19.12.10

How La Senza measures up


A little while ago, La Senza sent me some freebies to review. Unfortunately the sizes came up smaller than my Debenhams-clad assets were used to so they weren't quite right. Luckily, I was able to exchange in store, so I went into my local La Senza and had a look. I was a tad apprehensive about this potential review, as I didn't have a La Senza in my town until recently so I didn't really know much the brand. And to be frank, with Chantelle Houghton (the face of their campaign) doing the grand opening of the store, I wasn't sure I wanted to...

I was glad I hadn't written it off, because when I went in, there were some rather lovely offerings. Yes, there were diamantes and 'triple gel pads' aplenty. But to my surprise there were also truly gorgeous vintagey sets and cute girly styles too. I think the advertising strategy has been a bit misleading, as the store seems to have so much to offer normal, stylish girls, not just the WAGettes it seems to target. I picked out some styles I liked from the DD+ section and headed to the Fitting Room...

Sizing did prove to be a bit of an issue. The assumption seemed to be that if you were big in the cup, you'd be wide too, so the straps kept sitting on the very edge of my shoulders - not great for supporting a heavy load! But the friendly assistant helped me try out various styles and sizes until I found something that worked. I found balconette styles worked best, as the straps are naturally a bit closer than the other styles I tried. I personally find this style of bra best for support anyway. I doubt sizing will be an issue for those with a smaller bust, but those with a fuller bust and slim build may need to dedicate some extra time to finding the right fit.



(Spotty one, Silk buttoned one, Leopard one)

I'm not entirely sure the bras I chose are quite as supportive as my Debenhams ones, but I have to say they are more stylish. Any regular Twitter readers may recall Alex condemning my last bra choices from there as 'a bit tragic'! I haven't heard a negative word said about these newbies! So it is a slight trade-off, but I just love the fun and retro styles of these bras so much I don't mind. They are certainly supportive enough, and if that means leaving my 'tragic chic' days behind, I'm all for it!

Pricing is fair enough, averaging at £20-25 for bras and £6-10 for briefs. I don't know about the thongs because I choose to pretend they don't exist!

So all in all, I am very pleased with my new additions and have learnt my lesson not to judge a book by its cover. Anyway, it looks like the cover could be changing - I have just seen their clever christmas viral ad, and it certainly seems the brand are aiming for an image that's more boudoir than brothel. Good move, La Senza! You have my full support! I'm sure there's a pun in there somewhere...



Have you tried La Senza bras? How did you get on?

52 comments:

  1. I've never bought from La Senza, the "trashy" image they seem to put out puts me off a little. And then the prices... I know they're not ridiculous, but I have a very small budget and I can't afford to spend £20 on a bra! I recently found an amazing vintage-esque bra in New Look, they're getting surprisingly good in there! And they cater for the little ladies with bigger boobs (I seem to fluctuate between 32D and 34DD)
    I love that silk buttoned one though, I might venture in after Christmas if they have any sales!
    xxx

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  2. The silky button one is lovely! I never shop in La Senza though because of their sizings, I'm usually a DD but appear to be closer to a HH in there, very off putting!

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  3. Great review Gem. I love the styles you've chosen, and spotted a couple more I like in that fab viral campaign ad. I normally struggle being a DD in La Senza, but will now venture in and try some other sizes. xx

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  4. I haven't been in there for years. I hate trying on bras and find that I know what size I am in M&S but it can really vary in other stores, so I tend to stick to trusty old M&S!

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  5. I've loved bra's from debenhams before, but Im the same, the sizing is so off that it just breaks my heart and I go in a strop! Would much rather go to m&s where I know they fit me, we all have our favourite stores though huh?

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  6. I am so impatient when it comes to bra shopping, which is why I've had a strong disliking for La Senza. Like you said, their sizing is a bit ridiculous. All my go-to sizes for my regular shops didn't fit so I didn't have the heart to try every size! The ones you've purchased are so cute though (especially the middle one!), so I might have to just suck it up,

    Rosie x

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  7. i like La Senza, their bra's are comfy and cute, and the fitting service is even nicer than M&S's. However i remember when the brand wasn't as trashy; you used to get your purchases all wraped up in tissue and boxed! The colour theme was pale yellow and white, now its a cheap looking hot pink and black which im not a fan of. Now i sometimes get creeped out going in there because of all the tripple gel bras and other crazy sex things. It's sad cause nothings really changed but their image, but it's made all the diffrence :( xxx

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  8. I'm quite lucky really, as I can choose to avoid the bullring store, which is quite trashy and go to the one in the pavillions in Birmingham, which has had nearly the whole store of bras set at £5 for a long time, due to it closing down, but it hasn't closed down yet. The one tucked away, is so much nicer, and has lovely things. I adore next for underwear and UO xxx

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  9. I agree with how they're marketing it all a bit weird :/ It makes me feel awkward rather than interested. The bra's look gorgeous. I love the silky one (: I'll have to pop in sometime.

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  10. I find La Senza to be good for everyday, t-shirt bras but i wouldn't buy 'something special' from there. Also, how cringey is that ad?

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  11. I used to buy from there, but their sizes are so erratic I can't be bothered any more! I've been measured several times by them and have had results from 34A to 32DD (I'm a 36B, actually). The bras aren't bad quality though, so long as you wash them carefully, so if you find a size and style that suits you, stick to it!

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  12. I always shop in La Senza! It's the only place I can find to fit my 32E babies. Their removable strap bras in black and nude are a fav, and they actually stay up when strapless - something I always have a problem with. For something more jazzy I favour a balconette style - always a winner!

    xxx

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  13. Love the silk button one, gorgeous colour!
    My experience of bra shopping in La Senza wasn't too pleasant either, the bra's seem un-supportive and the sizes do tend to come up rather small.
    xx

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  14. I got some lovely pyjamas from there the other day!
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    x

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  15. I actually think La Senza are probably priced OK-ish, but when compared to the M&S Ceriso versions of the same sort of thing, they're way more money. M&S are generally £10-15 ish for the bra and around £5 for the knicks.
    Like you say, it's also the trashiness factor though. Hopefully they're looking into changing the image a bit by the looks of the new ad?

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  16. I have the exact same sizing issues, but because I'm quite narrow round my back I find that the wire in the bigger cup sizes goes almost all the way to my back and digs in if that makes sense? I do like their DD+ range but everything is plunge or padded which means I fall out of the top or middle - I'm a non padded balconette girl! They only ever seem to have 1 non padded bra in the entire range which I do tend to buy but would love to have more choice. (hopefully they're reading this!

    Top review though Gem, nice and honest! (I totally agree with the WAG marketing - just because we're buxom doesn't mean we want to wop them out all the time!)

    Penny x
    Penny

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  17. These bra's are so nice I wish the sizes were more my size! Im a G and although la'senza claim to do a size G they never fit me right they just push my boobs up my face making them look bigger and give that 4 boobs look. NOT NICE!

    :( xxx

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  18. I've tried some on but the sizing is impossible. I'm a petite sized 10 with 34DDs confirms M&S and Bravissimo but La Senza are crazy tight and causes me double-boob syndrome.

    Happy to pay more and be able to buy online with no worries!

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  19. I really like some of the bras they stock but being a G/GG with a 34 back i find the fit on them awful, i have a couple which are ok but they aren't the bras i always reach for.

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  20. I love the styles in La Senza as there are so many different, pretty bras to choose from but I also find the sizing a bit of an issue!

    I'm not always the hugest fan of their advertising as sometimes it can look a little tacky but there are always some gems in there once you have a little looksie :)

    Great review though, glad I'm not the only one who's had sizing issues with them :)

    xoxo

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  21. I've always shopped in La Senza. Mainly because they are one of the very very few shops that do my odd size (30E) but I do wish they had more choice for my size. I understand that it's not a popular size, but I find myself buying the same bra in about 4 different colours and I kinda want a bit more variety. I think the image of the brand is pretty horrendous.... bring in a new Marketing Directer and Visual merchandiser I say. It could be so much more if they just reigned in in the tackiness. I am however, loving the clever little viral ad and feel that it's a tad closer to being 'sophisticated'. I totally agree that they have some right gems in the store, with little vintage prints etc and it's disappointing that they don't play on that enough! I'm somewhat confused about who their target market is.

    And I do think it's a tad overpriced. Especially for people like me who don't have many other options!

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  22. I can't shop in La Senza because of the sizing and I am very average chested! I just find something about the way they cut bras is so uncomfortable so it is not for me, although the ones you picked up are very nice indeed!

    R x

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  23. Shamefully my boobs are too small for La Senza bras even though a fair whack of my weight gain went there.

    Actually, I do have one bra from there that fits properly, which must be a fluke! I am a HUGE fan of their PJs though.

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  24. haa that made me laugh. i choose to overlook the thongs too. i don't know when my dislike for them suddenly occurred.
    i have been in la senza many a time... only ever bought a couple things though.
    with not much to offer in the boob department, sizing has never been a prob really but can see the big boobs/wide back thing being annoying!
    looks like you came out with some beauts though!
    quite tempted to go and have a look for myself after reading this! always nice to have a new bra!
    X

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  25. Sounds like we have a similar problem with sizing! Will def be trying stuff on next time I go in - hoping to raid it for sale goodies after xmas... :)

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  26. I have two bras from la senza and they've lasted ages. Agreed about the size though, im a D in la senza and thats further than wishful thinking in real life.

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  28. Being a GG I find it hard to buy bras anywhere other than M&S/Debenhams/Bravissimo kinds of places. Other high street shops either don't stock them at all or the sizes are completely off, the last time I brought something in LaSenza was probably 4 years ago when I was 13 and about a C cup (my boobs grew EXTREMLEY fast throughout puberty - I managed to go from A at the age of 12 to GG at the age of 15, meaning a lot of money on bras was spent simply to be replaced a few weeks later).
    TBH, I think I'll stick to the usual, the LaSenza ones can be really pretty but if you have enough time to search for ages, you can find some pretty nice ones in the more 'support-driven' shops.

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  29. I always buy my underwear from La Senza or Marks and Sparks haha, I'd never noticed the "trashy" image, although there are many varieties I would never dare buy in La Senza haha! I find La Senza bras are seriously comfy and fit me well though (: xxx

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  30. I must say, I have bought from La Senza before but haven't found the sizing very good or the materials they use to be particularly comfortable or luxurious, but these look alot nicer than the ones I've seen in the past! May have to pop back in and try some on. x

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  31. Must admit I'm a firm M&S supporter, so other lingerie stores tend to go unnoticed! I think the Wag reputation does put me off from La Senza, though the pj sets are gorgeous in there. jazzy ♥... if you haven't already, get your skates on with my Vintage Tapestry Bag giveaway! :)

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  32. I'm a Debenhams girl myself. Like all the brands and styles on offer and can always find a good fit. Find the sizing weird in La Senza. They make me measure me up as having a heftier bosoom than I actually have which is always good for the ego! M&S make me feel like I should be in the training bra department (stay well clear obviously!) Love your choices. I know what you mean about tacky diamonte embellished lingerie in La Senza but luckily they do have a few gems and I bloody love their PJ sets! Giant thermal PJs over sexy undies anyday! Another great post gem xxx

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  33. I find La Senza a bit hit and miss. I'm different sizes in different bras and I'd prefer just knowing myself and be able to grab and go! That said I do love the few that I have found that fit me well :). Love the three you got, especially the second one! xo

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  34. I'm not sure we have La Senza in New Zealand - it's a shame about the support issue because they look really pretty! I've got a small frame and big bust too and always find bra shopping a bit disheartening, hah!

    X

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  35. i've always been too self concious to go out to shops and buy bras for some reason ha, but these ones really are nice.

    kirsty xx

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  36. A girl I went to school with is in that advert- she's everywhere at the mo! x

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  37. They have some lovely stuff and I like all their pj's but it doesn't fit me. They only go up to a 38 back but I find that it fits more like a 34-36 so nothing fits me in there. I think Bravissimo is the best place for me to go as a 38-40F, I need some serious support. I can only get ugly or uncomfortable bras :( x

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  38. Ok, the boob choir is a bit weird. Recently bought my first la Senza bra though and was quite impressed. V pretty (could almost pass a mimi holliday), good price, good larger size options... Not bad. x

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  39. This makes me realize even more how blessed I am with my 34A. I can just run into a random store (H&M is fine for me), grab my size and run out again without fitting - and it'll fit me just fine. My sister is the total opposite and she usually ends up with an entire day and 60 euros spent on a single bra.

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  40. Thanks for your comments!

    So interesting to hear all of your different experiences with La Senza. The joys of the female form! The fit is perfect for some, and nightmarish for others!

    Yes I suppose the prices are actually a little high compared to Debenhams etc, but like some of you said, definitely worth keeping an eye on the xmas sales!

    xx

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  41. Get yourself measured in an independent store then go onto Figleaves and try Freya, Midnight Grace or DimitySo! They all do pretty floral bras with narrower back sizes and larger cups!
    X

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  42. I never shop in La Senza because of reasons you mentioned (Chantelle, really?!!) but might have to go in and have a peek at their new stuff after reading this. Having a fuller bust makes it so difficult to buy bras - I tend to stick to Freya or Fantasie but they can be up to £35 a pop so La Senza would be much better for my bank balance! Sally x

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  43. I have much the same problem- I go up a cup size and a back size with La Senza, but also found that once you get past the sections with scary padding they have some really gorgeous things. I recently bought a silk bra from them that is the most beautiful bra I've had.

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  44. wow! these are awesome. ps, your haircut is super cute.

    cool post! thanks for sharing, as always. can't wait to see what comes next!

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  45. I've never bought from La Senza. I'm a 32HH and find it really hard to get bras anywhere that fit me. Hopefully La Senza will go up to a big size because some of those styles look utterly lush.

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  46. I'm also (relatively) slim with big boobs, and I've never found a bra from la senza which fits me, no matter how big I go, and its not even just the cups. I go between a 32/34 back, yet I find that from la senza even a 36 feels tight. I keep going back and hoping I'll find something, because they do have some really pretty things, but its yet to happen! xx

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  47. I read this when I was at work on my phone (naughty I know!) so forgot to come back and comment! I have a few bras from La Senza, the nicest ones I find don't come with any padding or have padding in that you can't take out! I prefer the ones with 'pockets' so you can choose if you want any padding or not! Sadly I'm one of those girls that *needs* a little boost to feel more womanly haha! The ones you picked are tres beau though, I'm jealous of your rack woman! x

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  48. i love la senza!! thats the only store that has my bra size at an affordable price and in so many different styles....im as obsessed with matching sets as victoria beckham

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  49. Ooh they're really pretty!
    La Senza don't do my size alas :( But neither does hardly anywhere else, it's descrimination against small-backed-large-cupsize girls :( My choice is either Marks and Spencers of Bravissimo, which are both rather pricey!

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  50. I've bought La Senza undies in the past and found the exact same thing with the sizing. Like yourself, I'm a slim DD+ lady, and find that the with their bras...well, the cup runneth over!
    I will have to go in store some time and experiment I guess.
    I do like the styles though, they have some lovely sets.
    The purple bra you picked is gorgeous.

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  51. I'm a 32DD and have always found La Senza to fit me fine until this year when they seem to be super tight (I haven't changed sizes in any other brands!). But I used to love La Senza a lot a few years ago but the prices have gone up lately I think and they always put that 'la senza' tag on the outside of bras now which they never used to! I don't mind La Senza but I don't want it to be a logo on show! I stick with m&s for most of my bras now, but that polka dot bra is very cute (I have millions of polka dot bras though haha)

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  52. I know this post was from aaages ago but I'm just come across it and its something I feel quite passionately about!

    So many people are wearing the wrong size bra and using a measuring tape doesn't help when it comes to finding the right size, have a look at the Bravissimo website for how to make sure a bra fits properly in all the right places rather than what a measuring tape says.

    If you're big in the bust and small in the frame then try out Freya and Panache bras as they make bras from a 28 in the back all the way up to a K in the cup! They're pretty but still supportive, something that can be a realy chore for us bigger boobed girls!

    As for La Senza, their sizing is a bit weird in some of the bras but its generally because of the shape of them, probably because most of them are filled with gell (where do you put the boob?!) like I said though have a look at how a bra SHOULD fit and then wherever you go you will always be able to tell what size is fitting you and giving you fab shape and support!

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