Lupoline is a brand that I have ogled for a long time, but never had a chance to try their bra on or buy one. It was Floor, lovely Dutch brafitter and lingerie store owner, convinced me to give Lupoline a chance by carrying the brand in her store; her recommendation means a lot to me. During the Spring Salon Bielizny expo after a talk with her I decided to feature Lupoline on our blog, and here we are. Lupoline does not name their bras, so we shall call model number 1875 Hibiscus.
Obwód rozciągnięty/Band stretched: 77.0
Obwód w spoczynku/Band: 59.0
Szerokość pojedynczej fiszbiny/Cup width: 15.0
Głębokość miski/Cup depth: 21.0
Długość pojedynczej fiszbiny/Wire length: 26.5
Szerokość mostka/Gore width: 1.8
Wysokość mostka/Gore height: 7.0
Wysokość pasa koło miski/Wing height: 8.5
Szerokość ramiączek/Straps width: 1.0
Haftek w rzędzie/Hooks: 2
Ocena: / Rating:
Estetyka / Aesthetics
Wygoda / Comfort
Cena / Price
Wytrzymałość / Longevity
Kształt / Shape
The print makes me think of Gaugins paintings – lively, sparkling with colour, but at the same time kind of smoky and melty in the heat. Hibiscus is a dynamic, color-saturated model that somehow simultaneously calm and elegant; it will work under a see-through, summery shirt, and as a dose of warmth during a harsh winter. I never thought I would enjoy yellow elements on my lingerie, it’s definitely Magdas colour, and yet I really like the colour scheme here.
I was afraid that the flowery print on the Hibiscus will have the ‘old granny sheets’ effect as some floral patterns do, but that is not the case. There is a navy blue bow on the gore that some some metallic shimmer.
Hibiscus’ band has little to no stretch – don’t count on it stretching, buy your size and do not sister size down in the band, you will not fasten it. The bra feels a bit like a corset and works more against my shape than with it.
Cups have two layers – bottom part is made of beige marquisette (stiff fabric similar to thick netting), and the upper layer of printed elastic tulle with tiny polka dots. First few moments after putting the Hibiscus on are a bit uncomfortable, since I am used to one-layer non-padded cups, but the body warmth makes the marquisette more flexible and it adjusts to the shape of my breasts. After those first few minutes I completely forget about the feeling of the fabric on my skin.
The embroidery on the cups is a copy of the print which is very cute. I wonder how would it look if the pattern was more aztec or geometrical in nature.
The shaping is quite delicate and more towards pointy apples. I cannot complain much.
One thing I am not okay with though is the width of the straps: 1 cm in width? Wayyy too little! Minimal width should be 1.5 cm, optimally 1.8!
Panties are classic briefs – the front is made of the same fabric the cups are, and the back from the fabric the band was made of. I find it very cute that there is a pair of panties printed on the tag – in case you were wondering, the item you see is indeed a pair of panties, dear customer 😀
The price of the bra is about a Polish average – quite normal and decent price for a bra that will last for years. I would say Lupoline is a brand that will not try any daring designs and tends to stay safe with classic cuts, altough there are a few interesting and updated models here and there (definitely check out the faux lacy bandeau with balconette cups!), but what those bras lack in design is definitely compensated by quality. Looking for a bra investment? Try Lupoline.