Sculptresse Autumn/Winter 2014 Review: The Flirtini Bra

Sculptresse Flirtini Bra

 

This is the second Sculptresse review this week, so don’t forget to check out my review of the Paradise babydoll if you haven’t seen it yet. 

This Flirtini set was one of the most popular pieces when the current Sculptresse collection made the blogger rounds last season, so I was really excited to try this set out. Polka dots aren’t normally my thing, but I ended up liking this set much more than I expected to – in fact, it may have made me a convert to polka dots.

Flirtini Bra and Briefs by Sculptresse

Flirtini Bra and Briefs c/o Sculptresse

This set is based on the same shape as the Paradise babydoll which debuted as the Jasmine/Envy bra in the regular Panache line. It’s a smart bra build that lends itself naturally to fuller figures as well as smaller ones, and the flexible lace panel on top makes it work for all kinds of shapes. Again, this is a 36H and the fit is great on me.

Flirtini Bra and Briefs by Sculptresse

Flirtini Bra and Briefs c/o Sculptresse

This set is one of those great designs that straddles the line between everyday wear and some seriously retro pinup inspiration. While I’m still not a fan of tiny polka dot patterns, I love the larger bolder version of the polka dots on this set. I also love navy blue, and the sheer panels and various laces break up the polka dot pattern so it isn’t as overwhelming. It’s cute, it’s interesting and it’s extremely wearable. This is one of those sets I can see working for lots of different body types as well as a wide age range of women. It’s a huge fashion step forward for the brand and I can’t wait to pick it up in cherry red in the spring.

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Most importantly, this set is insanely comfortable. Part of that is obviously due to Panache’s decision to reuse the Jasmine bra build, but part of it is that the materials are soft and comfortable rather than scratchy and stiff. Comfortable fabric hasn’t always been Panache’s strong suit in the past (at least in my experience) so it’s great to see them using lovely fabrics to create a whole new level of comfort.

This new Sculptresse line is more than a big step forward for the brand – in my mind, it puts them on par with brands like Elomi. Elomi has begun to raise their prices lately, so a new brand entering the market at a slightly lower price point may cut into some of their customer base. I’d love to get my hands on a Chi Chi to try it out as well, but they seem to be hard to come by! I”m hoping that Sculptresse picks up more stockists soon, as I think they’re an incredibly strong brand currently.

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If you haven’t seen my Spring 2015 preview for Sculptresse, check it out here. The good part is that it’s basically new colorways of their current offerings, so if you like these shapes and fits you’ll probably want to pick up some new versions next season. The downside is if you don’t get along with the Jasmine framework, this line won’t work for you as well. I’m really eager to see what Sculptresse has in store for next year. I hope they can keep pushing themselves in terms of fashion, fit and innovation – they’ve clearly proven they have the ability to create lingerie that can take on the plus size giants if they continue designing at this level.

What do you think of the new Sculptresse season? Have you tried it yet?

4 Comments

  • Reply Sweets October 13, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    This might be one of my favorite full-bust bras of the year. And you look AMAZING in it! Such a great color, and the scale of the polka dots is perfect.

  • Reply K October 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    This looks so good on you!
    And I must ad – I LOVE your new header! Is it yor dog?

    //fellow english cocker owner

    • Reply Holly Jackson November 2, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      Yep, that is him! He’s part English Springer Spaniel and part something else, although no one seems to be able to tell me what the other half is.

  • Reply Anja January 16, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    You look gorgeous in it! I love the colour and the polka dots so I’ve ordered it, too. It’s so so comfortable and beautiful. Here in germany it’s difficult to get nice lingerie in big cups, so thank you for the rewiews. Your blog is really inspiring!

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