I have to admit something: I have a financially problematic relationship with lingerie.
I was going to say “unhealthy” but honestly, there’s nothing inherently unhealthy about it. It’s just that I buy way more of it than I’ll ever reasonably wear, especially because I don’t really go out much and go braless most days.
This has led me down a few paths. First, my wife saying, “wow that looks nice…okay, maybe it’s time to take a break before you buy anything else.” Second, I thrifted a lingerie dresser for my lingerie (it also houses sex toys, and, appropriately, one drawer full of cloth masks). I’ve even taken to hanging some pieces up, usually allocating one hanger to two or three pieces to try to save closet space.
I’m a dramatic femme and I like dramatic underwear, even if I rarely actually wear it. I typically focus on getting designer brands in after-season sales, and I’d be lying if I said that I hadn’t spent two hours of the past week weighing the pros and cons of an amazing, handmade $400 set.
So when Lovehoney reached out to me to review some of their new lingerie pieces, I had two reactions. “Yes, what a dream” and “I wonder what sex toy store lingerie is really like.”
I’ve spent plenty of time in brick-and-mortar and online toy shops and lingerie stores, but I’ve always stuck to the theme. I buy lingerie from lingerie stores, and toys from toy stores. But for those who don’t know, Lovehoney is a UK-based sex toy store. They operate globally (if you’re reading this from the UK or the EU, Lovehoney is one of the online stores I recommend buying from!) and have more than 300 employees worldwide. So, they’re pretty different from my typical lingerie-buying experience.
They gifted me five pieces to try — three sets, one teddy, and one romper — ranging from $39.99 to $49.99 (USD). Some pieces I loved and others were more “meh”, but each one surprised me.
I’ll review each set individually and share my final verdict at the end. Just as a heads-up, Lovehoney gifted me these pieces in exchange for my honest review, and there are affiliate links throughout this post.
Oh! And through August 30, 2021, you can buy one set of lingerie, get another one half price using this link!
Review: Lovehoney Parisienne Light Pink Bra and Crotchless Thong Set
Of all the pieces I tried, this one surprised me the most. I don’t typically go for thong-style underwear, but I do love high-waisted things and longline bras. It really was a toss-up to see if I would like it or not — but I did!
When I unwrapped the Parisienne set, the first thought I had was “there’s no way in hell this is going to fit me.” The bra cups were small.
The Parisienne bra has wired cups and is very structured, so I was surprised to see that the set came in letter sizes, not cup sizes. That also meant that I couldn’t customize the top and bottom; I just had to choose the size that would fit me best overall. I got a size small, which was very fitted, and I probably could have worn a medium without issue too.
The bra did actually fit me (but was tight enough that I probably wouldn’t wear it under clothing to a dinner or event). Longline bras often have shallow cups, so be prepared for your boobs to be elevated and potentially spill out.
The underwear that comes with this set is a thong, and crotchless, and has attached garter straps, and is designed so that the thong back also looks like a pair of cheeky underwear. Honestly, it made my ass (which is small) look pretty good. I spent a while looking in the mirror and marveling at all of the components that came together to make that aesthetic happen. The crotchless component is also pretty comfortable – I kept forgetting that is was crotchless. If you’ve never worn crotchless underwear before, they can be pretty uncomfortable. Sometimes the access space is too small, and sometimes the straps are so loose that they chafe. I didn’t have either of those problems with this set, though!
The material quality on this set was higher than expected and was the nicest, sturdiest lace of any of the sets that I tried. It felt like it would hold up over time and use, whereas other pieces felt like they’d start fraying.
Light pink, black, raspberry red
Overall verdict: A great set, but if you’re in between sizes, size up for comfort!
Review: Lovehoney Watercolor Blue Lace and Floral Satin Teddy
I’ve spent years — yes, years — avoiding rompers because even though I’m solidly average height, they always feel too short in the torso for me. But I’ve seen a few lingerie rompers lately that have intrigued me, and this one was on the list! Lovehoney calls it a teddy, but I’m calling it a romper because it has shorts.
I got this one in a size medium, which is meant to fit US dress sizes 6-8. This one was pretty loose on me, and I probably should have opted for the small instead! I had to tie the halter because even on the tightest setting, it was still too loose. Even tied, the chances of a boob falling out were pretty high. The watercolor teddy/romper is sold on a regular size chart, with options ranging from S-5X/6X. Just as a heads-up, all of the X sizes are combined (so 1X/2X, 3X/4X, 5X/6X) so I’d recommend checking the size chart to see what might fit you best.
Still, this romper has helped me (aesthetically) fulfill my fantasy of being someone who wanders their house in satin and lace loungewear. It was very comfortable to wear! But for me personally, this piece isn’t sexy time lingerie — it’s fancy loungewear. And that’s fine! This absolutely could be worn for sex — the top is really easy to remove and the bottoms are loose enough that you could have easy access without taking everything off.
The satin and lace are both very smooth and feel great on my skin. The pattern is beautiful — my photos don’t do it justice, and you really should look at it on Lovehoney’s site to fully appreciate it. I washed this in a garment bag on the cold, regular wash setting, and laid it flat to dry, and it still is in perfect condition. I think this piece would hold up really well in the longer term.
White and black are also available, but on a different page
Overall Verdict: The color and design of this piece is beautiful, but pay attention to sizing and your body’s proportions. A solid loungewear piece.
Review: Lovehoney Beau White Lace Bra Set
This set would make a good candidate for affordable bridal lingerie. It’s the only one of the five items I received that is a three-piece set — it includes a bra, a thong, and a garter belt with attached garter straps for $42.99. It’s also another “one size” item that comes in two different “one size” options.
This set is made of lace and mesh, and while the whole set is pretty stretchy, the mesh is especially stretchy. This set was the most affected by going through the washing machine in a garment bag — it still looks totally fine, but up close, you can see that the elastic in the lace is a little strained. I think it would be fine for a few more runs through the wash, but after that, the elastic would probably fray.
The set was pretty comfortable, and the bra was really comfortable. I could see myself wearing it as a bralette just day-to-day, since it’s unlined and still has regular over-the-shoulder straps. The elastic straps on the bra are surprisingly thick — they measure one inch side-to-side — but it makes sense since this is a “one size” item. Someone who is a B cup probably won’t need the extra support, but someone who is an E cup would.
I’m generally pretty skeptical about “one size” items, but the other pieces of Lovehoney one-size lingerie worked out. That being said, I would recommend that folks be really aware of their body shape and size for this set. I’m a pretty small person — I wear anywhere from a size 2 to a size 6 dress and usually wear a size small shirt.
When I put this set on, I was really surprised to see that all of the adjustable sections were already adjusted to maximum width — as in, they couldn’t get any looser. It makes sense that they came in the mail that way, but I was surprised because even expanded to maximum size, this set fit me pretty comfortably. I wouldn’t have wanted to tighten them any further. I’m on the smallest end of the “one size” chart, and even though this set is incredibly stretchy, I just can’t imagine it being comfortable for someone bigger than a size 10. I’m a 34D, and the bra fit me as if it were a 34D.
There are “extra stretch” details built in, like the criss-cross pieces of elastic on the front of the bra that would make it work for folks with bigger bodies. But still, I’m not sure that this set really would be comfortable for the full size range it says. If you’re close to the top end of the smaller “one size” option, I’d recommend opting for the larger one instead.
“One size” but two available: 4-12 and 14-20
White and red
Overall Verdict: If you’re looking for affordable wedding lingerie, this set is a great option — but only for most straight-size folks.
Review: Lovehoney Moonflower Emerald Green Lace Strappy Teddy
I received two different pieces in the Moonflower collection, and honestly, thank goodness. I’m obsessed with the color. It’s labeled as emerald, but the hue has a beautiful amount of blue in it — more rainforest than emerald to me.
Teddies are another lingerie style that I tend to shy away from. They just feel like sexy one-piece bathing suits to me. Yes, I wore one during my boudoir shoot. And yes, I’ve recently made my peace with one-piece bathing suits again. But still, for me, teddies are lingerie pieces that you style with outside clothing (like with high-waisted pants and a blazer). I have five teddies, but I don’t really ever wear them when I want to feel sexy.
Part of the reason for that is that teddies almost always have some type of closure on the crotch. Cool for access, not cool for being awkward as heck during sex. “Don’t mind me, just unclasping this onesie.” Maybe I just have a complex about this; who knows. Despite my potential complex, the Moonflower teddy is beautiful — I especially love the back of it.
Size-wise, it comes in “one size”, but again, has two options available. I wore the 4-12 option with the three straps in the back tightened all the way. There aren’t adjustment straps for the front decorative straps, and for me, they gaped a little. The teddy is well-designed for tall people, but if you’re on the petite side, it might run a bit too big. I’m 5’4”, and I had the straps all on their tightest settings and the chest still had a gap.
“One size” but two available: 4-12 and 14-20
If you’re looking for maximum adjustability, I’d go with the Moonflower set instead of the teddy — it has more adjustment points and with its high-waisted undies, it actually still feels a bit like a teddy. More on that option in the next section!
The lace on this piece is delicate and stretchy, so you should use a lot of care when washing it and you definitely shouldn’t put it in the dryer.
Overall verdict: Pretty and comfortable, but not as adjustable as other options. I’d be more inclined to wear this styled with regular clothing than just as a lingerie piece, but that’s my personal preference for teddies.
Review: Lovehoney Moonflower Emerald Green Lace Strappy Bra Set
This was my favorite set of any of the pieces that I reviewed, and a big part of that is because the color is incredible. It’s also basically my brand color, so…yeah. It all worked. This piece is made of lace, but it’s not a sturdy lace, it’s a stretchy lace. I will never wash a piece of clothing (or lingerie) by hand no matter how often it’s recommended, so this piece (and the Moonflower teddy) warrant a trip through the wash on the delicate setting and in a garment bag, laying flat to dry (of course).
As a side-note: If you’re machine-washing your bras and lingerie and not using a garment bag, go order one. They’ll truly save your pieces.
There are a few things that I really loved about this piece other than the color. While some lingerie is designed for aesthetics, not function, the Moonflower bra set was designed for both. I don’t mean function as in “going to do a full day of work in the office”, I mean function as in sex. The Moonflower set is well-designed for sex.
The bra clasps in the front and has two decorative straps — if you were feeling lazy and didn’t want to bother unclasping, you could uncover your chest just by moving the fabric to the side (but without taking off your shoulder straps). The front clasp did get a little funky after I repeatedly clasped and unclasped it — the elastic bunched up and made me have to work to undo it.
“One size” but two available: 4-12 and 14-20
You could actually wear the bra for a whole day, too. The back is a really pretty racerback, so it would work as a night-out statement piece or just underneath whatever!
The underwear probably wouldn’t work for a whole day (unless you were wearing something relatively loose). I have a tendency to buy lingerie sets that also double as brain teasers, and the underwear in the Moonflower set definitely fit the bill. They have so many straps, it really took me a minute to get oriented to them. Once I got them on, they fit better than expected. I have a high waist, so sometimes pieces like this hit me in a weird spot, but these were just the right length.
The Moonflower set is labeled as “one size” (though they have two options) and there are several adjustable sections on both the bra and the underwear, which meant that I could adjust it to fit me pretty well. I typically wear a medium in underwear but a small (anywhere from a 2-6) in dresses, and I tightened all of the straps to almost their tightest setting.
Overall verdict: I love this set and the color/design makes me so happy. My partner liked it the best, too. If you want lingerie that’s both pretty and functional during sex, this is a great option.
Is Lovehoney’s lingerie worth the investment?
The most expensive set I tried was the Parisienne set at $49.99 USD. Given the fact that I’ve spent more on that on just a bra alone, I’d say that yes, Lovehoney’s lingerie is worth the investment. Every set that I tried was beautiful and had lovely details that I kept going back to. Pay attention to your size on their size chart and make sure to treat the pieces with lots of care to extend their lifespan! Lovehoney’s lingerie successfully changed my mind about toy shop lingerie — it was both beautiful and at least the same quality you’d get from a big retailer like Victoria’s Secret.
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