This is the second time that I have written a post about Dita von Teese’s lingerie collection. The reason that I’m writing about this again is because I have gone back to Myer to try on her lingerie, as I have been wishing and hoping that I was having a bad day and that actually there are some really good aspects to her lingerie. Before I start though, I just want to point out that I really admire Dita for her work as a burlesque performer and think she has a gorgeous sense of style. It was actually her that influenced me to investigate awesome lingerie and I love her for that.
So, let me start with the good stuff…
Aesthetically I think a lot of her pieces are very pretty and some of the colorways are gorgeous. I really love how she has explored some vintage bra shapes as well as incorporating some modern shapes and structures into her collection.
I think that the fact that she has suspension to match all the bras and knickers is a positive aspect of her collection. It most definitely encourages women to wear stockings with their underwear, and as a daily wearer of stockings, I think this is great.
One thing that I really liked was the longline part of the longline bra I tried on, I thought it was the right length and was actually very supportive, it gave me a good shape and pinched me in at the waist.
I also think that putting her lingerie in a high street store is great as it makes it accessible to everyone, rather than being sold in an intimidating boutique (I say this because I’m sometimes intimidated by small ‘up-market’boutiques).
Now for my constructive criticism:
When it comes to lingerie/ foundations/ underwear whatever you want to call it, for me it is all about practicality. What I mean by this is that if it looks pretty, thats lovely but if it’s not going to support my bust, smooth my figure or hold up my stockings, it is not going to work for me.
This Madame X set is very pretty but i couldn’t wear it to work, and that is a show stopper for me. The bra is very cute and I could wear it to work (if it was in my size, I will discuss this later in this post), but I don’t like wearing underwired bras due to my ribs which protrude out quite far, which causes aching. That’s my problem though. The garment that I really have a problem with is the suspender belt.
I am curvy, I have big hips and chunky thighs, and I don’t have a problem with that. What I do have a problem with is wearing a suspender belt that provides zero support to my body and stockings. Now, I’m not expecting a suspender belt to smooth out my hips as a firm control girdle would, they are not usually designed to do this. What I expect from a belt however is for it not to create more lumps and bumps around my hips. I feel like this item would only look good on a slim woman, it just made me look like a Christmas ham.
Secondly, the straps are extremely disappointing. There are only four straps, which I do not take issue with as I often wear girdles with four straps, however if you are going to design something with the bare minimum of straps, it is important that they are strong and able to hold up stockings. In the above photo I am pulling one of the front straps down to where a standard stocking would sit. The belt just followed it south and created a bulge on my belly. I personally don’t think wearing my stockings around my ankles is a good look. I would have made the waist band a lot thicker to keep the whole thing in place, and of course added thicker straps and bigger clips to help keep up the stockings.
I also tried on this dress/ slip (?):
I’m not sure in which situation I would wear this, is it shapewear? Is is for the bedroom? Is it outerwear? My guess is that it’s a tight slip to be worn under a tight dress. It was very comfortable but not very supportive, it certainly didn’t flatten my tummy. If it is not designed to be worn as shapewear, then I take that back. I am also unsure about the practicality of this garment, in my opinion anything that is tight against the skin like this but does not have suspenders attached, tends to ride up. In this photo I am wearing a size 14 as this is the biggest size I could find, perhaps a size 16 would have been better.
With regards to sizing, I looked through all the different styles, including the huge sale rack but couldn’t find any bras larger than a 36D (I’m a 36DD) or any suspender belts/ slips/ dresses larger than a 14 (I’m a size 14/ 16). I understand that consistently providing a broad range of sizes, including plus-sizes can be expensive for retailers, as a lot of the time the larger sizes don’t end up selling. However, I didn’t think that stocking a size 16 slip or a 36DD would be that much of a problem.
The pricing of her collection is out of my price range and to be honest I can find underwear which is more to my taste for a lot less money. That is all I’m going to say on the topic of pricing.
I wish that Dita would have been braver with her designs and used her influence to get women into underwear that is both pretty and practical. I don’t think that if Dita decided to wear stockings under her clothes for the day, that she would choose her suspender belts to keep her suspenders up, because they wouldn’t work.
I would like to make it clear that all of the above is just my opinion and that I do not have an issue with other people liking her lingerie. If you own anything from Dita’s collections, what do you like/ dislike about it? I would love to hear your thoughts.