Freya Faye Review

Hello Ladies,

A customer came into the store the other week and ordered the Freya Faye bra, and when it arrived, I was stricken with envy the second I unwrapped it from its plastic bag.  Despite owning a lingerie store, my unmentionables drawer is rather pathetic looking right now.  Most of my bras are old and don’t fit anymore due to weight loss, and I’d been procrastinating buying new ones.  The Faye in black, which I am reviewing today, is my first new bra in quite some time!

Sizing: After years of buying 32Gs, recent weight loss combined with (finally!) learning the right way to put on a bra to leave me wondering what my real size should be.  Lately, I’ve discovered that a 30H tends to be a perfect fit for me, which is true of the Faye.  I also tried the Freya Arabella in this size, so I would say that the Faye is true to size compared to other Freya styles.

Fit: Perfect!  Perfect!  Perfect!  Okay, so it’s pretty clear I love this bra.  The band is nice and snug, and I like how it has three hook-and-eye closures instead of just two.  The straps are comfortable and fully adjustable, which is a nice feature.  Finally, the cups provide great lift and support without compromising on shape.  I find the Faye gives a natural, rounded silhouette under clothes—a refreshing change of pace since many seamed bras are more conical or pointy.

Materials: As always, Freya uses the best quality and most comfortable materials available.  Featuring mesh wings, the Faye sports a smooth patterned fabric and a sexy lace both of which manage to feel incredibly soft.  After wearing the bra several times since I purchased it, I can honestly say that I didn’t experience any rubbing or chaffing.

Design: Freya, in my opinion, specializes in creating fun, cute bras for women who are tired of the standard beige fair available, and the Faye isn’t an exception.  The unique pattern on the fabric manages to be interesting and fun while the accent bows and strap details are thoughtful finishing touches.  Additionally, despite utilizing lace and seams, the Faye provides a nearly seamless look under clothes, even thin knits.  I tested it with my J. Crew tissue weight tee last week, and you could only see the barest impression of the main seam.  Considering the support and shaping this offers, I find it impressive that it also manages to be almost invisible.

The Matching Shorts: Yes, I ordered them, and I love them too.  They remind me of a more basic version of the shorts from the Vivienne set.

Other Comments: The Faye is available up to a K cup in bands 30-36, making it a great option for women who wear smaller backs but higher cup sizes (especially anyone looking for a bra that will be smooth under clothes).

Final Grade:  A+

Wearing the Faye with this Sweater:

Freya Faye Review
Erica
Erica is a lover all things lingerie and is passionate about helping people find the bra which fits and flatters. Side passions include reading, writing, hiking, dairy-free food, walking her Jack Russell terrorists, and dying her hair everything from black to red.
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21 thoughts on “Freya Faye Review

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  • May 22, 2013 at 9:08 pm
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    Hey Erica – question about the Faye.

    Why would the bottoms of the cups – the wires, tilt out from my body? It’s like someone bent them around a barrel (only the barrel is convex to my ribs).

    I tightened the band and it helped some, but the wires still wanted to roll outward and up.

    I’ve never had wires do this, before.

    Any idea? Am I THAT weird?

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    • Erica
      May 23, 2013 at 11:25 am
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      My gut instinct says this is an issue of bra design and torso shape. I’ve mentioned before (but keep procrastinating blogging about) that I think some of the issues with how bras fit relate to the shape of the ribcage and not the breast shape or size. What you’re describing seems symptomatic of this. Have you had this issue with other Freya bras or is this the first one?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm
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    This is the first time I’ve ever had this happen. I’ve read other reviews out there and haven’t seen it mentioned.

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    • Erica
      May 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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      It could be a quality control issue then. Every now and then, a bra will slip through the cracks with a wonky fit, the underwires twisted in the wrong way, or something else entirely. Having now tried the Gem and Faye, I actually like the Gem a little more though because the Gem has sturdier fabric and more hold/lift.

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      • May 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm
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        I tried the Gem Demi, and the cups were not supportive enough. I may try the balconette – the gore may be under 3″….if it isn’t I can’t wear it.

        I think the wires are defective on this Faye. I’ll send you a pic for a giggle.

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        • Erica
          May 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm
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          I can measure the gore on mine when I get home if you’re interested. I think my Freya Ellie (based on their plunge balcony style) had a lower gore though. I’ll take a few measurements for you later today. Defective wires are always good for a giggle. If those wires aren’t put in properly, the rests are definitely awkward!

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  • December 2, 2013 at 12:58 am
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    i’m currently wearing a size 38JJ but the underwires are all the way beck under my arms and poke me. i read somewhere that the solution is to go up a cup size and down a band size. but that sounds like the underwire will be even wider. whar do you thik is the solution? also, one breast is larger than the other and to my own critical eye, there’s a visible difference (if you know and you squint hard enough). any help with this?

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    • Erica
      December 3, 2013 at 2:35 pm
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      Hi Barbara! It could be that the style bra is not quite right for you. I’m disinclined to recommend sizing down in the band if the 38 fits comfortably. First, the 36 would fee a lot tighter and possibly be uncomfortable, and secondly, the band tension will be higher which can cause the underwire to wrap further toward the back. Are you experiencing this in the Faye? It might be worth trying a different style in 38JJ instead of experimenting with size here.

      All women have one breast which is bigger than the other, so this is very common. I recommend looking for bras with a little leeway in terms of cup fit either because they use stretchier fabrics (like lace) or because the shape allows for some size difference. The Panache Envy would be a great choice for this, but there are others out there too. Personally, I wouldn’t sweat the difference. No one should be squinting at your breasts hard enough to see there is a size difference. Instead, I’d focus on finding a bra that fits both sides well and gives you the look, shaping, and comfort you need. 🙂

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