I joined Bratabase to spread the word about this bra, as it's AMAZING and the answer to many a bra-wish I've had over the years. I've never felt more secure in anything that wasn't a sports bra, and still the shape is super hot. The girls are up, in from the sides (side support!!! SO slimming!) and perfectly rounded, with a slight upward angling and a subtler version of the super-cleavage that I get from the Deco (my boobs tend to roll into each other a little with Deco, and Marvel will have none of that). I could slay a dragon in this thing and look good doing ...it.
It's odd to compare a 3-piece bra (which Marvel technically is) to a moulded cup like Deco, yes, but this is all I wish the Deco were in shaping and support, oddly enough. The uplift effect is similar, but Marvel is more "in" than "out," and frankly, I feel classier in the Marvel. The Deco can be a bit much for work, ya know? Marvel is nothing like the sometimes-pointy 3-pieces in Freya's other offerings. And I don't see the seam under t-shirts at all, somehow. I'm just giddy over this thing. Thanks, Freya!!!!
Now to fit, which is a bit surprising: First off, the band is FIRM and SHORT. My 30GG Marvel is a full 2 inches shorter than my (slightly small in the cups) 28G Deco overall. The elastic stretches plenty, but snugly and with resistance. If you're a 28 who can wear the occasional tight 30 in one brand or style, do yourself a favor and size up in this one. And of you're a 26 band, this might be a great option in 28. Similarly, the cups run a touch small for Freya, though the underwire is quite high on the sides and moderate in the gore. I'd recommend trying a cup size larger than what you wear in Deco, after adjusting for band size. (I expected to be a 28GG in this, guys.) I'm wearing my 30GG Marvel on the loosest hook to start, which has never happened in a 30 for me before, in any brand. Feels like a good strong hug.
For me, this ones's a game-changer. Read more 268 more words
Amazingly comfortable. Soft smooth fabric, but kind of a "young" print (does that make sense? I don't know, but white with soft blue bubbles and light blue lace reminds me of babies). I prefer either loud funky prints or super sex appeal (black/sheer/lace).
It is shallow. Not Freya Starlet Vertical Seam shallow, but much more so than a balcony or plunge style. Shallow at the IMF, shallow at the gore. I mean, serious wrinkles from the center to the bottom of the cup from my projected boobs demanding more room. Over time my boobs would always push this bra out of the way to sit where they wanted, ...and I'd get wrinkles and quadding and all sorts of bad fit. But when I first put it on... hello cakes on a plate! My boobs looked amazing! I've never managed to get this sort of rounded hills cleavage before (without hiking up straps painfully tight). If only this bra would stay in place (blame my boobs - they're short, projected and firm enough to demand more bottom/center space than the bra allows).
A major pro for this bra: Despite the wider wires, they never dug in. Maybe because they're shorter? Maybe because the bra has a "side sling" panel than changes how it sits on the side? I always got painful red marks from Freya halfcups and Panache bras that would dig in to my unprotected ribs (I have narrow rooted boobs that sit on the front of my chest, and my sides have no cushion) - but I never got that pain from this bra. Pleasantly surprised. Read more 160 more words
The rounded, half-cup, mild cakes on a plate shape is practically perfect in every way for my FoT breasts & narrow ribcage. The only other Freya bras that fit my very FoT shape are the Patsy padded half cup and Parade "padded" half cup bra.
Band and straps are comfortable, though straps are a bit wide-set for my narrow shoulders. Most straps are. Wing height is surprisingly low, so no chafing under the arm.
This fabric is tricky - it initially seemed rigid enough to contain me, but after a few hours of wear, I was not only quadding but actually nip-slipping on my bigger side. ...I've read a couple of other reviewers who had the same experience. Be ye not deceived, if you're not solidly contained in the cup, SEND IT BACK!
Unfortunately, as with all Freya half cup bras, I would need this in a 28J/JJ and this bra only goes up to a 30H. My ribcage is exactly 28" and while I make do with Freya 30's, the bands stretch quickly, putting more weight on the straps and hiking the back of the band, which of course means my boobs lose their support and start sliding down my torso and onto my stomach and waist. Thank goodness for Tums!
I'm keeping this to wear under very tight camis that will help hold my wayward breast tissue (since the cups only work if I'm holding still) but am absolutely going Polish. Half cups are a must for me and the US/UK bras just don't make them in my size without extremely wide wires and/or painfully high wings as well as often splaying my breasts from east to west (I'm looking at you, Curvy Kate/Flirtelle!)
i'm reluctant to try freya due to the deco plunge's reputation for narrow wires. i kind of liked the molded halfcup, but i didn't want pushup padding. however, the marvel is not as narrow, and has been known to work for some shallow-breasted people.
it didn't work for me. the cup is a little too projected and fot for my boobs. i filled out the bottom but there was no lift to my shape, and there was wrinkling on the top edge of the cup. the wires were incredibly hard and painful, especially at the gore. i've worn this a couple of times, trying to justify these issues, ...but the pain is too much. bra pain is commonplace, but i have to remember that it's unacceptable.
side ramble: it's funny how despite being bravangelized i still have a tendency to ignore fit issues. when trying on a new bra i hope that it's the end of my search. as i raise my standards of bra fit, i've realized that bras i had marked as "fit" years ago definitely don't fit. the wires were too narrow, the gores were too high, the bands were too loose, but i tried to make it work anyway despite feeling uncomfortable. i'm struggling to accept that the average person tries on 25 different bras before finding the right one. i'm not giving up, but sometimes i just really want to. Read more 127 more words
I own two of this exact bra and two more a cup size down. The shape they give is lovely and round with an uplifted sort of cleavage. They are thin but unlikely to show nipples because of where the seams fall, and while the fabric seems to have a slight amount of give, it just makes the cup size forgiving, not the bra unsupportive. The straps are plain, which is nice sometimes if you're wearing a tank top and the straps might occasionally peek out. My only issues with the bra are the wire and strap width, which are both a bit wide for my frame. Because the wires are not very firm, and end rather low, this does not cause a problem unless I use the bra for lounging on one side, at which point the wide wires will dig into my ribs. It's a wear-to-work-when-it-needs-to-disappear-under-clothes, but take-off-once-home sort of bra. Did I mention I have four, though?
This bra is crafted with very soft fabric, almost velvety and smooth, reminiscent of the comfy numbers your grandma swears by, and for good reason. Although not padded as Freya's deco line, and not as sheer and meshy as they are prone to do, Marvel is a good marriage of practical middle-ground. The wires are none too high, and perfect for smaller frames with the usual issue of underarm tallness,which this bra has none of. Almost a little too short on the wires, some side spillover is slightly evident when arms are at side. this marvel is perfect for almost-even fullness, and even full-on-tops as the wide top opening of the cups allow more tissue up top to fill out.
I was very excited to get this bra because my friend in a different size swears by it. For reference I'm a 28e, somewhat shallow, wide rooted and even to bottom full, often end up in 30dd because 28 bands are hard to come by. This bra wants way more upper fullness than I have. Also the bottom is extremely shallow which is fine for me but seems like a strange fit. The wires are nice and wide. It has a leotard back and the straps are fully adjustable, which is great for those of us with very long or very short torsos. I have the black and purple colorway and I love it but the fit didn't work for me.
Update: so what I took for this bra asking for more upper fullness might just be that it wants more projection in general but with a high apex. The cup depth is bigger than what I usually wear but since it's so shallow at the bottom, i wasn't able to tell
The Marvel is my current favorite everyday bra. I have two in this White and Aqua colorway, one in nude, and one in the black-purple. The bra looks fairly seamless under clothes, and the circle pattern is really cute without being juvenile. The wires are wider than I need in the 30F, but I'm currently having a bit of cutting in at the top in the 30E. I wear both depending on the time of month. I would say this fits similar to the Freya padded 3-part cups, but not as open at the top. Also, it's unlined.
EDIT: After breaking this bra in, it's my favorite. The cup is shallow, but it's the only bra I own that doesn't have a gore so high that it gouges my in the cleavage, so I'll live with the shallowness. I do wish it came in a 30HH (I'm trying to wear it on the loosest hooks for as long as possible, but I would really prefer it to be tighter).
EDIT EDIT: I bent the underwire as per Bras I Hate, and the fit at the bottom of the cup is now just about perfect -it almost eliminated the shallowness problem.
I've tweaked this review a few times.
I have ...three problems with my bras -
-in my size, the underwire width often stretches the cups to be more shallow than is necessary, forcing the wire to sit an inch below the crease of my breast
-the gores are all too high and typically too wide
-the bras that don't have high gores almost always only have two hooks, which I don't think are sufficient to support GG+ cups.
The band is quite firm for a Freya, and the underwires are VERY wide - wider than I need, but I a size down would be too shallow to consider.
I had hoped this bra would solve all of my issues; it didn't. But it pretty, it looks nice under a T, and it's fairly comfortable - much more so than the Jasmine I've been wearing. Read more 131 more words