Freya ‘Ingrid’: Bra Review

It’s been three whole seasons since I saw the Freya Ingrid at the Freya A/W 2011 Press Event in March last year, and it was one of my favourite prints of the entire season release. Needless to say I’ve been lusting after it ever since and waiting with bated breath to get my dirty mitts on it either as part of my Freya Fitting Talk allowance or by saving up my own pennies. Thankfully Freya gifted me this one as part of my Fitting Talk allocation (they’re bloody brilliant!) and whilst I love the support it gives, I’m a bit disappointed with the shape.

For me, this isn’t a t-shirt bra. The shape is up, forward but very pointy and triangular. It reminds me almost exactly of styles in the past which I’ve loved the look of but have shied away from due to their  projectile madonna-esque shape. I find that the Summer and the Monet bras both flattened me at the top and just didn’t seem to compute. Going up a cup size didn’t solve the problem so I just gave up on both, no matter how much I wished and willed and prayed they would fit me. Sure, throwing on thick or loose-fitting clothing masks the problem, but when it comes to lingerie I rarely settle for less than an 8/10.

Anyone remember the Freya Summer (best print ever?!?!) and the Monet Tea Rose?

It’s just not the same seamless rounded shape from Freya that I’m used to and really doesn’t suit my shape. I feel like I might invite criticism for saying so as I know people who got the Summer and Monet absolutely LOVED it – namely my 30GG long-time Bestie who still calls it her favourite bra even to this day.

As you can see, on me it’s not the best shape, and these three bras are the only Freya bras I’ve come across that do this…

The 28 band is a nice firm fit, the cups are very well filled (to the point where I’d consider going up a cup size), but before you think I hate this bra it’s really REALLY comfortable. I wore it to work and had no ‘get this bra off me’ syndrome, and if I break into a jog my boobs are held nicely in place with minimal bounce.

Anywho, the Ingrid belongs in the same family of the Summer and the Monet, so if you’re a fan of the fit of either of those and love the adorable birdie print with a soft lilac, pale peach, black and white palette with delicate lilac trim as much as I do then you’re in for a treat.

But if you’re a 30-38 B-G you might love it even more…

Now is time for me to do my standard and expected little whinge, as I know from past experience and from just looking at the shape that the padded half-cup version would suit me much better, however it is only available in a 30 band.

The sight that breaks any 28 band or G+ Freya fan’s heart!

Pretty please, Freya – don’t leave me out next season!

On the plus side, the Ingrid range has THE most amazing ‘Freya Lounge’ pieces, all of which I’ll probably snap up in the end of season sale. I’m a huge fan of their lounge range for light support when sleeping and I lived in my Edith nightie at Uni. Maybe I can satisfy my craving for bird print and purple after all?

Swoon! Oh how I long for Uni days when I used to stay in my pyjamas ALL DAY. It would have been all the more fun in these pretty slacks. Cry.

Attractiveness: 8/10 (Padded plunge version 10/10!)

Fit: 4/10

Comfort: 9/10

Styling: 9/10

Support: 9/10

Shape: 3/10

Price vs. Quality: 7/10

Re-purchasability: 4/10

Invest In Your Chest Rating: 5/10

Image credits: Freya

** This bra was gifted as part of my free sets for being a part of the Freya ‘Fitting Talk’ blog. This does not affect my opinion or my write up in any way. All views expressed are my own. **

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10 Replies to “Freya ‘Ingrid’: Bra Review”

  1. I get the pointy torpedoes with the Jessica and with my newly bought Zara bra(both 34hh).
    I do think that they are a similiar cut. Not so great for something tight, unless you’re going for that retro look. But I do have to admit that I love the comfort and the pretty details on both.
    The best shape ever for me has been the Naomi…perfectly perky round boobs!

    1. Hi Alison, thanks for your comment! See that’s the thing, I have both the Jessica and the Zara and I find that they both give me an amazing round shape – for example see my pics in my Zara review: and yet this one is really not great on me at all yet I know a girl who lives for the Freya Summer and really enjoys the shape. Alas. I really was looking forward to this one. The print in unbelievable. x

      1. Oh I know-isn’t it frustrating? The print is so cute and different.
        I sometimes suspect slight changes in the cut depending on the sizes.
        I for one have to really weed out a lot of bras or I would be poking everyones eyes Because of my HH’s I think that my breast tissue just distributes differently than what maybe an F would do.
        Some cuts just might be better for the smaller “melons” 🙂
        Do you remember the Freya Madison and Daisy? I think Freya keeps churning out that style ever so often and that cut really gives a round shape, never read a bad review. I bought them despite the fact that they only went to a G…comprimised the band and the cup, but I still wear them and that cut gives a fantastic shape, even my HH’s looked good!

  2. Hi, we love the pretty bird print design too. Shame the shape wasn’t quite right for you. The Freya Ingrid Loungewear is definitely one to try – I have my eyes on the Cami top and shorts! Emma

  3. I get that hideous pointed shape from any unlined style I’ve tried from Freya. Granted there haven’t been many of them. But the styles were Rio, Arabella, Pollyanna, Ooh La La, Monet, Lyla, Retro Basic and Retro Basic Plunge. I’ve come to the conclusion it has to do with poor placement of the seams, they do not agree with full-on-top or full-all-around boobs. Changing size in either direction exaggerates the problem. Freya uses more of a really curved diagonal seam and I think this works against my softer/full tissue. I fit a lot better in the seamed bras from Fantasie which have a diagonal seam…but it’s not curved like Freya’s. Unfortunately I already struggle with Freya’s 28’s being large.

  4. Haha! Wow, I just saw this post was a few years old! =) I was checking your blog to see if you had updates on any MODA shows.

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