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Guest Post: Review of Panache “Portofino” Swimsuit in 30GG by Comics Girls Need Bras

16 Jul

*This is a guest post written by the lovely Wen from Comics Girls Need Bras. The swimsuit was kindly provided by Panache, but as my big butt prevented it from going past my hips, I decided to gift it to a fellow blogger I admired. Even though Panache was generous to provide us with this swimsuit, all opinions are our own! Many thanks to Wen for the review, she was a darling to jump in and help a damsel in distress.*

As a full-busted woman I’ve struggled for a very longtime trying to find a decent swimsuit that I could wear in any occasion either at the school swimming pool or on the beach. Usually the more simple option is a black or blue wireless swimsuit. The issue with these products is that they contain your breast tissue in a very unnatural way. This could be as uncomfortable as painful because the Lycra flattens your breasts. Even if everything stays in place, the result is rarely elegant because these pieces are basically created for a smaller bust. So when Mette asked me if I would like to review the Panache Portofino swimsuit, I was more than interested! I’ve tried some Panache Sport products and I knew that they usually do a great job hiding the wires of these kind of products to give a smooth look while they still perfectly do the job! However I had never tried any underwired swimsuit and happily, this experience hasn’t been disappointing!

DSC03717DSC03731The Design: To be honest when I saw the Panache Portofino swimsuit for the first time on Panache stock pictures I didn’t find it very attractive. It was a simple blue and white swimsuit that I wouldn’t have bought by myself. Then I received the parcel, and the feeling when I put it on was completely different…

First of all, it fits ! This is always a victory when you receive a garment by mail and it fits you well. Second, I LOVE my body in this swimsuit! The design makes me think of the show “The love boat”. It looks perfect for cruise holidays! In my opinion this range has something chic, old-fashioned and I really like its nautical inspiration.

You may have noticed that it seems to be 2 sets of straps: the inner pair is for the invisible “bra” which is hidden inside the bodysuit. That means that the actual straps are not fully adjustable and I have to say that I usually have troubles with half-adjustable straps. In this case, they are quite short and I don’t have to shorten them so much (on these pictures I had forgotten to shorten one of them and I didn’t realise it before I saw the pictures on my laptop). So, the inner bra is basically made like a non padded balconette bra with a good coverage and three-part cup construction.

The ruching in the front seems to make the belly area look more structured. Indeed, the draped fabric paired with the white edge accents at the top of the swimsuit makes it more elegant and flattering. The back also adds a nice finish to this piece with its deep keyhole and its lovely branded gold plate and I was happy to see that the metal finished on the straps are gold too. The plastic closure is easy to use and the « band » feels true to size. I was afraid that it was not “young”enough but finally I’m really happy with the design of this piece. It makes me feel like a really elegant pin-up.

DSC03737DSC03753The fit : Mette sent me the Portofino in a 30GG and I would say that it fits me pretty well. However I’d like to try a 30G for comparison. The wires are really wide and sit very low under my inframammary fold. Also the inner cups are a bit too big for my breasts : I had the same impression with Panache Sport bras but as this doesn’t show from the outside, I am not 100% sure if a 30G would fit or not. It is not something I can feel when I wear the swimsuit. It doesn’t bother me, I just notice it when I put it on. So I believe that the bust part of this swimsuit is on the larger side.

One positive thing about the wires placement is that the central gore is very very narrow. This is very good for my close set-breasts and overall, this swimsuit still manages to give me a great support and a natural, yet round shape to my bust. The body is perfect for my usual UK size 10 and it covers everything the right way. The bottom part while providing a great coverage has a nice cut which makes my legs and butt look just fine. I was very surprised to be honest, since I usually think that one-piece swimwears make my legs look shorter and flatten my butt in a weird way.

The only thing that bothers me is that it is not easy to put on. Every time I am afraid to damage it when it passes through my thighs and butt, so the first time I was afraid that it was too small. Fortunately, when I finally put it on properly, the fit is amazing and I don’t have so much to complain about.

DSC03750DSC03755Comfort: I think that I am going to wear this piece very often this summer! I love bikinis of course,but wearing a one-piece swimsuit has always given me a sensation of freedom! Let me explain: wearing a properly fitting swimsuit, you can do whatever you want, run, dance, sleep, swim, and while every sensitive part of your body is covered, you are free to move your four limbs! That’s how I feel wearing the Portofino. This piece follows the curves of my body and allows me to move without having to adjust it every now and then.

I think the worst thing I’ve experienced with a swimsuit/bodysuit is when the torso part is too short and makes it uncomfortable because your butt systematically tries to eat it. I didn’t experienced that with the Portofino. The inner bra and lining are made from a very soft mesh and although the crotch is slightly too wide for my body, the legs elastics are quite stretchy and I don’t feel any discomfort.

In a nutshell, I am very satisfied with this piece and I think the whole Portofino range can work, aesthetically-wise, for gals of a different ages, since it is very elegant and pretty! If I could put my hands on the bandeau swim top in my size I’ll be glad to give it a try ! The details of this range are freaking amazing ! If you would like to give the Portofino a try, you can find it on Figleaves for $78 and the size range for the product is 30-38 D-K.

xoxo,

Wen

Sunday with Samanta: A225 “Hemaris” in 65J

30 Aug

Hello everyone and hope you are having a fabulous Sunday! Mine has been pretty good and I am now happily in bed ready to blog for you about my next Samanta venture – the Hemaris in A225. Hemaris is one of the Samanta best-sellers and belongs to the affordable “Young”-collection, which is – as the name suggests – targeted for young trendy women on budget. The Young -collection features more basic styles with simplistic yet hip lace and embroidery combined to an array of bright colours and fun prints. I received the Hemaris in the A225 cut which is specifically crafted for larger breasts and thus goes up to K-cup.

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Design: When I first found out the lovely Marzena from Samanta had thought of Hemaris for me to try next, I wasn’t super excited about the set – however, the leopard print lace and the orange-y red turned out to be a fun combo for everyday wear and I did like the style when I saw it in flesh! The colour is a little warmer than your average red which makes it appropriate for this late summer we are now experiencing and also, looks nice on most skin tones, I think.

The A225 cut is a semi-soft style which is something Polish bra companies are famous for – and which really suits so many breast shapes especially if you are on the softer side! However, me and Marzena discussed some of the fit issues I encountered with the semi-soft construction, and we can both safely say this is not the best bra shape for me.The A225 Hemaris constructs of three cup pieces with a stretch lace on top to accommodate any a-symmetry and the style is overall a bit wider and deeper than most Samanta styles I have tried so far.

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Fit: I got the Hemaris in my usual Samanta size which is 65J (translates roughly to UK 30GG). Usually Samanta has been very consistent with their sizing, but it seems that the semi-soft styles run a bit larger than their soft and padded bras which is why I could have easily done well in a 65I with the A225 shape. There is also something to my bust that does not co-operate with semi-soft styles at all (finally, a shape that does NOT work for me, haha!) – and when we discussed this with Marzena she instantly told me it is probably the density of my breasts. The A225 style is specifically designed for larger but also softer breasts and as mine are still very firm, the breast tissue does not conform to the semi-soft shape and fill it completely at the apex.

As you can see in the pictures, this style is also quite wide for me allover and thus is not the ideal look and fit I prefer. Even though I am not super narrow at my breast root, I do prefer bras that minimize the look of my boobs and makes them fit into tighter dresses when needed. However, I can imagine this bra shape being ideal for women who have lost some of their fullness and density and want to feel fuller and uplifted again! For example, if you have just breast-fed and are changing back to regular bras, this could be a great option for the fuller-busted lady.

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Comfort: As fit and comfort usually go hand in hand, this was not the best of Samanta bras I have tried comfort-wise either. The materials were incredibly soft and well thought-out, but the construction with its wider cups and also, wider-placed straps did not suit me very well. I just recently found out that apparently, I am quite narrow at my shoulders and widely-placed straps are not the most comfortable for me and unfortunately, it seems that this particular bra is not very good match with my body shape. This is something many British and American women struggle as well when it comes to Polish bras – it seems Polish girls are a bit more broad-shouldered and want less coverage which leads for the bras to have wider strap-placement with Polish bras in general. I have given feedback about this particular matter to eg Avocado who are tackling the the issue at the very moment.

Usually though, Samanta bras have been nice and comfortable for me, so this time, is no doubt just one style that simply does not go well with my proportions and body type. However, if you are a bit wider than me all over (breast root- and shoulder-wise) you could find the A225 quite good for you needs. Also the size I take usually faces some problems as the small band and big cups are not the easiest combination to accommodate in every single bra style. However, for materials and overall feeling, Samanta always earns an A+ as they really make an effort to use the best quality laces and also the softest cotton lining in the bra cups. The M300 brazilian briefs are also a dream to wear as the stretch lace really accommodates your own body shape and leaves no bulges or seams on sight.

If you interested to try out the Hemaris, it is now on sale for a very good price of 32,30 e for the A225 bra and 13,70 e for the Brazilian brief. Do snatch them before they are completely gone!

What do you think of Hemaris in A225? Have any of you tried any semi-soft bras and how do you like the shape in general? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday with Samanta – Model A470 “Beryl” in 65J + A DISCOUNT CODE

26 Apr

Is it already the end of April? I may sound like a granny but recently time has flown by so damn quickly. Today I am bringing you the April’s “Sunday with Samanta” feature with a first moulded Samanta bra I have ever tried. When opting for the model, we decided to keep reviewing the more full-coverage models of Samanta, but next month will definitely be something a bit less covering. Today’s Samanta cut is “Beryl” (retailing for 63€) which is designed specifically for a larger bust. Keep reading and don’t forget to check out the discount code at the end! *Disclosure: This set was sent to me by Samanta for review purposes, all opinions as my own*

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Design: When picking my next Samanta set, I was determined that at some point, the Beryl would definitely be on my list. Gladly, as the head designer of Samanta suggested the A470 model for my next review, I knew this would be the time to give this lovely combo of ink blue and gold lace a twirl. I am a big fan of both blue and gold since as a combination it whispers royal elegance. I was particularly keen on the lace which is absolutely breath-taking and somehow very European again – something that Samanta is well-known for. When the parcel arrived at my door, I was so happy to see that the design was even more beautiful and elaborate in flesh.

When it comes to the shape, the  A470 covers the breasts almost completely leaving them looking seamless and rounded under regular t-shirts. The A470 Beryl is a gorgeous bra to wear for boudoir purposes, but it’s true value is measured by how practical and gorgeous it is at the same time. If you are looking for the in-your-face kind-of look of the Freya “Deco”, this is not the bra for you but it is a great option to achieve a smooth and natural look to your bust line.

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Fit: I opted for my regular Samanta size 65J with the A470 and the size seems spot-on again. As someone who has experience of Samanta bras in three different models, it seems that at least within the selection of bras in same cup depth they do run quite consistent along ranges. As the first A925 model I tried was a bit too roomy in 65K, I am really staring to think that my true Samanta size with the deeper models is 65J. This is a rough equivalent to a British 30GG which is my preferred size with deeper British bras as well (I wear a 30H with shallower cuts).

The band of the A470 Beryl is very comfortable yet snug in 65 (UK 30) band and I feel like Samanta has put a lot of effort in the comfort aspect of the underwear. Sometimes brands make their bands of otherwise stretchy materials but then add a rigid trimming to the band edge which takes away a lot off the comfort level of the bra; Samanta however crafts their bras with care to the last finishing touches, so every aspect of the bra fits and feels great. The cups are deep as mentioned before and fit well my full-on-top bust without any bulging, gaping OR folding at the bottom, which has been my problem with moulded padded cups for whole my life. The centre gore doesn’t tack completely (there is about 2 mm space from my sternum) but so far, this hasn’t affected the support or the fit of the bra notably.

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Comfort:
Thinking about the comfort aspect of the set, I must say Beryl has been so far my favourite set from Samanta. The materials are absolutely lush, as mentioned before, and the lace of the bra and the panties is very soft and stretchy. As opposed to the previous styles Mintaka and Aurora, the materials of Beryl are also ever-so-slightly stretchier and there is no rigidness to the lace which could restrict your movements or feel scratchy against skin. The straps of the bra are also very comfy, 2 cm wide and half-adjustable – which of course affects the wearability of the bra depending on how tall or short-torsoed you are. I am 5’6 with a rather long torso and wearing the straps adjusted half-way, so I would estimate them to be rather accommodating to various torso lengths.

The wires with the A470 model are typical to Samanta – quite an average width so just about perfect for me. If you find other Polish brands’ bras too narrow-wired for your liking, you could definitely wear Samanta rather comfortably, unless you have very wide breast roots and need wires going farther into your armpits.

For the bottoms I opted for the D300 model – the so-called boxers (retailing for 29,70€) – which is a classic more covering style of bottoms. I am not a huge fan of thongs and even Brazilians make a wee bit uncomfy, so this style of bottoms has been my favourite so far from the Samanta bottoms selection. The D300 is super comfortable and the lace comes out gorgeously popping out over the blue base, creating a great co-ordinate to the more subtle bra style.

As we a are slowly but surely growing our Sunday with Samanta feature, I wanted to give you, my dear readers, something special regarding it as well. For this reason, Samanta and I have created a special discount code for anyone wanting to try the A470 model for themselves. The code “METTE” (my first name actually, if you care to know) is valid from today until next week’s Sunday and gives you a great discount of 20% off your A470 bra. If you do decide to use the code, let me know what you ordered and later on, how it fits! I would so love to hear your thoughts about the model and Samanta in general as well 🙂 Also, if you have any questions about the fit or ordering process, let me know – I try to be of help as much I can. Have a lovely time shopping gals and most of all, have a great Sunday 😉

Suomeksi: Moikka kaikille! Kuun viimeinen sunnuntai pyörähti taas käyntiin, eli meillä Kahdessa Kakussa se tarkoittaa Sunday with Samanta -arvostelua 🙂 Tällä kertaa Samanta lähetti meikäläiselle testiin ihanaisen Berylin A470-mallissa, joka on ulkomuodoltaan ja rakenteeltaan peittävä muotoonprässätty t-paitaliivi. A470 jatkaa sarjaamme lähes kokokuppisista liiveistä ja kuten mallit A925 ja A922, se peittää rinnasta n. 90%. Meille suomalaiselle juuri tällainen liivi onkin se mieluisin ja erityisesti malli on aikuisen naisen makuun sopiva. Lisäksi A470 on suunniteltu erityisesti suurille rinnoilla, jotka vaativat syvemmän kupin.

Beryl on kaikinpuolin juuri sitä, mitä niin moni nainen haluaa – sileää kuppia, hillittyä mutta kaunista värimaailmaa ja vain hieman pitsiä piristämään muuten peruskäytössä olevaa liiviä. Itse kaiken maailman pitsihörsylöitä rakastavana en sileäkuppisia liivejä juuri harrasta, mutta Berylissä yhdistyy käytännöllisyys ja kauneus niin upealla tavalla, ettei se jätä esteetikkoakaan kylmäksi. Lisäksi materiaalit ovat Berylissä niin pehmoiset ja joustavat, että se on mukavuudeltaan sopiva käyttöön kuin käyttöön.

Samanta käyttää kokojärjestelmänään EU-kokoja, jonka vuoksi valitsin kookseni perinteisen 65J:n, jota käytän erityisesti syvempien kuppien kanssa. Ympärys 65 on hieman joustavampi kuin useimmilla eurooppalaisilla ja varsinkin puolalaisilla merkeillä, joten jos olet kahden koon väliltä, suosittelen ottamaan sen napakamman vaihtoehdon. Kuppien koko riippuukin sitten niiden tilavuudesta ja varsinkin näissä malleissa, jota olen itse päässyt testaamaan, on kuppi ollut tilavuudeltaan suurehko.

Päällä setti istuu ja tuntuu kaikin puolin mukavalta, ja sen takaavat Samantan huolella tehty suunnittelutyö sekä materiaalien valinta. Muotoonprässätty kuppi antaa rinnalle luonnollisen muodon ja saumattoman lookin t-paitojenkin alla. Myös kaarituet ovat Samantan liiveissä hyvin kohdallaan allekirjoittaneella – ei huolta liian kapeista tai leveistä tuista, vaan ne asettuvat juuri oikeaan kohtaan hieman kainalon etupuolelle. 

Mikäli A470 näyttää ja kuulostaa siltä, että se voisi sopia juuri sinulle, olemme Samantan kanssa sopineet viikon voimassaolevasta alennuskoodista jokaisen Sunday with Samanta- postauksen yhteydessä. Nyt huhtikuun viimeisen viikon aikana on voimassa alennuskoodi “METTE“, jolla saatte A470-mallista mukavat 20% pois hinnasta. Nyt kannattaa siis ostaa omansa pois, sillä Samantan hinnat pyörivät enemmän siellä luksusluokassa! Laadultaan Samanta kuitenkin yltää ehdottomasti kalliimpienkin luksusmerkkien tasolla, jollei ylemmäskin, ja rahoilleen saa taatusti vastinetta, vaikka useampi kymppi rintsikoista voikin aluksi kirpaista. Koodilla esim. Beryl-liiveille jää hintaa vain 50,40 €, mikä ei ole enää ollenkaan paha hinta laadukkaasta liivistä 😉

Lingerie Review + Discount Code: Going Strapless with Freya Deco Shape in 30GG

20 Feb

A couple of months ago when I was preparing myself for Christmas, I got my hands on a Collectif dress called Penny – a pretty strapless number that required a pretty strapless bra to go underneath it. Unfortunately I did not have a well-fitting strapless at the moment and I was doomed to go by my Debenhams 30FF bra, two cup sizes too small and a bit too tight as well. When Clara Olivia contacted me and asked if I wanted to review a couple of sets from them, I knew what I had to do – opt for something practical that I actually needed. I decided to go for the Freya “Deco Shape Strapless” which is a beautiful longline bra and a high-waisted panty combo. Here’s how I liked the set…

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The Design: As longline bras in my size are quite rare, I was happy to see Freya making this style up to GG. It’s not prefect yet, but a good start to branching out to a different kind of styling – even though longlines are quite hard to make in bigger cup sizes. The Deco Shape is a versatile collection with multiple options for your bra and panties – whether it’s a regular plunge or a strapless, Freya has it covered. I chose to go for the ivory strapless longline as it was something that I found the most practical. The colour is great for spring and summer and I really like the rococo-style blush print as well – it makes the style a bit more interesting.

The whole look of the bra is very seamless – at least as seamless as a longline can ever be. The cups are moulded which is a practical choice for such a great bradrobe staple. The shape the bra creates is also decent – the cups are very rounded but not super uplifted – this could be a good bra for a more modest look. The cups also come quite high up so take that into account if your choice of dress/shirt is very low-cut.

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Fit: Even though this style goes only up to GG, I must say the 30GG was a pretty good choice of size for me. I was warned off that the cups would come up quite large so I wasn’t too worried about being squashed by the bra. However, the shape is probably not the best one for me: there is a significant amount of space in the bottom of the cups and a little bulging at the top as the bra cuts into my fuller upper breast tissue. I think this style would be better for someone with a little less filling at the top – if you are more full-on-bottom and have shallower breast tissue than me, give this style a try.

The band of the Deco Shape Longline is also a bit tighter than your regular Deco plunge bra. I would say this is a more true 30-band as I measure 31″ under my bust and felt the band was very tight on me. I managed to close it, but it was definitely something that someone with a 29″ underbust measurement would do fine with. The band features six hooks and eyes meaning it is a sturdy little number. Also I didn’t experience the band flipping up like with some other longlines which is a great upside for me at least. There is additional boning though which might not be suitable for everyone – with me it was fine though and I didn’t experience any chafing whatsoever. As an additional practical feature, there are two places you can attach your straps if you wish to, which makes this bra great for someone who’s either extra petite or broad-shouldered.

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Comfort: When it comes to comfort, I am always a bit “meh” with longlines – some find them extremely comfy but I usually don’t. I had a very bad experience with Fauve “Bronte” in the past which always makes me hesitant to try longlines. Gladly I wasn’t left with a torture machine this time! The strapless is a bit too tight in the band for my preference but then again, it should hold up my tits when taking on the dance floor on a night out. The bra did its job even though being a slightly wrong shape for me and it stayed put during my try-out period.

I wanted to give the Deco Shape high-waisted briefs a go too, so I opted for them in size Small. As Freya panties run a bit on the looser side, this was definitely the right size. To be honest, I am absolutely in love with the panties! They are so comfy, they shape me lightly and leave no sight of VPL, which is definitely a bonus. So my piece of advice to you? Get the panties as well with this set!

If you would like to order your own strapless or something else from Clara Olivia, they have kindly offered my readers a discount code to get 20% off your order. Use the code 2cakes20 at the checkout to claim your discount! The Deco Shape comes in bra sizes 28-38 B-GG (£40) and the high-waisted panties in XS-XXL (£20) and you can get it at Clara Olivia both in ivory and black. PS. Remember to take part in my blogiversary giveaways which are closing in only couple of days!

Suomeksi: Hyvien olkaimettomien rintsikoiden löytäminen voi olla vaikeaa, kun koko ylittää D-kupin. Olinkin mielissäni, kun brittiläinen alusvaateverkkokauppa Clara Olivia lähetti minulle Freyan kulttimallin Decon olkaimettomana versiona pari kuukautta sitten – nyt pääsisin kokeilmaan jotain painovoimaa uhkaavaa! Olin kuullut että olkaimeton Deco Shape on kupeiltaan hieman isohko, joten valitsin kookseni 65GG:n ja alushousuista koon S.

Deco Shape on malliltaan ns. longline, eli mallin rinnanalusnauha on leveämpi kuin normaaleissa rintsikoissa. Longline onkin hyvä vaihtoehto, mikäli haluaa ekstratukea – juuri sitä mitä olkaimettomien rintsikoiden kanssa todella tarvitaan. Ympärysnauha onkin näissä rintsikoissa todella napakka ja tuntuu tukevan rintoja hyvin myös ilman olkaimia. Kupit puolestaan olivat mitoitukseltaan reiluhkot, joten näistä saattaa riittää normaalia pienempi kuppi. Itse kuitenkin törmäsin istuvuusongelmiin kuppien mallin kanssa – tuntui ettei muotoonprässätty kuppi oikein istunut yläpainotteisille rinnoilleni ja kupin alaosaan puolestaan jäin rutkasti tyhjää tilaa. Näin kuitenkin käy joskus ja tästäkin huolimatta Deco Shape on ihan kelpo vaihtoehto niille harvoille kerroille, kun jotain olkaimetonta käytän!

Jos omat olkaimettomat liivit kiinnostavat, tarjoaa Clara Olivia lukijoilleni nyt alennuskoodin, jolla saa mukavat 20 % pois koko tilauksesta. Käytä siis koodia 2cakes20 kassalla, niin lompakkosi kevenee hieman vähemmän 😉 Kokoja Deco Shapesta löytyy GG-kuppiin asti ja housuista XXL:n ja alennuskoodin kanssa koko pompsi kustantaa 48 puntaa. Mukavaa shoppailua sinne ruudun toiselle puolelle 😉 PS. Muistakaahan käydä osallistumassa vielä blogiarvontoihin, enää pari päivää jäljellä!

Redhead in Pale Pink – Review of Freya “Ooh La La” in 30GG

28 Dec

Hi world, I haven’t forgotten you! I just had a fantastic Christmas holiday with my family so I put aside my blog and the lingerie world for a moment, though I did receive five (!) new bras before the holidays. Today I will be introducing a set by a brand I have not bought or reviewed in a while, that is the mighty Freya. I was approached by the wonderful online boutique Clara Olivia and asked if I wanted to review something courtesy of them. I was so delighted of the chance and opted for something I had not tried in a while. The set reviewed today is the lovely “Ooh La La” which is one of the best sets Freya has released in a while. I have not worn unpadded Freya bras since my beloved 28FF Arabella so I figured it was time to give them another try…

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The Design: As I opted for the Ooh La La I knew there would be something I did not like and it’s the way Freya double-lines the bottom half of their GG+ unpadded cups. I would prefer the bra to be completely see-through for a better look but obviously there is a reason why the double lining has been seen a necessity: Freya bras are designed with bottom-heavy breasts in mind, meaning they aim to support the lower part of breasts and give you superb uplift from the very root of the breast. As I am more top-heavy when it comes to my boobs, I don’t really need this but do understand the logic behind it.

The construction is pretty much the same as with the B-G sizes even though I do feel there’s a bit more coverage and the shape is more balconette as opposed to plunge. The idea behind revising the shape for the bigger sizes seems to be the extra support as well. The cups are constructed of three parts with one vertical and one horizontal seam. This can lead to a sad “upside-down seven” shape but luckily Freya is the master of ultimate uplift. The vertical seam goes high enough to create a curved, almost a pointy shape which actually goes great under most vintage reproduction clothing I own. The colour and looks are also pretty sweet and cutesy but also go great under light-coloured clothing. The geometrical embroidery is very Freya but not too kitchy to be a turn-off for me.

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The Fit: I was a bit hesitant to order this style in 30GG as I am more of a solid 30H now with most brands. However, I had been fitted into Freya bras at Bravissimo a few months ago so I was aware that the unpadded plunge balconettes would run a bit larger than their padded balconettes. I also still wear a 30GG with my regular Deco bra and it fits well so I was pretty sure I would be fine with a GG. Luckily, I was right! The cups fit me really well though they are better for someone with a little less upper fullness, as the cups are rather closed at top.

The cups are quite deep for a British brand so if Polish bras are out of the question for you and you need deep cups/narrow wires, this is a brand for you. The shape is extremely projected and the uplift is heavenly, although I do prefer a little more subtle look under some clothing. The band features a three hooks and eyes and is one of the most comfortable 30 bands I own, meaning it’s nice and snug but has enough stretch to accommodate fair amount of movement.

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Comfort: I am very well aware of how comfy Freya sets can be so my expectations were quite high. The underwires were definitely a bit on the stiffer side and I couldn’t wear the bra for multiple hours first but the wires loosened up a bit after a few wears and now they feel fine. The band and the straps are sturdy so they give me a good amount of support. The material is sturdy mesh that supports the breasts well and it’s not itchy either so I do feel the bra suits my sensitive skin. The straps are full-convertible which is always a plus for you petite and tall girls!

I opted for the panties in a size Small as my butt has grown a bit since last time I bought Freya knickers and it was a great choice size-wise. Freya bottoms usually run a bit large so as I am now between Small and Medium when it comes to panties, the Small fits me spot-on. The back part of the panties is made to prevent any VPL which is great for such a basic but pretty set as this.

All in all I really love my Freyas even though they are rarer goodies in my lingerie wardrobe. I am also ever so grateful for Clara Olivia for sending this set to be, it’s a good staple in my spring wardrobe. The bra costs an affordable £33 and the brief £16,50. The line also includes a thong, a short and a lovely suspender belt. The size range of the bra is incredible and suits both smaller and larger breasts with sizes 28-38 B-J! If you are as pale as me (see, I almost blend into the white wall!) this would be a great “nude” bra to go under those light-coloured spring clothes 🙂

What do you think of the set? Also, if you are GG+ would you like your mesh bras single or double-lined? Let me know in the comments!

Suomeksi: Moikka! Miten teidän joululoma on mennyt? Itse toivun vielä suklaista ja juustoista, mutta muuten olen nauttinut ihan alusvaatteiden täyteisestä ja rauhaisasta joulusta. Nyt arvostelupinoon on kertynyt jo aikamoinen määrä settejä, joten tässäpä olisi teille yksi uusi vaihtoehto esimerkiksi kevään vaaleita trendivärejä ajatellen! Freyan Ooh La La -setin minulle lähetti brittiläinen Evedenin merkkejä myyvä Clara Olivia mutta mielipiteeni ovat luonnolisesti omiani 😉

Minulle Freyan rintsikoista toppaamattomat plunge-mallit ovat tuttuja lähinnä vuosien takaa, sillä mieluisia malleja ei ole sattunut kohdalle sitten Arabellan. Tämä Ooh La La -setti on kuitenkin todella sievä ja mätsää hyvin kalpeaan ihooni, joten ajattelin, että miksipäs ei! Geometriset kuviot tuovat settiin mukavan lisän ja alushousujen saumaton takaosa lisäävät käytännöllisyysaspektia. Ainoa asia minkä ulkonäöstä muuttaisin, olisi kuppien vuoraus niiden alaosassa – tätä vuorausta kun ei ole koissa B-G ja minulle riittäisi vähempikin tuki kupin alaosaan.

Valitsin rintsikoista perinteisen Freya-kokoni eli 65GG:n, sillä olin pannut merkille, että Freyan toppaamattomat liivit ovat usein hieman isohkoja kupeistaan. Malli istuukin melko hyvin, huolimatta siitä että se on selkeästi tarkoitettu hieman alapainotteisemmille rinnoilla. Tämä tarkoittaa sitä, ettei rintojen yläosassa ole niin paljon täytettä kuin minulla 😉 Tuplatissiä ei silti ole näkyvissä, joten kaikki hyvin! Ympärys tuntuu kivan napakalta muttei läheskään niin tiukalta kuin monet muut 65:t. Olkaimet ovat koko matkaltaan säädettävät, joten sopivat monen pituiselle naiselle ongelmitta. Kupit puolestaan ovat melko syvät ja kaarituet kapeahkot, joten mikäli Puolasta tilaaminen tuntuu liian hurjalta, on Freya hyvä vaihtoehto puolalaisille sisaruksilleen.

Kaiken kaikkiaan setti on mukava ja tukeva ja hintakin on Clara Olivialla kohdallaan, 33 puntaa rintsikoista, 16,50 alushousuista. Postikulut Suomeen kustantavat reilun kympin, niinkuin suurimmassa osassa muissakin brittiläisissä nettikaupoissa. Kokojakin löytyy valtava määrä, 60-85 B-J! Tästä mallista löytyy siis myös vaikeasti löydettäviä kokoja kuten 65C ja 60B. Mitä mieltä te olette tästä setistä? 🙂 

Going Wireless: Review of Panache Sport Non-Wired Sports Bra – Esittelyssä kaaritueton Panache Sport urheiluliivi!

14 Nov

Recently I visited the Lumingerie storage to grab myself a lovely new Panache Sport in the Lime colourway – my old cobalt blue one was already showing some serious signs of wear-and-tear. Lumingerie does not do any in-store fittings but as an old friend I got the “permission” to go for a visit and grab me some goodies. For my joy, the lovely owner Mervi decided to gift me another sports bra but this time, it was the long-awaited Panache Sport Non-Wired. I was so excited to leave with not one but two of my favourite sports bras! I was also super eager to try the non-wired as I had anticipated it since last spring. Here are my thoughts on how the non-wired version did…

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A quick notion on the pics again: I just wanted to let you guys know that I don’t photoshop my pics at all but only edit the lighting and colours a bit to create a more soft look to them. Also, I do have scars and wounds from my eczema so please excuse me if I look like I have hickeys all over my body!

Design: As I posted a picture of the bra on a boob-related Facebook group I was instantly flooded by so many questions so I will first tackle one of the most important ones – the structure. The non-wired sport truly is almost exactly like its wired counterpart and looks and feels like it to most parts. There were however a couple of things you might want to take into account when considering if this construction will be a good one for your pair of boobies.

What I noticed first was that the cups still give me a very rounded shape as they are moulded and this way also don’t feel as compression-like as other wireless sports bras. The overlay design is a bit different to the original one – it is constructed of three parts as well but the parts are sewn together differently. The non-wired features a side support panel and wider top panel than the wired Sport (click for my wired Sport review!). Also the top panel is more closed at top and this way pulls the top part of my breasts closely against my chest.

Colour-wise I really like the new Non-Wired Sport – it’s a funky 80’s kinda geometric print with black base. If this is not your cup of tea, you can wait for the ss15 edition with a purple colourway and no print whatsoever. Otherwise the bra features the same basic traits as its wired counterpart; three hooks and eyes and a J-hook strap-converter.

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Fit: There is a common rule for buying Panache Sport that you should go down a cup size as they tend to run large in cups. However, I have a theory that this applies only to women with more fullness on their bottom half of breasts, not women with upper fullness like me. The top part of the cups in the original Panache Sport is quite open and deep which may lead to gaping if you don’t have much breast tissue or projection to fill the top. When it comes to the non-wired, I would say the case is a bit different – this sports bra seems to be more closed at top meaning it might be best to go for your regular size. I went for 30GG as with my regular Sport and the fit is quite nice, though I do have a slight glimpse of cleavage on show after swooping and scooping my breasts from the sides into the cups.

The band feels nice and snug as with the regular Sport and is definitely on the firmer side of 30″. I would still suggest you go for your regular band size as you need all the extra bit of support when exercising. However, if you are between band sizes, I would take the bigger one as the tighter one could feel a bit uncomfortable. The cups are quite deep and the whole ensemble feels supportive even without the underwires. The bottom part of the cups buckles a bit because there are no wires but that doesn’t make the bra less usable in action.

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Comfort: So comfy! I know many of you have been waiting to snatch this bra up even just for daily lounge-wear and I totally recommend that you do. Also the bra did what it promised as I tested it out in BodyPump and Zumba – it held my boobs in place and I didn’t have to think about my boobs hitting me in the face while working out. If you have ever tried Zumba you’ll know how much running and jumping around it actually is and to me, it’s always the ultimate test for my sports bras. I feel like the Panache Sport Non-Wired did a great job even without the wires and I felt secure through the whole hour of my workout.

If you do need some extra support, I suggest you take advantage of the J-hook attached to the straps – it converts the bra to a racerback and make the straps stay in place even better. I have always worn my Panache Sport with the J-hook clipped and had no discomfort during running, Zumba or any other sport you might think of. Even though the bra is made of thick moulded material, it still breathes and feels fantastic on, even after an intense workout.

The Panache Sport Non-Wired costs 56€ at Lumingerie and it goes up to H-cup. Also, Lumingerie has now gone international and will ship to all EU countries, FOR FREE. Now, I would love to hear your comments whether you already have the bra and how you like it or whether you have decided to snatch it up at some point! Also, if there is anything I forgot to discuss, please leave me your questions and comments below – I know you have some 😉

Suomennos: Moikka kaikille! Tässäpä olisi teille taas mahtava uusi vaihtoehto urkkaliiviksi, nimittäin Panachen kaaritueton urheiluliivi. Panache alkoi kehitellä tätä jo jonkin aikaa sitten ja vihdoin pitkän testauksen ja uurastuksen jälkeen liivi on nyt saatu onnistuneesti markkinoille! Minä kävin reippaana tyttönä Lumingerien varastolla moikkaamassa Merviä ja samalla päätin ottaa yhdet uudet Sportit matkaan. Mervipä tarjosikin minulle ikään kuin kaupanpäällisenä vielä nämä kaarituettomat mukaan, joten päätin heti ottaa uutuden testiin.

Olen siis jo vuoden verran vannoutuneesti käyttänyt näitä normi-sportteja, sillä ne ovat ehdottomasti paras urheiluliivi, jota olen kokeillut. Itse mahdun vielä ihan kivasti tuohon kokohaarukkaan (UK B-H), joten kaarituettoman version kokeileminen tuntui melko jännältä. Voin kuitenkin sanoa, että toimivat todella hyvin, mikäli kaarituet eivät ole se sun juttu! Itse voin sanoa, että liiveissä ei tosiaan ole hirveästi eroa: molemmat ovat muotoonprässättyjä ja antavat todella kivan pyöreän muodon. Vaikka kaarituettomien urkkaliivien pointti on yleensä litistää rinnat täysin vartaloa vasten, on Panache Non-Wired ihan eri luokkaa – siinä on runsaasti tilaa vähän suuremmillekin rinnoille ja molemmalle rinnalle on oma paikkansa liiveissä. Toisin kuin kaarituellisissa Sporteissa, tässä kaarituettomassa liivimallissa kuitenkin rinnat osuvat yhteen, joten jos hikoilet runsaasti rintojen alueelta, voi kaarituellinen versio olla parempi valinta.

Usein Panachen Sportistä sanotaan, että malli on suht iso kupeiltaan ja kokoa kannattaakin miettiä tarkkaan. Oma teoriani on, että tämä pätee vain rintoihin, joissa on enemmän täytettä rintojen alaosassa kuin yläosassa. Omat rintani ovat aika “yläpainotteiset”, joten olen aina ottanut Sporteista ihan normikokoni, samoin myös tästä kaarituettomasta versiosta. Tämä uusi versio on kuitenkin hieman napakampi kuppien yläosasta, joten jos olet ottanut aikaisemmin pienemmän kuppikoon tavallisesta Sportista, voi tämän uutuuden kohdalla harkita mieluummin ihan sitä tavallista kokoa. Itse käytän molemmista kokoa 65GG.

Sportin ympärys on todella napakka niinkuin kuuluukiin – se pitää rinnat hyvin paikoillaan ilman että saat Zumba-tunnin aikana mustan silmän, tiedät kyllä mistä. Jos mietit kahden ympäryskoon välillä, ota mieluummin isompi, sillä liikkuessakin pitää pystyä hengittämään. Liivien takana on myös nk. J-koukku, jonka avulla saat lisätukea muuntaessasi olkaimet racerback-asentoon.

Kaiken kaikkiaan Panachen Sport Non-Wired oli todella mukava yllätys ja aion jatkossakin ostaa sekä perinteisen että tämän uuden mallin, kun uusi kausi tekee tuloaan. Mikäli itseäsi kiinnostaa hyvä tukeva urheiluliivi ilman kaaritukia, suosittelen kurkkaamaan Lumingerien sivuille! Heiltä löytyy sekä tämä versio että se perinteinen hintaan 56€ – ei yhtään paha hinta kivuttomista treeneistä. Lumingerien Mervin blogista löytyy nyt myös kiva blogiarvonta, joten käykääpä osallistumassa huomiseen mennessä! Jos myös tulee mieleen jotain kommenttia tai kysymystä, niin laittakaahan alle viestiä, minä vastailen niihin ihan mielelläni 😉

Review of the Curvy Kate “Daisy Chain” bra in 30GG

9 Apr

Hello dear all! I have landed safely on Finnish soil and my first day here was absolutely perfect – roasted salmon, comedy night with friends and cuddling up with my boyfriend. Couldn’t have wished for more! Today I’m heading out to test another new swimsuit but before that I take some time to chill and write a review for you guys since guess what, I am starting a new even more fierce love-affair with Curvy Kate unpadded bras! A lovely lingerie e-commerce store Mio Destino offered to send me a set of Curvy Kate lingerie and I decided to cross my fingers for the unpadded styles to fit me. For my surprise, the fit was greatly improved since I last tried them and I was thrilled to gain back my admiration for CK’s unpadded options. Today I’m reviewing Curvy Kate “Daisy Chain” which is a piece from CK’s SS14 collection.

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The design: I had really hard time picking between Daisy Chain and the new Raspberry toned Dreamcatcher. I love the colours of the Curvy Kate SS14 collection so there were definitely a lot of options in the Mio Destino store as well! Eventually I went for the Daisy Chain since it’s quite a new style for me – a plunge shaped unpadded bra with laminated cups. My previous Curvy Kate bras have all been sheer balconettes which is why I was super curious to try out this particular design. I had never been too eager about the Curvy Kate “Lottie” which also featured laminated cups but this lovely pink shade of Daisy Chain looked so cute I could’t resist it. I ended up really loving the laminated fabric since it does give me a bit more sturdier shaping than the sheer CK styles.

I was very dubious about the shape of this bra would give me since my now-more-prominent full-on-top shape had started to affect my relationship with my previous CK styles. I was devastated since they were so comfy but I just simply couldn’t look that great in them anymore. With Daisy Chain I can see the fit improvements though and I can tell you that they are MASSIVE. The shape is a wonderful natural shape with a slight curve and looks very uplifted and supported compared to eg my old Portia. It looks great under any piece of clothing but for me unpadded CK styles have always been the kind of everyday bras to wear under t-shirts and sweaters. Daisy Chain is exactly the bra for this kind of use and I love it to death for it.

The bra is constructed of three parts and features a lovely sheer panel on the top part of the cup. The sheer panels also feature some lovely embroidery which is what I love about Curvy Kate styles in general. The whole styling of the bra is so cute and makes me smile. Love it!

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The fit: The most important fit improvements that are notable are the lift and size consistency with this bra. I opted for my usual size 30GG but was kind of afraid it would be too big since CK used to fit me differently between padded and unpadded styles. This size along with my other Curvy Kate bras fits me very well and doesn’t feel like it’s too big as I would have guessed it to be. Also the plunge shape is always a risk with my breast shape but with this bra it seems to work wonderfully! You can see some slight wrinkling in the cups on the side but that is only because I’m lifting my arms. Also there is slight wrinkling towards the apex with the other cup but that is due to my size difference and it is not really that notable.

Wires are again perfect and straps luckily fully-adjustable. I think the cups are also deeper than they used to be with previous CK unpadded cups. This is good news for people with less shallow breasts. Also as the centergore is lower than with CK balconettes it is more suitable for women with closer-set breasts or women who prefer plunge styles to go along with lower necklines.The band and cups of the bra run pretty true-to-size and again I’m impressed with how lovely the band feels on my body – not too tight yet very supportive.

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The comfort: Yet again, best feature of the whole set is how comfortable it feels on. CK has always managed to win me over with it’s delicious designs and colours but comfort is the one thing that always sets them apart from so many other lingerie brands. I recommend CK as a first full-bust brand to try since comfort is still one of the most crucial parts of accepting your full-bust size and and diving into the world of full-bust lingerie. If your first D+ bra is a disaster comfort-wise the whole revelation of D+ sizes basically get’s ruined. I cannot emphasize more how well this bra feels on and how I barely can feel it when wearing it around the house or just cycling to uni. The band feels stretchy enough to accommodate a lot of movement during the day and also the wires are very comfortable; no pinching or poking anywhere.

I was also sent the the Daisy Chain thong to go along with the bra and I definitely think it’s quite comfy for a thong. I think CK has also improved the fit of their panties and put a lot of thought into them by adjusting the sizing and also coming up with a few new style options. In the past the panties used to run quite small but with this SS14 collection I feel the sizing has shifted towards the more regular fit which means I can pretty comfortably wear a size 8 now. I still feel like I’m kind of between sizes 8-10 but that should sort itself out when I hit the gym more regularly now that I’m back home.

All in all Curvy Kate’s Daisy Chain is a lovely set which makes a great everyday basic for unpadded bra lovers. It also features a short options as a co-ordinate which means one can choose between the more flattering and comfy style herself. This bra is available in sizes 28-38 D-J and the panties in sizes 8-22. You can get the set from Mio Destino for the affordable price of £29 for the bra and £14 for the panty.

Disclosure: This set was generously gifted by Mio Destino for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

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