A few months ago, I started to come across a new fuller bust lingerie brand on social media. The fabrics were luxurious, the designs different to larger more mainstream brands, and the attention to detail were phenomenal.
The brand …. Rochella!
“Rochella was born and created in England by Karen Johnson, a lingerie designer and brand creator with over 30 years experience in design, technical and total product sourcing and management. Karen has a passion for sassy, sensual, luxurious lingerie for ladies with curves. Just because you are curvy you shouldn’t rule out elegance and style, and so the D+ Rochella brand began.”
Karen was kind enough to send me the Scarletta to review – I have to say, I had a really hard time deciding which set I wanted and was completely torn between the Gypsy, the Minnie May, and the Scarletta so, in the end, I let my husband decide for me.
He chose well!
The Scarletta is a balconette soft cup bra made from a very soft pink stretch lace and red satin fabric. It has stunning red floral embroidery details, a vivid lavender lining (a signature of the Rochella brand) and cute little bows where the cup meets the straps.
The bra comes in sizes 32 – 42 D – J and the pants in sizes 10 – 24 making this a refreshingly inclusive lingerie brand.
I’m wearing the 34H bra and it fits fairly well. The back band sits fairly low on my back and the central gore sits flush against my skin. The cups are perhaps a tad shallow and a 34HH may have been a slightly better fit given an increase in my swim regime has led to a blooming bust that will, if the past is anything to go by, shrink back down in a week or two. The stretch lace means that it’s not too much of a problem and I don’t get any real spillage or double boob.
The pants are a 18/20 and run very true to size. They fit me damn near perfectly and sit beautifully just above my hip bones.
The pants come with sheer lace panels at the side and a sheer, red mesh bottom. There is a cute little peep hole on the bum and I’m glad to say that Rochella hasn’t fallen into the trap of stitching unsightly labels into the very visible ass crack – BRAVO! Now lets hope other brands follow suit soon!
The bra comes with a 4 hook and eye closure and has fully adjustable straps. It gives me a very full, rounded breast and a subtle push-up effect. My boobs sit nice and high in this bra and I really do like the shape a lot.
Unfortunately, there is a slight seem in the form of the bra that means this is not entirely smooth beneath a shirt BUT what soft cup lace bra is? My advice, just don’t wear this with a barely there neutral toned camisole or curve hugging top.
The bra is priced at £59 with the matching briefs coming to £30. This may seem slightly more expensive than the normal big brands I feature and that’s because this is an independent designer who manufactures in the UK and doesn’t have access to the massive factory operations of the huge corporations behind the more established commercial brands.
Everything about this set is beautiful – from the floral embroidery to the satin bows and the gold plated clasps, sliders, and signature heart charm (seen on the pants and buried in my cleavage).
Given this, I would happily pay the price for more bras from this range … I’m debating Gypsy for an upcoming photo shoot.
If you do need further convincing, then a percentage of all profits are donated to gynaecological cancer charities. Karen, the designed, is a survivor herself and has lined all the range with a beautiful lavender satin to help raise awareness of female cancers.
Do go give Rochella a follow – I’ve linked the site below – you won’t regret it!