I can't believe I managed to overlook this bra for as long as I did! I LOVE this bra!! Since I've set out on my personal little bra quest in search of the proper size, I've been paying Freya way too much attention. Lol, don't get me wrong, I still love Freya, and their bras are a great fit on my girls, for the most part. But I've been kind of "playing it safe" with that brand and have been hesitant to venture out into other brands since I haven't been having much luck.
I wanted something in the lines of a t-shirt bra, smooth cups, lined, but ...without all that padding. I already own several Decos, and thought they were the best thing since sliced bread after finding my size in a few different Deco models. But the more I wore them, the more uncomfortable I realized they were. I've read a ton of reviews on the Parfait Casey and Jeanie, and many have compared them both to the "Deco Rival!" So, naturally, I just had to try one. Surely, nothing beats Freya's infamous Deco, right? Well, I would definitely say that Parfait has! I'm not even sure I can go back to wearing my Decos now after putting this bra on!!
Where to start?! I guess what I like most about the Jeanie is the cup - the cup on this bra is MUCH softer and less firm than the Deco, not stiff at all. The cups on this bra conform to your shape unlike the Deco where your boobs conform to the cup. The wires are a bit on the wider side but I prefer that to the Deco's narrower cups, which usually cause me to quad boob like crazy! They do come out kind of far, under the arm, but it's not bothersome at all. The gore is perfect for me and low enough for my close-set boobs. After an hour or so, the gore on the Deco starts to dig into my sternum and becomes a bit uncomfortable. That doesn't happen at all for me with the Jeanie. The straps aren't as thick as the Decos, nor as wide, but seem to be quite comfy. And I LOVE that there are 3 rows of hook and eyes, and 3 columns. I feel much more supported in this bra. I won't be "Wowing" anyone with knockout cleavage in the Jeanie but I wasn't really looking for that. I don't feel like my boobs are being smushed in together with the shallow cups of the Deco, they're somewhat deep on the Jeanie for a "contoured" t-shirt bra. I just measured this bra (30FF) at 9.5" deep which is PERFECT for me - no gaping but no quad boob either. Just a nice smooth line. The band does feel somewhat tight for a 30. I mostly wear 28 bands and I am able to wear the Jeanie in a 30 on the loosest hook without it riding up and it still feels snug.
I absolutely, most definitely recommend this bra, especially if you had fit issues with the Deco. This bra seems much more suited for FOB than the Deco, but appropriate enough for other shapes as well (I have more of an even, round shape). It's very comfy, gives a great shape and is really supportive. I love the purple Panther colorway, too, it sort of makes this plain, simple bra a bit sexier and fun! I think I just found my new favorite bra!!!
Update: Ok, so after wearing this bra a few more hours, I noticed a flaw https://d28qt14g3opchh.cloudfront.net/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" /> Tears. Lol. The straps are placed too far out for me. It doesn't cause them to fall off my shoulders, but they do dig in by my underarm and its a little uncomfortable. And the cups are very tall, esp on the sides. Read more 544 more words
I've tried this bra in a few sizes 30DD, 30E, 32DD. With the 30E and the 32DD I got a lot of gaping near the center, I think a molded plunge may not be my best style, but I like having a plunge bra. After trying the sizes I thought would be best I went ahead and got a 30DD, I still can get some gaping if I don't have the straps fairly tight, but also can get some quadding. The quadding under most shirts isn't really noticeable and without a shirt, I feel I get the intended look of the bra. I like the look the Jeanie and the Casey (I ordered a Casey in a 30DD as well), but think they may not be the best style for an ideal fit for me. I think the underwires on the Casey fit me a bit better though I prefer the smoothness of the Jeanie cups.
I'm so torn with this bra! It's so comfy, and it's a plunge that actually fit my average projection - and I didn't have to go up a cup size. My only problem is that I don't have enough center fullness, therefore, the cups gap slightly in the middle. The gore is AWESOME. I need short gores and this is genius - the gore ends, but there is still the gore "tunnel" (for lack of a better word) but it's just thick fabric, so it's flexible, unlike a regular gore. I'm thinking about keeping this one as it's molded and actually fits my projection and it gives me a lined, rounded look. This bra has more projection that the Moulded Deco. I had a 30E in that and my breasts constantly pushed it down because it didn't allow for my projection.
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I love this bra! When I first got it, I wasn't quite sure if I was going to keep it because it seemed too big for me (I didn't fill out the top completely). However, after wearing it and washing it a few times, it fits perfectly. I love the shape it gives me; I get a little bit of cleavage even though I'm shallow and relatively wide-set. I am planning on buying another one in a different color.
My measurements put me in between a 28DD and 28E but a 30DD would definitely be too big. The band on this bra feels perfectly tight on me.
I also tried the Parfait Casey plunge in 30D, but it did not work for me.
Jeanie compares to the Freya Deco as a seamless molded plunge bra. However, the curve across the top line of the bra seems steeper. There’s also side boning in this model for side support. The fabric is more cottony than that of Deco.
Runs true to size in band, and perhaps a bit small or true to size in cup, Shapewise, they do fit a bit differently, as well. I get quad-boob towards the middle in Jeanie and the cup is pretty tall, so I can’t quite fill it and have some empty space up near the strap. My tissue is rather soft, so that contributes to the ...spillage. I am sure if the black version is tighter than the nude version. Additionally, the side boning can get irritating after a while and probably needs to be ‘broken in.’ At this point, not a replacement for the Deco, more’s the pity- I’d size up in the cup but have hit the end of the size range.
Plain, simple, basic, and goes with my three black tank tops and under any t-shirt. There’s a little heart charm at the bow which is a bit much for me. The shape under clothes is round and smooth, so it works well as a t-shirt bra. Read more 103 more words
I was hoping to find a better "nude" skin tone padded plunge as my Deco is too pale. Jeanie is more of a muted tone and Deco slightly more pinky but neither are close enough to disappear under thin tops. Rhiannon (http://www.bratabase.com/browse/fantasie/rhiannon-2222/) is still my perfect-nude albeit a moulded style. I am still searching for a padded plunge...
Jeanie's 30-band is a bit more firm than my Deco but still a somewhat loose. Deco fits and holds my shape where I am falling out of Jeanie in the same size. Although this is a very, very basic ...bra I am pleased with the padded plunge offering and minor decorative details such as the small center bow with silver heart. I sincerely wish this bra were available G+ as I've a hunch I would fit just a cup size up.
Take note: the straps are fully adjustable but are VERY stretchy!!! Typically I tighten approximately 20%-35% of the entire strap but I had to do well over 50% of these and found the strap sliders at the tops of my shoulders!
Measured unstretched immediately before wearing. Purchased in Nude, Early-June '12 from Barenecessities. Read more 92 more words
I like this bra since the band is very tight fitting. I measure ~28.5 inches under the bust and it fits tight around my ribcage, set on the outermost hooks. I am not very polstered there, and this bra is one of the few where the underwires do not hurt (e.g. Wacoal bras do). The cups are nicely shaped and provide a good underbust lift, and work well for a breast fuller at the bottom and less full on top, and accomodate fuller/less full boobage with hormonal changes. After weeks of wearing almost every day. Fabric for bra and straps is nice.
Pros: Low Price, good cup for breasts with most fullness on bottom, nice lift. Nude version works well under white T-Shirts. Cons: Cups are still a bit wide on top.
Fits great in the cups and gives a very nice shape with a pretty low cut. There's nothing fancy about the design, so it hides well under tees, but I don't think anyone would ever call it sexy. The back has a 3 hook closure, which may help with smoothing in some cases, but for me seems to allow it to float up a little more than other styles with more of a leotard back. The side wings are tall and rather rigid, but not painfully so. Otherwise, it's very comfortable, but not quite "forget I have it on"comfortable. The molding in the cups has a very long memory, which is probably a good thing overall. I know this because it was shipped in non-original packaging that allowed one of the cups to partially turn inside out, and I'm still struggling to get it to flip back.
For context, my measurements put me between a 32 and a 34 band. The latter is sometimes too loose, but the former is sometimes too tight. This puts me between a rock and a hard place when trying to evaluate bras.
When I tried the Parfait Jeanie in a 32FF, the band was a bit too firm and there wasn't enough projection at the wire for me. The 34 band feels better and the 34F (sister size to the 32FF) has more projection at the wire which works better for my breast tissue. However, there is still some discomfort in this bra. The primary issue is that the cups ...come up too high into my armpit and the straps are set too wide for me. This combination digs into my Tail of Spence and is quite uncomfortable. Additionally, the cups are a bit too wide for me. Finally, while I mostly fill out the cups while standing straight and still, they don't move with me very well (as often happens with molded bras). This creates a visible line under my clothes that is somewhat distracting.
Overall, this wasn't worth keeping for me. Read more 82 more words