[Lingerie] Review_Montelle Intimates_Flirt Secret Indulgence Embroidery_Jewel Red

Montelle Intimates
Flirt/Secret Indulgence Embroidery
Jewel Red
Underwire Bra/와이어 브라 (32E/$62), Thong/티팬티 (M/$28), Suspenders/가터벨트 (S/$36)
Medium-High

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As I am going through this review draft created months ago, I realize how irrelevant my reviews are to the current world. Anyone checking in for a quick sizing tip for this out-of-stock piece? Didn’t think so. Still, I enjoy reading about old products, so here it is.
사실 뭐, 리뷰라고 해도 누구에게 도움 되는 리뷰는 아니죠. 특히 한국에서 구할수 있는 제품들도 아니고, 아직도 나오는 제품도 아니고… 그래도 전 예전 리뷰 읽는걸 좋아해서 써요.

Of all the bras to choose—why this? I am indebted to it, as it is the only bra that ensures my comfort during travelling.
이 제품을 고른 이유는 제가 이 브라 없이는 비행기를 못타기 때문이죠. 엄청 편하답니다!

TLDR/Guide to buying/요약:

  • BRA/브라
  • Loose stretchy band -> If can, size down
    늘어나고 넉넉한 밴드 -> 사이즈 다운
  • Shallow cups & Wide wires
    넒은 와이어/유선, 얕은 컵
  • Cups used to feel a bit big, but now TTS (but could be b/c my size stabilized by wearing the right sized bra)
    컵이 처음에는 큰느낌이 있어지만 이제는 안그럼(옮바른 브라 착용으로 사이즈 변화?)
  • 3 row of 2 hooks, adjustable straps 2단 6아이 3줄, 완전 조절 가능한 스트랩
  • It’s comfortable af 엄청 편함
  • THONG/티백
  • TTS thongs but sizing up would be fine
    티팬티는 정사이즈지만 사이즈업도 무난함
  • (though the string part might be too long)
    (그대신 끈 부분이 좀 너무 길수도)
  • SUSPENDERS/가터밸드
  • Suspenders do its job, but seems a bit fragile.
    가터벨트는 할일 하지만 좀 약한 느낌도…
  • Metal clips/parts but the adjusters slip and straps elongate through wear.
    금속부품을 썼지만 길이 조정하는게 제역활을 못하고 스트랩이 길어져요.
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Picture of me in the bra. 브라 입은 사진.

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Underwire Bra (30D-E, 32-36 A-E, 38 A-D / EU)

This bra is my ultimate flight bra. It’s just so damn comfortable that it doesn’t have a competition. There are several factors that make this bra so fitting for flight:
저의 비행용 브라라고나 할까요. 진짜 딴 브라는 거들떠 보지도 않을 만큼 편해요. 이유들:

1) Wires don’t dig: We all know that one hell of a tough bra, that even though it fits you well and nicely, a bit of slouching is all that’s needed for the bra to dig into your whole breast. I guess this is the main reason I love this bra so much. While the wires are sturdy and not flimsy, they don’t stab me while I am shuffling to sleep in the plane.
일단 와이어가 눌리지 않아요. 사실 아무리 잘 맞는 브라여도 조금만 자세가 구부정하면 눌리잖아요. 와이어 자체는 튼튼한데 비행기 안에서 뒤척여도 편해요.

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2) Lightweight fabric: The whole bra is of soft light meshes. There’s the outer embroidery layer, and a stretchy beige inner layer. I never have to worry about sweating in this bra! Combine this with the wires—we are talking about a bra you don’t feel while wearing…
가볍고 시원한 메시(mesh)제질이에요. 한겹은 자수고 또다른 한겹은 잘 늘어나는 베이지색 안감이구요. 땀차는거 걱정도 안해도 되고, 와이어는 안눌리고—마치 브라를 안한것 같아요.

It’s funny though, because I remember being disappointed in this bra at first for its lightweight fabric. I bought this set because there was something opulent and lush about the embroidery—somewhat carpet-y and reminiscent of Masquerade by Panache’s “Persia” (obviously inspired by Persian rugs!). So when I expected some thick embroidery, the thinness-that-was-reality turned me off at first.
좀 웃긴게, 처음에 브라를 보고 실망한게 너무 얆아서 였거든요. 뭔가 두꺼운 카펫 느낌의 자수를 생각해고 있었는데 너무 얆아서…

3) Stretchy comfy band: As the material is light and stretchy, the band does not offer a ton of support. This is fine by me as this factor contributes a lot to the I-don’t-feel-like-I’m-wearing-a-bra phenomenon. Despite you feeling like the band is loose, the band doesn’t ride up either.
천의 재질이 꽤 가볍고 잘 늘어나기 때문에 밴드 서포트가 높은건 아니에요. 그래도 마치 아무것도 안입는 느낌에다가, 타이트하지 않아도 밴드가 등위로 올라가는 현상이 없으니 오히려 좋아요. (밴드가 크면 뒤로 갈메기 모양으로 등위로 올라가요.)

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You see the (shitty) sewing right? Not so apparent on the outside. 꼬꼬불하게 꼬맨거 보이시죠? 겉에서는 티가 안나요.

However, the band does stretch a lot during the course of the day. (It doesn’t easily stretch out permanently, but that may vary if you wear it tight.) This was an issue because as the band is loose for a 32-band, I was already wearing the bra on the middle-end hook. I advise people who can to size down in the band. (I have shortened it by sewing.)
하지만 입으면 밴드가 많이 늘어나는 편이에요 (원상태로 돌아가긴 하지만 너무 타이트하게 입으면 또 모르죠.) 어차피 밴드도 좀 헐렁한 편이라 할수 있으신 분들은 30/65밴드를 사시는걸 추천해요. (저는 바느질로 기장을 줄였답니다.)
(Edit: 2 hooks 3 rows / 2단후크 6아이3줄)

Regarding other fit issues… the wires are on the wide-side, as is usually the case for many D+ bras not made by D+ companies. I usually need to bend the wires to fit my average roots, but these wires are too sturdy to be bent. Nevertheless, somehow, the wires fit me well enough (and manage to be damn comfortable too). The cups are on the shallow side, shaping my breasts quite nicely and naturally flat. I remember finding the cups a bit large, but that may have been due to the loose band. The cups seem TTS now.
D+을 전문으로 하지 않는 많은 브랜드처럼, 와이어는 넒은 편입니다. 보통은 와이어를 휘어서 유선에 마추는에 와이어가 너무 단단하더라구요… 뭐, 제가 선호하는것 보다 넒어도 꽤나 편하긴 했어요. 컵은 깊지 않구 옅은 편입니다 (이런 경우 유선이 넒지만 볼륨이 없는 가슴에 적합해요!) 가슴도 예쁘게 쉐입 해주고… 예전에는 컵이 좀 크다 싶었지만 지금은 딱 맞는것 같네요.

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The bra itself is unlined and single-seamed. For a bra that’s only $62, I have to say that the attention to detail is amazing. They somehow managed to get the symmetry on the gore right. The little flower petals outlining the band contribute to the opulent pattern. (These petals don’t stay put, however. It’s not a big issue because it doesn’t bother my comfort, but may aesthetically bother some people.) The little ribbons on the shoulder straps are cute, though in my opinion, not so necessary. (Not very noticeable.)
홀겹에 수직으로 seam 하나 있어요. $62브라 치고는 세세한 디테일에 신경을 많이 쓴것 같아요! 앞중심에 대칭도 잘 맞구, 밴드에는 조금한 꽃잎들이 테두리를 치며 어깨끈에도 리본을 넣었거든요. (꽃잎들은 입으면 말리긴 합니다. 그리고 어깨끈 리본들은 예쁘지만 굳이 필요가 있나 싶었구요…)
(Edit: Straps are fully adjustable! 탈착은 안되지만 완전히 끝까지 조절 가능하답니다!)

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Symmetry 대칭

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Ribbon on strap 스트랩에 있는 리본

Also, it’s just a really beautiful magenta. The straps are so nice to show-off. My only complaint is the whole usage of beige + color. I hope that once there are plenty of practical nude bras for all skin colors, some kind of attention will be shown to bras that use beige as a kind of sheer-but-not-sheer effect—the most notable being the beige + black, aiming for an unlined black bra look (I believe). Should the company make the bra in every nude + color? That’s definitely not a sound business plan, but I think it’s an issue that must be discussed…
색깔도 너무 예쁜 자주색이에요! 어깨끈이 살짝 노출되어도 예쁘답니다. 색깔에 불만이 있다면 바로 베이지 + 색 조합이에요. 한국에서는 큰 문제가 아니지만 다양한 인종이 있는 외국에서는 피부가 어두운 인종들을 배제하잖아요. 원래 베이지 + 색의 매력 자체가 씨쓰루 인것 같으면서도 아닌건데…

 

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Thong (XS-XL)

I bought the thong in M because I snatched this set during Journelle’s 2015 Thanksgiving promotion—one Montelle bra, and a free thong. I would have gotten an S, but as are the limits of promotion, my size was out.
티팬티는 M사이즈에요. 사실 Journelle이라는 쇼핑몰에서 추수감사절 이벤트로 샀었는데, 바로 Montelle브라 하나 사면 티팬티가 무료였거든요. 근데 제가 살때는 S가 다 떨어져서… ㅠㅠ

I am glad I got an M though. Waist-wise, it fits me nicely and not loose. The elastic won’t give you a completely seamless waistline. However, the elastic is gentle, so wouldn’t feel so snug even in your “regular” size.
근데 M 받은게 오히려 잘된걸지도? 불편한 없이 잘 맞아요. 이 티팬티의 고무줄 특성상 딱맞는 옷을 입으면 라인이 생길수도 있겠지만… (사이즈 문제는 아닌것 같아요.)

In addition, the “string” part was too long for my liking anyway. Sewing solved the problem for me.
뒤에 “끈” 부분이 좀 긴것같아 줄였습니다.

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Suspenders (S/M & L/XL)

The suspender is not “flimsy” or cheap, but the thinness of the fabric does make it seem not-sturdy enough. I feared that it would stretch quickly and not stay put on my waist as it uses the same fabric as the bra. It stayed put, though I wouldn’t recommend it for any heavy-duty action. Also, it uses metal parts, but the straps do elongate on their own during wear..
가터벨트가 싸구려 같진 않았지만 원단의 얆은 느낌 때문에 힘이 없고 늘어나버릴까 걱정했는데… 그러진 않더라구요. 그래도 헤비한 일정은 소화 못하겠지만요. 금속부품을 쓰지만 스트랩 부분이 늘어나는건 어쩔수 없더라구요!

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A little anecdote: When greatly tempted by Journelle’s offer, I tried to stop myself thinking that a set is only a set with matching suspenders (if available). I couldn’t find any US retailers with the suspenders. I contacted Montelle Intimates themselves, anxiously sending an email as the promotion only lasted a day. (I wasn’t putting a good fight against my temptation, as you can see.) Well, though I lost against my temptation, I am I not glad that I emailed the company! I loved the little package detail, so the the hooks wouldn’t be damaged (or the hooks not damage the fabric).
Journelle에서는 가터벨트가 없었고, 저는 세트를 사야 직성이 풀리는지라 지름신을 훠이훠이 보낼려고 했는데 ㅋㅋㅋ 그래도 마음이 남았는지 Montelle Intimates 회사한테 직접 이멜을 보냈어요. 결국엔 직통으로 사서 (모든 브랜드가 소비자한테 바로 파는 형식이 아니거든요) 세트를 구했습니다. 포장 디테일이 맘에 드네요!

Retailers the set is still available:
Kohl
Journelle