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A Bustier for Every Day Wear

This comfortable bustier is sexy enough for bedroom wear but solid enough to wear out in public. If you're looking for something to really pinch your waistline though, this isn't it.
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Pros:
Comfortable, reinforced eyelets, hidden seams.
Cons:
Boning is very flexible.
Rating by reviewer:
5
extremely useful review
From the durable black satin enhanced by the flat lace overlay to the subtle ruffled trim, this bustier by Coquette is probably one of the nicest I've seen for the price.

The workmanship is excellent, with durable hidden seams and not a stitch out of place. The boning is sheathed inside shiny Spandex runners that have a single line of stitching along each side and rolled edges for a streamline look. Strong mesh-like strips up the back hold metal eyelets for the satin lacing ribbons, which are about 7/16" wide (or 1cm) so you can tug a fair bit without worrying about tearing anything.

There is padding in the bust to help maintain the shape, and a tiny line of black elastic sewn into the lace so it will conform over the top of the breasts. The shoulder straps are both wider and thicker than what is found on most lingerie today, which felt more comfortable to me.

Overall I was impressed, and I have the feeling that this bustier would last for a long time even with frequent wear.

MATERIAL:
This bustier is made of 90% polyester satin and 10% spandex. I'm assuming that the Spandex content is in the elastic, which is sewn around the bottom edge and over the cups, in the shoulder straps, and in the sheaths that hold the boning in place, because the body fabric of the bustier doesn't stretch at all.

There is a semi-stiff fluted organza trim around the bottom and top edges, which gives way to the softer lace just above the breasts. The organza could have been uncomfortable, but the manufacturer had the foresight to sew it to the outer side of the garment so it doesn't touch the skin enough to be irritating.

The boning is 1/4" (about 1/2cm) wide strips of plastic which bend very easily vertically and do have some mild side-to-side bowing action too. They are strong enough to withstand some mid-range cinching to enhance your figure, but wouldn't be enough for any serious waist training.

The breast underwire, on the other hand, is a thick metal similar to a sturdy coat hanger and would provide some real support to larger cup sizes. The wire is well padded on the inner side, so I didn't even notice it when I had the bustier on.

SIZING:
I was counting on the sizes running small, as they do with many lingerie companies, but that isn't the case with Coquette. I ordered a size Small, which their chart states is for women who wear 4-6 (I'm a 4), have a 26-28" waist (I have 26") and a 34-36" bust (I'm 34"). Unfortunately, it also states it's for a B cup, and I'm only an A cup. As a result, with the laces tightened down, the bustier fit me like a dream both in width and torso length, but I had about a 1" gap between my breasts and the top of the cup which the elastic there didn't hide. Due to the padding, the cups maintained their sexy shape, but I just didn't fill them.

There is about two feet of extra ribbon for lacing in the back, and the shoulder straps are also adjustable. Thus I'm certain that the bustier would fit all of the given sizes in a range accurately, but the moral of the story here is that the cup size really matters.

WEARING:
One excellent feature of this bustier is that there is a black zipper hidden next to the boning on the left side. This way you don't have to have someone around to lace you into it, and it's easy to take off in a hurry too! Even better, it only takes a second to slip it off and adjust the lacings for a perfect fit.

Once I had it on, I was surprised to find that this bustier really didn't feel all that restrictive since the boning flexed. It does get a little hot after you've worn it for awhile, but since you can't see through the fabric and it's comfortable to wear, you can use it for day wear or clubbing too.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
The manufacturer suggests that this bustier be hand washed, and I did the first time I wore it, but in the interest of seeing just how durable it was I've washed it twice since then inside a lingerie bag in the washing machine. If you decide to try that, just keep the machine set on cold water, delicate cycle, and then drape the bustier over your shower curtain or something to dry.
After all three washings there's no sign of mis-shaping, loose seams or frays anywhere, so I think it's more likely for heat to damage the bustier than anything else, since the plastic boning might warp.
Experience
Michele says:
I loved this bustier from the minute I saw it in the EdenFantasys catalog, and when I got it was even better than I thought it would be. Needless to say, there's never been a time in my life when I've been more upset about being small-breasted than when I found out this beauty wouldn't fit me. Right now I'm trying to figure out if there's any way I could alter it to make it conform to my lack of boobs (yes, it's nice enough to be worth the trouble of sewing), so if anyone has any ideas I'm, all ears!

Alan says:
Michele was practically in tears over this bustier not fitting her right, but I didn't see that much of a problem with it. True, if I was standing right in front of her and looking down her front I could see the gap between her breasts and the material, but it wasn't all that drastic and was actually a sexy view if you know what I mean. From any other angle, it looked really shapely in general and I loved it either way. I can see where she wouldn't want to wear it out in public with the extra space at the top, but I'm doing everything I can to convince her that it's more than welcome in the bedroom, especially since I don't have to mess with all those laces to get it off of her.
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    • Busy women
    • Club/public
    • Couple foreplay/after climax play
    • Relaxation/alone time
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Comments
  • Miss Cinnamon
    Miss Cinnamon  
    I feel your pain with the sizing issues. If you can figure out how to alter this beautiful bustier, please let me know how you did it! Thanks for the review!
  • ~LaUr3n~
    ~LaUr3n~  
    GREAT REVIEW! I like the dual perspective.
  • NuMe
    NuMe  
    Excellent review!

    Michele, could you add some of those padding inserts? Either the fuller ones stitched into the cups or those almond shaped one's down at the bottom, for lift and a bit more fullness?
  • Alan & Michele
    Alan & Michele  
    LaUr3n-- Thanks Smile

    Newme-- You rock! I think you've just helped me solve this!

    Miss Cinnamon-- I've toyed with every way of dis-assembling the cups and re-sewing, but no matter how I pinned it I couldn't come up with anything that wouldn't result in a totally flat-looking bustline. Newme's suggestion sent me in another direction though and I think I've got something that works.
    Ok, that tiny elastic I mentioned that's over the top of the cups is attached at the center boning lines and again right at the shoulder straps. I took that elastic and pulled about an inch of it over to pin it under the shoulder strap. That closed the top gapping, but caused the cup to pucker slightly. Following what Newme said, I pulled the pads out of an old black demi-cup bra and taped them in the bottom of the cups (just temporary to see if it would do), and it works! It still feels a little loose up there, but it looks fine! Now I just have to sew it all so it's permanent.
    If you decide to try this, you can sew the sides and bottom of the cup inserts right along the seams that are already there beside the underwires. Don't worry about the top edge because they stay flush once the bustier's on. For the elastics, cut them (but not the lace) right next to the shoulder straps, pull them over, then stitch them right to the base of straps. Obviously the lace will gather a bit more there then, but it doesn't look bad at all being that far off to the side. Hope this helps Smile
  • Sammi
    Sammi  
    This is really cute!
    Good review Smile
  • Airen Wolf
    Airen Wolf  
    Maybe a set of the conforming type breast pads that are flesh covered might help as well. I have breast dysmorphia with one breast being a DD and the other a D so I have a whole different set of problems but my sister got a pair of the soft gel like silicone bra inserts at Victoria's Secret I think and they work to add clevage and help her fill out her corsets. They are removable for washing and she only needed one set. Just a thought!

    Lovely review and even lovlier comment by Alan Smile
  • Alan & Michele
    Alan & Michele  
    Airen-- I've already finished sewing the bustier and it worked great, BUT thank you for letting me know about those because I can certainly use them for some of my other clothing! Smile
  • DixieDoo
    DixieDoo  
    great review!
  • dlw
    dlw  
    I love that she sees the parts that don't fit right and he sees it just being sexy. Girls and boys are so funny and different.
  • smirthy
    smirthy  
    Don't cry over lingerie. Aww.
  • Bethy Cassatt
    Bethy Cassatt  
    Thanks!!
  • tami
    tami  
    thanks for the review
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