Review: Tutti Rouge Jessica Bra and Thong

[Disclosure: Tutti Rouge generously provided this set for review. I was not compensated for this post, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Welcome back to the Tutti Rouge review series! In case you missed my earlier posts, a quick recap: Tutti Rouge generously gave me the opportunity to wear and review four of their Fall/Winter 2015 styles, so I could get to know the different shapes and styles and share my thoughts with you. In November I reviewed Liliana and Betty, which have been a part of the brand since they launched, and today I’m getting in the festive spirit with brand-new style Jessica.

Jessica is one of Tutti Rouge’s showpieces for this season, the world’s first ever non-padded plunge bra up to an HH-cup that includes removable push-up pads (called Tutti boosters). I’ve heard from a few readers over the years who miss the push-up or cleavage-enhancing products they enjoyed wearing in core sizes, so I’m excited to talk today about Tutti Rouge’s innovative new collection. Would it give me #illegalcleavage, as promised?

Sweet Nothings reviews Tutti Rouge Jessica collection. Photo: Studio Rezin

 

APPEARANCE

Jessica is a three-part non-padded plunge bra with an internal pocket in the outer cup section (closest to the band/underarm) for two sets of removable push-up pads (more details on these below). The fabric is a soft mesh with wonderful stretch in a classic beige-and-black color scheme, with a lovely mix of dotted mesh overlay and elegant stretch lace. The fully adjustable straps feature Tutti Rouge’s signature heart-shaped adjusters, and the band (in my size, so I suspect in all GG+ sizes) fastens with three rows and three columns of hooks and eyes. The matching thong features Tutti’s standout attention to detail with two decorative rosebuds at the back.

FIT

I requested my current most common UK sizes, 32GG and 14/L. The band on Jessica comes up quite firm, as I found to be the case with the other two Tutti Rouge styles I tried this Fall, and it definitely required a bit of a break-in period before it didn’t feel super tight. As with Liliana, the wires are rigid and a bit wide for my shape, but because this is a plunge style, the shorter center gore doesn’t tack as aggressively as Nichole, which I reviewed in May, or Fifi, which I’ll review on Wednesday.

Sweet Nothings reviews Tutti Rouge Jessica collection. Photo: Studio Rezin

So far I’ve mostly worn the bra without the removable push-up pads, because outside of work and the gym I haven’t been going out a lot, because I am a very cool and active person with a wild big city lifestyle, see: my many twitter odes to brussels sprouts pizza + Netflix. So let’s talk about the bra in its most sedate form. I am generally Team No Padding when it comes to bras, and Jessica is terrific as a non-padded bra: the low center gore won’t show under deeper necklines, there’s plenty of stretch in the upper cup so that it doesn’t dig or create lines, and, without the pads, the bra offers a fairly low profile. If you generally need very structured cups, the stretch in the upper section may give you some fit challenges, and, as with my recent review of plunge bras like Panache’s Fontaine or Bosom Galore’s Amelia, Jessica is to some extent a bra that’s just too wide-set for my shape. It’s a strange realization for me: I’ve been told my whole life that I have broad shoulders and a broad ribcage, so this is just another example of how boobs do their own thing. Despite being a generally larger-than-average person, my breasts are still set fairly close together, and I sometimes find that certain bras are designed to suit someone with a different build.

This wide-set issue comes into play again when it’s time to experiment with the “Tutti boosters”. When you buy Jessica, it’s like you’re actually buying three different bras: a non-padded plunge bra, a bra with one level of push-up padding, and a bra with two levels of push-up padding. The smaller of the boosters fits inside the larger, and, with a little practice and dexterity, you can even change the padding level on the go without removing the bra! Since the boosters offer wayyy more padding than I’m used to, I was actually surprised that I didn’t have, well, more cleavage. They give me an upward boost and an extreme push-up effect, but because the bra is wider-set than I am, it can’t actually push my breasts towards the center of my body to create jaw-dropping cleavage. I feel like I get a lot of volume, but not necessarily a lot of shaping (to see how different the bra can look, check out these images (here and here) from Tutti Rouge’s Instagram).

Sweet Nothings reviews Tutti Rouge Jessica collection. Photo: Studio Rezin

In the two pictures above, I’m wearing Jessica with both Tutti Boosters. In this image, I’m wearing just the first Tutti Booster.

Sweet Nothings reviews Tutti Rouge Jessica collection. Photo: Studio Rezin

And in this image, I’m wearing Jessica with both boosters removed (so, in its non-padded form)

I’ve found some inconsistencies with the fit of TR’s knickers, but a lot of that depends on personal preference, the type of fabric, and the style. The Jessica thong fits me well with no digging and even a little more coverage in front than I was expecting.

COMFORT

As I mentioned, the bra required a few full days of wear before the band was 100% comfy. This is fairly common in full-bust bra land, but if you are sensitive to tight bands, it might be worth trying your sister size (one band size up and one cup size down). The wires are also rigid, so if you prefer a more flexible wire, particularly in G+ sizes, I’d recommend looking at styles by Freya for alternatives. All that said, Jessica gets a lot of wear from me, particularly in its non-padded iteration: the soft materials, low neckline, and clean look under clothes make it a super useful addition to my wardrobe. While I haven’t yet worn the boosters all day, since I usually prefer a lower profile at work, they’re soft and easy to use, and Tutti Rouge reports that they mold nicely to your breast shape after a few wears.

Sweet Nothings reviews Tutti Rouge Jessica collection. Photo: Studio Rezin

I’m not going to mince words here: I don’t like thongs. They are not my friends. I have trouble getting a good fit, I don’t love the way they look on me, and I’m conscious of them every single instant I wear them. Since I’m a stickler for a matching set, if a thong is the only underwear available, sometimes the matching bra gets shuffled to the back of my lingerie drawer. Now that I’ve made everything sound as terrible as it possibly could be, there is good news: for one thing, the Jessica bra will coordinate beautifully with many black underwear styles, and for another the Jessica thong is actually way less terrible than other thongs. The stretch fabric sits comfortably over my hips, and I’m not distracted by its, ahem, presence, like I usually am with thongs. I have actually voluntarily chosen to wear it even if there are other pairs of clean underwear available. I know this sounds like I’m damning it with faint praise, but I cannot overstate my dislike of thongs, so the fact that there’s one I’ll wear voluntarily is a pretty big deal. Would it be my first choice, over a brief or Brazilian? Absolutely not, but I was still pleasantly surprised by how much more comfortable it is than its blighted brethren.

OVERALL

While I don’t get the va-va-voom, super-pushed-together cleavage I’d hoped for, I’m still really pleased to have Jessica in my lingerie wardrobe. I was curious about how well a bra could adapt to having so much padding inserted without causing overspill, but the stretch fabric works almost miraculously well. The color scheme is a classic, while the red rosebuds add a classic Tutti touch (and the ribbon-threaded-lace detail on the underwire channels mean it coordinates nicely with Tutti’s Nichole style). What do you think of Jessica? I know some full-bust women prefer lower profile bras, but I’ve also heard from some who wish they had the same push-up options as their counterparts who wear core sizes. Will you give Jessica a try?

About those hold-ups: Earlier this year I was contacted by Glamory Hosiery, who asked if I’d be interested in trying some of their hold-ups and stockings. I’d heard great things about the brand from Erica at A Sophisticated Pair, who carries a great sheer style in her store, and I’d particularly heard that they were a good fit for those of us on the tall and/or plus size end of the size spectrum (the brand also specializes in hosiery for men). After reviewing the size chart, I requested to try size 44-46/XL, and Glamory sent me four beautiful pairs, including white hold-ups, ivory stockings, sheer black hold-ups, and the opaque black hold-ups featured here. I feel like a dope, because I’m not actually sure which style these are because I threw away the packaging and can’t seem to find them on the website, but y’all, they are FANTASTIC. I genuinely can’t say enough good things about the brand. Sometimes hold-ups and stockings come up short on me, or the band is too narrow and digs into my inner thighs, but Glamory hold-ups are different. Though they use the same silicone grippy strips as other brands, they don’t seem to irritate my skin like some others do, and best of all, they stay put with no digging! I’ve been wearing the black pairs almost non-stop to work, and I suspect that when Spring comes around the white or ivory pairs will make an appearance on the blog. If you’ve been frustrated with or sized out of other hosiery brands, I’d definitely consider giving Glamory a try!

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Bra and Thong: Jessica by Tutti Rouge (c/o), 38-38 D-HH, XS-XXL. Tutti Rouge is a UK brand, so the cup size progression goes D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH.

Hold-ups: Glamory (c/o), Medium-5X.

Photos: Studio Rezin

13 Comments on Review: Tutti Rouge Jessica Bra and Thong

  1. Amanda
    December 21, 2015 at 9:42 am (2 years ago)

    I love all these TR reviews you’ve done lately! I’ve really taken to the brand, as evidenced by the now 3 iterations of Nichole and 2 of Liliana in my closet.

    I have a Jessica set on its way to me, and I am so excited to try this new style. I’m really glad the fabric is stretchy, as that makes my girls happy. I also love the classic styling of this bra, and think the details TR put into it really make it stand out and make it so much more than just a black lace bra.

    Can’t wait for the review of the Fifi set! I haven’t tried that one yet, but love the red colorway out now.

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    • Sweets
      December 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Amanda! I’m really glad you’ve been enjoying this series– it’s been pretty awesome getting such an in-depth look at all the possibilities one brand has to offer. I think you’re going to love Jessica!

      Reply
  2. Tim
    December 21, 2015 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

    The style of hold-ups in the review are the Micro60.
    They look great on you and fit perfectly. Thank you

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    • Sweets
      December 21, 2015 at 12:21 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you Tim!

      Reply
  3. Alicia
    December 21, 2015 at 5:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Really promising new style from TR! I’ll admit my heart sank at the wide set issue, since I too am tall and broad-shouldered, but fairly close-set – and in desperate need of a plunge bra. But I’m heartened that you find it comfy and useful enough for every day wear. And I have deep, abiding love for stretchy top cups. How do you find the height of the underwire at the sides, in comparison to Liliana (low-moderate), or Nichole (pretty high)?

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    • Sweets
      December 21, 2015 at 7:33 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Alicia! I unfortunately don’t have Liliana with me to do a direct comparison (I’m at my mom’s for the holidays), but I think Jessica’s on the moderate side, certainly not as high as Nichole. I will do my best to remember to do a direct comparison after the holidays when I’m back in NYC, but if I forget, please don’t hesitate to give me a nudge :)

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  4. Jess
    December 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Great review! I really want to try the Jessica but I have no idea what size to try or if it will work for me. Can you compare the wideness to a freya deco or cleo unlined? I go between a 32G/GG depending on the tightness across the top of the cup- any guidance on a starting size? I haven’t tried any tutti rouge bras yet.

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    • Sweets
      December 21, 2015 at 7:31 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Jess! Unfortunately I haven’t tried a Deco or a Cleo since my last size change, so I’m afraid I can’t use those as a direct comparison in this instance. If you find yourself between cup sizes, my instincts are to try the 32GG, especially if you plan on wearing it with the pads inserted, since even with stretch fabric, they still take up some space in the cup, and they give you a big boost of upper fullness. I hope that helps!

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  5. Erica of A Sophisticated Pair
    December 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm (2 years ago)

    First off, I have been dying to read a review of this bra because I’ve been so intrigued by the concept of having the inserts in fuller-cup bras. Plus, the design itself is lovely and pretty. I do wish Tutti Rouge would adjust the wires some on their fuller-bust options. We’ve been thinking of stocking them again next year, but it’s going to be mostly in that 36+ band size because of the width.

    Secondly, I am giddy that you love the Glamory hosiery products. They are amazing, and the extended sizing is a godsend. One of my pairs finally bit the dust this season, but I wear them a lot in winter. The fact they do a hold-up freaking tight is wonderful! It gets somewhat chilly here (of course, today is like 65), and it’s nice to still get to wear the hosiery without feeling cold. Great review per usual!

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    • Alicia
      December 22, 2015 at 3:23 pm (2 years ago)

      Erica, I do think Tutti might work for some of your customers, especially since you’ve mentioned that padded styles are in demand there. Of the 5 Tutti styles I own, they are all over the map in terms of wire width/height & band tightness. Strangely, the non-padded styles seem to run smaller in the cup (& larger/stretchier in the band) than the padded. In my experience, it’s usually the reverse, & padded run smaller (think Ewa M).

      Also, I need medium to slightly narrow wires myself; Natori is about perfect for me. For Tutti, I do find that scaling matters. I don’t hesitate to sister-size, but in this brand, I find that going up in band, and down in cup does result in a less wide-fitting cup. E.g. the difference between my 36H and 38GG Lilianas and Sophias is significant. In the larger bands I get a narrower wire and more front & centered fit. I can’t say if this holds true for smaller band/cup combos.

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      • Erica of A Sophisticated Pair
        December 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm (2 years ago)

        Interesting comments about the wire width, Alicia! Thanks for letting me know your experiences and how the fit has changed. Bras with padding do go over best here, and I did like the Betty originally too. One of the things I admire is how they are genuinely trying to tweak and improve the fit from season to season. It makes me more inclined to purchase from the brand because I know they are listening to what their retailers and customers are saying. Thanks again!

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    • Sweets
      December 31, 2015 at 2:36 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Erica! Glamory are so, so great– I can’t get over how comfy they are! I’d love to hear how Tutti winds up working for you in fuller band sizes– I get questions about them a lot, but I haven’t read as many reviews in the 36+ size range.

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