In the last three years I've worn a 36B, a 34C, a 32D, and now a 34DD. The mass market lingerie company, who probably over 50% of you all purchase lingerie from, has been my go-to for bras for as long as I can remember – until now.
At the Evenden Lingerie Fall 2008 preview last week in NYC I was given a professional bra fitting from a woman over the age of 18. I think that was a first! She did more than just measure my ribs and bust. She showed me what was wrong with the bra I was wearing from the looseness of the circumference to the obvious fact that I was spilling out the sides – wrong cup size!
She measured me and then from an endless stock of bras (beautifully sexy ones I might add) she had me try on 4 bras until we found the most perfectly-fitting, all tissue-encompassing, sexily-shaping bra I've ever worn. I've been wearing my fun and flirty Freya bra under everything that won't show the pink and green lace through for the last week! I'm embarrassed and uncomfortable in my other bras – it's time for a lingerie purge in my apartment.
Evenden, who makes Freya, Freya Active, Freya Swim, Fantasie, Fantasie Swim, Goddes, Elomi, specializes in designing and manufacturing fashion-conscious lingerie with precision, fit, comfort, and quality. They also pay particular attention to creating stylish pieces for the underserved full-busted and full-figured market. They provide bras in more cup sizes than any other lingerie maker in the world: up to a K cup in some of the brands.
Not only are these bras the most well tailored and well-fitting bras in the world, but they're gorgeous as well.
The Freya is a line of sexy, fun, and stylish lingerie that offers full support while allowing you to expose a bit of cleavage (in the appropriate amount of course). The Freya styles range from delicate French embroidery (purple Arabella Plunge Bra for $58 and matching thong for $36), to sheer sexy balcony bras (Freya Saskia Plunge Bra for $66),and geometric prints in a range of autumnal colors (Freya Jeanie Plunge Underwire Bra for $39.99).
Fantasie's designers noticed that most bras were constructed by using a 2-section cup and therefore weren't able to offer many extended cup sizes. To achieve a larger size range the designers use a 3-sectioned cup, which enables them to put more shape and capacity in the cup. Because most of the support from a bra should come from the underband and not from the shoulder straps, Fantasie uses a strong 'powernet' fabric in the side section of their bras and offers side boning in others.
The Fantasie Rimini Underwire Bra is constructed of sheer mesh with full coverage cups for the ultimate support in a 32C up to a 40G for $65, the Fantasie Olivia Full Cup Underwise Balcony Bra is unlined, made of 3-piece cups in semi-sheer mesh, with underwire support and side boning for extra hold. Get yours in a 32GG to a 38J for $60. The Anna Underwire Balcony Bra is made of smooth microber with a non-strech center gore, chic floral detail on the straps and has a suble scalloped trim in sizes 32D to 38H for just $60.
And be sure to check out our SheFinds Guide To the Best Bras for Big Busts.