Ellesmere is a brand I noticed straight away. It’s imagery felt real and its lingerie beautiful. As I fell down the rabbit hole I also discovered that it was an ethical, approachable core size and fullerbust brand made in Montreal! It’s only been around for a year and a half, so don’t be surprised if the name isn’t familiar.
I first realised that I could fit into this amazing lingerie when I saw Wen from commicgirlsneedbras modeling the collection in their look books. To be honest I think seeing Wen in the look book sold me on this brand even more as she isn’t a just WCW, she is Woman crush all day everyday. So when Julia, the creator of Ellesmere asked me if I would like to try one of the custom bodysuits, I jumped at the chance.
If you love bodysuits but can never get one to fit, this may just be the perfect solution for you. This made-to-measure option feels less intimidating compared to a complete custom item. First you choose the body size S,M,L or XL. Then you can pick the bralette style triangle or keyhole. The triangle option comes in sizes XS-XL or the keyhole 30B-GG and 32-36 A-G. Next comes the fun part, the fabric options! You can choose between flue fig, black plum, black Rosa or pink Rosa. You can request further alterations but there is a fee for extra customisation. The Bodysuit I ordered was with the keyhole bust option in a 30E with a size medium body. I left the fabric design up to Julia as I fell in love each fabric option in the collection and couldn’t choose one.
So my first impressions when opening up the parcel were very good. It came wrapped in tissue paper with a brand postcard tucked inside. I was nervous to try in on for the first time as I’m usually very sceptical about bodysuits ever fitting me but this one amazingly does! I went for a medium in the body rather than my usual small. I’ve had so many experiences of bodysuits coming up short in the body and in turn giving the worst wedgie of my life if you try and wear it for more than a few hours. The medium fits well but I needint of worried about the length as it is more than sufficient. In fact If your torso is on the shorter side I might say that it may be too long for you unless you went full custom and had it shortened. The bodysuit doesn’t come with snaps at the crotch. I don’t mind if bodysuits do or don’t, its just something to think about if you are used to having them. It makes it more comfortable to wear without having the extra bulk of snap closures or hook and eyes but it does make going to the bathroom in a rush an interesting experience.
The Bodysuit itself is made of panels of mesh and a beautiful blue and gold lace. It’s very lightweight and pretty much seamless under most clothing. I was slightly worried about how comfortable the lace would be as I’ve had bad experiences in the past of scratchy lace on extra sensitive parts of the body. I’m happy to report that I’ve worn this bodysuit for 3 full days (7am-11pm) without and discomfort from seams, stitching or lace which is a miracle in my books. For those wondering if its supportive enough to wear all day I would say yes, but I’m only a 30E. The top half is designed like a supportive bralette. The band is firm across the back and it has hook and eye closures. The bra straps are firm and wide and most importantly, adjustable. The bra cup itself is half lined with a beige mesh, almost like a wing in a traditional bra, and has little to no stretch. I find the cups come up slightly small so if you are in between cups sizes I would go bigger rather then smaller.
One design feature that I love is that it has an elastic waistband. This may not sound very exciting but what it does is give you a cinched in waist. I usually have a lot of excess material around that area just to get the length I need in the body. So for a bodysuit to fit my waist it was pretty exciting. Another design element that I love is the low scoop back. It makes it wearable under more styles of clothing and I personally find it a very flattering cut. I own around 10 bodysuits, and this is by far the most wearable one I own. It doesn’t ride up, its supportive enough, its the easiest one to get on and off and its easy to care for. Because the material is so light I can have it washed and dried within a few short hours which makes it my perfect travel piece!
Ive found myself wearing this bodysuit more then I thought I would. It’s been a summer staple for me I just throw on some denim shorts and a linen shirt and off I go. I’m so excited to see what’s next from Ellesmere but before then I’m dying to get my hands on the full set in this enchanting lace.
The bodysuit retails for $185 CAD and is available through the Ellesmere website, ellesmerelingerie.com