The Great Longline Bra Quest (TLQ) is a series that I hope to run throughout the course of this year, and possibly longer, I cannot say how long the journey may be. I adore longline, long line, long-line, however you prefer to type it, bras. Not those ones which have a band 1/2 inch longer than the usual but ones which actually reach my waist, or attempt to.
The first in this series is the Evollove Night Sky Contour Balconnet Bra which I purchased from Bendon. I had to have some dental work done this and afterwards thought I would treat myself to some lingerie. Luckily they are currently having a end of season sale so I was able to purchase it at 30% off.
Before I get into this review I have to backtrack a little. I own one other Evollove bra which is the Twilight Dream Demi Bra. I was browsing the clearance section of a store when I spotted a stunning blue starry bra. I normally wear a 10D/32D but the closest one to my size was a 8DD/30DD, I’m a terrible person and usually wear my bras on the tightest hook when I first buy them because the band is too loose from the start. Needless to say it fit me extremely well and was very comfortable, however the brands which are easiest for me to purchase usually only start at a size 10/32 band. Sometimes they will fit properly but other times I suffer in silence or take in the bands myself.
(I dyed my hair the night before so that’s what any grey or black splotches are)
Although the bra was released for SS13 it’s still available in all sizes at Bendon, and I’m sure if you look around the internet it’ll be on international sites. It wasn’t available in a size 10D/32D, but it was in the sister size 8DD/32DD and given my previous experience with Evollove sizing I tried it on with no hesitation. It’s a comfortably snug fit and I wear it on the loosest set of hooks which is such a nice change as it will stretch slightly with wear.
I love the shape and style of it. Although Evollove is a more full busted directed brand (with cup sizes D-G) I find their shapes still work well with shallower breasts. This is a contour bra, so it has some lift but it is caused by the shapes and seams in the cup rather than a wad of padding. It has a nice amount of coverage, not too much, not too little, but it wouldn’t be suitable for a very low cut top. It has 4 pieces of plastic boning in it, one under each cup, and one on each side so that it doesn’t wrinkle it’s way up while you sit, walk or generally exist. The different lace and mesh textures make the bra more interesting while it still remains a great everyday black bra. Even with thinner knit tops the textures only show through a minimal amount which is a relief, and it’s worth noting that the centre bow is an adorable detail.
It does get a bit uncomfortable if you are in holiday slouch mode like I am. But when I’ve been out for entire days it has remained extremely comfortable, to the extent at which I didn’t feel the bra at any point. It provides a nice light rib shaping towards the waist and combined with some high waisted or underbust shapewear it would make a fantastic combo. The bra however doesn’t finish at my waist which is something I definitely prefer with my vintage styled garments. It doesn’t give me any bulges though, and if it really bothered me it would be very simple to add some wide black elastic around the bottom.
The last thing I will say is that I adore how low the back is, which means I don’t have a million hook and eyes to do up and I can wear it with things which are low cut in the back.
If you want a good, everyday longline bra then I wholeheartedly suggest this bra. It looks nice and is very comfortable. The only downside is the shorter length, but if this doesn’t bother you or you have a shorter torso just go and buy it.
Brief briefs overview: I bought the matching briefs in a size L and they are equally as comfortable. For reference I have 41” hips. The front lace panel is a nice detail and the back is ruched to perfection. Definitely worth the matching set.
This isn’t the end of my quest! In the next bra quest post I shall be looking at the Gossard Retrolution Staylo Plunge Bra in blush.