Just a few more days before the year ends and I am all about glitters and shiny lingerie. I recently came across a few lingerie sets that feature shiny threads and embroideries and I am pleasantly surprised with the result! Among them, I had the chance to try the gorgeous Louisa Bracq Elise, which is one of the permanent ranges of the brand.
[Louisa Bracq provided this set for review purposes. I was compensated for my work but all thoughts and opinions are my own.]
The Elise collection comes in Black, Nacre and Rose colorways. I fell in love with the Rose colorway when I first saw it, as it would have fed my Marie-Antoinette obsession but it was unavailable in my size when the brand reached out to me. In the end, I am happy that I opted for the Bronze colorway as it feels so original and unusual in my wardrobe.
Aesthetically, this set reminds me of the beautiful transition from Autumn to Winter. The leafs embroidered on the top of the cups seem to fall slowly, almost floating in the air, and the pleated Lycra is reminiscent of a tree trunk. At least, this is what I see. The thin shiny thread in the embroidery adds a touch of extra glamour to this set. As I said in my first Louisa Bracq review , the brand is known for making their own embroidery, which are produced in France. These designs are classic and very well-made. I think the bronze colorway really makes the collection special. Also, I love the embroidered straps. The attention to detail is noticeable. Like many Louisa Bracq bras, this one features a little pendant at the gore.
I received the bra in a size 32F (FR 85F) , which is what I usually wear in most French brands. This range is available in 3 cuts: half-cup, plunge or full cup. The size range is different for each styles with the half-cup going up to a 38E cup, the plunge going up to a 40F cup and the full-cup up to a French 40I cup ( I believe, this should be around a HH or J cup). While the Color Fever collection offers a few 30 bands, the Elise starts at a 32 band.
I opted for the plunge style as I preferred the ratio embroidery/lycra of the cup in comparison to the fullcup. The cups are made of three-parts and are relatively deep, I think they align with other French brands in term of depth. The wires are short and medium width. For me, this means that my wider breast isn’t completely “encased” on the side, but I wouldn’t go up a cup. I think the fit is great considering that plunges are usually a tricky fit for me. I experience very few wrinkling at the top of the cups so I think this particular bra would be best for full on bottom breasts, like mine.
I get a rather natural shape from this bra. It’s supportive and secure but doesn’t provide so much uplift. It’s very comfortable and although I would prefer a 30G, I think the band is strong enough for me to wear it at the loosest set of hooks and eye for a while. Know that French bands tend to be stretchier than British or Polish bands. However, if you are looking for something comfortable but still pretty and structured, you’ll like French bras.
I received the coordinate in size XS (UK 10/Fr 38). I opted for the classic brief, but the high waisted brief or shorty were equally beautiful. I just thought this one would be practical under many type of clothes. I wish the brand website would show pictures of their underwear from the back though.
I was pleasantly surprised with the fit and appearance of this brief. First, I love the rise. I usually prefer high-waist briefs or shorties but when I wear bikini briefs, I like them to be just like this one. The back provides just enough coverage and doesn’t create VPL, and the front is just lovely with the elegant symmetrical embroidery on the side.
In a nutshell, this set is easy to wear, elegant and comfortable. It feels a bit more grown up than the pink colorway in my opinion but I like its autumnal vibe. Besides, since the brand called this pink “Rose nude” I am afraid it would be too light for my carnation. This grey-brown is a nice neutral and would probably work great for deeper skin tone as well.
Discovering Louisa Bracq was an interesting experience and I hope I get to try other cuts and styles in the future. You can find their lingerie at many retailers, mostly French or British like Toutes les poitrines , Ouh La La or Vogaine . To my North American readers : they also have US retailers, so if you are lucky, you may be able to try their products in stores! 🙂