Lingerie Assessment: On the Inside Blazing Star Nightgown

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside. All photos by Oliver Pover.

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside. All photographs by Oliver Pover.

My really like for indie designer On the Inside‘s Elise Olson is pretty considerably boundless. I’ve waxed rhapsodic about her operate ahead of in my report on lingerie for trans women (On the Inside’s knickers are absurdly comfy and provide wonderful coverage in addition to being really quite).

Obtaining to put on the tragically discontinued Bold Calla set in the Bluestockings photo shoot last year was portion of why I began receiving really excited about lingerie fashion in the initial spot. Indie brands frequently don’t reside quite long, thanks to the higher production charges connected with small-batch perform and the difficulty of pricing competitively, amongst other aspects, but On the Inside has been selling handmade, custom-match lingerie on Etsy (and now on their webstore) for really a whilst. Cora posted about them back in 2012, and their Etsy shop has been up considering that 2007 On the Inside’s near-decade’s worth of success is undoubtedly reflected in their high-good quality materials and wide selection of styles.

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside.

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside.

I lately picked up the Blazing Star nightgown when it went on sale at Bluestockings, largely due to the fact I was curious to try anything from On the Inside other than the bras and panties that I currently liked so a lot. I’m hardly ever super enthusiastic about nightgowns, in part due to the fact I’ve found that they don’t usually fit well with my broader shoulders, but also due to the fact the aesthetic typically rubs me the wrong way.

Many ‘sexier’ designs appear to recommend concepts about what women’s bodies and sexualities need to look like (white, thin, cis, straight, submissive, and so on) that I discover frustrating. Vintage-style nightgowns, on the other hand, usually straddle a thin line between looking classically attractive or seeking frumpy. They’re tricky garments for me, in terms of style, gender, and the way that my individual style reflects my queer identity, and that’s created me hesitant to engage with them fully.

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside

That mentioned, the Blazing Star nightgown’s combination of sheer white mesh and black lace was very compelling, and my other reasonably recent OtI obtain of the really attractive Mimosa black mesh cami had just convinced me that I needed a lot more see-by way of lingerie. Regrettably, the black-and-white version of this nightgown isn’t available on OtI’s shop any longer, but the burgundy version of the exact same design and style looks like it’d be equivalent in practically all regards.

One of the motives that I like On the Inside is that they’re inexpensive. I’m typically hesitant to recommend a lot of lingerie to other people in the queer and trans community at large due to the fact systemic employment discrimination and other forms of economic disadvantage mean that we usually don’t get paid a living wage, much significantly less have a lot of disposable cash. Numerous of the folks I know end up getting less-costly underwear made by big firms with dubious labor practices, since ethical manufacturing by tiny indie designers fees more than they can afford.

OtI isn’t huge-brand inexpensive but the ~$ 40-55 for a bra and ~$ 25-40 for knickers that they ask is good for handmade pieces, and the garments I’ve owned have held up nicely to daily put on and frequent washing. Likewise, a pricetag of $ 69 for a lace nightgown is not undesirable at all, but I’m fortunate that getting it on sale allowed me to sidestep my instinctive (but silly) tendency to balk at paying full price for anything that I’ll only wear each now and then.

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside

The Blazing Star evening gown is made of white nylon mesh and black lace, with black floral patterns sewn all through the sheer mesh of its physique. As with every thing of On the Inside’s that I’ve tried, the lace is each beautiful and sturdy, with a vegetal pattern about the bust that echoes the leaves on the flowers elsewhere.

I’m a large fan of the not-very-fully-sheer best it is just thick sufficient I can put on it around the house casually with no feeling like I’m going topless. Which is a good encapsulation of my feelings about this piece much more generally it’s a genuinely fairly garment that’s appealing and cute although not becoming so overtly sexy that it feels silly to wear it when you are relaxing and watching reading a book.

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside

Blazing Star Nightgown by On the Inside

Contrary to my worries, an L fits me completely, even though I suspect I’m in the upper variety of shoulder-width-to-bust-size ratio ahead of the match of the upper half would start off searching wonky. I’m completely thrilled with the way that the mesh body falls on me, though the bottom tends to wrinkle at the slightest provocation.

One particular of my fave things about the white mesh in terms of styling is that it’s sheer adequate to show off a pair of knickers underneath truly clearly. I’ve gotten into the habit of wearing it with cute prints like the Undesirable Bunny Dino Bones panties, which assists to shift the nightgown even much more toward the intersection of quirky and sexy that I favor.

I’m genuinely happy with the Blazing Star nightgown, and my record of being thrilled with every thing On The Inside tends to make remains unbroken. It’s a pity that this distinct style is not accessible any longer, but while we’re waiting for OtI to bring it back, the burgundy version looks completely tempting.

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Lingerie Assessment: Mimi Holliday Sugared Almond Bra & Higher Waist Corset Knicker

Disclosure: I received this set as a present from Mimi Holliday for review purposes. All opinions are my personal.

Mimi Holliday Sugared Almond Non Padded Shoulder Bra and High Waisted Corset Knicker

Mimi Holliday Sugared Almond Non Padded Shoulder Bra and Higher Waisted Corset Knicker

Mimi Holliday’s Autumn/Winter 2016 Collections are complete of designs named following sweet treats that are neither sickly nor saccharine. Cinnamon Sugar, Wild Strawberry, Marmalade – these easy, delicate flavors bring to thoughts sunlit autumn mornings in bed, with warm milky tea and cozy cotton sheets and fresh fall air. These sets fit appropriate into that vision. They’re fairly adequate to satisfy your sweet tooth, but delightfully easy and oh-so-wearable.

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Using the softest blush stretch lace, the Sugared Almond group fits in perfectly. I didn’t request a certain set when Mimi Holliday reached out, but aesthetically-speaking, I couldn’t have made a far better choice myself. The pink lace is ultra-soft, edged with tiny blossoming garlands, covered in swiss dots, and layered over creamy, vanilla-tinted mesh. It’s so fairly but also extremely soft and comfortable. I received the Non Padded Shoulder Bra, available in UK sizes 32-38 B-F, and the High Waisted Corset Knicker, obtainable in sizes XS by way of XL.

Mimi Holliday Sugared Almond set. Photo by Hannah Rimm

Mimi Holliday Sugared Almond set. Photo by Hannah Rimm

The bra is superb and almost acts like a “faux bralette.” In a 32F, my usual size, I can barely feel it about my torso when I put on it. The band does run a tiny bit big. Combined with the single-hook back and the soft, stretchy lace, you get a bra that does not do a lot of heavy lifting, but rather provides just enough help. For individuals who love the thought of a soft, comfortable bralette but have trouble fitting them (hi! me!) or just want a bit much more lift, this could be a nice alternative. Plus, the high cups are beautiful to show off beneath a decrease prime, just like a style bralette. It’s actually the ideal comfy bra. It could even be a nice underwire sleep bra, if that’s your style.

The stretch lace provides a retro teardrop shape, and the position of the dart indicates you’ll often have a tiny point at the apex of your breast. If you’re searching for a perfectly round, ultra-lifted shape, this isn’t the bra for you. I put on the biggest cup size offered for this style, but from my knowledge fitting similar Mimi Holliday soft-cup bras, the shape will keep basically the same on smaller-breasted figures. The overall silhouette is quite “1970s wildflower meadow maiden” and I am so down with it.

Comparing the photo of the model with my images, it looks like the plunge might be cut slightly different in larger sizes due to the lace’s width. In the 32F, the lace meets the center gore practically horizontally, giving the “V” shape a wide, flat “point.” That angle looks less dramatic on the model, but it’s hard to say without having comparing the two in person. Having stated that, if your breasts are especially close with each other, the further-wide “V” shape of the plunge might cut in. However, I can see this style operating effectively on each shallow and full breasts.

Mimi Holliday Sugared Almond set. Photo by Hannah Rimm

I have a really brief torso, so predictably, the knickers come up a lot higher on me than on the model. High-waisted panties in common give me mixed feelings I really like the vintage vibes, but I don’t like how they look on my narrow hips. Fortunately, this pair in certain is really high on the leg, which is a nice contrast and tends to make them look more like a style selection than a modesty choice. I normally wear amongst a Medium and Huge in panties, and this Huge feels true to size. I could size down, but the softness lends itself well to a slightly fuller fit, and I’m not confident I’d want that gusset to be any smaller! It is preeeetty narrow.

Both the bra and the knicker are mainly seamless and sit smooth against your skin, aside from the fairly grosgrain elastic corset lacing on the back of the knicker, which I’m obsessed with. If you don’t thoughts the lack of nipple coverage, it makes a fantastic t-shirt bra, with no edges showing from beneath your top. A bra that is complete of pretty lace but soft enough to really feel like a bralette? Like the name implies, this Sugared Almond set is delicately sweet but casual enough to put on on a day-to-day basis. I love it.

What do you feel of this Mimi Holliday set? Do you put on bras with this teardrop shape?

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Assessment: Amoretu Red Babydoll & Thong

Author: Eliza

Disclosure: I received this set free of charge of charge by Amoretu to evaluation. All opinions are 100% honest.

As summer season ends and university classes start off up once again, much less time to work indicates less funds for me to spend on lingerie. Amoretu to the rescue! I was lucky enough to be asked to review 1 of their pieces, and right after scrolling through their collection on Amazon, I chose this sheer red babydoll which comes with a matching thong. I do not own numerous babydolls, and I can in no way get sufficient red lingerie, so this was the ideal addition to my collection.

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Look: 7/ten

Two issues struck me most about the babydoll’s appearance. The initial was the floral lace on the bodice, a pattern of swirls and flowers which was even more stunning in reality than the internet site pictures suggested. The second was the bottom, made up of about a dozen diverse pieces of fabric which fall from the bodice to generate a beautifully flowy skirt. Every single piece moves on its personal which makes it best for twirling, and I really like how you can lift a piece or two for a attractive peek of the thong underneath.

Building: 6/10

The quality is what I would count on for the cost. Each the babydoll and thong seem sturdy and have survived a couple of wears, but I did uncover a few loose threads on the babydoll ahead of I’d even place it on. The material is a bit stiff as effectively.

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Match: four/10

I suspected from the start off that this piece might not match perfectly. As a 32E cup and UK size eight, it’s uncommon that a core sized, non-adjustable piece fits me. Typically, a size Medium is as well little in the cups, even though a Massive is as well huge everywhere else. Given that this piece has a flowy bottom, I most likely could have gotten away with ordering a Big without having it becoming as well loose around my thighs nonetheless, I thought the Huge thong wouldn’t match me, so I went with a Medium.

A word of caution: don’t trust the size chart on Amazon. According to the chart, the Medium babydoll is supposed to match a bust up to 37 inches, but that is my bust size and it is a bit tight on me (there’s also a separate size chart by Amoretu that states it fits up to a 39″ bust). That is not a enormous concern, mostly because this garment was designed for short-term bedroom put on. I’ve worn it for a handful of hours at a time with small discomfort.

I nevertheless could have sized up. Despite the fact that the size chart claims the Medium thong fits a UK 12-14, it was slightly tight on me as a UK size eight. I wouldn’t recommend it for even a UK size ten, and absolutely not for a 12. The measurements for the size Modest greater fit with the actual sizing of the Medium. I advise sizing up.

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Value for Cash: eight/10

That all getting mentioned, I believe it’s a good deal for the value. For a mere $ 14 (~£11 / ~13€), you get a set of lingerie that is both stunning and sexy.

Would I Advise?

Yes, with reservations. If you want some new lingerie with out emptying your bank account, Amoretu is the brand for you. It’s attractive and spending budget-friendly. Just make sure you follow my sizing advice.

Even so, for a item for day-to-day put on or a single that will last a extended time, look elsewhere. This set is more about sex appeal than utility or comfort.

What are some of your favourite spending budget-lingerie brands? Have you ever bought lingerie from Amazon?

Eliza.

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Assessment: Sugar Lace Lingerie Lilac Dream Set & Ruffle Babydoll

Author: Eliza

Disclosure: This set was a individual obtain, not a brand sample. This blog post consists of affiliate hyperlinks.

If you have any knowledge with handmade lingerie brands, you have probably heard of Sugar Lace Lingerie. I had, and, truth be told, ahead of my 1st Sugar Lace order I was skeptical. Folks raved about the brand in a way that seemed as well good to be accurate. Even if the pieces are as lovely as they look online, I thought, they couldn’t possibly be as great as I’d heard.

Nicely, now I’ve learnt my lesson. I believe the hype.

I placed an order for both the Lilac Dream Set and the Lilac Ruffle Babydoll on the tail-end of this previous May possibly, which arrived at the start of July. As soon as I pulled my new items out of the packaging, I fell in love. I was immediately struck with the worry that they wouldn’t match, thinking there was no way they could be as excellent as they seemed, no way I could really personal such beautiful clothes. But, to my immense pleasure, the pieces have been fantastic in every single way.

Sugar Lace Lingerie blog review

Look: ten/10

Both the babydoll and the set are specifically as the brand name would suggest: sweet, fun, and coyly sexy. The pastel lilac colour is gorgeous—it’s what initially drew me to these pieces. The details are spectacular, too: glossy satin buttons, ruffled sides, and lavender mesh on the Lilac Dream set come collectively to generate a dreamy, delicate, sugary-sweet appear.

Although not sold as a total set, the Lilac Ruffle Babydoll matches the Lavender Dream set to a tee. It comes with optional marabou puffs for the ideal extra touch of softness and luxury. Adorable ruffles – a recurring ingredient in Sugar Lace merchandise – add a playful element to every single piece. All round, I locate Sugar Lace to be consistently original, a really exclusive brand that mixes vintage types with contemporary components.

 

Sugar Lace Lingerie Lilac Dream Set review

Match: 9/10

I do not generally put on bralettes due to the lack of support, but often I see a single as well beautiful to pass up, huge bust or not. The Lilac Dream longline bralette was 1 of these, so I had it custom-sized for a 32E (sizes variety from XS-XL, but Adrianna, the lady behind Sugar Lace, was content to custom-size it for me free of charge). It does match me completely, but, as expected, there’s minimal help and my boobs have a tendency to fall to them bottom of the longline. As this is my usual issue with bralettes, I wasn’t surprised or even genuinely disappointed, which is why I’ve nevertheless offered the fit an excellent rating overall.

As for the Lilac Dreams briefs, I’m a UK size eight and the Medium are a best match. For me, Sugar Lace is a lot far more about beauty than utility. It is lingerie to lounge in, not necessarily one thing I’ll put on out and about.

I ordered the babydoll in size Large, per Adrianna’s suggestions, and it fits perfectly. The elastic comes in tight enough that the prime fits perfectly without digging in. Prior to ordering a babydoll, especially if you are a larger bust size, I recommend shooting Sugar Lace a message to double-check sizing.

Sugar Lace Lingerie lilac ruffle babydoll review

Sugar Lace Lingerie review

Construction: 10/10

The craftsmanship on these pieces is exceptional. There isn’t a thread out of location, and none of the fabric digs in or itches. Each button and ruffle is very carefully, sturdily sewed on.

Client Service: 8/10

I had a handful of concerns about fit and sizing, and although the responses were very useful when they did come, I wasn’t wholly impressed by the speed – and, in some circumstances, the lack – of response. Even so, much more importantly, the items have been exactly as I had requested. There had been a couple of optional details I requested – straps rather than a halterneck ribbon on the Lavender Dreams set for a bit of extra assistance, and marabou puffs on the babydoll – and these were executed beautifully on the final item.

I also appreciated the response to my inquiry about ethical sourcing for the marabou puffs. As a common rule, I attempt to keep away from fashion that makes use of animal products. So, even though these puffs are drop-dead cute, I wanted to do some study prior to deciding on them. Adrianna was very open to the question and not only did she give me the name of the website she gets them from, but she also informed me that she’s always on the lookout for more ethical options. I was impressed by her transparency, which is rare in the style industry.

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Worth for Money: ten/10

When I placed this order it was the most funds I’d ever spent on lingerie at one particular time, as I’m on a student’s price range. But I’d been eyeing these products for months, so when there was a 20% off flash sale, I took a leap and placed my order. It came out to about £120 including shipping with the discount – regular costs are $ 76 (~£58 / 67€) for the Lilac Ruffle Babydoll and $ 94 (~£72 / 83€ ) for the Lilac Dream Set.

I’m content to say that I’m so happy with the resulting goods that I would absolutely purchase a lot more at full value. The high quality, craftsmanship, and detail behind these pieces make them well worth it. Nonetheless, if you are like me and you are on the lookout for sales, follow the Sugar Lace Instagram page where flash sales are sometimes announced. There’s presently a sale on the brand’s Cheeky Cactus Knickers.

Would I Recommend It?

Yes! Sugar Lace Lingerie makes me feel beautiful and glamorous, and these goods are some of my favourite lingerie.

Clearly, Sugar Lace has stolen my heart. What about you? Have you fallen in really like with the pastels and ruffles, or do you prefer much more utilitarian underthings?

Eliza.

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Assessment: Oh La La Cheri Aline Romper

Author: Estelle

Disclosure: I received this romper set free of charge of charge by Unbound to evaluation. All opinions are, as often, 100% honest.

Unbound is a New York primarily based, on the web retailer that sells lingerie and toys, a bit like an upmarket Ann Summers for the US market. I say upmarket due to the fact they have some truly lovely, premium lingerie brands available – Almeida, Belle et BonBon and Tatu Couture becoming my favourites.

They do even so also have a wide selection of more affordable styles obtainable, such as Cosabella, Hauty and Satisfied Lola. All round their product variety feels hugely edited – they’re going for a appear, not a price range, so you can shop with them whatever your spending budget. There’s a lot of black strapping, sheer lace and fascinating reduce-out detailing – fairly considerably sums up my private style to be honest, which is why I agreed to overview them!

Unbound also provides a subscription service (mostly for its toys and body jewellery even though, rather than lingerie). I haven’t tried it so cannot give a very first-hand assessment, but it’s worth checking out if you like what you are seeing on the web site. Subscription boxes are clearly separated from the rest of the shop so there’s no confusion more than what you’re buying or potentially signing up for, and you’ll get advance notice of what’s inside with the alternative to pause or cancel your subscription if those goods are not for you.

Now let’s speak about the Aline romper that they sent me. This comes in core and plus sizes, going up to a 3X/4X, and is made by Oh La La Cheri as component of their Spring/Summer 2016 Designer collection.

Review Oh La La Cheri romper from Unbound

Look

The Aline romper is produced from all-over polyester lace in two diverse styles, both of which I believe are really quite pretty for the value point.

The hips are trimmed with scalloped, eyelash-edged lace, and a strip of this same lace also runs from the waistband up the centre, about the arm and across the back. It creates a playful, coming-undresed look, like it has just slipped off the shoulder – but of course there are thin, lacy straps also to hold the romper in spot.

Verdict: 6 / 10

Oh La La Cheri Aline lace romper review

Building

On Unbound’s site it says that this romper is 95% polyester, but is truly mainly nylon. All of the seams are extremely neat, and the shoulder straps are adjustable with coated metal hardware. Overall, it’s nicely produced for a garment of its price tag point.

I do have a single gripe although! The gusset has no lining, and 4 raised seams all converge here meaning its not just flat lace among your legs either. The seams are noticeable and annoying, and for this reason I didn’t like wearing this romper all day lengthy. If you’re purchasing it as a bedroom-only piece to put on for brief periods only then it is most likely fine, but otherwise this could be a dealbreaker.

Verdict: 6 / ten

Seaming inside the gusset

Seaming inside the gusset

Fit

I chose the romper in a Little/Medium. No additional sizing information are offered on Unbound’s website, but a bit of Googling shows that this is intended for a UK 6 through 12. I’m always a bit wary of low cost, non-adjustable lingerie that claims to perform for such a wide size variety, due to the fact it rarely does.

That said, there is some flexibility in this romper thanks to the adjustable straps, ribbon tie-front and elasticated waistband which I can comfortably stretch out to  34″ (36″ if I really pull on it). The off-the-shoulder sleeves are also really loose on me so there’s area for somebody with bigger arms. However, the lace itself is non-stretch and the length feels just right for me at 5’3 tall, so if you’re at the leading of that size variety and/or tall I’d say go with the Medium/Big as an alternative.

Verdict: 7 / 10

Aline romper by Oh La La Cheri

Durability

The romper’s care label is confusing – on a single side it has the ‘machine wash up to 40 degrees’ symbol, but turn it more than and ‘hand wash cold’ is written out! I’ve been hand-washing it and it’s nonetheless in pretty a lot brand new condition, even though offered the price tag point I’d be happy to throw this 1 in the machine supplied it’s in a mesh bag to protect that lace, and on a delicates setting.

Also, the lace right here feels quite sturdy – I have some pieces that snag when I so much as look at them, but not this one!

Verdict: 8 / ten

Worth for Cash

At Unbound, the Aline romper fees $ 45 (~£34 / ~41€). That makes it very an reasonably priced little treat and, for the cost, I’m very happy with the design and style and the good quality. I just want the gusset have been lined with cotton or some thing as that would make it infinitely far more wearable!

Verdict: 7 / 10

Oh La La Cheri review Aline romper

Final Thoughts

Oh La La Cheri is quite significantly a price range brand focussing on sexy lingerie, but in contrast to other folks in this arena which frequently just appear inexpensive, Oh La La Cheri has come out with a quantity of designs that I find pretty, romantic and exclusive. In truth, I’m arranging an additional Oh La La Cheri buy quite quickly! It is superb that this romper is obtainable up to a 3X/4X and if you are just searching for anything playful and entertaining for the boudoir, you cannot go incorrect at $ 45.

You can get it right here at Unbound in core sizes, and right here in plus sizes. It’s accessible at other retailers in lilac too.

Would you buy Oh La La Cheri’s Aline romper? And what are your thoughts on lingerie subscription solutions?

Estelle

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Assessment: Impish Lee Design-Your-Own Skirt

Author: Estelle

Disclosure: Impish Lee gifted me a voucher in exchange for this overview, and I also spent about £21 of my personal income on prime of the voucher value. My opinions are, as constantly, 100% sincere. This blog post includes affiliate links.

This is the second portion of my Impish Lee review – I’ve previously written about the velvet robe that I bought, and which I cannot cease wearing! (Seriously, I have it on right now. Excellent lingerie-blogging attire).

Impish Lee, for those who don’t know, offers an awesome style-your-personal service for lingerie and loungewear. Their website has a cool customiser tool that lets you play around with colours/fabrics/embellishments to get your design just so, just before you commit to ordering.

You can choose from selection of 30 shapes – including bras, knickers, slips, robes and much more – and a option of 59 fabrics, producing this about as close as you will get to bespoke lingerie without paying bespoke pricing. In contrast to bespoke, it is also fully returnable (if purchased at complete value) as unwanted items are resold on one more website to raise income for the Robin Hood Foundation.

Alongside my robe, I decided to opt for a half-slip to put on beneath skirts and dresses. Here’s how it looked on the customiser:

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And here’s how it appears in genuine life:

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Appearance

The only skirt in Impish Lee’s variety, it is produced from four vertical panels plus a waistband. I’d created this with a flash of blue to match my L’Agent Marisela bra set (although it turned out to not be a great colour match), so I went for sheer polkadot panels at the front and back to show off the knickers below. The waistband and sides are velvet, simply because you can never ever have as well considerably velvet underwear!

I like that they went for this paneled style because it provides you a quantity of possibilities – sheer sides, sheer all over, sheer at just the front or back… Or just opaque all more than. That’s the beauty of Impish Lee, you’re the designer!

Verdict: 6 / ten

Impish Lee custom lingerie review

Construction

The skirt’s panels are overlocked together, with seaming that is very neat-seeking on the outside. The hemline is ‘lettuce-edged’, so it has a slight ruffle which is a cute tiny detail. The skirt is straight-cut but stretchy, so molds to your curves.

The waistband is created from wide elastic contained inside folded-more than fabric of your selection – so if you went for a sheer lace waistband for example, I’m not sure how that would end up hunting. For mine, I love the bold blue waistband and the plush velvet is super comfy, but possessing velvet on the inside of the waistband does get a bit hot and sweaty in warm climate.

Verdict: 8 / ten

Impish Lee lingerie review

Match

My 26″ waist puts me at a UK eight / US 4 on Impish Lee’s size chart, but my 35″ hips put me at a UK four / US . So I plumped for the size in among, a UK 6, which is typically what I buy in clothes anyway.

The waistband is perhaps a tad too tight to be actually comfy. The hips match comfortably, albeit with slight horizontal wrinkling. Overall, I’d say this skirt comes up a bit tiny and I would have been much better off with a size up, so if in doubt buy the bigger size.

Size aside, I do have one unfortunate match problem with this skirt – it rides up, like, a lot. I keep obtaining it bunched up about my waist and not covering my bum at all! Possibly sizing up and receiving a skirt that’s a little looser would fix this. Fine for a photoshoot, or getting at house if you do not mind yanking it down continually, but I absolutely wouldn’t advise it if you program on wearing the skirt as outerwear.

Verdict: 5 / 10

Durability

I realised I never ever talked about something about washing when I reviewed the robe – neither pieces have labels and I cannot don’t forget now if they arrived with any washing directions, there aren’t any on the website. As it happens even though I had a pair of velvet curtains to wash recently so I did a bit of Googling and decided to machine-wash my Impish Lee on a cold setting, and air dry it.

The velvet fabric really picks up lint from other stuff it’s washed with, so I’d recommend washing it alone or at least with related colours. Nevertheless that aside, it’s really straightforward to care for.

Verdict: 8 / ten

Impish Lee design your own lingerie review

Value for Cash

Impish Lee’s skirt fees $ 78 (about £57 or 70€), regardless of the fabrics you pick to have it in. As with the robe, I’d say it’s a lot more than I’d have regarded as paying if this have been just an off-the-rack piece, but you have to bear in mind that some of what you’re paying for here is the capability to have it look the way you want it to.

Do you want this in burnout velvet, all-over lace, or with a coloured waistband to match a certain set? You can have it, and that’s worth paying $ 78 for I think.

Verdict: 7 / ten

Final Thoughts

I am disappointed with the way this skirt rides up so much, which may be down to the size I chose, and for that reason I don’t really like or wear it half as considerably as I adore and put on my Impish Lee robe.

Nevertheless I would get from Impish Lee once again if only based on the robe, as I find the entire style-your-own concept just so enjoyable and special in the lingerie globe. It’s a tiny bit addictive truly, ten minutes with their customiser and you’ll be wanting to purchase a complete new wardrobe of lingerie!

Impish Lee custom lingerie designs

What do you feel of this Impish Lee skirt, and their style-your-personal service? Have you purchased something by Impish Lee? Click here for ten% off your very first order!

Estelle


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Assessment: ‘Undressed: A Short History Of Underwear’ Exhibition

The Victoria &amp Albert museum is with no a doubt my favourite location in London. I’ve been a member of this fantastic institution because I was a teen, and it’s extremely effortless to even though away countless hours in its exquisite collections of Art and Design and style.  They’ve curated some stunningly beautiful exhibitions (the recent Alexander McQueen retrospective and Wedding Dress exhibition spring to thoughts quickly).

When The V&ampA very first announced ‘Undressed: A Brief History Of Underwear’, it would be an understatement to say I was over the moon!  It goes without saying that I merely had to see the exhibition at the earliest feasible chance. In the run up to the members’ preview day I was positively buzzing with excitement.  The exhibition is open until 12th March 2017 and tickets cost £12 (with concessions).

Slip, c. 1960. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

Slip, c. 1960. In the background: robe by Carine Gilson, romper by Fifi Chachnil. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

Upon leaving the exhibition, I felt distinctly conflicted and deflated. It’s taken me a couple of weeks to process my thoughts. Whilst I totally realize that the exhibition is aimed at a common audience rather than particularly lingerie obsessives, alongside the locations of gorgeous objects and insightful commentary there are locations that I really feel it fell a bit flat on.  I still very recommend the exhibition to any lover of lingerie and fashion but that does not save it from criticism!

Stays c. 1800. Taken at the Victoria and Albert museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner.

Stays c. 1800. Taken at the Victoria and Albert museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner.

The exhibition’s lovely and in depth collection of corsetry is truly commendable. There’s a complete view of shapewear improvement, ranging from 18th century hand stitched stays by means of to elasticated 1950s shapewear.  From exquisite embellishment (such as hand quilting, flossing embroidery and gorgeous lace trims) there are also some really wonderful examples of innovation: my individual favourite being the Victorian riding corset that was completely woven on a loom rather than becoming sewn, with removable bones and busk for effortless washing. An additional favourite piece is the 1851 pale blue silk corset created by Roxey Ann Caplin: the hip fin and button embellishment appears decidedly contemporary!

Ribbon corset. Taken at the Victoria and Albert museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner.

A ribbon corset, initially produced as a ‘healthier’ and far more ‘breathable’ option for foundationwear. Taken at the Victoria and Albert museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner.

As beautiful as the corsets are, it was rather disappointing that the museum created no work to try and displace tightlacing myths – if anything, it encouraged them. Despite the reality that numerous contemporary healthcare professionals have staying that tightlacing most probably did not result in permanent physical damage, the exhibition nonetheless included corseted x-rays with no adequate context as well as labels discussing the notion of a ‘healthy’ corset.  A lot of style historians now agree that tightlacing was not a widespread practice, with significantly of the myth arriving from letters written to fetish fantasy magazines in the late 19th century and early 20th century (if something, it was just another excuse to dictate how girls ought to dress and handle their bodies!).  Given the resurgence of corsetry in the modern day, it seems as even though the curator missed a trick to explore some of these issues far more thoroughly rather than courting controversy.

Bust bodice, homemade bralet and girdle. C. 1900-1930. Taken at the Victoria and Albert museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner.

Bust bodice, homemade bralet and girdle. C. 1900-1930. Taken at the Victoria and Albert museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner.

It was a pleasant surprise to see an entire cabinet devoted to maternity underwear, an location that is so usually neglected in style history. A highlight for me here was an early 19th century bust bodice that had been homemade with visible alterations. Such pieces give a wonderful insight into areas of women’s history that have so usually been erased.

It as a result is a small disheartening to see the exhibition address this area of women’s bodies so effectively, but completely neglect another that is a lot more common: that of menstruation. The exhibition has an entire section of it dedicated to exploring ‘hygiene’, however there is zero mention of this bodily function regardless of the significant significance it holds in the planet of intimates. There is so considerably scope to discover technological advancements and adjustments in types, from 20th century sanitary belts to the sensible fabric of knicker designers Dear Kate and Thinx. It seems this is 1 area that will lengthy be regarded as as well taboo to talk about in a public arena.

Lace appliquéd knickers, c. 1930. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

Lace appliquéd knickers, c. 1930. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

Even though there is a definite focus on women’s fashion, it was pleasing to see a considered representation of men’s underwear (totaling around a fifth of the complete exhibition).  Earlier historical objects have been of distinct interest, such as the early 19th century men’s ‘training belt’ (a variety of corset that was frequently worn) and the elaborate 1750s hand-knitted silk stockings that came with the disclosure that it is hard to differentiate between genders in these things as the designs have been so comparable.

An example of drawn thread work, taken from the vintage lingerie collection of Karolina Laskowska.

An example of drawn thread work, taken from the vintage lingerie collection of Karolina Laskowska.

I positively swooned at some of the examples of craftsmanship in the objects from the 1st half of the 20th century. I would argue that this is the exhibition’s greatest strength: there are so several pieces of absolute exquisite beauty with incomparable techniques and attention to detail.  The 1930s camisoles and knickers utilise the most gorgeous laces and time-consuming embellishment, from appliqué to delicate drawn thread function.

The 'Tamila' set by Agent Provocateur is part of the exhibition.

The ‘Tamila’ set by Agent Provocateur is component of the exhibition.

The contrast among these pieces and the exhibition’s selection of modern day lingerie is therefore really stark. Contemporary lingerie and outerwear makes up the last section of the exhibition and it feels like somewhat of an anti-climax. Though quite, the designs chosen by brands such as Cadolle, Bordelle, Fifi Chachnil and Agent Provocateur really feel mass-developed and without any dramatic significance.

Cadolle 'Porno-Chic' open cup bra. Photo by Pleasurements

Cadolle ‘Porno-Chic’ open cup bra. Photo by Pleasurements

Portion of this is down to the way they are presented. With Cadolle’s ‘Porno-chic’ quarter cup bra, for example, I would have liked to see some exploration of the historical significance of the quarter cup style: it’s by no indicates a modern day invention, however erotic-put on of the early 20th century isn’t even mentioned or displayed in the entirety of the exhibition. It feels as although these were designers that had been selected for ‘prestige’ rather than historical significance.

As a entire, modern day lingerie feels poorly represented.  Exploration into technological advancements feels a tiny cursory. There is some discussion on the push up bra and modern day shapewear such as waist cinchers, but there is such a missed opportunity to cover the history and improvement of bra wires, foam cup moulding, use of silicone, developments of polymer wires and 3D printing. Technology aside, representation of significant lingerie brands is poor. The inclusion of lingerie behemoth Agent Provocateur is 1 of the couple of of note (and, in all honesty, unsurprising provided its sponsorship of the exhibition). Though I am not personally a fan of Victoria’s Secret, there is no arguing the truth that they have changed the world’s lingerie landscape immeasurably. I did not see the brand even mentioned in the exhibition. Even British label Marks &amp Spencer was only referenced in a historical context.

Ensemble by Strumpet &amp Pink. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

Ensemble by Strumpet &amp Pink. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

Nonetheless, the inclusion of a couple of contemporary labels undoubtedly brought a smile to my face. It was beautiful to not only see multiple pieces of my personal favourite designer Carine Gilson, but also a brief film showing the creation method of 1 of her slips.  Such footage is invaluable in its demonstration of the craftsmanship and human labour behind lingerie.  Other highlights included a set by independent latexwear label House of Harlot (a lovely contrast to the surrounding lace and silk!) and knickers from the now-defunct avant-garde style duo Strumpet &amp Pink.  These pieces in certain I feel are excellent examples of modern boundary-pushing design and being capable to study them in person undoubtedly left their mark.

Embroidered silk pyjamas, Chinese made for the European market. C. 1926-1930. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

Embroidered silk pyjamas, Chinese produced for the European market place. C. 1926-1930. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

Although I am aware that the exhibition faced space and price range restrictions (as any exhibition does), it is disappointing that it is presented as a ‘History Of Underwear’ when it’s realistically solely European and North American history. There is no mention of underwear from other cultures whatsoever or even acknowledgement of varying practices. Short of a brief note that the majority of exhibits have been produced, made and worn in the aforementioned geographical locations, there is an overwhelming feeling that this is presented as the only underwear that ‘matters’. This is problematic in the entirety of the fashion globe.  I would personally really like to see the history of underwear outside of the Western Globe certainly, it’s of more interest to me than modern outerwear with at times tenuous links to lingerie (to which an complete section of the exhibition is devoted!).

Nightdress c. 1930. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

Nightdress c. 1930. Taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Photo by Ruth Schechner

I know that I’ll becoming producing numerous trips back to ‘Undressed’ in the coming year, especially to dedicate some far more in depth study to the 1930s lingerie and 1800s corsetry. I would recommend the exhibition to any self-professed lingerie lover: just don’t forget to maintain an open and critical thoughts. As far as underwear history goes, this is fairly actually a brief representation.  Should the exhibition return in years to come I hope that future curators take into account expanding and making the collections a small a lot more representative.

Readers: Have you observed the exhibition or are you planning on generating a trip? Do you believe that these are justified criticisms?

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Assessment: H&M Lace Bodysuit

Author: Estelle

Disclosure: I bought this bodysuit with my personal income and was not asked to overview it.

Back at Christmas I managed to pack a suitcase with almost no lingerie in it for a 2-week trip, so I had to do a bit of rapid buying when we arrived in Spain. After dragging my poor fiancé about all of the common Spanish lingerie shops (Oysho, Women’s Secret, Tezenis, Yamamay, Change…) and truly not seeing something I liked, I headed to excellent ol’ H&ampM where I knew I’d locate one thing worth acquiring.

Despite the fact that not somewhere I usually lingerie-shop due to the fact of their size variety, I’ve often really like H&ampM’s lingerie section – the brand utilizes a lot of lace for one issue, which is always a plus in my books. And I did certainly discover the nicest thing I’d noticed in the shops all day – as quickly as I attempted this bodysuit on I knew I’d be purchasing it!

H&ampM burgundy bodysuit

Appearance

Basically referred to as “Lace Body”, it is produced from all-more than sheer mesh, overlaid with lace. Four panels all converge at the waist, topped with a narrow band of satin, which helps to define and emphasise the waistline.

Of course, you’re not going to locate luxury laces in H&ampM, but I identified this 1 actually lovely for the cost. I adore the sweet tiny lace caplets on the shoulders, and the trim around the legline – I also found the fairly higher reduce genuinely flattering, and I’ve constantly thought I hated higher leglines!

This piece also functions fairly well as outerwear. The double-layered mesh/lace front is just opaque enough, even though I’d almost certainly wear a bra underneath if I had been to put on it out of the residence without a jacket.

Verdict: 6 / ten

H&ampM burgundy lace body

Construction

The mesh employed is super soft and the crotch is lined with one hundred% cotton, which tends to make this incredibly comfortable to wear. I like it beneath a robe for lazy lounging around on the weekends.

I’m also very glad to see a poppered crotch, +one hundred points for practicality! The stitching is neat and feels sturdy – I’ve always identified H&ampM clothing to be much better-made than other higher-street budget brands like, say, Primark for example.

Verdict: 8 / ten

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H&ampM burgundy lace body review

Match

I bought a European size 36 or UK size eight. It is an superb match on me and the fabric has a lot of stretch to accommodate distinct shapes and bust sizes, even though I would say you’ll possibly locate it also quick in the torso if you are very tall – I’m 5’3 and the crotch fastening has a single length setting.

Also worth a mention is the fact that this bodysuit has zero support at the bust.

Verdict: 8 / ten

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H&ampM burgundy body lace

Durability

H&ampM’s lace bodysuit is machine washable on a warm setting, so it is effortless to care for. I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of it in a brief space of time (it was the only thing I ended up purchasing in Spain, alongside the one bodysuit and bra set I’d remembered to take) and it’s held up wonderfully.

A single of the clear giveaways of cheap lace is that it has a tendency to bobble really swiftly, but this still looks more or much less brand new!

Verdict: 10 / ten

H&ampM lingerie review

Value for Cash

I paid €24.99 for this bodysuit – it’s £19.99 in the UK and $ 29.99 in the US.

It’s properly-produced, tough and pretty, and while it may not be as fancy as the lingerie I’m generally reviewing right here, it is worth every penny of its value tag. It wouldn’t have looked out of location someplace like Ann Summers for double the price.

Verdict: 10 / 10

H&ampM bodysuit lace

Final Thoughts

I consider this is a beautiful small piece that appears and feels slightly much more pricey than it really is. If you’re after a bodysuit that is comfy, appealing and very cost-effective, give this 1 a go!

Sadly, the burgundy colour is now sold out on-line, even so it is also accessible in black and powder (a light cream). Sizes left in stock range from a UK ten to 16 / US six to 12.

What do you feel of this lace bodysuit? And what are your thoughts on H&ampM lingerie in basic? 

Estelle


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Assessment: Pour Moi? Ditsy Bra & Thong

Author: Estelle

Disclosure: I bought this set with my personal cash and was not asked to assessment it.

Pour Moi? is a British lingerie and swimwear brand offering on-trend pieces at reasonably priced rates, with an impressive size variety that spans 30AA to 44H (though this specific bra is a D+ a single only). They retail through their personal internet site as nicely as significant retailers like ASOS and Figleaves, so they’re relatively straightforward to get hold of (in reality Pour Moi? is the only ‘fashion’ brand stocked by my local lingerie boutique).

This Ditsy set has previously been released in a blush pink, and is currently accessible in both navy and this black.

Pour Moi Ditsy bra set review

Pour Moi Ditsy bra set review back

Appearance

I chose this black version because it is most ‘me’, combining collectively my enjoy of black lingerie and bold, striking colours.

I also liked the lightly-ruched, mesh sides on the thong. However, what I was most drawn to on this set is the embroidery. Richly-coloured, intricate embroideries are a growing lingerie trend and one I’m definitely thrilled about, but this usually comes at a value. It’s so rare to see such elaborate embroidery on a brand in Pour Moi?’s cost range!

Combine that with the pretty, scalloped edges and the Ditsy set genuinely looks like it’s far more pricey than it is. The back of the set is a small plain, but then let’s be realistic, it’s a £24 bra – it currently exceeds expectations thanks to the front!

Verdict: 9 / 10

Pour Moi Ditsy bra review

Construction

Not only does this set look excellent, it’s nicely-created also. The embroidery on the thong is backed with soft, fine mesh the upper section of the cup has no such lining but it is not at all uncomfortable. There’s absolutely no scratching or irritation that you may well anticipate with some embroidery.

Speaking of which, whilst I’m sure a lot more luxurious embroideries exist, it’s really nicely done – thick, neatly edged and quite detailed (each flower has small flecks of contrasting colour in its petals).

Verdict: 9 / 10

Pour Moi Ditsy bra in black

Match

I bought my usual bra size of 30E, and a UK size eight thong. The thong is a excellent match, and these soft, wide mesh sides are oh-so-comfortable! They’re fairly stretchy so there’s a great amount of sizing flexibility.

The bra, unfortunately, is much less perfect – it is cutting in a fair bit and I definitely want a cup size up from usual in this bra. It’s not usually I want a 30F today, so possibilities are a lot of you will be better off sizing up as well! The band on the other hand is a firm but comfortable match and feels like a normal 30.

Verdict: 7 / ten

Pour Moi Ditsy thong review

Durability

The Ditsy bra is hand-wash only, even though the thong says it can be machine washed up to 40 degrees. The greatest worry with a set like this is that the embroidery could begin unraveling, but I’ve been hand-washing it and it is held up completely so far. If you are going to machine wash the thong, I’d certainly pop it inside a mesh wash bag for this explanation.

Verdict: 8 / 10

Pour Moi Ditsy review

Worth for Cash

The Pour Moi? Ditsy bra set costs £24 for the unlined bra and £12 for the thong (though they’re both at present half that price!), so it’s not a super cheap set but it is very affordable and a fair bit more affordable than most DD+ brands.

As pointed out, this embroidery is completely beautiful and not at all some thing I anticipated to see in this price tag range – I’d absolutely be content to get this set once more at complete price.

Verdict: 10 / ten

Pour Moi Ditsy thong

Final Thoughts

Overall I’ve been genuinely impressed with this acquire, and I wouldn’t hesitate to get from Pour Moi? again. In fact I may have to purchase this in the navy shade too…

If you like the embroidery but not the unlined style, there’s also a padded version accessible, plus a short-style short.

What do you consider of this Ditsy set from Pour Moi? Have you ever bought lingerie by this brand just before?

Estelle


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Assessment: Rebel Madness Cyan Underbust Corset

Author: Estelle

Disclaimer: This corset was purchased with my own money and Rebel Madness did not request a assessment. This blog post contains affiliate links.

You may possibly recognise this corset from this blog post I wrote just over a year ago. I haven’t been in a position to get it out of my thoughts given that, so a couple of months ago I ultimately took the plunge and bought it.

Rebel Madness Cyan underbust corset review low res

Before I get onto reviewing the corset, here’s the poor stuff:

I purchased this corset on August 7th through Etsy and it stated ‘ready to ship in 1-2 weeks’. three weeks later I enquired about it and didn’t get a reply, but it was marked as dispatched later that day (August 27th). An additional three weeks passed and I hadn’t received it so I asked if there was a tracking number and received this reply from Rebel Madness:

“Unfortunately there is a delay in delivery procedure. The shipping business informed me that the parcel is on its way but it may possibly take a few added days until it will be finally delivered. Sorry for this inconvenience but it is out of my control.”

Fair adequate. I wasn’t in any rush to get it and I know these factors can take place. But when I ultimately received it, I checked the date on the parcel and the tracking number – it was posted the day following the above message (September 17th)! I’m an understanding customer, but I do not appreciate getting lied to.

Okay, now that is out the way, here’s the good stuff… :)

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Look

Clearly what drew me to the Cyan underbust corset was the embroidery! It is such a vibrant, bold colour and stands out so well against the black.

The exact placement of the embroidery is different on my corset to the one in the picture, and it’s not symmetrical on either – this is not a luxury corset in any way, but I do not really think the lack of symmetry detracts from the general look all that considerably.

Verdict: 7 / ten

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Construction

Rebel Madness’ Cyan corset has five panels either side, with a total of 14 steel bones – 12 spirals (for comfort) and two flat ones by the lacing at the back (for added strength). There’s a waist tape as well.

The busk at the front is extremely wide – about an inch either side – and slightly flexible for a comfy fit. The busk ends about an inch away from the best and bottom of the corset although and this implies the ends pull apart when worn – luckily the modesty placket is wide adequate to just about fill these gaps.

In order to maintain fees down, the embroidery isn’t appliquéd down. Alternatively, the mesh it’s on covers the front two panels and the outer edge is held in location by the straight line of stitches at the boning channel, so the extremely edges are not secured down. The lacing at the back is a shoelace style cord which does have a touch of stretch but does the job just fine.

One issue I really like about this corset is the modesty panel, which turned out to be a floating 1. It’s the first of this style I’ve tried and it’s so a lot simpler to put on than a single attached at the side, and also makes it possible for for it to be removed entirely if you choose.

Verdict: 7 / ten

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Match

I ordered this in XS / 20″ which is 6″ below my organic waistline and I can lace it down to about 21″. The corset fits me perfectly at the ribcage, but as you can see in these pictures it is maybe an inch too massive at the hips. But most people do have a larger waist-to-hip ratio than me!

The length also is just proper – I’m only 5’3 and generally uncover corsets are designed for a person with a longer torso, but not so here.

All round, taking into consideration this was an off-the-rack corset, the match is surprisingly excellent on me and (perhaps as a outcome) it is really comfy too!

Verdict: 9 / ten

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Durability

The Cyan corset can be hand-washed which is ideal if, like me, you never ever bother to get something dry-cleaned. The only concern I’ve noticed is that when lacing up, exactly where the shoelace rubs against the black cotton it leaves white marks – so you finish up washing or at least sponge-cleaning it often!

Verdict: 7 / ten

Rebel Madness corset low res

Worth for Income

Okay, the embroidery wasn’t the only thing drawing me to this corset – it is also incredibly affordable! It fees 300 Polish Zlotys, or about £52. Postage to the UK wasn’t also negative either at beneath £9.

In spite of the price, this corset is constructed to truly cinch the waist in. It’s also one particular of the only corsets I’ve seen in this value range with beautiful lace or embroidery detailing.

Verdict: 10 / ten

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Would I suggest it?

I am genuinely reluctant to advocate a brand with such poor buyer service.

Even so, the corset itself is wonderful worth for money, and there aren’t a ton of excellent-high quality, low-spending budget corset brands about. So what I would recommend is this: do not acquire a Rebel Madness corset if you have a tight deadline, and if you choose to shop there use Paypal so it is quick and straightforward to get your funds back if you have any significant concerns with delivery.

Given that I bought the Cyan underbust, they’ve released it in purple too with a prettier embroidery (for slightly far more money) which I would most likely have selected over the black, but oh well. This and this are also new styles that I very like.

I’d adore to know what you consider of the Rebel Madness Cyan corset and the brand’s other corset styles! Also, would you purchase from a brand once more after customer service like this?

Estelle


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