Plus Size Lingerie Review: Elomi Matilda and Sachi
Disclaimer: The lingerie in this post was purchased by The Lingerie Addict for review. All opinions are my own.
Somehow, despite buying full bust bras for years, I never tried Elomi until this review. Now part of the Wacoal Eveden group, Elomi offers bras in bands 34-48 and cup sizes D-K.
While offerings in the past have included core staples in neutral colors, I find myself much more drawn to the fashion prints, colors, and trims they have been using for the past few years. For this review, I tried the Matilda Plunge, one of their core shapes, and the strappy Sachi. Both offer a combination of fun detailing with well-engineered full bust/plus size fit.
Construction and Style
The Matilda Plunge bra (32-46, DD-JJ, $69) includes a four-part sheer mesh cup with a slight plunge. I selected the “Unicorn” colorway, which features rows of metallic pastel trim along the top cup edge on top of a navy blue base. The bra has wide, plush elastic straps that include hooking hardware to convert into a racerback, a feature I appreciate because racerback bras are hard to find in full cup sizes.
Here, I’m wearing the Matilda full brief (M-4XL, $32), a high-waisted brief option with vertical trim around a central opaque panel in the front and sheer mesh sides and back. The back has a slightly cheeky cut. The Matilda line also includes a lower-rise brief of a similar style.
The base design for the Sachi bra (32-46, DD-JJ, $64) is very similar to the Matilda, also using a plunge underwire and four-part cup. However, the statement portion of the Sachi is its strappy upper cup design. The edges of the upper cup are gently scalloped with foldover elastic that comes together to form a distinctive butterfly-esque design over the cleavage. While strappy designs are everywhere now, the Sachi stands out as a truly supportive option that has been offered in new seasonal colors over many years. I’m wearing the navy color here.
With the Sachi bra, I’m wearing the matching full brief (M-4XL, $32). Constructed of opaque stretch fabric, these feature two mesh panels in the front with strappy designs. These have a nice high rise and full back coverage. Like the Matilda, the Sachi line also includes a lower-rise brief.
Sizing and Fit
I’m wearing a 38GG in both bras and a 4XL in both briefs. My body currently vacillates between a 38GG and 38H, and at times I have a bit of wrinkling in the cups and spillage over the top. Beyond that, though, I’m really pleased with the fit!
The Matilda bra was one of those extremely rare bras that felt comfortable right away, without much adjustment or need to warm it up with my body or give it a wash to take away some of the stiffness. It has a nicely firm band that stays in place. The plunge is low enough to offer some cleavage but not so low that the center gore digs in. The straps are long in order to accommodate wearing as a racerback.
The Sachi bra needed a little more care to feel good. The mesh is on the stiffer side and felt more comfortable after an initial wash. While the basic shape is nearly identical to the Matilda, the strapping at center front brings the top of the breasts in a little more. Because my breasts have more volume on top, this does create some spillage in the cutouts for me. If you have a similar shape, you might consider going up one cup size.
At first glance, their size chart going up to a 4XL feels pretty plus-size inclusive. However, a close look at their size chart indicates that a 4XL is intended to fit a US size 18, which is not truly plus size. Without any hip measurements to guide me, I cautiously ordered a size 4XL to fit my size 18-20 hips.
Luckily, these do have a fair amount of stretch. I think Elomi should make their size chart more detailed to reflect the actual hip measurements intended to fit, because I believe the 4XL could easily fit someone who wears a US size 22-24. If I were to purchase briefs from Elomi again, I’d likely size down to a 3XL. I liked the full-coverage fit of both briefs, but I would have preferred a slightly snugger fit around the waist.
I’ll definitely buy Elomi again. I’m extremely impressed with the comfort of the Matilda bra, especially, which continued to feel good on my body right up until the end of a 12-hour day. I appreciate that it’s offered in multiple fashion colors, as I’m not likely to buy bras in neutrals like black or beige.
Visible strappy details see a little less use in my wardrobe, but I do reach for the Sachi on days when I’ll be covered up but would like the rounded, pulled-together shape it provides. I do appreciate Elomi offering this style in rich, saturated colors like this navy and the recently-introduced wine and metallic Eugenie, based on the same shape.