Lingerie Review: Built Up Chemise and Lace Short by Tia Lyn
Lingerie for review was purchased with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
While Tia Lyn makes a huge range of sizes, the company particularly excels at plus size pieces. They've won all kinds of awards for for their plus size line and have been featured prominently at Full Figured Fashion Week for several years now. I bought these pieces back in February, so they've been washed and worn many times by now. In fact, this review took so long to get up because I've been wearing them so much.
I bought both the core chemise and the core lace short as a set. While I got my set as a special order through The Sophisticated Pair, these pieces can be found lots of places --- including Tia Lyn's own website.
I purchased these pieces in a 1X, which is currently a tiny bit too large for me. I'm probably between sizes, but sized up to get the extra space in the bust. These pieces are most definitely designed for fuller figured women and accommodate larger cup sizes easily. I am not wearing a bra under this in the photos and you can see that it provides some light support, despite having no underwires. I could probably create more support by going down a size, but it would also be less comfortable for sleeping and lounging in.
The panties are pretty standard in terms of size and feel, but well-made and a worthwhile part of a matching set. Despite both pieces having lots of lace incorporated into them, they've survived lots of trips through the washer and dryer with hardly a scratch on them.
The back has a traditional type of clasp like a bra, but in this size the band isn't tight enough on me to provide support like a well-fitted bra band would. Again, if I sized down this design probably would provide more lift --- I may try that with the next set I order from them as an experiment. I love the two-tone lace details on this piece. The brown is a great yet unconventional pairing with the teal color.
My favorite feature of this set is that it is so easily washable. I own a lot of dry-clean-only dresses and hand-wash-only lingerie, so I love that I can chuck this in the washing machine with a bunch of t-shirts and have it come out looking brand new. These sets are made of stretch lace and stretch satin, so they will stretch out slightly over time. For that reason, I'd suggest sizing down if you're between sizes. The lace is extra soft, which makes it great for lounging and actually sleeping in.
Tia Lyn really hits the sweet spot when it comes to beautiful plus size lingerie. The pieces are easy to care for but still beautiful. The fabrics are high quality and the fit and design are thoughtful. I'm extra impressed that I've been wearing these non-stop since February and they still look basically new. For a two-piece set that comes in around $150, that's a steal.
These pieces will be coming out in red this autumn, so I'll definitely be repurchasing this set in that colorway. They also have a beautiful vintage-inspired line that I'd like to try as well. This has become a sleepwear staple for me and I highly recommend it to those of you who love beautiful and comfortable sleepwear.