Sizing and Fit: My trusty size 32F in Freya worked perfectly with no spillage or gaping at the cup, and the band felt comfortably snug. Fit-wise, the Elize reminds me of the super cute Freya Nieve without all of those time consuming hooks. The padded half-cup almost acts like a push-up since it lifts from the bottom and creates semi-cleavage at the top for a rounded, sexy look.
Materials: First off, I love the satiny purple fabric on the cups. The lavender color is very flattering and perfect for spring and summer, but then the light sheen of the fabric takes the bra to a new level of beauty. Not to mention, the black lace isn’t scratchy and has a bit of stretch while the powernet wings are comfy and supportive.
Design: The padded half-cup and the cleavage/shaping it creates is easily my favorite part about the design, but it’s followed closely by the use of the pretty purple fabric and how it complements the black lace. I love how the icy lavender and the sleek black combine to give the bra this sophisticated, romantic vibe that feels somewhat vintage-y. Also, the little bows at the center and on the straps with the dangling crystals are a thoughtful and fun final touch. There’s even a little strip of lace on the wing, which once again proves that Freya doesn’t skimp on their creativity. My only caveat with the design is that I prefer fully-adjustable straps since I sometimes need to tighten them down quite a bit.
The Shorts: I love everything about them so much that I’m at a loss on what to talk about first! Okay, let’s get the obvious out of the way: They are really gorgeous! The lace front and flouncy little hem feels like a tap pant, and those bows with crystals make a fun appearance. The fit and shaping is great (I wear a medium, by the way). Finally, the fabric is so sleek and soft that it could almost be silk. They are the perfect complement for the bra, but I do have a question: Why-oh-why do they have to be hand wash? I already have to hand wash my bras, and now I need to do it with my underwear too?? Oh well, they’re worth it!
This week, I am putting together our orders for the exclusive fashion styles releasing early this year, and I want to give all of you the opportunity to pre-order you size. When you pre-order, I will ensure your size is not only among the ones ordered but also that it is held for up to two weeks so you have the first chance to try (and possibly buy) it. If you decide not to pre-order, there is no guarantee that I will order your size or that it will not sell out before you get to the store. Essentially, I’m giving you ladies “first dibs” on the new stuff we’ll be seeing as a way of saying “Thank you” for reading the blog. However, I’ll need to have your orders in by Saturday at the latest.
The first style you can pre-order is the Freya Elize Bra:
Soft, sexy, and sophisticated, the Elize mixes soft lavender satin with sharp black lace and beaded bows. Featuring a flattering, balcony neckline, the Elize promises great uplift and support. The soft handle satin fabric and contrasting lace top cup add the perfect amount of sex appeal while the wider wire offers extra comfort. The Elize is available in either the padded balcony bra, which is the style we will be ordering, or in a regular, unpadded balcony style. Erica’s Thoughts: The padded balcony bra has the same frame as the Freya Nieve longline without the lengthy band. So, if you loved the shape the Nieve gives, then you’ll feel the same way about the Elize.
The Elize padded bra retails for $64.00, and the traditional balcony style retails for $68.00. Both styles can be pre-ordered, and both will ship in mid-March.
Sizes Available for padded style: 30-38 D, DD, E, F, G, 32-38 B, C
Sizes Available for non-padded style: 28-38 D, DD, E, F, G, GG, 32-38 B, C
You can also pre-order the matching pants (all available in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL):
Brief — $29.00
Short — $28.00
Thong — $28.00
The next style up for pre-order is the Elomi Libby bra:
The satin simplex of the Libby bra is perfect for showing off this pretty floral print while the low center front and side frame are perfect for great shape. Featuring a side sling for forward push, the Libby has a slightly lower center gore and side underwire than the Caitlyn bra. The beautiful charcoal embroidered trim on the cup perfectly complements the painterly blues of the print. Erica’s Thoughts: This bra looks like it will fit similar to the Caitlyn but will be fairly smooth under knits. If you’re looking for a fun fashion bra that remains supportive but sexy, then this it.
The Libby retails for $60.00 and will arrive in late March. It is available in the following sizes:
Sizes Available: 36-46 E, F, FF, G; 36-42 GG, H, HH, J, JJ
You can also pre-order the matching briefs, which retail for $30.00 and are available in sizes M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL, and 4XL.
Finally, the last style available is the Freya Ellie:
Ellie loves feeling girly in this dreamy lime and pink floral print, but the vibrant embroidery makes sure this delicate look has a little electricity around the edges. Featuring a balcony shape for great uplift and support, the Ellie has a soft handle simplex fabric with an embroidered top cup trim and complementary satin bows. Erica’s Thoughts: This style looks like it will be smooth under knitwear, and the fabric is incredibly silky. Plus, I’ve seen the print in person, and it is far more beautiful than the pic can convey!
The Ellie will ship in late April.
Sizes 28-38 D, DD, E, F, FF, G retail for $62.00; sizes 28-38 GG, H, HH, J and 30-36 JJ, K retail for $70.00.
As with the others, you can also pre-order a matching pant in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL
Breif — $32.00
Short — $30.00
Thong — $28.00
As an early bird special, if you pre-order any of these items, I will give you 10% off when the style arrives. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your orders!
Yesterday, I had an appointment to speak with my sale representative for Eveden Intimates, which manufactures Elomi, Freya, Fantasie, and Goddess (among others). Well, my appointment went great! I was able to see and touch all of the new fashion styles as well as some of the upcoming core basics. I was in “pretty bra” overload, and I couldn’t help but be impressed with the quality and attention to detail each of these bras possessed. If I could carry every style in the store, I would, but unfortunately, that’s just not feasible for our store budget. So, I’m putting some of the decision in your hands! Below you will find a narrowed down list of fashion styles I thought looked especially beautiful in person along with a brief description, the retail price, the sizes available, and the ship date. If you see something you absolutely adore, please send me an email or call the store. If I don’t hear that there is an interest in bringing the fashion styles into the store, then I will focus the store’s budget on stocking more basics instead. Speaking of basics, before we get to the fashion items, I wanted to let you ladies know that I plan on purchasing the Rebecca bra: [Read more...]