Lingerie Review: Sonata 'Aida' Classic Lace Bodysuit
Disclosure: I was sent this piece free of charge for review purposes by Sonata Lingerie. All opinions are my own.
There's a lot to love about Sonata.
Named after the designer, Sonata Rapalyte, all of Sonata's lingerie is ethically handmade in Lithuania. They're well known for their gorgeous laces, and they've managed the impressive feat of creating a signature, easily recognizable style --- The Sonata Bodysuit. Beautifully crafted and a joy to look at, this bodysuit is made of 100% polyester lace and 100% silk satin trimmings.
The bottom half is a full brief style, and the snap-fastened guesset is also lined with silk. Cap sleeves, an underbust seam, and nine front buttons complete the look. I was sent a customized size M (I fall between M and L on the Sonata size chart) to review.
Sonata really understands that first impressions matter for luxury lingerie, and I loved how they sent this bodysuit in its very own silk pouch. That sort of detail makes you feel special and excited, which is exactly how you're supposed to feel about your intimates. I found the bodysuit very easy to slip on, and had no issues with either the buttons or the gusset.
The bodysuit is very unstructured and contains no wires or support of any kind. While the seaming under the bust was enough support for me, I can see how it'd be a concern for women with larger or less firm breasts. While it looks undeniably beautiful on, I ran into the same issue with this bodysuit that I run into with most others I've tried. The back, shoulders, and chest are cut very small. I found myself feeling a little reluctant to move in any direction lest I tore a seam or even ripped the lace outright. If you're muscular, athletic, or have an "inverted triangle" body shape, you may have similar fit issues with this piece. However, I wasn't put off by the cap sleeves, which was a surprise. I tend to not wear cap sleeves as they make my already broad shoulders look even broader, but I didn't feel that way about these; it could be that the deep plunge neck with its scalloped detail helped draw the eye away from that part of my body. Another note about the material: there is no elastic in this garment, so it does not stretch. If you've worn 100% nylon stockings before, I'd liken the wear of those to that; any stretching that happens with this bodysuit means it won't "bounce back" to its original shape.
Tightness around the back and ribs aside (which probably won't affect most of you reading this), I really do like this piece. I completely adore how simple it is, especially since so much of lingerie today seems geared towards "fixing" your body. I also love how Sonata can custom make bodysuits for a wide range of sizes, including plus sizes. So many of my plus size readers lament how they can't get the truly gorgeous lingerie in their size (and rightly so), but with Sonata, you can. Women with a high waist/hip ratio (12" or more of difference) will likely want to go the custom route. Ditto for plus size and full bust women. The care tag says dry clean only, but you should be fine with handwashing this in lingerie wash. I definitely wouldn't throw a Sonata bodysuit in a washing machine, though, not even in a lingerie wash bag. Because the lace is a bit delicate, I see this as more of a special-occasion only piece, but I also think it'd be really cool if someone rocked it with layers as an underwear/outerwear sort of look.
So what you do think, fellow addicts, have you tried any Sonata Lingerie before? What did you think of them?