This is one of the cheaper bras in my general size range at Bravissimo. It is sort of pretty, ut not exactly my style. I bought this bra for fitting purposes so I could discover my true size. I was impressed by the bra's quality and construction--much, much better than the American ras that I am used to. No stray threads, no flimsy seams, and no incredibly itchy material. It did surprise me a bit because it is much bulkier than the average American bra, but it doesn't particularly bother me.
The band fits me perfectly. I can easily run two fingers underneath ...it and I can pull it out far enough to just get my fist between myself and the strap. It is made out of a silky-textured material that doesn't itch at all.
The straps are just right for me; they aren't too long and they aren't too short. I found them to be quite easy to adjust. They are made of the similar/the same silky-feeling material as the band, so I didn't experience any chafing.
The cups were my primary problem with this bra. The underwires poked my breast tissue really badly and left deep red marks. It was particularly bad at the center gore. The cups themselves were too tight against my breasts as well. So tight, in fact, that they constricted my breathing because there wasn't enough room for my breasts. My breasts actually pushed the cups' material away from them, creating distinct wrinkles at the top of the cup where it meets the shoulder strap. The inner edge of the cups would also dig into my breast tissue when I inhaled.
Despite the fact that this is a balconette style, I found that it came up too high for even my only mildly low-cut tops. When I would put one on, about 1/2 inch of the top of the cups was showing.
So this bra was way too small for me in the cup. I discovered that I am not an F cup as I had previously deducted (I wore a 32C from Victoria's Secret for years). I am closer in range to a G.
I would also like to note that some may find the mesh material that the cups are made out of to be a bit itchy. This might be due to the wrinkling, however. Read more 299 more words
If you would like to get a more detailed description of this brand of bra, please read my reviews for the Freya Rio bra in sizes 28F and 28FF. Thank you!
This is the first bra in this style that I have encountered that has underwires that do not poke me at the center gore. The bra is overall comfortable, although the cups seem to be designed for someone with breasts that are fuller on top than mine are, which is why I get wrinkling even though the bra fits okay. I also find that the cups come up to the point where they almost fit ...me like a full-cup bra rather than a balconette. This bra would not be my first choice to wear out of the house simply because I dislike the wrinkling.
One last thing. I would like to point out that the straps might loosen just a little bit over time and I find the right length to be a bit difficult because I have to re-adjust a couple times a day when I wear this bra.
Please be patient! Measurements are coming soon! Read more 83 more words
This bra is 100% for me. Finally! Narrow wires, decent projection. The gore is further apart, but with the narrow wires, it's not as big a deal because my boobs aren't being squished closer together.
I ordered a cup size smaller after seeing the measurements, and would advise others to do the same. I stuck with the band, and it's nice and firm.
Literally the ONLY thing that isn't a great fit with this is the fact that my bigger boob JUST fits in the cup. It cuts in just a tiny tiny bit, but not noticeable or painful.
The appearance of this bra isn't great, but it isn't bad either. It's not ...scratchy as I suspected it might be, and honestly feels pretty much like any other bra to me(material wise), as in, I don't notice it.
The shape it gives is very uplifted, even for me, which is great and exactly what I've been looking for. It's more pointy on me, but also semi rounded (and I'm a bit conical). I would imagine it'd appear much more rounded with rounder breasts, obviously https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" />
I've been looking for a more practical, every day bra, and this definitely does the job. I'm so happy because lately I've been having such bad luck. The wires on this make it better than my Freya Hopscotch Longline. I'm totally buying as many of these as I can!
So yeah, anyone with more centered boobs, narrower roots, and possibly taller roots that need some projection, this. I've had a lot of trouble with wide wires and quad boob, this doesn't have those issues at all.
Edit: I've worn this twice now, and initially it felt great but the gore and side wires have started to dig in so badly that I'm scarring.. yeah, this fast, my skin sucks https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> But that means it's cutting in. Strangely, the band seems appropriate and the wires fit nicely around my boobs, but as I wear it, the wires begin to distort. Possiby from fluctuations thoughout the day? Maybe I need an extender right now? The band did only measure 27-28 inches before wire distortion. Just a bit of a let down because the band gives great support and without it being so snug, I can't imagine it would.
Also, the gore is way too wide and I'm feeling it and it's pretty intense Honestly, if I could make the band more supportive material and go up to a 32 and then alter the gore and figure out what's going on with the sides, I'd feel like this was perfect again. Such a shame.
Also, I apologize for lack of photos. I've been insanely busy the past few days, but they will come https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> now that I'm having issues I need to post a fit check anyway.
EDIT2: I finally added photos. Forgive the slight wrinkling. I was taking Spironolactone for, erm, complexion issues, but my dermatologist is miles away and I haven't had a car so..no Spiro=bad skin, no boobs, and basically, I'm beginning to look like a teenage boy (again). Pretty sure I have PCOS or at least high androgen levels. So my boobs have been shrinking and that's also why I haven't been on here much. It's sort of depressing thinking that I finally found some nice bras and now my boobs are losing fullness and becoming even more tubey. Anyway, this bra actually left scars on my sides from the wires so I haven't worn it more than twice. Still love the shape. Giving it another shot being as there's already permanent scarring so whatever, but I'm not very hopeful. Read more 499 more words
The band and cup fit like a glove, the cup is generous enough but not so loose that it causes wrinkles. It has seams and it's lace so this shows through most t-shirts but I can wear it with light sweaters. It gives a rounded sillhouette.
**This is sized with American sizing. It was bought as a G, but comparable to a 28DDDD cup as listed on Figleaves.com
*Update 8/02/11* This did fit...for a short time. Because it's a lace style it is not one I ever wear, so when I do wear it, it's literally to just try it on for a few minutes and see if ...it still fits, then take it off because it's not practical with my clothes. As with ALL of my Freya bras that are lace, the cups wrinkle and sag if this is worn for even a quarter of the day, yet I'll have quad-boob. The reason this is not noticeable in the photos is because I was not wearing it that whole day. Just trying it on. The elastic used in the Freya's I own stretch out after just a few minutes of wear (maybe I got knock-offs??). As with the Pollyanna and Arabella styles, the band is too loose and too tight at the same time no matter what eye I close it on. It's painful to wear like this, although when I close any of my size 28 bras on the tightest eye they lift my boobs to where they should be - halfway between my shoulder and elbow. But I can't even take the 5 minutes of agony I'm in - heartburn and sore ribs because the band is too high and tight, straps have to be adjusted nearly as short as they can go (with about 2.5" of extra band!) if I want the band to stay up high which results in deep red gouges in my shoulders, shoulder, neck and back pain, and a headache.
And here's the big problem! = If I have the band closed on the loosest eyes and tighten the straps, the band is too tight and rides up my back. If I have the band closed on the tightest eyes and tighten the straps, the band is still too tight and rides up my back. If I have the band closed on any setting and loosen the straps, the band is too tight, and rides both UP and DOWN my back and there is no support in the cup! Going down a cup size fixes nothing and the cups are obviously too small. I have contacted so many people, including bra companies about this and they can't even give me an answer as to why my bras are doing this. <=( Read more 350 more words
If you would like a more detailed descriptionof this bra style, please go read my review for Freya's Rio bra in size 28F. Thank you!
This bra fit me better than the size 28F bra, although I still experienced poking from the underwires and wrinkling where the cup meets the strap. I found that the poking is particularly bad in the center gore area. I have experienced this with every single balconette style that i have tried so far, no matter how well they fit me, so I am coming to the conclusion that I will e needing a lower-cut style such as a plunge bra.
If you find the mesh material slightly itchy in che cup, please give it a wash or two and it will go away. I would also like to note that the band might be a little tight (and I should technically be wearing a 26 band size), but this will also lessen after a few wears. This style isn't my favorite bra, but it could be a lot worse.
First off, I really like the material this bra is made from. It feels very nice to the touch and has an interesting texture without being scratchy or uncomfortable.
The straps of the bra are fully adjustable, which is always a bonus for me. I don't really like straps that only adjust on part of the strap. They also slide smoothly while adjusting, but don't move once in place.
The cups give my breasts nice lift and shape without coming all the way up to my neck. It doesn't show under lower cut tops like some bras would.
The band feels nice and firm, ...but not overly so. Very comfortable.
The gore is a bit wider than other bras I've tried. The gore doesn't quite tack against my sternum since my breasts are set quite close together (about a finger's width). It isn't really a big issue, but something I thought was worth pointing out. The bra still fits nicely regardless, and if I push the gore against my sternum, there is no quadboob.
Not really important, but the closure for this bra is 2 clasps per. I haven't found many bras in my size that have less than 3.
Overall, this is a very nice bra, and I would recommend trying it out. Read more 109 more words
This is my 2nd nude Rio and I can now say this for sure: This bra runs a full cup big! I thought at first that maybe my 30C nude was just an odd ball, but it isn't. Compared to other Freya bras I own the cup width and depth of this bra is more like an F cup. I'm not sure if the other colourways of this bra do the same thing but for sure the nude Rio runs a full cup big and should you source this d/c colour from ebay buy a cup smaller than what you would wear in the Arabella/Lyla/Cindy type models. Band ...is firm but not enough to size up and I can definitely say this through experience.
However, this hasn't been a loss for me and I won't be returning it. With this bra came the decision that yes I do need to keep 2 cup sizes around. Since I have grown I've realised I grew a tad more than just a cup. For 2 weeks I am an average to full E cup, for the other two weeks of my cycle I am an average F cup. At the writing of this review I have actually split my measurements into these two blocks reflect these changes. I guess when you are bigger these fluctuations do increase more as well. When I was smaller I did notice the change but it stayed within the same cup size well enough being a just barely DD right afterwards to being a full DD during.
This bra has also taught me something else. The little pooch in the top of the band between the wing and wear the strap meets in the back isn't breast tissue and the little pooch of flesh that occurs wear the straps attaches to cup isn't boob either. It occurs even when the cup on this bra is too big. I found a way to finally pull it into the cup but the second I move my arms up and bring it back down it comes back. In the end after having looked these pooches I'm complaining about are minuscule compared to others deemed to be in the right size so I will now shut up and say nothing more of it again.
Oh and this nude is still too light for me to wear with a white shirt but at least I can make use of the matching knickers I have since the 30C I have has been useless for a while. Read more 313 more words
Okay. I had originally ordered this bra in a 28DD. Well the cups run big on this bra by a full size. I wanted nude and there were no 28Ds left in nude. Since the band on the 28 did feel a bit tight I went for the 30C.
I should have returned it but I was fooled in the beginning thinking it would be tight enough. Alas it failed the work test and was riding up on the loosest hook. After closer examination I realised that the center gore was too wide as well.
I've only worn this bra about 25 times. I even did a little alteration trick ...I found in someone's blog hoping it would help. It did for the front appearance since the gore now sits right but the bra is totally useless even on the tightest hook.
I'm getting this bra altered professionally.
Extra: I finally took pics of this bra. I undid the center gore bastard alteration I tried for the pics. These pictures are of the bra unaltered with me wearing the bra on its tightest hooks.
Another edit: I've grown too big for this bra cup wise but I found a 28E on ebay in nude! It's mine! I know this bra runs big in the cup but I think it will work this time.
- Band is a bit snug, but not uncomfortable - Gore is a bit wide (15/16 in) - Cups are too big, I can pinch out a 1/2" pleat (~1" total) in the top cup then the shape "starts" to fill in - Straps had to be so tight that my underarm chafes, and it still doesn't fill the cup volume - Wire feels snug, maybe U-shaped? Long @ 11.5" - Material is nice. Lace is almost like a plastic mesh which doesn't seem to catch as bad as lace and the performance knit is a soft alternative to power mesh
## SHOULD I STAY OR SHOULD I GO NOW
Return (34:F), will ...not try other sizes.
If I downsize the cup I am concerned I would end up with a narrower wire which not be more comfortable and a too-snug band. The gore feels wide and might be coming up too high on my sternum.'
Not sure if the balcony style is right for me.
## MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION
- Backband is a lovely poly performance knit (not a power mesh) - Two (2) piece bottom cup is mesh, lined with a mesh tricot - Top cup piece mesh only (reinforced to prevent stretch) - Frame and two-piece gore are lined with a mesh tricot - Hook & eye is soft nylon backed, but doesn't overhand much so at the largest setting, causing the hook's seam to scratches a bit
This bra is a little scratchy (which I suspect will diminish with washing). More troubling for me, it just wasn't the right shape. It was much too wide under the arms. This would be great for someone with a wider chest or wider-set breasts.