Let’s start today with Parfait by Affinitas! The Parfait AW16 collection primarily uses shades of rich bronze, merlot, neutrals and cool blues.
Parfait by Affinitas Charlotte Padded Bra and High Waist Brief in Bronze (28-40 D-K, S-3XL)
First up, Parfait’s most famous style, the Charlotte! This season, shades of brown are absolutely everywhere, something I am really pleased to see. Most brown lingerie tends to be a cooler brown shade, so I really like this warm, rich bronze, and I think it looks really striking against the black piping details.
Parfait Estelle Padded Bra (30-40 D-G), Balconett Bra (30-40 D-G) and Hipster Brief (S-2XL) in Merlot ; Parfait Casey Plunge Moulded Bra and Boyshort in Ruby Wine (30-40 D-G, XS-4XL)
There are also shades of merlot used in the Estelle and Casey. The Casey is a rich, wine red, whereas the Estelle is more of a red-toned brown, which I think could work beautifully as a nude bra for women of colour.
Parfait Marrianne Unlined Wired Bra and Hipster Brief in Cobalt Blue (30-40 D-G, S-3XL) ; Parfait Destiny Contour Bra and Hipster Brief in Nightshadow Blue (30-40 D-G, S-3XL)
There are cool shades of blue used in the Marrianne and Destiny. The Destiny was released in a rich cassis shade (warm, berry purple) for AW15, and I personally think this muted, dusky blue is even lovelier!
Parfait Estelle Balconett Bra and Hipster in Black (picture 1; 30-40 D-G, S-2XL) ; Parfait Aline T-Shirt Bra and Bikini in Black (pictures 2&4; 30-44 C-G, S-3XL) ; Parfait Aline T-Shirt Bra and Bikini in Nude (pictures 2&3; 30-44 C-G, S-3XL)
There are several options for neutrals, shown here in the Estelle and the Aline. Along with the merlot colourway shown above, Estelle will also be available in black in both the padded and balconett cuts. There is also a new basic option in the Aline, a subtly striped t-shirt bra featuring moulded cups and a partial band. Parfait are usually quite good with naming their “nude” colourways things like peach, rose, or (at minimmum) “european nude”, so I’m a little disappointed with the naming of this beige colourway.
I also decided to check out what Affinitas had on offer this season! Affinitas is Parfait’s parent company, catering to more of a core size range. However, they do have various styles available up to an F cup, so those on the smaller end of full-bust bras might be interested to see what they have. Affinitas uses similar core colours of aubergine, dusky blue, blush and black.
Affinitas Claire Unlined Wire Bra (left; 32-38 C-F), Push Up Bra (right; 32-36 A-DD, 38 B-DD), Thong and Bikini (S-XL) in Aubergine
The first new style of the season is Claire, a lovely neutral set featuring a shine satin band and lacy cups. This colourway is called aubergine, a rich sort of purple-toned brown colour.
Affinitas Claire (picture 1) Push Up Bra (left; 32-36 A-DD, 38 B-DD), Unlined Wire Bra (right; 32-38 C-F), Thong and Bikini (S-XL) in Victorian Rose ; Affinitas Pearl Strapless Push-Up Bra and Brazilian Thong in European Nude (pictures 2-3; 32-38 B-DD, S-XL) ; Affinitas Pearl Strapless Push-Up Bra and Bikini in Black (pictures 3-4; 32-38 B-DD, S-XL) ; Affinitas Milly (picture 5) Unlined Wire Bra (right; 32-38 C-F), Balconet Bra (left; 32-38 B-E), Brazilian Thong and Bikini (S-XL) in Black
There are many new neutral options in the Claire, Pearl and Milly. I really like these styles! The Victorian rose colourway of the Claire is so unbelievably beautiful, and the black/blush Milly is no different, using layers of striped and floral lace to give a really striking effect. Finally, the Pearl was introduced last season in ivory, and these two new colourways mean it’s growing to be a very strong neutral collection.
Affinitas Valerie Unlined Racerback Bra (32-38 B-DD), Push Up Bra (32-38 B-DD), Brazilian Thong and Hipster (S-XL) in Nightshadow Blue ; Affinitas Valerie Unlined Racerback Bra (32-38 B-DD), Push Up Bra (32-38 B-DD), Brazilian Thong and Hipster (S-XL) in Bright Purple
The last style of the collection is Valerie, a wonderfully soft set, again available in two colourways. The blue colourway is a muted, dusky blue (similar to the Parfait Destiny shown above), while the purple is a rich, vibrant shade (much more vivid than the aubergine used in the Claire).
Overall I think these are some really lovely, Autumn/Winter appropriate collections from Parfait and Affinitas! They do tend to keep their new collections quite small, however, I have noticed that once Parfait/Affinitas introduce a new style or colourway, it stays in place for multiple seasons. For instance, the Parfait Charlotte is currently available in seven colourways, something which is quite impressive. Another thing I like about their collections is their strong use of core colours, giving a really cohesive and unified collection.
What do you think of the Parfait and Affinitas AW16 collections? Any favourite pieces? Any not-so-favourite pieces? Let me know any thoughts in the comments below, and be sure to check back later today for more previews!
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