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Disclosure: The lingerie discussed here was sent to me free of charge for review purposes by Debenhams. All opinions are my own.
I normally stay away from plunge bras, as I usually prefer the shape that balconettes give my bust. However, there was something about Gossard’s ‘Retrolution Staylo’ bra that intrigued me – I love the dramatic ‘V’ wire plunge, the longline shape, and vintage aesthetic. It’s a delicate and feminine-looking bra without being overly fussy or girly, and the deep plunge shape makes it a great solution for low front eveningwear. The Retrolution Staylo bra is available in UK sizes 30D-30G, 32A-38G and retails for £42. The range also features a shaping plunge slip, a waist-cincher knicker, low-rise brief and half cup bra. Unfortunately, the bra is no longer available on the Debenham’s website, but the similarly styled bra-slip is currently on sale.
The bra’s appearance has obvious vintage inspirations – soft blush pink colour palette, longline silhouette, delicate darted lace cups, and satin panelling. As well as the fairly standard underwires, it also features a V-shaped plunge wire. It’s finished with a soft organza bow at the centre front, ribbon flags at the strap apexes and gorgeous rose gold components.
As far as bra construction goes, I was very impressed with this bra – overall it seems very secure and well made. The cups include some very heavy padding, with additional removable cookies. It gives a very significant ‘boost’ – I felt as if I had gone up two cup sizes when wearing this! The underband elastic is comfortably wide and the top edge of the bra wings feature silicone grips for extra security.
I ordered a 30D (my usual bra size) and found that it fit true to size – the underband is comfortably firm and the cups overall offer a good fit. However, with my shallow breast shape I found I needed the additional push up cookies within the cups to completely fill out the bra, otherwise the cups would gap away from my body. One aspect of the fit that I found particularly interesting was the ‘V’ wire – this ‘opens’ when worn, creating a plunge fit that is deeper and more dramatic than any other commercial bra that I’ve seen.
The bra held up immaculately after several hand washes, though I would recommend laying the bra flat to dry as the extra padding gets very heavy. I wouldn’t want to risk putting this through the washing machine, particularly with the additional wire structures!
Personally, I wouldn’t chose this bra for everyday wear (the push up and boost effects make my everyday clothes sit a little strangely!) but this is definitely a great bra for a night out, if you’re looking for a bit of extra boost and something to suit a low plunge top or dress. I’d love to try the matching waist-cincher brief next – solutions lingerie that actually looks gorgeous is a pretty rare find!
Readers: Have you tried Gossard’s lingerie before? How were your experiences?