So this is my first proper “lingerie” review here on Tricky Little Corset, and I thought I would go for something that sums up the title of the blog (ie. a bit of classy, 50s-inspired corsetry) with the Gossard Ooh La La corslette in noir from Brastop.
As soon as I saw this corslette, I knew I wanted it – it’s difficult to describe why, but it kind of just leaps out at you, and I wanted something that looks both sexy and stylish – and classy. I’ve had plenty of basques in my time, but never anything as elaborate as this.
Straight out of the parcel, it felt like something that’s well made and designed; sturdy materials, beautiful lace pattern and reinforced stitching. It’s certainly not flimsy, but equally, it doesn’t feel like it’s made of canvas and girders. I was genuinely excited when I unwrapped it – and it was the first thing I wanted to try on.
I had read about the complicated side-clasp and zip setup being a problem for some people. It has a zip fastener to close everything up instead of a row of hooks and eyes that you would find on most other corsetry – then a complex side fastener for the bra instead of back clasps that you would tend to find on a body or a basque. However, I had absolutely no trouble getting it on and fastening it up, but I knew right away I’d ordered the wrong size and I was a little bit disappointed that I had.
See, I’m normally a 34DD, and I went ahead and ordered the size I would normally go for in a bra – but it was way too big for me. I should have probably gone for a 32DD or a 32E. The material was bunching up around my middle, and the cups didn’t fit me (look at the photo below of it from behind and you’ll see exactly what I mean). It wasn’t uncomfortable, but it was never going to work for me as underwear that I could wear for any longer than about 15 minutes (which, is sometimes the only point of an item like this – but I had plans to wear it under a dress to a party, which I couldn’t do as it would have driven me nuts all night and would have made for ugly wrinkle marks all down the middle of my dress).
Everything else about it was fine – the straps were a little long, but it wasn’t a problem – and the suspenders held up my stockings without any roll or gathering – but the whole thing just didn’t work for me, otherwise I would have happily left it on all day and kept it.
I hadn’t bought the briefs with it (they were out of stock by the time I got around to ordering it), so I just used a plain black thong for the purposes of the review. One thing I noticed about the corslette was these lovely little metal Gossard tags stitched in to the seams at the bottom – it’s a cute little designer touch that makes you feel like you’ve purchased something of substance and quality. It certainly feels like something from a 1950s movie or a Mad Men-inspired collection of lingerie.
It’s a real shame that it didn’t work for me, because it’s such a beautiful item – and I was so disappointed that it didn’t fit, that I just sent it back and didn’t order a replacement. I’m like that when it comes to things like this – if it doesn’t work out for me first time around, I often feel it never will.
So, a somewhat unfair negative review of this lovely item from me. Beautiful, but make sure you get the right size or it’ll be a very expensive bedroom item that you rarely wear.
TLC score: 3/5.
(See below for how it should look!)