I’ve already written about this bra in three sizes (6, 8, and 10). This is the second review of the size 8. For the majority of the details, check out the other reviews. However, I will recap some.
I originally tried the 10...was ok in the cups but, too large in the band. I later tried the 6 on and omg it was so tight and compressive by comparison to some of the others that I have tried in the 6. I later tried the 8 but, I ultimately opted for the Free To Be Serene Longline in a size 6. I had to get that one shipped ...to me from another store as it was sold out online and locally before I had decided to get it.
I tried it on again in the 8 in the pink mist colour after I had decided to pick up the 23” Cropped Scalloped Wunder Under leggings in navy. The picture online shows the leggings with a pink bra and I really liked that combination...though I don’t know if I will be wearing it on its own with the leggings or under a shirt, but probably under a shirt so the coordinating colour is sorta irrelevant. In the end, I stuck with the Free To Be Serene Longline but, told myself that I would try to get this one next. Then I saw it went on sale and knew that it was to be. Oddly, the store by me had it at the regular price today but, the sale sku was available at a different store location so I have ordered it over the phone to get shipped to me. The shop assistant said that yes, it was exactly the same one, but that the “we made too much” sale items are under a different sku. So it was pay $54 CAD and get it locally today or have it sent out from the other store under the sale sku for $39 CAD and get it later this week. It’s rather nuts if you ask me.
So on to the bulk of the review now...
This bra is designed for a DD-E cup, according to the website, and is designed for light support. I would have to disagree with this and say that it feels like medium support at minimum to me. The construction and design of this bra seems to be a cross between the Free To Be Serene and the Energy bra with a semi longline length. The back straps are more elaborate than the Energy, so more like the Free To Be Serene (with some of the straps a little bit thicker and supportive than the rest). Unlike the Free To Be Serene though, the material under the arms is higher all the way around and doesn’t taper down towards the back as much. It’s more like the Energy bra in this respect. The material is luxtreme like the Energy and Free To Be Serene however, it has the side shaping and support seams of the Free To Be Serene that the Energy does not have. I feel like this bra is snugger and somewhat more compressive than the Free To Be Serene and more comparable to the Energy bra. The cups of this bra are a bit taller than the other bras though so, while it has its own style, it is a bit of a hybrid in my opinion.
Just to reiterate what my size and shape are for relevance of the fit:
My snug measurement is 28” My standing over bust is about 37” My leaning bust is 39”
I have lost a few pounds in the past month or so and there is some slight variation in the measurements. I rounded out some from the in between figures. I do typically wear a 30F or 30FF because I have a weirdly sensitive chest and sternum and bands that are under 29” stretched without distorting the wires are painful even if they are technically the correct fit. I prefer a ttd or slightly snug 30 band.
I have tallish roots with shallow upper fullness. Vertically, I am a bit more even fullness but, I fit functionally short and fob due to the soft and pendulous nature of them. I’m center full as well.
I personally feel that having such soft tissue in combination with the compressive styles means that I risk the cup edge cutting into my tissue even if it’s a good volume. I simply don’t have the resistance. In fact, the picture for this bra shows someone who is much more rounded and fuller than me. As a result, I do actually prefer encapsulation sports bras but, they are a little bit more overkill for my current needs.
As I said, I find that this style is more compressive than the Free To Be Serene even though it is the same materials. The band is only slightly looser than I would like though the cups are fine. This is ok for me because I’m not using it for anything that’s higher impact. I’m going to one on one Pilates once a week (usually) and spend a great deal of the session on my back (supine) or sitting and occasionally on my tummy (prone). My bra needs are that it has to be somewhat supportive but, ultimately it’s got to be comfortable. So if it’s a little bit looser in the band than would be ideal for a traditional bra bra fit, I think it’s ok as long as I don’t slip out of the bottom and still feel supported. And sometimes the snugger longline and crop styles will actually roll up a bit more which is kind of a pain so it might be better if it is a little bit looser.
I’ll obviously have to wear it to a session and see how it is once I get the delivery (last time it was ordered on a Friday and delivered on the Monday morning so it should be quick). Read more 896 more words
Ok everyone...here’s the Free to Be Elevated in the size 8. I initially tried it on in the 10, and the cups were good but the band was too loose. Then I tried a 6 after I had had some luck with that size in other styles. The 6 was definitely compressing and it cut into my tissue some. If I was going to be bouncing around, it might have been ok, but for my low impact Pilates sessions, I need to be comfortable and somewhat supported. I do do some roll downs so I do need to not spill out either but, a bra like this would ...probably be under a shirt anyway.
So here’s the in between size. I’ve sort of been between the 6 and 8 in most of the styles. I’m a 30FF though occasionally size down to a 30F if it’s a taller style or something for fot breasts, as mine are quite soft and squishy, even with a tendency to fob, and average height roots that are shallow. So I’m functionally fob with short roots.
This one seems to be a good size. It is slightly looser in the band but it did not feel like it was riding up or my boobs were escaping from the bottom either. It was probably a bit more relaxed. The coverage of this is a little bit higher than most of the non high neck styles yet it’s definitely got a little bit of strap details at the back. Not as flourishing as the Free To Be Serene and slightly more embellished than the Energy. Unlike the Energy bra, this one does also have some side seams for shape as well. The band seems slightly thicker and longer as well..it’s not longline length but does feel a bit firmer than the Serene. I feel like it is a hybrid of the two styles.
I’ve ordered the Free To Be Serene longline from a location in Vancouver to be shipped to me. It’s a size 6, but it’s a stretchier material. I did try it a few weeks ago but had wanted to try the 8, but then nobody had it so I’m going to try the 6 again. Once the files are fixed here, I will upload pics. If it’s not going to work, this one is a strong possible option. Read more 286 more words
I’m going to Pilates and I would like something a bit better than the aerie longline bralette I have. It’s stretchy and comfortable but pretty lacklustre for support, and while Pilates is pretty light impact, I think I can do better.
I usually wear a 30F/FF depending on the brand (more the 30FF these days). My snug under bust is 28-29” (varies sometimes with inflammation), my standing over bust is 37-38”, and my leaning is 39-40”. I have soft tissue which is problematic as you will see with some of the other bras I will be posting about.
I had been trying mostly size 6 and 8 and ...finding the 6s too hard to put on and smashing my breasts and showing a fair bit of side boob and spilling out the top. The 8 was better. I decided to try this in an 8 based on the fit of the Free To Be Serene but they didn’t have it. I should have asked for the 6 as well, though I am skeptical about it working.
This one was ok with the coverage and the cups but the longline portion felt loose and I could feel my boobs trying to fold over on themselves at the imf and it felt like they wanted to slip down out of the bra. They wouldn’t, but a snugger band would’ve been better.
For the price, it’s the cheapest of all of the potential winners but I am not sold on this size. I definitely want to try this in a smaller size. It possibly not the best fit but I do think it’s a possibility for starters due to the lower cost. I do want to invest in something good, but this is $56-ish CAD iirc, and the other potential ones are $20 more. I also like the strappy details on the back and it doesn’t seem quite as intense as some of the others that I tried. Read more 216 more words
So this is not the first time I have tried this bra on in the size 6. I tried it earlier this year, I think. At that time, it was a struggle to put on, and it was pretty compressive. I spilled out the top some, since I have pretty soft and not very resistant tissue. That one is here: 6 - Lululemon » Free To Be Elevated
Since then, I have lost about 15 pounds due ...to some health issues. The size 8 in pink does still fit and feel comfortable, but when I was trying on bras last week, the fitter thought I might be better in the 6. I told them that I have tried a 6 and spilled out but, that since I had lost weight, I could try it again. The pads were removed and they liked the fit. I really love the teal colour and the only size on the rack was a 4 but, it turned out that the mannequin was wearing a size 6.
I think I described the bra in one of my other reviews as being a cross between the Free To Be Serene and Energy bras. Material is closer to the Energy in terms of compression. Straps are more embellished like FTBS. Side coverage is higher under the arms like Energy whereas the FTBS tapers. There are darts and shaping that are more closely related to the FTBS than the Energy, I think. This particular bra is also cut higher than the other ones as it’s a DD-E sized bra.
So I tried it and love it. I personally think that I would prefer the 8 still, as the two size 6 bras I have from them are a little bit tight over the shoulders but, the band is great. I’m hoping that they will stretch out some with a little bit more wear. I’m definitely not spilling out in this one anymore (as I’ve lost 1.5-2” of my over bust measurement). The only thing I don’t like about this bra is that the shape is rather uniboob under a shirt. I think this is why I might prefer a little bit more room in the cups with the 8, and not be quite so compressed inwards towards (opposite of east west) and against my chest. I will have to see if I can get a good picture of what I mean with the shape.
I do really love this but, I know of my weight comes back, it’s not gonna fit. While it does fit me currently, I think I still would’ve preferred the 8 even if this is more technically correct in the fit. I find this bra fits sort of in between the two bras I have already listed about. It’s more compressed than the pink size 8, and not as tight or compressed as the original black size 6 I tried previously. Possibly because it was stretched on the mannequin. I’m going to try to remove the pads and see if I like it better that way.
Anyway, I do like it, and the colour is brilliant with all of my leggings at the moment. https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" /> Read more 460 more words
My shape: close set, center full, full on bottom, average/narrow width roots, tall shallow roots, semi soft tissue.
I've been super curious about the bras by Lululemon even though they do not have the best size range. This bra is brand new, released only a few weeks ago. It's supposed to be for cup sizes DD and E. This is only a fit review since I only tried it on.
They use single number sizes for most of their bras and the range is from 0-14. This bra goes from 2-12. I've read that a size 2 = 28-30", 4 = 30-32", 6 = 32-34”, etc. Not sure how accurate ...this is, but it seems to be similar to the measurements I got on this bra (if anything my measurements seem to be on the smaller side, the 4 measured about 29” stretched and the 6 measured 31” stretched).
This bra in both sizes (4 and 6) was a pain to put on, there are no clasps/hooks, so it has to go over your head. There’s no way to adjust the band which sucks. Size 6 was definitely too big in the band for me and was riding up the back (measurements for size 6 here: http://bra.pe/X2ke/ ). The band on size 4 was perfect for me, but the cups were too small. I felt really squished and I got some quadding at the top, not much, but enough for it to bother me.
They say on the website this is a light support bra, but it feels more like medium support to me. I wouldn’t go running in it since I have better bras, but it could work for a light jog. Side coverage is good and came up high enough for me.
The straps on the back are beautiful, but not adjustable which can be a deal breaker as well. They fit me fine, however I’m not particularly high or low set. I’ve had a few problems with straps being too short, but not by much.
I decided to return this bra because the cups felt too small and because it has no way to adjust the band to the straps with use. I think it’s pretty expensive for a mostly non-adjustable bra and I feel like Freya and Panache have better bras in this price range for my needs. Read more 283 more words
I reviewed this one already in the 10, which was fine in the cup and loose on the band. This one was ok in the band but it definitely squashed me and cut into the tissue. I have yet to try this in the 8. I’m honestly not sure if it’s going to be any better but I will try it if I’m able to find it.
Me: 30FF-ish (sometimes size down due to soft and squishy tissue that’s sort of short rooted and full on bottom).