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+