Babydolls in larger cups are a relatively new option for those of us with big boobs so I was absolutely thrilled when I discovered that plus-size lingerie brand Elomi was bringing out their gorgeous Betty bra in a babydoll option.
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So pretty! The Betty bra is a plunge style so I was pleased to see this hadn't changed with the conversion to a babydoll and in fact the bra part of this item looks identical to the original.
I lusted after this babydoll for quite some time and wondered if it would work for me at all, due to the fact that I'm wearing Ewa Michalak PL bras in 30L and the Betty Black Babydoll comes in sizes 34 G-H and 36-42 E-H. So, on paper, it looked as though the band would be too big and the cups too small. All credit to the lovely people at Elomi who nonetheless consented to providing me with one to try in 34H...
Now, I completely accept that the H cups are too small for me. They cut into my breast tissue and create that dreaded 'quadraboob' appearance that would absolutely not be appropriate in a bra. However, seeing as I would not wear this babydoll for an extended period of time and indeed only for special occasions, I think it is just about acceptable. It certainly gives my boobs a great pushed-up appearance from the front.
The cups are semi-sheer and have pretty powder pink polka dots printed onto the black lace. Along the top edges of the cups is some beautiful rose embroidery and there is a feminine pink ribbon bow on the central gore.
Speaking of which, the central gore is a little too wide for me but seeing as it is far lower than my other bras it does not cause a problem.
The 34 band was definitely too loose for me. I am wearing it on the tightest hooks here and think I would have preferred a 30, had it been available. But as Elomi is a plus-size brand their smallest band is 34, with which again I am happy to make do for this piece of lingerie.
The band fastens with three rows of three hooks and eyes and this fastening section feels velvety smooth and much more luxurious than regular bras. Having not tried the Betty bra myself I don't know if this is a feature carried over from it but it is something I think is a really lovely touch.
The straps are incredibly comfortable. They adjust completely and have minimal stretch. The adjuster does not slide with wear and instead stays in place without problem. The straps are wider than my Ewa Michalak bras and have delicate powder pink bows at the point where they meet the cups.
The soft chiffon from which the skirt is made is stretchy and feels really light and silky against my skin. Length-wise it just about covers my bottom and its translucency offers a hint at what lies beneath. Very sexy!
I did find that the skirt puffed out from the bra band, meaning that my shape (and in particular, my waist) was somewhat lost. However, I did not feel it appropriate to do my usual trick of adding a belt with this outfit for obvious reasons!
The lovely people at Elomi also sent me the matching briefs in sizes M and L. The M was far too tight and I am afraid the L (which I am wearing in these photos) was also a little snug so I think an XL would have been ideal for my 47" hips. The quality is again superb and I love how the briefs have a sheer backside - so naughty!
Despite the fit not being perfect, I am really thrilled to own the Elomi Betty Black Babydoll. Elomi are to be congratulated for recognising the fact that plus-size women and those with large boobs want sexy lingerie every bit as much as anyone else, and for going to the trouble of providing us with a variety of options. Thank you, Elomi!
I do hope that other lingerie brands will now follow suit and soon bring out babydoll versions of their bras (as well as other options). Having recently tried on the Freya Gem bra at Leia Lingerie, I am keeping my fingers crossed that they might choose to make a babydoll option of that bra, which would mean a babydoll available up to a K cup! My, how things are changing...