The Perfect Plus Size Pinup: The Elomi “Betty” Bra Review

The Elomi "Betty" Set A few months ago, a lovely client (thank you Karnation Lingerie, you’re the best) convinced me to give Elomi a try. I’d had some bad luck with Freya in the past and I have to admit that I’d pretty much written any love affair between me and the Eveden empire off entirely. Luckily, the owner of Karnation encouraged me to rethink things, to the point where she sent me a white Rita bra in my size as test. It was pretty much true love the first time I tried it on and I’ve been a big Elomi convert ever since.

I tend to try and spread my spending around with different brands, but I’ve failed miserably at that with Elomi recently. Due to sales and great preorder deals, I’ve basically stocked up on four sets with two more to come later in the autumn. The Betty set was my second try at Elomi and I may love it even more than the Rita, which I truly wasn’t sure was possible.

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves


I’m a plunge bra addict, to the point where if the world had enough great plunge bras in my size I’d probably buy only that style. Lots of my work dresses also require a plunge bra, so they’re a central part of my wardrobe as well. I’d heard that Elomi’s plunges were a great mix of fuller coverage, great support and a nice plunge cut but never tried one myself. When I saw this set in the Nordstrom’s sale online at half price, I had to try it. I had some reservations: I can’t remember the last time I bought a black lingerie set and the color didn’t really pop for me in the photos.

It turns out that this set really pops when put on an actual human body, which was a truly lovely surprise! It oozes sophistication rather than fading into the background, which makes it great for a night out or under your every day jeans and t-shirts. As you can see, I was so excited about how this looked on that I didn’t even take the tags off for the photo! This is a 34HH bra (the same size as my Rita) and a size L brief. I bought the briefs because they matched and were cheap, but I really love them on. Together, this set provides that perfect pinup photoshoot look that I find really elusive. The back of the briefs are totally sheer, which is a fun way to add sex appeal while still keeping the set easy to wear on a daily basis. I’m also impressed with the height of the panties. Between my height and my short torso, I tend to struggle with high waist panties. These hit perfectly and are extra flattering.

My only regret is that I missed out on the red version of this set, but I’m so sold on this I may try and hunt one down on Ebay. In the meantime, I have the Valentina and the new longline on the way to me to try and review!

This set is currently in the sale online at Nordstrom’s for half price, so go get one while you can! They have lots of sizes left, so you have a good chance of snagging one.

What do you think of this set? Do you love Elomi as much as I do?



  • Reply WideCurves August 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Oh, you look great in that set! I’m so jealous. Elomi bras are so comfortable, and always twice as pretty in person than in photographs.

    • Reply hollyj August 2, 2013 at 12:43 AM

      Ooh, I’m so glad you commented because it was your review that made me give the Valentina a shot! It was really useful so thank you for doing it. This set is at least twice as pretty in person, so I’m glad I didn’t let myself be put off by the rather blah picture.

      • Reply WideCurves August 2, 2013 at 10:04 AM

        I’m so happy you found the review useful!

        Elomi is a wonderful brand. I am always surprised when I see their bras “in the flesh”, how much prettier they are than in stock photos. They really do undersell themselves. Their photos do not convey the luxurious quality of the pieces.

        Seeing you in that Elomi proves my shape is just not the right shape for Elomi – you look 100% better in it than I do. That set looks like it was made for you.

        • Reply hollyj August 2, 2013 at 10:17 AM

          I am more full on top in terms of shape, so I think your review is right on about that. I have issues with other brands because of it.

  • Reply The Lingerie Lesbian August 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    You look seriously gorgeous! I think this set is really, really pretty and just confirms my feelings that Elomi knows what it’s doing. And you do need all the colors…

    • Reply hollyj August 2, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      Elomi definitely knows what they’re doing! It seems like a very high quality set as well and I know my Rita has lasted forever with no stretching out.

  • Reply Pris October 19, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    I am desperate to see a side view of this bra. I tried it in 34GG and had some quad-boob at the top edge (a lot actually) so I would like to know how it looks when the size is right. Can you help?

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  • Reply K January 16, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Very pretty. As a plus size woman it’s hard to find the right bra, especially plunge style. Thanks for the share.

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