Review: Boux Avenue 'Henrietta' Balconette Bra And Short
Disclosure: I received this set from Boux Avenue for review purposes free of charge. All opinions are my own.
I’ve been a fan of the Boux Avenue brand for several years. On the British high-street lingerie scene it certainly stands out, offering one of the widest size ranges in consistently fashion-forward designs at a relatively accessible price point. Its brick-and-mortar stores offer a lovely shopping experience of attentive staff, pleasant changing rooms and engaging displays.
Although I’ve been on plenty of shopping trips to Boux Avenue with friends and family, I’ve never been enamoured enough to actually make a purchase. My lingerie budget is limited at the best of times and my tastes tend to run towards the more directional and unusual designs. Boux Avenue's offerings, whilst undeniably pretty, are decidedly more mainstream than the majority of the lingerie that I personally choose to purchase. When I was offered a set for review purposes, I was intrigued to try the brand’s designs for myself. Would they live up to my high expectations or is Boux Avenue’s glossy image all veneer?
I received the ‘Henrietta’ sparkle bra and shorts in my sister size of 32C (I normally wear 30D) and UK 12 respectively. Although these styles are now discontinued, Boux Avenue has a relatively extensive size range, with bras encompassing 28-40 band sizes and A-G cup sizes. Co-ordinates are available in UK sizes 6-20. Prices range from £15-45 ($21.50-$65) for bras and £5-28 ($7-$40) for knickers.
Beautiful packaging is always a lovely extra with any lingerie purchase but it is an especially lovely surprise at this price point. The Boux Avenue branding is consistent and delightfully pretty: a printed card box in pale pink with black and white branding. The lingerie itself was contained within tissue paper with a sprinkling of faux-rose petals. Although none of this packaging is of exceptionally high quality, it certainly lends a luxury touch and makes the act of receiving lingerie dramatically more enjoyable. It was also reassuring to see this all packaged within a discreet and plain cardboard box, for those of you that worry about lingerie purchases being conspicuous.
The bra is a moulded foam cup, balconette bra with a peach satin outer, pleated at the centre front with a rose gold effect threaded lace trims. The bra wings are made of a soft, sheer, colour-matched powermesh. There is plastic boning on the side seams of the bra which gives it extra stability and support. The centre back hook and eye fastening and all metal components also feature a rose gold finish which lends this set a luxe appearance. Although the satin is polyester based, it is of a high quality and feels soft to the touch without any of the problematic pilling of cheaper fabrics.
The matching knickers are comprised of the same satin, lace and powermesh, with soft plush-backed elastic on the waist and legs and a cotton jersey lined gusset. Both pieces are finished with satin bows and rose gold branded charms at the centre front. The lingerie is impressively well constructed, with accurate stitching and details that surpass expectations at this price point. Both pieces were made in China.
Both pieces are true to size and offer a comfortable fit. The bra wires comfortably fit my breast root and encase the breast tissue whilst the padded cups offer good lift and a rounded shape. The band is comfortably firm on the tightest hook, as I would expect having sized up. The knickers sit comfortably flush against the hips without cutting in. Both pieces hold up well to wear throughout the day and still look as good as new after washing. The only issue I encountered is that the satin is prone to snagging; unfortunately a brief encounter with my long nails has led to some unsightly pulls.
Overall, I was seriously impressed with this set. The attention to detail and quality of construction far surpassed my expectations. The packaging and luxe-branding bring the Boux Avenue experience nearly on a par with Agent Provocateur, but with a much more wallet-friendly price point. Although their products aren’t quite my lingerie cup of tea, I can feel confident in recommending them to my loved ones.
Readers: Have you ever tried Boux Avenue? How important to you are details such as metallic lace and colour matched components?