34FF Simply Me Basque
I’ve been on the hunt for a strapless option. It’s not that I specifically need one, but that since I’m finally in the size range – if only barely – I’ve wanted one just because I can. Given the uncommon shape of my rib cage, a longline or full length garment would be the best for support, and given my love handles, a basque seemed the least risky.
I’m a 31 inch underbust, so you’re probably wondering why in the heck I would choose a 34? Well, because my underbust is 31 inches, but at the navel I’m 33, and the area just above it is about 35. Did I expect a 34 to work? Well, I thought the lower measurements might compensate a little for the upper, and it’s only a sister size off from my usual 32G. And, the 32G was sold out. For $20 it was priced low enough to attempt. There aren’t too many sizes left in this, but ebay has them, and dawn til dusk lingerie, so if you happen to be one of the sizes remaining, the price is right.
Well, the size is not ideal. I first fastened it on the loosest hooks, and could tell it wasn’t pulling in tight enough as I was hooking it up, so I moved onto the tightest.
Uuurrhhh…not good. Not good at all. But, all hope is not lost – this comes with regular straps, and also clear straps. The fact that it comes with clear straps makes me think that – even though it’s categorized as a strapless, it’s probably not expected to do well as one. If it was, what would be the purpose of selling it with clear straps, am I right?
Now, that’s much better. I put the straps with the adjusters on the front just for sake of not having to take the whole thing off again to adjust it. These clear straps are LONG. I normally adjust straps very little due to my sort of barrel-shaped chest and upper back, but these I had to adjust half way. I would say these are even longer than the straps on my Comexim. But, the beauty of removable straps is if they’re too long, you can always buy a set you like better and use those instead.
And, since I do secretly ogle those cute retro halter dresses (even if I have nowhere to wear one!) let’s test the halter strap:
Halter style isn’t too shabby either.
So, I’ll hold onto this one for now. It’s a complete fail as a strapless, but the clear straps and the halter strap still open up a lot of wardrobe options I didn’t have before, and it’s a good enough fit for those special occasion items. Once I get a sewing machine, I can probably tighten up the back and improve the fit further, but it’s comfortable and gives enough uplift with the straps attached to be of some use.
It doesn’t do much in terms of control along the tummy. I don’t know if that’s the very stretchy fabric, or just the fact that it’s a size too big, but I would estimate likely a combination of the two.
I have another basque on the way in 32G that I’m hoping will be amazing, and if that one ends up being amazing, I will likely sell this one, but for the time being, I now have the option wear those cute halter style dresses I’ve been ogling from afar, which has to count for something. 🙂
UPDATE: Something I forgot to mention when I initially posted this – this basque does come with detachable suspenders, but – as you can see – it only barely reaches my navel, so I can’t see the average person wearing it with them. I’m 5’4 and relatively balanced top to bottom – neither my legs or torso are particularly long or short relative to one another, so I imagine to get this to hit solidly at the hip, a person would have to be 5’2 or under, in which case the suspenders might be a cute addition, but certainly would be aesthetically awkward on someone tall or with a longer torso. I am sure someone with a bit less tummy than me would get more length, but I think you would have to be either quite slender, or quite petite, to get this to fall at or near the hip, as it is on the model in the ebay listing.