I was planning to post this during May the Month of Lingerie but time just flew by. I thought it would be a while longer before my next TLQ post but I saw that Farmers were having another huge Thursday sale including 50% off clearance, so this has happened.
Anyway today I will be talking about the ‘Parisienne’ longline bra from Dita Von Teese’s lingerie range. This is the Black/Vintage Pink colourway and it is a very light blush pink.
I am usually between a 32D and a 30DD, and I bought this in a 32D. The band is a little too big and I had to wear it on the tightest hooks from the start. I would say the cup size is pretty accurate however the centre gore didn’t lie flat on me, so sometimes I get a bit of gapping from the bra pulling away.
The bra is 3.5” long measuring from under the underwire. This just skims my waist and I think I would prefer just an extra half an inch to secure it properly. I find this size fit’s my 27” waist quite comfortably on the tightest hook and I think it would be okay on someone with a slightly smaller waist as well.
Here is a close up of the strap detail ♥. Isn’t this just the cutest! A tiny velvet bow is sewn onto each of the straps, which are also velvet. The straps are actually velvet sewn onto knit fabric strips with lace edged elastic sandwiched between. They are very substantial which is nicer than just a flimsy elastic. I also find the positioning of them very good. I have a lot of trouble with straps falling off my shoulders even when tightened properly but I haven’t had that once so far with this bra.
Speaking of detail this bra has a tonne of them! The pale pink stain on this set has parallel black stitching detail all over it which I really love as it makes the fabric look less flat which happens often with satin. Also the faggoting(stitching in the open slit of the cup) detail on the cups is to die for. I didn’t realise but supposedly this detail is only featured on D+ cups and it is otherwise smooth. I looked at pictures and most of the bras on the models are missing this. I also love the different textures and patterns on this bra- there is the satin with stitching detail, a delicate floral lace overlayed on matching pink mesh, a spot mesh overlayed on the same pink mesh and a black mesh to finish off the back.
Also I can’t move on without mentioning *ahem* velvet covered underwire casing and boning channels. Swoon-worthy much?
It also has quite a low back which is always a plus as there is no risk of a bra flash with lower cut dresses.
Now it’s time for the (not so) Brief briefs overview:
I always wear my suspender belt under my underwear for ease, but here’s a side by side comparison of it first on top of the underwear, and then underneath. It looks a lot better over top of the briefs and since it has a hook and eye closure at the back I think I might just wear it over the top in the future. It was also designed with the suspender belt to be worn on top as all of the velvet stripes align that way.
The suspender belt is pretty good. My only complaint is that it is only a 4 strap, so my stockings don’t feel very secure, and as you can see in the pictures they droop pretty badly. I probably won’t use it unless I am wearing the whole set because of this. Also I would hate to see how twisted my seamed stockings would get. Other than that it is really nice. I bought this in a size 10 and wear it on the loosest or middle set of hooks, I have a 27” ish waist. I find it has some light shaping capabilities which is a nice extra.
And here’s a picture of the set without the suspender belt. Are you crying at those briefs yet? Because I sure am. It features the same paneling on the front as the rest of this set and it is very flattering as they are narrower at the waist and wider at the hips. This helps to create the illusion of more curves, which is always welcome! But the back, oh my god. The top half is black mesh which is shirred up the centre back and finished with a little velvet bow at the bottom. Then it has a panel of the spot mesh on the lower half which has to be the cutest ‘sneak peak’ ever! I bought these in a size 12 and I find they fit well around my 42” hips and aren’t too loose at the top. They are about an inch or two too short to reach my waist but I really like the height they come up to. I find a rise that comes to around my high hip is very flattering on my body.
This set is in the clearance section of Farmers at the moment so if you can find your size than lucky you! The bra is also available on Stylebop but with the matching Bikini brief and Girdle instead of High waisted brief and Suspender belt. Other places online will have this set but you may have to hunt around a little. Also I am wearing Columbine stockings in the shade ‘Misty’
Finally another installment of The Longline Bra Quest! I love this bra so much, it is comfortable, looks amazing and is very practical for what I want. I just feel like everyone need to own this bra, I feel amazing in it. I am by no means done though! Hopefully I will have a new longline bra to show off sometime in July.