Review: Zinke Intimates Lace Jumper

Photo via Zinke Intimates

Disclaimer: The lingerie in this review was provided by Zinke Intimates. All opinions are my own.

Today’s lingerie review is a bit unusual. I actually received this piece a year and a half ago, but chose not to publish a post about it at that time. However while moving, I rediscovered this romper, gave it another try, and decided it’d be a great piece to talk about on the blog.

Zinke Intimates has been around since 2009, but they’ve only really taken off in the last year or so. With Anthropologie, ASOS, Nordstrom, BHLDN, ShopBop and Free People among their stockists, Zinke has the kind of national profile most indie brands dream of. While the brand started with lingerie, they recently debuted a swimwear collection as well, and I have a feeling that’s going to pass their intimates line in terms of reach and visibility very soon.

Current romper colorways. Photos via Zinke Intimates.

The lace jumpers are one of Zinke Intimate’s most popular items, and I would even say they’ve become something of a trademark. The jumper is simply constructed with an open back, halter tie at the neck, and brief bottom. The lace is a cotton/nylon blend, and the romper itself contains no lining at all, not even on the gusset. The romper also contains no internal supports, such as cups or seaming for the breasts. I received the color “Sugar” (or ivory, shown below) in size Large.

Photo via Zinke Intimates

I looked up my notes on the Zinke jumper from 2011, and many of my observations are still the same. The lace is gorgeous. I love the uncomplicated, unfussy structure of the piece. The little peeks of skin though the material are lovely, and I could easily see this item working as outerwear with the addition of some skintone adhesive nipple covers (in fact, one of our recent guest columnists, Chai, is wearing a Zinke romper in her photo).

Yet all that wasn’t enough to make me review the piece when I first got it. Because I couldn’t fit into it. And that brings me to my biggest concern with the garment…it has no ‘give’ whatsoever.

Me in the Zinke Intimates Romper

As pretty as the nylon/cotton lace blend is, it has no stretch, no elasticity, and no flexibility. There’s one band of elastic around the top of the panty at the back (I suppose to keep it snug to the body), but for the most part, you either fit the piece exactly, or you don’t fit it at all. And considering that my dress size (which is a US 10) hasn’t changed in the last couple of years, that means it only takes a small change in your body to significantly affect the fit of the garment. Put simply, I’d be reluctant to buy a piece which couldn’t even accommodate a tiny weight and shape fluctuation…especially since those fluctuations are a common experience for so many women. And I would definitely say I’m at the absolute upper limits of the size chart for Zinke.

Top and bottom details of the Zinke Intimates romper

Because my bust is significantly smaller than my hips, I also felt like there were some fit issues on top. I do like the simple structure of the romper, but the downside of that is there’s not much room for adjustment. The halter top felt very loose and ‘slippery’ on me and even small movements resulted in some major exposed nipples. Finally, and this just may be a personal preference, I really didn’t like the absence of a lined gusset. Exposed seams in that area just make a piece feel unfinished to me.

Overall, I would say I like this item, but with reservations. It’s a beautiful alternative to some of the more fancier, more frou-frou lines out there, but it’s really important to make sure you fit the given measurements for your size exactly before ordering. Otherwise, the Zinke Intimates romper just won’t be as flattering as it could be…if it fits at all.

Have you tried one of these lace rompers before? What did you think? I’d love to hear some other perspectives in the comments.

15 Comments

  1. 12/02/13 at 7:47

    Thanks for the review. :)

  2. 12/02/13 at 12:22

    Hmmm, the lack of lining at the gusset seems like a bit of an issue. The lack of stretch it something that I didn’t really consider when looking at the bodysuit, but it makes sense that would be challenging. Thanks for the review!

    • 15/02/13 at 12:56

      Yeah…I don’t sew and I don’t really consider myself a textile person, but this garment definitely illustrated the importance of stretch when it comes to lingerie. I think if the piece had had even a little bit of give, it would have been a much better fit. But with no stretch, it just kind of slips and slides on the body and never really stays.

  3. anon
    12/02/13 at 12:29

    You look super hot in it though!

    • 15/02/13 at 12:54

      Thank you! I guess looks can sometimes be deceiving. ;-)

  4. Bellum
    13/02/13 at 16:26

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I too am built a bit larger in the hips/butt. I guess I’ll pass on this piece.

    • 15/02/13 at 12:54

      That may be for the best. I’d have been really disappointed, I think, if I’d purchased this and had these fit issues especially since lingerie is often unreturnable (and this one had no protective piece on the gusset).

  5. 14/02/13 at 8:38

    My wife has a lot of lingerie and ‘regular’ underwear, but no rompers. I knew what they were, but honestly had almost forgotten they existed until we read one of the Lingerie Lesbian posts awhile back. I also hadn’t thought they’d be hard to fit, but with that advisory in mind, we may look for one for her. It looks like the Zinke is comfortable and fits you, but I guess looks can be deceiving, even if you look good in it. From the lack of lining, etc you’d think this wouldn’t be something you’d wear all day, maybe just at home or for a special occasion?

    • 15/02/13 at 12:52

      I can see somewhere wearing it and about with a pair of knickers underneath and some pasties and double stick tape to keep the top area in place. I also think that it really helps if you have a more straight up-and-down figure (or an equal hourglass figure) as opposed to any other body shape. But it’d make super cute loungewear, especially if you enjoy the look of the lace.

      Rompers have really grown on me aeshetic-wise in the last year or so, but they are really hard to fit because you not only have to match the designers version of S,M,L, you also can’t be too tall or too short. That’s just a few too many moving pieces when it comes to lingerie fit.

  6. 14/02/13 at 13:23

    I appreciate you doing this review! I’ve been eyeing these in just about every color…but no lining?! That can’t be comfortable. :(
    …but, it’s so pretty!

    • 15/02/13 at 12:49

      That’s how I feel! “So pretty…but so unfinished!” I think, especially, when you’re talking luxury pieces at luxury prices, the details (like a lining) become important.

  7. MARIANA
    13/07/13 at 0:29

    As much as I wanted to love it… The fit is terrible and it’s poorly made :(

  8. LadyPenelope
    03/08/13 at 23:02

    Thanks so much for this review. I think this romper photographs really well – you look great in it, despite your being uncomfortable. It’s currently on sale at Journelle in your size L in the pale blue colour. Maybe at half off you can forgive its faults? :-) I couldn’t resist, so I ordered it. I’m thinking worst case scenario I could put in a gusset myself. (Famous last words.)

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