Back in November, I was lucky enough to win a prize in Invest In Your Chest‘s blogiversary giveaway: a £50 voucher to a new lingerie retailer, Curvature Boutique, situated in Essex. I had planned to visit the store, but plans fell through, and with me being a terribly forgetful person, it took me a few months to get anything sorted out. Luckily for me, the lovely Kirsty was endlessly patient and helpful, and sorted out sending the items to me, along with a few little bits and pieces – I particularly love the corset-shaped charm!
Unfortunately for me, the only full-bust brand they stock is Curvy Kate, so none of the bras were going to fit me. So, I opted for a variety of knickers and hosiery, which arrived boxed and wrapped lovingly in pink tissue paper. And, on a sunny day, what better to do than wander round the garden in your undercrackers?
I usually wear a size 14 in most clothes, but I got the Curvy Kate Tempt Me high-waisted shorts in an 18. I was expecting them to be a least a little big, but it seems CK run smaller than I thought, as these are a very comfortable fit. I paired the shorts with the black Scarlet Seamer tights in a large.
The tights are firm and structured with a lovely Cuban heel, and go perfectly with the briefs. I wore them together here with my Trashy Diva Courtney coat dress and some heels, in a very Dita-inspired outfit!
The next items I chose were the Curvy Kate Tease Me suspender shorts and the nude/black Scarlet Seamer tights, which I’ve paired with my matching Tease Me bra. I chose the shorts in a 14 and the tights in a medium, though I think I’d prefer them in a 16 and a large respectively. Obviously the bra is much too small, but I’m hanging onto it anyway, especially now I have these shorts!
That last picture looks so elegant, but between you and me, I’m actually falling over because of the heels 😛 Again, the tights are well structured and reinforced, though I think the black modesty panel isn’t the best for sheer briefs.
One item I knew I had to had: the Vixen May fishnet tights with a bow backseam, worn here with the high-waisted briefs.
These tights are so lovely! They make me want to throw on a corset and dance around with some oversized feather fans. I found them to fit fine, as fishnets are usually pretty forgiving. Unfortunately the bows don’t seem to be too well attached, and a couple had fallen off within 10 minutes of putting the tights on. I might attempt to re-attach the bows, as they’re just too pretty to give up on!
Finally, the Curvy Kate Tempt Me suspender shorts in a 14, matched with black Scarlet Seamer stockings in a medium. Again, I think I’d prefer a 16 for the shorts, but they were still gorgeous and surprisingly comfortable. I do get some cutting in at the hips, but I seem to get that in just about anything that isn’t high waisted!
I absolutely love stockings. Somehow, for me, they’re one of the items that I own quite a few pairs of, but never really end up wearing. That said, I liked these stockings more than I expected to. Compared to pairs I’ve had before, I found them firm and well-constructed, but generously sized and comfortable.
All in all, I’m very happy with these pieces! I spend so much of my time looking for and at bras, it’s a lovely change for me to have a few different things from the world of lingerie. If you’ve been following me on tumblr or facebook, you might have gathered that I’ve had a sudden growth spurt in the boob department recently, putting me somewhere in the 30KK region for most UK brands. Which means that at this moment in time, I have absolutely no bras that fit, so it may be a bit quieter around here in terms of bra reviews. In the meantime, I may end up doing a few posts like this!
Aside from bras, do you have any lingerie loves?
Items purchased with a voucher to Curvature Boutique. Though most of the items were free, this is not a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.
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Eeeee! bow fishnets! Those are FANTASTIC. You are totally rocking them
I’m so glad you like your bits.
Thanks for your write-up, it’s good to get honest impartial feedback.
You look fantastic! Want to go bra shopping now…
Oh my god, you look so glamourous! I am jealous! What wonderful photos, and wonderful stockings, and… just wonderful everything! Hooray for you.
My wife walks past Curvature Boutique every day, and is consistently tempted by the amazing window displays…. Consequently, I regularly purchase sets and hosiery for my wife, and she is so delighted with the quality and comfort. I have every faith in Kirsty’s suggestions and advice on all aspects of underwear, and I will be taking my wife in to be measured for a corset this week. I am so pleased that others share my views on the superb service provided in Curvature Boutique, and it is wonderful to have such high quality garments available in my neighbourhood. I cant wait for the men’s underwear to be available…… I wish Curvature Boutique every success.
Thanks Anthony, that was a really lovely response.
You have to keep coming in anyway, I enjoy our chats x
You seemed to have a lot of fun in these photos. Congrats on the new clothing!
Lovely! Your photos are always so much fun. Also, that coat dress….ohmygosh! amazing!
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I love those bow fishnets! and that coat dress is the DADDY! Would you mind if I asked where it’s from. Your piccies are awesome!!
It’s the Trashy Diva Courtney Coat Dress: https://www.trashydiva.com/shop/Trashy-Diva-Courtney-Coat-Dress-p137.html
It’s gorgeous but so expensive, it cost me about £150 after customs to get it in the UK! I’ve only worn it two or three times as well, it’s just a bit too dressy for everyday wear. I would definitely recommend it for those who lean more towards polished pin-up than casual rockabilly though
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