Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Freya Piper Bra and Briefs

A few months ago, I went to Leia Lingerie at Bluewater shopping centre, Kent, for a fitting.  I was met by the lovely manager, Leigh, who assigned fitter Julie to assist me with my lingerie shopping.  I don't think I've ever met a more diligent fitter - Julie was willing to let me try anything I wanted (even if it was unlikely to fit) and even tried to help me fit into a basque.  Sadly, this attempt resulted in extreme failure but Julie's commitment to her role as a fitter was never in doubt during my entire time in store.

I've already posted my reviews of the Freya Ellie and Carys, so now it's time to write about the Freya Piper.

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The Piper balcony bra is available in sizes 28 and 38 D-J and 30-36 D-K.  The matching briefs, thong and shorts come in sizes XS-XL.

Leia store manager Leigh was kind enough to gift me a balcony bra in 30K and matching briefs in XL:








The Piper set is so cute!  The floral styled print has a pale pink background with contrasting black lace and black and white polka dot bows on the central gore and at the point where the straps meet the tops of the cups.  The fabrics feel lovely and soft and the lace is not scratchy in the slightest.

Piper's band is one of the firmer Freyas I have tried recently and the 30 was a good fit.  Attention to design detail is apparent as the fabric pattern is continued around to the back band of the bra - a small but nice touch.  The band fastens with three rows of three hooks and eyes.

I'm going to give a huge thumbs up for the straps of Piper.  They are, like Carys, a little wider than those I have tried before but not massively noticeably so, and the extra few millimetres of width make all the difference comfort-wise.  Having fully adjustable straps is another huge plus point and the adjusters do not slip due to the embellishments along the edges of the straps which allows for purchase

The cups give my boobs a great profile shape and they look uplifted and perky.  However they were a little on the small side for me and I couldn't help but feel when I tried this bra on again at home that I might have done better with a 32K, although the band would have been too big unless I altered it.

The wires of Piper were on the wide side for me, meaning that they dug in under my arms somewhat and there was empty space at the sides of the cups.  The poking can be solved by bending the wires but the empty space is more of an issue.  I know it's because my boobs are very much on the front of my body, rather than spreading round to the sides like some others', but it's frustrating for me when bras are problematic because of this.

On the central gore, I found the wires were spaced too far apart and were therefore not comfortable for me.  They ended up sitting on my breast tissue somewhat, due to the fact that my breasts are fairly close set.  I also found that the central gore would not lie flat on both sides - something I know is a common issue with Freya bras for larger cupped ladies.

The briefs are great - I love the patterned sheer black lace panel on the rear, which gives a hint of what lies beneath (ok, more than a hint with a camera flash, sorry about that).  However, I have my usual issue in that the XL, the largest size available, is on the small side for me.  I measure 47 inches around my hips so the equivalent of a UK size 16 briefs is never going to work.  ***Please, Freya, make your briefs available in larger sizes***  I also found that they were very skimpily cut and when I wear them I constantly feel like I'm about to get a wedgie!

All in all, the Piper set is lovely and comes in an adorable, fun print.  The balcony bra is available from Leia Lingerie here, and you can find links on that page for the matching items.

Whilst writing about Freya lingerie, it would be remiss of me not to mention their brilliant new campaign, 365 Days of Deco.


Image courtesy of Freya

I have mentioned Deco bras before - they are moulded cup bras which give superb shape and uplift.

No image available for Deco - Deco Honey Purple Moulded Bra
Image courtesy of Freya

This amazing bra is now offered in a soft cup wire-free option, too!

No image available for Deco - Deco Black Soft Cup Bra
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I am very sad that my boobs won't fit into the current Deco size range but I am hopeful that this will soon change.  After all, the wired bra is available up to a 36GG, which is proportionally the same as a 30J using sister sizing.  Surely it's not too much to ask for this bra to be made in 28JJ/30J/32HH/34H at the very least?  And another cup size on top of this range would mean that so many women would have this gorgeous bra available to them.  Come on, Freya: please make our bra dreams come true!

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The 365 Days of Deco campaign celebrates the versatility and fashionability of the Deco range, demonstrating how Deco can be worn any day under any outfit.  Here you can upload pictures of you wearing Deco underneath your favourite get-up, showing how it offers you the best support for your style.  By uploading pictures to the site, you are entered into Freya's fabulous competition where you could win the entire Deco collection, a shopping spree and many other prizes!  So what are you waiting for?  Get yourself over to the 365 Days of Deco microsite now and upload your favourite pictures!

10 comments:

  1. Wow, you look great in Piper! Love the detail of the knickers. The Gem thong which I did a review on had similar lace backing and I was dubious about posting a pic of my bum in them, so you're braver than me! Ha ha

    Also a bugger about the Deco sizes, I agree the sizing scope needs to be broader to encompass larger cups. I would quite like to see if a 28H is better than a 28GG but I'm not to know as it now stands.

    Becky x

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    1. Thanks Becky! I don't care about posting 'rear view' pics as I keep my face out of lingerie shots. Plus I thought it was important to show just how see-through the fabric is, although it's always a little enhanced by the flash of my camera.

      Fingers crossed Deco sizes will be expanded in the future. Such a popular and miracle-working bra could make a difference to so many more women's lives.

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  2. I just wanted to say THANK YOU! I love your reviews and you have a very beautiful curvey body. Your reviews are very helpful. Please keep them coming :)

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    1. Aww thank you <3 It's so lovely to hear from readers as you ladies are the main reason I write. I'll definitely keep blogging :-)

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  3. I loved the design of piper but just could not get it to fit right for me. I have the freya deco in soft cup and its really good but I think I need a 30GG but a 30G is ok. It does give amazing cleavage though for a soft cup.

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    1. Such a shame when a pretty bra does not work. But I guess not every bra can work for everyone and some we have to reluctantly dismiss. I would LOVE to try the unwired Deco but they don't make the wired one in my size so I think that is definitely wishful thinking!!

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  4. Love Freya bras, never tried, or heard, of Deco before, maybe I will investigate them now.
    Angela x

    http://british-bargains-and-beauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Wow, so surprised you've never heard of Deco! I'd recommend you get properly fitted though - go to a Leia Lingerie or Bravissimo store if you can x

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  5. Simply stunning. Love the colours with the black lace.

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    1. Thanks! The whole set works really well together.

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