These Couture Knickers Will Take Your Breath Away: A Look Back at Strumpet & Pink

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Strumpet and Pink – Mimi Gone Higher and Fluffy

Founded in 2002 by artists Melanie Prober and Lisa Z. Morgan, British label Strumpet &amp Pink captured the lingerie world’s imagination with gloriously provocative knickers made from exquisite materials like silk chiffon, antique lace, and crocheted mohair.

Oftentimes, underwear is viewed through a purely sensible lens. For apparent reasons, men and women want to know how their knickers will stand up to all day wear, machine washing, and the different and assorted indignities of the tumble dryer. However Strumpet &amp Pink’s undergarments were wholly unconcerned with such mundane details. This is fairly actually underwear as art.

Textural, conceptual, and completely sensual, Strumpet &amp Pink’s lingerie was meant to be seen, to even be the centerpiece of an ensemble – an inversion of the norms surrounding lingerie. With fanciful names such as “Pussy Willow,” “Key Lime Pie,” and “Lady Hume’s Blush,” the label also showed that couture doesn’t have to take itself too seriously.

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Strumpet and Pink – Private Function

Whilst I in no way managed to acquire a pair for myself (at $ 1470 for the high-waist, antique lace “Private Function” knickers or $ 1350 for the high-waist pink knit “Mimi Gone Higher and Fluffy” pair, I’m afraid they have been permanently out of reach), I do miss Strumpet &amp Pink’s creativity, sense of playfulness, and willingness to push the boundaries of what intimates could be. The world of luxury lingerie is a small less luminous without their presence, and I think about we’ll never ever see one more label like them once again.

Do any readers of The Lingerie Addict remember Strumpet &amp Pink? If so, what did you feel of them? And if any of you in fact managed to get a pair, you absolutely need to leave a review in the comments! I’m begging you.

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Strumpet and Pink – Mimi Gone High and Fluffy

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Strumpet and Pink – Private Function

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Strumpet and Pink – Ming’s Vase

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Strumpet and Pink – Hunting Through The Ruffles

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Strumpet and Pink – Willow

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Strumpet and Pink – Lady Hume’s Blush

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Strumpet and Pink – The Flower of Balay

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Strumpet and Pink – Rosette Cheeks

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Strumpet and Pink – Swan’s Tail

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Strumpet and Pink – Black Swan

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Strumpet and Pink – Garden of Delights

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Strumpet and Pink – Important Lime Pie

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Strumpet and Pink – Bow Peep

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Review: ZO Lingerie Azure Crop Leading & Knickers

Author: Estelle

Disclosure: I received this set totally free of charge from ZO Lingerie to overview. All opinions are, as often, one hundred% honest.

Final month I featured new indie brand ZO Lingerie, and right now I’m bringing you a far more thorough appear at this debut collection after the beautiful Zofiia sent me a set to attempt out. Despite the fact that the standout piece for me is the understated Elegance bodysuit, I was also drawn to the sheer crop tops as they are a essential element of ZO Lingerie’s aesthetic. The crops give the brand a special viewpoint and I believe they’re each something different and one thing that fits in perfectly with the present trends for unstructured, easygoing bralettes and lace on sheer mesh.

ZO Lingerie Azure top worn over a plain black Maison Lejaby bra

Above: ZO Lingerie Azure best worn over a plain Maison Lejaby t-shirt bra

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Look

Of the 5 crop tops available, I chose Azure since I’m a sucker for eyelash lace trim, and with the placement of the lace thought I may just get away with it as outerwear as well. I in fact expected to get something navy blue based on this image, but maybe it’s just the lighting on my laptop – Azure only comes in this classic black.

As I talked about in my preceding report on ZO Lingerie, I enjoy the unbound seams at the edges of the sheer mesh, which appears beautifully delicate and absolutely provides the best more of a lingerie feel than an outerwear 1. The lace is relatively nice, though I’m not confident it lives up to its “ultra-luxury” description (also, I’m certain this Instagram image of an Azure leading shows a various, more unusual lace hem?).

I do enjoy the finishing information on this set although – keyholes with subtle, diamanté-centred buttons at the back of the crop, and pleated grosgrain ribbon and ruching on the matching knickers. Overall I feel it’s on trend, elegant and sexy all at the same time, which is a challenging mixture to nail!

Verdict: 7 / 10

ZO Lingerie Azura sheer lace crop top

ZO Lingerie sheer crop review

Fit

I received the Azure set in a size XS which is the size my measurements most closely corresponded to on ZO Lingerie’s size chart, although my waist is over by 2cm. The knickers match me completely, while the best is a relatively good match but does really feel a bit restrictive where the bottom hem hits a little above my waist.

The bust area is a fantastic match and spacious enough that I can layer this more than a bra if I want to, whilst the crop best overall has quite little stretch – the mesh has been placed so that it stretches vertically but not horizontally, and the lace trim is non-stretch – and I really feel like I’m getting to be super careful placing it on and taking it off to not tear it. You can see in the photo above that the button on the lower keyhole is straining. If your measurements fall into two sizes like mine do, go for the bigger size.

Verdict: eight / 10

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Building

ZO Lingerie’s website describes the brand as ‘handsewn’ but I’m quite certain she implies ‘handmade’. Regardless, each pieces are genuinely nicely sewn together with small, barely-visible stitching. The seam’s on the crop top’s edges are rolled and these down the sides are hidden seams for a completely neat finish even on the inside of the garment. There’s no overlocking anywhere that I can see, as you’d count on to uncover on a cheaper garment.

You can actually see that care and time has been taken to sew this Azure set collectively. ZO Lingerie describes itself as a luxury brand, and in terms of building I’d say it definitely meets that standard when examined up close.

Verdict: 8 / ten

The set arrived with a lovely little satin storage pouch too!

The set arrived with a beautiful little satin storage pouch also!

Durability

I’ve been hand-washing this set because of the delicate mesh and lace, and it is held up beautifully. I’m a small worried about damaging the hem seam when putting it on or taking it off, but that is a fit concern and I don’t envision any seams on this breaking of their own accord. As I mentioned, it’s really nicely sewn-with each other!

Verdict: eight / 10

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Worth for Money

When I initially received this Azure set, ZO Lingerie hadn’t opened for organization and I had no thought of the retail value. It was not possible to guess as well since minimum wage is notoriously low in Ukraine exactly where ZO Lingerie is based (£41 per month) but at the same time, this set is beautifully made and is getting marketed as a luxury item.

As it turned out, this set expenses 89€ which is roughly £75 or $ 100. It’s definitely priced for a Western industry, but I locate the cost fair for the good quality and the truth it’s from an independent brand.

Verdict: 7 / 10

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Final Thoughts

I realise I’ve spoken a lot about the crop prime and not a lot about the knickers – they’re quite lovely too, and I especially like the ruched back which gives them some thing of a heart shape. It is the best that steals the show though – if you are a fan of crops tops or layering in your lingerie wardrobe, or are hunting for a piece that can do double duty as underwear and outerwear, ZO Lingerie is worth checking out.

What do you believe of the Azure crop prime and knickers set? Would you wear the crop top as lingerie or as outerwear?

Estelle

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Overview: La Lilouche Adelle Bra & Lana Tie-Side Knickers

Author: Estelle

Disclosure: I purchased this lingerie with my personal funds and was not asked to evaluation it. This blog post contains affiliate links.

If you’ve been following me on social media for any length of time you have almost certainly seen me swooning over La Lilouche on numerous an occasion. Liya’s styles seamless blend the fairly and the risqué and are luxurious in the accurate sense of the word, with breathtaking focus to detail and only the finest materials utilized. Add to that the truth that La Lilouche is totally handmade and properly, there’s not really anything a lot more I could ask of my underthings!

I’ve been meaning to purchase from La Lilouche for completely ages, so when lingerie blogger Write Me Negative Checks tweeted that she had a sale on it took me all of fifteen minutes to location an order. Getting sample sale items, they’re no longer offered but the sale is nonetheless on with other beautiful items still in stock! I’ve linked to some equivalent La Lilouche designs at the end of this post.

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Look

I bought this set for the bra. The knickers are lovely but, nicely, appear at that bra! It’s extraordinary. The ‘cups’ are made from a fine, translucent (i.e. extremely revealing!) tulle with a swathe of sparkling crystal gems hand-applied across the bottom.

As if this feature alone wasn’t striking enough, the straps are gathered in at the shoulder with oversized bows made from peachy-pink silk. They are attached to tiny silk ‘tubes’ so you can slide them up and down, wearing the bows at the front, atop the shoulder, or component way down the back. It’s all finished off with an underbust band of ruched silk in a various orangey-pink.

The knickers are not actually meant to match this bra, but like the bra they also feature a mish-mash of shades that range from coral to blush pink, so the two perform completely with each other as a set. Combining super soft silk, ruffled chiffon and thick lace (which has been cautiously cut and appliquéd on to comply with the lace’s pattern, even though this function is mainly hidden by the ruffles above it), it’s just a actually beautiful, detailed and decadent design and style.

Verdict: 10 / ten

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Construction

La Lilouche is handmade in Israel, and the top quality is excellent. It all starts with premium-top quality fabrics which are sewn together beautifully – think factors like double-sided, tapered silk bows, rather than the satin ribbon you’d locate on a more affordable set. Even the gusset is lined with silk, speak about luxury!

A lot of threads do keep unravelling from the chiffon ruffles on the knickers nevertheless. It’s not quite, but it does not seem to be affecting the building in any meaningful way (the ruffles are not falling off or something).

Verdict: 8 / 10

La Lilouche Adelle bra review

Match

I bought the Adelle bra in a size M (32D/34C/36B) and the Lana knickers in an XS (UK 6-8 / US 2-four). The knickers are a ideal fit. The bra is a great fit but as a 30E a size S might have been better the straps are a tad also lengthy for me and often slip off my shoulders.

Due to their design these cups don’t truly have a size as such, it’s just loose fabric that sits on prime of the breast (and consequently does not provide something in the way of support). They’re super flexible on sizing and the M would still fit an individual a excellent couple of cup sizes bigger than me, so for other bras in this style I wouldn’t assume you’re sized out if you are only 1 or two cup sizes above what La Lilouche recommends.

Verdict: eight / 10

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Durability

No surprises that this bra set is strictly hand-wash only. I don’t even dare squeeze the water out of the bejewelled bra cups when I’m carried out soaking it, but luckily the fine tulle dries super rapidly.

Regardless, the diamanté gems do fall off, an typical of about 1-2 every single time I put on it. I do not know exactly where they’re going – they’re not in the set’s storage bag, they’re not in sink post-washing. Perhaps I am just leaving a small trail of glittering crystals in my wake when I put on this bra, like the fairy goddess that I feel like when I wear it! :)

I did buy myself some coral-coloured crystals on the web to repair the bra but when they arrived they looked awfully low-cost compared to the ones Liya employed originally. I contacted her to ask where I could get a lot more of the same, and alternatively she was super lovely and sent me some replacements for cost-free! That is wonderful client service, especially taking into consideration I didn’t even buy this set at complete price tag.

So in summary, I’d say La Lilouche’s diamanté-topped lingerie designs are pieces you will require to manage with the utmost care. I’m not saying it is poor quality, I’m saying it is incredibly delicate – it’s not for you unless you’re prepared to invest a tiny time in the gentlest of hand-washing and the occasional repair job.

Verdict: 4 / 10

La Lilouche Lana silk knickers review

Worth for Income

I’m not confident what the original RRP of these two pieces is, even though I do know it is drastically much more than what I paid in the sample sale. This set expense me $ 40 (~£30 / ~36€) for the bra and $ 30 (~£23 / ~27€) for the knickers, which was an amazing price for such a unique, gorgeous, ethically-created and luxurious style!

What ever the full cost was although, I do think this set is worth it. Comparable La Lilouche designs retail for about £70-100 a piece, and whilst that is certainly not cheap, it is at the reduce finish of what luxury lingerie powerhouse Agent Provocateur charges – and I personally think La Lilouche is the a lot more luxurious brand! Not to mention becoming ethically handmade.

Verdict: 10 / ten

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Final Thoughts

La Lilouche’s Adelle bra is a function of art, pure and straightforward. It’s up there with my Agent Provocateur Verronika corset and Pleasure State Couture Glimmer set as some of the most stunning and luxurious lingerie I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning. If you’re going to acquire one of La Lilouche’s crystal- or bead-encrusted styles nonetheless, be conscious they’ll need to have some TLC to stay that beautiful.

I wish I have been writing this evaluation while it was nonetheless offered to buy, but she does have some existing bras in a equivalent style – verify out the Fiona bra, cream Belle bra, black Belle bra and Veronika bra. For other knickers with deluxe silk tie-sides, take a peek at her Alexina and Tonni designs. There’s also 1 pair of high-waisted knickers from the Lana range nonetheless on sale right here!

What do you feel of this bra designs, and the knickers? Have you ever bought something from La Lilouche, or wanted to?

Estelle


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Overview: Playful Promises Cordelia Bra & Knickers

Author: Estelle

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

In case you haven’t heard, Playful Promises is performing some rather exciting issues with their size range proper now – initial, they introduced a full-bust variety for DD-G cups, and then very quickly afterwards announced a plus-size collection that will cater to 38B-42G and UK 18-24 sizes.

I’ve always really liked Playful Promises and I’ve bought a fair bit from them more than the years, but only soft-cupped pieces considering that they didn’t genuinely make my size. So I was really excited to hear about their full-bust launch!

The red Cordelia was my favourite set from the variety by far (since, red), and I couldn’t resist when it went on sale in February. Playful Promises’ summer sale has just launched so till June 15th it’s lowered from £85 to £30 for the set when again, like the mint-green version.

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Look

Black lace and the colour red are possibly my two favourite factors when it comes to lingerie aesthetics, so needless to say I was captivated by Cordelia!

I particularly like the eyelash-edged scallops which adorn the front of the bra and knickers – on the knickers, they generate a subtle, kitschy heart shape, which is all the a lot more excellent in the romantic red colourway. Sadly even though, these scallops do not stay in spot for very long, at least not on me – the ones trimming the knicker and atop the straps tend to flop over forwards, and the two at the centre-leading of the cup fold more than inwards. I’ve tried reshaping them while damp but nope, they just don’t want to lie flat. At least the two over the straps can be fixed in location with a couple of fast stitches.

The other finishing touches are all extremely lovely though – rose-centred bows, ruched satin straps and gathered elastic straps around the hips.

Verdict: 6 / ten

Playful Promises Cordelia bra set review

Building

The bra and knickers are each actually well-made, using fabrics that all look good and feel soft to the touch. The bra has a three-part cup that is lightly lined, so it gives a lot of support and a rounded shape for DD+ sizes.

Verdict: 8 / 10

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Match

Initially, I ordered Playful Promises’ Cordelia bra in a 30DD. I have a tendency to wear a 30E in unlined bras and a 30DD in most things molded/padded, simply because my shallow-on-best shape signifies that pre-shaped cups frequently stand up and away from my physique rather of lying flat – going down a cup size fixes this concern.

Even so, the 30DD was gaping massively on me which I’ve in no way had occur ahead of, so I exchanged for a 28DD (equivalent to a cup-size smaller sized, and with a tighter band). Yet the 28DD cups nonetheless gape on me. Only a little bit, but I’d favor but one more cup size down if it had been accessible. Some bras are constructed with full-on-top shapes in mind, this bra is truly, truly created for full-on-top girls. Here’s a overview by Scarlet’s Letter, for contrast.

The 28 band although fits correct to size, as it’s tighter than the 30s I generally purchase. I think I probably spoke too quickly when I attempted a 28 band for the initial time and declared they have been certainly not my size – the Cordelia bra is way much more comfy than that one was. I’d probably go for a 28-band over a 30 from Playful Promises in the future.

Oh, and the knickers! I bought an XS / UK size eight and they fit correct to size and very comfortably.

Verdict: 5 / 10

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Durability

Playful Promises’ Cordelia bra set is hand wash only, and is nevertheless in ideal condition after several wears and washes over the past three months.

Verdict: 9 / ten

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Worth for Income

The Cordelia bra retails for £55 and the knickers for £30, even though on sale appropriate now (and the cost I paid) they’re both £15 – an incredible deal on the bra especially!

Sadly, this bra just isn’t produced for my physique shape and I wouldn’t acquire it once again, but if you are a full-on-best girl it’s a gorgeous and effectively-made set that is worth the money.

Verdict: 7 / ten*

*I have decided from now on to price my testimonials against the original RRP, as that appears a fairer way to examine purchases, some of which may have been on sale and some not. Earlier critiques are all rated based on the price tag I really paid.

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Final Thoughts

I was super excited about acquiring this bra set, but with the mixture of the slight gaping and the constantly folding-more than scallops, it just does not appear quite how I’d pictured it would on me. I nevertheless consider it is a quite set, which is why I kept it, but I’d have returned it had I paid complete-value.

Nevertheless, as heartbreaking as it is discovering that a piece you’ve lusted soon after just won’t operate with your physique shape, it’s fantastic that there’s one more entirely beautiful lingerie selection out there for girls who do have full-on-leading shapes. And for just £15 appropriate now too!

What do you feel of Playful Promises’ Cordelia bra and knickers set? Have you bought something from their new DD-G range?

Estelle


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Review: Roza Grase Bra & Scarlet Suspender Belt & Knickers

Author: Estelle

Disclaimer: This set was sent to me free of charge by Black Alice to be reviewed. My opinions are, as often, one hundred% honest. Roza is not affiliated with this blog post.

Black Alice is a new on-line retailer specialising in sexy, price range-friendly lingerie. Although UK primarily based, a lot of of the brands they sell are from Poland, such as Gracya, Irall, Beauty Night and the brand I’m reviewing these days, Roza. Minimum wages and living fees are much reduce in Poland than the UK, so numerous brands there can afford to produce locally and nevertheless retail at prices that are decrease than we’re utilised to here in Britain.

Polish lingerie gets a lot of really like from full-busted bloggers and clients, but the nation is also house to a number of popular core-sized brands. Roza is 1 such brand, providing 32-38 band sizes and A-E cups and with prices that start from £17 for a bra at Black Alice.

Roza Grase bra set review

Roza Grase Scarlet lingerie review

I picked out the Roza Grase bra plus the Scarlet suspender belt and knickers (the Grase and Scarlet ranges are matching), but if these are not very to your liking there’s also a molded bra, higher-waisted knicker and thong available – plus some of these types are offered in a white and child blue colourway.

Roza Grase bra review by Black Alice

Appearance

The Grase bra has a simple, 2-component cup with a semi-opaque reduced half that is covered with raised velvet dots, and a sheer upper half produced from ultra-fine mesh that is thickly embroidered in black and pink. I particularly like the spiky, scalloped edging on the embroidery.

The embroidery is utilised again among the cups, and the straps are covered with the very same flocked-velvet fabric as is utilized on the cups and the band. In spite of the comparatively low price tag, it is a pretty bra with consideration paid to the smaller sized specifics.

The matching Scarlet knickers and suspender belt are each produced from the sheer, spotted fabric with embroidered mesh details and also the addition of mesh ruffles. I like the way that the embroidered panels slant outwards on the suspender and are placed even further to the side on the knickers, which creates the illusion of much more curves when worn collectively on the body (never ever a negative factor in my books, considering that my waist does not really nip in naturally!).

Verdict: 6 / ten

Roza Grase bra

Construction

General, the building is about what I’d count on for a bra set in this price tag variety, maybe even a small much better as the fabrics are intriguing and unusual. It’s neatly sewn, with coated metal hardware on the suspenders.

Up close, the pink embroidery doesn’t match the rest of the embroidery in terms of quality or design, but I do like the flashes of hot pink (which go perfectly with my favourite new stockings, yay!).

Verdict: 7 / 10

Roza Scarlet review

Roza Scarlet suspender belt review

Roza and Black Alice lingerie review

Match

Initially I asked for a 32DD but what arrived had UK 32E / European 70E on the label (which they’d sent as a 70E ought to equate to a UK 32DD) and was significantly also massive for me. Black Alice have been quite valuable and promptly sent out a cup size smaller sized, which has UK 32D / European 70D on the label. One European cup size down but two UK sizes down, which is all extremely confusing! I’m mentioning all of this to say that I’m not completely confident of what size bra I’m wearing and if it’s what I’d ‘ordered’, but basically the 1 with UK 32D on the label fits me in the cups like a common UK 32DD.

Speaking of the bra match, the band runs quite massive on the Grase. As a ‘true’ 30E, I’m used to 32 bands feeling a tiny loose but this one rides up noticeably. So, the 1 with UK 32D on the label fits in the band much a lot more like a UK 34. Undesirable news if you put on a 32 band size or under, but it does mean that if you wear a 40 band you have a excellent opportunity of fitting into Roza’s 38, at least in this distinct style.

The knickers are a size Small – a UK 8-10 according to the size chart on Black Alice’s website, but a UK 8 on the label and a UK eight in how they fit.

The suspender belt is the same – the Little is labelled a UK eight – but I located the match of this to be significantly much more generous. Probably because of the narrow hook-and-eye back, it does not do a very good job of staying at waist level on my 26″ waist. If you can, size down in this to get a greater match. It is also worth noting that the suspender straps are super lengthy. I’m going to lop a good 6″ off of them when I get a moment to do that and adjust the band size.

Verdict: 4 / 10

Roza Grase knickers review

Roza Scarlet brief review

Durability

One particular of the pink motifs is beginning to unravel currently which is disappointing, but otherwise the Grase/Scarlet set has held up genuinely well to a number of wears and washes. It’s hand-wash only, but if you have been to use a mesh bag and a delicate spin cycle you could probably get away with sticking this 1 in the machine.

Verdict: 7 / ten

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Black Alice lingerie store review - Roza Grase and Scarlet

Worth for Cash

At Black Alice, the Roza Grase bra costs a really price range-friendly £20.99, the knickers are £14 and the suspender belt is £21 – generating it £55.99 for the 3-piece set or £34.99 for the bra and knickers for those who don’t want to do the maths :)

This is an reasonably priced, pretty lingerie set and it’s worth what you’d pay for it.

Verdict: 8 / 10

Each piece of Roza lingerie arrives tissue-wrapped in its own little box

Every single piece of Roza lingerie arrives tissue-wrapped in its personal little box

Final Thoughts

Despite the fact that I had a number of fit issues, they’re the sort of point that can be remedied effortlessly enough with a small alteration. To steer clear of your self the hassle even though, sister size down (one particular band size smaller sized and one particular cup size bigger than usual) if you can in the bra.

As my very first little foray into the Polish lingerie scene, I’ve been happy with the set overall and I’d take into account acquiring anything by Roza again – the Florence, Natali and Ginewra sets looks pretty! The Mon Amour bra by Gracya and Fabra basque by Bassaya at Black Alice are worth checking out as well.

What do you consider of this Grase/Scarlet design by Roza? Is there something else at Black Alice that you like the look of?

Estelle


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