Reviewed: Blush Lingerie’s “Spellbound” Polka Dot Bra Set

Disclosure: I received these items free of charge for review purposes only. All opinions here are my own.

via: Blush Lingerie

Blush Lingerie’s “Spellbound” bra and panty is the lingerie set of the season. Perfectly capturing the vintagey, Bridgette Bardot-inspired look of Spring lingerie this year, it’s also an reasonably affordable set with the bra retailing around $38 and the panty around $28. Cheeky, fun, playful, and very, very pin-up, Blush Lingerie is a brand trying to make lingerie style accessible to every woman.

I sampled the strapless longline bra and high waist brief (pictured both above and below) in sizes 34C and Large, respectively. The material is a thin, kind of slippery, printed, satin-feel nylon. The bra has molded two-part cups, and the panty (which comes to just beneath the navel) has a keyhole back. The dots are navy blue, and both the bra and panty are accented with coral ribbons. Both pieces are available from Dollhouse Bettie and Anthropologie.

Here’s the 5 second verdict: Blush Lingerie’s  Spellbound is great for bedroom (i.e. short term) use, but not for all day wear. The bra didn’t fit properly which made this set unbearably uncomfortable after only a few hours wear.

via: Anthropologie

What was the problem? The bra refused to tack. If you’re unfamiliar with that term, tacking is when the bridge of the bra (the bit of fabric that joins the cups together) lies flat between your breasts, resting directly directly on top of your sternum. It’s so important, that it’s one of the 3 ways to tell if your bra is fitting properly. If a bra doesn’t tack, that means it’s not giving stable support to your breasts. That instability makes the band, the cups, and everything else shift, move, and wiggle about. In short, you wind up having to adjust your bra all day long.

via: Dollhouse Bettie

When I’m testing a garment to review on the blog, I usually wear it several times over the course of a few weeks. That gives me a better impression of how the garment fits over a long period of time (after all, a bra that’s fine after 1 wear may not be not so fine after 3 or 4) and also to see how the lingerie holds up to regular use, including how it fits after washing. But this bra made my breasts so sore after a single 8 hour stretch, I couldn’t bring myself to wear it again.

The price point and print alone would have made this set a must buy, if only it fit properly. I’ve worn Blush Lingerie before, and the bras did fit then, so I’m hoping this is a one-off issue. I will say the trendy pattern and relatively affordable price still make this a set to purchase, especially if you have a boudoir photo shoot coming up or are looking for something fun to try out in the bedroom. Just don’t wear it too long, or you may regret it.

Have you tried Blush Lingerie before? What did you think of it?

Cora

Cora

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6 Comments

  1. Lori James
    18/05/12 at 12:51

    I adore my Blush bras. I love the design and comfort.

  2. Amaryllis
    18/05/12 at 14:52

    I’ve actually noticed this problem is more common on longline bras than the shorter versions. I wonder if there’s a technical reason for that, a different construction ethic needed to make it work?

  3. 18/05/12 at 15:20

    I have this set and absolutely love it – the bra tacked for me, but my constant fidgeting was with the straps. They constantly slid off my shoulders, even tightened all the way. Like you said, though, for the price point it’s a total must-buy even if the fit isn’t 100% comfy. I actually tried to order this set for my boutique but they were out!

  4. 19/05/12 at 12:14

    That set is absolutely adorable! Too bad it didn’t fit you properly :(

    But hey, you taught me something today! Now I know the term ‘tacking’ and I know what it means in the lingerie world :)

  5. 21/05/12 at 5:33

    I haven’t tried Blush lingerie before but a friend of mine had the same problem and now only wears it when she doesn’t need something to be super supportive. On another note…apart from the fitting I’m so in love with this set, it’s so cute.

  6. 22/05/12 at 5:06

    I have this set and LOVE it but you’re right, it really isn’t too comfortable for long days. Definitely one for the bedroom! Such a pretty set though, it would have been a shame not to get it :)

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