I immediately fell in line with Fuchsia retro design. Everything about it screamed WANT. Plus, I long wanted a good soft cup bra to sleep in, even well before getting knocked up.
So once I did find out that I was pregnant it was one of the first bras that I picked up. Thankfully figleaves had a great sale for 25% off and I snatched up a 32HH.
FitRecently, I did a lot of bashing on soft cup bras in general. I purposely wanted to get that post out first before writing up my review on the Rosie because in all fairness it's the best soft cup bra that I've tried so far.
As I mentioned above, I decided to go with a 32HH on this. In reality I need a 30JJ. The cups are about one size too small (I get some very slight quadraboob towards the center) and the band is too big also. Unfortunately, this bra stops at HH so my only other option would have been to return and get a 34HH but since I didn't want to pay the extra shipping fees I decided to hold on to this one.
The center gore is high, really high. It actually measures in at 6" (compared to the usual 4.5" in 30J's that I've tried).
From the front you see that I get some *slight* separation, or at least it's not a completely uniboob as many soft cup bras give. That being said, the side view makes it clear that I have very little uplift and the bra is sitting more on my belly than lifting me up off of it.
Moreover, you can also notice in the left side view photo that the center gore is completely off of my body and actually sticks out some to the point that it is noticeable underneath my shirt.
Now, I have to give credit where credit is due. The shape I get in the Rosie is still a lot better than what I saw with Royce Lingerie. At least I'm not getting a downward pointing shape.
However, I've found that I can't wear my Rosie out of the house. Not only because of the shape but also because I sweat too much in it! My boobs are smashed together in the hammock shape I describe here and they lay on top of my bump, which means I'm sweating in two places. During the Brazilian summer this is an absolute nightmare. :(
In all fairness, though, the colors still are just as gorgeous as in the original picture and if there was any way to make the shape on it better, I would love this bra. Unfortunately, soft cup bras still have a long ways to go in terms of getting a good appearance on a larger bust.
- I can't say it enough but soft cup bras have a long ways to go in large cup sizes before they can be a viable every day option. As I've discussed before, this really is troublesome because larger breasted ladies need more options, especially during pregnancy/nursing, for sleep, and due to medical issues.
- The size range is also an issue. It's a shame that many Freya bras go up to K cups but for some reason soft cup bras stop at HH?
- Another review of the Rosie can be found here.
- I suspect that it might do better on firmer, wider placed breasts.
- There are four rows of hooks in back to account for extra growth during pregnancy.
- The straps are thick and supportive and fully adjustable.
- There is a smooth lining inside, which prevents any itchiness from the lace on the outside.
- I did find the bra true to size. I tend to wear 1-2 cup sizes up in Freya vs. my Fantasie size. Currently, I'm a 30J in Fantasie so needing a 30JJ in this maintains that relationship.