This bra was very big on me. To give you an idea the cup has the capacity of a baseball cap. The band was also very large compared to other 30 band bras, it was bigger on the band than my Le Mystere 32F.
Overall this particular Freya model runs larger than expected I'd say about 1.5 size bigger than you'd expect.
Also, the bra looks much whiter on the pictures on the stores than the actual bra, I got the Ivory version.
------ Update Jul/2011
It-s been 5 months since I got this bra and is now too small. When I first tried it on last year it was definitely too big. About 5 months ago my 30Hs were a bit tight, and this bra now fitted me.
By now it is getting too small on the cups (center gore doesn't reach my sternum anymore).
I wore this bra almost daily for eight months - this was my go-to bra. Finally, when the band loosened too much, I altered the centre gore, which made it tighter and also created more uplift and slightly more room in the cups, making for a better fit.
Pre-alteration: The bra was comfortable, created a nice round shape, and had natural lift. Because it's unpadded, it doesn't add any unnecessary bulk. The band is firm and on the tighter side for a 32, but it worked well for me as I was able to start on the farthest hooks. The underwires didn't dig anywhere and the straps ...were wider, soft, and comfortable. The bra pressed in ever so slightly at the top (i.e quadrabooob), but sizing up would have made the cups far too big for me, so 32H it was.
Post-alteration: Taking in the centre core when the band had stretched out made the bra even better! The band is very tight now (I'm actually using an extender to add one column of hooks for the moment), but very supportive. Taking in the gore turned the cups so that my breasts are more uplifted than before, there is more room in the cups (no quadraboob!), and the gore now lies flat against my sternum.
The Pollyanna has soft wires, which tend not to lay flat angainst the sternum in this cupsize. I'd reccomend to wear it not too tight, because the soft wires will stretch might be too wide than. There might be not enough room for your boobs near the center gore. The floral print faded out after I washed it a couple of times.
Bought this used off Ebay. It is perfect for my heavy-on-bottom breasts. It is just a tiny bit loose in the lace on top but barely noticeably and certainly not visibly through a shirt, and it gives a GREAT shape.
Aesthetically I was dubious about the flower pattern but it's not too bad and it's pretty good as a black bra. The shoulder straps are extremely wide but are also fully adjustable, which is great.
I wanted this bra to work for me, but unfortunately it didn't. The cups were just too big--it wrinkled at the top a lot and on the sides a bit. Also, the center gore didn't lay flat. This would be probably be well-suited for someone who's full on top. I think maybe this model runs big in the cups for Freya, because I have a Freya bikini in the same size that fits me. I like how it looks and it seems supportive.
I gambled on this bra on eBay since my Antionette 32H fits well in the band but is a cup size too small. This 32 is much tighter than the Antionette; I would need an extender. It probably is true to size (I measure 32-33.5 depending on the time of day and mood of the tape measure). The cups technically "fit" in that I couldn't go down a size, but the wires are so wide it borders on ridiculous.
I think this style is just not a good fit for my shape and I don't care for so much coverage. Otherwise, ...it would be a nice staple.
So, the good: The fabrics are pleasant in texture and appearance; the small greyish-blue flowers on the black base are cute & subtle. The straps are on the wide side but decorative, comfy & fully adjustable. The band has 3 hooks. I find the contrasting lace edgings along the outside of cups and bottom band to be attractive, but many people would be sensitive to the irritation they would cause. I think it would be smooth under even thin/close-fitting clothing.
The bad (for me): The lace upper panel in this size is no longer an accent; it becomes weight-bearing and is unwieldy to look at in the larger cup sizes. The wires are entirely too wide, unless perhaps, the wearer had very widely rooted or migrated boobs to reign in. The gore is very high - this is not a balcony by any definition I have. The stabilizing ribbon stitched along the tops of the cups would cut in to boobs that were fuller on top. The wire channels near the wings have about 3/4" more fabric than wire, which causes pulling at those spots and can result in premature wear. The too-short wire (or too tall wing) is a problem my Cleo's have, as well. It makes me wonder if they ran out of longer wires, or if it is intentional for some reason.
In summary: Not for me. Now I know. Read more 246 more words
I tried this one in black before, in a too-small size. I like the bra overall so I decided to try again, in caramel and a cupsize up. This one is starting to suffer from wide-gore and wide-straps issues, but not *nearly* as bad as the Fantasie Kara bra I tried before this. It's not a perfect fit on me, but still seems quite wearable. I am considering just altering the gore to get the cups closer together, so it will tack.
The design is cute and the bra seems overall comfortable. However, the straps are thick which I know is a problem for a lot of ladies.
The wires are too narrow for me. I have heard that this bra runs big, but I think that's because it has a bit more space at the top (ie good for full on top ladies). I've heard that Freya's wires in my current size often bend back from a tight band which can distort the fit... Nonetheless, I'd love to try this in my current size anyway. The straps are a little thick, but have a cute criss-cross design on them, and are stretchy and comfy! The band is tighter than a typical Freya, but it feels pretty nice.