Review: Betty by Tutti Rouge

"Betty" by Tutti Rouge

“Betty” by Tutti Rouge.  The bra features partially-adjustable covered straps, as well as three rows of three columns of hooks and eyes.

I was delighted to receive a pink-wrapped box in the mail unexpectedly a few weeks ago.  I opened it to find the “Betty” set by Tutti Rouge, the line’s beautiful second style from their Spring/Summer 2013 debut collection.  Furthermore, the Tutti team had clearly read my review of their first style, Liliana, because they sent Betty in one cup size larger, after I’d reported I found Liliana to run small.  I couldn’t wait to get it home to take a look.


I have to give Tutti Rouge props for their incredibly beautiful aesthetics.  Both Liliana and Betty are bras that sound like they’d be on my “meh” list: padded, one in pink lace, one in pale yellow/ivory satin, and both with shallower profiles.  I tend to gravitate towards non-padded, darker bras with deeper profiles, yet I have found both Liliana and Betty incredibly flattering, looking at the colors and materials alone.


Betty is smooth and satiny with an enlarged, abstract floral print (poppies, maybe?) and delicate, ruffly lace trim.  A bright pink bow perches between the cups of the bra and at the center waist of the briefs, which feature pretty overlapping panels at the hips.  They remind me a little of the swags over the skirt of Cinderella’s ballgown from the Disney film.  It’s a very romantic, girly, yet still sophisticated design choice that pays off beautifully.  The briefs also feature a cheeky cutout at the back, a design detail I haven’t seen before from a full-bust brand.  I found them to run slightly larger than Liliana’s or Panache’s briefs tend to run, so if you’re between sizes you might consider sizing down.  I prefer a slightly looser fit/deeper cut with my briefs, so I loved this size for me.

20130630-133922.jpgI am very fair-skinned with very dark hair, and I avoid white, neutrals, and pastels like the plague, for fear of LOOKING like I have the plague, so I was apprehensive about how this would look.  I was pleasantly surprised!  The color warmed and flattered my pale skin, and I felt very pretty wearing it– it’s rather like what Marie Antoinette might wear were she transported to 2013.  And was on a secretary’s budget, instead of a queen’s.  And wore full-bust bras.  Ahem, moving on …



Speaking of Marie Antoinette, HELLO BOSOM.  As you can see from the rear-view photo above, Betty is a lightly padded half-cup bra with a single vertical seam.  The shape is very similar to Cleo’s “Juna” and related bras, in that it really lifts the breasts up and “presents” them; the tops of the cups are very open.  It’s a bra that would work really well under a top with a low, straight-across or square neckline.

Size-wise, Betty’s cups are better for me than Liliana’s, even though padded half-cups tend not to work for me in general.  Liliana was so shallow I wound up purchasing the bra a full two cup sizes bigger than my “regular” size.  The Betty set I received from Tutti Rouge is one cup size larger than my usual size, and I found the cups to run much deeper than Liliana’s, with more forward projection.  I’d definitely recommend Betty over Liliana for women with close-set, deep breasts.

What about the band?  Liliana was a little snug, so did Betty fit better?  Well…

Band length: Betty vs. Liliana

Band length: Betty vs. Liliana

YIKES, THE BAND RAN SMALL.  I mean, good gravy, this sucker is tight.  I followed Erica’s example (more below) by lining up the wires on two different bras and then comparing the band length, starting with my two Tutti Rouge bras.  I’d say the band on my Betty sample is definitely a full size small, and it might even compare to some bras a full two band sizes smaller.  For further illustration, here’s Betty compared to my Starburst bra by Bravissimo:

20130630-133949.jpgThese three bras (Liliana, Betty, and Starburst) all list the same band size on the tags, and the wires line up almost perfectly each time, but the bands are drastically different.  There’s no way I can wear Betty without an extender.  I was feeling confident about recommending that folks size up in the band, and that women who are interested in 26 or small 28 bands try this style, and then I started reading other bloggers’ reviews:

Erica’s ran small
Holly’s felt true to size
Georgina’s felt large
Cheryl’s felt a bit large
Boosaurus’ felt small

It’s always good to remember that advice like “runs small” or “runs large” is relative: a bra style may run larger in one set of sizes, but smaller in another set.  That being said, so many varying reports about the fit from bloggers of different shapes and sizes point to some sort of quality/consistency control issue that seems to have affected Betty.  This being Tutti Rouge’s debut season and only their second style released, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Tutti Rouge’s bras are bad, but I would advise customers trying the early styles to be willing to try multiple sizes, and also to report any fit issues through reviews and social media.  Hopefully these kinks will disappear in future seasons, and customers will be able to get a more consistent idea of which shapes and sizes work best for them.

Overall, Betty is a strong second offering from this new brand.  As lovely as she is, she hasn’t changed my mind about padded or half-cup bras: they’re never going to be my first choice.  I don’t feel secure, anchored, or really contained in padded bras, and I’m always worried about wobbling or spilling over the top edge of the cup.  I don’t get as round a shape in padded half-cups as I do in non-padded plunges or balconettes, which are my go-to styles.  I’m also not sure how much wear Betty will really get, for fear that the dyes in the darker clothes I wear might dull her shine.


Aesthetically, however, Tutti Rouge continues to thrill, and I am looking forward to trying one of the non-padded styles once they’re released.  The attention to detail, the thoughtful designs, the flattering colors, luxe-feeling materials, and the playful accessories make Tutti Rouge one of the most exciting brands I’ve tried this year.  I’m eagerly awaiting the launch of their website, just so we can get a closer look at what the rest of the season has in store.

Tutti Rouge provided this set for review.  All opinions are my own.

“Betty” is available in sizes 28-38 DD-HH (briefs in S-XL) at Bravissimo, Esty Lingerie, Fusspot Lingerie and Runway Republic.  The full set retails for £48.

11 Comments on Review: Betty by Tutti Rouge

  1. Erica of A Sophisticated Pair
    July 1, 2013 at 10:30 am (10 years ago)

    Loved your review sweets as well as the way you summed up how each us felt the band runs! Truthfully, I’ve been wearing my Betty bra at least twice a week because it feels so comfortable, and on Saturday, I wore it the Urkye Mala dress. Boy does those silhouettes complement each other!!

    • Sweets
      July 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm (10 years ago)

      Thanks Erica! I’m so glad you like yours– the pairing sounds perfect!

  2. Boosaurus
    July 1, 2013 at 2:22 pm (10 years ago)

    Great review! I’m wondering if the ones that seem to run tight are the under-32 bands in H+ cups specifically?

    I also felt that the color worked well with my pale skin. Unexpectedly delightful!

    • Sweets
      July 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm (10 years ago)

      I think fuller cups may have something to do with it, but my band is 32+, so not sure if that’s it. It’s all very mysterious!

  3. Another Mary
    July 1, 2013 at 9:09 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks for this review! A lot of the things that didn’t work for you–padded bra, half-cup, shallower profile–are exactly what I’m looking for; and I just love the ivory print. This one might have to go on my list…

    • Sweets
      July 1, 2013 at 10:18 pm (10 years ago)

      Yay! I hope Tutti Rouge becomes more widely available in the USA. And did you see the darker color they’ve planned for Autumn/Winter? It’s a deep rich red, and really lovely!

  4. Mariëlle
    July 2, 2013 at 8:37 am (10 years ago)

    Lovely review! I found my Betty in 28 band to run a bit loose as well, it’s interesting to see how opinions differ regarding the band. Perhaps it has something to do with whether a person prefers tight or loose bands? I’ve a 25″ inch underbust, so almost every 28″s run loose on me, while someone usually wearing bras with loose bands, such as Freya, might find this one too tight. Just an idea though 🙂


    • Sweets
      July 3, 2013 at 11:27 am (10 years ago)

      Thanks! I do too: they have such a strong voice from a design point of view, and I can’t wait to see how some of the other styles fit.

  5. Kate
    July 10, 2013 at 11:12 am (10 years ago)

    What a cute, classy, ladylike design. I absolutely love it! I wonder if I could order the set and ship to North America?

    • Sweets
      July 10, 2013 at 11:20 am (10 years ago)

      You absolutely can! Bravissimo ships internationally, as does Esty Lingerie.


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