I came across this bra one day when Abracabra posted herself in it on Instagram. Up until this point, I’d never really looked at Lepel as a brand. It just wasn’t on my radar. When I saw it, I wanted it- it’s a longline, and its floral, what’s not to like?
I searched online for reviews, but couldn’t find any. This bras wasn’t even listed on bratabase! So naturally I had no idea how it fit. I asked Abracabra what the depth was on her bra (32DD), and she said 21,5cm (8.5 inches), with the width being 13cm (5.1 inches), which works for me. The bra looked like it would work for me, so I ordered the 30E.
The cups on this bra appear to be ‘cut and sew’ with seams, but in actuality the inner part of the bra is molded/contoured, and the outer part (the floral fabric) is seamed. I didn’t know that before I bought it, but it probably wouldn’t have made a difference. There does seem to be enough depth at the wire.
This is considered a longline, and I guess it is, in theory. The back and sides are longer than a regular bra, as is the gore, but underneath there’s a little fabric, and some lace. The wing is 4.5 inches high, and there’s 4 rows of hooks. The band only stretches to about 28 inches, and that’s doing a hard stretch.
The lace flips up at the slightest movement! The time it took for me to go from my living room to my balcony (~10 steps), the lace had flipped over (as you can see in some of the pics). There is boning on the side of the cups, I guess to keep the rest of the band from flipping up? The very bottom of the boning presses into my skin- so this is not a bra I would wear on one of my longer days at work.
I would consider the straps to be wideset. As I’m sitting down on the couch, everything feels fine, but when I move my arms forward, the front of my shoulders/armpits get rubbed a bit- another thing that would prevent me from wearing this bra to work.
The gore is high, and sitting on tissue, but luckily it’s not painful. There is a bubble of space in the fabric at the middle of the gore.
The wires encompass my breasts completely.
Okay, obviously I didn’t pay attention when I bought these, because I thought they were regular low cut briefs, but they’re actually ‘hipster shorts’. I don’t really like underwear that are cut like mini shorts, I like more of a Brazilian brief, where there’s less coverage. The elastic on the leg openings feels a little tight. The side panels on the panties are the same sheer black fabric that’s on the sides of the bra. There is a small piece of elastic at the bottom of the shorts in the middle. If it looks like I have a wedgie in the pic on the far right, that’s what you’re saying seeing.
Have you you heard of this bra before?