Suzy Bamboo Babydoll by Hopeless Lingerie. Woke up in this little number today so thought it the perfect opportunity to write about it. Continuing my love affair with bamboo, I wanted a slip/nightie in this fabric that could hopefully double as an actual dress. I had a hard time deciding between this and the Hopeless ‘Babette’ slip but obviously decided on this one. The bamboo is indeed gorgeous, thick, soft and holds up wash after (cold) wash. I absolutely adore the adjustable harness detail which surprisingly offers a little support under the bust for me personally. I love the style, love the construction, it’s damn sexy in an edgy way without trying to hard and I am so down with that. Everyone from my husband to sister to mother-in-law has commented on how much they like this (well I did wear it on Christmas morning). My only regret is that I- going on the size chart and what size I *thought* I was- ordered a little small and I find that for me, I really want the outer straps of that triangle shape of the harness at front to be a little further outwards, this is probably due to my small dress/larger cup size though. Usually being an AU 8/US 4 I ordered an XS when I probably should’ve ordered an S. So if in doubt, or even if you are a small girl but with a slightly larger cup size, I would order up. I’d also hoped to be able to wear this as a dress but due to my height (178cm/5’10) it’s too short on me. Again, if you’re taller too, I’d suggest ordering up. Aside from my own personal size-ordering mistakes, I love, LOVE this piece and am dying for more Hopeless Lingerie in future, should budget allow. Spectacular quality, handmade pieces and innovative design all adding up to effortless cool. 8.5/10
GUEST POST: It’s so awesome that someone has submitted a review of a set I have also reviewed myself, it means we get to see it on a new & different body and hear a different perspective of someone’s experience with the product- I love it! More please! Esther Ng is a uni student in New Zealand who recently interned with Lonely Hearts, (mother label of Lonely Lingere) and received this beautiful set as thanks, so decided to share her opinions on it with us.
"Sabel soft cup bra in the brand new red colour from the collection ‘Seon’. What i love about Lonely is that each bra is profoundly flattering on every bra and body size. Being a quite a small busted girl I could never find bras that suited me, cupped and under-wired bras I was attracted to often demanded voluptuosity that just wasn’t there. Softcup bras were the perfect solution, and Lonely are one of the best in the business.Perfect for everyday wear (the double straps make for drama under plain wide neck tops) and looks great under silky, loose shift dresses in the evening. Most people are relieved to be able to take their bras off after a long day but I want to keep this on forever. Available at Nastygal, The Department Store and of course Lonely’s webstore. 10/10 "
Les Lunes Bamboo & Mesh Bra and All-Girl Boyshort. I found Les Lunes last year after discovering bamboo and searching underwear made from the deliciously soft and bouncy fabric. I was so delighted to find out this company was based in the same city as me and contacted them to tell them how much I loved the first few pieces of theirs I bought, which ended up with them asking me to model for them (cue me falling in love with the rest of the range). This is my favourite set out of the current and forthcoming season- a wire free, soft-cup bra made from thick high-quality bamboo and sheer mesh details, with a boy short made mostly from the bamboo with the mesh being used as a trim on the waistband. I normally hate boy shorts, but this sits a little higher and has a verging on retro-high-waisted appeal (I think my issue with boy shorts tends to lie more with the seat depth and less with the leg cut) so these have actually won me over. The bra is a sexy, modern cut and I cannot adequately explain how much support this gives for a soft-cup! YES i can actually wear it beyond at-home and out all day doing stuff. Yes, it gives lift, yes, it keeps your breasts in place- I am not sure if this is because of the shape or the strong but soft fabric or the combination of both but i truly adore it and it is now my no. 1 soft bra. I would- unlike most soft cup bras- recommend this to even fuller busted women than myself, especially as the cuts are also generous (I am a 32d/dd at the moment and I find a small fits me perfectly, as is this). FYI. I don’t normally- or even have to- rant on so about products I get paid to model separate from my blog. Believe me, I am more than happy about taking my money and running and I have no obligation to promote anything except products I love. I’m just fortunate that in some cases I do get to find amazing pieces and brands I truly believe in and this is one of those cases! For comfy, quality, cool-designed underwear? I wouldn’t change a thing about this set. 10/10. P.S. THIS ALSO COMES IN A BODYSUIT!
Berlei ‘Electrify’ contour sports bra and 'Nothing Naturals' brief. As much as we all love pretty lingerie, good underwear (particularly bras) are a necessary part of life if you fancy doing anything active. Finding cute AND functional sports bra’s can be hard. Even though I’ve been fortunate enough to be Berlei’s brand ambassador for the past 2 years, I have been wearing their sports bra’s for over a decade. I have tried a few others, but in all honesty did not like them and always went back to Berlei. This softly moulded-cup, underwire ‘Electrify’ bra has convertible straps (meaning I can put it under spaghetti straps, tanks and racer backs) and it is the best medium level support i’ve found, as well as providing a nice little bit of shape, as opposed to flattening like a lot of sports bras do. This is my favourite option for medium impact workouts (cycling, dance, etc) and if I am running I will go for a more extreme support option, which I will show in a later post. The perfect pairing for me- as shown here- are Berlei’s ‘Nothing Naturals’ range of briefs which are super lightweight and breathable, just what you want at the gym, in the face of sweating and the thick high-performance fabric’s a lot of workout clothes are made from. I also sleep in these briefs a lot as they really do feel almost like ‘nothing’. As far as a medium impact sports bra goes? 9/10. Just because i’d like more, or at least, solid colour options in this style.
Yay! It’s been a while since I’ve done a guest-post (or many posts at all actually, due to technical difficulties. And by technical difficulties I mean completely, annihilate-ingly smashing my computer screen). So I’m really glad to resume one of my favourite parts of The Daily Knicker which is guest-posts by you lovely people! And who better than this spunky little darling with great taste in knickers? I give you Miss Adelaide and some pretty Pleasure State…
B.Tempt’d by Wacoal Lace Kiss Bralette and Bikini. After a decade in a D-cup I’ve pretty much come to terms with the fact I will never be able to wear a bralette as an everyday bra, so I purchased this set with full intention of it serving as something to sleep in, sort of ‘lingerie-pajamas’ (lingeramas?). I LOVE a bikini-cut panty and the shape of this is awesome, leg-lengthening and comfortable whilst being pretty damn sexy-looking, in my opinion. The bralette is cute and also pretty comfortable but yes, clearly designed for a smaller bust. No lift, the minimal support is due only to a light compression effect, not any shaping or cut to the cup. The under-bust/ribcage part also tends to ride up a bit with wear. By all means, this would be pretty and functional for a petite size. If you’re larger busted and don’t mind the lack of support and shape and are just looking for something to sleep or lounge around in, I’d also recommend it. Love the ‘poppy’ range of colours this comes in and for being so cheap the lace is lovely and soft. All up, a personal 7/10, mostly just for being a great PJ alternative and good quality for cost.
Fifi Chachnil bra, brief and suspender belt. Love the sweet colorway and 60’s-ish sheer nylon fabric of this set. It screams innocence and old-school boudoir at the same time. The pale peach/baby blue combo is what sold me and it’s trimmed with gorgeous little silk bows and a fine lace ruffle on the suspender belt. Fifi bra’s, personally, always fit like a dream and last ages with proper care. For sheer fabric, the bra gives incredible lift and shape with padding/moulding, just a great cut. Fifi briefs are always my favourite though these seem to sit a little lower for some reason than their others, particularly my favourite ‘Minette’ style, but they are no less comfortable. Suspender fits perfectly, especially if clipped to stay-ups, but I do find with a regular stocking they pull down a little if I try to wear them out & about- probably due to the lack of support in such a delicate fabric, but like I said, easily remedied with a light stay-up alternative such as these baby blue lace-tops. So incredibly beautiful this set- I always feel like a backlit, early 60’s playboy bunny or a sun-soaked high-school bedroom dream. Now where’s my fuzzy peach teddy bear? 9.5/10
Noe Undergarments' 'Zachary X-back bra and Thong. I love the silky, metallic bronze fabric that set is made from. The thong is a perfect classic cut and because of said fabric is comfortable and lies flat and seamless beneath clothes. Pretty much would a good thong should be! It’s also one of very few that doesn’t move and/or *ahem* ‘Ride up’ and for that i love it. The bra is a comfortable alternative for a show piece with gathered sheer tulle detail around the top. It doesn’t provide a huge amount of support being a soft cup but it is a divine, fashionable option for comfortable underwear that I never want to cover it up, having gone so far as wearing it as a top with a very high waisted skirt before! Gorgeous, well made, innovative style, I personally consider ‘loungerie’ for low-key albeit luxury-soaked evenings in. 8/10
Feu De Venus ‘Ophelie’ Bra and Thong. There is, really, only so much one can do with lingerie when it comes to designing- though we do of course see creativity abound in this industry- because at the end of the day, the most successful lingerie, no matter how beautiful, also needs to be functional. So I love it when someone comes up with a cool new design or style (especially love me strappy details and cut-outs my husband observed the other day) that is also totally wearable. The cut of the ‘Ophelie’ bra is awesome- I’ve never seen anything quite like. I initially had doubts about it’s functionality because of the unusual shape of the cup and wondered how the gravity/support battle would go. Well, ‘Ophelie’ won! And I was delighted to find it is as functional and supportive as it is sexy! The cut-out thong is also wearable and comfortable but most importantly of all the ‘Ophelie’ pieces are QUALITY, something often rare for new, upcoming brands. The fabric is incredible- luxurious, thick silk- and I can see these lasting for many years. Can’t wait to see what Feu De Venus comes out with next. 9/10
Agent Provocateur bra, brief and suspender. Every now and then, a set comes along that is perfect. This is one of those. Purchased in 2006 I have worn this to death and refuse to give it up. It is still in great condition, despite many washes and wears. Constructed from leopard-print chiffon and black lace. The underwire bra has removable padding for either natural or lifted cleavage, the briefs are comfortable, flawlessly cut and go under pretty much anything. The suspender is also the perfect shape and can be worn under most of my wardrobe but still has ultimate raunch-value on it’s own, it’s both functional and dangerously hot. Is there anything more classically seductive than a chic leopard/black lace combo? So often done tackily by other brands, AP nailed luxury-sex with this set. If I could buy over, I would times ten. Please re-make AP! A perfect 10/10.
Eres Le Tulle Bra and Le Tulle Brief. I don’t know what to say about this except it is perfection. French luxury perfection. But what would you expect from Chanel’s lingerie brand? Perfect construction, quality thick black sheer mesh- thicker than most, but thinner than powermesh. Comfortable, quality, sexy, smooth between clothes, the cut is just so flattering, it’s beyond. The only thing? Of course it’s very expensive for a simple bra and brief, but that is quality. I wish I could afford every ‘Le Tulle’ color and style variation. It’s a classic and investment worth it. 9.5/10
'Oliver' High-waisted brief and bra by Noe Undergarments. You have to love it when you find something that is exactly what you need, at exactly the right time- this has been on HIGH rotation lately, sleeping, at home, out & about, you name it. I can still only count on one hand the lingerie brands that fulfil my requirements of a wire-free, soft set, being a) a D-cup, and b) pretty active. Most flimsy soft-cup bras, especially the bikini or bandeau cuts, just don’t cut it, but this does. This is the first bandeau style bra i’ve found that not only looks great, but comfortably offers support. I think this has to do with the fabric (a smooth, soft yet durable spandex/mesh combo) and decent coverage (4 hooks at the back!). The high-waisted brief is also ridiculously comfortable and offers a little support/subtle ‘suck-in’. It’s smooth, it’s comfortable, the nude spandex is functional while the sheer mesh inserts and brass hardware details offer just enough sex appeal. The cool, minimalist/modern aesthetic (as opposed to my more frilly and overtly femme ensem’s) was also a household hit with the husband declaring his love for it and saying “You should get more stuff like that!” I totally agree! 8/10
Sheer black mesh and red floral embroidered bra and brief by Bendon. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to post such an ‘old faithful’ set as this. Picked up over 10- yes, TEN- years ago at the Bendon outlet in Perth this is one of my favourite bra’s and briefs. The black mesh is sheer, the embroidered floral detail is various shades of red and white, the fit is just perfect for me personally. The bra offers great support and shape in spite of the thin transparent fabric, the straps are thin enough, but still pretty to go under almost anything. Same goes for the briefs- the fabric in this bikini cut nips in the waist ‘just so’, doesn’t ride up at the back and appears smooth beneath clothes. Just so comfortable, so flattering, so simple- but sexy, great underneath 95% of my wardrobe. I will cry the day I can longer get wear out of these- but over 10 years of being chucked in the wash (albeit in lingerie bag) they are still going strong. 9/10.