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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Basking in beauty: Tutti Rouge 'Betty' bra and knicker review



   Over the last few months, waves of excitement have coursed through the Lingerie blogging community, heralding the arrival of a new fuller bust lingerie brand! Think cup cakes and pillow fights, add a dash of eye-catching colour and adorable prints, then top it off with a sprinkling of flirty satin and lace.. and voila! Say hello to the new brand on the block that is creating a buzz...Tutti Rouge!

Baking cakes, pillow fights.. and that's just the advert! 

   Tutti Rouge is the brain child of Jessica Prebble, a lady who is certainly no stranger to the Lingerie scene! With 17 years of experience in the Intimates sector (including a degree in Contour Fashion from De Montfort University, a Masters in Textiles from Birmingham UCE and work with lingerie giants such as Bravissimo and Debenhams), it seemed apt that Jessica began her own label. Her wealth of knowledge has led her to develop a brand that answers the prayers of many younger, larger busted girls who struggle to find fashion-conscious (and affordable!) lingerie in both padded and unpadded bra styles. 

   Jessica understands that design, fit, quality and affordability go hand in hand: "Tutti rouge will break a few hearts but she won't break the bank" and it is precisely this philosophy that Tutti Rouge delivers. Tutti Rouge injects a new lease of life into the lingerie market with fashionable designs that are guaranteed to turn heads. Tutti Rouge offers fresh, fun and flirty underwear styles in back sizes 28-38 and cup sizes DD-HH/J, meaning that a large range of fuller busted women can enjoy the Tutti effect! 



   If you have been keeping a-breast (see what I did there!?) of the Tutti updates via Facebook, you will have noticed that Tutti Rouge have staggered the release of their debut collection. The fuchsia pink unpadded 'Liliana' set was first to launch, followed by the most recent: 'Betty'. As Undercover Lingerista readers may know, I tend to favour moulded bra styles, so 'Betty' really caught my eye with her scrumptious icing-coloured satin, her feminine poppy print and her flirty ruffle trim.. and who can resist those adorable matching shorties? 



   Thanks to the Tutti Team, I was lucky enough to be able to try this set out for myself. The 'Betty' set arrived in a chic black box with the pink 'Tutti Rouge' logo emblazoned on the front. Inside the box, wrapped in light pink tissue paper (along with a yummy stick of rock!), was my beautiful new set of lingerie...


   As you can see, the 'Betty' set really is a sight to behold and the colour palette is ideal for Spring/Summer! The 'Betty' bra and shortie knickers feature an unusual floral/ poppy print design in pink and mint tones, which sits atop a yellowy-cream base of satin. The poppy print has an almost oriental feel to it - something that makes it stand apart from the plethora of 'traditional' floral patterns that dominate the current lingerie market. The warm yellow/gold undertone of the satin also compliments my pale skin perfectly and its luxurious sheen makes this set look more expensive than it actually is! 

  
   Additionally, the 'Betty' set boasts some really special embellishments that demonstrate Tutti Rouge's desire to be different! A delightful frilled hem line sits along the edge (and on the underside) of the cups, whilst vivid pink bows adorn the centre of the bra cups - a detail that also features on the adorable matching knickers!


   It is clear that a lot of thought has gone into the embellishments and finer details. The poppy print is extended to the satin-wrapped bra straps (a concept that many other brands overlook!) The straps are also purposefully quite thin (1.5cm) and with their pretty pattern, I would definitely have no qualms about showing them off! The only downside to them is that they are not fully adjustable! 


   The bra straps also boast decorative heart-shaped strap adjusters - another gorgeous and very well-thought out design feature of the 'Betty'! 

   As you can see from the picture (below), the 'Betty' fastens with 2 hooks (DD-G cups, 3 hooks for GG-HH cups) and once again, Tutti Rouge adds a playful twist with the Tutti Rouge logo embossed on the closure.


   With regard to construction, the 'Betty' bra is an underwired and lightly padded/ moulded balconette style bra, featuring a two-part cup construction with a soft foam lining that makes this bra very comfortable to wear.. 


   When it comes to fit, however, I was not completely satisfied. I tried both a 28G and 30FF in the 'Betty' and neither band was quite right for me and the centre gore did not quite tack to my chest in either size. I put the 30FF 'Betty' straight on to the tightest hook, so imagine my surprise when I could only just fasten the 28G on the loosest setting! When I measured the two bands, the 30FF measured 63cm and the 28G measured 55cm, which gives around a 3 inch difference between the band lengths. The mesh band is quite stretchy, so I probably could have bought a bra back extender for the 28G bra, but I chose to keep the 30FF for ease. 

   Band size aside, I feel that the cup volume was spot on in the (30)FF and the 'Betty' gives a lovely, uplifted shape to a fuller bust without being OTT. The 'Betty' lifts the bust to give a subtle cleavage, making it ideal for a variety of necklines. In fact, the shape of 'Betty' reminds me slightly of the 'Thrill Me' (one of my favourite Curvy Kate bras to date), but with slightly wider underwires.

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   Let us not forget the gorgeous satin and poppy print 'Betty' retro shorties (Size S-XL). Once again, Tutti Rouge have hit the nail on the head when it comes to attention to detail! The knickers are panelled and edged by Tutti's playful ivory frill, but the real 'wow' feature is found on the back of the knickers..


 
   The sassy triangular key hole detail at the top of the knickers is a really knock-out feature and the little pink bow adds a touch of colour to the plain ivory mesh. The mesh is semi-sheer, giving a cheeky peek of flesh underneath (if you'll forgive the pun!)

   I really enjoyed the fit of the 'Betty' shorties and the size M was generous but well-fitting (no one likes knickers that dig in!) They are extremely comfortable to wear on an everyday basis and the gathered ruching on the back panel contours beautifully to the curves of your derrière!


   Overall, 'Betty' really hits the mark when it comes to aesthetics - the design is unique and refreshing, the fabrics are great quality and the attention to detail is impressive! 'Betty' epitomises the carefree spirit of Tutti Rouge and this set brings back the fun and frivolity to lingerie (something that occasionally gets lost in translation with all the bondage-inspired/ Fifty Shades-inspired lingerie on the scene at present). The 'Betty' is a set that will make girls feel truly special, confident, trendy and girly and I wish that Tutti Rouge had been around when I was a teenager! 

   The Tutti Rouge 'Betty' bra is available to buy at £32 for the bra and £16 for the knickers at Bravissimo.

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   I am really excited to try more from Tutti Rouge and I already have my eye on the sassy, purple spotted 'Frankie' bra and suspender skirt set (below):


   With Tutti's bright and colourful styles, fabulous attention to detail, impressive size range, and attractive price points, the brand is certainly putting the fun back into fuller busted lingerie with frillies that make you feel fabulous!

Take a look at Tutti Rouge's A/W13 video to get a glimpse of the lingerie delights that Tutti have in the pipeline...can you spot the new 'Betty' colourway? 


(A sneak peek from Tutti Rouge's 'French Bliss' shoot for S/S14!)

What do you think of the brand? Have you got Tutti fever?


Love, 
Kitty xo

12 comments:

  1. So far I am not a fan, it is oh so cuuute so giiirly, so pink..
    As a non girly girl who is dying for something Sexy to see yet another brand going for cute, just fed up. They are basically an even cuter version of Freya and most UK brands.
    Would have love to see them devlop something that is missing, sexy, lace bras in small bands and big cups.

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    1. Hi Lindana,

      Sorry to hear that you're not a fan - it's interesting as I wouldn't consider myself to be a 'girly girl' that loves everything cutesy and pink but Tutti Rouge have some lingerie styles that really appeal to me.

      Interestingly, Tutti Rouge looks as if it is being pushed in different directions; for their S/S14 'French Bliss' shoot, they seem to have a more elegant/sophisticated feel compared to their debut (very girly and young) S/S13 and A/W13 campaigns.

      Have you seen the Tutti Rouge 'Liliana' by the way? It's a plain lace bra with a little bow and a bit of embroidery: http://www.bravissimo.com/products/lingerie/sensational-sets/lilliana-bra/pink/tu100pnk/?criteria=tutti
      It's launching in different colourways in the coming seasons, so it won't just be in the uber-girly pink that you see in the picture!

      I think that you've tapped into something interesting by the way - there is something key missing from the fuller bust lingerie market and that is directional, quirky, slightly risqué lingerie that comes in small back sizes and larger cups. Fingers crossed that someone notices the gap soon..I'd love to diversify my lingerie collection even more!

      Love,
      Kitty xo

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    2. Hi Kitty,

      yes have seen it and discarded it as it basically looks like curvy Kate.

      Also, mixed reviews about how they fit, not sure how they wires and strap placement is, to the point, that they have to make it very special to even
      think about ordering it as most UK bras rub my armpits either due to the straps being too wide or the wires too high.

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    3. Hi Lindana,

      Aw..well maybe some of the A/W13 or S/S14 styles might take your fancy instead. I did try the 'Liliana' in Bravissimo but found that it flattened me a little bit in the 28G, so I'd be intrigued to try it in a 30FF. I'm also keen to try some more of their bras in future as Tutti Rouge is still a young brand and I imagine that they'll tweak the fit of their bras according to the feedback that they get..I hope the band sizing is altered slightly as the 28 was too tight and the 30 too loose for me!

      Love,
      Kitty xo

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  2. Loved the review, very detailed. Their line is gorgeous. So young and flirty. I love the fact that it is not just for the younger ladies but for the young and playful at heart.

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    1. Hi Babs,

      Thanks for the comment and glad to hear that you enjoyed my rather detailed review..I sometimes get carried away when I'm writing but I think it is helpful for people who are thinking of buying lingerie to have a review that explains the different aspects of the product properly.

      I totally agree that Tutti Rouge is both for 'younger ladies' but also for the 'young and playful at heart'! There is a bit of something for everyone in their collections!

      Love,
      Kitty xo

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  3. I love how girly this set is - and the packaging is gorgeous! :)

    - Maria xo

    Vita di Moda
    www.vitadimoda.co.uk

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Maria! Glad to hear that you're a fan. The packaging really was a special touch :)

      Love,
      Kitty xo

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  4. Great review! I too love the frilly, girly feel of the Tutti Rouge bras, and the fit on this definitely reminds me of the old Showgirl bras. So far, I am loving mine although I do wish I would have went with my gut and gotten the 32HH instead of the 30HH. But, I've still been pleased with it overall. :)

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    1. Hi,

      Thank you - I'm glad that you liked my review! Great to hear that you agree about the comparison to the Curvy Kate 'Showgirl' bras ;)

      I'm looking forward to trying more from Tutti Rouge..I am keen to see how the bands are on future bras as the 28 was a bit too tight for me in the 'Betty' but the 30 is a bit too loose.

      Love,
      Kitty xo

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  5. Hi,

    Thanks for the review - I saw the entire Tutti Rouge collection at the Moda show in Birmingham last weekend and was really impressed by the line-up.

    I don't mind the girly look myself, though they do seem to be going a little more towards the sophisticated side with the SS14 collection.

    It will be interesting to see how they develop as a brand - but it's certainly great to have them on the scene.

    Julie-Anne x

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    1. Hi Julie-Anne,

      Glad that you liked the review! From the previews that I've seen, Tutti Rouge looks to be cooking up a feast for the eyes for SS14 too! I love the 'French Bliss' theme and think it'll draw in a more sophisticated audience as you say.
      I agree that they're a welcome addition to the lingerie scene. :)

      Love,
      Kitty xo

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