As a woman with major body issues and self-esteem problems, lingerie has become a vital part of my sex life. In fact, lets scratch that and say everyday life. I try to wear something pretty and confidence-boosting most days in order to feel better and more comfortable within myself. It is not a miracle worker and doesn’t take away the issues I have but it makes me comfortable enough to be intimate with my partner and that’s been exceptionally helpful in keeping our relationship healthy and exciting. He certainly doesn’t complain when he removes my dress to find a nice bra set or basque underneath and his reactions always add to the initial boost I feel when I pull something on. I’ve now developed quite a sizeable lingerie collection and enjoy adding to it whenever possible. Orion offered to send over a few pieces for me to review and of course I couldn’t refuse this lovely Wet Look Basque from their Cottelli Collection.
Upon its arrival, I was met with a glossy cardboard sleeve which was placed over the top of a patterned box. The sleeve gave a front and back view of the basque, shown on a stunning model, and included a basic material rundown. For those wondering, it’s made up of 90% polyamide and 10% elastane. Inside the patterned box I found the basque and accompanying g-string in a plastic pouch. I decided to instantly remove the Cottelli tags as they were white and highly visible through the material so I knew they’d irritate me.
Surprisingly I don’t think I’ve ever tried a product from this brand before so I had no prior experience to refer to. This meant I wasn’t sure how well it would be made. Quality of lingerie is very important to me so I kept my fingers crossed that this would live up to my standards. It did. There isn’t much to the garment as it’s made from thin, sheer materials but they were not itchy, scratchy or uncomfortable as some other thin lingerie pieces can be. It was put together well and I could no find loose threads or ugly seams to contend with. I was impressed with its build and would definitely be willing to wear more pieces from this range after my experience with this one.
Many lingerie sets come with a matching g-string. This one included. It’s made from the same sheer material as the basque and has wet look straps for detailing. It’s rather basic as I would expect and seems to be more of an afterthought rather than the main event. I have no problem with this as I’m focused on the basque for the most part. I received the small in this set and I wear a UK 4-6 so knickers, thongs and strings that come with sets rarely fit me. This g-string stayed up but was loose-fitting. I had to wear it on my waist rather than the hips so it didn’t sag in the crotch. The model wears it on her hips and I think people who wear a 8-10 on the bottom would be able to do so too. I can wear it if I want to, but I can easily replace it with some better-fitting underwear that I already own.
The wet look lines and panelling details on this basque are slimming and contour the frame beautifully. It skimmed my stomach and waistline, drawing attention upwards. It doesn’t draw attention to those unwanted areas and I think it looks very flattering on. As it’s so sheer, my partners eyes were definitely not focusing on my stomach. If you’re conscious about this area too then a piece like this could give you a big confidence boost and keep your partners eyes looking up. If you prefer an air of mystery with your lingerie then you could wear some nipple pasties underneath but I go bare to torment my partner.
I was rather apprehensive about the cups. I wear an A cup, which is proportionate to the rest of my frame, but can make finding lingerie difficult. Sometimes non-padded cups can completely flatten me and take away the little that I have up top but this one didn’t. It fit well, the cups were comfortable and my partner thought they looked good in this. It wasn’t obvious that there was room leftover but I can see this piece fitting bigger cup sizes with no problems. It could probably take up to a DD without a struggle but it should be kept in mind that this doesn’t offer support of any kind. If you need something to support the girls then this probably isn’t the right basque for you.
There are two hook and eye fastenings in the back for an adjustable fit. I wear a 30″ band size so I wore it on the second, tightest hook for the best fit. It does fit me well, but it’s not completely snug so I’d say it would also fit a 32 and 34 (in the EU this roughly converts to a 65A to a 75E) with no problems. I tighten the shoulder straps as much as possible to make the basque sit properly on my frame and once these adjustments have been made I am very pleased with the way it sits, feels and looks.
As for the suspenders/garter straps, I can attach stockings to them easily as the clips aren’t too fiddly or stiff. The only problem is that I’m five foot so they are a tiny bit too long for me. Not a fault of the basque at all as this is a common issue for me. If you are five foot three inches and above then these should be the perfect length for you. I do wish they had been removable as well as adjustable so I could take them off and wear thigh highs instead but if they begin to bug me too much then I can always just unstitch them. For now though, I’m wearing them with over the knee socks instead of stockings and it’s working out just fine.
Overall, my partner and I are pleased with this set. It’s comfortable to wear, easy to put-on, well-made and flattering on the frame. I would change a couple of things to make it perfect for me, but these are only minor things that affect me personally rather than faults that will bother everyone.
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