review: encounter – scantilly by curvy kate

it’s the set that’s been on everyone’s lips and has been flying off the shelves – scantilly’s encounter set! i snapped this up as soon as it landed in the brastop warehouse back in summer, and i’m so obsessed.

let’s start with the appearance. oh my goodness, guys. this is one of the most beautifully decorated sets i own! it feels so elegant and luxurious with the rich embroidery and pink-red tones. the cups are a rigid mesh inside and overlaid with a gathered tulle fabric for a thicker, richer effect, and all finished off with double-strap over bust detail. the brief is high rise which isn’t my favourite (sadly there’s only this option available – i’d LOVE to see a lower cut style to match), but they’re SO comfortable and flattering. i just don’t think i’d get much practical wear out of them as, i’m sure i’ve mentioned previously, they just don’t sit quite right under my go-to outfits. but for that something special? they’re perfect. they have an adjustable tie at the rear which is helpful in finding a great fit.

the lingerie princess wears scantilly by curvy kate encounter black/pink lingerie set in 30FF and S.

onto the sizing. the plunge bra styled similarly to the curvy kate lifestyle plunge bra (which i reviewed here) – it has the same shape cup in a sheer, rigid mesh and i feel like it fits the same, however the band on this style is much firmer than lifestyle. as scantilly starts from a 30 band i took my sister size of 30FF, and i could only just fasten it on the tightest hook when it was new (to put that into perspective, i fasten every other scantilly/curvy kate style that i own in 30FF on the tightest hook immediately with plenty of wriggle room) – i’m not sure if i got a one-off that measures slightly under tolerance or if it’s the same across all sizes, but bear this in mind when trying it out. i’m personally not going to complain too much because it means i’ll get more wear out of it! and it also might help those who have to sister size up in the band to fit into the size range too – either cup or band wise.

the lingerie princess wears scantilly by curvy kate encounter lingerie set in 30FF and S.

i do feel like this bra is just a tad wider in the cups than lifestyle, the apex digs into my armpits just a little bit more and the wires feel like they sit further back, but it’s not uncomfortable at all, more just noticeable. the shape it gives is still rounded and forward, but with a bit less cleavage. although my natural breast shape is quite wide set/east-west, and i never tend to fare too well on the cleavage front in non-padded plunges! the back of the bra fastens with three rows of three hooks and eyes, and i believe two for smaller cup sizes (F and below). i like that the strapping detail isn’t fixed at the gore, instead threaded through a little hoop so you can pull the straps through and adjust them as needed – great if you’re fuller on one side than the other! the hardware is scantilly’s signature rose gold tone and really finishes it off nicely.

for the brief i took an S which is an 8-10, and it’s definitely sized more towards the 10 side than the 8. if they did an XS i think it would be perfect! however the little tie at the back of the waist really helps with the fit. the S fits my hips and bum fairly well, and i can tighten the waist tie to fit snugly around my waist instead of bagging out like many other high waist styles tend to do on me. they’re made of a sheer mesh in black, cut with a brazilian shape in the rear and a cheeky cut out, with an embroidered panel in the front. the gusset is a decent width and i didn’t experience any riding, wedgie-ing or discomfort when wearing them. they also come with detachable suspender straps so you can pair it up with your fave stockings – sadly i forgot to bring them on holiday with me (tights or stockings aren’t exactly needed in spain…) but i’ve tried them out and they work a treat.

i’ve gotten a fair amount of wear out of the bra despite it being such a luxurious piece, the strapping detail looks gorgeous poking out under a v-neck! it is a higher price point that i’d normally look to spend on a lingerie set, but overall i think it’s really worth the price point if you can afford a little splurge. for such a beautiful, special fuller bust lingerie set you’re usually looking at upwards of £200+ for the set – and sometimes that’s just for the bra alone! – but this is priced at a pretty reasonable £52 for the bra and £30 for the brief, coming in at £82 for the set.

get this one added to your christmas lists or shop it here on brastop!

xo, the lingerie princess

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