Do you have one of those “dream” brands – the kind that you know that one day you just have to own something from and constantly gaze longingly at their products waiting for the day when you can own one? For us, Neon Moon was that brand. We love their designs – they’re simple and understated, casual and cool – but it’s their ethics that we also have major love for. Their tagline is:
Body Positive lingerie for women of all shapes and sizes.
They pride themselves on being photoshop-free, sexualisation-free, objectification-free and sweatshop-free – now that’s a brand we can get on board with! We’ve loved their campaigns that incorporate women of all shapes, sizes and colours, not posing in order to show off their bodies as best they can but simply wearing Neon Moon’s underwear in everyday situations, with body hair and curves all on show.
We’ve been in touch with Neon Moon for a while, and when they offered us a set of lingerie to review, the email conversation between me and Char simply went: “WOOHOOO!!”…”I’M SO EXCITED!!” Not only would we get to try out a brand we’d been lusting after forever, but we’d also get to have one of our fave kinds of photoshoots – a double one where we’re both wearing the same set and having LOTS of fun!
The most difficult part of the process of reviewing this Neon Moon set was most definitely choosing which gorgeous one to go for! I would have quite happily gone for any, so seeing as we wanted to do a joint review showing the same bra on both of us, I let Char take the lead in choosing – and she went for the simple but stunning Emerald Triangle Non Bra.
As you probably know, I’m the bigger cup of the two of us and usually wear a 28GG/30G, so I often worry that I won’t fit bralette styles with soft cups and no underwire. I’d seen larger busted ladies wearing Neon Moon before, so I was pretty sure I could manage but I was unsure on the sizing. Neon Moon fortunately have a very comprehensive size guide and chart with a major unique selling point – their brand doesn’t use traditional numbers or names (like small, medium, large etc.). Instead they use compliments! I fell between “Gorgeous” and “Beautiful” in their chart on the top (which made me feel awesome!) and “Gorgeous” on the bottom; Char was bang on in “Gorgeous”. We chatted to Hayat (the owner of Neon Moon) who was super helpful and recommended we both go for Gorgeous which meant we could see how the same size fit both of us differently – a first for us! For reference, my measurements when we ordered were:
Full bust – 93cm
Underbust – 69.5cm
Waist – 70cm
Hips – 93cm
And look! It fits!!
The bra is a triangle shape with cup made of two parts with a vertical seam. The edges of the cups and the band underneath is made from a thick black band of jersey fabric, then the band at the back is a thick piece of elastic that isn’t adjustable and doesn’t have fastenings. Normally this is the sort of thing that would make me put that bra back straight away doubting that it would fit me, but I pulled this bra over my head and, well, you can see that it wasn’t a problem! I mean, it’s not the sort of bra I’d be exercising in (I’d be in a sports bra anyway!) or doing any particularly vigorous activity in, but the support isn’t half bad really! It has a really natural shape due to having no padding or underwire, which is exactly what you expect from a feminist lingerie brand. I really like the fact that it has no fastenings too as it contributes to the simple but stylish effect of the bra.
I just have to add to my part how lovely and soft the fabric is in both the bra and briefs – buttery and super soft against the skin. It’s been perfect recently as I’ve had a few days of being ill and has been just what I’ve wanted.
It was really difficult finding a time for Sian and I to get together to take these photos. Aside from the usuals (so much work, clashing trips away, super active social life…ok maybe not so much the last one but still) we had an added problem for our Neon Moon sets: they were constantly in use. We try to do our best when advocating for brands / bras we really believe in, so the very least we can do with out photos is to make sure the sets are clean, and we’re looking reasonably presentable. Once out of the box, though, these sets have been on a constant rotation of wearing (to death), straight in laundry, and back on the boobs ASAP. They’re just that comfortable. And gorgeous.
Since my trip to India a couple of years ago I’ve become particularly addicted to the ‘yoga’ style crop top bras, which I wore exclusively on my travels. It’s really hard to get used to underwiring again when you’re just had beautifully soft, wire-free fabric against your skin for three months! Although I’ve (almost) reacclimatised, I have to say my favourite go-to undies are still wire free, fabric soft cups: but the problem is, I can’t often find ones that fit well on a smaller bust, that aren’t just a generic crop top style look. And so when Neon Moon got in touch, I knew exactly what we should go for (I’ve been oggling this particular set for ages).
Incredibly, Sian and I were recommended to go for the same size: the appropriately named ‘gorgeous’ (they must have known we were ordering). You can find Sian measurements above, and the ones I sent over were:
Full bust – 88.5cm
Underbust – 77cm
Waist – 71cm
Hips – 90.5cm
This fits me perfectly, and it’s actually really great to know that even when you’re dealing with proportions as radically different as Sian and I, there’s not far you can go wrong with this sizing. The stretch in the fabric and the design are just so forgiving, it’s amazing. I can honestly say, hands down, that this is the best and most comfortable set I currently have. Although it doesn’t give the same kind of support that a wired bra does, I have no problem wearing it every day. I’ll try to avoid running to catch the bus in it, but for normal day wear it absolutely does the job. What really adds to the comfort levels for me, which I noticed immediately, is the lack of a catch for the band at the back, or any adjustors on the straps. There’s absolutely nothing here to catch, scratch, irritate or rub. Lovely.
A quick side note on why Neon Moon has been on our radar for so long: it isn’t just their gorgeous products. This brand has a particular focus on body positivity and sustainable practices. We love that. More and more these days, we’re trying to actively promote lingerie that’s been made responsibly (even if we have to pay a little bit more for the privilege), and Neon Moon goes above and beyond in that aim. They’re:
Photoshop free (snap!)
(Or, as they sum it all up—’we actually give a shit’.
So we’re going to end this on an embarrassing yet heartily meant—HOLLAH! The lingerie lives up to the hype, and it’s nice to know that as comfy and beautiful as it is on your body, it’s also guilt free shopping. Win win.
Psst: Like the watermelon towel? It’s from Primark, so I can’t link to it – sorry! But you can find similar ones here though: