Have been on the lookout for a supportive longline bra. Found Panache Cleo Breeze which I love BUT it is so painful to wear. This one is extreeeemely comfortable, soft but still sturdy and stable, no spillage between the cups or on top, which is often a problem for me. The long band is really comfortable and yet supportive. Gives a perfect round, lifted shape that stays all day. The lonline band flips over at front after a short while, but that is really not a problem. Not a big fan of the design, would like other colors and patterns but that is totally secondary. I have FOT, close-set, very projected, pendulous boobs.
About me: • Height: 5'2" / 158 cm • Narrow, close-set, center full, functionally FOB/short roots, immediate projection, annoying tail of spence • Mild pectus excavatum (bottom of my sternum curves inward) with rib flare • Typical fit challenges for my shape and body type are wires that are too long or too wide, not enough immediate projection, cups that are too tall and wide, wings that are too tall, straps that are set too wide. • I have a connective tissue disorder and find that a tighter, firmer fit works best for me
About the bra: • The cups aren't padded but are lined with thicker fabric. I have ...prominent nipples that like to let the world know I am freezing cold 24/7 so I appreciated the coverage this bra provided without the added bulk of thick, foam padding. • The fabric is soft and flexible enough to the touch but firm enough to hold everything in, provide lift, stability, and a rounded shape. • The wires were a bit too long and wide for my shape so it felt like the bra was trying to push my boobs down and to the sides. I'm not sure how to word this but the wires were about 1/4" too short for the fabric on the outside of the cups near the wing/side panel. This made the fabric feel even more irritating to my skin in the tail of spence area. • I had heard that Freya half cups were a good choice for those of us who struggle with cups being too tall (seems to be a fairly common issue with smaller band/larger cup sizes). The cups on this bra were still just a bit too tall for me. If the too tall cups were the only fit issue I would have definitely kept this bra. The fit was really close in this respect. I had empty space in the bottom of the cups because they didn't have enough projection for my shape. I couldn't keep the bra in my IMF; it would slide down immediately after scooping and swooping. The cups were too wide so I wasn't filling out the sides of the bra either. My breast tissue stops well ahead of my armpits and these cups/wires were wrapping around my torso and digging into the sides of my ribs and armpit area. The tops of the cups cut into the very top of my breast tissue resulting in some minor quadding. The wires at the gore sat on breast tissue (I am close-set and center full) and I need more projection at the gore or a very low, close-set gore with more projection than this bra provided. • The straps were too wide set for me. I would say the straps are long -- I had to tighten them all the way to get them to fit, but I am also pretty short at 5'2". • The longline band bunched and folded up on me. I do have some unique issues that could be contributing to this like mild pectus excavatum and rib flare. I prefer a 28 band on Freyas but ordered this one in a 30 because I'd read that black bras are usually tighter. I'm not sure if a 28 band would prevent the issues I was having with the longer fabric in the band bunching and folding up. • I have a lot of issues with gores being too wide, too tall, and too firm. They are almost always somewhat painful to extremely painful for me. I know my close-set, center full shape with pectus excavatum and a rib flare immediately below my IMF makes this a particularly challenging fit issue to overcome. • I could easily wear the band on the tightest hooks but going down a band size would put me in a 28G and the larger cups don't scale well on my particular shape and size.
I really, really wanted to keep this bra but decided against it despite it probably being the best fit I have found so far in my search for a bra that fits. Having tried many different styles of Freya bras in sizes 28FF, 28G, 28GG, 30F, 30FF, 30G, 32E, 32F, and 32FF I have yet to find one that is "perfect." I basically need the cup height, cup depth, wire length, wire width and wing height of an F cup with the projection of a GG cup.....thus my search continues. Read more 650 more words
I would never call myself a longline girl, but my recent experiences with some Freya longlines have started to change my mind. Since I am slim and petite, I don't need the smoothing abilities of a wide band to create a smoother line, and the length of the band usually ends up uncomfortably close to my waist and puts pressure on my ribcage, causing me to panic for breath. However, I've found that some longlines can create an elegant look that looks cleaner under dresses than a standard bra, plus some of them can double as bra tops for going out. So, with this in ...mind, I have found myself the owner of a small longline collection.
I love the Summer Haze Padded Half Cup, as it's the best-fitting soft padded half cup silhouette that works for me. It is a 3HC construction with a slightly closed top. The Summer Haze Longline is simply its longline equivalent, and I own both in 28E. There's not much difference between the two, though mine varies slightly in measurements, which I think is just due to manufacturing inconsistency and not design. If you already like this fit, then go ahead and order the same size as the Padded Half Cup. If you are new to this fit, one of the awesome things about it is that the cup has a really rounded shape and is more closed off at the top than many standard Padded Half Cup styles, such as the Fantasie/Fauve ones, or the original Freya Patsy before the fit was redesigned. It's great for people who are not particularly FOT, but it's not so closed off as to cut into tall roots.
Compared to my other Freya padded longline, the Fancies Longline, this has a different cup shape. The Fancies Longline has a 4 piece cup where the top piece is horizontal. The 4 piece cup is a bit deeper than the 3HC and also has slightly wider wires, so on the body the cup is effectively wider. However, the band construction and measurements are very similar, though the materials are different. The Summer Haze has a very firm feeling band because the cradle and side panel are backed with tricot and are nonstretch (the Fancies Longline doesn't have this nonstretch side panel, and the wings are double layer mesh and lace). Only the back portion of the wing is stretch and is made from firm powermesh. This means that this really feels like it stays in place, but I didn't find it uncomfortably tight at all. Unlike the Freya Wilder Bustier, which has boning in the center front panel, the normal longlines do not have any boning.
The outside of the bra is a shibori-printed dot mesh that extends throughout the entire bra, including the wings. The cups are lined with soft padding and are not molded foam. The upper edge of the cup is trimmed with simple black lace, and the straps are plain wide black elastic. The only trim is a small bow at the center gore, thankfully, with no weird charms. The look of this bra is clean and simple, with no accented seams or contrast details other than the black lace and elastic. This is a fantastic longline if you are hesitant about longline styles. The only flaw I find is that Freya's longlines only have two rows of hooks, and they really would be better off with at least 3, ideally 4 rows to allow for better band fit. 2 rows of hooks really limits the ribcage measurements that can wear this style, unfortunately. Read more 511 more words