Elila Lingerie Review, Part Two: The Glamour Set
The Glamour Set for this review was provided by Elila. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you haven't read my first review of Elila, go back and start there. After I reviewed the samples that were sent, I was so impressed with the line that I wanted to try the rest of it. I picked up two colors of the longline wireless bras to go under my vintage-style dresses, but couldn't find the Glamour set anywhere that I hadn't had a bad experience purchasing from. Luckily, Elila was nice enough to send over a set for me to try. At this point, I've basically reviewed the whole line, so you should have a good idea of where to start if you want to give this brand a shot.
Elila specializes in basics, so I was really intrigued by their first step into glamorous retro-inspired sets. These pieces have a much higher price point than the typical Elila bra --- this bra runs about $80 at retail, versus $30 to $60 for their other pieces. This set has also been talked about by lots of lingerie bloggers: Cora featured it here in her Curve post, but I've seen it spotlighted on lots of other lingerie blogs as well.
This set easily justifies the price point, as the quality is really amazing. I've always loved the embroidered sets that brands like Huit regularly put out, so I'm thrilled to find a set that has that look in my size range. This set is more basic in terms of color, but I'm hoping to see it in some bolder fashion colors during the upcoming seasons.
As you can see, the details and quality are all here. The bra is comfortable and supportive, without digging in anywhere or creating a triangular look. The embroidery is detailed and gives the set a vintage feel. I love how it continues all the way around to the back of the bra. That's a detail you don't see a lot in larger sizes, as it substantially adds to the manufacturing cost of the bra. I'm so glad Elila decided to add in that design element, as it makes this set extra special. This is the most modern bra design I've tried from Elila, so if you're used to the Eveden bras this is probably the best starting point for you. The others are decidedly traditional and retro.
I'd love to see Elila expand their Glamour line into other pieces and colors: embroidered waist cinchers, longline bras, etc. If this comes out in another, bolder colorway, I will definitely be picking it up for myself. Sadly, this set doesn't seem to be available at a lot of retailers, unlike the other Elila bras. So far, Linda's and HerRoom are the only places I've found that carry it. I think this set would be a natural fit at boutiques going for vintage glamour, like Dollhouse Bettie or Trashy Diva. I'm hoping if this set gets re-released, it will get picked up by more retailers.
Sets this like can be seen as risky for retailers due to a higher price point and the (biased and wrong) perception that plus size shoppers don't want to spend money for quality goods. However, with lots of staple plus size brands climbing into the $70+ price point per bra, I think this set is both unusual and incredibly marketable. It's a good move for the brand and smart boutiques will showcase it alongside other luxurious options like Huit and the major French lingerie brands. I'm glad to see Elila expanding into more romantic and fashion forward lingerie, but this is one of those cases where the set will have to sell to make the risk worth it.
What do you think of the more glamorous side of Elila? Have you tried any Elila bras?