For years, Fantasie was my go-to brand, due in large part to the easy access I had to their smoothing series; however, after I opened the shop, temptation from other brands was powerful and magnetic. Slowly my lingerie wardrobe shifted toward fun, quirky brands like Freya and Cleo and away from the brand which helped me love my boobs again. However, when I saw the Elodie in the amazing teal colorway this season, I knew I wanted to rekindle an old flame.
Sizing: For both Fantasie and Freya, a 30H typically fits the best, and the Elodie conforms to the rule. While Freya’s bands can sometimes tread into stretchy territory, I have always enjoyed how Fantasie fits firmer. The 30 band feels perfectly snug while the cups contour to the top of my breasts without any overflow, gaping, or puckering.
Fit: Because my breasts are close together on my chest with very little side tissue, I prefer bras with narrow underwires and deeper cups. Elodie sports a narrow gore and fairly deep cups, but the underwire on the side extends backward too far, leaving empty space near the underwire. Furthermore, the cups could be deeper near the center gore where the design is forcing my breasts apart. The silhouette is not quite East/West, but the contrast from Cleo has me more critical of too much separation. Nevertheless, I am still getting good forward projection from the added side support panels, but I think a slightly deeper cup would have been perfect for me. To this effect, I am also experiencing some space issues at the bottom of the cup where my breast tissue sits above the underwire. The coverage level on this bra is also a bit too much for my liking, and the sides of the cups dig into my arms, restricting my movement and causing pain. Finally, on the purely aesthetic side, the profile created by Elodie is exceptionally pointy (even for this gal who will rock the vintage silhouette). In fact, the design creates a sharply angled shape which does not make me feel as though my breasts are being lifted enough, and under clothes, it looks rather odd. Continue reading