I’m loathe to call any lingerie impractical. After all, lingerie is all about fantasy and titillation and excitement, necessary things all, but certainly not practical. If your lingerie makes you happy, no matter how odd it may seem to others, then it’s done its purpose and the money was money well spent.
Sometimes, however, I just have to say something, and the Elmira corset tee from Agent Provocateur is one of those times. Made of tea rose cotton jersey with tea-rose cotton trim, the selling point of this item is the built in underbust corset. Not at all cheap, the shirts costs £125 or approximately $200 USD.
Why spend $200 on a fancy t-shirt when you can get a real corset and a high quality jersey tee for that same amount, if not less? Timeless Trends, the go to corset shop for lingerie addicts on a budget, sells a huge variety of authentic, well-constructed underbust corsets for $99. Heck, for the price of this entire “ensemble” you could get a custom made underbust from a designer like Scoundrelle’s Keep and still have enough money left over to buy a “tea rose jersey tee” when you’re done.
While Agent Provocateur does come out with innovative designs on occasion, I think this one is honestly just a case of exploiting consumers who don’t know any better and who are seduced by the Agent Provocateur name. Treacle does not approve.