A couple of weeks ago I had the great fortune of spending a Saturday afternoon and evening in the fabulous company of the beautiful Hanna of The Wardrobe Challenge. We went shopping to Bluewater, Kent, and had a lovely time.
One of the places we spent a great deal of time at was Leia Lingerie. I have blogged before about how much I love Leia and their friendly, welcoming atmosphere, along with the distinct lack of pressure to buy – so important! I love how passionate all the staff are about their jobs and how they ensure that every customer gets the best possible fit in the lingerie available. I have never seen a grumpy member of staff in Leia and the amiable and professional team are always ready to help anyone who requires assistance.
It was a pleasure to see the wonderful store manager Leigh again and she made sure we had plenty of time to browse the store before introducing us to our fitter, Julie. We were taken into the changing rooms and Julie patiently and diligently ran back and forth to bring us a variety of different bras and lingerie for us to try. You can read all about Hanna’s exciting Leia experience here.
I started off by trying the Freya Strapless Deco.
I am so desperate to find one that fits me. The vast majority of my properly fitted friends swear by the Deco and I want in on their party! The strapless version runs large in the cups so I crossed everything that it might work for me, even though it only goes up to a GG cup.
I started with a 32GG but of course it was too small for my 30KK/L boobs. Julie recommended going up to a 34GG (the equivalent of a 30HH in terms of cup volume) so I gave it a try and it was much better but even so it was no good. Boo hoo! Freya, please please please PLEASE make the Deco in larger cup sizes – I know there are so many women out there like me who would love to have an entire drawer full of these bras, if only they came in larger cups!
Moving on, Julie was determined to find something that worked for me so we investigated the unpadded Freyas available instore. One that particularly caught my eye was the Freya Ellie.
I love the combination of colours – the pink floral print on the off-white background is set off beautifully by the zesty lime green lace edging and print on the fabric. Leigh very kindly offered this bra to me free of charge so I gave the 30K a try, as this size had suited me well in the Lauren and Lacey previously.
It’s a really lovely bra. The unpadded cups feel supportive and comfortable, and the little details like the pretty lime green bows on the central gore and on the straps at the tops of the cups add to its feminine feel.
The straps are fully adjustable and being a little wider than normal they are really comfortable. However I did find it odd that even though they had embellishments along the edges, the adjusters still slipped very easily with wear, making the straps longer than I wanted, which was frustrating.
The cups are rather shallower than I would personally like and the wires too wide. I know this is a personal preference and that many women wouldn’t have this issue but because my boobs are very ‘up front’ it means that I need bras with narrow wires but very deep cups, otherwise I find the wires dig in and my boobs get a funny sort of ‘spread’ shape from the cups.
You can see from some of the pics above that the Ellie gives me an almost minimising look from the side, which isn’t what I want at all! I love having big boobs and certainly don’t want to make them look any smaller. I think the combination of large cups and a small (ish) band doesn’t help – the cups take up the majority of the length of the band and therefore the wires can’t help but be wide. However if brands like Ewa Michalak have cracked the issue of making bras with narrow wires and deep cups I have every confidence that Freya will also do so at some point in the future. I really do hope it’s soon as they make such pretty lingerie!
The band is fairly firm and I was pleased to see great attention to detail was paid at the point of designing the Ellie as the patterned fabric is used all the way along the band, even at the back. So often bra manufacturers use a plain, unpatterned fabric in this area but Freya have, in my opinion, made an excellent decision to do the opposite. The band fastens with three rows of three hooks and eyes and is perhaps slightly wider than some other three hook bras I’ve had before, adding to the comfort and secure feeling of the Ellie.
The Ellie gives me a great uplifted shape without being too pointy or east/west. However you can clearly see that the cups are too small for me – something that was not apparent when I tried the bra on instore. I also found – as I have done with pretty much all Freyas I’ve tried on in a K cup – that the central gore won’t lie evenly. Either one side stands away from my chest or the other, no matter how many times I readjust myself. I think that it is partly because the cups are too small and partly because the central gore is a little wider than suits me best.
I wish that this bra came in a 30KK as I think it would be a great fit on me and would solve some of the issues I have with this bra. As it is I may take this one back to store to try a 32K instead as I can always adjust the band if it’s too loose.
So, if you are looking for a comfortable and supportive bra that is fairly neutral then I think the Ellie would be a great option for you. What do you think of it?