[Disclosure: I purchased this set under my real name with my own money. Bluebella is not affiliated with this review. Secrets in Lace provided these stockings for review. I was not compensated for this post, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.]
When it came time to pick a style to buy for myself from the new MORE by Bluebella DD-G collection, there was no question which one I was going to choose. Yes, I love the bold, graphic look of Aura, but I don’t do molded cups, and yes, the bodysuits are cool, but I’m tall and they’re a tough fit (although be sure to check out this great review of the Iana style by Big Cup Little Cup). The real standout, for me, was Asteria: a striking, strappy three-piece collection that stops you in your tracks (whether coming or going). I’ve never had a bra I wanted to show off this badly.
Asteria is pleasingly free from frills or bows: a simple black mesh, three-piece, non-padded cup trimmed with a copper-colored ring at the center gore gives way to ELASTIC-STRAP-DRAMA over the shoulders and back. Four slim elastic straps lead from the top of the cups to fan out over the shoulders, where they connect to a network of more slim straps across the back. The way the straps lie over the shoulder blades form an almost angel-wing pattern. The bra band fastens with three rows and three columns of gold-toned hooks and eyes (although the rows are so closely spaced band the feels more like a typical two-row band). There are four straps that reach up from the band to meet the shoulder straps; these four straps are adjustable. The strapping network fastens with an elastic loop and a gold-toned hook in the center of the upper back, similar to the J-hooks many brands use to convert regular bras to racer-back bras. I wear my straps adjusted to nearly their loosest setting, so if your frame is smaller than mine, you will still have room to adjust the cage back to suit your height.
The coordinating brief features smooth translucent black mesh over the seat and center front, connected at the hips by four elastic straps. The suspender belt features similar construction: a sheer black mesh front connects to a classic hook and eye fastening with six slim straps over the hips, and four fully-adjustable suspenders with gold-toned fastenings secure your stockings.
I admit I came to this review with preconceived notions; since Bluebella has become hugely popular for its core-sized and small-bust styles, I was a little skeptical about the success of the new expanded size range. I’m happy to report that I really liked the fit of the bra. I currently wear a 32GG in most UK brands; since the MORE collection stops at a G-cup, I ordered a 34G (my sister size) and a 32G (one cup size down). I got a great fit in the 34G, so I returned the 32G without bothering to try it on.
The band is admittedly a little larger than I usually take, but it’s not so large that it’s unwearable. Based on some of the model images I feared the wires would be lightweight and too flexible, and the cups too shallow, but that is not at all the case. The center gore tacks nicely, the cups fully contain all of my breast tissue, and while it doesn’t offer the depth of some of the Polish brands I’ve tried, I feel like the shape is as good a match for my breast shape as any bra I might expect to pick up at a department store. The cup volume seems true-to-size compared to the major UK full-bust brands. There’s some wrinkling at the top of the cups, which I attribute to the fact that the shape has to be a little different here to support the beginning of the cage back details. Over the course of a day’s wear I do find that I get some slight overspill on my fuller side, and I have to adjust both the band and cups a few times. This bra isn’t as secure a fit as one from a fit-focused brand like, say, Panache, but then again, that’s not really surprising. Asteria is first and foremost a fashion bra, and the fact that the fit is as good as it is really is just the cherry on top.
For the brief and suspender I ordered a size 14/L, and while comfortable, the fit here is a little less successful than with the bra. I like that the brief isn’t too low-cut, so it doesn’t roll under my tummy, and I love the look of the suspender, but the two pieces have wildly different tension in their straps. The brief’s elastic strapping is quite firm, while the suspender belt straps are not only looser, but the tension is uneven. On someone with soft tissue, like me, this creates some odd lumps and bumps. The dramatic effect of the suspender layered over the brief would look more polished if all the straps featured consistent length and tension. I mean, like, “oh no my strappy undies aren’t lying smoothly, how terrible”, right, but still! This seems like a quality control issue that could be fixed, but considering the lower price point of this set compared to many other full-bust brands, I’m not as annoyed by it as I would be if I’d paid more. I wouldn’t expect the same level of technical expertise here that I would from luxury strappy-friendly brands like Bordelle or Karolina Laskowska. Still! Room for improvement there.
Honestly astonishingly comfortable, y’all.
As I mentioned above, this isn’t a bra designed to do heavy lifting/shaping work, so while the mesh is supportive, it’s also soft and lightweight, and while the wires aren’t bendy, they’re also not as heavy and rigid as some bras’ wires.
I’ll note that while I can usually manage to get the straps hooked at the top of the back, I find it easier to fasten the loop and hook first and then put the bra on over my head before fastening the band. The suspender belt isn’t intended to offer support for long-term wear, but it does do a surprisingly nice job of holding up stockings (despite the fit issues mentioned above). I’ve definitely worn the brief and bra for long periods of time and felt great (and secretly sassy, wearing all those straps under jeans and a sweater).
I really can’t get over how successful this set is. The first day I wore this bra I went to a lingerie event with friends and practically took my shirt off the second I walked in the door to show it to them. They (and I) all remarked that we were surprised by how good the fit and the shape are.
While I wouldn’t choose this set for a long day with lots of walking and movement, that’s kind of … not the point of it. However, if I were still pole dancing? I would wear the bra and brief to class in a heartbeat. This set feels a lot more daring and risqué than I usually go for, but I love that it feels good enough to wear outside the bedroom or a photoshoot. Super dramatic lingerie can be really fun, but at the end of the day I prioritize lingerie I can wear comfortably in my “real” life. I’m looking forward to wearing this set a lot over the coming months, especially as warmer weather brings more opportunities to bare my shoulders (and my straps).
Oh dang I like these a whole lot. Stockings are usually straightforward for me, I kind of just grab whatever the size Large is, but some are just too short, no matter what size I try. I also have fuller upper/inner thighs, so occasionally nylon stockings don’t stretch nicely to accommodate that fullness and instead curl up and roll down, dragging my suspender belt down with them over the course of a day. Secrets in Lace approached me a few weeks ago and gave me the opportunity to try a few of their new styles in a couple of different sizes, including some styles that are available up to a 4X.
One of my favorite styles so far is the Eden lace top stockings, available in black and suntan in sizes S-4X. I’m wearing a size L/Long which fit perfectly, even though I’m over the weight guidelines (my legs are slim for my size, so your mileage may vary). Crafted of very sheer nylon with a touch of elastene, they feel light and silky smooth and have the perfect amount of stretch, which means they don’t bag out at the knee over the course of a day. This pair has also been fairly hardy so far, holding up well to the rigors of long work days and traveling to and from a photoshoot. I find the lace top especially comfortable. It doesn’t squeeze my inner thighs, and it’s deep enough that it retains its shape and doesn’t droop or sag throughout the day, which means the stocking tops stay nice and even. I’ve really enjoyed wearing them so far, and even though I’m trying to give each style a fair shake, the Eden stockings are favorites already.
What do you think of this look? There were some great comments about the introduction of the strappy trend to the full-bust market on my last post– is this a style you’d like to wear?
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Bra, Brief, and Suspender Belt: Asteria by MORE by Bluebella, £36, £18, £20, respectively. Available in sizes 32-38 DD-G, 8-16, 8-18 (all sizes UK). Bluebella is a UK-based company, so the cup size progression is DD, E, F, FF, G.
Stockings: Eden Lace Top Stockings by Secrets in Lace (c/o), $24, S-4X, available in Black and Suntan.
Hair Flowers: Mimosa Floral Design Studio, Brooklyn.
Photos: Studio Rezin