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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.



Boux Avenue 'Henrietta sparkle' lingerie set. Photo from Boux Avenue's twitter.

Boux Avenue 'Henrietta sparkle' lingerie set. Photo from Boux Avenue's twitter.

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?

Boux Avenue's 'Henrietta' sparkle balconette bra and shorts. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

Boux Avenue's 'Henrietta' sparkle balconette bra and shorts. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

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.

Pleating detail on the Henrietta bra by Boux Avenue. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

Pleating detail on the Henrietta bra by Boux Avenue. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

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.

Boux Avenue 'Henrietta' bra moulded foam cup lining. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

Boux Avenue 'Henrietta' bra moulded foam cup lining. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

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.

Boux Avenue 'Henrietta' short detail. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

Boux Avenue 'Henrietta' short detail. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

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.

Boux Avenue's 'Henrietta' sparkle balconette bra and shorts. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

Boux Avenue's 'Henrietta' sparkle balconette bra and shorts. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

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.

Boux Avenue's 'Henrietta' sparkle balconette bra and shorts. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

Boux Avenue's 'Henrietta' sparkle balconette bra and shorts. Photo by Karolina Laskowska

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?


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Karolina
Karolina

Lingerie designer. Spends most of her time sewing bras and getting excited by chantilly lace.

2 Comments on this post

  1. AlexaFaie says:

    I can recommend at least one staff member of Boux Avenue as she actually knew her stuff when I went in hoping to find a bra to fit me. She measured me, gave me the bra which was the correct size and then when she noticed that I was spilling out of the centre but had gaping at the side and the straps were too wide set, didn’t just try a ton of other cup sizes or other bra styles on me, she said that she could tell that their stock would just be too wide spread for my very close set chest with lots of forward projection. She didn’t try to push me into buying something “close enough” or mess around with changing the back sizes in a hope to get a sale. She was happy to let me know that their brand would be unlikely to offer the correct fitting for my shape. That’s very refreshing when everywhere else I had tried up until that point had just shoved me in whatever they hoped would get them a sale. She actually cared about how the bra would fit on me and didn’t want to recommend anything that would end up being uncomfortable or just not fit for purpose. Customer services online were as good as they could be from a distance when there are no size charts to help you work out your bra size (I had changed cup size by a few cups at that point and my only ok fitting bra was one which used the old +4 rules so just ordering that size proved to be the wrong move!) and were great about sorting out returns and exchanges and it was all quite hassle free. My visit in store was much later as at the time of the online order we didn’t have a store here. I definitely recommend a visit to a store if you are unsure of your size like I was. The online video is useful if you already own one of their pieces but need to change sizes, just not so great if you ordered from elsewhere where they use different pattern measurements. But that’s just a personal pet peeve. I know my underbust, I know my bust and anywhere where they have let me work out my bra size from a relationship between those two measurements I have been able to pick out the correct size first time. Any which just say “how does your current bra fit?” in order to “help” have been awkward to order from and resulted in many exchanges.

    So I’m very happy to recommend them to anyone who is wide-spaced with shallow to medium/average projection. They didn’t work for me but everything is really beautiful in person at a very good price point.

  2. Rebecca says:

    That baby pink is beautiful. Thanks for the review, Karolina. Always a pleasure to read your thoughts!

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