Chantelle fits my style beautifully.
Chantelle is a French brand that you can find in recommended underwear stores and online from the likes of Figleaves.com and House Of Fraser. They are steeped in history and heritage with a tradition of excellence in their design and craftsmanship. Made in France for over a hundred years their expertise is reflected in the quality and femininity of their products whilst still producing underwear that is supremely comfortable. They also keep up-to-date with trends and innovation, to produce the best fit and support all wrapped up in a pretty underwear package. Every year they test over 200 new materials to bring new designs to market.
Attention to detail is important for the company. When I was asked if I wanted to review a set of underwear I was advised I needed a proper bra fitting first by a store that was a stockist. This was a great idea as I would have ordered the wrong size! The fitting in this brand was slightly bigger than I would normally take so it was useful to get a fitting in the independent store, Madam Foner in Swansea.
Madame Foner is in one of the small arcades in the centre of town. It's a little treasure trove of beautiful underwear from all the leading brands and is definitely worth a visit. The staff appear welcoming and knowledgeable and were extremely helpful.
I have an ample bust so I usually go for an underwired bra with no padding. I also like underwear in neutral colours that I can mix and match.
Looking through the Chantelle brochure I spotted a set I really liked the look of. from the Opera range. The Opera demi bra is made of pretty lace and is underwired, with a delicate flower and petal lace. The staff at Madame Foner let me try on the bra and I loved it straight away. Although they didn't have the size I wanted, after being measured I was told to get a bigger size than I normally wear. Apparently French designs can be slightly smaller than British designs.
I like shorts and french knickers so I picked the Opera shorty to go with the demi bra.
So I ordered the set and waited for it to arrive.
Firstly I was pleased with the size of the bra. The fitting in Madame Foner was accurate, the bra fitted me perfectly and was a bra size bigger than I would have normally picked. Sizes can alter in brands and styles so this is an important point to note. If you have lost or put on weight it is especially important to get a new bra fitting as it is highly likely your size will be different.
The shorty again comes up a little small in size so I would recommend going for a size bigger than you normally wear. It has a little stretch and is fairly low-rise, but is comfortable on.
The quality of both the shorty and the bra is excellent. There is no uneven or unfinished stitching anywhere.
As you can see above the lace design is stunning and is reminiscent of flowers and leaves. The semi-sheer mesh and lace is sexy but also girlie and feminine. Perfect for a date night in my opinion. This set also comes in aubergine, a lovely purple and the colour milk which is white. Bra styles in the Opera range include a push up and strapless bra and a basque which would be ideal for a bride. The pants also come in other designs such as a tanga.
Would I buy Chantelle in the future? Yes most definitely. Gorgeous designs mixed with French craftsmanship make stunning underwear.