Luxury Lingerie Review: Marie Jo 'Catherine' Bra Set
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Luxury Lingerie Review: Marie Jo 'Catherine' Bra Set

Note: I purchased this lingerie with my own money. Marie Jo Lingerie is unaffiliated with this review.


I feel like I should start this review by saying that the Marie Jo 'Catherine' bra set is one I actually bought for my honeymoon 18 months ago. Though I didn't really say so here, I was very reluctant about sharing a lot of wedding stuff on TLA, both because I assume most of you aren't that interested and because weddings are deeply personal events. However, I was also extremely wary of brands that might want to capitalize on my nuptials by bragging about how I wore their products during my wedding/honeymoon. It was important to me to have a non-sponsored wedding. After all, it wasn't The Lingerie Addict that was getting hitched -- it was Cora Harrington.

Anyway, enough time has passed that I'm sure the danger, if it ever existed at all, has also passed as well. The good thing about the speed of internet news is that things get old after a week, much less after a year. And since I've started wearing this set again, it felt right to share a review here on TLA. I also don't see many reviews of the Marie Jo brand, so I wanted to add to the body of knowledge. I can't be the only person wondering how a bra that retails for over $150 at regular price fits and feels.


Well, if you only have a couple of minutes to read this review, let me just say... this set is wonderful. I love the fit. The materials are soft. And the lace is so gorgeous that I want a entire chemise made from it. I fully admit to being wary of most luxury brands and even warier of brands that I believe represent the "old guard" of lingerie. But the Catherine bra set at least, is incredibly beautiful, and it reflects a certain sense of romance and delicacy that isn't present in many of Marie Jo's other, more well-known styles.

As with most of my lingerie reviews, I purchased the bra in size 34C and the knickers (a deep brief) in size Large. The lace is stunning Leavers lace in a floral print. The bra has a sheer, color-matched, micromesh lining on the outer two-thirds of the cup and the very first portion of the wing (if you'll look just to the left of the cup in the image above or below, you'll see a seam and the lace between the underwire and that seam is what has a mesh backing).  The gore is also backed in a sturdier powermesh, and has a small crystal or jewel hanging from it. There's only one row of hook-and-eye closures at the back, and even by my admittedly lax standards (unintentional pun!), the band is very stretchy. Fortunately, I don't mind a stretchy band, but that may be something to keep in mind if you run across this style on sale somewhere. The panty utilizes the same Leavers Lace with an embroidered opaque front panel and embroidered mesh sides and back. There is no shaping or powermesh (i.e. this is not a girdle), just a lot of gorgeous fabric.


I was very happy with the fit of both of pieces, and though this bra set looks delicate, I found it to be suitable for everyday wear. I would not throw this into the washer and dryer as I don't trust the lace to come out in good condition if you do, but it is fine to handwash and hang dry. As far as fit, the bra and panty were completely on-point for me, and I also thought the set was incredibly comfortable. Finally, I adore this vintage-inspired color. It makes me want to buy more blush lingerie.

While I don't have plans to purchase anything else from Marie Jo right now, I would pick up the Catherine again if it was available in another colorway (like midnight blue) and preferably on sale. A quick glance at the their website, however, leads me to believe this particular range has been phased out (though the Tilda and the Lauren styles do catch my eye). All in all, I was very happy with this little experiment into a bra brand that's become a little obscure nowadays.

What do you think of the Marie Jo brand and the Catherine set in particular? Have you tried any of their products? And would you wear this bra if it made a comeback?

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.

9 Comments on this post

  1. Monique Simmer says:

    I just discovered your book (via the New Yorker) and your blog (and love the latter – will be getting the former) – since I live in Europe, I was hoping to find some non-American suppliers and was also interested to see whether you had Marie Jo listed, and was pleased as punch to find this post! I have been wearing Marie Jo for years and will have to be getting some new lingerie soon as my ancient things are now wearing out :( – I am small-breasted with a fairly large ribcage and it is almost the only company that makes bras that fit me well and are very comfortable as well as gorgeous. Marie Jo is expensive and I dread having to get new lingerie, but it is well worth saving for and I have never regretted it (and never found anything else that fit me nearly as well that I liked as much – hoping to find a couple of alternatives somewhere on your blog :)
    You look gorgeous in the Catherine set! Looking forward to reading my way through your blog!

  2. Marlous says:

    I got married in a Marie Jo Avero set. I love the brand because they have great option for bigger chested women. To this day, it’s the most comfortable strapless bra I ever wore.

  3. Su says:

    As I’ve just entered the workforce and started earning some income of my own, I’ve been trying to build a small but good collection of lingerie. I live in a small city that primarily carries la senza/Victoria secret style shops, but there are 2 tiny proper lingerie shops. In my initial forays I was introduced to Marie Jo, and I’ve come to love the products. The cost does prevent me from exploring too much, but I enjoy what I have so far. I adore the set you are wearing and would love to purchase/budget for it if it was available! Also, thank you for introducing me to this lovely world of lingerie!

  4. Ellen says:

    I LOVE that panty! Although I cant squeeze into Marie Jo bras (I would love to), I try to match their panties to my PD bras. They are some of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever bought (Eloise boyshorts in Clearwater and Mojito are my faves).

  5. Thursday says:

    I have to agree with other commenters that I love this set on you. I have stumbled across this brand previously as they seem to make a few styles in a 40B, but the price point is somewhat prohibitive for me. I’d be more likely to keep an eye out for sales now!

  6. Sweets says:

    Oh my gosh, gorgeous! I love this set, and it looks amazing on you! I share your occasional wariness about “old guard”/luxury brands, but having tried one (Maison Lejaby) in the last year and fallen head over heels, I may need to rethink my stance. This is totally lovely.

  7. Jodi says:

    That set is gorgeous on you!

    Count me as another Marie Jo fan. I bought the first one for a wedding years ago and still have it (I hand wash it). It was worth every penny I paid for it.

  8. Lilly Memphis says:

    Beautiful! I’m a fan of Marie Jo and I think these luxery and lace series are what they do best (some series are a bit too plain for my tastes). My absolute favourite bra is the Jane push up, I wish I could wear it every day. I had the chance to visit the brand’s headquarters in Belgium and it was great. Luxery brands like this aren’t normally within my budget, but my experience with the lingerie itself and seeing and knowing how they work (the attention to fit, materials, production etc,) have made a lasting impression.

  9. Nicki Davies says:

    This set looks fabulous on you, Cora.
    Marie Jo Avero has been my every day wear for about 8 years now (and yes, I do put them in the washing machine…)
    I also have a couple of their L’Aventure sets, Daniel is a particular favourite.
    If I’m not wearing Marie Jo, I’m wearing Kiss Me Deadly :-)

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