|Panache Atlantis Solutions wire free bra, £18, Perfectly Petite Lingerie
Seller's blurb: This wire free bra is part of the "enhanced" range from Panache Atlantis Solutions. Using graduated foam cups, it offers subtle shaping and lift with a smooth finish. Available black, nude and white, in cup sizes AA-C, and from 30 for band width.
|Looks||On the peg, this bra looks like a good quality, but very simple, T-shirt bra. The fabric has a satiny sheen and the sweetheart shape of the cups looks cute. On a small-busted woman, the look is more impressive. It gives oomph: not mindblowing cleavage, but a nice roundness that's gratefully received.||4/5|
|Fit||I tested a 32AA cup size and the fit is immaculate: no straps digging in, perfect cup size and comfortable band. Just like a second skin.||5/5|
|Comfort||Comfort can't be faulted with this bra. There are no niggles at all -- in fact, I'm finding it hard to part with it on "wash day".||5/5|
|Uplift||The graduated foam cups provide a "shelf", gently lifting the bust to create a natural, but fuller looking chest.||5/5|
|VERDICT||Overall, a really great, everyday bra, offering a smooth, gently curvy look underneath clothing, as well as excellent comfort.||19/20|
How excited was I to receive this pretty Firebird bra from Jennifer at Lailides? Let me tell you… very!
Design wise, it really is an original… made from French lace with a beautiful peacock pattern. It’s the sort of garment you want to prance about in and show off, not unlike a peacock I guess.
The price tag’s not cheap, but if you’re after something decadent — either for yourself or someone special — it does have a luxurious look and feel. Here’s what I thought…
|Firebird bra, $68, Lailides
Seller's blurb: Not only is the Firebird bra exquisite, its soft-cup styling makes it exceptionally comfortable. Made from French feather-detailed lace with a scallop-edge, this French bra has a mesh back, swimsuit hook closure and adjustable straps. 50% nylon, 32% polyester, 15% lycra, 3% other. Colours: white/peacock. Sizes: 1-4 (Size 1 fits 30-34 AA-A and Size 4 fits 36-38 A-B)
|Looks||This oh-so-delicate bra is quite special to look at. The French lace mimics the pattern of peacock feathers, with subtly shimmering gold and green detail. The scalloped edge is wonderfully feminine; the gold swimsuit hook fastener and strap adjusters are perfectly suited to the dainty proportions of the straps and back.||4/5|
|Fit||I tested a size 1 bra, which fit my 32AA cup size well. I can see that those with a little fuller chest (32A) could also wear this size comfortably, as there is plenty of give in the stretch lace. The band width, however, may be a bit stretched for the 34AA and 34A wearers.||4/5|
|Comfort||The soft-cup and fine, second-skin fabric make this bra quite comfortable. Due to the swimhook closure there's no opportunity to adjust band size and I did experience a little bit of rub from the band around the back.||4/5|
|Uplift||This bra provides gentle support, but it's not the style to opt for if you want to boost your bust.||3/5|
|VERDICT||A not-cheap, but nonetheless beautiful bra. The price buys a sophisticated, feminine, original design that's beautifully made.||15/20|