Review of the Coquette Powernet Bustier (14-16)

Today’s review is going to be something a little different! I was recently contacted by Sexcite, a newly established online adult retailer, asking if I would be interested in reviewing something from their lingerie department. At first I was skeptical – sexy lingerie is often not to my tastes, and finding something that fits my 30K bust well can be a real challenge. However, looking through their collections, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a wide range of pieces, with quite a few that really appealed to me!

Coquette Powernet Bustier Black 14-16

After some umming and ahhing, I eventually settled on the Coquette Powernet Bustier. I hadn’t tried anything from Coquette Lingerie before, but a quick google search suggested that this style was generous in the bust, and I was pleased to find that this was the case! I opted for a size 14-16, which I think is the best size for me. According to Coquette’s size chart, a large (14-16) should fit a 38-40″ bust, 30-32″ waist and 40-42″ hips. My current measurements are approximately 43-31-42, so I would say the suggested measurements sound about right, with a bit of extra leeway in the bust.

Coquette Powernet Bustier Black 14-16

This bustier has a spacious, padded cup section, which (just about!) fits my bust. It has no wires so it isn’t a supportive piece, but this is entirely as expected. However, the cups manage not to crumple under my breast weight, and they give a nicely rounded shape whilst showing off plenty of cleavage, so I’m counting that as a win 😉 I didn’t expect much in the way of smoothing and shaping, but once again, I was pleasantly surprised!

Coquette Powernet Bustier Black 14-16

Trying this on, I was surprised by how high-quality this feels. The bustier is constructed with firm yet comfortable powernet, with light boning at the front and back, and firm binding around the waist. I find that this combination results in a very smooth silhouette, flattening any lumps and bumps, as well as cinching in and emphasising my waist beautifully. The black triple elastic straps are quite possibly my favourite part of the set, closing behind the neck with a hook and eye fastening. The only issues I have had are the ends of the boning, which do poke a little at my upper back (see next picture) after wearing for a while, and the length, as I find it’s just a little too short for my long rise.

Coquette Powernet Bustier Black 14-16

The bustier fastens down the back with hooks and eyes, with three columns of eyes allowing a greater range of fit. I usually don’t have a problem fastening myself into many-hooked basques and bustiers, but I did find that the hooks on this were somewhat…slippier, perhaps, than your average full-bust bra or basque. I imagine this may be so it’s easier to take off, but I found this meant that lower hooks kept undoing when I did the next ones up, which isn’t ideal.

Coquette Powernet Bustier Black 14-16

As many pieces of bedroom lingerie often do, this piece comes with a matching g-string brief. I don’t usually think much of these (they tend to be low-quality, uncomfortable, plain little things), but I’d say the strappy detailing and cut-outs made this a worthy addition to the set. I’ve modelled it here with some nude lace briefs underneath, as (as you can see), it’s a fairly daring piece without them! Of course, if it isn’t to your tastes, it’d be easy enough to find something else that matches.

Coquette Powernet Bustier Black 14-16

The bustier also comes with four detachable suspenders, to allow this to be worn with stockings. These are surprisingly high-quality – they’re wide and firm, and the metal hardware is much sturdier than the common plastic alternatives, which meant I didn’t have any problems with the suspenders coming undone with wear. The only issue I did find was that the cloth loops on the bustier that the suspenders attach to are narrower than the suspenders, so the suspenders sit at more of an angle than they should.

Coquette Powernet Bustier Black 14-16

Appearance-wise, I actually really love this bustier. While it’s clearly incredibly sexy and perfect for bedroom wear, it’s also plain enough that a bra underneath and a high-waisted skirt transforms it into a bold choice for lingerie-as-outerwear.

Coquette Powernet Bustier as Outerwear

I wore the bustier here with a wet-look skater skirt, some polka dot tights (H&M), and a plaid shirt (F&F) to make it a bit more casual, but it could clearly be dressed up if you would prefer. If wearing with a bra, I find this bustier works best over a half-cup style bra, such as the Masquerade Rhea, or the Curvy Kate Ritzy, Tease or Carmen.

Coquette Powernet Bustier Black 14-16

I would say this would probably best fit someone closer to a 30HH/32H, but larger busts can (obviously) get away with it, and I imagine smaller busts would be able to compensate with a padded black bra. Overall I am very impressed with this bustier! Obviously it’s not a supportive piece, but it is undeniably sexy, as well as being surprisingly comfortable. I am definitely pleased to have something a little different from the usual bra-based bedroom lingerie in my wardrobe, and I love how easily this can adapted to be worn as outerwear.

What do you think of the bustier? What are your solutions for bust-friendly bedroom wear? Let me know any thoughts in the comments below!

Set provided for review by Sexcite. Though this set was received free of charge, this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions are my own. The Coquette Powernet Bustier is available from Sexcite, and currently retails for £44.99.

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Founder and main author of Bras and Body Image. Anna is a lingerie lover, feminist and maths student based in the UK, who hopes to someday cuddle every cat in the world.

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