super cute. The cups are super thin, though, so it won't hide nips, but it's very nice in the sumer because it breathes a little.
Updated on Apr 25, 2014 Flag this
This was my first unpadded bra so I was quite nervous, but I was surprised at how well the bra shaped me and how well it fit! Like most Freya bras, the band is stretchier than usual so I sized down from my usual 32FF to 30FF.
The only notable discomfort is that the gore poked against my bony sternum uncomfortably the first time I wore it, but since then it has been fine.
Updated on Apr 28, 2013 Flag this
I already reviewed the black Faye (here: http://bra.pe/RBoC/) but as I bought the beige as well I measured it, just for kicks.
And I think it's fair to say that the beige runs both larger and stretchier in the band than the black; I pulled this one out to 84 cm/33". It fits comfortably on the loosest hooks around my hips--not, by any stretch of the imagination, around my underbust. I've probably worn smaller 32s.
I didn't find the bra noticeably bigger anywhere other than the band. I get the same weird combination of wrinkles and quadboob, in about the same places, and the wires still end up poking my sternum.
I do actually need a belt, but I'll be returning this one anyway.
Updated on Mar 24, 2013 Flag this
Flimsy, lacks support, uncomfortable (wires poke at sternum and under arms), and the band is far too big and stretchy. At least it looks nice?
Updated on Mar 10, 2013 Flag this
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