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Lingerie Review: Chantelle ‘Palais Royal’ Demi Bra & Hipster

Note: This bra set was a personal purchase made with my own money. Chantelle Intimates is unaffiliated with this review.

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Chantelle is one of those brands that I didn’t really pay attention to for a long time, and that I’ve only recently come around to being interested in. I can’t pinpoint the exact moment in my lingerie journey where I thought, “Ehhhh… this brand isn’t for me,” but looking back, I imagine it had something to do with all the French-style lace and embroidery. I was a diehard, black microfiber t-shirt bra fan for years, and it’s only lately that my bra wardrobe has consisted mostly of unlined, unpadded, cut and sewn bras.



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I was first attracted to the Chantelle ‘Palais Royal’ style due to the sheer mesh background (shocking, I know), but I fell in love with it because of the embroidery, which is even more complex up close. It comes across as very luxe and opulent, and the navy accents in particular add an unexpected element of dimension and shadow. This looks like a special occasion bra, but it’s available at a price point comparable to other department store bras…. particularly if, like me, you shop the sales. I purchased the brassiere in size 34C and the panty in size L, my usual and preferred sizes.

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As I mentioned above, my first impression of this bra is that it is, quite simply, beautiful. I will say the mesh didn’t feel quite as I expected. It’s not stiff or scratchy (common complaints for mesh), just perhaps not as texturally fine to the touch as I anticipated for a bra that retails around $90. However, that slight (very slight) mismatch between my expectation and reality is neither here nor there; it could very well be a side effect of needing a specialized material to support the embroidery. The fabric is truly perfectly adequate. As you can see in the pictures, this is very definitely a demi cup; I feel like it pretty much bisects my chest.

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Regarding fit, I’d like to discuss the panties first. These were incredibly comfortable. The back of the knicker (as well as the wings of the bra) uses a pointelle mesh, and I was able to wear these panties all day without any riding, bunching, or discomfort. In fact, I’d even venture to say they’re generously sized — about on par with Simone Perele’s boyshorts if you’re familiar with their fit. I can’t speak to whether or not they show through clothing as I only wore with them jeans, but as you can see in the pictures, the seams and edges are not invisible, so I’d keep that in mind.

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Regarding the bra, I’d say my review is a bit more nuanced. It fulfilled all my relevant criteria for good fit (gore tacked, wires enclosed the breast tissue, band parallel to the floor), and I felt supported. However, I did have three mild pressure points that grew gradually more irksome throughout the day. In sequence, the first was on my sternum where the inner curve of the underwires tacked, followed by a second one the outer curve of the underwire (right around where the cup meets the wing), and ending with a third one at the bottom of the cup near my inframammary fold. I wouldn’t categorize any of these as major flaws (I wore the bra all day multiple times, which is my preference for reviews), but I do wonder if perhaps the wire shape isn’t an ideal fit for my breasts. I’ve become a lot more interested in how underwires interact with bone and muscle, but I don’t yet have the vocabulary to describe exactly what’s happening… nor does anyone else I know of seem to be having these particular issues with their wires.

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Overall, I’d say I’m happy with this bra set, but I don’t know if I’d necessarily purchase it at full price. There’s nothing wrong with it; there are just other bras I like at comparable (or lower) price points a bit more. But I’d definitely add the Chantelle Palais Royal to the list of styles to try, especially if you’re new to lingerie and/or looking for something a bit different from the norm.

Have any of you tried Chantelle lingerie? And what do you think of the Palais Royal? And while we’re at it, what are your expectations for a $90 bra? Please share in the comments!


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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.

12 Comments on this post

  1. i bought a chantelle bra and knicker set, I loved the feel of them, wore the bra and the straps kept coming off, feel very disappointed as it wasn’t cheap, i think i need some help in getting it fixed.

  2. Rei Hino says:

    I actually purchased the bra and knicker set from this collection when it was first released. I bought it in a light blue shade. To be honest I was disappointed with its quality. It didn’t last for a year. By the end I saw its band yellowing, and the elastic getting wrinkled and stretched out. I only wore it once or twice a month, as it was a fancy splurge for me. Unlike your experience, the knicker did give me a little wedgie feeling. I have always wondered where I went wrong since I have heard raving reviews about the quality of the brand. It is a good think they are continuing with this design. It is one of their best.

  3. Karen Williams says:

    I first read the article on Chantelle’s ‘Palais Royal’ Demi Bra & Hipster the day I went to a Helen of Troy store near me to buy tee shirt bras. It seems they only sell Chantelle bras. I bought two of the most expensive bras I have ever bought in my life ($68 each). How each bra fit me was a great revelation. Fantastic! I almost bought one for $88. When I get the money, I am going back to buy that. It will be hard for me to buy inexpensive bras again.

  4. Jodi says:

    That set is gorgeous! Chantelle (and other French brands) seem to fit me very well. I am an hourglass shape, but have wide shoulders, and I am not particularly short, so not sure I agree with Evia’s comment. I suspect it’s the shape of the wires.

    • Evia says:

      Or that, yes.
      To be honest, there’s only two brands from very many I’ve found so far that are my go-to and that are bearable (that is, leaves my squishy build bruise-free) even with considerable weight fluctuations (and we’re talking a range of 30 kilograms here, 15 to one end or to the other).
      I’ve yet to try Chantelle, though – a student budget doesn’t really accommodate buying high-end lingerie you’ve never tried :D

  5. Monique says:

    This set looks gorgeous on you! I love mesh back panties and the detailing/design of the bra is really pretty! I can definitely relate to those unwelcome pressure point issues that I find on some of the most beautifully designed bras, but I have to admit, I often just deal with the pain if it means I look smokin’ hot :) Totally embarrassed to say that, but hey…hopefully with your help I’ll be making much more practical lingerie purchases in the future!

  6. Evia says:

    I think it has something to do with your mesomorph build and Chantelle being a French brand. I haven’t been to France myself, but from what I hear from my Hellfest-visiting friends, French women are generally on the short side.
    Their natural body shape, as far as I’ve heard, is pear-shaped or an hourglass.
    The fact that Paris is so lovely (that means walking a lot!) and typical French diet (au beurre, mm) kind of shifts the center of gravity towards the bottom.

    TL;DR – Their local audience is shorter and less muscular. That involves lesser pecs and more narrow shoulders. Because anthropology.

    //My not too sensible housecleaning break comment. I’m constantly having problems with pressure points but I’m not going to do anything about it until I’ve reached a constant weight (therefore, more like constant band size – I already forwarded lots of my oldies :)

  7. Monique says:

    This set is so beautiful on you! I love a mesh back panty and the detailing on the bra is gorgeous!

  8. monique says:

    Hello, I find your very beautiful clothes, it is original and a lot of glamour, are indeed himself of underwear of a beautiful color

  9. Trish says:

    I have problems with similar pressure points in some other brands so I’m glad you brought this up. I would hesitate to try this brand now since I know about this issue unless they had a really awesome return policy. It’s sad though when you have something pretty that you want to wear but only if it isn’t going to be a long day. I can’t quite bring myself to get rid of the few that I have the same problem with. I have learned that plunge styles don’t seem to give me that problem, at least not so far.

  10. Rachel S. says:

    I know almost exactly what you mean by the pressure points, and I do think it has to do with wire shape. My Cleo Lucy only bothers me at the bottom of the cup, but my Freya Deco Shape Multiway bothers me at the outside end of the underwire and at the bottom of the cup like you describe (and would probably bother me at the gore if it were higher). Both start out fine at the beginning of the day, but sometimes it can become bothersome by the end of the day. Sometimes if I wear the band of these bras too tight then it can be exacerbated, but other than that I can only assume it’s the wire shape causing these pressure points.

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