Now, I have to confess something – I am a Lepel Fiore addict. Years ago when I decided it was high time my ample-of-chest teenage self actually needed to be fitted correctly, the black balcony Fiore was my first “real” bra, in a 32E. Fast forward a few years (and bra sizes) and its still one of my favourite bras. The fit, for me, is near flawless, and the cut is flattering and practical, so apologies if this review is a bit of a gushing tale of love.
Bra: Fiore full cup bra by Lepel, in violet.
- Non-padded, supportive bestselling full-cup bra now styled over striking violet base.
- Underwired, uplifting cups provide a flattering fit with a natural, rounded shape.
- Overlayed with rich floral lace with fine ribbon bow detailing to complete the look.
- Adjustable straps securely fasten with two clips at the back, across three columns. 89% Polyamide, 11% Elastane
My Size: 30G.
Fit: Without a doubt, one of my favourite things about the Fiore is the fit. Time and time again I go back to this bra because the fit really is one of the best I’ve found. It really works for my shape and I find their sizing pretty spot on. If anything the back and cup sizing is a fraction on the larger side, but it’s hardly noticeable, that’s me really scraping the barrel for flaws. The adjustable straps make it easy to make this bra fit for both your shape and how much lift you want, I could probably go on all day about how superb the fit is, and I’m a fussy customer. I really love and appreciate the way the petal detailing along the edge of the cup looks beautiful AND helps to give a seamless finish under clothing, adding to that lovely fit by giving a snug look on the cups without the threat of dreaded double boob. The matching underwear also offers a great fit. The briefs have the prettiest detailing to match the bra, and the subtle keyhole covered with matching lace at the back make them a little bit different. Also available is the thong, and my absolute favourite style of underwear ever, the classic French knicker.
Comfort: The set is really comfortable as well. The soft fabric is kind to skin and with a good, ever-so slightly loose fit, the red marks and mild discomfort at the end of the day is minimal. The delicate layering of the fabric not only looks good, but feels divine on the skin, with a mix of fabrics used where necessary. How thoughtful! There’s also peace of mind, as the Fiore is cut so well that you won’t worry about spilling out, no matter what you get up to. I’d liken the set to the Panache Tango come to think of it! I’m wearing the full cup bra here – instead of the balcony – as I find the higher cut on the cups means its very versatile. It has no padding, but the double lined cups and fabric used, with the floral overlay detailing stop the bra from feeling too sheer and revealing, which can be a downside to unpadded bras. It gives a great smooth shape whilst still offering some brilliant uplift. If, however, you do fancy a little more oomph, the balcony is just for you. It’s slightly padded to give a different but just as wearable shape. I tend to buy both styles of this bra – if it works for you, why not?!
Colour: When I found out that the Fiore not only came in a range of colours, but one of my absolute favourite shades in the world, I was smitten. The violet is so flattering on any skin tone, with it’s blue undertones. Perfect for spring/summer, the parma violet shade is the best way to inject some colour into an underwear drawer, and who doesn’t like underwear that doesn’t look like sweets?
Occasion: Personally I would – and have – worn both the full cup and the balcony style on a daily basis. Both offer fantastic coverage and support so are practical for any number of occasions. I do find that the full cup does sit quite high on the breast, something to take into account with necklines, but when it’s that pretty who cares if there’s a little on show! The balcony is much more versatile in that sense, but the light padding does offer significantly more lift and whilst I’m a huge fan of cleavage, sometimes you just need a bit of modesty. It really all depends on when are where you want to wear the Fiore; I’d be hard pushed to favour one over the other, given they’re both so very versatile.
Price: The bra is only £13.95 for each style, with matching briefs at £6.95; hat’s just over £20 for a refreshing take on a classic set! Considering how much wear I get out of this set, it’s worth every penny.
What I truly love about the Fiore is that it’s a beautiful take on a good basic set. It’s practical and supportive, but doesn’t compromise on looks. The floral and mesh detailing keep it exciting because a basic bra shouldn’t translate as dull. And now we have the likes of the violet alongside shades of blues and pinks, there’s no excuse to not have a spring in your step every single day. As I mentioned before, I may be a little biased because of my love affair with this Lepel favourite, but it’s earned its place in my heart and when you’re as particular as I am with lingerie, that’s no mean feat. Your boobs will thank me if you treat yourself to this absolute classic.
Another thing I love about the Fiore – that’s bad for my bank account – is that it comes in a wealth of sumptuous shades every season, and currently we also have the rose red version.
Our selection of Lepel is forever getting bigger, so you’re really spoiled for choice, whatever you decide on.
(All prices are subject to change – correct at the time of blog)