The Frankie Plunge bra by Freya is such an absolute favourite of mine that I am considering buying it again now that it has starting to stretch a bit, perhaps in black.
I bought this bra back in 2011 when it was sold with an amazingly cute silky shorts. At that time, my breasts were slightly bigger and I got the wrong size so the cup cut in my flesh, gave me subtle quadraboobs and was painful after a while. My breasts also looked very pointy and odd so my review was less enthusiastic.
Why do I love this bra?
1- It's a seamed bra. While not everyone is fond of ...seamed bras, I find them better for many reasons: they give great support, it is easier to notice when they don't fit, they are more suited for my breast shape (more tubular than shallow and wide), it is easier to adapt them to asymmetrical breasts (by tightening one strap) and they have no padding at all. I also have no worries about my nipple showing because I find that it's not that noticeable in this bra.
2- It changed the way I perceived bras because it looks so awesome. The Frankie plunge is neither your typical white tshirt bra nor your typical sexy black-and-red lace bra. As a French woman, I find that the typical bras for adult women are either the big molded bras I hate (in black, white or beige) or the sexy bras (padded or not) with lots of lace, mostly the same. When I saw this one, which is original without looking too childlike, I fell in love with it and thought: what the hell? I'm gonna buy bras that are cool, funny and sexy at the same time because I'll like them and because I'm a funny girl!
With its colourful polka dots, nice silk fabric and see-through top, this bra is quite unique, fun and good looking. The best part for me is that it is not so visible under white clothes, I use the same layering as I do with my Freya Jolie and nobody notices the details.
3- The shape is nice. As I said, I have breasts that have more projection that width, they are more round than pointy but a bit squishy. I find that this bra respects my natural shape while enhancing it and supporting my breasts. I don't find the shape to be too pointy, but it's not perfectly round either. This bra is not the bra that gives me the most projection, but the cup is full everywhere and my breast tissue isn't pushed into a weird shape, which is all I could ask for.
4- It is comfortable. Now that my breasts are really about a 30E, I can appreciate the smoothness of the fabric and it feels so good it's like I'm not even wearing a bra.
5- You can adjust the straps all the way down to the cup. While it is not necessary, I find it really useful because I am quite short. I often need to tighten the straps at least up to my shoulders and having my left breast a bit smaller than my right breast, I find it really useful to be able to tighten the left straps more.
Is there room for improvement? Yes, I wish the underwires would go slightly higher under my arms since my breasts love to flee from the side, but I am still fine with it because at least, it's not poking anywhere, which is an issue I often had with other brands.
I also think that the band stretched out too quickly compared with another Freya I own which is the Jolie bra.
I suspect this bra looks better on breasts that are bottom heavy but I could be wrong.
By the way, for those who might be interested, I advise you take a smaller size than usual when it comes to the shorts. Read more 538 more words
I found the cups to be small on this style in my normal 34GG. As H isn't available, I had to go up a band size to accommodate, which fits 'OK' on the tightest hook, but a 34H would have been perfect. It does give you a 'natural' shape, and having worn molded cup all my life it was definitely something to get used to. I found it comes up very high for a plunge style, reminds me more of a full cup bra. Pattern is very cute though
I love this bra, it's my favourite. It is really comfortable, the embroidery is not very visible under shirts, and it gives my breasts a very nice shape. It didn't stretch out very much either (and I've been wearing it a lot!) and it even survived machine washing.
At first, I thought this bra fit okay. The straps dig in to my arms when I move them forward but that was all I could notice and I have that issue with most bras. Once I took it off after wearing it for a few hours, I noticed that the underwire was digging in so much that it left a bruise under my arm. I imagine this wouldn't be an issue for most people but my root is very wide.
I have to say, I think this design/fabric/pattern might be my favorite bra ever. Too bad it won't fit me.
This bra only goes up to a GG cup and I'm an H or HH. Freya bands tend to be loose on me so I size down, but that means there's no way I could fit into this cup. The 36 band is pretty snug on me, but I can fasten it. There is definite quad-boob along the top. Pretty much to be expected on a bra that is a few cup sizes too small.
The band seems fairly stretchy, such that it would get stretched out pretty easily. The fabric, although adorable, doesn't seem very sturdy. The center gore pretty much sits flat on my chest. This bra seems like a pretty average bra in most ways, so maybe if I ever get down to this size it would work!
Band length: 62.0cm Cup width: 15.1cm Cup depth: 28.6cm Wire length: 28.2cm Cup separation: 2.2cm Strap width: 2.0cm
Quality: 5/5 Comfort: 5/5 Appearance: 4/5
This bra was one of the first I ever tried on in my true size/range two summers ago. The store was charging an arm and a leg for it (way overpriced) and I thought it was better to go with a basic color I thought I would 'get more wear' out of. The bra I purchased instead of this one was the Freya "Phoebe" (http://bra.pe/RGS/) which I realized after the purchase that it hurt and I'm glad to say it is now one of my friend's favorite ...bras because it fits her better than it did for me. Anyway, this bra is so fun and pretty comfy so far. It is a well made bra with quality materials, gorgeous bubbles design/embroidery and I am willing to look past the severe bullet-boob just to rock this beauty. I am searching for the right top to wear this with so I can proudly show off the bra!
There is a bit of wrinkling underneath the cup on the smaller side and I think it is because this shape isn't ideal for my shape. Comfort level is on par with my other Cleo soft cups. Works best with a non-fitted/clingy top to attempt hiding torpedo chest!
Measured immediately before wearing. Purchased & Reviewed mid-July 2012. Read more 122 more words
Classic Freya plunge design, the band is accordingly loose (I wear a 34 in tighter-band brands, but always a 32 in Freya), fit and comfort are very good. It stretched a bit (bra is a year and a half old, not worn very much these days).
The cups are a bit too wide and they would poke in the underarm area if it wasn't a plunge, but the support is was I need for everyday wear.
I own this one in black, and the coloured dots are lovely.
The material is very light, but quite strong. Underwires are a bit low under the arms, not a huge deal though. Narrow underwires like most freyas, tight back, but fairly stretchy. My breasts were very "front and centre", out of the way of my ribcage. Recommend!
I love this bra! It is the first bra I've had that seems to really fit well. The construction is sturdy, the band is nice and firm, and it gives a nice shape under clothing. Plus it's super fun and flirty!