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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 finding that 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.
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?