The Claudette Dessous has been the one that got away to me for a long time. I adore it’s sheer neon, simple styling, and modern aesthetic. But, when I previously reviewed it: the fit just wasn’t right. But, I’ve always wanted an unlined longline, and after resisting temptation on Zulily multiple times, I finally broke down and got the Dessous Longline in a 28F with the matching thong for around $30. I love the polkadots and navy/orange color way! It’s just adorable, and screams Sunday afternoon chilling to me.
So the orange is actually a bit more red in real life, which I’m completely fine with since I’m not really the biggest orange person. As is typical for Claudette, the coverage on me is completely different than on the model. I’m not sure why they choose to advertise a bra with a balconette silhouette when the one they sell is clearly a full-cup, but it’s just how it is. The polka-dotted fabric on this longline is super, super soft. It’s amazing. I found the normal Dessous slightly scratchy, but this one isn’t at all. The cups are also much more forgiving than the standard Dessous, and I’d guess that this longline would be an easier fit. The longline is boned at the front and extends 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) below the cup wires. It’s a very short longline, but I think that works with the design.
So the wires here are nice and narrow at 4.8 inches (12.2 cm) wide. Unfortunately, the wires also feel fairly flimsy, and they don’t give the best support. I find that if I wear this bra for too long, they start to distort a bit. If you have larger or heavier breasts than I do, I don’t recommend this style, but I feel that it would work perfectly for smaller and self-supporting breasts. The cups are nicely projected, and they come to 8.8 inches (22.4 cm) deep. They’re about 6 inches (15.24 cm) tall along the center seam, which means that they cover pretty much my entire breasts. The fabric of the cups is so soft and flexible that I think this bra would work for a variety of breast shapes.
So the shape here is very natural and minimized. The cups material and wires aren’t really strong enough to give a strong uplift, but again they are very comfortable and soft. There are trade-offs in everything! You can see that the cups here wrinkle on me by the strap, because they extend above where my breast tissue does. Short root problems! But, I don’t find that this wrinkling is visible under clothing. This isn’t a bra I’d wear on an active day, but it’s perfect as a cute option for light support on relaxed days.
So the back of this bra is fairly boring, but I enjoy the color combination. Forgive my use of the tightest hooks here, I’m going to alter the band on this at some point. The band overall runs on the smaller side, and stretches to 27 inches (68.6 cm). I suspect though that it will stretch out quickly. The band material is so soft and stretchy in comparison to the hard elastics used that this bra does give some back fat, much like a Cleo bra. It’s not the end of the world, but I prefer bands with a more even tension.
Ah this set is so adorable!! 🙂 I bought the thong in an XS, and it does fit my 33 inch (83.8 cm) hips quite well. It’s very low rise, and I probably would have preferred the bikini if they still had it. But I’m always happy to have a matching set!
The thong isn’t quite as comfortable as the bra, because the elastics are a bit hard and wide. This causes a little bit of chaffing against my inner thighs, which really is a shame.
So you can see here that the back of the thong is made of the same mesh as the back of the bra. It’s stretchy and comfortable, and I’d say overall this piece runs slightly small. To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend Claudette’s thongs. Particularly at their new price point.
Which brings us to our next point: quality. Unfortunately, I am not impressed at all with the quality of this set. The elastic threads in the blue mesh are already frayed and poking through. I’ve worn this set twice and hand-washed it. The bra is much less stretched on my 23 inch ribcage than it’s designed to be, so I really don’t think it’s a wear-and-tear issue. To be honest, it just seems like the mesh used is of a low quality. The stitching is also a bit messy, and there are various loose threads and places where lining sticks out of edges. The Claudette label is also sewn on upside down on the back of the bra. Which is fine for a $30 product, but the regular price of this set was around $100. I would be livid and calling the company if I had paid that much. It’s possible that this color way is the only one that has this problem, but having a product that looks this worn after 2 wears is unacceptable.
Overall, I still think this is a cute set, and I’m happy to own it. For $30, the quality issues aren’t the end of the world, and they definitely don’t make it unwearable. The structure and support on this really isn’t good enough for a full-bust bra, so I wouldn’t recommend it for larger or heavier breasts. But, the flexible fabric makes it a great option for asymmetric breasts and allows it to work well for a variety of shapes. I’ll be interested to see how long this set lasts, but I still do really love the aesthetics. There just aren’t that many unlined longlines out there in my size range!
This set is discontinued, and not regularly available anywhere. But, it does pop up from time to time on Zulily.
Other Reviews of the Claudette Dessous Longline:
Of Lambs and Lace: 30B
A Tale of Two Boobs: 28G
Musings of Renzilla: 28F