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Review: Timpa Duet Lace Demi Bra & Bikini

Disclosure: This blog post contains affiliate links.

Note: I purchased this bra with my own money. Timpa and Journelle are unaffiliated with this review.


A perennial favorite for smaller busted lingerie consumers, Timpa is a brand I've been wanting to try for awhile. I've heard a lot about their classic lace 'Duet' range, and almost all of the feedback has been positive.

Though I don't really identify as small-busted, I think there's value in having access to reviews from this size range as it's frequently underrepresented in the world of lingerie. As mentioned above, I ordered this bra from Journelle (i.e. it's not a brand sample). I purchased the bra in size 36C (based on recommendations to go up a size) and the knickers in size Large.

Right off the bat, I was very happy with the quality. The lace is super soft. The back of the panties (which is satin) is soft. The material just feels good against the skin.

In terms of other design details, I'd say the bra straps are on the thin side, and the band itself only has a single row of hook and eye closures. I especially appreciated that there was no bow on the panties; this is a decidedly frills-free bra set. While there's a hint of floral design around the edge of the lace on both pieces, I don't think I'd call either item especially femme.


In terms of fit, I was glad I went up a bra size. Timpa isn't available in D cup and up sizes (they're small bust specialists, remember), and if I'd gone with my usual size of 34C, I'd likely have felt the band was too tight and have been spilling out of the cups. As it was, the cups were very low cut, but they held my breasts in place.

I'd say this bra is very shallow. If your breast shape is full on top or full all around, you will almost certainly get some spillage. As someone who has a shallower shape, my breasts just sort of spilled into the cups; there was no gapping or cutting in, just a kind of pleasant cradling. I'd also be wary of this bra if you have softer breasts or prefer a lot of shaping. The stretchy lace and relatively unstructured cup don't offer a lot of support on their own. This is a bra that would likely work best for firmer breasts.

For the knickers, the fit of the panties was very small. I could have easily used an XL or maybe even an XXL as the knickers I purchased felt like a S/M. They dug into my hips and thighs and were just was not comfortable. So unless you're able to size up (for example, you usually purchase a S), I'd avoid the matching panties and just coordinate the bra with something else.


Though this bra is available in C cups, I really think of Timpa as more of a an A and B cup brand. Their strength is in offering a beautiful, unpadded bra for smaller busts. I love that the Duet Lace bra is availble in up to 38 bands, and it'd be wonderful to see it in 40, 42, and 44 bands as the large back/small bust customer is woefully underserved.

On a personal note, I kind of wish I'd bought this in black or beige. Timpa also makes this bra in a beautiful chocolate color, and I'm thinking of picking that up as an option for a nude bra. But like I said, it's great to see a small bust specialist on the market who's offering something different from padded, pushup, contour t-shirt bras.

A couple of last notes... the price point on this bra is sweet: around $36 full price and $20 on sale. The matching panties are around $25 full price and $15 on sale. Timpa offers this bra in a ton of colors, so there's almost always one on sale or about to be on sale... which means you can get a very good bra set for less than $50. I'm also interested in trying their new mesh demi (I love mesh) in black.

While I like to machine wash bras when I can get away with it, this is not a bra I would subject to the dryer. It's so stretchy that drying would genuinely ruin it. I'm going to totally wash and dry those knickers though. They need more stretch.

Overall, I'm very happy with the Timpa Duet bra and I highly recommend it, provided you fit within their size range and fit specifications. The knickers, I'd avoid, at least if you're larger than a size Small.

Have you tried Timpa? What did you think?


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. Marguerite says:

    Thanks for your wonderful site! I’m new to the world of high quality lingerie. I love the soft feel, simplicity, and comfort, elegantly feminine quality of Timpa bras. Unfotunatley, my breasts are not firm and my nipples are right at the edge in a 36C. Do you suggest any other high quality brands that I could try?

  2. Sara says:

    I own this bra in black AND beige. It’s wonderful, and VERY flattering to my small bust (34A).

  3. Drew says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but have a question. I have 4 Timpa bras that I love, but the strap adjuster on all of them slips every time I wear them, so the girls are just falling over the bottom of the cup by day end. Has anyone else had this problem? Any solutions?

  4. Judi says:

    When you said you ordered up? What is your normal size? I am normally a 36b and the bra is too small. I’m not sure if I need to order just the band size bigger or the cup size bigger or both? What did you do?

  5. Sandra says:

    I loved the look of this bra before I read your review. After reading your review, I wanted one! I am small chested with bottom heavy breasts so this style looks like it would be perfect for me…and what a great vibrant color! Unfortunately, Journelle’s website (at least for the Timpa products) is clunky at best. I tried two different browsers and had the same issue in both. The modal window never closes or refreshes when you try to view a color choice and the same happens when choosing a size. Did anyone else have a similar issue? Sadly, I got too frustrated with the navigation issues and decided not to buy. Maybe I’ll check it out again another time.

    • Sandy says:

      Just wanted to do a follow up…I ended up getting this bra at HerRoom and I LOVE IT! I bought it in yellow and it is so soft and comfortable…I forgot I had it on. I have small, shallow, “bottom heavy” breasts and this style was almost made for me. Some people in the reviews mentions “nip slip” but this was not an issue for me at all. My normal size (32C) fit really well. I remembered this review when I was searching for something new and found this on the HerRoom site. I think I’m going to try the matching panties but will size up per the advice here. Thanks, Cora! So glad I remembered how much you liked this bra! I’m sold! I may need more colors….

  6. KathTea says:

    I have this bra in yellow and it’s AMAZING!

  7. Thank you so much for the thoughtful and thorough review. There’s a special place in my heart for well-structured, unlined bras that are suitable for small busts. I like a little bit of shape or lift, but I prefer to look and feel like myself. It’s important for me to give squishy hugs for whatever reason. While there are many beautiful bralette and triangle bra options there, they tend to fit like sports bras.

    I’ve been wondering about Timpa for awhile and I think this set looks lovely on you. I really like the look of their mesh set so I’ll probably give that a whirl!

  8. Trish says:

    I have had a Timpa Duet set before that became too small. I plan on buying another set in the future though. It’s nice to have the option of a more natural silhouette. I am glad you mentioned they run small. I look forward to seeing your review on the mesh set

  9. RDPJ says:

    Just recently picked up my first pair of timpa panties. Super comfy and love how many colors they come in. As stated they run very small so find a good conversion chart first as they are euro sized. I normally wear a 10 but choose a 14 and the fit was perfect. When buying don’t get caught up in the number or you will end up with a pair to small.

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