Bettie Page Lingerie Retro Futuristic Bra

As soon as I saw the reveal pictures for Bettie Page Lingerie last year, I knew I would be needing some of their sets! They seemed to really encapsulate the feeling of Bettie Page whilst still doing unique and afforable products.

Today I’m reviewing the Retro Futuristic Bra, a softcup wireless bra with an extreme point! I’m wearing this with the Black French Knickers which I will detail in another review.

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I love how striking this design is, and I am a sucker for an extreme shape. I find it very interesting and unique! Bettie Page Lingerie is a line made by Playful Promises, a well known UK lingerie brand which make some gorgeous retro inspired pieces. Playful Promises have always had really exciting designs and have always carved out their own style so the Bettie Page name truely rests in the hands of those who know what they are doing. They are also a brand that manufactures ethically in China, if you are interested in reading more the founder Emma Parker wrote an article about in on The Lingerie Addict which is worth a read.

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This bra is sized from S/UK8 – XL/UK14. This is a very rough size guide and there are no details on the product or size chart pages about cup fit other than bust measurements. I went with the size L/UK12 as my bust measurement is around 38 inches which is the size chart measurement. The cups fit me well and I think this size is a great cup fit for me as a 32E. Because the bra will hold it’s shape people with smaller busts can wear it without worrying about needing to fill it out. I would say larger cup sizes are the ones it may not work too well for.

Generally soft cup bras are made to fit B/C cups, so I ordered the L back on the assumption it was an approximate size of 36C which sister sizes to a 32DD. I am currently a 32E so it felt like a close enough size. The back fits fairly well. I’ve worn it quite a lot and haven’t felt desperate to take in the back, though I can pull it quite far away from my body, so it is something I should do.

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The straps are a really good length, I tend to need mine shorter because I have smaller shoulders and there is still room to reduce them! As you can see they also have a lot to extend out which means making them fit a variety of shapes is easy. I also adore the front strap ‘V’, not only does it aid in the support but it’s a great little detail adding to the style.

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And what a gorgeous bullet shape! I love bras with an extreme point such as this and the What Katie Did Padded Bullet Bra which I have previously reviewed. This has quite spaced and interpretive spiral stitching, that coupled with the strapping detail really gives it a futuristic look. I can totally see this on a 1960’s space babe! This reminds me so much of classic sci-fi films which I love, could you imagine this in silver?!

As you can see on me the cups are slightly mishapen, this is because the bra fits me really well rather than standing off my chest, so the weight of my breasts has made the bottom of the cups a little more rounded. This is something I do not mind and I do not see as a quality issue. This bra still has an extreme shape, and if anything I like that it conforms to my own shape as well!

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I always love a website that includes NZD as a conversion! This bra was $46NZD which is tremendous value for such a great piece! This may not be a bra lending itself to starting to try vintage inspired lingerie, but for those debating going for a more extreme look this is a really affordable way to test the waters. I adore this bra and love it as a comfortable yet striking daily wear bra.

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Value Heaven – Ebay Longline Bra

Hi everyone,

I know longline bras are one of the pinup staples but it can be difficult to make an investment in something you aren’t sure will fit or flatter you. So I tried a cheap longline bra I bought from Ebay to see if it’s worth it! I puchased it from the store Value Heaven and I obviously bought black, but it is also available in white. Continue reading

Triumph Endless Comfort Wire-Free Bra Review

Hi all,

Welcome to another vintage style bra review. Today I am reviewing the Endless Comfort Wire-Free bra by Triumph. I have previously reviewed and adored their Poesie bra so I definitely had high hopes for this.

I bought this bra as I was desperately searching for a wire-free bra is my local stores -read: Farmers and Bendon. I have recently gone up a cup size and grown to despise wired bras so I just really wanted a new bra that fit my criteria. Continue reading

Fully Fashioned Stockings – What Katie Did Lingerie Review pt.3

Hi all,

Welcome to the end of my What Katie Did review, sorry this one was so long in coming. If you haven’t yet read my other reviews you can read about the Padded Bullet Bra here, and the Liz Suspender Knickers here.

Today I will be talking about the Point Heel Fully Fashioned Stockings. These were my first ever pair of fully fashioned stockings so I was unbelievably excited when I received them. Continue reading

Liz Suspender Knickers – What Katie Did Lingerie Review Pt. 2

Hi everyone and welcome back to part 2 of my What Kate Did review! If you missed out on Pt.1  you can catch up here.

Today I will be talking about the Liz Suspender Knickers, a piece from their Liz collection which focuses on soft-cup bras and comfortable pieces. I had thought about purchasing this set for a long time before now. Generally at least one colourway pops up in their larger sales and I’m always tempted. I did purchase the bra but returned it for fit issues. Continue reading

Satin Padded Bullet Bra – What Katie Did Lingerie Review Pt. 1

Hi all,

As we all know I love vintage lingerie, be it vintage or reproduction. That’s why this year for my birthday I decided to treat myself to a large order from What Katie Did. I’ve recently changed bra size and had some weight issues due to health reasons so I wanted to get myself something that would make me feel and look good.

I actually ended up returning the Kate Longline Cone Bra and the Liz Bra because they didn’t fit me quite right. I was quite sad because they look fabulous on some people but just didn’t work for me. This feeling was quickly gone though as the stuff that did fit is PERFECT(review spoiler)!

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What I am wearing (and reviewing) is the Satin Padded Bullet Bra, Liz Suspender Knickers and the Point Heel Fully Fashioned Stockings. This post is just part 1 where I will discuss the bra, stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 where I will discuss the knickers and stockings!

Something I also have to mention before I get into it is that What Katie Did do manufacture ethically. Katie is always very transparent about manufacturing and here is one of her many posts if you would like to read up about it.

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I need to talk about this spectacular bra. I love a good bullet bra, and the more extreme the better in my opinion. I understand that this isn’t an ‘everyone’ bra but I do wish everyone could experience wearing one at least once. This is actually the bra I have found myself reaching for the most often since I received my order.

As you can see it is a very strong and striking design, the circle stitching is a lovely classic detail but the padded extreme point lends itself to the fetish stylings of the 1950’s. I also love the little peeking hole between the cups. This bra will definitely be visible with wide or scoop necks which is a small drawback, but when worn with a higher neck it will be more striking.

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Having smaller shoulders I was actually worried about how far the straps reach around the back, but as they are attached so close together at the front I haven’t had them slide off even once! The band is quite snug on me but still comfortable, it is definitely minimal stretch but true to size. This bra would be perfect to wear with wide or open backed dresses. I am very tempted to design a lush evening gown just to wear this bra under.

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The bra has no underwire but probably the best support I’ve ever had. The cups are so sturdy and structured and with the snug band and well placed straps everything just feels to secure. The full coverage also means there’s never any risk of spillage, even if you are wearing a size too small. I find that due to the lack of underwires I don’t experience any digging in toward the end of the day (when I am relaxing on the couch)  which is wonderful and means I can wear the bra right up until I go to bed.

I bought the size 32DD/E as I fit around a 10DD at the moment. This fits pretty well, but I think if I was going to buy another (as I’m considering the peach) I might size up to the 32F. This fits pretty well but I find that I have a little too much breast tissue at the top which can make the points droop a bit. But it’s just something I would consider, but I do love the fit and comfort of this one. I found What Katie Did’s Cathedral bras fit me well which you can read about here, but I’ve previously had a Marlene one which felt a little small so it might just be how the bullet styles fit on me.

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The Satin Padded Bullet Bra costs £39.50 which is about $72NZD, this is a great price. The Poesie bra by Triumph is in a similar vein but without padding and costs $60, so the What Katie Did one is great value, and it is made ethically. I find it to be super comfortable and fun to wear, it makes such a great silhouette under vintage style pieces. If you have trouble filling out the busts of true vintage dresses this style of bra will also definitely help as it has a lot of projection.

I love this so much I’m considering purchasing the peach as well and getting some of the CC09 French Knickers to match. If you have at all considered taking the plunge with this bra I say go ahead. What Katie Did also have a fantastic returns service which I discovered when I had to return some items if you don’t end up being too keen on it. Stay tuned for Part 2 where I cover the Liz Suspender Knickers!

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Lingerie Of The Month – Bedjacket Self-Portraits

This month I decided to start taking part in Lingerie of the Month! This is an Instagram hashtag which is organised by @tempest.hurricane, @premiumhoney and @pink_and_kawaii_till_i_die. Every month there is a new theme and it gives you a chance to show off your lingerie collection! This months theme is Vintage lingerie so of course I decided to join! I’ve seen it around for a few months and always wanted to join in but wasn’t sure how or when to start.

This post will be a photo heavy one. I was just playing around with some of the lingerie I have and I have decided that I’ll do a few posts showcasing the different types of pieces I have. This first post will be about bed jackets.

Nowadays bed jackets are synonymous with junk mail order catalgoues and old people but they can also be glamorous and functional. These are perfect for the kind of person who likes to go to bed and read while sitting up as they was you can still stay covered and warm above covers. They are also a nice addition over a nightie to keep it a little more modest.

I currently only own two and I believe both were made in the early 1960’s. One is made of a thin blue nylon tricot with white lace detail and the other is made of a different type of nylon in light pink with white lace trim also. In these photos I am also wearing a blue 1950’s nightie.

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This bed jacket has a faux bow tie in the centre front, this is stitched in place and it actually fastens with a button. I love the pleating and lace on the bust of the nightie too it’s a very flattering cut and style.

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I wasn’t wearing lipstick today as I had a dental appointment but I quite like how it softens the look.

 

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I liked creating a few different moods in these shots, and I love taking self portraits! Ever since I started studying photography in high-school I have adored being the photographer and model and I ended up the only model in my second and final year portfolios. I enjoy being able to control the look of the shot in all aspects and I have so much fun when I’m playing a character like in the darker shots.