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I really love the way this bra looks on *other* people, but it's not right for me. I've been puzzled as to what the exact problem is, since the measurements are similar to those on other bras that *do* fit me correctly, and I've come to the conclusion it's just an incompatible shape for my breasts.
My boobs are somewhat evenly full, leaning towards FOT, but relaxed. They need some depth on the bottom to support fullness there, but not too much depth, or my breasts will relax into the bottom of the cup, and kind of hang there like tennis balls in a sock. I wear a bra ... for lift and support, so this is not a good thing. I think the Lyla is too shallow in the bottom of cup for me, so my breasts tissue gets pushed to the middle of the cup, which isn't meant to support so much weight, and so the whole bra shifts downwards. With perfect posture and a swoop-and-scoop, I can get my bras to look ok in this bra for a minute, but before long, I end up with underwires that don't sit at my inframmary fold, tons of wrinkling at the bottom of the cup, and somewhat droopy looking boobs, with wrinkling at the top of the cup also.
I think this bra is better for the perky-breasted and very FOT. If my breasts didn't need so much structure to put the volume where it should be, I doubt I would have gotten the breast-tissue-pushes-everything-down problem.
Other than that, in 28G, I found the bra to be fuller-coverage than I was expecting. The center gore is pretty high for a supposed plunge bra, and the entirety of my breast tissue was covered. When I put a regular ribbed tank on over the bra, I had to consciously adjust the shirt so that the top of the cups wouldn't peek out the neckline. I could wear a high V-neck tee with this bra, but I would not feel comfortable in anything low cut. If it weren't for the label, I would have called this bra full-coverage.
Lastly, the seams on this bra stick out more than those on similarly cut bras I own. Not sure why this is, but it further limits the versatility of this bra for me.
Needless to say, I've sent this bra back, and I've crossed similarly cut Freya's off my "to try" list.
Updated on May 02, 2013 Flag this
I like the fuschia Eleanor better than the pistachio one. Because I got this one from Figleaves in 2011 and the pistachio one from a swap (where she had owned it for at least 6 months), I suspect this model is slightly different. It's a tighter band, which I like. The cups just seem to fit my breasts more neatly. The center gore works with my sternum more nicely.
I do keep adjusting the straps more than other bras. Perhaps the length needs fiddling, or perhaps putting the band on the second hook places the straps in a better position for my back.
Updated on Oct 19, 2011 Flag this
Purchased this bra off of Braswap on reddit, and a pretty good choice for my first internet purchase. I only have a few issues with it that won't cause me to get rid of it - my breasts don't quite fill the top of the cup so it's a little bit wrinkled, and the lace along the top edge doesn't sit flush with the top of my breast. I believe that I'm more bottom-heavy, which causes these issues, but it doesn't affect the comfort so I'll probably hold on to this bra.
It doesn't poke me in the sides at all, and the center gore sits flush against my chest. I like how sheer it is, this is a very pretty bra!
Updated on Jun 07, 2013 Flag this
I LOVE this bra, unfortunately it is a little too small for me in the cup. I'll be getting another Freya bra (not the Lyla, but the Patsy) in a 28GG soon and I'll see if that fits better. I own this in Amethyst in a 28G as well, and Noir in a 28FF, but none fit me perfect in the cups. I don't care though, this is really such a fantastic bra, I just don't scoop and swoop all the way and its fine. The quadboob isn't that noticeable anyways even if I do scoop and swoop all the way. I had to bend the wires in ... order to make them comfortable enough to wear though, otherwise the part of the wire under the bottom of my breasts would dig into my ribs, this is probably more because I have very curved ribs than because there is something wrong with the bra. Other things are that there is a single tiny wrinkle in the bottom of the cup, and the gore might be like two millimeters too wide, but they were so minor that I didn't bother to mark them as fit issues. The band fits perfectly, really tight.
edit: No longer too small for me in the cup, may be slightly too big. My measurements around my breasts (not breast perimeter, but circumference around my body) haven't really changed much at all but my breast perimeter has shrunk I don't know how one could change and not the other so its a little confusing. I was also certain that switching birth control would make them grow, not shrink, kind of bummed. The 28GG Patsy fit HORRIBLY. Way too big in the cup and the wires were way too wide, I regret not entering it into bratabase, really sorry about that, but I returned it the day after getting it without thinking because it was really such a bad fit I just wanted to get rid of it and buy something else. The 28FF fits me almost perfectly now, wires pretty darn close to where they should be and I don't get quadboob. No wrinkling in the cup either. If I don't adjust the cup frequently I still get a little but of armpit bulge though and for that reason I prefer the 28Gs. I don't think the armpit bulge is escaped breast tissue so I don't think it is because the cup is too small, I think its just that the cup is shorter. Its really not very bad, I just can't stand the look of having elastic cut into my armpit, even though I'm sure most people wouldn't notice. The 28Gs still have that tiny wrinkle in the bottom and I think the wires may have distorted slightly and are wider now which is unfortunate in some aspects but I wonder if that is allowing me to keep wearing the bra, I imagine if the wires were narrower and the cup wasn't being pulled as flat I might not fill out the top all the way. I got another Lyla in a 30FF because it was cheap but I cannot fill out the top of the cup at all, I'm guessing because the wires are not getting distorted. Some positives: the band is still comfortable on the loosest hooks =) It has been I think four months since I got it and it is holding up really well, I'm more worried about the underwires popping out of their casing than the band stretching out.
Updated on May 19, 2013 Flag this
This is my favorite bra so far.
I have this bra in brown and it is the most supportive bra I own. I think this is because the center gore is a bit higher than some others I've tried. I can feel some pressure on my sternum but it doesn't hurt me.
Freya has a bit of a reputation for having stretchy bands but that is not what I've found where this bra is concerned. The band is quite firm and the 28G is perfect for me (my underbust measurement is 28").
This bra is not too closed off on top, so it doesn't cut in too much, maybe a ... bit when I take a very deep breath.
It gives a good shape. It prevents my breast tissue from escaping to the armpit and directs it more towards the front, and I like the shape it gives (more rounded than I would expect from an unpadded bra). The seams are not too noticeable, unless I wear a light white top.
The underwires are lined with a sort of fluffy material so as not to be too uncomfortable. The rest of the bra is a sort of mesh. It isn't the softest material but I don't mind it. I would have preferred it if it wasn't shear, I only tried it because it was on sale, but now I am very glad I did try it.
Updated on Feb 08, 2013 Flag this
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