Review of the Curvy Kate Tease in Black/Blush (32J, 14)

Those of you who have been readers for a long time might remember my love for Curvy Kate’s Showgirl collections – particularly the Tease Me and Thrill Me styles! Unfortunately, these styles only went to a 30J and sister sizes, and as a 30JJ/K, they were always a bit too small (not that that ever stopped me!). Luckily for me, not too long ago, the Tease Me was reinvented and re-released as the Curvy Kate Tease, in a new-and-improved size range of 28-38 D-J.

Curvy Kate Tease Bra and Suspender Brief in Black Blush (32J), with Lovehoney Flaunt Me Robe

I usually wear a 30K in Curvy Kate’s unpadded bras, however, since this size isn’t available, I decided to try it out in a 32J with size 14 briefs. I’m also wearing the set here with my Lovehoney Flaunt Me robe (reviewed here) – I think the scalloped lace trims match this set perfectly! Continue reading

Burlesque Inspiration with the Ewa Michalak S Gazeta

A couple of years ago, Ewa Michalak released a particular style which received an unbelievable amount of attention: the CHP Gazeta. This burlesque-inspired, newspaper print piece sold out incredibly quickly, and it’s still highly coveted throughout the lingerie community today. While the CHP has a smaller size range than some of Ewa’s other pieces, Ewa Michalak offers the option for many of her styles to be custom-made in another cut for a small fee. I was lucky enough to get my hands on an S Gazeta, which uses the same fabrics and detailing, but in a construction specifically designed for larger breasts.

Ewa Michalak S Gazeta 60L and Lovehoney Flaunt Me Robe

With how sought-after this style is, I wasn’t able to get this bra in my preferred size of 70K (32K), so this is a 60L (28L). Continue reading

Review of the Panache Olivia in Deep Jade (30JJ, 14)

The Panache Olivia is a style I have longed for ever since I saw it at Moda back in August 2014. I was hugely tempted by the SS15 colourway of Apricot, and when I saw AW15’s colourway of Deep Jade, I knew I had to try it out. I had a bit of trouble locating my size from nearby stockists, but luckily for me, the lovely folks over at Panache offered to send it to me!

Panache Olivia in Deep Jade - size 30JJ, 14

This is the Panache Olivia in Deep Jade, size 30JJ bra and 14 brief. Unlike many other sets, the Olivia only has one option for briefs, which is unfortunate if you’re more of a thong or short person. However, personally, I adore high-waisted briefs, so I’m pretty happy! Continue reading

Nude Bras for Women of Colour in SS16

For a long time, the full-bust lingerie world has been largely homogeneous when it comes to nude bras: In SS15, there was one brown bra between Freya, Fantasie, Elomi/Goddess, Panache, Gossard and Curvy Kate, and before SS15, it had been pretty much the same. However, the recent overwhelming success of brands such as Nubian Skin seems to have given the lingerie industry the kick it’s needed for a long time.

Image courtesy of Nubian Skin

Image courtesy of Nubian Skin

In AW15, the number of brown bras between the aforementioned full-bust brands went up to four (Fantasie Premiere in Ombre, Fantasie Eclipse in Ombre, Freya Deco Vibe in Mocha, and the Gossard Glossies in Rich Brown). This season (SS16), this number has gone up to eight, and many brands are starting to phase out the obnoxious use of the word “nude” to mean “beige”. So, today I thought I would share the options available this season. Continue reading

Reinventing the Classics with Gossard

Editor’s note: Today’s review will be of the Gossard “Gypsy” set. While I understand that this set is a remake of a set made in the 1980s and is named as such, it would be extremely ignorant of me not to point out that G**** is a racial slur, still used against Rromani people today. It is not a synonym for bohemian, free spirit, hippie or anything like that, and to use it as a bra name is very trivialising of the Rromani experience. For this reason, the bra will be simply referred to as “G” throughout this review.

As you may know I recently received the Gossard Desire set (which I previously reviewed here), and I surprisingly received a second set, which was the Gossard G Non Padded Bra in Caramel with the matching Deep Short. The G is one of Gossard‘s iconic styles, originally introduced in the 80’s as the bra that “made men faint”. It’s been out of production for a while, but a few months ago, the style was modernised and re-released as a non-padded bra, padded bra and basque, in two continuity colourways of black and caramel.

Gossard Gypsy Unpadded Bra and Deep Brief in Caramel - 30F, XS (3)

My usual size is a 28G, but as always Gossard’s bands start at 30, and as I had heard this particular bra runs a little big, I decided to try out a 30F with XS briefs. Usually, the type of bras I go for are padded plunge sets (as I have quite close-set breasts I find the low gores work best for me) – but I unexpectedly love this non-padded bra! Continue reading