I am so excited today to be bringing you my review of the Nisa Luxe range! I have been waiting with baited breath ever since they announced they were going to be doing a longline bra!
Nisa are an ethical lingerie brand based in Wellington, New Zealand (represent!!). They have a big focus on sustainability and also employe women from refugee backgrounds. I really recommend a read of their blog which tells you more about the brand and stories of each of their employees I’ve posted about their original Pop-Up Shop here and I’ve been meaning to review them on my blog for ages! I own a few of their sets and after a failed photoshoot last year never got around to doing photos.
The Luxe range is the latest collection by Nisa featuring the Olivia longline Bralette and two options for briefs – the Jasmine High Cheeky Brief and the Elizabeth Low Cheeky Brief. The pieces are made of organic cotton and polkadot mesh – and it comes in three colours! You won’t be at all surprised to hear I went for the Black but it is also available in Navy and Pink.
I ordered my package on Spetember 2nd, it was posted on the 4th and arrived to me all the way in the UK on the 15th! I was so shocked when it arrived as things usually take about a month to get here from NZ at the moment. The packaging was nice and minimal – just wrapped in tissue with a postcard in a card package.
Opening up my package and seeing this was honestly one of the most heartwarming things. “Who made my clothes?” well… Averil and Pam! This is such a personal touch and is just another reason I adore Nisa!
Nisa really delivered on the comfort and style points with this set. I can wear this set any day, it’s incredibly lush to wear and there’s nothing about it that niggles me during the day unlike most of my lingerie. The longline makes me feel a lot more confident to as I can be sure I won’t have any bra band ‘squish’ visible under clothes.
The bra and brief both come in sizes XS-XL which corresponds roughly to NZ sizes 8-16. I’m usually not a fan of even relaxed style bras with cup construction. The size chart doesn’t give any inidication of an equivalent bra size which I’ll give my thoughts on down in the bra portion of my review. Luckily as I knew the brand and had 2 other bralettes from them I could make a rough guess on my size. But they do provide bust and underbust measurements for the bra and wait and hip measurements for the brief which I really appreciate as I can’t stand when brands only give hip measurements for highwaisted knickers!
So, the Olivia Bralette. I love this piece, I find myself wearing it multiple times a week at the moment as it’s comfy but doesn’t make me feel lazy. I believe both of my other Nisa bralettes are an M but I went with an S for this. I’m a 30F(8F NZ) but often sister to a 32E(10E NZ) for ease. It fits me pretty well on the tightest hook for the back but the cup size is just flexible enough that I’m not at risk of spilling out. If I were to purchase another colourway I’d probably just buy an M and then take in the back, so I’d recommend that to anyone with a larger cup size.
I think this size S bra would be ideal for a 32 B-D but it would be work for 30 C-DD and a more snug 34 A-C.
Don’t get me wrong though, this bra has a huge amout of fit flexibility so not having a bra size conversion isn’t a dealbreaker. I’m usually a size 10NZ on my top half so the S does correspond well. The thick band elastic is so good on this! It doesn’t roll up or dig in too much, it just does the best job!
The brief is perfection! I keep washing this so I can wear it more than once a week! I bought an L which is the perfect size for my and I’m around a 29”(74cm) waist and 43” (109cm) hip. The waist is comfortably snug and the leg elastic does not dig in at all. Next time I make a Nisa purchase I might get myself a back up pair as I am absolutely in love with them!
Both the bra and brief mix and match really well to any other basic black lingerie. I’m always swapping them out and wearing unmatched sets with the pieces. Also as the name Luxe suggests this set is perfect to dress up with some stockings as a foundation set. As I mentioned in the bra portion of the review the long length means there’s no lumpyness so it’s perfect under tightly fitted clothing.
The Olivia Bralette retails for $119 NZD and the Jasmine Brief for $49 NZD so together $168 NZD or for me £86. This is by no means a cheap set but for what you get it’s extremely worth the value. You are supporting a small business who provide an amazing workplace for refugee woman and who focus on the sustainability and environmental impact.
Not to mention this is the BEST lingerie set. In the month I’ve owned it I’d say I’ve worn it about 6-7 times as a set and the bra at least an extra 5. I’ve had my other Nisa sets for a year and two years respectively and they are both in really good condition and I’ve absolutely thrashed them!
What do you think of this set? I know that it’s quite pricey for some people but it’s from such an incredible company and it’s so wearable. I honestly couldn’t be more happy with it and can’t wait to wear it in years to come! I’ve actually just finished washing it so it’ll be on tomorrow 😉
Thanks for reading!