Quick bra review this week. I took home three bras from the Big Bust Clothing Swap last month, but theyâ€™re all different brands so I want to keep them separate. First up is the Freya Piper longline.
I loved this bra when I first saw it at Curve all the way back in February 2012, then liked it even more when they presented a bright blue one at Curve this year.
I was at an Eveden event recently and got another look at the blue Piper, but it was a more muted blue than I remembered and I decided maybe I didnâ€™t love it quite as much as I had initially. Since the tan one started at only a 30 band and was from a previous season, I figured I would just not end up with one at all. But then Miss Underpinnings brought a tan piper in 30G to the swap, so I snatched it up.
Even though itâ€™s a 30 band and I normally take a 28 in Freya, the fact that itâ€™s a longline means it doesnâ€™t ride up in back. So that part was successful. Additionally, Iâ€™ve always taken a cup size up in Freyaâ€™s padded half cups compared to their balcony bras, so the 30G (instead of my usual 28G) is just right. The cups are just a touch shallower than the brandâ€™s balcony bras, but not enough that it bothers me.
As with most half-cups, itâ€™s quite open on top, a boon to full-on-top women. It also creates a very rounded, perky, projected shapeâ€”my favorite silhouette.
The pattern, obviously, is darling. And I like the black straps and trim, which give it a bit of an edge so itâ€™s not too sweet.
However, I do have one complaint, and unfortunately itâ€™s a big one: the band does not stay down. Hereâ€™s what it looks like when I first put it on:
And here it is after a mere five minutes of walking around:
WTF Freya?? Itâ€™s so smooth and comfortable when I first put it on, but it pinches in terribly when itâ€™s all bunched up. I find myself unfolding it all day long. Then I end up pulling it down on my body. Then I have to yank it back up to get the cups back into place. Itâ€™s so annoying!
Freya really needs to start adding vertical boning to the bands of their longlines. Thereâ€™s no point in it being a longline if itâ€™s just going to roll all the way up!
Thereâ€™s also the issue of there being only two columns of hooks and eyes. There are six rows, which is great, but why on earth would they remove a column?? All their other bras have three columns, including the padded half-cups, which have the same cups as the longlines. I just donâ€™t understand the logic here.
Unless Freya makes a design that I just canâ€™t live without, I will not be buying any of their padded half-cup longlines until at least the rolling up band issue is fixed.