Review: Fortnight Ivy & Playing Catch-up

Because the last few months were so busy, I've got a significant backlog of lingerie I photographed in my last apartment and fully intended to review but just never had the time. Today I'm going to start digging through that pile and finally tell you all about the awesome (and not so awesome) items I've tried in the past few months. Some of the pieces are from past seasons but most are still available for purchase, so hopefully you will still find the reviews relevant.

Today I'm going to start with a set from Fortnight, one of my favorite independent brands ever. For SS15, Fortnight introduced a new cut called Ivy, featuring stretch lace cups and a sturdy stretch bodice. Sadly, Ivy is only available up to an E cup, but I've found that Fortnight's bands run quite firm (almost a band size smaller than other brands) so I caved and bought Ivy in a 32E with matching high waisted panties in S.

When I spoke with Fortnight's founder, Christina, last winter at Curve, she explained that the cut and stretchy lace of the Ivy offers less support than other longlines like Mira and Vega, so she capped it at an E cup. While I'd agree that this is more of a lounging garment for me in a size that's two sister sizes up from my usual 28FF, I think I could have happily worn a 30F with looser fitting tops and dresses and had enough support. Then again, my breasts are augmented and thus self supporting.

As expected, the bra fits loosely on the tightest hook, but it doesn't ride up at all and still fits very well. For such a simple construction with few seams and light fabrics, I must say this longline gives impressive cleavage and uplift. It's kind of gravity defying. If you are on the small to medium end of the size spectrum, I would highly recommend trying out Fortnight's longlines.

The fabric is absolutely lovely. The front of the band is made of an stretchy iridescent powder blue fabric and the lace is soft on the skin. The remainder of the band is a matching creme fabric that's unbelievably smooth. These longlines are at a higher price point, but there is no doubt they are worth every penny. This is one of the prettiest lingerie sets I've ever owned. One small observation - the powder blue fabric is very sensitive to moisture, so if you sweat even a couple of drops or get the bra wet, it forms a strange stain that comes out effortlessly with the next wash. So if you see some spots of discoloration, don't panic! 

The panties are the first pair of retro high waisted bottoms I've ever owned and I must say I love them. They really accentuate my waist by nipping in at the narrowest part and create a smooth silhouette under clothes. When these pictures were taken, the panties fit a little too snuggly in an S but a M would have been too big. Right now, since I've been working hard at the gym, they fit perfectly on my 23.5" waist and 33" hips. I normally wear XS in all panties, so I would strongly encourage you to size up in these.

Fortnight has released the Ivy in a lovely aubergine color for AW15, which I saw at Curve and fell in love with. Finally, it's available for purchase at Journelle

Have you tried Fortnight yet? What's your favorite indie brand?