Disclosure: this lingerie was provided for review purposes by Ultimo. All opinions are my own.
The OMG plunge bra by Ultimo
Ultimo are a British lingerie brand that IвЂ™ve seen a lot of, but never actually got round to trying вЂ“ so when I was offered a set to review, I jumped at the chance! I was sent the OMG plunge bra and Invisible short in sizes 30D and a UK12 in plain black. The bra retails for ВЈ24 and is available in sizes 30D, 32A-36D and 38 B-D. A similar DD-G version of the bra is also available for ВЈ28. The shorts retail for ВЈ12 and are available in UK sizes 8-18. Both bra and shorts are also available in white and вЂnude.вЂ™
ThereвЂ™s nothing particularly remarkable about the design of this set, but theyвЂ™re excellent lingerie wardrobe basics. The bra features a micofibre outer and lining. The cups are moulded with an integrated silicone вЂsling,вЂ™ which claims to mould around the breast and move like real breast tissue to create a more natural looking вЂboost.вЂ™
The braвЂ™s construction is impressively sturdy and clean, with all seams having been bagged out with no visible elastics. There is also a distinct lack of labels within the bra, as all the care information has been printed onto the unusually soft hooks and eyes вЂ“ I can imagine that for those with sensitive skin, this carries a lot of extra comfort appeal. All the metal components of this bra are gold toned, which adds a luxe feel.
Overall, the fit of the bra is good, with the wires and moulded cups fully encasing my breast tissue. I often have problems with moulded cups in that my breasts donвЂ™t quite fill them, leaving a rather noticeable gap at the top of the cups. Happily, this isnвЂ™t a problem with this particular bra. The silicone padding at the bottom of the cups gives a very noticeable effect, though admittedly it does look and feel a lot more вЂnaturalвЂ™ than the majority of push-up bras do.
The push-up effect is very noticeable вЂ“ IвЂ™d agree with the brandвЂ™s claims that it can give the appearance of two cup sizes larger, as it gave me a much fuller silhouette and more lift than I was expecting. However, IвЂ™d take the вЂultimate cleavageвЂ™ tagline with a tiny bit of salt вЂ“ this is totally dependent on your figure type. It certainly gave me the biggest boost any bra has and gives a very impressive dГ©colletage beneath low cut tops.
One feature of the bra I particularly like the idea of is the racerback conversion вЂ“ this is in the form of an extremely subtle вЂhookвЂ™ extension on one of the strapвЂ™s ring. ItвЂ™s easy to twist this round and hook it to the other strap, giving you more outfit options and a bit of extra subtle lift to your bust.
However, I have one pretty major gripe with this bra вЂ“ the strap length is very short. EvenВ on its longest extension, I found this bra started to become painful to wear after just a couple of hours as the straps were just digging in too much. As a consequence, the racerback conversion of the straps was just too uncomfortable to wear for an extended amount of time as this pulls the straps even shorter. This is something that I could easily fix myself with a couple of new pieces of elastic, but itвЂ™s something to keep in mind if you are particularly tall.
The shorts are also made of microfiber вЂ“ the seams are all bonded rather than stitched, giving a smooth finish. I love how the edges of the shorts have been flocked (a technique that gives a вЂvelvetвЂ™ finish) to prevent them from slipping вЂ“ itвЂ™s effective and feels a lot nicer on the skin than normal lingerie elastics.
Overall the shorts are a good fit and are extremely comfortable вЂ“ they are VPL free and with the soft microfiber fabric theyвЂ™re a truly comfortable solution garment вЂ“ comfortable enough for everyday wear, and not just as a solutions garment.
Readers: Have you ever tried Ultimo before?