If you were a reader of StyleOnTheCouch last year you may remember London lingerie label Nichole de Carle highlighted in one of my Friday features. Nichole de Carle is an incredibly innovative brand – taking inspiration from literature, history and architecture to create strong, modern and sculpted lingerie. They are now offering fans the opportunity to customise their own pieces and they invited me to test out my own design skills by creating my own brief using the ‘bespoke’ service.
The service at present covers the bra and brief with braces from their classic collections and the Opal string from their signature range. I decided on the Westminster brief with braces as the starting point for my own design. I chose this for two reasons, firstly because the art-deco style brief looked incredibly flattering on the models and secondly I adored the criss cross body braces that I thought could be worn over a fitted top for a body-harness look:
Above: Westminster bra and briefs.
With nine silk colourways to choose from, three colour options for the powermesh – the panels front and side of the briefs – a choice between black and white elastic and between gold and silver components (I liked that I could select even the finer details) – it was much harder than I expected to make the final decision. Fighting the urge to go all black, I added some nude powermesh to the brief for a lovely colour contrast.
Above: Last Testament bra and briefs.
In terms of fit – the elastics can be adjusted in several places to ensure the design suits the contours of your body and for me this means the brief fits snugly. The criss cross of the braces gives the illusion of curves and are especially interesting and enticing when peeking out from underneath outerwear.
My only (small) complaint is that the elastic rides away from the body a little mid back – not so much a design fault as I think it would be impossible to shape the elastic to every individual curve of your body, but with a snug fit at the front, part of me thought the back looked a little odd in that one place. Having said that, this is entirely suspender style given that the elastics start low on the Westminster brief and when worn under jeans, the snug fit of my skinnies brought the elastic back in place next to my skin. I adore the design, it’s like nothing that I own, it can be worn alone or as part of a set and I am very happy to have this addition to my wardrobe.
Nichole de Carle tell me they plan to add other styles to the ‘bespoke’ service throughout the year. I am hoping that they introduce one of their bodysuits next, because I think that the opportunity to style your own colour combinations with these more substantial pieces is very appealing.