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Reviewed: 'Floral Frenzy' Lingerie from Stella McCartney & Beautiful Bottoms

Review samples were kindly provided by The Editeur and Beautiful Bottoms. All opinions are my own.

Ilda Driving bra by Stella McCartney, images from The Editeur

Summer’s here and there’s no better time to bring out some fabulous florals.  This month I’ve sampled the graphic ‘Ilda Driving’ set by Stella McCartney and Beautiful Bottom’s flirty ‘Bloom’ playsuit.

For this review I sampled the bra and briefs in the ‘Ilda Driving’ range, £65 and £35 respectively. The bra comes in sizes 32A-36D and the briefs in sizes Small, Medium and Large. Also available in this print are a thong, shorts, camisole and robe. The bra is underwired, with light padding and a subtle plunge shape. It has an outer layer of silk satin and ruffled ribbon detailing on the underband and straps, finished with quirky buckle-style details at the strap apex. The matching brief is in the same silk satin, with subtle panelling and stitching details, ruffled ribbon sides and a low rise.

My first thoughts upon trying this set on were that they were incredible – the bra in particular gave a fantastic shape to my bust and made me feel incredibly sexy. The fabric and print appear a lot more striking in person than photos seem to capture. Nevertheless, as stunning as it looked on the body, it’s not something I could personally recommend for everyday wear as the centre front of the bra would not tack. What this means is the central part of the bra would not sit flat against the chest, resulting in the fit of the bra being thrown completely off balance. If the bra cradle won’t sit flat against your body, there’s nothing to ‘anchor’ it, so to speak. Whilst testing the bra I found it moved around almost constantly, resulting in me constantly readjusting it. Nevertheless, the briefs were very comfortable throughout the day.

For the sake of comfort, the ‘Ilda Driving’ bra set is not my first choice for my everyday underwear. I do, however, thoroughly recommend it for boudoir or special occasion wear – the bold print makes it fun and flirty and the bra shape does wonders!

Bloom Drop-Back Playsuit by Beautiful Bottoms, images by Beautiful Bottoms

Next on the review list is Beautiful Bottoms’ ‘Bloom Drop Back Playsuit’, retailing at £82. Beautiful Bottoms is a London-based label, specialising in printed silk lingerie and loungewear. There’s something for most figure types, whilst their pieces are much more affordable compared to some of the other luxury silk brands on the market.

A much softer look than the Stella McCartney set, this playsuit is made of Beautiful Bottom’s signature floaty silk chiffon, covered in a delicate floral print. It features an elasticated waist, low front with adjustable ties and adjustable shoulder straps. It comes in sizes Small, Medium, and Large, though due to the loose fit, sizing is fairly free. This playsuit is incredibly light, comfortable and versatile – it’s the perfect piece for the summer and can be worn in so many ways! Great for lounging, sleeping, beach coverup – I even wore it with a skirt as outerwear when I was feeling particularly daring. My only concern is that the delicate nature of the fabric means it needs extra care – delicate handwashes only as I can see washing machines reducing the seams to a frayed mess. Regardless, it’s incredibly cute; it most certainly has my seal of approval.

Readers – have you tried any of these garments? What’s your favourite floral piece for the summer?

Karolina Laskowska

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