Lingerie Review: Edge O' Beyond Becca Padded Bra and Knickers
Disclosure: This lingerie was purchased for the purpose of review by The Lingerie Addict. All opinions are my own.
Edge O’ Beyond is a brand that made a huge splash when it first emerged onto the lingerie scene: its distinctive pairing of luxury laces with gold plated chain jewellery made quite the impression, with the brand picking up numerous noteworthy stockists for its debut collection (a rare thing indeed in today’s conservative marketplace). When Cora asked me to review the ‘Becca’ set from its first collection, I jumped at the chance to actually experience the lingerie for myself: could the product live up to the hype?
The Becca range is available in bra sizes 30B-E, 32-34 A-E, 36A-DD, and knicker sizes extra-small to extra-large (equivalent to roughly a US 0-12). The bra retailed for £85 and is now on sale for £34 (approx. $106/$43), whilst the briefs were originally £65 and now on sale for £26 (approx. $81/$33). The range also contains a suspender belt and thong. I purchased my usual sizes of 32C bra and size M knickers.
The bra is made of a mix of a polyester satin outer and powermesh wings. A delicate French leavers lace trim is used along the neckline, with scallop detailing appliquéd at the centre-back. The cups are lightly padded, with a cut-sewn shape rather than moulded and nylon taped seams.
The elastic is all picot-edged, with a satin finish on the shoulder straps. An organza bow finishes the centre front, with hand-stitched gold rings placed at the centre front and either sides of the back, to be attached to EoB’s signature jewellery ranges.
The shoulder straps are adjustable with gold-plated components and the bra closes with 3 columns of 2 rows of gold hooks and eyes. Side seams and the wire seams are encased in plush wire casing, with plastic boning inserted at the side seams for vertical stability.
The knickers are a ‘Brazilian’ cut, with skimpy coverage on the bottom. The same fabrics are used as in the bra, with a front panel of poly-satin embellished with appliquéd French lace. The back of the knickers is made of a single panel of stretch powermesh, also embellished with a smaller V of appliquéd French lace.
Both lace appliqué details are pattern matched and zigzag stitched in place for security. Organza bows are sewn on either side of the front panel, with a final bow at the centre back. Each bow is trimmed with a gold ring for the attachment of jewellery. Picot-edged plush elastic trims to leg and waist edges and the gusset is lined in cotton jersey.
Both garments are very well sewn, with consistently accurate and secure stitching throughout. The brand proudly manufactures all of its products in the UK, with materials sourced from Europe.
I would personally call this bra a balconette cut. However, the brand’s website describes it as both a ‘plunging demi-bra’ and ‘push up’ style. Indeed, the cups on this bra are not particularly generous in their cut. Although I have a relatively shallow bust shape, this bra comes up quite small on me and has a tendency to cut in along the neck edge, causing the ‘double boob’ spillover. I suppose technically this is a push up effect, but not one that I feel particularly comfortable in.
Edge O’ Beyond’s website actually advises to size up a cup size for the 32C, and I can see why. Unfortunately, I purchased the bra in person so was unable to take the advice on board. Despite the shallow cup volume, the wires are still a good fit and profile for my shape and tack at the centre front. The band is as comfortably firm as I’d expect for this size. Going by the brand's website, the fit of this bra is somewhat inconsistent. There are recommendations to wear your normal size or to size up between 1-2 cup sizes. If this is a style that you're considering, I would recommend following the brand's advice.
The knickers come up a little tighter than I’d normally like to wear, and I imagine that by sizing up to the Large there would be less cutting in around the hips. However, I suspect that even sized up they aren’t a garment that I’d personally like to wear as the gusset is very narrow. At its narrowest point it measures under 5cm, which makes for a rather uncomfortable wearing experience. It also has a tendency to shift around throughout the day. I know that gusset width is a matter of personal preference but I’m definitely in the camp of wider gussets: styles like these just don’t work with my body shape.
Although the Becca set isn’t something I’ll be wearing much in future, it still gives a good first impression for the Edge O’ Beyond brand. The products are well made and beautifully designed. The fit isn’t quite there in my opinion, but such teething issues are to be expected in a lingerie brand’s early days, especially with garments as complex to fit and grade as padded bras.
I suspect there’s a bright future ahead for the brand, especially if they’re able to fix these fit niggles. Already in the seasons since their debut, they’ve released some incredibly beautiful and striking designs. I personally have my eye on the Domoni and Odile ranges, but I might wait until I’m able to try them on before I buy!
Readers: Have you tried Edge O’ Beyond? How does fit affect your opinion of a brand?