I bought this bra in ivory because I thought that ivory would be less noticeable under white shirts. Turns out, ivory is not like a nude at all, so it will show up under white shirts (it won't be as bright, but you can definately see it).
Unlike the white and black colours, the flowers on the ivory are just a darker shade of ivory as opposed to a completely contrasting colour. The details on the band and the straps are actually really pretty. The fabric on the cups feel really smooth, as well as the lace.
The fit on me was really fantastic, like the Freya Jolie. I would say that this bra is very similar to the Freya Jolie in cut, style, and size; I would even say identical.
Edit: I no longer wear this bra as I find the cups too small.
the fabric is really really soft!!! and it gives a wonderfull look! : )
My bras: Alana Bra by Bravissimo - 28FF Tango Balconette Bra by Panache - 28FF Arabella Bra by Freya - 28FF Pollyanna Bra by Freya - 30F I had the chance to try Pollyanna in a shop, and I need to say that the back is really thight! usually, I wear 28FF, even in Freya, but this time, it was really tight! So I tried 30F, and it was fantactic! So, maybe have a look at the kind of bra and size you have usually, and take the back a little larger!
Stretched band - 27" Band - 23.5" Cup width - 5" Cup depth - 9.1" Wire length - 8.5" Cup seperation - .8" Strap width - .8" Hooks - 2
PROS: Soft material, not in the least bit itchy (not sure why others complained about that) Thick straps for better support, plus the embroidery on them prevents them from readjusting on their own Supportive full band that (for once for Freya!) runs true to size and does not slide around Because it's a plunge and also a balcony style (This is the style sold to me by Nordstrom, it is not a balconette), it gives great lift but doesn't leave you with that pointy look. I can wear this under ...thin t-shirts and although the seams do show through just a tad, it is minimal compared to other lace bras.
CONS: Why can't Freya line their bras? I don't understand...just a thin material of the same size, it would give an even rounder look and be just a bit more warm. The material is very thin, so show-through is a problem if you're cold. I wish the wires were a little bit taller on the outer sides. I'm more average-full busted, but for someone with fuller breasts (the total circumference) this would probably result in side spillage.
The cups of this bra are cut exactly the same as the Freya Arabella. The only difference is this one fits better because the ribbon on the Arabella prevents the top fabric on the cup from stretching so it can give a point and quad-boob look. The black lace on the tops of these cups seem to have a bit of give so the pointy appearance is not as bad.
*Update 8/02/11* I never wear this because it's uncomfortable. For a few minutes it feels ok and looks ok, but after those few minutes the cups wrinkle and sag, while at the same time cutting into breast tissue at the top of the cup resulting in what appears to be quad-boob. Read more 212 more words
This is a great bra, but I think I need a 34F instead of a 32F. The styling is beautiful, very feminine. It is supportive, but the actual underwires are not long enough...they don't come up as far as they should, they stop mid boob on the outer side. I do like this bra, so I will be ordering one in the larger size. One more note... the band size is a little smaller than average, so keep this in mind when sizing.
I like this bra, it's very pretty and very comfortable. There is just the teensiest bit of wrinkling at the top of the cups, they are maybe 1/8 of a size too big for me, and I had to start wearing it on the tightest hook (even then it was not exactly a snug fit) so I would say the band size might be off by an entire size. I have it in black with bluish-grayish flowers... it doesn't really look that nice to me in the lighter colors without the contrast.
I like the look (got it in black) but sadly, such a type of balconette (unpadded) is not the right style for my breasts (it always digs in). The band still feels very tight, so it didn't stretch out much. I think, it's a bit itchy, so not very comfortable.
Both the band and the cup on this bra seem to run a little small. In addition, this may be due to the improper fit, but the cup material seems quite flimsy - it's not really up to the task of holding the girls up. The perhaps overly-stretchy straps and thinner back band combine to make this a bra that, for me, pinches and lets me jiggle all at the same time - not the best look.
It’s hard to write a review for this bra because it’s heedeously old and stretched out and I don’t really wear it much anymore. But it’s here because I used it for learning how to measure and compare to a bra I was considering buying from a friend. She measured her bra with me measuring this via Facebook messenger. It’s a pretty nice bra but when I got it, I didn’t know about swooping and scooping and so my larger breast quads a bit in this. I wish I had more to go on, but like I said, it was good while I wore it.
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