Freya Soft Cup Deco Reviewed
The Soft Cup Deco form Freya is a bra I was curious about when I first heard about it months ago, but it eventually fell off my radar likely due to the discovery of how fantastic brands such as Miss Mandalay and Ewa Michalak have been for my shape. I’ve pretty much stopped buying Freya bras all together because of their frequently loose bands, and I can’t seem to get a good fit in the cup anymore either. 28F is too small, and 28FFs cause too much gaping or wrinkling. However, when I put on the Soft Cup Deco, I was pretty impressed!
The band feels like a true to size 28. What a relief! For me this means I found the second hook most comfortable and definitely would have preferred a 26 band. I *could* wear it on the loosest hooks, but it just doesn’t feel as snug as I like. The cups are made of the same material as the regular deco (that really rigid foamy sort of material) and are moulded, meaning they retain their own shape. I think the Soft Cup Deco might have a bit more of a triangular shape to the cups than the regular deco as well as a bit more “curve.” What I mean by that is the cups seem to curve in toward my body a bit, so if they were too small I think they cold cut in quite badly.
I chose to purchase the Soft Cup Deco in a 28FF since that seems to be my current usual size, and I had a decent amount of success. My main issue with this bra is that if I don’t stand or sit with perfect posture, the cups gape and I can’t quite fill the tops. This problem was solved for me int he regular deco by sizing down in the cup, but I don’t think that would be an option in this case. The bra is already quite low on the sides, and squishes my breasts together quite a bit. I think in a size down I there wouldn’t be quite enough room to contain me. Couple this with the issue I mentioned earlier about the shape of the cups curving inward a bit, and I’d probably have mad cutting in/spillage. In the end I decided to return this bra. However I must say, I was pretty impressed with the shape! It is uplifted and rounded like the regular deco, however the cleavage is even more-so squished together. Definite “butt” cleavage happening since there are no wires to keep the breasts apart. I found that if I pressed the center gore inward against my chest (it doesn’t lay flat due to the lack of wires) it formed the shape of the regular deco almost exactly.
I found that the seam that sits just under the breasts in place of underwire became irritating after a few hours of wear. Every now and then I would get a jabbing feeling there, which is absolutely not what I want from a wireless bra. It’s unfortunate because other than those moments it really is a very comfortable bra.I’d also like to add that design-wise I really love this bra. It is completely sleek aside from two very tiny bows at the place where the straps meet the cups. The straps also don’t have that thick stitching on them that the regular deco does, so they’re much more attractive in my opinion. I love bras that are this sleek and simple because they have a bit of an androgynous vibe. I’m not the kind of girl that always feels like wearing bows and lace, sometimes I want to keep it as simple as possible (but I definitely can’t deny that I love me some bows and lace on other occasions).
So basically, If you generally have a lot of luck with Freya this bra could be great for you. I seem to be in between sizes with Freya and can’t get a great fit, but I don’t fault the bra, we’re just not exactly compatible. I also suspect my discomfort with this bra could have been caused by my severe lack of ribcage padding. I am pretty much skin and bones there with little fat to speak of, so someone with a but more cushion might fair better. If you’ve been fed up with 28s feeling too stretchy from Freya lately, this one thankfully does not follow trend.
I really need to get round to posting my review of this! I found the same thing with the band being uncomfortable. I think it’s partly a Freya thing as I’ve found it with every bra I’ve owned from them (admittedly that’s not many as I’m not a Freya fan).
Windie, thank you for this review! I have been wondering how the Deco Wireless stacks up, and it was great to hear your feedback. We sometimes get women in the 32-38 D-G sizing range who want a molded cup wireless bra, and I was curious if this could be a potential resource for them. As a side note, I do wish that Freya would tighten their bands down more because it does size out so many 26/28 ladies who could use another resource, especially if their breast shape is less compatible with Panache or Curvy Kate!
Glad you enjoyed the review! I do think this is a good bra, so definitely something a lot of women could benefit from. I too really wish they would tighten up their bands!
It seems that you are pretty familiar with the Freya Deco line! Do you have any experience with the Freya Deco Half Cup vs Freya Deco Plunges?
Hi there! I have no experience with the half cup unfortunately. Maybe try http://www.bratabase.com and see if there are any reviews/measurements posted for them?
I’ve just bought this bra as I am pregnant and have been advised to go for soft cup. I’m finding it a bit uncomfortable as I too am getting the folds at the bottom of the cup, really digs in the longer i wear it. Not sure a cup size down would contain me and only other option is to tighten the straps but that won’t give me long before i’m completely doubled up and over my shoulders. Thinking about going back to Bravissimo to chat about this as they fitted me. Otherwise its a nice bra! (Fitted at 30FF, was 28F pre pregnancy but 28 was too tight in this style).