First off-this bra is one of my bras from before I knew my approximate correct bra size. When I first got it, I thought it was tight in the band, but now I realize-it's just because the cups are too small! I can wear it easily on the tightest hooks, and can still pull it away from my body enough to fit two or three fists in there. It also rides up on the tightest hook. After measuring the band, I instantly knew why-unstretched, it measures 26 inches! My BTT is 26.5, and relaxed is 27, so of course it's too big. However, I added it here for ...science/measurement purposes to help others, and it will be listed so that it can go to a good home.
Gorgeous color-a true red that I hope to find in a correctly fitting bra someday! Red can be tricky with my coloring, but this one is really pretty.
Seems very well made, I think it would last a long time for the right person.
Medium Narrow wires, though for me I need a touch narrower, on a correctly fitting bra.
I quadboob, but this is understandable, since my actual size is 26HH or J, and I usually wear 28H or HH bras. (The cup volume of this bra, if my math is correct, is closer to that of a 28FF or G, since it goes 32E-30F-28FF and the cups seem to run a bit large, since they are about the same depth as another 32 band bra I am listing in a F cup(which also runs a tad large). Because the band is so loose, I couldn't get a picture where the full extent of overspill is visible-every time I stepped back to wait for the timer, my breast ended up moving around and the quadding at top became less visible.Probably why I thought these sizes fit for so long....)
Straps don't adjust short enough for my narrow shoulders and higher set chest. (My root starts pretty high up)
Band runs large, which could also be a pro depending on your measurements.
Overall, a lovely bra, and I hope it can go to someone who will enjoy it! Read more 253 more words
This bra has just rocketed to the top of my favorites list. Unlike most classic Freya "plunge-balconies" in my size, this one has a higher gore. It's extremely comfortable, gives a lovely uplifted shape, and fits me like a custom bra.
I often wear seamless bras for a smooth look under clothes, but this one's seams are quite flat and don't show under most tops (except for very thin ones). The texture likewise doesn't show through, but it does help to keep fabrics from sliding around during the day.
The fit here is amazing. I'm surprised that the gore tacks because it is a mite on the wide side for my close-set breasts, but it actually works perfectly. Very cool look with the peek-a-boo holes, bright red color, and unnecessary center rivet. It's lacy but not in an overly femmey way. This is one of the all-time best-looking-on-me bras.
Here's the problem: T can't stand to wear it. the fabric feels stiff and unforgiving (kind of surprising since it's fairly high spandex %), and even though the lacy-ness is not traditionally lacy, it's still incredibly itchy and uncomfortable for me. I'm very sensitive to synthetic fabrics, and after six hours wearing this bra, I very suddenly want to claw it off.
I bought this bra while I was learning more about my actual size, and before I knew anything about how stretchy Freya bands can be. Freya calls this a balconnet style but I think it's closer to a full-coverage, based on the fact that while the E is a little wrinkly at the top of the cup, the DD gives me quadraboob. If you're full on top or have even fullness, you'll probably face the same issue.
The pros: I really like the fabric - a sort of "garden-gate" pattern, thick mesh; the underwires are sturdy; it's comfortable all day; and the seams don't show too prominently under ...clothes. The styling is interesting and quite unlike anything else I've owned - sort of 'modernist' looking, with no bows or lace. The straps are fully-adjustable and wide enough that they don't dig in, but not so wide that they look frumpy or grandma-ish. The cups don't make me look pointy. My Rios have lasted in good condition for at least a year, as long as I rotate among them regularly.
The cons: the band, like most Freya bands, is stretchy. I recommend going down a size in the band (and correspondingly up a cup size). It comes in only 3 colors currently - red, white, and black - which is boring. The nude color was discontinued, but supposedly is coming back in July 2014.
The bottom line: Rio is good value for the quality and fit, and it'll continue to be my go-to, every day bra. Read more 148 more words
Beautiful bra! In real life the red color is a tomato red, with a very slight orange undertones (no blues) and is so nice. This bra had way too much volume in the top of the cup for me, leaving it very baggy on the top and sides. The bottom of the cup was great, as was the depth. I am quite FOB, so I think this would be a much better fit for someone who had fairly even breasts.
I bought this for my mum, who is a couple of sizes bigger than me, both in band and cup.
I got this bra from Figleaves, and it smells like it's been washed. It's supposed to be a 32 band, which is what the tag says, but it fits me perfectly, and I have trouble finding 30's that are snug enough for me. I can just about stretch it to 31.5", but only when I pull like CRAZY. Mum couldn't even close it in the back; it took two extenders just to get the back ends to meet, and it was still too tight. The cups were too big - I'm guessing two sizes, but that's probably just a miscalculation on my part. The wires were a good width on her, but I don't know what that means when everything else fit so badly.
Not sure if I got a mislabelled reject or whatever's going on, and I don't know if I have the energy to retry with other sizes. [sighs]
I tried this in a 28G before sizing up to a 30FF as the band runs a little tight. The 30FF fits really well and the discomfort caused between the tightness of the 28 band and the gore digging in seems to have disappeared. We'll see if that lasts.
This bra gives me a more projected look, but I personally prefer that over looking wide.
Cups run at least a size big, otherwise it seemed just like all of Freya's other balcony/plunges. I really liked the fabric it was made out of, and the beige color went really well with my skin tone, though it was a little light I think it would have worked well as a "nude" bra, so hopefully I'll be able to get it for a decent price in a 28FF in the future.
As of trying it on and wearing it briefly, I'm not in love with the color (crimson apparently equals orange red at Freya). However, the general fit is pretty good. The band is a pretty tight 28, but comfortable unlike the tightness of Panache's Tango. The cups fit well unless I take a really deep breath, at which point they quadboob a little. (I think this is probably a sign that I still ought to be leaning towards FoT rather than FoB, though I'm fairly even.) Even with that, I think it is going to be a keeper.
Edit: I'm pretty hesitant ...on keeping this now, actually. After trying it out for just a little longer, the gore started to really hurt on me. It digs in not at the top of the gore, but rather just before the wire curves under my right breast (right where my ribs connects to my sternum and sticks out a bit). Not sure if there is much I can do about that except add padding there. Or perhaps try it in a higher band. I hesitate to go in the direction of a 30FF, but either that or a 30G might work. Read more 98 more words