Revisiting Adina Reay Lingerie: Autumn/Winter 2016-17

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Adina Reay Lingerie

For years, full bust bra wearers (roughly defined as people in sizes DD or higher) have talked about how few choices there are for beautiful lingerie in their size. I’m not simply talking about bras that exist in a particular size, but about bras that feel modern and fresh and equivalent in style and design to their core size counterparts. Adina Reay is one brand trying to bridge that gap.



Based in the UK, Adina Reay has had an excellent year, being picked up by major retailers like Journelle and Nordstrom in the U.S. and also Selfridges in the UK. While I don’t know if many people would agree with me, I think the lingerie industry can use more full bust luxury brands for two reasons. One, they provide more options (always a good thing). Two, they offer another perspective on how full bust lingerie can look…and who buys it.

Adina Reay Lingerie

Adina Reay Lingerie

Adina Reay Lingerie

Adina Reay Lingerie

Adina Reay’s mesh range, Fran (shown in the photos above), is their flagship design and already a new classic among full bust bra brands.¬† The mesh cups have a lightness and airiness you rarely see in bras available up to a G cup, and the minimal seaming contributes to this delicate effect, making the bra look more like a fashion item instead of an architectural wonder.

Much of this current Autumn/Winter season, which appears after the last paragraph in this post, seems to focus on everyday essentials as opposed to the special occasion luxury pieces of previous seasons (see this silk bodysuit we posted awhile back). However, that’s a good direction for the brand. I believe it may indicate Adina Reay has found their stride, and also that their customer base is returning to them for everyday basics after first becoming acquainted with the brand for special occasion purchases.

Adina Reay Lingerie

Adina Reay Lingerie

Unfortunately, I haven’t read many reviews of Adina Reay yet, which is perhaps a side effect of its higher price point. While I did have the opportunity to see the line for the first time ever at Curve (and the textiles are even more gorgeous in person), I’d love to know how it fits, especially on G cups, the upper limit of their current size range.

After a few seasons, I still feel Adina Reay is a brand to pay attention to. Subtle, but not staid, elegant, but not flashy, Adina Reay appears to be in it for the long haul. This is a good thing for a market sector continually in search of options.

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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

8 Comments on this post

  1. Emmanuella says:

    I’m dying to buy the Fran or graphite Ava, but yeah I haven’t found ANY reviews for them. I don’t really like these new looks.

  2. […] Bra-spiration Monday features designs from Adina Reay whom I only just discovered this week via The Lingerie¬†Addict. This line caters to sizes 28DD to […]

  3. Holly Harlott says:

    I have a set of Fran coming in Scarlet, I could write a comment and let you know how it is! I wear a 32F. :)

    • Holly Harlott says:

      So an update on the Fran set!

      It came really quickly and I got it earlier today. I’ve been wearing it for a few hours and it fits so well and is really comfortable. I love it! The gores tack, the wires fit well, and the cup is really well fitting.

  4. Frances says:

    Thanks for sharing this line, will take a look!

  5. cora-
    adina reay rocks- as someone who likes nice lingerie that fits well adina reay lingerie hits it out of the park. i have the fran in various colours . i especially like the peacock, a clear turquoise not found often. fantastic on gloomy days.
    the one thing i found is the band on the fran (i purchased mine last year) runs a bit big, i size down to a 30 band keeping the G and get on with life, the stretch mesh allows some wiggle room. i am full on top so again the stretch is a plus. the underwear runs true to size/a little big due to the stretch-so stick to the chart and it works well- and is quietly awesome. a big plus for travel is the fran mesh can be washed in the hotel sink and dries fully in hours. lovely when one stays an extra day or so. i have never ever had a problem with communication . sharon lake the brilliant woman behind the brand is accessible and responsive to queries , always a plus.
    as i seek out independent brands for my clothing this is one winning brand i shall continue to stay with. i do intend to try the other cuts and styles because really who does not need more prettiness?

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