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Lingerie Review: Lonely Sabel Cutout Bra & Tri Brief

Disclosure: This lingerie was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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I am so excited about today's lingerie review! Though I'm feeling a little burnt out on the whole strappy trend, Lonely is a lingerie brand I've wanted to try for awhile, and let me just say right now that I am incredibly happy with the pieces I was given to review... far more than I expected to be.

Based in New Zealand, Lonely is a womenswear label that makes lounge, swim, and outerwear. I think of Lonely's lingerie as their most popular offering (it's certainly one of their oldest), but that could also be because of my specialty. Regardless, Lonely has quickly carved out a niche for themselves as an alternative, indie label with striking designs at a mid-level pricepoint. Their products are carried at Journelle, Lille Boutique, True & Co., and Nasty Gal, among other places.

As is true of many labels, Lonely Lingerie replenishes the same silhouettes season after season with new colors and fabrics. Their Sabel collection is one of their most popular ranges, and I receievd the cutout bra and brief in the gorgeous, woodsy green shown here (so Pacific Northwest!). As per usual, I tried a 34C bra and size L panty. Both pieces are made in China of a nylon/spandex blend.

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My first impression of this set was that the materials are super soft. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was very happy with the quality of the fabric. I was also outright surprised as the level of textural detailing present, especially on the bra. While at first glance, it may seem like a straightforward (albeit slightly strappy) brassiere, there's actually a lot happening here. The lace itself isn't flat, but seems to have an almost embroidered overlay in some places (fabric people, help me out here?). The straps have a rich velvet texture, which immediately make this piece feel and look more luxe. The band of the bra is mesh, so that's a third texture. And then you have metal accent rings where the three cup straps join with the shoulder straps. Metal hardware on my lingerie (as opposed to the cheap plastic stuff) is my kryptonite. There's no velvet detail on the panties, but they do have a lace front and mesh back joined with the same o-rings that are on the bra.

As far as fit, I was very happy with both pieces. The lace and mesh on the bra and knickers are super stretchy, both horizontally and vertically. This is probably not a bra to wear if you have a heavier bust or are looking for aggressive support and shaping. If you want a "natural" profile (i.e. more or less how you look without a bra), it's great. The materials were not itchy against my skin, nor did the bra and panty create any tension points or pain points. I had no binding or digging in during any of the multiple times I wore this set. It was just comfortable through and though. Despite looking very "editorial" or "directional," these pieces are perfect for everyday.

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I do have a couple of non-fit related notes though. The first is that there's a good chance this bra will be visible if you're wearing a t-shirt, tank top, or similar garment. Because the straps are both wide and made of velvet, any "peeking" looks very intentional, but it's something to be aware if you prefer a more invisible look. The strap adjusters are also at the back of the bra, which is unusual and a bit awkward, to be perfectly honest. I'd have preferred them to be in the front, but I also understand that may have interfered with the aesthetics. Another note about the back is that the straps criss-cross. I don't know if anyone else has my issues with image rotation and spatial awareness, but I also genuinely had some trouble figuring out how to put this bra on. It was a bit of a wrestling match the first couple of times, and I wound up seeing how this bra would look as a halterneck, among other things. The velvet side panels you can see in the photo above are not boned or reinforced in any way (which is fine with me, but I'm aware they may look boned in the photo), and this is a bra set you will probably not want to machine wash or dry, even on the delicate cycle. I'm all about shortcuts when it comes to lingerie washing, but this is definitely a handwash only piece. Honestly though, I think of all of this as small things.

Overall, I'm very happy with this set and would recommend it as a buy. Do any of you own some Lonely Lingerie? What do you think of their pieces?

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.

11 Comments on this post

  1. Sarah says:

    I recently purchased the Thea set and it runs quite large in my opinion. The underwire bra was purchased in a 32dd and I compared it to my largest 32dd bra. It was bigger in band, cup and wire. The panties are on the large side as well. I measured myself carefully against their size charts and those or the sizes I was suggested which happen to be what I wear normally. Unfortunately it’s going to cost near the amount of the set to return so I’m at a loss. As for as quality and fabric, I’m in love.

  2. Tiffany says:

    I have a Lonely set in dark blue and I love it. Mine is more strappy than this one, which I *love*. My only issue is that it seems to run a bit large? The straps gap away from my body a bit (in the bra, the panties are perfect), but I wasn’t willing to pay shipping back across the sea to exchange it for a smaller size. Love it regardless though. The lace looks beautiful yet it isn’t so delicate that I’m worried about snagging it. I have soaked mine (oops) but it seems fine! I guess I won’t do that next time though. :x

    • Cora says:

      Which style did you get? I found this one to fit true to my sizing preference (keeping in mind that I prefer things to run a bit large and loose), but I don’t recall having any gapping issues. Do you think it could possibly have been a breast shape mismatch?

  3. Krista says:

    Have been following them on instagram. Looks gorgeous! The color is great on you.

  4. Marcy says:

    I do not own this brand of lingerie, but it is looks so feminine and elegant. I do love the lines on this style too. The lace is beautiful and the color looks Amazing on you!

  5. Hayley says:

    Wow, this set is gorgeous, especially that color!

  6. Tulip Noire says:

    Based on what I can see from the pictures I’d say it’s chantilly lace. Chantilly refers to the process not nessicarily the materials used, which is why one might have a hard time defining this lace. Usually when you think of chantilly lace you think of a luxury non stretch lace which is traditional. However traditions change when new textile technology is introduced! <3

  7. Rachel says:

    Oh crap. Is that stealing? It clearly is stealing. Does it matter as much if I’m making bras for myself and not to sell?

  8. Rachel says:

    Velvet-y bra straps! Nice. I’ve mentioned before that I’m learning how to make lingerie, and I’m currently working on a second draft of a bra. Once I make the final version, I’ll snag this idea for the straps.

    • Rachel says:

      Oh crap. Is that stealing? It clearly is stealing. Does it matter as much if I’m making bras for myself and not to sell?

  9. Emily says:

    I have this set in the navy blue and really love it. I agree that it’ll definitely be visible under most clothes, but that’s not necessarily a downside to me. I’ve been wearing it a lot and one of my concerns is about how to wash it. I think I will just carefully wipe down the material, as it says do not soak. Anyway, gorgeous bra. I love the color you had! It looks great on you. Thanks for another great review.

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