Review~ Freya Lauren Balcony Bra
I have been sitting on this review for a while. This is a gorgeous looking bra and I thought it would grow on me. But once again, I love the picture of the product more than the product itself. This particular bra is part of the Lauren range, with a size range of 28D-J, 30D-K, 32-36C-K, and 38C-J. The plunge style stops at a GG in all band sizes, a FF in a 28 band, and a E in a 38 band. The padded half cup starts at a 30 band. The Lauren Balcony bra is a dainty white bra with a pretty little bow. The straps look thin and pretty with small bows where the cups and straps meet. The center gore is of moderate height, not a plunge bra, not a fuller coverage.
This picture is me in the 28H, not quite so pretty and dainty looking. The one thing I want from my bras is the one thing that is not made by Freya in my size. I’d love plunge front or at least a lower center gore. Once you get into the GG+ range the gore height increases. This added height to the center gore causes fit problems for me. Below is a picture of the first fit problem I have with this bra. The center gore suggests that I need to go up a cupsize. I’m not 100% sure of this based on the width of the bra (pic below). Now remember, I have breast implants, and while soft and movable, they do not always fit a bra like breast tissue. I have naturally close breasts, and combined with implants, the center gore is too wide to actually sit on my chest. The bra actually leaves some angry red marks on each breast from trying to sit closer to my sternum. That said, even if I move things around to get the gore flat it is still lifted, but just slightly.
The second fit problem, already mentioned above, is the width of the wire.As you can see below, the wire sits farther back then what my actual breast does. There is room for two fingers between the bra wire and the end of my breast. So I need less wire width and more room for the projection of the breast. Freya is known for being more narrow through the wires, so I think I’m kind of stuck with this as an issue. The Freya bras I have all have this problem, but the wires are only slightly wider then the Masquerade Rhea and Curvy Kate Thrill Me that I have in the same size.
The last issue I had with this bra is a result of the breaking in period. The wires were horribly stiff and straight. In order to comfortably wear the bra I had to bend the wires to a more U shape to fit my body. Examples can be seen on Bras I Hate
There are definitely things that I like about this bra. First off, it is pretty even if it is a basic white bra. This particular style is available in black and a color titled Lupin, a purplish color. I love the striped texture of the bottom two parts of the bra. The bows are basic and cute with out over doing it on the cute factor. The band fit is looser then what I’d like in a 28 band. I am currently wearing it on the middle set of hooks, not the loosest. This bra wears well under a tighter fitted t-shirt, as long as there is a design to hide the seams. Overall I’d say this is a good basic bra, I’ll keep it because there are not many options in a 28H. I do think that this bra, and the two other styles, are more suited to a woman not in the GG+ range or with more space between their breasts. Remember, my 28H holds the same volume as a 30GG/32G which is available in the plunge style. Something that just does not make sense to me. They hold the same volume, but the 28H needs more support, hence the higher gore.
So the search for great fitting bras continues. I’d love a perfect fit, but I’m to the point of settling for great, heck even good fitting bras would be welcome right now.