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Full Bust Bra Review: Freya "Beau"

I'm crazy about this bra and I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I do. When I first saw the Spring/Summer Freya collection in the catalog, the Beau didn't pop off the page as a bra I couldn't wait to try. I do like cute prints, especially something as eye-grabbing as a bow pattern. I enjoy outlandish, complimentary color combinations which the "Beau" provides as well. The mix of raspberry polka dots, alongside the charcoal bows and muted pinkish base, feels fresh. I ordered it, but didn't really anticipate it as much as I did other Spring/Summer Freya fashions.

When I saw it, my feelings changed dramatically. The lighter shade leans towards a muted pink, rather than a neutral cream. The bra looks dainty and fun, but equally sophisticated with the sheer top panel and intricate, feminine embroidery. The stitching at the top vaguely reminds me of patterns you'd see on the tops of Minnetonka Moccasins. Another company, like Freya, that I'm a big fan of. I purchased the entire set and the briefs feature a ruched, elastic design on the sides and on the derriere. Those details, combined with a slightly higher cut in the bum, make them super flattering for ladies with larger hips.



The design aside, I can't get over the fit:


                                                          Freya "Beau" Plunge, 28GG"
As I've written here before, I recently remeasured myself and decided that I'd be more comfortable in a 28GG rather than a 30G. The Beau is the first 28GG bra I've tried and the fit is completely, epically improved. The Beau sits lower on the side of my breasts which I'm hoping will help to eradicate these weird bruise-like marks I've gotten from other bras. The 28 band didn't shift on my back during the day and the straps don't dig in. Of course, these are all signs that the 28 band is an improved fit for my body. I guess I hadn't imagined that the differences would be this immediate. The Beau was so comfortable the first time I wore it, I forgot I was wearing a bra.


Cup-wise, the fabric laid completely flat against my chest. The material was soft and stretchy, without being too flexible. Since the color is light enough, I plan on using this bra as a basic. I wear several layers under my tops in the winter (warm wear, tank tops, shape wear) so there's no risk of the dark pink or grey peeking through. It's been hard not to wear this bra recently, I'm over the moon about the fit. Just like my post on why bras are like love, I wasn't expecting to fall as hard as I did for the beautiful Beau.

10 Comments

  1. Your bras always look like they fit SO WELL! I swear I've never looked that perfect in any size, ever. x

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  2. Thank you! That's the ultimate compliment, but I think the Beau (and any Freya styles like it) deserves some of the credit. They're working some sort of perfect-fit voodoo magic!

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  3. [...] While her reviews at super helpful, I prefer her DD+ Outfit series where she puts together great looking clothing combinations that are fun, original, and flattering.  Check out this one using a bright floral colored sweater! [...]

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  4. Fantastic fit. I may just try the Beau as I'm a newly refitted 28GG too. :-)

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  5. Oh, you should! I'm a big believer in this plunge shape for Freya. It's unbeatable.

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  6. Ahh! I've been stalking this bra, and I've finally gotten the confirmation that I needed. I always thought that soft cup bras were for A-C cups. Actually, we're the same bra size! I just lost weight and went from a 30G to a 28GG, so your blog is so, so helpful. Thanks.

    P.S. Will there be another Curve NY expo in the near future?!

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  7. Hey Amber! Thank you, it's so nice to hear that the reviews are helping. I'm glad you've found a better size too. You should definitely check out the Beau. The bow pattern is crazy cute.

    There will be another Curve, in August. At this one, the companies showed styles that are coming out now and through the summer, as well as all the Autumn/Winter 2012 collections. In August, they'll debut the Spring/Summer 2013 groups. Exciting stuff!

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  8. [...] My shabby pictures of this dress do not do it justice! It’s almost impossible to see, but there’s a gathered knot near my waist which clenches everything in. Again, the draping is divine.  In my dress series, I wrote that I love sheath styles for curvy girls and this dress brings the va-va-voom effect, without being too revealing. My favorite? The ruching on the back (just like the Freya Beau bikini!): [...]

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  9. [...] and the Lyla are two of my reliable favorites and the plunge shape pictured below (and reviewed here) is easily the best fit I’ve ever experienced. Freya "Beau" [...]

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  10. [...] 2013, there will be a second fashion colorway of the Beau. I wonder, why Freya doesn’t make the Beau a basic? I’d gladly buy that bow print in ivory or black.  Despite my aversion to the [...]

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