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Lingerie of the Week: Oh La La Cheri 'Ella' Romper

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Maybe it's just the fact that I want to save up for a nice vacation, but after years of feeling disenchanted with the world of budget lingerie, I find myself newly excited again. Some of that, I'm sure, has to do with the size range available in this sector. While many 'straight size' brands are reluctant to expand into plus sizing (and even the ones that have often refuse to use plus sized models), the budget lingerie sector has embraced this demographic with open arms. To be fair, there are still some issues with representation (the heavyhanded use of photoshop, for example, always makes me wince), but coming from the perspective of "more options = more better," it's wonderful to see an increased range out in the marketplace.

Moving beyond size, even the product that's being offered by the budget lingerie sector is more dynamic, with new styles (that aren't just knockoffs!) coming out on a regular basis. The items are, in a word, pretty. It's a not a La Perla level of creativity and construction to be sure, but these are pieces I wouldn't mind owning and wearing, and it's been awhile since I've thought that.



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The brand that's been most impressive in this area is Oh La La Cheri. While most budget lingerie brands lean hard into fishnet bodystockings and bright neon clubwear, Oh La La Cheri has seen the writing on the prestige wall and is putting its aesthetic more in line with companies like ASOS, Bluebella, and Ann Summers... places that are known for inexpensive lingerie, but with a more fashionable approach. While there are several pieces I like from this current collection, one key standout to me is the 'Ella' romper. At around $35 for misses sizing (S/M, L/XL), this is an undeniably cheap item that somehow manages to look, well, not cheap. Sheer, chiffon-like mesh and lace trim give this an easy kind of glamour; the strength of this garment in its simplicity.

Oh La La Cheri does offer this item in misses sizes and plus sizes (1X/2X, 3X/4x). However, it should be noted that there is an $8 price difference between the two size ranges. Holly's talked about pricing in lingerie before and what goes into these price differentials (namely, differences in development costs, materials used, and time to sew). A $42 romper that can fit up to a 48" bust and waist and a 50" hip still strikes me as an outrageous deal, but I can understand how that may be a sore point for some. The Ella romper is available in black, pink, and purple from Lingerie Diva, Yandy, and Bella Bella Boutique (not all stores carry all colors), but I'm feeling especially partial to the black and pink.

What do you think about the Oh La La Cheri 'Ella' romper? Have you tried Oh La La Cheri before? Would you give them a try now?

Update: I just read an article from Body Magazine (an industry trade journal) stating that Oh La La Cheri is merging their standard and plus size lines. I'll be interested to see if this also reduces the price differentials.

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Cora
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. Michelle says:

    What a great read! Thank you so much for posting about budget lingerie. As much as I would love to only wear high end lingerie, reading your blog is about as close as I am likely to get. It is inspiring to read about something in my price range that is pretty, glamorous and without a hint of fish net. More please?

  2. Beth says:

    I just bought this romper- on Amazon! (I will save you the ins and outs of receiving mail at both my home and work so god bless Amazon and their boring, nondescript boxes containing exciting and sometimes VERY descript items :)
    I got the black- i’m usually a 22/24 so opted for the 3x/4x and it was snug. Not uncomfortably so, but enough that when i sat down, the snaps did their thing and unsnapped.The straps confused me at first and i undid them to just be a halter with a ridiculous amount of strap but i am going to reconfigure the straps to cris-cross the way it was intended. Maybe. I quite like it- the price on amazon was good too- $41 so it was not out of line with other on line retailers.
    I agree that this is something that looks better with some curves behind it. THank you for featuring it!

    • Cora Cora says:

      Hey! Thanks for stopping by! I won’t remark on the comments about the models (generally speaking, body comments make me wince a bit because I want people of every size to feel comfortable trying whatever), but thanks for sharing your review! It’s so important to get that firsthand perspective on how things fit and feel in person, especially when you’re talking underserved sizes (like 22/24). I’m glad you liked it. :-)

      • Beth says:

        OH! you’re totally right. I feel awful :(
        No one should be afraid to try this on. It is really fun and it made me feel pretty awesome and to me, that’s really lingerie’s #1 job.
        Thanks for creating such a lovely space where we can learn about the fascinating business of underpinnings. I really do adore you and the blog. xoxoxoxo

  3. Karina says:

    This is so pretty, where can you buy it? The links goes back to the manufacturer, will they take an order. This is something that actually looks better on curves!!

    • Cora Cora says:

      Lingerie Diva, Yandy, and Bella Bella Boutique. They’re all linked in the paragraph just above the italicized question at the bottom. :-)

  4. Jean says:

    Ooooo….this romper is lovely. I wonder if the chemise suits me better or this one? As I have a curvy body and large breast ( band size 38 and cup D) perhaps I would look good in this romper. Black is still my favourite colour for lingerie.

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