I have been speaking to a possible columnist/guest poster for a while, and when I was contacted by Gossard asking if I would like to review something of theirs, it seemed like a great opportunity for her first post. Hopefully this will be the first post of many, so give a warm welcome to Rachael.
I had strangely never heard of the Gossard brand before (and therefore had never owned one of their pieces), so when I was contacted about reviewing one of their sets I had a little mooch on their website and gladly accepted! My current size is a 28G so I decided to try out a 30FF (as they don’t go down to 28 bands) and XS briefs. I was extremely pleased to find one of the sets they sent me was the Gossard Summer Plunge and matching thong – I hadn’t seen any pictures of this bra anywhere, so it was a lovely surprise to get a first look at it.
This bra has a lovely appearance with a very nice over all floral fabric on the cups and shoulder straps…
Sorry I felt that was the perfect time to quote Miranda Priestly – but what’s spring and summer without florals?! The print is mainly purple and peachy-pink in colour and has purple embroidered mesh detailing at the top of the cups and also on the outer half of the wiring, there’s also a little subtle chiffon bow on the gore to make it that little bit extra feminine. One of my favourite parts of Gossard’s collections is their classic ‘gate’ back fastening band. I absolutely love the look of this and would definitely wear the bras under a sheer blouse or backless top/dress to show it off!
I was quite pleased to find that the band ran much firmer than I had expected – laid flat the band measures 24 inches, with a stretched measurement of 28 and ½ inches. In this size, the Summer fastens with two sets of hooks, and I find the band is fairly firm on me. I do measure closer to 26 inches underbust, so I would’ve liked to try a 28 band if they were available, but it’s a much better fit than I was expecting. I think the briefs are as lovely as the bra, and the XS size is a good fit on my 36 inch hips. The front sides of the thong are made with the same embroidered purple mesh that’s on the cups, and the back is a plain stretchy mesh with a little bow detailing to the back centre. I found the briefs to be very comfortable, and had no discomfort from wearing them throughout the day.
I believe the cups of this bra run fairly true to size as they seem to fit me quite well. The wires are fairly average width with quite a low gore, and the cups seem average depth. The floral fabric and embroidered mesh is actually stitched onto a beige base so it has the same support throughout the cups – I was expecting the embroidered mesh to be just a stretchy piece of fabric to allow more generosity with the sizing, but this isn’t the case. I find the cups to be slightly too shallow for me at the bottom, resulting in empty space at the bottom of the cups, but I don’t believe this affects the overall support of the bra for me. It gives a nice rounded shape and a fairly modest cleavage, but I believe I could easily achieve butt-cheeks on my chest look with this bra – which is nice to have versatility. Overall I am very happy to own this Gossard set and hope to try out some of their other sets in the near future!
The Gossard Summer Plunge is available in 30 D-G and 32-38 A-G, retailing for £34 on the Gossard website. The matching Brief or Thong is available in sizes XS – XL (approximately 8 – 18 UK), retailing for £16 or £14 respectively. There is also a non-padded version of the bra, available in 30-38 D-G.
Item provided for review by Gossard. Though this set was received free of charge, this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are Rachael’s own.