Disclosure: I received this lingerie set free of charge (except for $ 25 postage which I paid) from Colette and Sebastian to review. All opinions are, as always, one hundred% sincere.
Colette & Sebastian is a new US lingerie brand by Colette Khalil. The brand has debuted with a pretty narrow 32-36 B-DD and S-L size variety, but it is no wonder when you see how a lot of merchandise there are – there are 59 bras alone! There’s a tiny bit of some thing for everybody, from lined balconettes to sheer bralettes and super-strappy pieces. I was offered a set from Pure Temptation, a collection of classic, unlined bra and suspender sets, and obviously went for the 1 with sparkles.
Black and gold is a single of my favourite colour combinations, it constantly adds a sense of opulence no matter how simple the design and style it is a component of – and Elise is a relatively easy bra set, not one particular that would have caught my eye in plain black. I know that due to the fact it’s also available in black as the Alexandra set, which is nice sufficient if you just want a simple, lacy bra, thong and suspender set – but when you can add a glittering gold shimmer for just $ 11 additional, there’s no query in my thoughts more than which to go for!
Not only is the Elise metallic, it has my other favourite point in a lace, scallops, which continue all the way about the base of the band and trim the cups and thong. They adorn the straps too all the way to the shoulder, which is a fairly touch. I like it when bra straps don’t get forgotten about.
There are no bows as you so typically locate on lingerie. The decor details all really subtle – the gold rings breaking the suspender straps in the middle, for example – producing this a classic, timeless style, and minimalistic despite the lace. It’s one that operates just as well for daytime as it would for particular occasions.
Verdict: 7 / ten
Continuing the subtly-accomplished decor theme, the lace pattern is symmetrical all through, which I appreciate. It’s not some thing you notice right away, but it is 1 of these small information that sets larger-finish lingerie apart from the inexpensive stuff.
The bra is a 3-part cup with a silicone trim along the cup edge to keep the lace flush against the skin. The hardware is metal and the fabrics and elastics utilized are all really soft, including a mesh lining inside the bra’s cups.
Verdict: 8 / 10
I received the bra in a 32D, a sister-size up from my present usual size of 30DD, and the thong and suspender belt in a S (UK 10 / US six) so a couple of dress sizes bigger than usual. I’d for that reason expected that they’d need to have some alterations to fit me, but the thong has sliders at the side and is so adjustable that it wasn’t an issue at all.
The suspender belt on the other hand kept slipping down to my hips so I took 4″ off (tutorial here if you missed it) and it now fits considerably far better, even though it didn’t resolve the slipping-down difficulty. The lace and elastic are each fine, soft and stretchy, so it just will not stay place at waist-height. The suspender straps are also not fully adjustable due to the gold ring detail, so it doesn’t maintain my stockings quite as high as I’d like. It is a lot more of a boudoir piece actually, or for someone tall.
As for the bra, the band is accurate to size as a 32 and the cups are just my size. It is not a especially supportive bra – the vertical seam is on the lining layer only and feels unsubstantial so it doesn’t do any aggressive sculpting – but it is comfy and fits effectively.
Verdict: 6 / ten
Colette & Sebastian’s Elise set is hand-wash only, even though you’d most likely be fine popping it on a delicates cycle in a mesh lingerie bag. I’ve worn it about five occasions so far and haven’t noticed any troubles, it still appears virtually new.
Verdict: 9 / ten
Value for Income
The Elise bra is $ 114 (~£92 / ~107€), the thong is $ 61 (~£49 / ~57€) and the suspender belt is $ 72 (~£58 / ~68€). That’s a lot more than I would have considered paying for it personally if I’m sincere. I like the set, but I have a tendency to value trend-led design and more striking components (like the embroidery on the lovely Allegra suspender belt), and would be looking something much more exclusive if I have been going to drop a couple of hundred pounds on a lingerie set.
It is fairly though and extremely comfy to put on. It is worth taking into consideration if what you want is a classic, sophisticated set that will look just as fashionable five or ten years from now.
Verdict: 6 / ten
Colette & Sebastian also makes a plunge version of this bra called Andriele, which has a tanga bottom and slightly distinct suspender belt, and there’s a Madison balconette and brief also in the exact same lace, so you can mix and match among the 3 ranges to generate your perfect set. The slightly less expensive, non-metallic Alexandra version of this Elise set also comes in red and white.
What do you consider of this Elise bra set, and the rest of Colette & Sebastian’s debut collection?