I am always on the hunt for new bullet bras or vintage inspired wire-free bras. I mentioned how ecstatic I was when Bettie Page Lingerie opened up with some new retro and vintage inspired pieces and I finally have another review of them! This is the first of a 2 part review on their Black/Peach Spiral Stitch set. Today I am reviewing the Bettie Page Spiral Stitch Bullet Bra.
I knew I had to have this as soon as I saw it, the shape, that stunning classic spiral stitch and the full contrast stitching! I have a large amount of black underwear so I also knew I would have no problem matching it to a lot of my current collection.
I bought this bra in the size 32E as I am about a 10E/8F in NZ sizing. I would say it fits pretty well, but I do find the cups a tiny bit small at the top of my bust. I think if I was to repurchase I would want to try the 32F but this is the only colourway which expands to that size – some of their overwire range does as well however . There is also no way I can fit cookies in at this size so I feel like I would be happy to use those in an F.
The band is a really good snug fit which I love in a bra and I would say it’s an accurate 32/10 back. The bra is made predominantly from a non-stretch satin and the only stretchy part is the elastic at the back, which keeps it nice and taut and means it won’t stretch out as quickly as other bras. The fastening being to one side is a little difficult to get used to but I don’t need to think about it when I wear it now. I really appreciate it as it is a traditional detail found on some of the bras in the 1940’s and 50’s. It also has a super low back which is great for open-back dresses.
I really like the cut of this bra as well, I find I can wear it with lower cut things like my Vixen Troublemaker dress. Most of my vintage style bras come up quite high on my chest so they are reserved for my clothes with higher necklines. The straps are also set quite close together which is great for my small shoulders. Not to mention the straps are very adjustable and have a huge range of fit.
I had to include this detail shot of the shape and stitching! It’s definitely not as sharp as their Retro Futuristic Bra which I have previously reviewed but it has a nice softened point to it. Also I think it’s worth mentioning that the cups are lined with a soft non-stretch mesh so there isn’t any irritation from the stitching details.
The Playful Promises website has a currency converter which is invaluable to us NZ customers! This bra is $89 which is on the pricier side but I cannot recommend it enough. I love to share pieces with you guys that really work for me, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I wear this 2-3 times a week even almost half a year after buying it. The fit is awesome and the shape is so much my ideal. I think this is a great style for beginners too and it does come with bullet bra pads if you aren’t confident that you can fill it out. The size range is 32A-38F which is pretty inclusive for a new range, and as previously mentioned in my last review of their products, Playful Promises is made ethically.
Stay tuned for my review of the matching Z-Stitch Highwaist Brief next week!