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Lingerie Review: Natori 'Feathers' Contour Plunge Underwire Bra & Briefs

Disclosure: The lingerie in this review was provided by The Natori Company. All opinions are my own. This article contains affiliate links.

Natori 'Feathers' Bra Set, via Nordstrom

Natori 'Feathers' Set, via Nordstrom

Founded in 1977 by former investment banker Josie Natori, Natori is known for running one of the most recognizable lingerie brands in the world, also named Natori. Sold in many upscale department stores, the brand is famous for its classic silhouettes, and the 'Feathers' range is among their bestsellers.

The Feathers underwire is a contour plunge bra (a contour bra is a type of lined bra, usually with foam cups, which holds its shape even when not on the body and gives a smooth, nipple-free silhouette to the breast), and features sheer mesh overlay with lace trim on the cups.

The name 'Feathers' refers to the lace motif on the band (close-up below), a pattern which reappears on the brief. Both the bra and panty are made of nylon, lycra, and spandex. The bra is available in sizes 32A thru 36DDD and the panty is available in sizes S thru XL. As far as prices, the bra retails for $68 and the panty for $30. For this review, I tried the bra in size 34D and the panty in size M, both in the color black.

Natori Feathers Bra Set on The Lingerie Addict

Me in the Natori Feathers Bra & Panty. I'm wearing a layer beneath the knicker.

You may have noticed that the sizes I mentioned above are a little different from the sizes I usually wear (34C bra, L panty), so that seems like a good place to start the review. Natori's cups run a bit small, and while a smaller cup is great for keeping your boobs in place all day, it may mean you need to up a cup size to avoid spillage (aka "double boob).

I don't have especially full or large breasts (my breast shape is best described as shallow), so I hardly ever need to go up a size, but I did in this bra. Because of that, I'd highly recommend visiting a department store to to try on multiple sizes and make sure you're fitted into the right one. I also took a size down in the panty. In terms of fit, I'd say this particular brief (which looks and fits more like a short) is very generously sized.

Natori Feathers Bra Detail, Cup and Band

Detail View of the Natori Feathers Bra

Natori is a brand I run across all the time, both in the media and in department stores, but it's not a brand I've paid much attention to. I mean, every once in awhile, I'd pick up a bra from Natori or Josie (Josie is the juniors line), but it's not a name that really sticks out in my mind when I'm making my lingerie wishlist -  a list I fully admit is more concerned with the "pretty" than the "practical."

That said, I think Feathers is a really nice everyday bra. It's not especially flashy, but that's the point. This is the kind of bra you put on and then completely forget about. It gave me a nicely rounded shape beneath my clothes, yet was completely unnoticeable.

Best of all, the plunge style is suitable for a variety of necklines while the full cut briefs are invisible under even close-fitting pants and skirts. This bra is perfect for those who want lingerie that's pretty without being overtly 'sexy,' and for those who want a bra that offers shaping, separation, and lift without excessive padding.

Natori Feathers Knicker Detail

Detail closeup of the Natori Feathers brief

What I'm not sure of is how this style would work on people with fuller breasts. If your bosom is very full or round, I can see spillage being even more of an issue, and I'm not sure if going up a cup size would always fix it (this is a very deep plunge).

The underwire also became less comfortable for me after about eight hours of wear. It wasn't painful, and I didn't have red marks on my ribcage or anything. I just went from not noticing the bra at all to being very conscious of it quite suddenly. My Feathers bra also accidentally made its way into the washing machine and was no worse for the wear after, so bonus points for that.

Overall, I like this set. It's a bit too plain to add to make it a wishlist item but if you're looking for a new everyday bra, I'd give it a try - especially when the seasonal colorways go on sale.

Have you tried the Natori Feathers range before? What did you think?








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Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. Author of In Intimate Detail: How to Choose, Wear, and Love Lingerie. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that everyone who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

19 Comments on this post

  1. Julia T. says:

    Natori has been my go-to brand for basic-and-practical-but-pretty since I discovered them years ago. I have a small band size (30) and a shallow cup as well, so it’s really hard to find anything in my size. But the Natori 30D fits me perfectly. Currently I just have the beige and black bras in the Feathers Plunge, and I LOVE them!!

    I also have the three styles of panties that go with each one. I know your review is for the bra but I’ve always been incredibly impressed by the Natori panties as well, it seems like magic that there can be so much lace on something and it doesn’t show a panty line no matter what is worn over it. The thongs seem a little delicate, but they’re quite pretty and haven’t gotten damaged after a year of wear, so. The only thing keeping me from buying more Feathers bras is that they don’t have a J-hook to convert to a T-back, and I wear so many T-back shirts that I have to limit the number of regular bras I buy. There is a gorgeous T-back version of Feathers, as well as a racer-back version, but neither come in a 30 band, alas!

  2. Amanda Sage says:

    I love, love, love the Feathers bra. True, it’s perhaps not the best for fuller busts, but for my figure it’s really perfect (I’m a 32A or 34A, but can do a 32B in this one). Natori, please don’t ever discontinue this bra! Everything Anna said is true for me as well — no dents, no gaps, no awkwardness. I have it in three colors.

  3. Anna says:

    I am a 30 band size (in some brands, possibly a 28), so I have very few options for purchasing bras. Generally I am a C cup. I usually just wear a S or XS “bralette” with no underwire. The lack of molded cups flattens me out, which I like, but sometimes I need a real bra with cups and a wire to fill out clothes! I tried the Natori feathers contour at Nordstrom and loved it. This bra sells for a great price on eBay, usually from resellers who got them for cheap at the Nordstrom Warehouse, but my band size hasn’t come up in the color I need, so I was thrilled to get it in the store during the Anniversary Sale. I really like the look of the panties and might go back looking for those! I will certainly check Nordstrom Rack too. The cups do run a little shallow, so instead of my C, the 30 D fits perfectly (they don’t even offer the 30C). My shape is a little fuller towards the top of the breast making it evenly round and “perky”, and I think the way the cup and mesh extends smoothly up towards the strap is PERFECT for those of us who sometimes have a dent where the cup on a bra ends. It is such a smooth look that could go under anything!

  4. Lucie says:

    It may not be flashy or super special, but this is the best fitting bra I’ve tried on in a while. I’m a 30F and very full on top, so balconette styles usually pucker weird in the underwire near the bridge. However, the plunge in this style works great. I got the 30DDD and it definitely holds the girls in, but no spillage occurs. <33 Naori feathers!

  5. At Linda’s, we LOVE the Natori Feathers! You’re totally right, it runs a bit small or shallow in the cup. It’s a great plunge style, pretty smooth and pretty … pretty! It’s also a fairly great price. The panties are a great mix of lace and mesh, and because they come up a bit higher, look nice and sleek under a dress.

    And Erica is correct, this style is available for DDD cups now. The 30DDD is flying off the racks at our NYC shops!

    xo Linda the Bra Lady

  6. Caroline says:

    I saw the Feathers bra online a few months ago and loved it, then tried it on at Nordstrom and found it did NOT have enough support for me. I run around too much at my work to be so bouncy. The salesgirl gave me another Natori bra to try, same size (36D) but more lacy, and it was amazing, great fit and beautiful, would’ve been worth every penny… except the lace was thick and showed through several shirts. I happened to buy a pair of Natori boyshorts later that day and now swear by them. So amazingly comfy and don’t roll, ride, or show at all. And not too expensive at Nordstrom Rack! :)

  7. The feathers is such a great style from Natori! I like how it blends the practical t-shirt bra with something fun and sexy. The feathers is available up to a DDD cup though, and I keep hoping they’ll offer a G cup or at least 38 bands.

  8. Kira says:

    This set looks fabulous. But I have an entirely different question – how do you get your abs to look so gorgeous? I’m always trying to figure out how to achieve that beautiful “flat but curvy” look and can’t seem to get it right. I love exercising, so I won’t turn anything down. Hope to hear your thoughts!

    • Treacle says:

      You probably don’t want to hear this, but this is just how my body looks. I have a muscular build, so even when I’m out of shape (like right now), I still stay pretty defined. The flip side of that, though, is that I build bulk super easily.

      • Kira says:

        Oooh you’re so right, not what I wanted to hear! But thank you for being honest, every body is different so it’s better to hear the truth than false encouragement. My abs will survive. Props for your great natural shape!

  9. Amber says:

    I finally got properly sized a few months ago and almost bought this bra but it was a little too expensive for me. I’m a 32E and it fit great, thanks for reminding me about it, I think I’m going to buy it now!

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