It’s no secret that Freya’s discontinuation of their stalwart style Jolie in colours – in the colours I have come to depend on as my very favourite, very high rotation bras – has left me crushed (or rather, standing over a precipice without a non-boring comfort bra to rely on).
At the time, Freya themselves recommended Gem as the girl who could win my heart once Jolie had left – but then a denial discount website splurge enabled me to track down enough back-ups to delay facing the inevitable. 8 months later, it’s time to face reality. Luckily sometimes, reality isn’t so hard to face at all. In fact, sometimes reality is a surprising treat…
Gem was not based on Jolie (actually she’s based on Rio, which I haven’t tried) but she is similar to Jolie in a number of ways: it’s a basic, lightweight non-padded bra with a full, rounded, no-messing shape. Like Jolie, the wires in the center run close together, which is great for narrower girls and girls with close set breasts – and the reason I love Jolie so much.
She is simple like Jolie, yet more ornate. With a pretty polka dot cup lined lace with floral trim, she’s like Jolie’s smarter older sister. She has wider side straps for a firmer support, and gives the same great shape and comfort I’ve come to depend upon from my long loved favourites. In fact, Gem is as close to a diamond in this everyday basics category as I’ve been able to find.
Fit wise, she’s less straightforward than her predecessor. I tried my usual test size of 30G – the size I always wear in Jolie – and though the back was firm and the support itself comfortable the cup was significantly bigger than I tend to expect from a (non-Deco) Freya bra. Cup to cup, Gem has a good extra inch of underwire on Jolie – I’d suggest trying a size down in the cup at least one size to find the perfect fit.
I will miss Jolie and the candy bright colours she has brought to my lingerie drawer (especially the part of my lingerie drawer reserved for comfort days), but with Gem I sense I’ll be okay. The colours may be more muted, but I don’t need to miss that subtle shape, that lightweight feel, that perfect center gore I know and love and reach for so often. Gem’s elegant simplicity can add a secret sexiness to my everyday days: a cracking, comfortable but interesting bra destined to be a favourite basic.
Plus, check out these high waisted pants coming with the set (that will run to a K cup) in January. Le squeee!
Thank you to the lovely peeps from Bras & Honey for sending Gem to help me out of my denial and in to life after Jolie. Keep up the good work! x
*edit: it’s been brought to my attention that the Freya website is wrong and Gem does indeed go up to a J cup. Joy!