The Oriental Bloom is what I'd dub a "mini-longline". The titular band does not extend as far down my torso as the Freya Piper/Nieve does. It has four widely spaced hooks instead of eight closely spaced ones. It's a departure from the traditional longline bra, but I think it could be a popular feature. While many women enjoy the aesthetic of longlines, few women seem to gravitate towards them as a wearable everyday style. I think the length of the band, or the feeling it produces when you're seated, is behind this hesitation. The Oriental Bloom's underband solves that neatly with a nice compromise between an old-school longline and a modern bra.
Want a second opinion? Oops! None so far, but if anyone has tried it, please let me know and I can add it in!
Who Would Like This Bra: Longline lovers, women who have had difficulty with Freya's longlines, and any lady with lower fullness or softer boobs who'd like a stable cup. Also, people who are obsessed with sexy florals (ya' know, because I'm hoping I'm not the only one...).
Who Would Not Like This Bra: Gals who prefer soft or sheer top panels, anyone with upper fullness or firmer breasts, and people who don't like florals (I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOU.) because the pattern is especially ubiquitous in the lingerie world.
(This bra was given to me by the kind folks at Gossard and was intended for review purposes. Unfortunately, they forgot to pack a magical elf that would tell me what to write. All opinions, facts, and thoughts expressed are my own and the gift did not influence any of my babble.)