06/02/2015

Roufe

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I've had Roufe on my etsy favourites list for what feels like ages. At the beginning of January I was browsing through, well everywhere, looking for something to treat myself too as an after exam incentive. Roufe popped up on my activity feed (a feature I do love on etsy) and I figured it was high time to get properly acquainted. Being the spoilt brat I am, I couldn't just buy myself one piece, so I opted for a bodysuit and a full set instead. All of Roufe's pieces are handmade in your choice of colour and so there is a delay for production. That being said, I purchased on the 11th January and these pieces arrived on the 3rd February so the wait was not excessive at all! They came in a plain white envelope and were packed between a piece of cardboard. There was no invoice or message in the package, just the lingerie. So it lacks a bit of a personal touch but is perfectly inconspicuous and could be sent as a gift (although don't do what my friends/family do to me and not tell me they've got me something and then just send you a moonpie or a book. It can be a tad unnerving).

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So firstly i picked out the Cotton Jersey set. I wasn't a fan of the colours depicted in the listing so I inquired, in my checkout notes, if the set could be made in my team colours. I think my phrasing was mostly blue and white and I linked to a photo to clarify the shade of blue. From then on I received no correspondence back so assumed this was perfectly fine. Unfortunately when this arrived, it was pretty far from my team colours, which you can see clearly in the scarf i'm holding. I think my exact thoughts were, "nailed it" in a rather amused and sarcastic manner. I wasn't sure when ordering if the light blue or turquoise was going to be the closest to my colours so I opted to let the designer make that call, and obviously royal blue is rather far from powder blue. So big lesson learnt, specify exactly what colour fabric you want from the options given. I'm easy going, so whilst the colour wasn't ideal, I recognised that it wasn't a big deal (oh y'know just wearing Chelsea's colours, not like that's particularly unpleasant at this moment in time) and got over it. Unfortunately though, I don't like anything else about the top to this set either. It just looks horrendous and baggy on me (I wear a 28C/30B and measure ~27 inches underbust and ~29 inches overbust for reference), I bought a small (Roufe state that this will fit a US 2-6) and assumed from the product photos that it was going to be a set that fit quite tight and the fabric would stretch to accommodate. Didn't expect a baggy fit in the slightest. I also feel like the white panel in the centre sits much higher than on the version shown and frankly this is not flattering on small busts. I will be passing this on because it's not something i could even sleep comfortably. So any Chelsea fans with larger tits want a free top? 
The knickers are cute and comfortable. I doubt they're ever going to sit on my hips the way they do on the model (I don't know what deity gave her those hips but I would like to get me some please) but the construction is much better and i am always in need of super soft, comfortable knickers to lounge around in. 

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The Strappy Monokini, however, is a completely different story. As with before, i picked this out in a size small and went with a custom colour-way. I was completely torn between white middle panel with black straps or black middle panel with white straps. I ended up going with the former and this time i am so not disappointed. 
As far as construction goes, seams are kept to a minimum and a lot of the edges are just cut away and not hemmed. All of Roufe's pieces are made from Jersey material so they're guaranteed to be super soft and comfortable, that's a given. It also means that unhemmed edges will curl up slightly as opposed to fray. Where there are seams, they're nicely done and hardly noticeable, although on the blue set above, in particular the top, the seams appear to have been done with a little less care and overall i'd say the construction quality was a bit lower in those pieces than in the bodysuit.
The fit is much better. Around my hips (~32 inches) it is perfect, above my waist (~23-27 inches) the straps get a little loose but it's not really noticeable. The ruching at the bust is beyond flattering for smaller busts and it fits like a dream. I would say that if you are fuller busted or carry more of your breast mass up top then you might want to size up as this probably won't give you enough coverage. The straps are placed quite wide, I consider myself to be pretty broad shouldered for my frame and even I find them sitting a little too close for comfort to my arms and occasionally one will slip down. So if you have slim shoulders, this is also something to consider. The back of the bodysuit or "monokini" plunges down to just above where my hair stops and the coverage on the booty is most definitely akin to a thong but it's not tight or restricting. The material is thin, but not sheer, even in white! 
I really do love this piece and i'm very tempted to go back and pick one up with a black middle panel and white straps, just to complete my collection. I've also got my eye on a few other pieces but I might avoid all tops since they run a little too large for small busts. 
I'm a big fan of Roufe because they're doing something different and at an affordable price. Attractive and innovative lingerie is usually difficult to make completely comfortable so anyone who manages to achieve both of these things with jersey fabric definitely gets my approval!

02/02/2015

Ludique Lustful

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I've had my eye on the Ludique Lustful since it appeared online. It was everything i'd ever dreamt of, white, bondage inspired and with little smatterings of delicate lace. When i first stumbled upon this design, promptly texted it to Amelié, and full on swooned, i just didn't have the cash to spend. Unfortunately Lustful doesn't come cheap, with her combined constituents: bra, knickers, suspender belt, totalling £184 (or $277). So i waited and saved up (hahaha who am i kidding, i'm terrible at saving, i just got lucky with a bursary). But when i came to actually seriously consider getting Lustful for myself, i realised that no where on the Ludique site was there any kind of size chart and all their pieces came in the generic Small, Medium, Large. So i wussed out, knowing that, with my small bust and small waist, at least two of the pieces were probably going to be way too large. I was half hoping someone else would take up the challenge and do a review of the fit but by January 2015, there was no Ludique on the horizon of any of the lingerie blogs. 
So i started 2015 whining religiously, every damn day, about how terrible both the Agent Provocateur and Mimi Holliday sales were. And when my student loan went in, well i had all this disposable income but nothing to spend it on (just to clarify, my student loan covers my rent, bills and a small portion of my food. However with that covered, i can use my work wages on ALL THE LINGERIE). D of Anteocularis (a new and great lingerie blog you should all follow) was particularly supportive during this difficult period and kept me going by directing me towards Brigade Mondaine, a french lingerie boutique having a rather heart racing sale. And of course, this would be a pointless anecdote if said sale hadn't included all three constituents of Lustful, available in in the smallest size. So without much hesitation, i snapped her up for somewhere around £120 including a ridiculous shipping fee and prayed with all my little Lamb's heart that it would fit.
(and hey, she's still available in the sale if you're wondering: bra, knickers, suspender belt).
At the time of writing this review, there is a basic size guide on the website (although this has been added prior to the garments going live back in early Autumn (?)) and so i'll refer all my fit comments to the sizes provided there.
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For the bra, "small" means suitable for A/B cups according to Ludique, which is a bit misleading for those who aren't familiar with how cup sizes scale with band sizes (Here is a pretty easy to follow article if you haven't already been introduced to this concept). This bra uses lacing up the back as a fastening and when fully laced together (how i, and the model on Ludique, wear our bra) the band measures 30" (inches) and stretches to approx 33-34.  The front lacing and open cup style means that a varying range of cup sizes are accommodated but i imagine anything above a 34B would require a size up. Now onto the information that is actually relative to small busts in the small cup/small band category. I measure to be about a 28C although have only ever worn 30Bs. I have to keep the front and back laced up fully (and tie the excess string around my neck like a choker) for this to fit. However, as you can see, the elastic with the eyelets isn't always ready to play ball and lay flat, preferring to buckle a little. I also find that the band and thus the cup structure rides up and moves around. This is a problem that commonly occurs when a band is too large (I measure approx 27" around my underbust for reference) but could also possibly be an issue with my lack of breast mass. I'm sure someone with slightly more breast would employ the force of gravity to keep things relatively in place (although i'm no expert on having breasts larger than my own so it's just an assumption).
The suspender belt in a "small" is supposed to be suitable for those who measure approximately 26" around their waist and approximately 36" around their hips. It measures 26" inches around the waistband, stretches up to 32" and the fit is completely unadjustable. In short, this suspender belt is legions too big for me. I'm 23" around my waist, which is where i prefer to wear my suspender belts (i know many like to wear theirs lower on their hips but i'm all about the high-waist look). This piece doesn't sit flat, sits close to my hips and buckles so the lacing detail is lost. Luckily, through some sheer wizardry, the design of the piece means that it does stay in place. I mean i can never wear this under clothes because of the amount it bulges outwards but it does stay on and look pretty cute. So as someone who isn't afraid to have lingerie that is completely impractical and only suitable for a boudoir occasion, i'm disappointed, maybe even borderline heartbroken but not regretting my purchase.  
The thong also claims to fit the same measurements 26" waist, 36" hips. This piece is adjustable, it has what i can only call bra strap sliders on both of the sides. But in actual fact this measures 30" and stretches up to 38" when the knickers have been adjusted to their largest size. And at its smallest, measures 22" and stretches to 26". As someone who has 32" hips, i'm screaming at you to size up if you want to purchase one for yourself. If i'd have seen the measurements given by Ludique for this piece i might have reconsidered my purchase on the grounds that the suspender belt would be way too large (correct!) and the thong equally way too large (Incorrect!). I have to wear this thong at it's largest and even when i do, unfortunately it digs into my hips and gives me that trussed meat kind of look. Less than flattering. I wish so much that i could magic it larger so that it didn't fill me with self loathing every time i wore it. Everything else about this set makes me feel amazing and want to stalk around like the ice queen i am, but that skin bulge is rather excessive (and yes i am soft around the hips, i carry some mass there, but i have other elastic/strappy styles that don't highlight the issue quite as obviously).

As for the design/quality/construction: can you saw f.l.a.w.l.e.s.s. Because that's what it is. I am in love. The elastic is firm and sturdy but not abrasive. It doesn't rub or cause discomfort (even on the places where it massively digs in, ahem, my hips) and let's be real, it looks incredible. The entire aesthetic points to delicacy and in some ways it's easy to be fearful of putting your fingers through the lace or pulling too hard on the laces. But i actually find the whole set to be really rather sturdy, definitely not something that you could easily break.
Even with some of the obvious fit issues, i still look pretty amazing and i do not regret my purchase.
 At all. 
However, i might have felt differently if i'd paid full price. Unfortunately the standard sizing, vague fit recommendations and ultimately the fit issues all three pieces have will make me think twice about buying another Ludique set. Not because i don't love Lustful but because i work hard for my disposable income and i'm not sure if i can personally justify the price with the fit issues. There have been rumblings that Ludique will custom make pieces to your measurements (this has been done for a well known independent lingerie designer) but i can find no trace of this on their website (aside from the very lovely gesture of making the Lustful bra sturdier for larger busts that need more support) and so i cannot verify whether this is correct information and whether this custom service would come with an extra charge. 

I'm sorry this a completely mixed review, i am very much the kind of person who does not equate fit issues with a poor product. I am aware that certain parts of my body are either not recognised to be normal at all (i promise, puberty and i did make ourself acquainted) or just not within the modal range of sizes that sell the best. So i can be both blown away and slightly disappointed at the same time. I have been slightly extra thorough and maybe a little harsh in mentioning all the fit issues this time, purely because, at the time of writing this review, it will only be the second of its kind, and the first for the Lustful set. So i wanted to be as informative as possible. For now i'm happy to own one of my dream sets and i might be able to haphazardly alter at least the suspender belt to fit my waist, although i'll have to consult with my mother first on how reducing the diameter of the waist band will affect the whole shape of the garment...
I would advise that if you are looking to purchase a Lustful set for yourself then to consider the measurements and the fit issues i've raised today before you make your purchase. Ludique create such beautiful lingerie and maybe one day they will be able to expand their size range or offer a more upfront bespoke service to ensure a custom fit. But for now i really hope this helps some of you who are on the fence. 

EDIT: Ludique do indeed offer a free custom service on all of the pieces sold through their website if you want to ensure a perfect fit! So now there is no excuse to not buy yourself Lustful or all of their other lingerie...

27/01/2015

Brands for Small Busts: Bluebella

So over the festive season (which is decidedly unfestive for those of us who work in retail and have January exams) i managed to win a competition run by Bluebella. This was my entry and apparently me being a massive nerd actually worked in my favour for once. Sorry to everyone who isn't a massive nerd yo, it must suck to not be excited by theoretical AGN driven galaxy evolution. My prize was a lovely £100 voucher to spend on whatever i pleased in their online store. Weirdly though, i was given a very immediate deadline for my purchases, the email stated 7 days but when i actually placed the code through the website, i was told i only had 5 days to spend my voucher and it all had to be in one go. Since Bluebella are/were in the midst of their sale and some things were low in stock, i found this a bit inconvenient. I ended up panic buying a few pieces, with one being a size too large, because i didn't feel i could take the risk and wait to see if my size came back into stock. I'm not one to look a gift horse in the mouth but it seemed like a very strange way to conduct the winnings of a giveaway. But i digress, most of us don't shop on deadlines and winning giveaways (or any stroke of luck) is so rare for me that it's not a legitimate complaint.
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BLB-4I picked up the Vivienne Bra and Suspender in ivory and Basque in pink. Overall, i had to put a small amount of my own money towards this purchase but the £100 did cover most of it. There are various styles of Vivienne knicker but they were either a vile cut, sold out in the closest thing to my size (an 8 when i prefer to wear a 6, so naturally sizing up to a 10 would've been a bad idea) or not available in the colour-way i wanted. So i ended up going without in the hopes that i could pair something plain black/pink/ivory with these instead.

I picked up the Vivienne bra in a 30B, my usual size, although not my actual size (impossible to find 28C that isn't hideous) but i wouldn't say it runs true to size. The band measures 22" and stretches up to 29" and the cups fit large, although this could just be due to the nature of the high apex not being a style particularly flattering and suitable to small, shallow and wide-set busts. 
The basque i had to get in a 30C due to the time constraints and the 30Bs being completely sold out. It's exactly the same fit as the bra, measuring 22" and stretching to 29" and the cups were way too large for me. Luckily, i'm getting pretty adept at sewing darts into bras and so i was able to adjust this to a better fit. The actual basque has two columns of hook and eyes down the back and i would say fits a UK 6, possibly a UK 8 at a stretch. So not great for any girls out there who have small busts but are of a larger dress size further down their torso. Weirdly, the basque isn't quite long enough for my torso (and i would say i have a pretty average length torso, it just happens to look longer as my waist lies ridiculously high up). So those of you who do possess a long torso might want to pass on this one. Although i'm not an expert on basques (or anything for that matter).
The suspender belt i picked out in the smallest size, a 6-8, and the fit is pretty good actually. There's three rows of hooks at the fastening and so the size ranges from 22" to 30" when stretched fully. 

As all three pieces are from the same style, i can pretty much comment on the design and quality as a collective. All three are constructed from a relatively fine black mesh with large floral lace overlays . On both the basque and the bra, the lace covers the full cup however the mesh only covers the outer half. I find this a little strange as it means, due to the large seam down the middle, that the cups lack any structure. It's just billowing fabric, which is not flattering to the small bust as we need all the help we can when it comes to shape. Speaking personally, i'm more nipple than anything else so i either need a soft cup bra to be tight and flatten me out, or to have structure and provide shape. Otherwise i just look horrendously pointy and completely flattened on the outside of my breasts. The construction is fine, not exceptional but not bad either. There are a few loose threads and seams that haven't been finished properly but i'm pretty easy going with these sorts of things and they can either be carefully cut off or they lie on the inside of the garment so they don't show when worn. I do love the design, i wish the cups didn't increase in depth towards the outside as this is where i hold the least volume (this was left unaltered in the bra but remedied in the basque at the time of photographing this set) but this is definitely an issue with all things high apex not being compatible with my shape or size. 

Overall i'm pretty impressed with Bluebella and it's nice to see a new-ish brand offering 30 bands in some of the smaller cup sizes! I'm going to keep up with them as a brand and hopefully they continue to offer mature, exciting lingerie in sizes for those of us who are often left wanting.

14/12/2014

Brands and Shops for Small busts: Petite Brassiere and The Little Bra Company

LBC-1LBC-2Okay so today i come bearing a bit of a double whammy of a review. I was contacted by a new boutique that specialises in lingerie for ladies who fit in the small band, small cup category. We're sorely lacking in boutiques and brands that do cater to our size range so i am incredibly happy to see Petite Brassiere crop up. I'm really hoping that this little boutique thrives and expands. 
Anyway, PB asked if i'd like to try out one of the brands they carry; The Little Bra Company. I've been aware of these guys for a while but couldn't find any UK stockists that i was happy to buy from. PB currently have three styles from The Little Bra company available and i opted for the ridiculous Erin push up bra. I've yet to own a push-up bra that actually fits me so i was excited at the prospect of finally owning one. 
My package from Petite Brassiere arrived within a couple of days (although thanks to my useless postie, i had to wait a full week to actually get my hands on it) and was beautifully packaged. I'm a sucker for a giftbox. I despair when lingerie arrives without one. So this beautifully designed, simplistic, sturdy box was such a pleasant surprise.
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One little issue, and it's more an issue with myself than this bra, is that i've been increasingly aware that on a lot of my 30B bras, whilst they fit nicely, the cups seem to be too small for my torso and kind of sit somewhere in the middle. After deliberating over this for quite some time (and receiving no help from bra fit experts), i've deduced that it's probably because i'm a true 28C as opposed to a 30B. So it's a shame i didn't realise this fact before i requested the Erin bra in a 30B.
The bra has the most padding i've ever come across. It's actually a bit of struggle getting my nipples and attached jewellery to fit in and stay in the cups. However a small portion of this padding is removable and the bra still fits nicely without it. I do get a very nice lift in this bra, and for a while i certainly look like i'm occupying a space in the average sized bust club. But as with all padded bras, no matter how much i swoop and scoop when putting the bra on, eventually my breast tissue migrates underneath the padding and the effect is lost. However i will say that the gape that happens as a byproduct of this is not particularly bad with this bra, so i might be tempted to wear it with a low cut top (although i'd probably have to tit tape myself in just to make extra sure). The band on the bra measures 24" and stretches to about 31" so i'd say it's pretty close to being true to size, although i feel most comfortable wearing it on the tightest hook (yay for being ridiculous and dumb and not realising my actual size). The straps on this bra are removable, which i see absolutely no reason for. But this seems to be the only design flaw i've come across. 
As for the knickers. Where on earth do i start? I hate them, with a serious passion. They are hideously unflattering and i feel like some kind of gladiator in them. I requested them in an XS as i'm currently a UK 4/UK 6 and whilst they do fit, these knickers kill my confidence and they'd probably make anyone look 3 sizes bigger than they actually are. As well as that, one of my biggest pet peeves is when a bra is designed to have a base colour with a lace overlay but the matching knickers are just lace. It makes the set look mismatched, like you've just thrown two kind of similar items together. Luckily i have some similar knickers that i can wear with my Erin bra so i'm probably going to throw these in with my period pants because everything about them looks cheap enough to bleed on... 

Overall i'm super happy with the service i received from Petite Brassiere. All my fellow small band, small cup gals need to head over there and support them. They're only carrying a few items right now (including a few out of season Mimi Holliday bras that i know you all want) but hopefully with our support they can expand and we can finally have somewhere that caters to us and isn't american or kind of shady (not naming any names). As for The Little Bra company, i would REALLY like to try out some more of their bras, definitely in a 28C this time but i might give their knickers a miss. 

*These items were sent to me free of charge by Petite Brassiere for the purposes of this review but all opinions are my own.

02/12/2014

Tis the season: What i'd be getting for Xmas if i had someone rich and impressionable in my life...

Xmas-1_meitu_1As the title suggests, i'm not actually getting any lingerie for Christmas, instead i'm getting wholly practical and uninspiring presents that i don't actually want, but adulthood denotes that i kind of have to get. So anyway, i thought i'd throw together a little wish-list of all the things a Lamb in an alternate universe, with a fabulously generous clique, would be gifted. I will hopefully also be compiling a list of much more affordable pieces that a Lamb in this universe might get as stocking fillers or buy herself once she's stopped spending all her money on others (insert floods of tears emoji here)
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I want a lot from Hopeless Lingerie right now but these three items are top of my list. I am craving the Lucy Bralette so much it's almost painful and i know it would look so incredible layered over the Amanda Top and paired with the Andie Skirted Suspender.

Mimi Holliday are sneakily still producing a few bras in my size so this Cookies and Cream Bra is a complete necessity and the matching Thong and Suspender wouldn't go amiss either.

As far as Agent Provocateur goes, i NEED a great deal from their current ranges. The Demelza is next on my list as a must buy, but the Ambrose, Abbey, Love Demi, Gloria, Cassia and their respective knickers/suspenders are coming close second. Even in the January sales, i doubt i'll be able to afford to get my hands on some of these before they disappear forever.

This La Perla Freesia Bra actually comes in my size and the matching knickers kinda seal the deal, but how could i also resist the Pizzo Bodysuit?

As you can tell, i'm all about the delicate black lace this year. Kiki de Montparnasse will forever be outside of my budget but the Le Reve Soft cup bra and knickers would be such a worthwhile investment.  

I go backwards and forwards on how i feel about For Love and Lemons but their Cut to the Chase Bra is basically my dream sports bra.

This basque, suspender belt, bra, in fact anything from Selena Bond would be much appreciated. I'm currently in love with her designs and i'm absolutely certain they would look really perfect on the smallest of small busts and it's a bit of a shame they only come in sample sizes.

This handmade matching set of sheer crop top and high waisted knickers adorned with religious symbols are basically calling my name.

I'm all over this Bluebella Viviene Suspender Waspie although it's a shame the matching bra only starts at a 32B. Typical.

I've had this Betty Blue Lace Teddy on my Christmas list for a couple of years now. So far no one loves me enough to indulge this whim. But my life is seriously incomplete without it.

Of course when it comes to Sonata Bodysuits i'd just like one in every colour, especially the Opaline, Aria and Aida (why is everything white automatically labelled "bridal"? Come on now, brides have eyes, they're perfectly capable of choosing something to fit their colour scheme, you don't need to push your archaic values and materialistic traditions on the rest of us).

Again with the "bridal" but i digress, I've been after the Ludique Lustful Bra, Suspender belt and matching Knicker for a while, but the sizing has massively put me off. I just can't afford to invest and take the risk in something luxury that doesn't have a size chart for comparison right now.
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Sorry that everything i post seems to just be in list form recently. I'm hoping to eventually have some reviews to post but for now, i'm hoping this will suffice!


04/11/2014

Agent Provocateur Classics on a Budget: Fifi

APfifidupe-3_meitu_2APfifidupe-2_meitu_1Arguably the selling point of the AP Fifi is the ruffles. In particular, the tiered ruffles on the suspender belt are a thing of beauty. You'll have to excuse the knickers in these photos though, they are, in fact, from the AP Petronella set as i seem to have misplaced my Fifi knickers somewhere at my mother's house (hopefully i haven't left them in Paris!). But anyway, with these ruffles in mind, i've compiled a little list of lingerie that won't cost you as much but will still enrich your life with the ruffles you crave:

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This Tutu Belt from Creepyyeha is possibly the most adorable belt i've ever seen. Not a suspender belt but it has that three tiered ruffle going on and can be worn both under and over clothes. It will also only set you back £62.50.

This Double Layer Garter Skirt from Creepy Little Girl replaces tulle with layers of broderie anglaise. It comes in at £31.25.

This Lingerie Set from Arabel couples a tulle layered garter belt with tulle layered knickers giving a tiered effect. Handmade in the UK and costs £75 for the set.

This Espirit Bra is a stripped back version of it's Fifi counterpart. With a plain black base and a delicate lace overlay at the top of the cup. Everyday practicality for £23.

The Pintuck Underwired Bra from ASOS is almost an exact dupe for the shape of the fifi bra. Available in sizes suitable for small busts (yay!) and at a wonderful £16.

This Coquette Suspender Belt has all the ruffles you could want but is slightly maturer than all the overly delicate and feminine pieces posted above. Better yet, it's only £13.95.

Likewise this Scarlett Suspender Belt goes easy on the ruffles to tone down the femininity and ramps up the allure with sheer polkadot mesh. Available in both black and white for £20.02.

These Frilly knickers from Playful Promises are a classic and a fun way to incorporate ruffles into your lingerie collection without breaking the bank at £10. You'll also be supporting an indie UK brand too!
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As always, comments are very welcome. This week was a lot harder to find similar styles so let me know if it was worth the effort!

28/10/2014

Agent Provocateur Classics on a Budget: Annoushka

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Whilst i was in Paris i picked up one of my dream Agent Provocateur sets from their flagship store just off Rue St Honoré (I totally recommend popping in if you're in the area. The sales assistants are a total pleasure to be around, a big difference from the snotty UK staff). The Annoushka bra set me back £160 but it was way worth it.
Naturally i posted it onto my main social media (instagram) and it became a firm favourite with my fellow lingerie lovers. However i was reminded multiple times that Agent Provocateur isn't a viable option for many. It's an unusual person who can justify such a large spend on something as frivolous as lingerie and AP have such a limited size range that many (including me a lot of the time) are sized out. 
So i kind of got the idea to maybe do a series where i pick out some of my favourite AP classics and scout out/link to some slightly more affordable bras in similar styles. Starting with my newest acquisition (thats a lie, i've bought more AP since but shhhh), Annoushka:
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The Anastasiya Bralette by Julie K lingerie is similar in shape and also made out of sheer lace but has the added bonus of being handmade in the UK and looks a little more durable than the Annoushka. This retails for £32 and can be shipped internationally.

This ASOS Fishnet Croptop mimics the shape of the Annoushka but offers more coverage with a non sheer fabric and has some interesting strap details. This bra comes in some pretty small sizes so is definitely suitable for small busts (yay!) and retails at £18.

The Venus Cage Bra from Agashi by Christina O actually shares an identical silhouette to the Annoushka with the halterneck and the shoulder straps, but is significantly more daring and definitely not just to be worn under clothes. This bra comes in at £92.13 but is entirely handmade and a potential wardrobe staple (if you're anything like me!)

This handmade mesh halter comes with a matching fluffy bra (i die, i have such a thing for faux fur lingerie) looks perfect under or over bras and is just as sheer as the Annoushka.  It's made in the UK and retails at £20.

This Vintage Black Lace crop top with built in bra is a more wearable version of the Annoushka, definitely more outerwear than lingerie. It's available in a 34D but looks like it'd be easy to adjust to smaller sizes with a few cleverly placed darts and costs £19.06.

This Asymmetric Bandeau Bra from Topshop isn't a halter neck but has the exposed underwire that takes the Annoushka to the next level. It's delicate, sheer and retails for £20.

The Transit Bralette by POUTFITS has a halterneck design with an open back and sheer panelling. It bridges the gap between lingerie and outerwear, being suitable for both and costs £26.69.

This heart cutout bra top shares its shape with the Annoushka but is ultimately much more fun. Made out of velvet with a giant heart cutout in the centre and the option of ruffle trim, it's kind of a no brainer boudoir piece. I desperately want the black and white one pictured in the final photo. Starting at £22.87, this is fully customisable and made to order. 

The Vixen and Femme Fatale bra from For Love and Lemons are very similar to the Annoushka (which is no surprise since FLaL actually make a living from very closely copying designs) but come in at a much more affordable £63.84 and £51.45.

And finally, if you're lucky enough to live near a Victoria Secret, keep an eye out for the limited edition almost perfect dupe of the Annoushka, but with the addition of a plunging slit, as reviewed on Write Me Bad Checks.
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