Shelf bra and garter panty set - bra and panty set by Coquette - review by Shellz31

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A Frayed Of Satin

If you're looking for a sexy set that is going to really go the distance and where you get what you pay for, I'd probably look at some of the other sets. As much as I'd love to rate this one highly, it really isn't thrilling when you receive something that looks sexy, but is likely to fall apart on ya. It doesn't take much to zigzag raw edges to produce a quality product. Other than that, it is a sexy set.
Published:
Pros:
~ Crisp white satin appearance
~ Adjustable size garter (in the back)
Cons:
~ No panty liner
~ Raw fraying edges
~ Non-adjustable garter straps
~ Runs a little big
Rating by reviewer:
3
extremely useful review
FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

Since buying the Retro Mesh Cupless Chemise, I've had a fascination with cupless items. They just seem to make me feel that extra sexiness. As much as I like garters, my main goal from this set was the bra. My search is somewhat on-going.


BRAND & COLOUR:

The Shelf Bra and Garter Panty Set is a Coquette creation made in China. I'm not normally one to go for white lingerie, but there isn't much choice when it comes to this one. I would have liked to have seen it in a black or rich purple.


MATERIAL:

This set is made from acetate satin and lycra which should be hand washed if following the tag instructions. The materials are very smooth and shiny. Naturally the satin doesn't have any give, apart from where the elastic is stretched sewn onto the garter to allow for a comfortable fit. The lycra on the other hand is very stretchy, just like you expect from a standard bra. I went for the L size which turned out to fit perfectly. In fact, as I lose weight the bra will become too loose before long. But I prefer a tight-ish fitting bra around the back so it stays put. Measurements are below:

Bra:
Just like most typical bras, this one has lycra back and sides to allow plenty of movement in your daily activities. The back features two hooks and three rows of eyes which allow it to fit from 24 ½” unstretched, up to 41” around the chest (under breast measurement). The straps are fully adjustable. Attached to the covered underwire is a piece of narrow satin on each side. I'm guessing this is just to help give a little extra support from beneath and on the outer sides. Between the two cup wires is a small piece of satin holding them together with a large white bow in the middle. This bow can be removed, but may leave a few stitch holes. Most of the satin edges on the bra are covered, but there are a few patches that are exposed and starting to fray. Being cupless, most breast sizes should be able to wear this. I have DD cups and this fits perfectly.

Garter:
Although this is suppose to be a large, it has the ability to fit the smaller end of an extra large (going by Coquette's sizing chart) with the adjustable elastic piece in the back. It has a clip that can be slid across to shorten or lengthen, the same style you'll find on bra shoulder straps. When laid out flat (opened up) with the elastic strap on the smallest, the garter measures 27” and is 39” when stretched to the maximum. It will stretch out to 44” when extended. Because of the design, it can be adjusted to anywhere between those measurements. This elastic strap is attached to the other side of the garter with a plastic hook, the same type that's used on bras that can be used with or without straps.

adjustable garter strap

The garter straps are covered in the white acetate fabric which gather up unless they are stretched out. Unfortunately they can't be shortened. They hang at a length of 8” or 13” when stretched. There is a bra strap type of adjustable clip, but it will only give you ¼” and they aren't easy to move due to such a tiny area to work with. At the end of each is a large white bow followed by the plastic garter clip and a piece of ribbon that hides it. The ribbon can easily be taken off without ruining the rest of the garter, but the stitches holding the bows on are also used to attach the cover to the elastic garter strap. But that could be simply hand sewn if you really don't like the bows.
Coquette failed to zigzag or use Stop Fray on the end of the covers and it frays like crazy. On the most part, they did use it on most of the raw edges of the bows, but did miss a few small spots. In the middle front top seam is another smaller bow and a clear plastic gem – both can be removed without disturbing the rest of the stitching

garter clips
Experience
G-String:

The g-string is made completely out of the lycra. There is no elastic as such for the waist band, the lycra is used as edging around the triangle and to create the stretchy waist band. Unfortunately there is no cotton lining at all and the piece that sits between the butt cheeks is up to ¾” in width. I mention this cause some of us prefer a thinner piece ( just a narrow strip of elastic) sitting back there. That being said, this one is very comfortable. Laying flat, the waist band measures 14” and will stretch out to 24”. The triangle at the top front is 4” across and 11 ½” in length un-stretched. The size tag is sewn into the top edge in the front.


CLEANING ~ PACKAGING:

Coquette's tag says to hand wash which is how I cleaned mine the first time. I think it will be fine inside a lingerie bag on a gentle cycle.
My set arrived in a clear plastic dress bag type of packaging on a Coquette plastic coat hanger. At the bottom of the bag is a sticky strip which will reseal if needed.


EXPERIENCE:

I personally prefer any kind of panties to have a cotton liner. It just doesn't seem right when a g-string fails to include one. I have been opting for the XL in lingerie pieces I have bought so far from Eden, but decided to give this one ago cause I only really wanted the bra. My hips are a size bigger than my chest, so I figured the bra would fit even if the rest wouldn't. But the set is on the larger side and I was able to fit each piece no worries.

It kind of concerns me that the raw edges of the fabric isn't zigzagged or overlocked, as it frays easily. You could use Fray Stop on the edges, but it does dry rough and would more than likely scratch or itch your skin. I know for sure that would drive me insane sitting against my skin, so I plan to just wear the set for as long as possible in comfort rather than tolerate scratchy material.

I'm giving this set - 3 stars.
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Comments
  • Ms. Spice
    that's kind of stupid that the edges aren't serged (the proper term for zig zagging edges). sorry it didn't work out but thanks for the review
  • wetone123
    Thanks for the awesome and honest review hun. Sorry it was poorly sewn.
  • tigerkate
    Coquette apparently just doesn't believe in liners for their panties!

    Thanks for the review I haven't tried a cup-less lingerie item yet, I feel like I'd just end up being really cold and self-conscious... but maybe I'll give it a go and see how it works out!
    Coquette also seems to either do really well with their sewing or really shitty. Sorry to hear this was one they just said "eh whatever" to.

    Thanks for sharing though.
  • Kendrir
    Great review!
  • Diablotin
    Thanks for your review. I might look elsewhere for a sexy set for my wife.
  • TameTemptress
    Thanks for the review
  • Beck
    Great review like always, too bad it was not better for you.
  • Airen Wolf
    I love the title of this review. Sorry it isn't the quality product you were hoping for.
  • Shellz31
    Thanks everyone

    Thanks - I'll have to remember that ...serged.

    I love cupless items. They really make me feel more sexy. I love how my breasts are exposed, but I still feel supported - mostly. It's a real shame that companies can't be more consistant. I have their Chemise Padded Cups and that seems great. I like them as a company, but still wish we could expect quality in all their items.

    Lol - I was kinda lost on a title for this set until I'd almost finished writing the review and then it just came to me.
  • Valentinka
    What a disappointment... I love my retro cupless chemise too and I had so much hope in this item. Sigh Still, it's beautiful.
    Thanks a lot for this review, Shellz
  • Shellz31
    Yeah it is. I had big hopes for it too. It works, but it would have been better if they just put a little effort into the serging.
    Thanks for reading it
  • pinkzombie
    Thank you soo much for your helpful review!
  • Shellz31
    You're welcome
  • chibi1091
    Great job!
  • butterflygirlxo
  • ninja250
    Great review, shame it wasn't better
  • cottonxcandy
    Thanks for the great review! Too bad this isn't nicer, I was thinking about purchasing it!
  • Do emu
    Aww, I had high hopes for this one. Thanks for reviewing it~
  • duff
    Thank you for reviewing, ganna start looking for another set
  • Petite Valentine
    From the picture it looked like the bra offered no support whatsoever — probably because the model has implants and is wearing a size small — which made it an automatic pass for me, but you say it worked well for your DDs. I might consider it at sale price.
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