Off the Rack ~ Retrospec’d “Elizabeth” Dress Reviewed

I’m so excited to share a new (semi-) bust-friendly brand with Hourglassy readers: It’s Australian vintage reproduction brand Retrospec’d. I just discovered them a couple weeks ago when someone posted a pair of their dresses for sale in one of my Facebook sell/swap groups. Though they were size XS, the construction looked strikingly boob-friendly and I navigated to the brand’s website straightaway.

That’s when I laid eyes upon one of the most lovely dresses I’ve ever seen:

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Readers, I was totally smitten. I clicked around the website until I found the dress—the Elizabeth in Gay Paris print. At first the price seemed prohibitive. $190??? But then I remembered that the American dollar is quite strong against the Australian dollar, and in US dollars that would be about $148. Still not “cheap,” to be sure, but about the same range as many other vintage repro brands such as Pinup Girl Clothing, Tatyana, and Heart of Haute.

Next I checked out the size chart—and couldn’t believe my eyes! The Australian 10 matched my measurements almost perfectly. But…I’m always a 12 in Australian and UK sizes (which is the same as a US 8 / Medium). Size 10 couldn’t be right, could it? Especially since all the other dresses’ size charts put me in a 12 (or none at all, depending on that garment’s particular measurements).

Feeling conflicted about sizing, I was wary of ordering. Shipping from Australia is pricey and slow, and I knew it wouldn’t be worth it to attempt an exchange. Luckily, a lovely gal in one of my Facebook groups pointed me toward a stockist in the US, Bygones Vintage in Richmond, VA. Since it’s a brick-and-mortar store, I called and asked them to measure the actual waist of the dress in size US 6 and 8. The 6 was 29.5 inches—a quarter-inch over my exact waist size! So I placed the order through them and the dress was in my hands a mere 3 days later.

Readers, this dress fits like a dream. With my waist measuring just over 29 inches, and most size charts usually listing medium at 28-29 and large at 30-31, I always have to choose between slightly too small or slightly too big. But this dress is perfect. And it actually has room for boobs! Further, the straps are wide enough and in the ideal placement to cover my bra straps (I’m wearing a Comexim plunge in Polish size 60J [about a UK 28GG] in these photos).

Additionally, the cotton is a fantastic weight. It has enough heft that it doesn’t feel cheap (*cough* Bernie Dexter *cough*), but is still light and airy enough for a hot summer day. And while most of my poofy skirts are gathered, this one is pleated, giving it lots of volume without blowing up and flashing my underwear with every gust of wind.

The print is a gorgeous lavender base with peach and red details, featuring a scene of a painter sitting along the water’s edge in Paris, trees in the foreground and the Eiffel Tower in the distance. It’s an unexpected color combination that works so well—and perfectly matches my lavender heels!

So let’s get to some photos, shall we??

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Now, while the Elizabeth has up to nearly an 8-inch difference between the waist and bust, many of the brand’s other styles do not. In fact, some are downright tiny in the bust. There are a lot of different styles, so I’ve compiled a list here of each style and its waist-to-bust difference in inches (in size Aus 12 / Medium), with the biggest difference at the top. With my 8-inch difference, I’d probably avoid anything with less than 7 inches. So I guess there aren’t really that many big-bust options here…but the Elizabeth is so lovely and has enough prints to tide me over!

Avita – 11
Josie – 9
Kathy – 7.9
Kelly – 5.9-7.9 (this one lists a range for the bust due to stretch)
Norma Jean – 5.9-7.9 (stretch)
Elizabeth – 5.9-7.9 (this one’s range is due to fabric gathering at the bust, no stretch)
Ruby – 3.5-7.5 (stretchy shirred back panel)
Sandi – 3.5-7.5 (stretchy shirred back panel)
Sarong – 3.5-7.5 (stretchy shirred back panel)
Bella – 7.1
Kathleen – 7.1
Wendy – 5.1-7.1 (stretch)
1943 – 6.7
Betty – 6.7
Connie – 6.7
Gidget – 6.7
Suzie – 6.7
Lori – 6.3
Audrey – 5.9
Peggy – 5.9
Sophia – 5.9
Tammy – 5.9
Betty Rose – 3.9-5.9 (stretch)
Lilli – 5.5
Dyann – 5.1
Sun Dress – 5.1
Valerie – 5.1
Ella – 4.7
Laura – 4.7
Sammy – 4.7
Empire – 4.3
Vivian – 4.3
Ingrid – No size chart

 

Off the Rack ~ Reviewing Kris Line Bras

Kris Line is a Polish bra brand that has the largest size range that I’m aware of, going from A cups to O cups and 28 bands to 50 bands. It follows the UK letter schema from A to HH, then has an I before moving to J (most UK brands skip I), JJ, K, KK, and single letters L – O. So their O, I think, is approximately a UK N. There are 197 sizes in total. Pretty amazing!

Considering that I get my best fit in Polish brands Ewa Michalak and Comexim, I’ve been wanting to try Kris Line for quite some time. They offer cut-and-sew, semi-soft, and molded-cup bras in luxurious, sometimes over-the-top designs. They’re also frequently on US flash sale site Zulily.com, so I recently took the plunge and bought two different styles in two different sizes to try them out.

I’d been advised that the cut-and-sew bras are inconsistent in fit, that the semi-softs run small in the cups, and that the molded ones run really small. Since I generally consider myself a 28G (though really I’m between sizes in both band and cup), I got a semi-soft in 30G and a molded push-up in 30GG. Either Zulily offers few 28 bands, or they’re actually quite rare among Kris Line’s offerings, because the smallest band available on any design, except one or two, was a 30. Here are the manufacturer’s photos and descriptions of my choices:

Merlot Floral Sheer Bra
(Semi-soft, size 30G)

Decorated in feminine floral embroidery, this delicate peekaboo mesh panel, full-fit bra will light up any boudoir. Adjustable straps and a modifiable back closure create a custom fit, while the underwire offers extra support.

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Emerald Cleopatra Push-Up Bra
(Molded, size 30GG)

Luxe lace lends allure to this top-drawer staple, while molded, underwire cups and adjustable straps create supportive comfort.

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They’re both really gorgeous with plenty of effort put into the details. Unfortunately, neither one fits me right.

First up, the Merlot. It features a padded bottom half of the cup with removable pads and a sheer, embroidered top half. The gore is lace with a bow and small crystal charm, while the wings are a solid, smooth fabric.

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Even though it’s a 30-band, it runs tiny, like a small 28. It stretches from 22” to just barely 29”. The cups are small on me, though not by much. However, they’re such a weird shape that even in a size up, there’s no way this bra would suit me.

The cups are not tall enough, and the sheer lace top half is way too restrictive, especially considering how much space and projection there is in the bottom half. In fact, the bottom, padded portion seems to fit just fine. But the sheer portion is insane. Observe:

Smaller boob.

Smaller boob.

Bigger boob.

Bigger boob.

What is that?? Why is the sheer section at such a sharp angle? It’s a nice change not to have bra cutting into my armpit, but these cups are not the right shape or height to hold all my tissue in, as such:

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At least the gore tacks and the band is made of a decent fabric (unlike the Emerald, as you’ll read below). The band feels silky and is opaque and not too stretchy, just the way I like it:

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As for the Emerald…Ugh, you guys this bra is so pretty. It’s a tone-on-tone leopard-esque splatter print in the loveliest shade of petrol blue:

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It also has a navy and petrol lace gore:

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And removable, fully-adjustable straps, so you could wear it cross-back, halter, etc:

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The cups have that Victoria’s Secret-style graduated padding where it’s thickest at the underwire and fades into light padding at the cup edge, to give incredible Y-cleavage. Unfortunately for me, though, the fit again is all wrong.

This time the cups are a little too tall, so there’s empty space in the outer corners:

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But if I throw my shoulders back to force it to sit flush, then I get major pillowing. The bra has a slightly east-west shape to it, and my boobs are more front-and-center, so I’d say that’s what’s causing both these issues, as I do think this is the “correct” cup size for me.

Next, the cups eat my armpits. It’s not so bad that it’s painful, but there’d be major visible side-bra under any sleeveless top or dress:

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This also contributes to the issue of the straps being way too wide-set for me. They’re really on the verge of sliding off:

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Finally, I am not impressed with the band. It’s made of a very soft jersey fabric with no lining. While this may be really comfortable, I can’t imagine it would last very well, and would likely stretch right out:

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Additionally, the band is a completely different length than the Merlot even though they’re both size 30. It starts at 24” and stretches to 33”. Um, what??

As for the famous narrow Polish wires, these are more narrow than most British brands, but still wider than my Ewas and Comexims. Overall, I don’t think these are inherently “bad” bras, but they’re definitely not for me, and I won’t be spending any more money experimenting with the brand.

 

 

Off the Rack ~ Kix’ies Thigh High Tights Reviewed

Technically this post is still related to Curve even though it’s now 5 weeks past. Kix’ies, the hosiery brand beloved by the pinup community, was there for the first time, and I got to chat with a rep. She also gave me a sample pair of tights to try!

Kix’ies are thigh-high tights with a special no-slip, no-sink triple band at the top of the thigh so you can wear them without garters and they stay in place. I’m sure I’ve mentioned previously my ban on clothing that makes you get undressed in order to use the toilet (though I’ve since broken that vow with the Trashy Diva Hepburn jumpsuit and my Freddies of Pinewood Chain Gang jumpsuit), so tights that don’t have to be pulled down in order to pee are right up my alley! Plus they come in a wide range of styles, and the triple-band just looks cool.

The Kix’ies display at Curve.

The Kix’ies display at Curve.

I ended up selecting the sheer black tights with a seam up the back, to go with all my vintage reproduction dresses. I literally don’t own any sheer stockings, so I’m always stuck with freezing bare legs or opaque black tights.

The Kix’ies rep showed me the size chart and measured my thigh at the point where I expected to wear the tights. Since there’s no threat of a mis-fitting crotch, you only need to consider your height and thigh circumference. The sizes are as follows:

A = height 4’11” – 5’5”, thigh up to 20”
B = height 5’5” – 6”, thigh up to 25”
C = height 4’11” – 5’5”, thigh up to 30”
D = height 5’5” – 6”, thigh up to 35”

I fall right in size B at 5’6” and 23”. If you’re on the border of two sizes, consider the material of your selected tights. I was told that fishnets are stretchier, and sheer and thinner materials are less stretchy.

You may be wondering how those three bands give the appearance of floating on your skin. Well they have tiny parallel lines of fishing line-like threads between each layer. They practically disappear on your leg, and they keep each opaque band from digging in. The way the tights stay up so well is by first selecting the correct size, and second each opaque band is lined with a flat strip of clear silicon.

So let’s get to some photos, shall we?

I only dressed up for work so that my outfit would match the tights!

I only dressed up for work so that my outfit would match the tights!

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Getting those seam lines straight was no easy feat! But at least they didn’t shift around once in place.

Getting those seam lines straight was no easy feat! But at least they didn’t shift around once in place.

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You can see that the bands aren’t digging in, and the fishing line is totally invisible. Success! However, I did have one minor complaint…

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That tag!! The little white care tag on the inner thigh was really itchy. I think they should just do away with it, and put all the care instructions on the packaging. Plus, who doesn’t already know that tights are supposed to be hand-washed? (Though I’m lazy, so I just throw them in a lingerie bag and use the washing machine’s delicate/hand-wash settings.)

Also, if you click on the tag photo above, you’ll be able to see that I drew two little lines on the top of my thighs with permanent marker so I could see if the tights slid down at all throughout the day. I drew the lines on at about 1pm, and here’s how the tights looked at 7pm when I got home (after sitting down and getting up from my desk several times, walking up and down a flight of stairs twice, and riding the subway home):

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My left leg did pretty well, only sliding down about a centimeter—but my right leg! It slid down like 4 inches! This is especially unexpected because if anything my right leg would be bigger (since that’s the one I favor, the muscle gets used more and could conceivably be slightly more developed). Maybe it has to do with the fact that I have short legs. Or it could be that this side was more stretched out due to having the cardboard square stuck inside of it to keep the tights flat in the package. I guess next time I’ll pull the bands up even higher, and see if that’s an improvement.

Despite not entirely living up to the claim that they never fall down, I would definitely buy more of these. In fact, the Kix’ies rep told me there’s a new vintage-friendly style in development—sheer tan with a black Cuban heel. Can’t wait!

 

Off the Rack ~ Autumn/Winter 2016 Curve Expo Part IV

Finally, my last post about Curve A/W16—this week it’s all about Panache and Eveden, the two biggest brands of the big bust world. Darlene and I got to visit the Eveden showroom again this season, and even though I was sick and had to leave earlier than Darlene I still took enough photos that I could have made multiple posts about Eveden alone! But let’s ease into things with Panache first, of whom I took slightly fewer pictures…

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Honestly, what I was most excited for this season were the new colors in Panache Sport. So many of them have amazing trim and/or interior colors. I realize no one sees the interior of a sports bra except the owner, but as someone who frequently dresses like a walking box of crayons, excites me nonetheless!

I was so into the turquoise and bright yellow combo of the “Odyssey” print that I apparently forgot to take a photo of the front.

I was so into the turquoise and bright yellow combo of the “Odyssey” print that I apparently forgot to take a photo of the front.

I adore the “Neon Pixel” print…

I adore the “Neon Pixel” print…

…especially with the hot pink trim and interior.

…especially with the hot pink trim and interior.

It looks pretty fab on the model too.

It looks pretty fab on the model too.

In the non-wired model, there’s a great red, white, and marled blue colorway. Subtly patriotic.

In the non-wired model, there’s a great red, white, and marled blue colorway. Subtly patriotic.

And another fabulous sporty look.

And another fabulous sporty look.

Finally, there’s the seriously neon pink wireless sport.

Finally, there’s the seriously neon pink wireless sport.

I’m not much of a pink girl because I don’t think it’s my best color, but I just love the black trim on this beauty.

I’m not much of a pink girl because I don’t think it’s my best color, but I just love the black trim on this beauty.

And it goes great with the not completely matchy-matchy “Neon Pixel” brief.

And it goes great with the not completely matchy-matchy “Neon Pixel” brief.

Next up, swimwear! Since autumn and winter are a slow season for swim, there aren’t that many offerings in general, but I really liked what Cleo had to offer:

The Hattie set in a coral Aztec-inspired print.

The Hattie set in a coral Aztec-inspired print.

Good ol’ Lucille gets an update with diagonal striped partitions.

Good ol’ Lucille gets an update with diagonal striped partitions.

Hello! The Suki bandeau has an amaaaaazing digital flower print over a blocky black and white geometric base.

Hello! The Suki bandeau has an amaaaaazing digital flower print over a blocky black and white geometric base.

Bandeau swimwear doesn’t always agree with me but I might just have to try Suki for the print alone…or buy the bottoms and pair them with a plain black top.

Bandeau swimwear doesn’t always agree with me but I might just have to try Suki for the print alone…or buy the bottoms and pair them with a plain black top.

Next up, Cleo bras:

Another Hettie color! It looks red here, but it’s really more of a hot pink. I kind of wish they had chosen literally any other color. I love my blue Hettie [http://hourglassy.com/2016/01/off-the-rack-reviewing-cleo-by-panaches-hettie-bra/] something fierce, and really wanted more colors, but pink is just so…expected.

Another Hettie color! It looks red here, but it’s really more of a hot pink. I kind of wish they had chosen literally any other color. I love my blue Hettie something fierce, and really wanted more colors, but pink is just so…expected.

The new tee shirt bra Tilda (in pink), which is based on Maddie (in black), which is being replaced by the Lexi model (in tan), which will feature smoother fabric than Maddie.

The new tee shirt bra Tilda (in pink), which is based on Maddie (in black), which is being replaced by the Lexi model (in tan), which will feature smoother fabric than Maddie.

I don’t much care for the granny-like floral pattern of Mimi, but I love the saturated grey base and the neon limeade scalloped thread trim.

I don’t much care for the granny-like floral pattern of Mimi, but I love the saturated grey base and the neon limeade scalloped thread trim.

New Marcie color! This one is tangerine. Black and tan are now core colors.

New Marcie color! This one is tangerine. Black and tan are now core colors.

One of my absolute favorite color combinations­—mint and black! This is Blake, and I literally just remembered that I already own another bra in these exact colors (Claudette’s Fishnet). But hey, if I can justify owning two or three dresses in this color combo, I can justify two or three bras too, right?

One of my absolute favorite color combinations­—mint and black! This is Blake, and I literally just remembered that I already own another bra in these exact colors (Claudette’s Fishnet). But hey, if I can justify owning two or three dresses in this color combo, I can justify two or three bras too, right?

Blake is just the barest bit sheer, and felt really soft and nice.

Blake is just the barest bit sheer, and felt really soft and nice.

I’m desperate to try a Cleo longline, since they feature boning on the sides but not the front (which means no digging and curling like some other longlines I’ve tried), but the muddy print of this Breeze bra leaves me cold.

I’m desperate to try a Cleo longline, since they feature boning on the sides but not the front (which means no digging and curling like some other longlines I’ve tried), but the muddy print of this Breeze bra leaves me cold.

However! Check out this gorgeous non-padded longline! This photo does not do Piper justice. It’s a super saturated cobalt blue lace. It’s unpadded and goes up to a UK J-cup (J-cup!).

However! Check out this gorgeous non-padded longline! This photo does not do Piper justice. It’s a super saturated cobalt blue lace. It’s unpadded and goes up to a UK J-cup (J-cup!).

I love when Cleo goes a little more sophisticated, and the Della with high-waisted suspender briefs is no exception.

I love when Cleo goes a little more sophisticated, and the Della with high-waisted suspender briefs is no exception.

Another failed attempt at capturing the correct color. The Morgan bra is a glorious teal with a cool flat pink trim, which is actually a heavy elastic. Looked pretty comfy!

Another failed attempt at capturing the correct color. The Morgan bra is a glorious teal with a cool flat pink trim, which is actually a heavy elastic. Looked pretty comfy!

As usual, Panache Regular didn’t capture my attention as much, but there were some highlights:

A brown bra! A rare find indeed. This is the Elise molded sweetheart bra in “Praline.” The lace is carefully attached only where it won’t show through thin fabric.

A brown bra! A rare find indeed. This is the Elise molded sweetheart bra in “Praline.” The lace is carefully attached only where it won’t show through thin fabric.

Envy—the bra I so loved [hourglassy.com/2015/03/off-the-rack-panache-envy-bra-reviewed/], but would have preferred in a 28 band—is now available in 28 bands and a lovely teal color (which my camera once again failed to accurately capture)!

Envy—the bra I so loved, but would have preferred in a 28 band—is now available in 28 bands and a lovely teal color (which my camera once again failed to accurately capture)!

Panache Black only had four new items, but I was smitten with two of them:

The Amara is a gorgeous, smoky longline with amazing details, based on the Panache Jasmine shape.

The Amara is a gorgeous, smoky longline with amazing details, based on the Panache Jasmine shape.

And the Etta (based on the Andorra/Clara shape) features sheer stripes on the upper cup, mimicking the look of a cage bra. It’s so sophisticated.

And the Etta (based on the Andorra/Clara shape) features sheer stripes on the upper cup, mimicking the look of a cage bra. It’s so sophisticated.

Finally, some random Panache news: They’ll be introducing a bridal collection come spring/summer 2016 (that’s this August). One thing they’re working on with the current season (and moving forward) is more consistency in fit across all the different lines. So if you wear 28GG in Cleo (hello!), you’ll take 28GG in Panache, Panache Black, and Panache Sport as well. As usual, I asked if there are any plans to make swimwear based on the Panache sports bra and the answer was no, but this time I was told that they actually did try that early on and it didn’t sell. Darnit! I want a Panache sport bikini!


Eveden

Here we go with a million photos, starting with Fantasie…

Top: Alex, bottom: Darcie. I love how Eveden has started making pieces within each season that mix and match.

Top: Alex, bottom: Darcie. I love how Eveden has started making pieces within each season that mix and match.

As usual, I gravitate toward teal—this time in the metallic-like Marianna, which also features a chemise whose body fabric felt deliciously slinky and soft.

As usual, I gravitate toward teal—this time in the metallic-like Marianna, which also features a chemise whose body fabric felt deliciously slinky and soft.

Fantasie is on point with their embroidery this season. Kimberley’s gorgeous tropical branch print marries perfectly with the delicate orange flowers embroidered on the upper cup.

Fantasie is on point with their embroidery this season. Kimberley’s gorgeous tropical branch print marries perfectly with the delicate orange flowers embroidered on the upper cup.

Just look at it! So freaking pretty.

Just look at it! So freaking pretty.

Another amazing embroidered piece is Amelie.

Another amazing embroidered piece is Amelie.

The gradient color in the embroidered upper cup gives the piece a nice consistent look.

The gradient color in the embroidered upper cup gives the piece a nice consistent look.

And the additional embroidery on the underwire is just beautiful. It makes your boobs look like a garden.

And the additional embroidery on the underwire is just beautiful. It makes your boobs look like a garden.

See those spots on Natasha? They’re not print…

See those spots on Natasha? They’re not print…

They’re more embroidery! It gives this animal print a more grown-up feel.

They’re more embroidery! It gives this animal print a more grown-up feel.

The body fabric of the Natasha chemise was really cool to the touch. I bet it would feel great in summer.

The body fabric of the Natasha chemise was really cool to the touch. I bet it would feel great in summer.

And now for the real star of the collection—Isabella! Look at all these awesome pieces.

And now for the real star of the collection—Isabella! Look at all these awesome pieces.

One thing Darlene and I noticed and admired was that the lace was completely attached to the cup, as if it were glued on, so there’s no shifting layers of fabric.

One thing Darlene and I noticed and admired was that the lace was completely attached to the cup, as if it were glued on, so there’s no shifting layers of fabric.

The other incredible standout is Sofia, which has a cool little tulle edge on the cup edges and leg openings of the panties. The waspie, though, is to die for.

The other incredible standout is Sofia, which has a cool little tulle edge on the cup edges and leg openings of the panties. The waspie, though, is to die for.

Also, more embroidery!

Also, more embroidery!

Next up, my old standard of Freya:

Muse is Freya’s first spacer fabric bra. It’s supposed to be lighter and thinner than the Fantasie Rebecca.

Muse is Freya’s first spacer fabric bra. It’s supposed to be lighter and thinner than the Fantasie Rebecca.

Idol features the same smoothness as the Deco, but with less push-up. It also goes up to HH, whereas Deco stops at GG.

Idol features the same smoothness as the Deco, but with less push-up. It also goes up to HH, whereas Deco stops at GG.

The expansive Freya Fancies collection offers bralettes, a longline, a solid-colored Minx bra [http://hourglassy.com/2015/11/off-the-rack-reviewing-the-freya-minx-bra/], a suspender, Brazillian panties, boyshort panties, and a chemise, in seven different colors that mix and match with the season’s printed offerings. They’re all at a lower price point than similar non-Fancies shapes.

The expansive Freya Fancies collection offers bralettes, a longline, a solid-colored Minx bra, a suspender, Brazillian panties, boyshort panties, and a chemise, in seven different colors that mix and match with the season’s printed offerings. They’re all at a lower price point than similar non-Fancies shapes.

I just love the “Chilli Red” color.

I just love the “Chilli Red” color.

Check out this great size chart for determining your Fancies bralette size (click to view full-size). Can you believe this chart isn’t on Freya’s website??

Check out this great size chart for determining your Fancies bralette size (click to view full-size). Can you believe this chart isn’t on Freya’s website??

The new Decos: (from left) Charm in Chartreuse, Delight in Charcoal, and Vibe in Kelly Green.

The new Decos: (from left) Charm in Chartreuse, Delight in Charcoal, and Vibe in Kelly Green.

I was pretty much obsessed with the Chartreuse color.

I was pretty much obsessed with the Chartreuse color.

Obsessed with the digital flower print of Candid as well!

Obsessed with the digital flower print of Candid as well!

Love the Photoshopped colors and the heavy black outlines.

Love the Photoshopped colors and the heavy black outlines.

The new Pulse colors: black with dark blue accents and the absolutely stunning “Dark Orchid” with neon lime trim. Give it to me now!

The new Pulse colors: black with dark blue accents and the absolutely stunning “Dark Orchid” with neon lime trim. Give it to me now!

More excellent complementary colors in Tempo (top) and Willow.

More excellent complementary colors in Tempo (top) and Willow.

Willow had cool, black-based embroidery on the upper cup.

Willow had cool, black-based embroidery on the upper cup.

As for Freya’s standout piece, you have the really, really, super-duper, amazingly cool “Pinup” set. Just look at that ridiculous bustier (available up to GG-cups)! I want to wear it as a shirt so bad.

As for Freya’s standout piece, you have the really, really, super-duper, amazingly cool “Pinup” set. Just look at that ridiculous bustier (available up to GG-cups)! I want to wear it as a shirt so bad.

The longline band still hits at about the same height as any strapless. I just noticed the nice wide band edge too.

The longline band still hits at about the same height as any strapless. I just noticed the nice wide band edge too.

The Pinup collection includes this great cupless slip. It offers strong smoothing, but not compression. The back is totally sheer (so sexy!).

The Pinup collection includes this great cupless slip. It offers strong smoothing, but not compression. The back is totally sheer (so sexy!).

A closeup of the top portion, which is basically just side slings. So you can wear any bra, and the side slings will bring your boobs in for some nice cleavage. The sample did not have adjustable straps, but here’s hoping the final product will!

A closeup of the top portion, which is basically just side slings. So you can wear any bra, and the side slings will bring your boobs in for some nice cleavage. The sample did not have adjustable straps, but here’s hoping the final product will!

Pandora is Freya’s first non-padded longline, available up to G-cups. I love the tiny blue rose charm at the gore.

Pandora is Freya’s first non-padded longline, available up to G-cups. I love the tiny blue rose charm at the gore.

Pandora also offers this amazing, totally shear vertical-seam bra, up to G-cups. It still has side slings to give good shape, but sadly it starts at a 30-band instead of 28 (why??).

Pandora also offers this amazing, totally shear vertical-seam bra, up to G-cups. It still has side slings to give good shape, but sadly it starts at a 30-band instead of 28 (why??).

A closeup to show just how sheer the bra is. I don’t really care one way or another about this particular embroidery, but I totally want this just because it’s so see-through. It’s practical and boudoir.

A closeup to show just how sheer the bra is. I don’t really care one way or another about this particular embroidery, but I totally want this just because it’s so see-through. It’s practical and boudoir.

Looooove the super sporty upper cup combined with the girly, abstract butterfly-esque print.

Looooove the super sporty upper cup combined with the girly, abstract butterfly-esque print.

A closeup of that awesome print.

A closeup of that awesome print.

Freya is introducing a whole new selection of sport items, in a color combo that I absolutely must own:

Top: Freestyle, the new low-impact wireless crop top (I need this for dog-walking!); bottom: Force, a mid-impact wireless sports bra, right: Epic, a wired high-impact crop top sports bra (which I also want).

Top: Freestyle, the new low-impact wireless crop top (I need this for dog-walking!); bottom: Force, a mid-impact wireless sports bra, right: Epic, a wired high-impact crop top sports bra (which I also want).

Look at all the matching bottoms! Left: running tights with a nice, wide waistband; upper right: loose running shorts with inner briefs; bottom right: fitted shorts.

Look at all the matching bottoms! Left: running tights with a nice, wide waistband; upper right: loose running shorts with inner briefs; bottom right: fitted shorts.

On to Freya swimwear! Many of the bikini tops for this season offer convertible straps that can be worn as cross-back, regular bra-style, or tied in a halter, and there are lots of mainstream trends incorporated into the offerings:

Coral Bay offers a very on-trend frilled bandeau (up to G-cups).

Coral Bay offers a very on-trend frilled bandeau (up to G-cups).

Club Tropicana’s high-neck crop is the style I lived in as a teenager when I wanted to be more covered (up to FF).

Club Tropicana’s high-neck halter is the style I lived in as a teenager when I wanted to be more covered (up to FF).

Club Tropicana’s interior is a structured three-part cup.

Club Tropicana’s interior is a structured three-part cup.

Glam Rock is a clever gold-striped design with criss-crossing straps and gold hardware (this sweetheart padded bikini goes up to H).

Glam Rock is a clever gold-striped design with criss-crossing straps and gold hardware (this sweetheart padded bikini goes up to H).

Glam Rock fabric closeup.

Glam Rock fabric closeup.

I really liked the Glam Rock one-piece as well.

I really liked the Glam Rock one-piece as well.

Check out the cutouts on the side—another trend now available to the full-bust market.

Check out the cutouts on the side—another trend now available to the full-bust market.

Love the sheer upper and side panels of Sundance.

Love the sheer upper and side panels of Sundance.

Sundance also comes in a glorious white, with sheer panel across the tummy of the one-piece (which goes up to FF).

Sundance also comes in a glorious white, with sheer panel across the tummy of the one-piece (which goes up to FF).

The Sundance one-piece’s interior construction.

The Sundance one-piece’s interior construction.

Love, love, love the zipper of Sports Luxe (up to GG) and the “midi shorts” that offer a bit more coverage than Freya’s usual skimpy bottoms.

Love, love, love the zipper of Sports Luxe (up to GG) and the “midi shorts” that offer a bit more coverage than Freya’s usual skimpy bottoms.

The Sports Luxe one-piece with mesh overlay (up to FF).

The Sports Luxe one-piece with mesh overlay (up to FF).

Sports Luxe one-piece interior.

Sports Luxe one-piece interior.

Finally, we have the new Deco Swim multiway (up to GG). So fun!

Finally, we have the new Deco Swim multiway (up to GG). So fun!

Here are several examples of how the Deco multiway can be worn.

Here are several examples of how the Deco multiway can be worn.

Phew! And that’s all for Curve…until the next season, of course!