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Ahhh, the Freya Marvel...like a breath of fresh air for your boobs!! If only it fit me! I got this from another user as an exchange. I was looking for something soft, comfy, unpadded, but NOT sheer, and pretty supportive. I think the Marvel is exactly just that! Super soft and comfy, and I see it as being supportive in correct size.
I usually go with 28 bands but figured a 30 in Freya would work just as well. Not so much. The band on this isn't nearly as tight as other Freya 30 bands usually are. I had to hook it on the tightest hook and eye ... from the start and tighten the straps a good bit. Luckily, they are fully adjustable and thick as all Freya bras are.
I am not too crazy about the wires on this one. They were far too wide, which is odd because the measurements are exactly what I usually go with. But they ran all the way out to my sides under my armpits! For being a "Side Panel/Support" bra, I found it somewhat awkward. You can see in my pics, on my left smaller breast there is wrinkling under my arm in the side panel. But on my right larger breast you can see the clear definition of where my boob actually starts to fill out the cup and where there is empty fabric on the side, if that makes any sense. The cups were also rather short and I'm almost worried that if I go down in size my nipples will pop out. There was also a good half inch of empty space at the bottom of the cup before my boobs actually started to fill them out.
The gore on this bra is pretty high/tall compared to what I'm used to. But, surprisingly, it didn't really bother me. It tacked just right and fit quite nicely.
This isn't the sexiest, most flattering bra in my wardrobe. It's actually quite plain and simple (this is the nude colorway). But, after trying it on with a shirt, I was pretty darn amazed!! What a lovely shape!! This bra gives a wonderful, round, natural kind of shape...no pointy boobs at all!! Yay, unless you prefer that look. But I think the shape it gives under clothes makes up for the boring aesthetics of it all. I think this would make a great summer bra, nice and light, no bulkiness (the seams did show thru slightly, tho). This bra might not be good for FOB as there wasn't any real immediate projection and it seems like it may cause the top of the cup to wrinkle or gape.
Updated on Dec 24, 2014 Flag this
This Freya feels like it would be perfect if I'd ordered it in a larger cup size. In the 30FF, the cups hurt. They're much too small. But this cut gives great uplift, and I can't wait to try it in my proper cup size! Also, with my close-set, splayed I think this will give me fantastic shape. The side support really feels well-structured.
Updated on Nov 28, 2015 Flag this
This bra fits! What makes it work for me, I think, is that the cups are open enough on top to accommodate my tall roots, and that I get good uplift from the vertical seams. The resulting shape is round and slightly minimized.
Note: Marvel is WIDE in the cups. It would be too wide for my average roots, in fact, were it not for the side support--that seems to alleviate the extra space I'd have in the cups otherwise. Like most Freya bras, the band was stretchy enough that I preferred a 30-inch band, vs. the 32-inch band I wear in Cleo. The gore isn't the most comfortable ever, but tolerable enough that I'd definitely say the bra fits.
I like this cut a lot, and I hope Freya would bring it back for future styles. I think the Marvel line would have done even better if it had included better colorways--the beige is fine but boring, and the two print options do nothing for me. The shape makes it worth it, though!
Updated on Jul 20, 2015 Flag this
My shape: slightly shallow teardrop/FOB with super wide/tall roots and very close-set tissue in the middle
This review is for the black colorway.
I received this bra in a swap. I like the color scheme a lot, actually. I am not usually a fan of prints, but the little bubbles and the purple lace edging (and bows on the center bridge and straps!) are super cute. A 30FF was definitely the right size.
Unfortunately, because it's been loved before, the band has stretched some. I do wonder if I might be better off with a 28 in new Freyas anyway and just wear an extender for the first month or two, ... because my 30FF - Freya » Deco Charm Moulded Plunge Bra (1471) has stretched so much I'm going to have to move the hooks to be able to keep wearing it. All my "fit info" is from wearing this bra on the tightest hook, because the other two are much too loose.
Also, the center bridge is too wide and too tall for my boobs, as is the case with my 30G - Freya » Patsy Padded Half Cup Bra (1223) . It doesn't actually poke, but the wires are definitely sitting on top of breast tissue, and the top ends leave pressure marks after about 10 minutes; there's no bruising like with some I've tried, but it's not ideal. The bridge itself lays very, very flat on my chest, though, and it certainly tacks well. Experimenting with a dart makes the cups gape at a funny angle and pushes the straps too far out on my shoulders, but I may try to take out a half cm all the way down and see if it's more comfortable.
The cup shape is pretty good. I usually have trouble with the tops of cups digging in for styles that are too projected or gaping when they are designed for someone more FOT, but these really only gape a little when I hunch my shoulders forward, and they are low enough and set at the right angle so there is no cutting in, even when I really arch my back and throw back my shoulders. Hooray!
The wires are also lovely and wide! My breast root is shaped like the Nike symbol under my arms, and these actually follow the shape of it pretty well, which is a complete first. Even my Patsy was a little too steeply curved on the outside. Most of the time I need the wires as wide as I can get them, but when they have the right angle of curve they can be a lot narrower. Hooray again!
Update: I have discovered the only real downside to this bra: there is NO nipple discretion at all. SO MUCH SHOW THROUGH. It is a shame because it's super comfy, so I wear it anyway, but mine are prominent so it can get pretty obvious.
Updated on Jun 16, 2015 Flag this
30F/FF narrow and tall roots, projected, full on top
I bought this bra preowned so the band is understandably somewhat loose on me. The primary issue that I have with this bra is that the wires are far too wide for my narrow breast root. After wearing it all day the wires have a tendency to start digging into my ribcage on the sides. Otherwise it is wonderfully open on top and I love the feel of the fabric.
Updated on Nov 29, 2014 Flag this
I've got full on bottom, wide set breasts that are pretty soft. (I think!) This bra is ALMOST great for me, although I'm yet to find a bra that I don't have slight gaping at the top of the cup with. (I've tried sizing down and find it a squeeze, and sometimes its a squeeze and still gapes, if thats even possible. I found this bra to be perfect separation wise for me ( I'm about 3 fingers' width apart) and the gore was nice and low (I find high gores dig in a LOT.) The band also seemed a lot tighter than the other Freya models I tried today so perhaps try a band size up from your usual Freya size to get a better fit. I also found the straps to be too wide, although this is a common problem for me as I think my shoulders slope a lot.
Updated on Sep 17, 2014 Flag this
This actually lifts my boobs up well, more like they're supposed to be in a bra. It's not quite wide or high enough on the sides, though. It feels like I'm escaping, and the gore seems to lay on the tissue of my bigger side.
Updated on Aug 20, 2014 Flag this
This is one of my favorite bras -- it's cute, comfortable, and fits me perfectly. I want one in every color!
Updated on Jun 25, 2014 Flag this
I had really high hopes for this bra because I sometimes have trouble bringing everything front-and-center and thought the "side panel" would be more of a sling, but it is really just what it says: a panel of material at the edges of the cups. I'm not entirely sure of its purpose. On me, it makes the bra pretty uncomfortable just because of the awkward combination of muscle and auxiliary tissue (stuff that doesn't migrate ) under my arms. If I had less going on in that area and didn't need lower wires to accommodate it, this would have been a keeper, despite the gore being a tiiiiny bit wide for me and the cups a smidge too wide and shallow.
Updated on Jun 17, 2014 Flag this
I was surprised at how much I liked this bra. Usually Freya unpadded bras give me an odd pointy shape, but the side panels on this really work to round everything out.
Certainly not the prettiest bra ever, the straps are very thick and the white mesh trip along the top of the cups shows through white t-shirts.
However it is very comfortable, I never have to readjust this one and often forget I have a bra on!
I was sort of in between sizes, but the 30G was too big, so I chose the 30FF. I do get a little cutting in along the top when I move my arms around, but I'm glad I went with the smaller size. The band is nowhere near as firm as the Cleo unpadded bras, but it does stay in place.
Great everyday bra, nothing pretty, but gives a great shape under clothing.
Updated on Feb 16, 2014 Flag this
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