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Lingerie Review: Pleasure State Heirloom Lace Set

Disclosure: I purchased this set with my own money from Rue La La. Neither Rue La La nor Pleasure State requested a review.

via: The Lingerie Addict Instagram

I've been wanting to try Pleasure State for awhile now, even since before I mentioned them on TLA. I like Pleasure State's use of lace, and they offer something a little bit different from what I usually see in lingerie stores while still being completely wearable. I chose the Heirloom Lace set because I thought that black lace overlay was completely gorgeous. I ordered the bra and knicker in my usual sizes: 34C and L. The bra is a contour (i.e. t-shirt) bra, and the knicker is a low-rise brief with a sheer back.

Pleasure State is owned by the Bendon Group, and if that name seems familiar to you, it's because the same group produces Elle Macpherson's and Stella McCartney's lingerie labels. I would say that if you're familiar with the fit of those two brands, then the fit of this one is very similar. On me, the Bendon Group's brands are a little small. The band for this bra fit snugger than I would like (which is a similar complaint I have about Elle Macpherson and Stella McCartney's bras) and the knicker, while pretty, did feel a little snug on my hips, especially on my rear.

via: Bloomingdale's

That said, the bra did fit very well and gave me an amazing profile, particularly under lower-cut or v-neck shirts. Though not billed as a push-up, it did give a bit of a push-up effect. Even better, the lace overlay, gorgeous as it is, is pretty much invisible under clothes. I also thought the ruffled tulle shoulder straps were a nice touch, especially if your bra straps peek out. Finally, this bra holds up to washing and repeated wear very well (and yes, I'm talking about my washing machine on delicates cycle).

While I liked this bra set, I'm not sure if I liked it enough to buy it at all full price. There's nothing wrong with either of the pieces; my review notes have more to do with personal taste than any real issues of fit and quality. I just wasn't bowled over. It's pretty... but in a drawer full of pretty bras, I'm not sure that's enough to stand out.

Have you tried Pleasure State before? What do you think of the brand? I'm definitely interested in getting some other impressions.

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.

8 Comments on this post

  1. Honey! says:

    Can you tell me where to find Pleasure State Couture in the States or Canada? Am dying to order some of their designs!

    • Cora says:

      Hey! I’d check the Pleasure State website for their stockists. That’ll be the most reliable place to see where they’re sold.

  2. Erica says:

    I bought my first and last Pleasure State set years ago as I loved the design, diamond-shaped tule was simple enough yet sexy and elegant. I cannot recollect the name but I believe it was from the White Range. I loved the design so much that I persevered wearing it despite excruciating pain with the wire – it was far too small, and Im already a really small 32A, so that was some feat. I am really not sure what the design flaw was, but the wiring was not so much uncomfortable as extremely painful (and yes, it was in the correct size).
    After I couldnt take it anymore I just had to get rid of it, and have never triend any PS stuff since, which is a shame.
    Its great to know that other have had more positive experiences with this brand, so I might finally give it another try after so many years :)

  3. I agree with Kyla, I find P-State bras to be hit and miss, but when they work, clients love them! They’re definitely glam…and do very well with younger ladies as well as older gals looking for a bit of “zazz”…Fitwise, not the best in deeper cup sizes (the VIP line), but great for the smaller back/cup combos. One of my girls really did well in the “My Fit” T-shirt bra…though the diamonds on the strap are a little bit…gauche? But that’s the Pleasure State aesthetic, lol. I’ll say this in every P-State post…about 6 seasons ago they did a boned high waisted shaper that I’ve never seen since…it is the the sexiest and best quality shapers I’ve ever owned, in fact the only one I wear. I also have a pair of their silk panties that have held up for over five years and still look great. Worth the cost! Regarding price, I find that quality is definitely reflected in the lower price bras. That being said, the more bells and whistles and lace, the more your bra will cost. I’m always…very, very, VERY wary of anything below the $80 price point. I just find they are not built to last. My expensive bras have lasted years, whereas…I just totally got burned (AGAIN!) by a lower price company (who will remain unnamed)…the wire popped out after TWO wears. Unacceptable! Cora, I love you but you know it pains me that you machine wash your beautiful bras, lol. ;-) One last thing about P-State, I do find their chemises, slips and bodysuits to be extremely sexy. Great for “romping” wear. They do edgy sexy very well!

  4. Danielle says:

    I have quite a few pleasurestate sets and I absolutely love them with my most recently bought being the Temple of Fortune set. They seem to fit me so well and make me feel very pretty in them. That being said I can only afford them when they are on sale as full price is a bit too much for me.

  5. Maria says:

    I have never tried this brand before, but I like knowing that it runs a little small as I find it very difficult to find bras to fit my 32A size (they always seem to be bigger and I have to size down to 32AA, which is very limiting). Thank you for this review!

  6. Kyla says:

    I work at a Lingerie boutique and Pleasure State is one of our main fashion labels, I really like the brand itself but sometimes they have a hit and miss when it comes to their designs. Was this piece apart of their white label collections? This piece looks like a classic, I like the lace and pokadot combination. I agree with the band, it does have a snugger fit and it doesn’t really relax over time either (unlike their basics)! If you liked his set, try Valley of Peace.. it has a higher balconnet but the panties are all lace, much more forgiving. Overall, I think Pleasure State is a glamourous brand and is a huge hit with our clients in store. Personally, I don’t purchase a lot of Pleasure State, but they do have some fabulous pieces! (I just saw their SS14 collection this morning – I’ve got my eye on a few styles!)

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