Debenhams ‘Gorgeous’ Range Revisited

12 Jul

I’m always quick to recommend that my British readers visit Bravissimo for an excellent fitting service and a great range of bras, but they are not the only place on the highstreet that offers a service to large cupped women. Enter: Debenhams.

I first tried Debenhams lingerie last year and so I was very pleased to be given the change to try out two more out their bras.

First up was the orange spotted non padded DD-J balcony bra in a 36H, with matching briefs in a 20.
I probably don’t need to tell you again that non padded bras don’t really do it for me, but I am starting to wear them more often. Some of my dresses require my bust to take up a little less room, and when that happens I do like to don something sheer.
This bra really and truly blew me away. Even before I put it on I was in love! The fiery chilli pepper colour was amazing and unlike anything else I own.
I loved the greeny yellow details that can be seen on the edge of the cups and on the bows at the gore and on the straps. They really pop, and offset the fiery orange.
The gorgeous polka dot details add another cute dimension to the bra, and really appeal to me – I’m a sucker for a spotty pattern!
The bra is made of a three part cup construction, and the top third is sheer, and the lower two are made with a double layer of fabric. This helps offer support and projection whilst still being undeniably sexy. The bra didn’t feel rough or itchy, but it wasn’t silky smooth either. It didn’t rub me uncomfortably at all and it will be a great every day bra.
I found that the cups gave me an amazing projected rounded shape. I would have liked the sides to be a teeny tiny bit higher to contain my rampant side boob, but other than that I could not fault the bra.
As always, the three hooks and eyes and fully adjustable straps were a welcome feature, and the fit was pretty much perfect. I sometimes have trouble filling bra cups all the way to the bottom, and with this bra that was the case with my right tit. However, it didn’t show through my clothes and I didn’t spill over the top of the cups.
The size 20 briefs were dreamy! The frilly part over the thighs was a cute touch and they fit my ample bottom extremely well. I could probably have gone for an 18 as they were very true to size.

The next bra that I tried was the natural moulded multiway bra.
Strapless bras are not something I can wear unless the dress I have on gives me a huge helping hand, and so I was dubious about trying another one.
This bra reminded me a little of the Freya Deco. It fit true to size, unlike some strapless bras that come up very tight.
I was thrilled when I first put the bra on as I felt instantly boosted and aloft. However the bra didn’t keep my chest up for long, and it was only a matter of moments before I felt the weight of my bangers almost crushing the cups!
The inside of the band is lined with an almost rubber type of substance that helped stick to me without causing discomfort. However, even they could not support the weight of my chest.
I did love the smooth moulded cups and just how rounded my boobs looked, despite that only being fleeting!
The bra has additional boning around the band to help keep it aloft, and three hooks and eyes – two great features.

I feel that if the cups had more structure than being simply ‘moulded’ they would have maybe stayed up a little more. And if worn with a halterneck dress or a strapless dress with some inbuilt scaffolding it would no doubt work rather well!

I decided to try the bra as a halterneck as well.
The support was marginally better and I loved the shape it gave my chest.
The strap felt surprisingly comfortable on my neck – although any tighter and my neck paid the price of an even better cleavage!
Due to the fact that the bra still wouldn’t stay up, I did have some overspill. I think that the 36H is the best fit for me, however my boobs need a bit more help!
This bra has some very high ratings on the Debenhams site, and I think that ladies with a lighter firmer chest will get on very well with it.
So far this is the best strapless bra that I have tried, and I will be using it with any future dresses I find that work with it. I’ve pretty much given up hope of ever finding one that truly works in my current size on it’s own but who knows – maybe one day.

13 Responses to “Debenhams ‘Gorgeous’ Range Revisited”

  1. sophie July 12, 2013 at 12.53 #

    My strapless bra is also by Debenhams and I absolutely adore it! It works wonders on my 30FFs and the band is firm enough to support me all day long. I think what really makes their strapless options superior to others is the shape that they give you. It super round, not at all that sad-boob effect that usually happens when wearing a strapless.

  2. jess July 13, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Have you tried wonderbras as a strapless option? I know they only go up to a G cup but they sit quite low so you can get away with going up a band size and down a cup or two. I have a 38ff wonderbra even though i’m actually a 34hh, and it works really well- the hand shaped boning gives great support and cleavage. I could probably do with a 36g but I was buying at short notice 15 minutes before the shop shut and they didn’t have anything better. They sell them at debenhams so it’s worth a try.

    • fullerfigurefullerbust July 13, 2013 at 12.53 #

      I have tried it and it didn’t work for me at all! BUT I have only ever heard good things about it, and I’m glad you feel the same way x

  3. Nicola July 13, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Have you tried Bravissimo’s own strapless? They’ve got boning in the cups to help support bigger busts, and go up to a J cup. I have one and it’s amazing.

  4. Ali July 13, 2013 at 12.53 #

    The colour on that bra is stunning! I bought a Debenhams gorgrous bra for the first time a month ago, and love it.

  5. ArgieBargie July 13, 2013 at 12.53 #

    Just got back from London where I got to try Debenhams bras. Love the construction overall but alas had limited size range in both shops I tried. I did try a balcony in my normal Fantasie size of 32G and had a weird quad boob where the lace met the fabric on the cup, like it was sewn wrong.

    I felt the fit was similar to Freya, based on limited styles I tried. The one you review here is very pretty indeed.

    • fullerfigurefullerbust July 13, 2013 at 12.53 #

      Ah boo! Did you have success elsewhere? x

      • ArgieBargie July 13, 2013 at 12.53 #

        Alas, no. I tried a couple at M&S but again, a small shop with limited size/style options. I found the basic M&S balcony to fit like a full cup which overwhelmed me since I am short.

        Since we were visiting family (saying goodbye, really to a very ill family member) my shopping was limited. I did get to try on a different Fantasie style/size but the range was extremely limited there too. Last year I found a big selection in Manchester. Oh well.

  6. Evelyn Russell July 27, 2013 at 12.53 #

    I find Debenhams sometimes have a limited size range in store but as they offer free delivery and returns it’s easy to order online and try at home. I love your lingerie blog x

  7. Carrie July 30, 2013 at 12.53 #

    I LOVE this lingerie blog! You go into so much detail!

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