When the Fantasie Jana first released last year, I was incredibly excited for so many reasons. Not only was the bra priced at an affordable $64 for the entire 30-40D-K size range, but Jana also utilizes a side support panel for added forward projection. When I was first fitted properly for a bra, I lived in the Fantasie smoothing series, in large part because it was widely available; however, after we opened the shop, temptation pulled me away from the brand. When I needed a new flesh-tone option, I thought Jana would be a perfect way to test the brand again.
Sizing & Fit: Originally, I ordered my standard Fantasie 30H which fit perfectly in the band but had too much overflow at the center of the cup. To be fair, I experienced breast changes during the trial period which may have contributed to the size issue. Consequently, I re-ordered the bra in size 30HH, and the overflow was eliminated. Despite finding the proper size, the fit of Jana was not what I hoped. Fantasie is not known for using narrow underwires like Cleo or Comexim, but their designs are not too wide either, leaving me surprised at how far the underwires of Jana wrapped around my back. Recently, Fantasie has experimented with offering designs to bridge the consumer gap between them and sister brand Elomi, and to this effect, Jana succeeds well. If you need a wire width between Fantasie and Elomi, consider Jana or Salsa, but the additional width creates fit issues for women like myself who have close set breasts. The center cup is shallow, and I have a lot of space between the underwire and my breast tissue on the side. Jana also sports a tall, full-coverage design that is puckering near my arm. Again, this may also relate to the incompatibility of my shape and the width of the underwires.
To be perfectly candid, I could forgive some of the width-based shape issues were it not for the terrible profile created by Jana. In the video below, I mention the silhouette is pointy but not bad. Well, I said that before I edited the video and the pictures. Jana creates a weird, lumpy lower half and then a pointed upper half with my breast. Even fans of the bullet-bras will balk, and I do not believe this bra will work for women needing deeper cups. In fact, Jana perfectly embodies a critique I have leveled at manufacturers in the past: Do not offer a bra in a huge range of sizes when the style only succeeds well in a narrow range. Jana may work fine for wide-rooted women with shallower or even bottom-heavy breasts wanting full-coverage, and women between and D-FF cups may also fit the style better too. However, I am not convinced the bra is going to succeed uniformly well in G+ cup sizes. The top of the cup darts inward sharply too, and I imagine full-on-top breast types may need to avoid the style entirely.
Materials & Design: When I bought Fantasie bras, those babies lasted forever. I could keep them around two years of heavy wear before finally retiring them, so quality has never been an issue with the brand. Jana remains true to their commitment to high quality materials. The wings are supportive and comfortable without being too stretchy, and the cups are made from a stiffer but soft-feeling fabric which teeters on being a mesh. Embroidery at the top of the cup looks lovely, and I adore the use of a fully-adjustable embellished strap. Fully-adjustable straps work better , in my opinion, because a lot of women need the flexibility to adjust the tightness, but whenever a designer utilizes this feature, the straps are always basic. Here, the straps are gorgeous with an embroidery detail running the length although the texture does make it more challenging to tighten them.
Aesthetically, I liked the idea of Jana. The cup fabric uses swirls and circles (rather than the standard floral) which disappear under clothes while adding visual interest to the bra. Not to mention, the bows and aforementioned straps provide a fancy finishing touch to keep a basic bra from being too plain. The black variation is also stunning with a heavy use of gold accents. Overall, I wish the shape in the higher cup sizes, especially smaller bands, was improved, and I hope Fantasie continues tweaking their design to better incorporate this customer. Jana does boast an impressive size range, and I would be interested to hear how other women found the fit and shape.
Overall Grade: C+/B
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