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Lingerie Review: Lonely Sabel Cutout Bra & Tri Brief

Disclosure: This lingerie was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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I am so excited about today’s lingerie review! Though I’m feeling a little burnt out on the whole strappy trend, Lonely is a lingerie brand I’ve wanted to try for awhile, and let me just say right now that I am incredibly happy with the pieces I was given to review…far more than I expected to be.

Based in New Zealand, Lonely is a womenswear label that makes lounge, swim, and outerwear. I think of Lonely’s lingerie as their most popular offering (it’s certainly one of their oldest), but that could also be because of my specialty. Regardless, Lonely has quickly carved out a niche for themselves as an alternative, indie label with striking designs at a mid-level pricepoint. Their products are carried at Journelle, Lille Boutique, True & Co., and Nasty Gal, among other places.

As is true of many labels, Lonely Lingerie replenishes the same silhouettes season after season with new colors and fabrics. Their Sabel collection is one of their most popular ranges, and I receievd the cutout bra and brief in the gorgeous, woodsy green shown here (so Pacific Northwest!). As per usual, I tried a 34C bra and size L panty. Both pieces are made in China of a nylon/spandex blend.

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My first impression of this set was that the materials are super soft. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was very happy with the quality of the fabric. I was also outright surprised as the level of textural detailing present, especially on the bra. While at first glance, it may seem like a straightforward (albeit slightly strappy) brassiere, there’s actually a lot happening here. The lace itself isn’t flat, but seems to have an almost embroidered overlay in some places (fabric people, help me out here?). The straps have a rich velvet texture, which immediately make this piece feel and look more lux. The band of the bra is mesh, so that’s a third texture. And then you have metal accent rings where the three cup straps join with the shoulder straps. Metal hardware on my lingerie (as opposed to the cheap plastic stuff) is my kryptonite. There’s no velvet detail on the panties, but they do have a lace front and mesh back joined with the same o-rings that are on the bra.

As far as fit, I was very happy with both pieces. The lace and mesh on the bra and knickers are super stretchy, both horizontally and vertically. This is probably not a bra to wear if you have a heavier bust or are looking for aggressive support and shaping. If you want a “natural” profile (i.e. more or less how you look without a bra), it’s great. The materials were not itchy against my skin, nor did the bra and panty create any tension points or pain points. I had no binding or digging in during any of the multiple times I wore this set. It was just comfortable through and though. Despite looking very “editorial” or “directional,” these pieces are perfect for everyday.

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I do have a couple of non-fit related notes though. The first is that there’s a good chance this bra will be visible if you’re wearing a t-shirt, tank top, or similar garment. Because the straps are both wide and made of velvet, any “peeking” looks very intentional, but it’s something to be aware if you prefer a more invisible look. The strap adjusters are also at the back of the bra, which is unusual and a bit awkward, to be perfectly honest. I’d have preferred them to be in the front, but I also understand that may have interfered with the aesthetics. Another note about the back is that the straps criss-cross. I don’t know if anyone else has my issues with image rotation and spatial awareness, but I also genuinely had some trouble figuring out how to put this bra on. It was a bit of a wrestling match the first couple of times, and I wound up seeing how this bra would look as a halterneck, among other things. The velvet side panels you can see in the photo above are not boned or reinforced anyway (which is fine with me, but I’m aware they make look boned in the photo), and this is a bra set you will probably not want to machine wash or dry…even on the delicate cycle. I’m all about shortcuts when it comes to lingerie washing, but this is definitely a handwash only piece. Honestly though, I think of all of this as small things.

Overall, I’m very happy with this set and would recommend it as a buy. Do any of you own some Lonely Lingerie? What do you think of their pieces?

Cora

Cora

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.

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Lingerie of the Week: Dollhouse Bettie Lace Cocoon Robe

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As some of you know, I’ve been traveling a bit lately for lingerie market, the semiannual tradeshow circuit where brands view product and place orders for next season (in this case, Spring/Summer 2015). While the focus of market is on goods for the upcoming season, some brands also bring that’s available for this season along as well (those are called “immediates”). While I’ve seen Dollhouse Bettie’s Lace Cocoon Robe on their site for weeks now, it wasn’t until I viewed it person at the last couple of tradeshows, that I realized it was a “have to have it” item.

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Items like this tend to be a bit controversial or hit-and-miss when it comes to the general lingerie buying public. While I see a robe reminiscent of the Ziegfeld Follies (I love those photos by Alfred Cheney Johnston), other people may only see the “impracticality” of yards and yards of sheer, delicate lace. But this isn’t meant to be the kind of robe you wear to get warm or cover up after a bath. It’s meant to be a glamorous, luxurious indulgence. The kind of robe you’d wear in a boudoir photoshoot, for instance, or, if you’re especially stylish, could even wear out and about with your “regular” clothes.

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Like the rest of Dollhouse Bettie’s in-house line, this robe is ethically produced at their San Francisco headquarters. It’s also shockingly inexpensive for what you’re getting. I fully expected a price point near or above the $200 range; instead, it’s a comparatively reasonable $128. That’s not inexpensive enough to buy off the cuff perhaps, but it’s certainly well-priced for an affordable splurge or holiday present. And again, it’s produced fairly and ethically in the USA. Because of the loose, voluminous construction, this piece is also one size fits all.

What do you think of Dollhouse Bettie’s Cocoon Robe? Is this something you would wear? Please share your thoughts!

Cora

Cora

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.

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Sale Lingerie of the Week: ID Sarrieri Innamorata Padded Push-Up Bra Set

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It’s hard to convey just how much of a fan I am of ID Sarrieri. This luxury European designer puts together some of the most gorgeous pieces I see season after season. Their laces are exquisite; their silks are divine. And unlike some luxury brands, ID Sarrieri’s products look just as good in person and under up-close inspection as they do styled online and in their editorial lookbooks. I dream of owning something from this label one day…though I’m not sure if I should wear my purchase or frame it.

id sarriere innamorata bra setID Sarrieri’s ‘Innamorata’ set is made from dove gray silk and ivory lace and is the perfect combination of smooth and sheer. The demi cup bra is ideal for wearing under almost anything (because why save your most beautiful lingerie for special occasions?), and the transparent tulle of the knickers feels like a whisper against the skin (though the low rise cut also makes them eminently wearable). This is luxurious yes, but it’s also suited for everyday life. No matter what you may have to wear on top, you can always have the feel of silk and lace on your skin underneath.

As with most sale items, sizing is limited. The bra currently retails for $112 and the knicker for $75. Both prices are 50% off the original price.

What do you think of ID Sarrieri? Is this your style of lingerie?

Cora

Cora

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.

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Lingerie of the Week: Fauve by Fantasie ‘Evangeline’

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I’d actually chosen another item for this week’s Lingerie of the Week. I’ve been traveling for the last 10 days, so I tried to work ahead by preselecting this week’s feature. I should have known better. Because as soon I saw this ‘Evangeline’ set, I knew it was the one…for this week anyway.

Molded cups aren’t really my “thing” anymore, but I am a fool for gorgeous lace. And the pairing of this lace with a beige background is so classic, so elegant, so timeless that I couldn’t help but fall in love. Those of you who are familiar with lingerie may also recognize the names “Fauve” and “Fantasie” as popular brands within the full bust community, and this gorgeous bra is available in sizes 30D thru 36G & 38FF. The matching knickers (which, let’s be real, I want to own despite being sized out of the bra) are available in sizes XS thru XL.

Fauve is a high-end brand, and this is some gorgeous lace, so the bra retails for an unsurprising $102 (the panties are $48). However, if you’ve been looking for a set that’s luxe enough for special occasions but also perfectly fine for everyday wear, I think this is it.

Cora

Cora

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.

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Lingerie Lust: Felice Art Couture

Editor’s Note: NSFW images below.

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I love lace. Embroidery too. But especially lace.

It’s not just the delicate, gauze, ephemeral nature of beautiful lace, it’s also the artistry. Even machine made lace takes a tremendous amount of time and resources to produce, and the more complex a lace, the more beautiful it is. And while lace is beautiful on lingerie (which we both already know), it’s even more gorgeous when incorporated into daily wear. And that’s why I’m really digging Felice Art Couture. Not only is the lace (and embroidery) brilliant, these are also pieces meant to be worn everyday. Favorites for me include the sheer caftans, though the lace camisoles and velvet robes are beautiful too.

Felice Art Couture’s in-house sizing runs 1,2,3, fitting letter sizes XS thru XXL (max of a US 16 according to the size chart). Pricing starts around the $200 mark and maxes out around the $2,000 range. These are delicate garments, with dry clean only recommended for many styles (though not all).

What do you think of Felice Art Couture? Do you see anything you would wear? And what are your thoughts on incorporating lace into your daily wardrobe?

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Cora

Cora

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.

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