Revisting Victoria’s Secret: Part II (Review)

Happy Friday! Here’s the long overdue VS review that I’ve promised. :)

Many months ago when I was at the mall running errands, I walked by VS and was super shocked by their store displays – super shocked in a good way! I couldn’t believe how much I liked what I saw: an elegant Chantilly lace halter bra that was nicely sewn together and beautifully styled with other pieces? YES PLEASE.

The snap from that fateful day.

The snap from that fateful day.

With the in-house return of their Designer Collection, perhaps these designs are trickling down into their standard lines?

A few months later I found myself thinking of that halter bra, and I came to the decision that I must have it. I went back to the mall but found out that the bra I wanted was no longer available there. I did, however, find out that they made this same bra in a new color way: red and pink! After a few calls, I was able to track down and locate both the black and red set in my size at the VS boutique store.

This bra is offered in the “Very Sexy” range. The bra is $58.
VS Red Halter

I found out from Leandra, the wonderful sales associate and lingerie buyer at the shop, that this set was limited. A certain number was sent to each store, so once they’re out, they’re out. This set had also been selling quite well, which is why it was brought back in a different color. If you’re interested in this set, please call the store ahead of time to ensure they have it in stock! I hit up about 4 VS stores in a 20 mile radius. Lesson learned: don’t be me.

(A word on online shopping: I had actually seen the bra online briefly, but by the next day, it was no longer available. I have not been able to see it there since. Their website is kind of a mess, too: all of their items aren’t always viewable by collection and the search results can be terribly inconsistent. For me, shopping with VS in-person is preferred.)

I really like this bra a lot. I purchased my regular size in VS: a 34C. It’s sewn nicely with a good amount of care to how the lace ends gingerly meet. The lace lies flat across the chest, and it’s soft against the skin.
VS Red Halter Lace Detail

The neck elastics are soft, but they pucker when worn. Unfortunately, the elastic does not lie as flat against the body as I’d like due to curve of the neck. (I don’t think elastic is woven on a bias, but this piece would benefit from something like that.) I’m a huge fan of the gold hardware like the horseshoe clasp with two sparkly “crystals.” One complaint: I wish the hardware was metal. It appears to be/feels like gold-toned plastic:
VS Red Halter Bra Horseshoe Detail

I actually do think that this bra offers a fair amount of flexibility in regards to breast shape. As long as the underwires fits flush against your body, I see it accommodating 2-3 sizes larger in the cup depending on the shape of your breasts. I don’t fill it out as much as I’d like to, but I don’t get a “deflated” look either. :P

The matching panty to this set is the Strappy Thong. As of this posting, only the black and purple color ways are available. Like the bra, it is nicely sewn as well. The elastics are a very good quality and silky soft. I took my standard size, a medium. (I can wear a small in some VS styles, but since this is a “cage” style, I opted for comfort and some room for food and skin.) The tanga cost $22.
VS Red Strappy Tanga

You can see some of the hot pink woven into the lace here. There’s also a pretty little bow at the center!
VS Red Strappy Tanga - Detail

If you like the stuff you see at VS, and it comes in your size, GO FOR IT – and without shame! ;) I’m glad I went back to check them out after many years. Although some of their lingerie looks all too familiar for my comfort (ahem, Bordelle…), I do feel that the general direction of their lingerie has drastically improved and is something that I would be happy purchasing. I’ve also been pleased with 90% of the sales associates at the store (fitting notwithstanding), so that’s another positive in my book.

My dreams/hopes/wishes? A collaboration with existing designers – similar to the Target designer lines – but for lingerie. Well, one can only hope! :)
VS Red Halter Set

All items in this post were purchased by me. Victoria’s Secret did not ask nor compensate me for this review. There are no affiliate links within this post.

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8 comments
  1. Justine said:

    I need this! Thanks for the review. It’s time for me to hunt this down.

    • Miss Mew said:

      Good luck! I’m sure you’ll look great in it. I didn’t buy mine with any rewards/coupons, but if you do, it ends up being fairly priced. :)

  2. Avigayil said:

    My first reaction was not Bordelle.. it was Damaris!! That horseshoe clasp is like a… trademark feature of the Damaris V-bras, of which I own 2 (though I am trying to sell one). Seriously! If I could upload a picture it would be like deja vu – minus the rhinestones.

  3. Miss Mew said:

    Unfortunately, I’m going to have to disagree with you on that – the clasp itself has been used in lingerie in many brands although Damaris may have popularized it with her bras. The hardware isn’t unique, though. I’ve seen it also used in Lily of France and Love Haus where the horseshoe is utilized in the front:
    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/lily-of-france-nude-illusions-racerback-underwire-bra-2177301?ID=805258
    http://www.lovehaus.com/product.aspx?id=1191&c=61

    As for the Bordelle comment, it was in regards to the highly questionable and uncomfortably similar peplum dress vs. Aubretia girdle that I had linked. This to me would most likely be a rip off, or at the very least, “heavily inspired,” considering how VS used to stock Bordelle in their stores…

    • Avigayil said:

      The other ones are shaped different, but I see what you mean.

      Did Bordelle once do a ‘designer line’ with VS? I ran across some stuff on ebay a while back that left me wondering.

  4. Lamb said:

    I own the AP Annoushka, which this is so so similar to, but yet i actually still REALLY wish i lived near a Victoria Secret/this style was available in their UK stores because it is pretty beautiful! And it looks stunning on you!

    • Miss Mew said:

      You look absolutely wonderful in your AP Annoushka! I wished that VS offered more sizes – it’s really a shame that they don’t because the price point is fairly reasonable, especially when stacked with their rewards/coupons.

      Aww, thank you, Lamb! I really appreciate your sweet comment. <3

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