Review: Dreamgirl Tartan Tease Schoolgirl Costume

I’ve been trying to cut back on the amount of lingerie reviews that I post to my Lovehoney account as I seem to have reviewed so much that I’ve made my profile load slowly – oops! As a result my still-to-review box has been overflowing with gorgeous pieces that are waiting to be written about. I decided it was time to write something new and as I rooted through the options I came across this piece and knew I had to talk about it. The Dreamgirl Tartan Tease is one of my favourite costumes that I currently own and certainly one of my best schoolgirl related outfits. It is often a struggle to find the right combination between sexy and slutty with certain costumes but this particular one has struck the perfect balance.

Dreamgirl Tartan Tease Schoolgirl CostumeArriving in simple fashion, the Tartan Tease comes inside a cardboard sleeve with an image of a model wearing the outfit on the front and back. The outfit was wrapped in some plastic inside and the included novelty glasses were in their own plastic pouch. I hadn’t actually realized glasses were included as I assumed they were just a photo prop (as is often the disappointing case with outfits like this) so I was pleased to see them as I unraveled the plastic.

I’ll keep the quality and materials section of this post short and sweet as it’s important to know, but boring to read. The top portion of the outfit is made from a stretchy mesh. The bottom portion of the outfit consists of a blue, black and grey plaid combination and there’s also a tie attached to the upper half made from the same fabric. The glasses are made from a hard plastic. The outfit felt great quality and had no obvious flaws. The glasses were also surprisingly sturdy considering the fact that they’re a novelty extra.

I own a multitude of schoolgirl costumes but this one is the only ‘all in one’ type. Most of the ones that I own are a skirt and cropped shirt combo, whereas this one is more of a dress. It is a one size garment so I had concerns that it may not fit. It is said to accommodate a size six to sixteen and I wear a UK four. I did not mind taking the risk as Lovehoney have a wonderful no questions asked returns policy for any and all items that are not suitable. It fit me beautifully which leads me to believe that it would be tight-fitting on someone who wears a sixteen. It isn’t as stretchy as I thought it would be. If you wear fourteen or above then the plus size version might be more comfortable for you.

Dreamgirl Tartan Tease Schoolgirl CostumeThe shirt is very sheer. It doesn’t leave much to the imagination, but I suppose that’s the idea. I personally wear nipple pasties underneath to add some anticipation and not give everything up straight away. I find this has a better effect on my partner and teases him efficiently. It doesn’t provide any bust support whatsoever, which was fine for me as I have a basically non-existent bust and don’t need it. However, you could wear a nude or white bra underneath this if wanted or needed. It makes for a nice alternative to the pasties too.

It’s extremely short. Just skims past my butt and I’m only a mere five foot. If you’re taller than me (which lets face it wouldn’t be difficult or shocking) then this may show off a lot of cheek. If you’re around 5’11 or above then I suspect that this outfit will be more of a shirt on you and may not suit the designed aesthetic. It is a flowing style of skirt which skims the hips nicely and makes the wearer’s waist look smaller and their thighs slimmer. It doesn’t cling to the stomach or draw attention to the area at all which I thought it might due to the material. It’s incredibly flattering and super-duper sexy.

Dreamgirl Tartan Tease Schoolgirl CostumeIt fastens via a velcro strap around the neck so it’s quick to put on and tear off. This makes the fit adjustable along with the aid of the elastic band around the top. This is comfortable and pretty supportive. It doesn’t dig in and provides a decent amount of stretch to accommodate several sizes.

It doesn’t come with suspender straps but you could wear silicone banded hold-ups with or wear a flat suspender belt under the skirt and attach stockings that way. I opted for a slightly different option and wore suspender tights (crotchless of course) and some Pleaser heels.

Overall, I think this outfit is lovely. I’m fond of the colour scheme, the design and the fit. There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with it. I can still remember my partners reaction when I wore this for the first time and I can feel myself melting at the thought of those memories. His jaw dropped as I entered the bedroom and I couldn’t help but giggle. He managed to squeeze out a few words before fetching our favourite spanking tools and throwing me on the bed. Those words were “May I have a word with you miss? I believe you’re in three major violations of our dress code”. I never did find out what the third violation was…

You can purchase the Dreamgirl Tartan Tease Schoolgirl Costume (£29.99) from Lovehoney. It is also available in plus size for the same price. Yay for equal pricing!

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Review: Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup Bra

I probably could have ordered the entire Fifty Shades Darker lingerie line if funds had allowed, but as I’m not a millionaire, I decided to limit myself to just three of my favourite items. The Anastasia Half Cup Multiway Bra was one of them. It was the last item I purchased as I was going back and forth between this and something from the Escala collection for a while but I’m so glad that I finally settled on this piece. The Anastasia collection is described as “blending feminine shapes with deep pink satin and lace to offer a statement of modern femininity and intrinsic desirability” and I think that statement summarizes it perfectly.

I was disappointed and bored with the packaging, or lack of, that the Fifty Shades Darker lingerie arrives in. It’s just a plain plastic pouch. I expect this from Lovehoney as the lingerie is more budget friendly, but Coco de Mer are known for being lavish so I would expect more from them. I’m not asking for extreme levels of extravagance, but even just arriving on a nice satin hanger would have been better than this. If the boat can be pushed out for gorgeous packaging for the sex toy line, I don’t see why the lingerie line can’t also be gift-wrapped.

Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup BraUntil this range landed at Lovehoney, I had never had the pleasure of trying lingerie designed by a Coco de Mer, because again, I’m not a millionaire. I can’t afford to be splashing out a couple of hundred pounds on a basque, robe or bra set. I’d rather buy three £40 options and have variety than just own a couple of nice pieces that I’d have to wear until death to get my money’s worth. The only exception to this will be the lingerie I wear for my honeymoon. That I will go all out for.

Getting back to this piece, I was expecting perfection and that’s precisely what I got. I couldn’t find any flaws with it whatsoever and it appeared to be made beautifully. It’s made up of two main materials, one being satin and the other being lace. Both felt divine to touch and I was particularly impressed with how comfortable they both were. Lace can sometimes be itchy or irritating, but this was not the case with this bra. It was soft and supple as one would hope for considering the price tag.

32B was the smallest size that I could get my hands on, and breasts into, so I went for that one. I usually wear a 30A so I hoped that sister sizing would be my friend on this occasion. It seemed to work out well as the Fifty Shades Darker lingerie all seems to run a bit small. The Anastasia Half Cup Bra has three hook-and-eye fastenings around the back and I wear this on the tightest setting. It fits pretty well. It doesn’t feel loose at all which makes me think that this would be incredibly skin-tight on someone who actually wears a 32.

Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup BraAs for the cups, I was apprehensive. I am obviously lacking in the bust department so sizing up made me worry about things like obvious room left in the cups and gaping. Thankfully there wasn’t much of this. The cups actually seemed to fit very well. There was a tiny bit of room leftover, but not much, so I would suggest someone who wears a B cup to size up to the C in this particular bra. The cups definitely run small. This is great for small chests like mine as they seem to give a bit of a lift and a greatly appreciated boost.

Do I have any complaints? Outside of the packaging, not really. I could have done with being able to adjust the shoulder straps a tiny bit more for maximum comfort, but that’s a minor issue and something I can happily look past. The Anastasia Half Cup Bra is an absolutely stunning piece of lingerie and although I didn’t want to fork out on the matching briefs it wasn’t an issue as it matched a (now discontinued) raspberry Flirty Thong I have from Lovehoney. I  am not typically fond of pink especially when it comes to the bedroom as there’s so much of it in this industry, but I couldn’t resist this gorgeous rich shade. Combine this with the gorgeous front strapping and it’s an absolute winner. I love it.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Anastasia Half Cup Bra (£35) from Coco de Mer. No affiliate links have been used in this post.

Review: Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Goddess Basque

Fifty Shades Darker Goddess BasqueI think the packaging for the Fifty Shades Darker lingerie line is boring and disappointing as it’s just a plain plastic pouch. The sex toy packaging for Fifty Shades Darker products is much better and they were made by Lovehoney, a company that cater to all price levels. Coco de Mer are a lavish brand, so something nicer for something that costs this much would have been appreciated. I’m not asking for huge extravagance, but they can do better y’know?

I had never had the pleasure of trying lingerie designed by Coco de Mer before this range came out but as they are known for luxury, I expected this piece to be perfect in terms of quality. It was. It appeared to have been made beautifully and was pretty damn flawless. The Goddess Basque is made up of two main materials and has subtle elements of one other. All three of them felt great and I was particularly impressed with how gorgeously soft the lace was. The mesh was lovely too and this makes a welcome change from the itchy mesh found on cheaper pieces.

For the price, I naively expected this basque to come with matching underwear. It doesn’t. You can get a thong or pair of high-waisted briefs separately, but having already spent £50 on a single piece of lingerie, I’d rather not. I would have been pleased with just a plain black thong with an emerald trim and I don’t think that would have been too much to ask. I don’t think it would have improved the price by much at all either. As of right now I’m just wearing regular black underwear and it looks fine, but I probably will have to get the briefs eventually.

32B was the smallest size available in this basque and I wear a 30A so I was apprehensive about the fit. I thought that I wouldn’t be able to fill out the cups or the band would be loose, but I needn’t have worried. There are two hook-and-eye fastenings on this basque and I wear it on the tightest one. It then fits like a dream. I feel that someone who wears a 28 band might even find this comfortable enough to wear as it seems to run on the smaller side. It should be fine for those who wear a 32 also, but it might be a little tight.

Fifty Shades Darker Goddess BasqueAs for the cups, I surprisingly filled them out well. I obviously don’t have much of a bust, but there was no gaping or obvious spaces remaining. There was a small amount of room left in the cups as I expected but this was not noticeable to my partner at all. I think this is partly due to the clever strapping above the cups. I have found that this style seems to be extremely flattering with the size and shape of my bust and it has fast become one of my favourite bra options to go for. It’s even better on a basque.

One thing that really impressed me about the Goddess Basque was the boning. I have tons of basques that look amazing when I’m standing up or sitting still, but they are ruined with any sort of movement. It’s not particularly flattering as it bunches up the material, creating an odd bump in the front that ruins the overall look of the outfit. This one does not give me those sort of problems. The boning still moves as I do but it doesn’t stick out in bend in the creating a bulge sort of way. It stays pretty close to the skin which is exactly what I hoped it would do.

The final thing that’s worth mentioning is the suspender straps. These are both removable and adjustable. When I have tightened them fully I can attach them to stockings with no problems. I usually struggle with straps being too long for my five-foot, short-arse frame, but the ones on this basque seem to be shorter than most. This is great news for short women like myself, but it means that they may not be long enough for those who are much taller.

Overall, I really like the Goddess Basque. It has a gorgeous colour scheme that I can’t get enough of and after seeing how it looks with my skin tone, I’m convinced that I need more emerald-green in my lingerie collection. I love the strappy cups, mix of materials and the clever strapping across the waist that creates the illusion of a smaller figure. It’s a really flattering piece and I’m incredibly pleased with it. The lack of interesting packaging and matching underwear were the only downsides for me.

You can purchase the Fifty Shades Darker by Coco de Mer Goddess Basque (£60) from Coco de Mer. No affiliate links have been used in this post.