This is Gaia’s debut on our blog – previously, we weren’t able to find anything for ourselves, so when I spotted Lilianna at Salon Bielizny lingerie expo I knew it had to be mine. Svetlana, the designer behind the piece, filled me in on the history behind it – it was supposed to be a lacy sport-ish bra designed for daily wear. How did it perform?
Lilianna is a fortified bralette – don’t expect any lacy lightness, even though you might be fooled by the aesthetics and materials employed; the cut makes the bra surprisingly capable in dealing with bigger breasts. It’s similar to those used y sports bras, as I mentioned previously, and the covered area is similar. There’s no place for a cut or especially emphasized curves – this is a bra designed to lift and hold the bust in place without compromise.
The breasts are separated and there is Niagara Falls between the boobs effect; they sweat like in any other bra without looking like a monolith, which is a common issue in some bralettes, especially those made from stretchable netting. The material used for Lilianna is something completely different, not unlike satin with a tiny, printed corduroy pattern – Simplex.
I don’t like Simplex. Every Simplex bra I’ve tried so far felt cheap and mediocre (and reminded me of antistatic screen wipes, because the texture feels very similar), however I was pleasantly surprised with Lilianna; I must have only dealt with poor quality Simplex. The fabric features an adorable romantic print which softens the rather coarse feel of the material. It reminds me of a blooming cherry tree, like a Japanese sakura. Evidently, even materials that are far from luxurious can pass for cute!
The straps are very wide, which may turn some of you away; they’re sewn on in such a manner, however, that hiding them is not a problem under most shirts and blouses. Lilianna, then, does not dictate your choice of clothing. They’re also very comfortable, making my back and shoulders very happy.
Lilianna is a bralette that you will either show off or hide completely; nothing in between. It will have as many dedicated fans as haters, because it’s a model so unlike the norm that it is hard to pass by. It has embroidery, a printed pattern, lace, a bow, and everything is on a covered base. The bra is rich in detail, but it remains tasteful and classy, without coming off as a result of a massive explosion at a haberdashery’.
One of Lilianna’s biggest strenghts is the lift; I feel comfortable enough while wearing it that even without a [xx] I am able to run up the stairs without having to support myself with my hands. The breasts are delicately shaped and pushed forwards rather than spread across the chest, as is the case with many non-wired. The shaping is more than okay, the breasts are more spherical than pointed; it would be difficult for someone to tell that you’re wearing something without wires. That’s a plus, since most bralettes result in pointy breasts, while not all of us enjoy retro shapes.
My only real problem with Lilianna is that after a couple of hours of wearing the bottom band can bite into the skin. Evidently it’s not an issue limited only to this model, since the previous non-wired bras were similar in that aspect. I think the lack of wires results in the weight being shifted to the thicker bottom seams, which can cause discomfort.
The matching panties are as dressed-up as the top piece, which is always appreciated. They’re a bit higher than regular briefs, but not high-waisted. Size-wise they’re pretty standard, pick your size.
In summary, Lilianna is a good choice for those of us who prefer better support than ethereal experiences provided by most braletters. The lack of wires does not cause poor shaping or pulling the bust from under the armpits, which makes us recommend this model. This is definitely a good option for those looking for comfort without sacrificing the shape. This quality is what makes Lilianna the best bralette of 2018 so far.