Monday, 19 August 2013

Freya Gem Balcony Bra Nude 30K and High Waisted Brief XL

Back in May I tried on the gorgeous Freya Gem bra at Leia Lingerie, Bluewater.  I fell in love with the look and shape it gave me but unfortunately they only had the size I needed, 30K, available in white and my preference was for the nude.


Image courtesy of Freya

Thankfully, the fab team at Freya heard about my bra search and very kindly sent me the nude balcony bra in 30K and matching high waisted briefs in XL.







This set is so lovely!  The shade of nude is very pretty and in reality is a yellow/pink beige mixture.  I think it would be great for most Caucasian skintones and should blend well under clothing for that 'invisible underwear' look.  For me, it was a little on the light side but that's because I insist on wearing gradual tan so the colour of my skin is not particularly natural!

The cups are made of two layers of wonderfully soft fabric.  The inner layer that sits against the skin is a fine cream-coloured mesh.  The outer layer is a gorgeously delicate lace polka dot design, with more detailed lace along the tops of the cups.  It's just so pretty and reminds me of Broderie Anglaise...but with a modern edge.

I love how the cups are just a touch see-through.  They're lined enough to still be modest but the light fabric of this nude bra definitely gives a good idea of what lies beneath.  This is quite a treat for me as I have become so used to my padded bras from Ewa Michalak, so it's a novelty to have a bra that's a bit naughty!

I found the 30K to be a smidge too small in the cups.  The fabric cut into my breast tissue and I had minor quadboob occuring, although this is almost unnoticeable under clothing.

The band is fairly stretchy and fastens with three rows of three hooks and eyes.  Remember that a brand new bra should fasten on the loosest hooks, so you have the option to tighten it as the band loosens with wear.  If the band feels too tight, you should try the next band up, or maybe wear the bra with an extender for the first few months until you get used to it and it has stretched a little.  I found the 30 band to be ideal for me and I really like the width of Freya's bands - wide enough to offer extra support for my heavy boobs but not so wide that it looks frumpy.

The fully adjustable straps are SO comfortable!  They are lovely and wide, so the weight of my boobs on my shoulders feels lessened.  They are very soft and have minimal stretch, which makes them super supportive.  The adjusters stay in place all day thanks to the pretty embroidery on the straps and the embellishments along the sides.

There is a very cute striped ribbon bow on the central gore and two matching smaller bows where the straps meet the cups.

Under my arms, the cups run a little high for my liking.  There is some boning in the wings to give additional support and this pokes a bit.

The wires are wider than I'd ideally like and so I have quite a bit of empty space at the sides of the cups.  You can see from some of my photos that I get a touch of the 'orange in a glass' effect, where there is simply not enough depth in the bottoms of the cups for my breasts.  

The central gore is quite a bit wider than most of the bras I have been wearing lately and because of this it sits away from my sternum and refuses to lie flat, no matter how much I adjust my boobs.  It is simply too wide to fit between my breasts.  It isn't uncomfortable but it is a sign of a bra not quite fitting properly.

The coordinating high waisted briefs are wonderful and easily the most comfortable and best-fitting ones I've ever had from Freya.  The fabric is similar to that of the bra but with added stretch, meaning that the fit is fabulous!  When I tried the XL on at Leia Lingerie I was even tempted to size down to the L - something that's unheard of for me in Freya undies - but I think the XL is best for overall comfort.

As you can see from my photos, the sides and back of the briefs are completely sheer, and there is a lined 'modesty panel' on the front.  A cute striped ribbon bow sits prettily at the centre front of the briefs, completing the look.

I absolutely adore my Freya Gem nude lingerie set so am sad that the cups and wires are not quite right for me.  However, if you are smaller boobed and perhaps wider set than me I think this is yet more lingerie that you will love!

The Freya Gem is available in nude, white and black in sizes as follows:

Balcony bra: 28 D-J, 30-36 D-K, 38 D-J
Half cup bra: 28-30 D-F, 32-38 B-F
High waisted brief: XS-XL
Short: XS-2XL
Brazilian: XS-XL

There is also a stunning Freya Gem Chemise in black in sizes S-XL.

9 comments:

  1. I struggle with Freya bras no matter what combination of size the central gore never lies flat and I have found some of the bands to be very stretchy, my search continues!! x

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  2. God this looks great on you. I need a nude bra so I will definitely give this a try when I am next at Bluewater. I also love the black version. Its a shame its too small in the cup for you but even so you bloody rock it!! There should be more lingerie options for K+ cups. Love your blog! KT xx

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  3. This is adorable on you :o) I have the same problem with Freya though and I really hope they fix it soon. I read all over the place about the wire's being unsupportive in larger cup's and how the central gore never tack's. Freya as a large lingerie brand should really get this issue sorted out. It is not good enough. I hope your blog post and these comment's bring this to their attention.

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  4. WOW I love this! I'm very interested to hear about the wide wires though, how disappointing. My mum has been looking for a K cup bra for ages and this is definitely worth a try, hopefully she wont have the fit issues you have. Have you ever reviewed Fantasie lingerie on your blog? I hear good things about their bras and wonder if they might be an option. They're good for plus size women like me, too :P

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  5. I was so excited to try this as Freya recommends it as a similar fit to Jolie, although based on the Rio. Sadly, when I finally got it in blue (a lovey unusual colorway) I found it does not fit at all like Jolie. The gore does not lie flat on me either, & I experience the same slight double-bubble along the top. It is not nearly as full-on-top friendly as styles with the sheer lace upper cup such as Pollyanna. Also, I experienced very unpleasant rubbing from the picot type lining along the bottom band, something I've never had a problem wi before on Freya, but have seen with Fantasie. I don't consider myself especially close set, but I can think of no other reason this gore will not tack. Thanks for this great review! I wish I'd waited for it before purchasing. At least I only paid L18. =o)

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  6. I must say, you are a very beautiful woman. It's always nice to see the photos on your blog, especially when you model lingerie ;)

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  7. I had pretty much the same experience with the Freya Gem, as well as the Lacey (I got them both on clearance from Leia, so it wasn't a ton of money down the drain, but still...) The central gore will just not sit flat against my sternum, even when the cups are so big they're sagging and wrinkling! I honestly think Freya needs to go back to the drawing board on the design for their GG+ cups, because I've heard this complaint from almost everyone who's tried them...

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  8. I had almost exactly the same problems when I bought the Freya Gem and Lacey (at least on clearance, but still). Could not get the central gore to lie flat, even though the cups were so big they were wrinkling and bagging! I honestly think Freya might need to revisit their design/structure of GG+ cups, because this seems like a pretty common complaint...

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