While I generally go for colorful, whimsical lingerie with lots of embroidery and girly details, sometimes I like to switch gears and buy something dark, smoldering and 'textbook' sexy. Last Valentine's Day (yes, that's how long it's been since I took these pictures....eek!) I came across a perfect collection from Figleaves that fit the bill and sprang for the full set, including the bra, panties and garter.
While I purchased the Tease Silk and Lace set in the wine/black colorway back in February 2015, it's currently available in an even lovelier peacock/black option right now, with certain sizes of the older colorways left over at a large discount. The bra comes in sizes 30-36 B-G and both the panties and suspender run from a UK 8 to 16. While I haven't had the best luck with Figleaves' in-house brands like Lulu Tout and Midnight Grace in the past, the designs always lure me in and as a bonus, I've found most of the 30 bands to fit like 28s which is great for my sub-28 ribcage.
The satin cups of the bra are quite open and low and have a black eyelash lace overlay that creates a V-neck shape. In a 30F, I found a fairly good fit but the band wasn't quite as firm as other Figleaves in-house brands and I had to wear the bra on the tightest hooks right out of the package, which was a bit of a bummer for me but probably good in terms of the brand creating more true-to-size bands. The shape of the bra creates subtle, gently sloping cleavage, which is lovely but not the overtly sexy look I was expecting based on the fit shown on the model on figleaves.com.
My main gripe with this bra is the same problem I found with the Lulu Tout Amelie (which coincidentally was the first bra I've ever reviewed...ahh, the nostalgia) - the unattached lace overly. Although the lace on the Tease Silk is gorgeous and soft, it isn't fully attached to the cup in a smooth and consistent way. Due to being sewn onto the cup in only a few spots, the lace puckers and refuses to lie flat. This created a rather unflattering and bumpy appearance on me. The funny thing is, the lace can be completely pulled back, revealing a relatively well-fitting cup shape, so I'm convinced that if the overlay had better placement, this bra would have been a keeper.
The panties and garter belt fit true to size for a UK 8, so a little bit big on me as I would need a 6 and that wasn't available. While the stretch lace of the panties is super flattering from behind, I must admit I'm just not a fan of silk for panties. Because of the lack of stretch in the fabric, I find that the silk often looks bunchy and despite feeling great on the skin and being breathable, it doesn't create the most ideal silhouette. However, if I had kept the bra, I think I would have happily worn the panties from time to time to complete the set.
The garter was likely the best fitting garment from the whole set and looks lovely paired with sheer black stockings or the Maison Close seamed stockings I'm wearing in these photos. I would definitely recommend this piece the most out of every other item from the Tease Silk and Lace collection line, as it has no major fit or construction issues and is very nicely made.
To conclude, I think the Figleaves Tease Silk and Lace line is gorgeous, featuring lovely fabrics, a classically sexy aesthetic and a great use of jewel tones, I personally think that the price tag is a little high for such flaws in the construction and fit of the garments. This would be a lovely set to snag on sale or wear for a special occasion where you won't be too preoccupied with the fit.
What are your thoughts on Figleaves' own lines? Have you had any luck with them?