Agent Provocateur Bra, Thong and Waspie. Ladies and Gentlemen, here we have a little piece of personal history. This AP set was my first luxury lingerie purchase at age 18. Sure, I had been buying pretty lingerie all through high school, but these were the first pieces I dropped some serious cash on after seeing it in mint on Dita Von Teese and finding out it came in pink. But clearly once you pop (the luxury bubble) you can’t stop and this set off my ridiculous, expensive addiction. It was worth every penny though! Ten years I’ve had this and only now is the baby pink silk and black lace bra and thong beginning to lose it’s stretch. It has lasted hundreds of wears and been around the world with me multiple times as a constant lingerie staple. I usually hate thongs, but this one fits perfectly, is flattering, comfortable and easy to dress (i.e., functional under a wide variety of clothes/outerwear). The bra fits perfectly and has light removable padding, which I take in and out depending on fluctuation in cup size or whether I want more or less cleavage. The waspie… oh the waspie is heaven. Moderate boning, comfortable, holds stockings perfectly in place and provides just enough control to create a noticeably smaller waist without being unnatural. The only problem I have with this- as I do nearly all AP- is how quickly the ribbons in the garter clips fall out and are lost. Whats with that guys? It would be AMAZING if Agent Provocateur added this to their classics collection and re-released it because I would buy it again in a heartbeat. If you ever find this in your size anywhere online, snap it up- you won’t regret it. 9.5/10
Les Lunes 'Jessica' bra and ‘Alix’ brief. Ah yes, my eternal search for soft, triangle bras that function. In this particular shape i’ve never had much luck. They tend to either be unsupportive or flattening. This triangle bra by Les Lunes is the best I’ve come by so far. I think this is possibly due to the gathering under each breast (so it doesn’t flatten) and the strong but comfortable bamboo fabric (supportive and holds shape well, as well as having good ‘bounce back’ after washing) which I am happy to endlessly profess my love for- I love this material and find it far superior to cotton. If you are a bigger bust girl looking for a soft-cup triangle I highly recommend this- I’m a 32d and am wearing a small (so if you are very small-busted or tiny in general then even the XS may be too large for you). I love the delicate thin straps so also often wear this as a bikini top! The brief is a simple bikini-cut, but with some gorgeous little details like a subtle gathering/ruching on the butt and the waist is a fold over detail made from mesh, accentuated with a tiny black bow on one side. I like the V- shape that gives the waistline because it echoes the triangle shape of the bra and well, I love me some good lines. I travel a lot in these- being comfortable enough for long haul flights and sleeping- and LOVE that I can throw both bra and brief in the wash too and they stay in great shape. 8/10
H&M strapless bikini. Okay, so this is technically a bikini. But I’d love to review this as underwear for one simple reason. This strapless bikini top performs better than 95% of the strapless bras I’ve tried in my life and therefore I actually wear this set a lot AS underwear (and when it’s summer and/or any situation that requires a swimsuit it is wonderfully convenient). It has underwire and lightly moulded, but not padded, cups and a very sturdy plastic clasp at the back. It is one of only maybe 3 strapless bras I’ve ever found that supports, flatters, is comfortable and does not move. The simple bikini brief-cut bottom sits not too high, nor not too low and as it has no tie-sides or such adornments it is very smooth under clothing. Again, totally comfortable. Both are made of a durable lycra, with a marbled lilac, pale yellow and cream pattern, quite unique actually. I’d say this is my favourite and most versatile swimsuit and one of my top sets of ‘underwear’ to go under strapless, clingy or body-con outfits, elevating it from mere swim status to high-rotation place in my lingerie drawer, though of course it’s not as smooth and flat as say, seamless micro fibre, but it is far better looking. As if that wasn’t enough, what I paid for it? $5 in an H&M end of summer sale. As underwear? An 8/10. As a bikini? 10/10.
H&M swim is available here and clearly they do great strapless bikini tops for those of us with a bust who never thought them possible…
Lonely Lingerie’s ‘Lux’ Underwire Bra and Brief. I was super excited when I found out Lonely was now doing underwire bras. They’ve been my favourite ‘pretty soft-cup bras and briefs’ for the past couple of years with their innovative designs and always on point colours and fabrics. Best of all, they fit great and are comfortable. So I was excited to see if they could nail the same level of fit/comfort with an underwire. The answer? Yes, they have. I adore this bra, made from a thick, pink (subtle) animal-print mesh, with signature Lonely strap details and metal O-ring hardware. This is such a wonderful, sexy and fun alternative to an everyday underwire bra, with all the comforts of one. Along with support and versatility of wear beneath clothes. I always love a bikini cut brief (90’s child, I guess), and this is such a great, simple one with matching bra-strap like straps on the hips, joining the front piece to the back. Again with O-ring details. It basically is super comfortable, whilst still being gorgeous and perfectly matching the bra. I wish so desperately Lonely would start doing suspenders, then the whole thing would be perfect! But that’s my only personal and frivolous, borderline OCD qualm. This also comes in black! 9/10.
Agent Provocateur ‘Jet’ Bra & Ouvert. Talk about a bad gal set! This bra and ouvert (open crotch knickers) are constructed from a sheer black mesh, with cut-outs and adjustable PVC strap detailing. This style definitely got a lot of attention when it was launched and i’m sure was on a lot of people’s wish lists. I did notice on various social media feedback where the people who had bought ‘Jet’ were not happy with the fit. Personally, I did not have any of these problems. Not sure if it’s because i coincidentally took a gamble and ordered up a cup size and down a band size, or if it’s a chest/torso shape issue, because I find both the bra and overt to be extremely flattering. Obviously, being made out of PVC straps with adjustable metal hardware this is not the most comfortable ensemble on the planet but damn, it blows people’s minds when they see it. I love and think it’s going to be a collector’s set for fans of AP. 7.5/10.
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. 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…