Separates in lingerie can be quite daunting for plus size folk. I know I personally tend to feel the safety of something covering my midriff. Mummy tummy worries make it my least favourite lingerie option. However, the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set really appealed to me after reviewing the stunning Belle Amour Red and Black Basque set. So, when I was offered the set to review, I decided to break out of my comfort zone.
The first thing I noticed about the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set on arrival was how nice the red was. Red lingerie is a minefield for me. I have pink hair and orangey reds look pretty clashy and cheap. The Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set has a deep red base to it. The red seems bluer toned and this stops it appearing cheap or tacky. It also means it doesn’t clash with my hair!
The Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set is a three-piece set and this is great. Usually you’d have to buy all three pieces, so to see it as a set is fabulous. I also felt this made it better value. As well as the longline bra you get a suspender belt and thong. Add some lace top stockings to your basket and you have a full look.
The body of the set is made of a stretchy red polyester which looks much nicer than say a red satin. This has a black floral lace overlay adding a real boudoir feel to the set. The bra is a plunge cup with a half cup lace overlay. The base of the bra is trimmed with a couple of inches of soft, frothy lace, there is nothing scratchy or harsh about this. This forms the long line element to the bra. Whilst I loved this aspect, I did find during wear it rode up into the bra a fair bit.
The cups are very supportive, offering underwires and moulding. As with all Lovehoney Plus Size lingerie the straps are wide and comfy. This is something so many plus size lingerie manufacturers miss. Bigger boobs really do need wide straps. Across the top of the cups sit a set of apex straps, or slut straps as they’re sometimes called. I do really love this look, but my other half finds them fiddly and unnecessary. However, I do feel they seem a bit mismatched with the burlesque look of this set. I tend to associate strapping with a more modern look.
The soft backstrap is very generous in stretch and secures with three rows of three hooks and eye fasteners. Again, I love the adjustability in this as I tend to find my weight changes with the season but not enough to warrant an entire size difference.
The suspender belt is probably my favourite part of the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set. It’s a vision of black lace, ribbons and scarlet. In the centre of the waistband sits a little gold Lovehoney charm which is a cute touch. Four bones sit around the belt adding structure and shape to your figure. There is a merry widow style bottom to the belt and this is bridged by lace. This looks decadent and beautiful. The belt fits perfectly, fastening at the back with three rows of eight hook and eyes.
There are four suspenders attached to the belt. These are trimmed with gold hardware and are nice and wide. They are adjustable but as with all suspenders I find my short stature means they never really adjust far enough to be tight on my short legs. I found the clips to be easy to fasten but did definitely notice one kept pinging undone and in fact has done every time I’ve worn it. A small inconvenience but still annoying.
To complete the look the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set comes with a scarlet and black lace G String. I would have preferred a more fuller knicker option here but once the belt is added it’s pretty much not an issue.
In terms of fit I was pleasantly surprised by the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set. There was plenty of give and stretch and the belt sat high enough around my waist that it still disguised the bits of me I’m most insecure over. The fabric hugged my curves in a flattering way, smoothing rather than cutting in.
I felt like a 50’s pin up wearing the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set I teamed it with black lace top stockings and a black lace Lovehoney robe for added effect. I felt great and he loved the look.
Lovehoney sell the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set in three sizes ranging from an 18-28. I found the sizing to be generous so unlike with most lingerie I wouldn’t advise sizing up.
Lovehoney sell the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set for £44.99 which is extremely good value for a three-piece set, I think. I love the look of the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set. It’s really ignited a want to explore separates in me. If like me this is a look you usually avoid this pretty set might help you change that.
I was sent this item free of charge and in exchange for an honest and impartial review. Thank you so much to Lovehoney for sending me the Lovehoney Belle Amour Red and Black Longline Bra Set for review.