Harlow and Fox Eleanor Bra and Panty Review
Disclosure: Harlow & Fox sent me this lingerie for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
I've been so excited to review Harlow & Fox and can't believe it has taken me so long! I'd read about the brand on TLA and was intrigued. Then, I was introduced at February market and I was in love. My full bust ladies understand the unique struggles that sometimes come with being a "non-average" size. While it has definitely improved over the years (thanks to sites like TLA), there are still some gaps between what's in my size and what I desire. One of those desires is absolutely opulent, deliciously exquisite, full bust lingerie. While we've gotten more traction on swim and everyday pretties, I've seen fewer options in the high end, luxury market.
Full cup ladies, we are in luck! Harlow & Fox is the brainchild of Leanna Williams, the talented founder and creative director of this incredible brand based in the UK. I had the pleasure of meeting Leanna and seeing the designs up close back in February, and was seriously impressed! Not only has she crafted an aesthetically pleasing collection highlighting her attention to detail, but also a thoughtfully constructed collection that fits a full bust.
I had the opportunity to try one of the styles, Eleanor, for myself to learn more about its fit and wearability. The set is so luxurious! But even before that, the packaging is so luscious! A beautiful black box with the gold label imprinted on the top. Inside, the set nestled between layers of soft tissue paper. This was beyond packaging -- this was an experience! I was inclined to save the set for a special occasion. But isn't every day a special occasion?! So, I decided to give it a whirl on a regular weekday. Given that the matching panty I received was full bottom and wasn't conducive to my outfit that day, I decided to give that a try the next time.
From my conversation with Leanna, I knew that the brand was graded from other full cup lines I was familiar with wearing, so choosing my ideal size was simple. The fit was very similar to that of my Freya and Fantasie bras, so I chose the 32FF in the balcony style. (The full range for the style is 30-38 DD-G.) In my years of full bust bra shopping, I’ve discovered that this silhouette is best for me.
The cups were adequately sized and held all of my breast tissue without spillage over the top, which could have been possible given the top half of the cup is made of exquisite eyelash lace, so this was definitely a plus! The lace laid flat against my skin for a smooth look. The support was also created by a three-part cup, power mesh on the wing, and well-placed underwires. Because of these supports, the bra is able to have straps that are only modestly thick, which is important since the straps should not have to carry all the weight of the breasts. It also creates a more visually appealing look.
I was most surprised and delighted by the wearability of the bra. Even after a full day with lots of movement, I never felt any uncomfortable pulls, tugs, or pokes. There was no readjusting for the bra to stay in place. Beyond the fit, the silk of the bra is so incredibly smooth against the skin which made for an all around pleasant experience!
Beyond the fit, the general appearance of the bra is feminine and beautiful. The mink color is universally flattering for a multitude of skin tones. Pearl droplets create a romantic look.
The matching panty, available in sizes XS-XL, is true to size. I chose the medium. It's comfortable, but the brief I had chosen was not practical under all clothes, especially if you are like me and particular about VPL. However, my favorite element of the bottom is the cheeky, key hole back. The epitome of fun and flirty!
I would recommend this set to any full cupped woman looking for a little luxury who has the money to do so. I know for many of our readers this set would be cost-prohibitive, given the price tag of $284 USD for the bra and $160 USD for the panty. I envision it being a special splurge for a boudoir photo shoot. Or, in the ivory for a wedding trousseau. You do get what you pay for as far as quality of the fabrics, structure and support of the bra, and overall look.
Check out this set and the other fancies on the Harlow & Fox website and let us know what your favorites are!