[Elomi generously provided this set for review. I was not compensated for this post, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.]
One of the best full bust/plus size lingerie sets of the last five years? Yes. A unique take on an increasingly ubiquitous trend? Yes. Incredibly comfortable and well-fitting? Yes. Available in black as well as some fantastic upcoming fashion colors (like red and this phenomenal rose print in the rerelease of Soraya)? Yes. Get to know Sachi: it’s a spectacular collection that’s quickly become one of Elomi’s most beloved styles.
Elomi first introduced this shape in the breakout floral Soraya collection, but I think it was the red and black Nichole collection that really left its mark and proved that Elomi remains the brand to beat in the plus size full bust category. It feels only natural to carry this elegant shape over to a core color like black for maximum appeal. Sachi features a four-part cup, with a vertical seam in the cups for lift, plus a horizontal seam for projection, and a side panel to help draw the breasts in from the sides of the body for an uplifted, centered shape. The side panel and bottom sections of the cup consist of double layers of non-stretch black mesh, while the top panel is a single layer for a lighter, more transparent look. Delicate elastic straps connect to a small ring floating just above the center gore and glide outwards to a slight point midway along the cup of the cup and again to the apex of the bra. The cut of the top panel and the shape of the elastic create an abstract linear butterfly shape against the skin, truly one of the most unique interpretations of the strapping trend on the market today.
I took my usual 32H in the bra and Large in the knickers, and I found those sizes to be spot on here. This bra does come up noticeably firmer in both the band and feel of the cup than the Matilda collection, even though the frames of the two bras are fairly similar, so if you are between sizes or particularly full on top, I’d recommend going with your larger size. The band fastens firmly yet comfortably on the loosest set of hooks, the wires completely contain my breast tissue, and the center gore tacks securely against my sternum. I’m so used to telling myself that the center of my bra MUST lie against my chest that I was disconcerted that the center ring of the strap elements floated over my chest; but of course that’s to be expected, since the ring isn’t anchored in any way to the underwire.
The knickers are a true full brief, rising to just below my natural waist and offering full coverage over the hips and rear. The sides, center front panel, and rear are a fairly firm black mesh, elasticated at the waist and legs, with sheer panels just in front of each hips. The sheer panels lighten the look of the set, echo the bra’s play of transparency, cutous, and opacity, and offer the look of a strappy cutout brief with the hold of a light shapewear brief. My usual size Large fits perfectly, offering some light support with enough stretch for comfort and a smooth line under clothes.
This is one of those sets that looks a little fancy and complicated, but which wears SO EASILY. I’ve even worn it under v-neck blouses to work and the straps have been absolutely unnoticeable. It’s one of my “fancy” sets that feels like an everyday, workhorse set when it’s on my body. I can wear it for long, active, busy days without any tugging, adjusting, or discomfort, or I can wear it for a little extra boost under special occasion outfits, or even just lounging around my apartment (as I am right now, while writing this post). Back in 2013 I used to have to tug and fidget with my Elomi bras all the time, but the changes the brand has made in the last few years have yielded some incredible fit improvements that make these some of my favorite bras to wear.
I lived in this set all summer, and I plan to continue to doing so as we head into cooler months. I can’t get over the difference I see in Elomi from when I started this blog to now. I used to buy Elomi bras because they came in my size and I just dealt with the fit issues, but now my Elomi bras are the first ones I reach for after laundry day. I love the shape, support, and comfort they offer, and I can’t wait for the Fall/Winter collections to start hitting stores. Sachi is an absolute knockout: I love it I love I love it, I can’t wait for more colors, everyone who can should definitely try it.
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Bra and Brief: Sachi by Elomi (c/o) $64/30. Bra available in sizes 32 GG-J, 34 GG-JJ, 36-40 DD-JJ, 42 DD-HH, 44 DD-G, 46D, briefs in sizes M-4XL. Elomi is a UK brand, so the cup size progression is D, DD, E, F, FF, G, GG, H, HH, J, JJ. Sachi in black is a continuity style for Elomi, and it’s available at Nordstrom, Bare Necessities (black and red versions now available), Breakout Bras, Brastop, Figleaves, Dillards, and Soma, among others. New colors and a babydoll are coming soon!