I don’t often request basque-style lingerie pieces to review, simply because they’re usually underwired and as we have proven again and again and again, wired lingerie doesn’t tend to be friendly to my body. So when I noticed that Lovehoney’s Night Lily range consists entirely of non-wired pieces, I had to try one out. I received the Night Lily Basque in my latest Lovehoney delivery.
Night Lily Basque: Details & Look
The Night Lily Basque reminds me a lot of the Twilight Rose range (remember the waspie I tried?) in that it’s the kind of aesthetic my younger, goth-er self would have absolutely swooned over. Its black and wine red, lace-trimmed aesthetic is classic femme-goth.
I do like the overall shape of this one. I’m insecure about my stomach, so something that covers it entirely – while drawing attention to my chest and waist – works well for me.
The Night Lily Basque is made of a stretchy polyester/elastane blend in red, and trimmed with black floral lace detailing. There’s criss-cross detailing across the chest, a ribbon, and a bow with the Lovehoney heart insignia in the centre of the cleavage. It also features suspender straps a cut-out to show off your skin at the back.
I would have preferred the suspender straps to be removeable. Many Lovehoney items feature removeable straps, so it’s obviously not a hard thing to incorporate. I just don’t really wear stockings very often and can’t be bothered with them most of the time, but they’re really necessary with this piece otherwise you just end up with stray dangling straps.
The Night Lily Basque also comes with a matching thong.
Fit and Comfort
Though its lack of wires makes it easier for someone with a large bust to wear, the Night Lily Basque was still a bit of a struggle for my G-cups. I can fit my boobs into it, but I have to position the cups and waist belt quite carefully if I want anything to stay in place. My chest felt a little squished, but I have to admit the cleavage from this basque is excellent!
Quite a few other reviewers on the Lovehoney site have also noted that the Night Lily Basque runs small. If you’re between sizes or unsure, I’d definitely recommend sizing up for this one. I’m normally a size 12 and Lovehoney’s Medium usually works well for me, but in this instance I might have done better with the Large.
The fabric is soft and stretchy, making it easy and comfortable to wear. The under-bust band is also elasticated, and both the back slider and shoulder straps are adjustable. As long as you get the closest to your size that you can, most people will be able to get a decent fit from this piece. The bra-style straps and waistband give your breasts some gentle support and lift without wires.
I noticed that the Night Lily Basque tends to scrunch up a bit at the sides on me, especially around the waist. Including some light boning would have given it a bit more structure.
I found the back strap almost impossible to fasten by myself without looking. Either put it on backwards and then spin it around, or ask someone else to fasten you up.
The thong has an elasticated waistband and fits true to size.
A nice little set that’s genuinely very pretty. I like the soft gothic look, the soft fabric, and the overall shape. I’m unlikely to wear it very often because of the slight fit issues and the necessity of wearing it with stockings, but it’s pretty enough that I’m sure it’ll get an outing once in a while!
It’s nice to see a basque-style piece without wires but, ultimately, this set is probably still going to work better for those with smaller chests than me.
Thanks to Lovehoney for sending me this piece in exchange for an honest review. All views, as always, are mine. Affiliate links appear in this post.