Review: Gossard Retrolution Separates for Valentine's Day

I'm still on a Valentine's Day kick, so I figured I'd keep going with my thoughts on holiday-inspired lingerie for this season. Today I'll be reviewing the Gossard Retrolution waist cincher and staylo plunge bra in black.

You may remember my review of the

Gossard Retrolution Slip

 and my experiences with lingerie alterations from a few months ago. As much as I loved the vintage glamour aesthetic of the Retrolution range, the slip in a distant sister size didn't fit well off the rack but I was determined to make it work. After alterations, the fit did improve, but I was curious to see if the Retrolution separates would work better than the slip on a petite frame.

Because my usual sister sizes of 30 E and 30F were out of stock in the staylo plunge bra, I went for a 30DD since I found the slip to be a bit roomy in the cup for a 32DD. The 30DD was definitely too small in the cup, but it still gave me a great idea of the fit of this longline style plunge bra. This bra is almost identical to the top of the slip, featuring the same deep V plunge and satin and lace detailing. The band was firm and wide with two rows and three columns of hooks and eyes.

Although I liked the blush colorway of the slip better on the rack, the black satin and cream lace underlay actually looks nicer on pale skin without washing me out too much. The fit of the plunge was flattering and if a 30E had been available, this piece would have been a total keeper.

I opted for the waist cincher in XS and was really pleased with the fit and appearance of the garment. It was rather firm in the tummy area and smoothed out my midsection very nicely. At their shortest, the garter clips sat in the right place and held my stockings up, unlike the clips on the slip which were too long by a few inches.

However, as you can see, the cincher was too long and came up so high that I could pull it over the bottom of the plunge bra.

Here, I've folded it down to show where I assume the waist cincher should hit on an average sized frame.

Since I already had a questionable experience with my Retrolution slip alterations, I decided not to play with fire this time and unfortunately sent back these two gorgeous pieces. Perhaps Gossard slips and waist cinchers are just not meant to work on a 5'0 frame!

However, if you are taller or have a long torso for your height, I strongly recommend checking out the Retrolution range. The bra comes in sizes 30-38 A-E and the waist cincher is offered in XS-XL. The quality is impeccable and there are several items to choose from, depending on the look you're going for. Retrolution has been around for a few seasons, but it stillstands out as a breath of fresh air compared to a lot of overdone Valentine's Day themes.