Review: Gossard Retrolution Staylo Plunge Bra

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Disclosure: The lingerie discussed here was sent to me free of charge for review purposes by Debenhams. All opinions are my own.

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I normally stay away from plunge bras, as I usually prefer the shape that balconettes give my bust. However, there was something about Gossard’s ‘Retrolution Staylo’ bra that intrigued me – I love the dramatic ‘V’ wire plunge, the longline shape, and vintage aesthetic. It’s a delicate and feminine-looking bra without being overly fussy or girly, and the deep plunge shape makes it a great solution for low front eveningwear. The Retrolution Staylo bra is available in UK sizes 30D-30G, 32A-38G and retails for £42. The range also features a shaping plunge slip, a waist-cincher knicker, low-rise brief and half cup bra. Unfortunately, the bra is no longer available on the Debenham’s website, but the similarly styled bra-slip is currently on sale.

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The bra’s appearance has obvious vintage inspirations – soft blush pink colour palette, longline silhouette, delicate darted lace cups, and satin panelling. As well as the fairly standard underwires, it also features a V-shaped plunge wire. It’s finished with a soft organza bow at the centre front, ribbon flags at the strap apexes and gorgeous rose gold components.

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As far as bra construction goes, I was very impressed with this bra – overall it seems very secure and well made. The cups include some very heavy padding, with additional removable cookies. It gives a very significant ‘boost’ – I felt as if I had gone up two cup sizes when wearing this! The underband elastic is comfortably wide and the top edge of the bra wings feature silicone grips for extra security.

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I ordered a 30D (my usual bra size) and found that it fit true to size – the underband is comfortably firm and the cups overall offer a good fit. However, with my shallow breast shape I found I needed the additional push up cookies within the cups to completely fill out the bra, otherwise the cups would gap away from my body. One aspect of the fit that I found particularly interesting was the ‘V’ wire – this ‘opens’ when worn, creating a plunge fit that is deeper and more dramatic than any other commercial bra that I’ve seen.

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The bra held up immaculately after several hand washes, though I would recommend laying the bra flat to dry as the extra padding gets very heavy. I wouldn’t want to risk putting this through the washing machine, particularly with the additional wire structures!

Personally, I wouldn’t chose this bra for everyday wear (the push up and boost effects make my everyday clothes sit a little strangely!) but this is definitely a great bra for a night out, if you’re looking for a bit of extra boost and something to suit a low plunge top or dress. I’d love to try the matching waist-cincher brief next – solutions lingerie that actually looks gorgeous is a pretty rare find!

Readers: Have you tried Gossard’s lingerie before? How were your experiences?

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Karolina
Karolina

Lingerie designer. Spends most of her time sewing bras and getting excited by shiny things and chantilly lace.

4 Comments on this post

  1. Thursday says:

    I’ve found Gossard’s quality to be fantastic – buying the Ooh La La shorts in both black and cream and the superboost strapless in beige and black. I do find that the cups on the bras are a little deep for me, and that after a full day’s wear the gore digs in a bit, but they are one of the best strapless bras I have ever worn. They are holding up to washing really well and are just so pretty. I wish the retrolution pieces came in the wider size range – they make my very rare 40B in some lines but how I long for more than basic…

  2. Meg White says:

    I have this same bra! I love the lift and shape, and I love love love the vintage look and construction. I’ve been wearing it under all of my low cut tops/dresses, and I like that the deep V keeps any extra bits from showing. If they do though, the bra itself is pretty enough that I don’t really mind.

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  4. Hannah says:

    Hi, is the back fastening of this lower than other bras? I’m looking for a low back bra, but it doesn’t heed to be completely backless, plus I want a “boost”!

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