You guys should be excited – we have a whole load of Big & Little Cup joint reviews at the moment. We’ve practically got matching bra-drobes right now!
First up we’re focusing in on a brand we’ve never actually featured on the blog before, even though I (Sian) have owned a couple of their pieces before: Lepel London. My other Lepel bras have been underwired and bra sized, so when they offered us a bralette to review each, I was intrigued to see how it would fit me.
Lepel London is actually designed to fit a smaller cup range of A-D. It’s designed to be something of a fashion-forward younger sister to Lepel, with modern twists on vintage styles.
I’ve recently been delving more and more into the world of bralettes. Thanks to them being so on trend right now, they’re all over the place meaning that I can try them fairly inexpensively. I’ve actually amassed a small collection of non-wired bralettes that work for my larger cup size right now which is very awesome!
I was told I was being sent a size 14 to review in the Lepel Charlie Triangle bralette based on my usual 28GG cup size and Char was getting a 10, but due to a bit of a mix up, both arrived as size 10s. I tried mine on briefly, thinking I’d give it a go just in case and was surprised to find that actually, I could totally get away with it! I’d expected to have to send it back and get the 14 instead, but in the end, I stuck with my size 10.
The Lepel Charlie Triangle bra is available to buy directly at Lepel for £18 in sizes 6 to 14, and the Charlie Brazilian briefs are £10 in sizes 6 to 14. The bra is also available to buy at House of Fraser for only £10.80, so if you’re looking for a bargain, head there!
Read on to find out more about how the same size bra worked for our very different sizes:
Big Cup – 28GG
Personally I think the Lepel Charlie Triangle Bralette is gorgeous, but not as much so as the Charlie bodysuit. That’s a different style altogether with the underwires and bra sizing, but seriously, look at it!
Anyway, the bralette though is still a stunner. The cobalt blue is bold and bright, and the geometric lace fabric is quite different to other bralette styles out there right now. The band is also interesting with its three bold strips on the elastic; this is echoed in the elastic around the waistband of the briefs too. I think it adds a sporty but casual look to an otherwise quite girly bra. The bow at the centre front of the bra and one side of the briefs is also slightly different to the usual satin ribbon being made of a more open mesh style fabric – almost like fishnet. But I have to come back to the colour again as this is what really makes this set – it’s so young and fun, plus it looks crazy awesome against my memade Liberty robe!
I also need to draw attention to the scalloped edges of this set, underneath the band at the back and on the back of the briefs. There’s definitely been attention put into the back view of this set and it really adds to it for me.
As I said, I received the bralette and the briefs both in a size 10. I did worry when I thought I was being sent a size 14 about how well it would fit. While I have a large cup size, my band size is proportionally very small, so I knew that the size 14 band would likely be too big, even if the cups did fit.
While the size 10 isn’t ever going to be a perfect fit for me in this bralette, it’s good enough for my tastes. The cups are pulling a little tight at the inner edge causing some digging and the band has definitely disappeared into my underbust as my breasts seem to be absorbing that fabric too. But nevertheless, there is enough coverage for me, the digging doesn’t cause me any discomfort, nor does it show under clothes.
If I had to choose between slightly too small cups (that have a bit of leeway since there’s no underwire) or too large a band, I’d go for the too small cups every time. For me, if the band is too big, it means that the bra isn’t really doing anything at all – the back would ride up so there’s no support at the front and it would pull on my shoulders causing neck ache. So here I’m happy for the band to fit better than the cups! I do have to wear the band on its tightest hook, but it’s not far off.
The straps are fully adjustable with pretty gold metal hardware. The band fastens has the option of 3 hooks on 1 row – narrower than most I wear. I worried this might be uncomfortable too, but I haven’t found it to be so.
I’ve actually worn this set for a few full days of wear, despite it being a bralette which are normally resigned for days off, and found it to be really comfortable. The briefs are Brazilian cut and do ride up a little, and to be honest, I think I’d have been better in a size 12 as I’m noticing that they’re squishing into my hips a little on the elastic, but I find them comfortable too.
I always find it incredible when Sian and I both fit into the same size! Although you can clearly see a difference in the fit we’re side by side in photos, there isn’t all that much difference when it comes down to how comfortably these bralets fit us.
Obviously, being on the smaller side of the spectrum, I think I come out of these challenges slightly better! Although this style doesn’t give me the same amazing cleavage as it does Sian in the size 10, I do benefit from a good amount of coverage, and a more relaxed fit. I generally size in at 30D, and I’d say that the size 10 cups on this style are just about. What I do struggle with, sometimes, on the fit in bralets and soft cups is a certain amount of wrinkling or gaping towards the top of the cup: but none of that here! I am already wearing the band on the tightest set of hooks and eyes, and there’s a significant amount of give due to the stretch in the fabric, but I wouldn’t say that’s such a problem in this style. For me, this bralet is for those in-between days: when you want the comfort of a yoga with the look of proper set of lingerie… this ticks both boxes! My one complaint of the style is that I do find myself pulling the band down throughout the day, as it can tend to ride up underneath the cups after a while.
I’m a huge fan of the colour: this bright, cobalt blue looks absolutely stunning against most skin tones, in my opinion. In the photos it’s come out a little darker than it looks in person; such a gorgeous pop of colour in real life!
I absolute love the look of the knickers: those delicate scalloped edges are an absolute delight of design. However, if you’re between sizes I’d certainly recommend sizing up on the bottom. I’m in a size 10, and do find that they ride up throughout the day.
Similar bralettes to the Lepel Charlie: