Last week I showed you my wedding gown choices, which turned out to be a little problematic in the undergarments area. Surprisingly, though, I found a solution rather quickly.
The dress I finally selected was a bit too low in the back for a traditional strapless bra, but also didnâ€™t work with the Masquerade Hestia basque Iâ€™d already purchased. Then I remembered the low-backed bustier I had seen at CurvExpo in February 2012. Lucky thing I wrote about it on Hourglassy, because I was able to look at my old post and find the manufacturer, Le Mystere. I then discovered that the bra is called the Soiree Bustier.
Le Mystere goes up to a G cup, but itâ€™s not the British G cup Iâ€™m used to. The brand uses European sizing, so with no double letters, a Le Mystere G is equal to a British F. With my usual 28G, that means the smallest band I could do would be a 32G. Since I donâ€™t know of any other low-backed strapless bustiers above a D cup, this seemed like my only option. Knowing how well tailored a wedding gown should be, though, I figured it would work well enough.
However, more than â€œwell enough,â€ this thing is a miracle! First off, the 32G fit like a 28. Seriously. It was a real struggle to hook it all up, and it felt like it was not going to move at all. After intentionally wearing it to a big dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant, I actually decided that it was too tight. With it going so low in the front, it was really uncomfortable on a full stomach and felt like all the boning was digging into me.
Since I anticipate eating a lot at my wedding (the foodâ€™s gonna be awesome), this simply wouldnâ€™t do, so I exchanged the 32G for a 34F. It feels so wrong to be ordering a 34, but this thing certainly does not fit like one. I measured the new 34 and itâ€™s only 27 inches long under the bust, and stretches to a mere 31. I donâ€™t really understand Le Mystereâ€™s logic here, but Iâ€™ll take it! (In fact, I wonder if all their bras run this ridiculously tightâ€¦)
As for the 34, itâ€™s a little looser than I usually go for. Iâ€™m starting it on the middle hooks instead of the loosest. And after some vigorous activity, it does feel like itâ€™s shifted just a bit. But it still stays up enough that I donâ€™t feel the need to yank it up all day and the support is shockingly phenomenal.
The rest of this review will be in the form of a photo essay. First up is the backside of this contraption:
Overall, Iâ€™m really pleased with this bra. It may end up being my go-to strapless from now on. Since the fabric is sturdy and has all that boning, there are no little seams to â€œbiteâ€ into my skin like the Deco. Though of course Iâ€™ll still have to keep the Deco around as well, since it has a much deeper plunge and still provides superb cleavage.
Most of all, this bustier opens up my wardrobe to lots of â€œback interestâ€ potential. Backless is still out (and will remain so forever), but no longer will I have to avoid low backs and funky cutouts. My next trip to Forever21 should be super fun!