Hunkemöller may be a name that you’re already familiar with if you’re from Northern Europe, having sold there for over 130 years already, but if you’re from the UK, it may be a name you may not have heard of. I always struggle with bras, with my cup size, a lot of places either have bras which a) aren’t pretty b) aren’t padded or lined or c) both of the above. When I was contacted to see if I wanted to pick out a bra to review, of course I was intrigued as I only have two shops that I regularly shop in for bras that fit me well (as well as being pretty), and I’m always looking for more options of places to shop.
Hunkemöller pride themselves of catering to all body shapes, catering from cup sizes from the AA to H cup, they aim to help everyone find a perfect fitting bra – with the promise that ‘Sexy Comes in All Shapes’. Whilst they still have a large selection of bras that are D+, I found when I got up to my size, which can be an F or G depending on shop and bra style – there were fewer options to pick from, and I ended up actually picking an F cup size to get a bra I’d want to wear as in a G there wasn’t one I’d want to pick. Most of the options were unpadded, which I don’t mind infrequently, but don’t like to wear very often, I work in an office with eleven men and only one other female, it can get quite chilly with a very temperamental air-con, I don’t need to go any further as to why padded is a necessity.
I ended up choosing the Maya bra (£22.50) in the White shade, white bras are the most hard for me to find by far – and I always have as serious lack of them during summer in particular so I was hoping they Maya bra would be a welcome addition to my drawer.
The way the bra arrived was lovely, it came beautifully boxed with a pink striped pattern lining the lid which is quite reminiscent of another lingerie brand. The first thing I noticed was the bra was beautiful quality, I’m used to paying upwards of £30, usually closer to £40 for my best fitting bras and this one is just as comfortable as those.
I was pleasantly surprised that the white wasn’t a pure white, it was more of an ivory, cream white – which I much prefer to wear under white t-shirts, vest tops etc as it’s not quite as stark and doesn’t show through as luminescent white often does. The lace on this is very thin and soft and isn’t visible through any normal t-shirts, I tend to try and stick away from lace as I hate seeing that lace texture through clothes, but this is invisible, whilst still feeling prettier than a plain t-shirt bra when you take off your clothes. In the middle there’s a delicate little ribbon bow with a simple silver detail, which is a pretty finishing touch.
I tend to go with plunge style shapes more often than not as I find they tend to flatter my assets the most, but I’ve found the shape of this one which is almost half-way between a plunge and a balconette, surprisingly comfortable, as I normally don’t love this shape of balconette bra traditionally as my boob shape is quite wide and I find that towards my arms they can often overflow, and the girls can be a bit ‘jiggly’ and get quite uncomfortable through the day, this one is almost balconette towards the middle being quite high, where the sides come up higher keeping everything held in place.
I’ve had this a few weeks now and have been wearing it a lot, whilst from the first wear I knew I liked the comfort and fit of this Maya shape, I wanted to wait a few weeks before reviewing to see how it washed, as there’s nothing worse than a bra that loses it’s mojo after the first handful of washes, and so far, this one is holding up so well.
Overall, I’m really impressed with this particular bra and I’m hoping to see that the brand will expand upon their options for us larger cupped ladies. They have a lot of really pretty selections for D cups and under, in lots of pretty colours, but the choices were pretty much black, white, nude for me. However the fit and quality are fabulous of these and I’m tempted to pick up the black version of this as well, as my black bra has recently given up.
Where are your favourite places to shop for lingerie?
Item sent for review, but thoughts my own and based on my honest experience with the website and product.