Last month I was looking on the Bravissimo website to see if there was anything I could review and my search brought me to the Lola Luxe Basque in Blackberry (was £50.00, now reduced to £40.00; UK sizes 30-38 F-K (limited availability)).
Image courtesy of BravissimoThis basque is identical to the one I reviewed last year, except it is in a different colourway. I decided to give it a try in any case, as I knew I'd need a different size to the basque I already owned. I ordered the Lola Luxe Basque in Blackberry in 36K and the thong in XL (I would have gone for 2XL but it wasn't available).
For reference I am wearing the basque with some All Woman Lace Hold-Ups in Natural from The Big Tights Company and some nude patent peep toe heels from Internaçionale. As a quick aside, I found these hold-ups run a little smaller than the Prague Lady Lace Hold-ups I already own. You can see in some of the photos that the tops of the hold-ups dig into my thighs a bit; they do not feel at all uncomfortable but it's a shame they look a bit tight in some of these snaps.
The Lola Luxe Basque in Blackberry is so pretty in real life. The purple is a very gorgeous hue, and it is offset by some simple yet attractive pink embellishments. There is a small pink bow at the front bottom of each of the straps, and a large bow on the central gore. This same sized bow also adorns the front centre of the matching thong, and there's a small bow on the back centre.
The Lola Luxe's cups are made from three part construction and they do give a great shape, although there is a slight pointy appearance. I don't mind this as it helps my boobs look perky but it might be too much for some women. The bottoms of the cups are double-lined for stability and the top halves feature a very pretty purple mesh fabric.
I found the cups to be a so-so fit. The wires were much too wide for me, and the cups too shallow and definitely on the small side. That said, I do find Bravissimo to be the best UK bra fit overall, but it's very hard for any brand to measure up to my Ewa Michalak lingerie! I could have certainly done with narrower wires, deeper cups, and additional volume, as these features would have given me a better fit. The wires are also quite tall and I fear that they would have started to cause irritation and poke me if I'd kept the Lola Luxe on for much longer. The central gore sat more or less flat but it did move away from my chest on occasion. I'm being my typically pernickity self over the fit here, but if all you are looking for is a basque to wear in the bedroom I think this is a fantastic option and thanks to the range of sizes available you are fairly likely to find a decent fit.
The front of the basque is made from a reasonably stiff and unstretchy material, but the back fabric is thinner and definitely has more stretch to allow for a good fit. The basque is not designed to shape or slim one's figure, but I am sure it offers a bit of streamlining when worn in the correct size. There is light boning in the basque provided by flexible plastic bones, and these offer support and a bit of shaping to the torso.
I've read that one should size down in the 'band' in order to get best fit in the Lola Luxe, but if I'd done that the cups would have been too small so I went for a size that would give me decent cup fit instead. The 36 band is definitely too big and in fact I think a 32 would have been spot on. That said, in a 32 band I'd have needed at least an L cup, and possibly even an LL, which is not a size that is manufactured by Bravissimo. The basque's length is good and it covered my tummy no problem at all.
The basque fastens with three rows of 12 hooks and eyes, so it can be quite a kerfuffle to do it up, especially if you don't have anyone to help you. I found I could fasten a few, but then I would get stuck so I ended up taking it off and starting again. This time I put the basque on back to front, fastened a few of the hooks and eyes, and then gently twisted it around my body until the fastenings were at the back and the cups were at the front. I was then able to fasten the remaining clasps before easing my breasts into the cups and wiggling everything into place. It struck me that although it took me several minutes to get into the basque, it would be very easy and quick to remove it when the time came!
The pretty plain purple straps are fully adjustable and the adjusters stay in place thanks to the embellishments down the sides of the straps. My only gripe with them is that they are joined on to the basque on the back with oval-shaped clips; these are fairly thin and immediately twist out of shape when the basque is worn. More importantly, they dig into my lower shoulders very painfully, which would be a real problem if I was wearing the basque all day. I do hope Bravissimo change this on future iterations of this garment.
The basque has four detachable suspender straps, and as you can see in my photos I have chosen to keep them in place for these photos. However, the fact that they can easily be detached is definitely a plus point as it makes the basque more versatile. Personally I would have preferred six straps...but the four work very well with the cut of the basque.
You can see the XL thong was on the small side for me; it starts off in the right position but then very quickly rolls up as the sides are very thin and the strip of material is eaten up by my soft and hungry hips. Although it's nice to have matching bottoms, I think this is an occasion where I'd try to find my own choice of briefs or thong as this one is just too skimpy at the sides for my liking.
Ultimately I didn't keep this set as the fit wasn't quite right, especially for an item of lingerie that is relatively expensive, and so I returned it to Bravissimo for a refund. (Their customer service is absolutely first class, by the way.) However, as mentioned previously this is a great option for anyone looking for a basque for short periods of wear.
You can read other reviews of the Lola Luxe Basque here:
Sweet Nothings NYC here and here
Bras I Hate & Love
The Lola Luxe Basque is available in three other colours: scarlet, black, and ivory (perfect for brides!). Which is your favourite?