Review: Knickerocker Black Cat Crop Top and Panties

[I purchased this set under my real name with my own money from Bluestockings Boutique. Neither Knickerocker nor Bluestockings is affiliated with this review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.]

[Disclosure the Second: It’s going to be a review-a-palooza ’round here the next few weeks. I really don’t love running multiple reviews one after the other after the other, A. because I get bored of my own face and B. I feel like the blog then becomes product product product, but unfortunately I didn’t plan properly and now I have a backlog of reviews to get through before year end. So buckle up, I guess?]

Sweet Nothings reviews Knickerocker Black Cat crop top and panties. Photo (c) Michi Rezin

This is the cutest, and I’ve wanted it forever, because I don’t know if you know this, but surprise, I love cats.


This adorable little loungewear set is made by Knickerocker, an independent brand based in the UK and specializing in ethically made, beautifully crafted, and delightfully whimsical lingerie and loungewear. The Black Cat set is one of several animal-themed crop top and brief sets; you can also get mouse, fox, panda, bunny, pig, bear, badger, raccoon, and both ginger and striped cats. Made of super soft stretch cotton, the set features a smiling cat’s face appliqued across the front of the short-sleeved crop top and the seat of the knickers, as well as soft ears attached at the shoulder seams of the top and the waistband of the briefs. The design is delightfully spare, just two big yellow eyes, a pink nose, whiskers, and a smile, and that simplicity of keeps the cuteness appealingly cool and kitsch, instead of overwhelming.

Sweet Nothings reviews Knickerocker Black Cat crop top and panties. Photo (c) Michi Rezin

One note is that this soft lovely black cotton picks up cat fur like you would not believe, but it’s okay, you’re already wearing a cat face on your boobs and butt, I think people will understand.

Sweet Nothings reviews Knickerocker Black Cat crop top and panties. Photo (c) Michi Rezin


I followed the size advice in Knickerocker’s Etsy policies and purchased a size L for the briefs and an XL for the crop top. The briefs fit very well– they’re a little lower cut than my preference, but they’re very much a standard bikini brief, so that wasn’t a huge surprise. If I’d been ordering from Knickerocker directly I might have requested a custom size for the crop top. It fits around me well, but because my bust is so full, it comes up a little shorter on me than it does on the models (my height may also be a factor). I’d like it to be just a little bit longer — just 1-2 inches more — so that I can lift my arms over head comfortably without worrying about it riding up, especially when I’m wearing it without a bra.

Sweet Nothings reviews Knickerocker Black Cat crop top and panties. Photo (c) Michi Rezin


So, weird observation: I have literally never owned or worn a crop top before in all my 32 years on this fine planet, and psychologically it’s kind of weird, but not because of tummy issues, but because of the sleeves? I don’t know, my brain gets confused when I wear it: because it feels like a nice cotton tee shirt I keep thinking said tee-shirt has just ridden up and I need to tug it down over my tummy, and then it’s like “nope, kiddo, that’s as far as your shirt goes, you’re good.” Other than that nonsense it is a comfy cotton dream to wear– completely soft and breathable, with an extra helping of whimsy!

Sweet Nothings reviews Knickerocker Black Cat crop top and panties. Photo (c) Michi Rezin


There’s a cat face on my butt you guys.

Happy Halloween!

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Black Cat Crop Top and Panties: Knickerocker ($59/39), available in sizes S-XL plus custom. You can find this set on Etsy (where you can order custom sizes if need be) and at Bluestockings Boutique.

Photos: Michi Rezin Photography

9 Comments on Review: Knickerocker Black Cat Crop Top and Panties

  1. Laura Brasinha
    October 28, 2016 at 9:42 am (6 years ago)

    This is the single most adorable thing I’ve ever seen! I’ve been dreaming about some of those sets for ages (isn’t everything absurdly adorable?) and now I want it even more!!!

    • Sweets
      October 31, 2016 at 10:57 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Laura! If you decide to get a set for yourself I hope you love it!

  2. S.B
    October 28, 2016 at 10:53 am (6 years ago)

    I adore knickerockers animal face designs. They’re so perfectly cute but I can’t bring myself to buy them because I don’t know how I would wear a pair of panties with ears. Are they wearable at all or strictly lounge only?

    • Sweets
      October 31, 2016 at 10:56 am (6 years ago)

      They’re super soft, just two layers of cotton fabric (we had to pose VERY carefully to get them to stand up on their own for this shoot), so while I don’t think they’d work under, like, a bodycon dress, I think you can totally wear them under jeans or layers!

  3. Erica of A Sophisticated Pair
    October 28, 2016 at 11:06 am (6 years ago)

    I was thisclose to ordering that from Bluestockings as well, and then my move came up. So I am living vicariously through you because you look so adorable in this! I love neat little products like this. Great review, and happy Halloween to you too!

    • Sweets
      October 31, 2016 at 10:55 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks Erica! If you do wind up ordering it once things settle down in your world, I hope you love it!

  4. Lee Rivers
    October 28, 2016 at 1:39 pm (6 years ago)

    That’s adorable. I love that it picks up actual cat fur.

    • Sweets
      October 31, 2016 at 10:54 am (6 years ago)

      Haha, it totally does. But everyone knows I’m a cat lady already, so I don’t mind a little Gus-and-Ruby fur 🙂

  5. Katie
    October 31, 2016 at 5:44 pm (6 years ago)

    I find this cat outfit extremely cute. It is sexy yet playful. Just perfect. Also, a good outfit for Halloween!


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