Red has been one of my favourite colours for a long time. When I was a tween I was super obsessed with this Canadian TV show called Street Legal – Canada’s answer the LA Law. My favourite character was Olivia Novak – a whip smart, tough as nails, young attorney with a penchant for red power suits. I was mildly obsessed with Olivia, because here was a female character who not only had brains and sex appeal, but refused to take BS from anyone – something I had never seen on TV before. Those red power suits must have made an impression on me because, since then I’ve associated the colour red with sex appeal and power. Red is bold in it’s simplicity. It speaks for it’s self.
So, it’s probably not surprising that I’ve been looking to add a really nice red bustier to my lingerie collection for a while. I’ve had my eyes on the Some Like it Hot Bustier and Thong set by Seven Til Midnight for over a year. When the lovely people at Lovehoney offered to send me one to try I was so excited!
The Some Like it Hot Bustier & Thong Set has all the appeal of a corset without the potential discomfort. Made with bright red stretch lace, this set features lightly padded underwire cups and plastic boning to give the illusion of a more defined hourglass shape without manipulating your body with uncomfortable waist reduction. Instead of straps, the bustier has a flirty halter necktie which gives you a slight push-up effect in the boob area. The bustier features ruffle trim, detachable bow detailed garters and a hook & eye closure at the back. There’s also a little diamond studded detail on the bust (something that could easily be removed if diamonds aren’t your jam.) It also comes in a plus sizes.
Tow things really surprised me about this piece. First of all, it’s a bit more ruffly than I expected from the photo. This doesn’t bother me, however if you don’t like ruffles it might be an issue for you. Secondly, it’s incredibly soft. As I’ve mentioned before, when you’re ordering lingerie online you never quite know exactly what you’ll get. I’d prepared myself for the fact that this might be one of those pieces that looks gorgeous in the photos but is super stiff & itchy in person. However, in reality the red lace is really stretchy and extremely soft to the touch, making for a very comfortable fit.
Although the Some Like it Hot Bustier & Thong Set exceeded my expectations upon arrival, I found the hook and eye closure at the back a little awkward to do up solo. I flipped the bustier around and did up as much of the bustier as I could from the back, however I had to ask my Mom to help me do up the last few hooks & eyes. Yes, my Mom. Nothing kills the sexy vibe like having your Mom help you into your lingerie. It’s times like these when I really appreciate lingerie with zippers.
Awkward hooks & eyes aside, this piece has something that many lingerie sets don’t: a decent pair of panties. No weird cloth triangle & glorified dental floss here folks. The Some Like it Hot Bustier Set comes with a normal looking thong that is ultra soft, covers your lady bits and is comfortable to boot. I actually like the thong so much that I’ve worn it a couple of times on it’s own.
Also, I should probably mention that the bow details on the detachable garters are really, really pretty. The set doesn’t come with stockings, but you could easily match most stockings to this set.
Now for the moment of truth! What does it actually look like on?!
(I played around with the lighting but for some reason I still look sunburnt in these photos. I’m not.)
Overall, I was really impressed with how true to the photo the bustier was fit wise. Because I’m still carrying a bit of extra tummy weight, I was worried that the sheer red lace would me look like a sausage in casing, but it was surprisingly flattering and nipped in my waist like it said it would. My only minor complaint is that the cups didn’t quite fit me properly, so I had to kind of shift my boobs around a bit once I had it on. Although you can’t really tell there’s any fit issues, as a 34C I think I could have easily worn the size medium.
Despite these small set-backs, I still really love this set and feel very sexy in it. Although I’m not sure I love it quite as much as the Black and Silver Bustier I reviewed a few months ago, it wins major points for comfort and having panties that aren’t whack.
I’m not the only one who approved of this red hot set. The Interns gave it a unanimous “Hubba Hubba” rating. Joe the Intern even mentioned that he wanted to pick one up to give his lady friend this Holiday Season.
Whether you’re already thinking about Holiday theme lingerie or you just want something that makes you feel totally bad-ass, I’d totally recommend this set. At $52.99 it’s the perfect gift for that sexy person in your life or if (like me) you just want to treat yourself to something pretty.
What do you think of red lingerie?