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I normally don’t write underwear reviews as so many people do it so well already. This time I’m making an exception as I was delighted at how well supported and put together I felt when I went out to celebrate the start of my holiday with some friends. It was my first time ever that I opted to wear a white dress with just spaghetti straps.
While it is currently even somewhat fashionable to have your bra or bra straps visible, I felt like I wanted the dress to show as it was. When I tried the dress on at Gina Tricot I was wearing my Freya Deco Honey Firecracker set and both the bra and the bottoms shone through the fabric. But then I remembered that, “Hey! I do own a Deco Shape longline strapless bra and high waisted shaping brief set in ivory that I’ve never worn!”
Sure enough, it did not show through the white dress so it was a go. What I loved about the bra is that it has a five hook back fastening so it feels super secure. I needed to ask my boyfriend to hoist it up at the back, but it then stayed put all night.
A strapless bra is never quite the same, but it is remarkable how well it does give a close to normal Deco shape. Some might complain that it is so moulded but for me it just makes it feel more secure. However there is one gripe: it looks like a longline on the model but it really isn’t. It’s not like a normal bra either, but not as long as I would expect a longline to be. But it doesn’t really bother me.
As all Decos, this goes up to GG cup, which I wear, but the bottom of the cup collapses slightly due to the weight of the bust. Luckily it doesn’t show.
Why did I feel so super delighted to be wearing this set? Well, normally whenever I wear a shaping bottom I kinda feel like I’m wearing granny panties. I’ve also had issues where tights tend to slide down over the shaping brief. With this set, it felt like I was wearing a gorgeous romantic vintage-y set. No seams showed through the dress and the tights stayed put over the bottom.
The briefs aren’t super slimming but more like secure and put together, and they help to achieve a seam-free smooth line. My experience was good enough that now I’m considering ordering this slip version of the same set.
The slip might be useful also with office dressing while for my personal use the strapless bras are more holiday and party use. During the summer I use them quite often with strappy tops and strapless sun dresses. It also feels liberating sometimes to give my shoulders a well deserved break.