The best thing about Freya Ellie? She didn’t fit me.
I promise, I haven’t lost it. Following my adventures with Figleaves Boudoir’s Black Tie, I haven’t decided exclusively to review bras that don’t meet my usually rigorous fitting criteria. I haven’t abandoned my campaign for good fit in a desperate flurry of badly fitting bras and sad, escaping nipples.
Freya Ellie didn’t fit me, because I bought it in a 28GG. And it came up true to size.
28 bras shouldn’t fit me. I measure 29 inches underbust, and have little padding on my ribs (padding is an important point. Often larger women will need to wear band sizes smaller than their ‘true’ underbust measurement, because their body naturally has more give. It’s just another idiosyncrasy about bra fitting – like muscular women often needing to add inches because tight bands can be painful…). Logic tells me that on my body type 28 backs should not be comfortable. And yet – especially with Freya – it’s often a 28 that I need.
Not so with Ellie. She is wonderfully firm in the back – and though the cup volume was perfect there was no escaping that she was unusually-for-Freya tight. On me, that meant that the wires were murder across my ribs – but also it means she’s a cracking purchase for 28-backs desperate for a firmer fit. I love this low front shape of Freya bra (an everyday classic, like Jolie or Lauren) – and I love that she’s available in such a huge range of sizes. She’s amazing.
With so few 28 back options available – and with 26 backed women sized totally out of the mainstream market – it’s essential that 28 means 28. So for once, this is one bra I don’t mind being sized out of. Although there is comfort in that there’s a 30G waiting for me, if I want to adjust for fit.
Freya Ellie is available in sizes 28D-J, 30D-36K, and 38D-J. Hurry though – she’s now usually on sale and vanishing fast…