Value Heaven – Ebay Longline Bra

Hi everyone,

I know longline bras are one of the pinup staples but it can be difficult to make an investment in something you aren’t sure will fit or flatter you. So I tried a cheap longline bra I bought from Ebay to see if it’s worth it! I puchased it from the store Value Heaven and I obviously bought black, but it is also available in white.

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This bra size range is from 34-46 back size and B-DD cup sizes. At the moment I am a 32E so I purchased the 34DD and decided to make a small alteration to take it in. The waist measurement on the 34DD unstretched was 27” and it stretched out to 36” which is a huge amount of stretch and meant it didn’t have a lot of shaping on me. I think on a 34 band size it would be a much better fit and wouldn’t need taking in.

The before is above and the after is below. As you can see I took a large amount of fabric out of the wing. I did this through the same method as my Taking in a Bra Tutorial. The finished measurements were 22” unstretched and 29” fully stretched, this fits my 28” waist very snugly now.

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One issue I had with quality was that one of the hooks from the second row was missing when I received it, as you can see above. Of course being a cheaper option it was going to have some quality compromises. The back strap elastic sewn to the back of the wing isn’t finished and is just a raw edge, but as this doesn’t fray it isn’t an issue. The sewing is relatively even and there aren’t any other glaring issues.

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This is a lot more of a softer shape compared to more structured reproduction bra makers such as What Katie Did or Secrets In Lace. The fabric is stretchier and the foam in the cups is a lot less rigid. I like this for a more subtle and natural look and feel. I also love that it has no wires! I find due to the longline and fitted nature there is no issue with it gaping on me and my breasts still feel very secure.

The cups have a rather wide set shape, so your bust may not have a huge amount of forward projection. The breast tissue is still fully contained, it is spread more to the side of the cups and bra. For people with wider set breasts this will probably work amazingly for you.

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The lace is different to the Ebay model, which is something that isn’t too unusual in the lingerie industry. Due to availability and cost materials can change between the model and actual versions. I actually like this lace a lot more than the one modelled. The elastics, findings and main body fabric are still the same.

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The low back is extremely versatile as you can wear it with deeper cut garments and you will still have a sleek silhouette. I also love bras with low backs as they look so beautiful.

I do want to address any thoughts as to this bra seeming familiar. I believe this is the same cut and made in the same factory as the old House of Satin styles. As you can see in this review by Quirky and Curvy it is almost identical to the bra I am wearing. House of Satin have since reworked their line and produce more polished and styled garments. I like that very afforable still exists AND it’s made in the UK!

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I bought the bra here from Value Heaven and it cost me around $30NZD including shipping. No you aren’t getting incredible quality or a structured garment but for only $30 this is a good way to take a dip into the world of retro lingerie without spending a huge amount of money. I would recommend this bra for people just getting into this style of lingerie and on a strict budget. For seasoned veterans it isn’t worth it, I will continue to wear it as it is the only longline bra that currently fits me.

Brands I really recommend for vintage lingerie and longline bras are: What Katie Did, Triumph, Secrets in Lace and Dita Von Teese. Search “Longline” in my search bar to find other reviews of longline bras I have covered in my series ‘The Great Longline Bra Quest’.

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Triumph Endless Comfort Wire-Free Bra Review

Hi all,

Welcome to another vintage style bra review. Today I am reviewing the Endless Comfort Wire-Free bra by Triumph. I have previously reviewed and adored their Poesie bra so I definitely had high hopes for this.

I bought this bra as I was desperately searching for a wire-free bra is my local stores -read: Farmers and Bendon. I have recently gone up a cup size and grown to despise wired bras so I just really wanted a new bra that fit my criteria.

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I was drawn to this bra particularly because it was black, most wire-free bras in NZ are either white, beige or made of flimsy lace and aren’t made in over a C cup. Also with a name like Endless Comfort I couldn’t not try it!

I really love the subtle brocade of this fabric, I’m never one for a plain plain bra and this accompanied with the shiny semi-sheer neckline really add some interest. The inside of the cups is lined with a soft knit fabric which feels lovely and soft when worn.

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A close up on the detail of the bra. The tiny bow is so sweet and such a cute little addition. The seams are all beautifully neat and sewn to lay flat against the skin, they are not scratchy or itchy. In fact neither is the elastic, all types used have luxuriously soft plush backs.

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At first I was a little hesitant to buy it due to it’s thick straps. I always shy away from the ‘comfort shoulder’ style bras as it isn’t something that I require in a bra and I don’t want it to feel too bulky of ruin the lines. These straps are slightly wider over the shoulder but don’t have any padding which I like, they feel very comfortable and never dig in whatsoever!

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This bra has a slightly pointed look which I love for everyday wear. It’s not as sharp as the What Katie Did Padded Bullet Bra, nor as round as the Lovable Lacey and Seamless Soft Cup. I believe I’ve mentioned before that I am not a fan of the spherical breast look and it’s nice to have something easily available that doesn’t fit that mould.

Edit: The size range for this bra is 12D-24DD with many of the band sizes going up to an F cup

I bought the size 12DD as they don’t go down to a 10 band size, I would normally be a 10E. I find the band to not be too loose and the thickness of the stretch really helps that. I find the cup size to be a great fit on me, I tried the 12D and it was just a bit too tight in the cups. I definitely think these cups would suit a large variety of breast shapes as the cups do have a bit of stretch to them. The cups are also full coverage, so the neckline is a little high but I don’t wear a lot of larger necklines anyway.

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The fabric used for the wings is extremely comfortable and it has a nice thick stretch to it. Having three hooks and eyes is also sooo much more comfortable and supportive, and these have a lovely plush back. The care and composition details are actually on a removable tag, so they can be easily removed. The only tag on the inside is a small woven ‘Triumph’ label which I have not found scratchy, or actually noticed at all!

The Triumph website claims that this bra “will have you wanting to wear it everyday” and over the weekend I was moving (a very long and intense three days) it was actually the only bra I reached for.

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I bought this bra for the regular price of $69.99 which is a pretty average bra price I would say. This has definitely been worth it for me. I wear this bra more than any of my other’s currently as it is just so darn comfortable (endlessly one might say) and has such a shape that I love.

I have to admit this is another bra which I have accidentally gone to bed wearing so if that doesn’t sell you I don’t know what will. If you are looking for another vintage style bra to try or even just want to try wire-free a spin I definitely recommend this.

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Liz Suspender Knickers – What Katie Did Lingerie Review Pt. 2

Hi everyone and welcome back to part 2 of my What Kate Did review! If you missed out on Pt.1  you can catch up here.

Today I will be talking about the Liz Suspender Knickers, a piece from their Liz collection which focuses on soft-cup bras and comfortable pieces. I had thought about purchasing this set for a long time before now. Generally at least one colourway pops up in their larger sales and I’m always tempted. I did purchase the bra but returned it for fit issues.

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I have heard a lot about these knickers, predominantly – these are extremely comfortable and it’s so convenient having an all-in-one suspender brief. At first I wasn’t so sure as there are only 4 suspender clips and I am a 6+ kind of gal. I have worn these with stockings a few times, including the day I took these photos. I find they work well at keeping stockings up (essential) but when I wear seams I do have some twisting. The problem is when I sit the suspender straps slip to the sides of my legs so it pulls the stockings along with them. I will definitely continue to wear them, but will try to only wear my non-seamed ones when I am. The Liz collection also comes with a 6-strap suspender belt.

I find these underwear to be EXTREMELY comfortable. They are the kind of underwear you want to wear when you’re having a crap day and need to feel good, and also the kind of underwear you want to wear when you are feeling great and want to kill it. The first day I wore them I couldn’t believe how little I felt them and how comfy they were. After a few wears I have noticed if I wear them overnight they can become a little tight around the legs, but I discuss this later with the fit.

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One thing I do like is that they are actually made from one pattern piece so there is just a single seam at the back. This would make them ideal for snug dresses as they also have a bit of shaping power due to the fabric and stretch. The fabric also gives you a lovely smoothed shape, having larger hips I love how it flatters them and makes them look soft and round. I do like that they used scalloped elastic as it gives them a little more detail. Speaking of elastic, the full coverage and wider elastic means it does shape your bum a bit. If you have been slacking with exercise and yoga (like some of us) then it is a welcome feature.

The suspender straps are great quality with metal clips, hooks and sliders. I had no issues at all with grip and my stockings have felt secure every day I’ve worn them. I really like the toothed sliders as they offer better grip and have a lovely vintage feel. They are great when worn without the suspender straps as well, and I love that versatility. I love to wear them with a t-shirt and stretchy pants (I sometimes need to for my study, shock horror I know) as it helps to define my waist and gives me a little boost of confidence.

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I ordered the size 14 as I wanted them to fit my waist and they were made to be stretchy. The size 14 is made to fit a 29” waist and 39” hip. At the moment I am about a 29” waist and 43” hip and I still found them very comfortable. The one issue I do have is that if I wear them overnight the inner of the leg holes do feel a little tight and uncomfortable when I wake up. It isn’t a huge bother, I think the size 16 with a 41” hip would feel better but I didn’t want to sacrifice the waist fit. If I felt so inclined I could buy the larger size and take in the waist. I think I could gain or lose a little weight and I think they would still fit perfectly. The fabric is slightly thicker but has a nice taut stretch, so it has mild shaping properties but also feels wonderful.

Another thing I love about the pattern is the way the leg holes are cut a little high at the front. I have already mentioned the ‘perks’ of the way the back is cut but the higher front flatters the leg and elongates it at the perfect spot. This is ideal for the shorter ladies, and anyone really as it is so flattering. They also hit at the true waist which is something that is actually very difficult to find these days. Especially having larger hips means the rise isn’t usually long enough so I either end up with a wedgie or a mid-hip fit.

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I am a HUGE fan of these knickers and would love to swtich my entire collection of briefs into them. I wish they would release the suspender knickers in all their Liz colourways – I for one would be all over that. They fit and feel great while also being ethically made, how much better can you get!

They cost £29.50 or about $53 here. Although this may seem a little pricey for briefs it is entirely worth the cost. They are simple, elegant and comfortable as having the convenience of a high-waisted knicker and a suspender belt! Also I can guarantee these will be a favourite, I wash mine at least once a week so I can keep them in quick rotation! If you haven’t ordered from them before I believe you can get a 10% off coupon from signing onto their emails. They are one of the few brands who I enjoy getting emails from as their lingerie is to die for and they have some great informative blog posts too.

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Triumph Poesie Lingerie Review

Hi all,

Time for another lingerie review! I was in Farmers the other day trying to find some new lingerie (I haven’t purchased any for several months). I was mainly looking in the clearance section to see if there was any Dita Von Teese I might have missed. I suddenly thought ‘I should try something new and different’. So I scuttled my way to the other end of the lingerie department to the Triumph section, full of beige and white (not my thing) Granny style underwear (very much my thing).

After a little while of browsing I settled on buying the Triumph Poesie Support Bra in Beige and the matching Triumph Cotton and Lace Full Brief in Beige. I was drawn to these as I could see the bra had a pointed cup shape, rather than the modern rounded shape, and do I really need to explain the high-waisted briefs?

*If you see some lines from my clothing it’s because I took these pictures after a full work day.

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This bra starts at a 12B and goes up to a 24DD. There are no A cups and only go up to a maximum of DD in back sizes. I am usually a 10D sand I ended up purchasing it in a size 14B and taking in the wings as there was no 12C available at the time.

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I find the cups fit really well for me. They are made with a non stretch lace with a sheer non-stretch lining so they do not lose or change shape. At the bottom of each cup there is also a soft – almost felt piece which helps to lift and support each breast. The cups are also separate and have a non-stretch frame that they sit in.

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If it looks at all scratchy – it isn’t. I’m actually finding this bra my most comfortable at the moment, as I’m really noticing the wires in my regulars. This bra is seriously comfortable, I’ve had no digging in of anything and the lack of wires means I can sit in odd positions and still be comfy.

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I actually took the sides in really lazily, I just did a row of black stitching and left the excess fabric in. At some point I may re-do it properly by moving the elastics round so there’s no break. You can also see the gorgeous cup shape in these pictures!

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As you can see taking in the sides has meant the straps are very close to the underarms. I don’t notice it too badly, but if you need to have a bra taken in it’s best to be only 1 sister size away. The straps are also attached closer to the center on the front than regular bras which stops them slipping off my shoulders.

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I think this bra is nice and looks really sweet. It has a very true vintage look which I adore! The colour is described as ‘beige’ but I think it’s actually better described as a very pale peach. It has quite pink undertones and isn’t as harsh as I find a lot of beige to be.

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Also I am obsessed with the cup shape. This is my IDEAL shape. I find the rounded shape to be really boring and this makes my vintage clothes fit better. It’s also not super pointed, I think it’s very natural and subtle under regular clothing.

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The briefs look really long in person, but when I tried them on I found they actually did not reach my natural waist! It was a total surprise! I’m still happy with them though, the non lace parts are 100% cotton which makes them suuuper comfy. Also it’s summer at the moment here and I’ve found them great for combating the heat.

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Here’s a silly picture of my showing off the points!

The bra costs $54.95 and the brief $15.95, so I think this is a great way to try out vintage style lingerie for a cheaper price. I wish this was available in black but unfortunately only few of Triumph’s styles come in it. I find this bra to be super comfortable and the briefs are too. Ideally you would buy your regular size but as they don’t do larger cups or smaller backs you may have to go for a sister size.

Hope you enjoyed this post! I know I enjoy the lingerie!

Current Lingerie Lusts

On Sunday morning I woke up and stared at my bra rack deciding which one I wanted to wear. Then it hit me that I really didn’t want to wear any of them! My What Katie Did cathedral bras were drying from a wash and I was partway through repairing the lace on my Parisienne Longline bra.

I am a huge lingerie lover and I didn’t know what to think when suddenly I didn’t like any of the gorgeousness surrounding me. The bras I have in my current size have all been bought in the last 2 years, and although that doesn’t seem like a long time my daily style is different to how I dressed then. 2 years ago I was also only 17 and still in high-school so it’s no wonder! I used to swing between goth and vintage styles daily but these days I am dressed vintage styled 99% of the time (but that doesn’t stop most of my wardrobe still being black). Now that I dress differently I am more interested in bullet bras and nylons than push up bras and pantyhose.

So today I am sharing with you my current lingerie lusts, the things I desire to be on my body under my clothes right this second. They are mostly vintage inspired pieces but some are just stunning things I cannot resist.

If you are a size 32D/10D then follow me on social media, as I think I’m going to be having a little bra clearout to declutter and make way for new pieces.

‘Glorified Girl’ Longline Bra by Dita Von Teese from Barenecessities

I have previously talked about my love for the ‘Glorified Girl’ range by Dita Von Teese in a previous blog post. I so far have the Strapless Plunge Bra, the Suspender Belt and the Bikini Brief. I would like to collect the Full Brief and Longline Bra so I can have a set with more coverage, and also Longline bras are the best. I hate all my old low rise underwear and I just feel that all briefs should be high rise!

‘Madame X’ Underwired Bra and High-Rise Brief by Dita Von Teese from Nordstrom

I’ve had the Madame X black Underwired Bra (now too small for me) and Bikini Briefs as well as the white Non-Wired Bra and High Rise Briefs. My white set is by far my favorite and Madame X is definitely not a style to be overlooked. I bought my bra in a 32C but because of the soft cups the sizing is flexible, and because the briefs are adjustable at the waist it means you can still have a good fit if you are a curvy lady. I really need to get the pieces in all colourways – so far there have been 6 so I have a lot of catching up to do! It’s nice to have a comfy set of lingerie which is also edgy and makes you look amazing.

Gwendoline Merry Widow and Panty Girdle by What Katie Did

Next up is this breathtaking set by What Katie Did. The Merry Widow is actually a vintage reproduction from an original garment but updated to use modern materials. I really like all of the Gwendoline pieces and would probably purchase the Bra, Merry Widow and Panty Girdle to mix and match. I would also buy extra detachable suspender straps so that I could add more loops to the pieces and have more suspension.

Kate Longline Cone Bra by What Katie Did

I’m really into longline bras at the moment as they are so comfortable and mean you don’t get any lumps which tend to happen if you wear stretchy tops and are a little squishy. This Kate Longline Cone Bra seems like a great everyday basic which I could with any of my black underwear. Also having front hooks and eyes would make it so much easier to put on. It also has nice soft points so you’re not likely to put an eye out with it.

Carole French Knickers and Cone Bra by What Katie Did

Yet more What Katie Did (but can you have enough?)! This time it’s the Carole set which I think looks gorgeously dark and comfortable. We are entering the warmer months at the moment and I could definitely see myself lounging on the couch wearing only this in the height of summer. The Cone Bra would be a nice silhouette to have in my arsenal and French Knickers are so exciting to wear. I’d probably have to ask them about sizing for them though due to the large difference between my waist and hips.

The Ultimate Pinup Girl Bra and Briefs by My Retro Closet

I own the Pinup set of lingerie which My Retro Closet released a while ago and have been meaning to add this updated set to my collection. The contrasting red satin gives a delightful pop of colour and the circle stitching is a great detail. This set looks so comfortable I could quite happily lounge in this on a fur rug, but I could also see myself wearing this under floaty chiffon blouses. It’s nice to see a vintage inspired piece which is so easy to wear and fits in well with a modern lifestyle.

Carnival Front Closure Longline Bra 745

I haven’t actually seen any vintage ladies talk about Carnival Bras so I’m definitely interested in trying this one out. Yet another front closure longline one. I like the lace  and paneling detailing of this bra. Although I’m a sucker for black, I love the look of the Champagne coloured one too. There’s a great close up photo on HerRoom of this bra and I really like how traditional it looks. It also seems to give the model a nice subtle pointed shape. This brand has been around since 1947

Retrolution Corset and Thong by Gossard

I already have the Retrolution Plunge Bra and Waist Cincher but recently I saw a picture on instagram of the swoon-worthly Lady Bellentina trying on the Retrolution Corset and now I am desperate to acquire it. Although I tend to be a bit corset-snobby I do love how the busk works on this piece, and it’s interesting to see on a softer garment. I think this would be a great piece to ease people into both corsets and longline bras. It has the busk fastening at the front as well as hook and eyes at the back. If you didn’t like one of these you could probably take it to someone to get altered, or do it yourself if you’re a dab hand at sewing.

SYL Bralette and SIRAN Briefs by Paranoire

This lingerie set was actually just listed today but I knew I had to add it to the list. I already have other pieces by Paranoire and they fit superbly. This is another set which would be great for lounging and also for living in. I would love to see a boudoir shoot with this (perhaps I will have to arrange one). Also that solid silk and swiss dot contrast, that is a winning combo!

Bond Zip Bra and Knicker by Kiss Kill Lingerie

Now we are moving onto the more modern pieces I desire, I discovered this one, thanks again, to Lady Bellentina. This set is also available in Black and Navy, but this Emerald colour is so gorgeous and different. I might need it in all colourways though. It would look great under the Emerald Green Dita Von Teese Cardigan by Wheels and Dollbaby worn with a large keyhole. I love the sleek strappy details and I think this would look incredible under a black lace top as well. Also excuse me zip front fastening you are far too exciting (pssst, the briefs have a zip up back 😮 )

Sayuri Bra, Suspender and Knickers by Karolina Laskowska

To finish off my list I have the Semi-Bespoke Sayuri set by Karolina Laskowska. You can bet if I ever come into a large sum of money somehow this is what I’ll be spending it on. The strappy detailing combined with the vintage kimono silk and sheer mesh is almost too much. I adore that you get to pick your fabric from a variety, it makes it that much more special and worth the price. The waist of the briefs is adjustable, again a huge plus for curvy ladies. There is actually so much which can be adjusted in this set! The Sayuri bra also features interesting sizing as the back has adjustable straps, allowing 6 inches of adjustability. This means a perfect band fit as you can adjust it to fit you which is great for people like me who float between band sizes. This design is so unique and eye catching that it’s hard not to feel like you need. But I feel like if I owned it I would simultaneously never wear it and wear it everyday without clothing.

So there’s the list of lingerie currently on my lust-list. A couple of years ago I just wanted all the lingerie I ever found attractive but now I’m leaning toward pieces that fit in better with my lifestyle. I also like being able to support ethical manufacturing. Katie of What Katie Did works closely with all the factories which manufacture their lingerie. My Retro Closet, Paranoire and Karolina Laskowska lingerie are handmade by the designer which is great to be able to support.

What Katie Did Cathedral Bras – Review

When the What Katie Did Summer Sale came round I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to purchase something. I’d tried them twice before, the first was a regular bra when I was 2 sizes smaller which I was pretty happy with, and the second was when I purchased a Marlene Bullet Bra. The latter really didn’t work for me, which was unfortunate as I really wanted that vintage bullet bra look. Anyway I decided to take a leap of faith and order the Valerie Cathedral Bra with matching briefs. Three days after that arrived I ordered the Eartha Bra, which is also in that Cathedral shape.

In case it was hard to tell I had fell madly in love with these bras and in particular their shape. They provide a great pointed shape as well as really good lift, they also separate the breasts for a very traditional look. I have taken comparison pictures which shows the bra fronts, 3/4 veiw, backs and cup detail shots.

Both bras are the same style, but they are made of different fabrics. The Valerie bra is made with a red non-stretch sheer nylon on the cup detail, and the rest of the cup and bra wings are made of a black stretch satin. The Eartha bra is made of a leopard print non-stretch nylon(which is stiffer than the Valerie), black non-stretch satin for the undercup, and powermesh wings. I did find that the Valerie bra is slightly softer and has a little more stretch, but both bras are very comfortable and I am more than happy to wear them all day.

The cups are made up of 2 parts, a top and a bottom, which are the backbone for creating that pointed shape. On either side there is a vertical strip of boning which combined with the elastic strap ‘V’ helps to lift and aid the shape. The bottom of the cups also have circle stitching on them which not only looks good, but assists the shape, and stops the cups from stretching out of shape. The straps are quite wide, very adjustable and really comfortable.

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There is also definitely a technique to putting these bras on, and I’ve taken photos to show the best way I’ve found to putting them on.

First I make sure the bra band is sitting well under my bust and the cups are in the right place.

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Next I lean forward and fasten up the back, which is what What Katie Did recommends.

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At this point my breasts really don’t fill the cups, as you can see there is a whole lot of space at the top.

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Next I grab my breast and pull up to the top of the cup while making sure the strap is tight.

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Next I finish off by wiggling the sides to get everything into position, and then I’m good to go!

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Now I thought I’d finish off by by showing how they look under clothing. I’ve seen a few people talk about how they were nervous the first time they wore a bullet shaped bra and I definitely agree it was a very different experience. But I can safely say I adore these bras, I wear them with (or without) anything. Also I find myself wearing these a lot more than my regular ones now.

As you can see it doesn’t work with super low cut tops because of how high up the cups come. But I think it would look very cool with an off the shoulder top.

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And here’s how the shape looks under a vintage reproduction cotton dress. I love how this makes the outfit look more authentic, and it definitely makes true vintage clothes fit a lot better too. Also under a regular stretchy t-shirt, I really like this, and I think it helps with keeping the vintage style of how I dress more apparent.

I bought both of my bras from the What Katie Did Summer Sale, unfortunately this is over now and both styles have been removed from the website. The Coco Cathedral Bra is still available for £43.50 from their site, and you can still buy others from various sites around the internet. You can bet I am going to buy the Cathedral bra in every past and future colourway! I can’t recommend these bras enough, they are comfortable and look great under vintage clothing – everything you could possibly want.