[Lingerie] Review_Huit_Melisande_Bouton d’Or

Huit
Melisande
Bouton d’Or
Half-Cup Bra (32DD/$74), Low-Waisted Brief (S/$46)
(http://www.journelle.com)
High (but expensive knickers!, thus total is Luxury)

I’ve been really into yellow the past 2015 year—beginning with a lemon cream yellow pants from Zara, it was as if my eyes were open to the beautiful brightness that is yellow. Consequently, I was absolutely enamoured with Huit’s “Melisande” Bouton d’Or and L’agent’s “Carla” Yellow. Time passed and I found myself staring at a Melisande brief from HerRoom on sale. Combine that with a gift card I had in Journelle, the set came into my possession. (I bought the brief at $34.95 and the bra at $54.)
2015년해에 저는 노란색에 빠져있었어요… 레몬크림색의 바지를 자라에서 산 이후로 부터 이 노란색만의 아름다운 밝음(광?)에 나오질 못했죠. 그래서 저는 Huit의 “Melisande” Bouton d’Or, 그리고 L’Agent의 “Carla” Yellow 가 무척 끌렸는데… 기회가 찾아왔어요. HerRoom에서 브리프를 세일 하더라구요. Journelle에서 받은 기프트카드와 합쳐서 세트를 샀답니다! (밑속옷은 $34.95에, 그리고 브라는 $54에 샀어요.)

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Half-Cup Bra (32-36 B-E, 38 B-DD / UK)

220px-Kruipende_boterbloem_bloem_(Ranunculus_repens)This bra captures the image I have for yellow like this. The flower pattern is cute—not elegant or delicate, but cute (because of the round nature of flowers, lack of stems, and the scatteredness, I believe). I also think that of all the colorways, Bouton d’Or fits the design the best. Even the actual flower “Bouton d’Or” looks like the flower on the pattern.
이런 노란색을 너무너무 이해를 잘하고 있는 디자인 인것같아요. 영어로는 제대로 된 묘사가 안되서 답답했는데… 이 상큼발랄한 느낌 있잖아요 ^ㅇ^. 동글동글한 줄기 없는 꽃을 뿌린듯한 이 느낌. 지금까지 이 패턴으로 나온 Melisande가 꽤 있는데 Bouton d’Or (노란색)이 제일 잘어울린는 색깔이기도 하고요. 그리고 Bouton d’Or 꽃이 패턴에 나오는 꽃이랑 비슷하지 않나요?

Wearing a bra like this feels like someone is throwing flowers all over me. I swear, this set never fails to make me happy. A day in this set it like having an extra zing! in the day.
이 브라를 입는 거는 마치 누군가 저한테 꽃을 뿌려주는것 같아요. 진짜로 입을때 마다 거울에 보면 예뻐서 멍 때리게 되고…

Sorry for the crappy quality. 퀄리티 죄송합니다 ㅠㅠ

Sorry for the crappy quality. 퀄리티 죄송합니다 ㅠㅠ

Nevertheless, as you can see, it’s a three-part cup with a keyhole gore. (And yes, my flesh totally bulges out through that space… not so evident visually, but you can feel it tactilely.) The wires were wide, however. After I scooped and swooped, just standing up made the cups gap, while the top would cut in—a typical “too-wide wire” problem. Most brands that do not specialize in D and above seems to make their wires too wide, though, so it’s not just Huit. (I can’t be sure if that would be the case for smaller cups.)
보시는것처럼 3-파트 봉제 컵 (3부분으로 나뉘어졌죠?)에 앞중심이 열려있는 브라에요. (그리고 앞중심을 통해 살이 좀 튀어나와요. 육안으로 안보이지만 손으로는 느낄수 있다고요 ㅠㅠ) 와이어는 좀 넒은 편이에요. 모아준 이후에 일어서는것만으로도 컵이 비워지기 시작하더라고요, 위는 눌리면서… 전형적인 와이어가 넒을때 생기는 현상이죠. 그런데 Huit문제만은 아닐꺼에요. 그냥 D와 그 이상을 중심으로 하지 않는 브랜드는 제 사이즈의 와이어가 넒은 편입니다. (이 모델의 더 작은 컵들은 별로 안그럴수도 있겠네요.)

2 cm difference 차이!

2 cm difference 차이!

Projection difference after bending wires. 와이어를 휘면 컵에 “projection” 바껴요! 왼쪽컵 (사진상으로는 오른쪽)이 휘어진 와이어 컵입니다.

Well, the problem was solved, mostly, by bending the wires. (Here goes my thanks to Meg!) The cups gaped less, and while the wires were still tad wide for me, it became comfortable. The gaping issue was only completely solved once I wore the band snugly.
와이어를 휘면서 좀 좁게 만들었습니다. 와이어는 아직도 살짝 넒긴 하지만 편안해졌구요, 컵은 좀 덜 비었습니다. 밴드를 타이트하게 입어야만 컵이 더이상 안비더라구요.

Now, speaking of the band… Nordstrom says that Huit band, in general, runs loose. I think it runs pretty true to size. The problem is that for this bra, the band stretches pretty quickly, and it doesn’t shrink completely afterwards—it remains stretched out. (You wouldn’t think it’s stretchy when you feel the band, but I end up adjusting all the way up to the last hooks.) I will probably alter the band sooner or later—good things it’s a u-curve band J.
노드스트롬 (Nordstrom)은 밴드가 헐렁한편이라 하는데 전 그냥 평균… 인것 같아요. 그 대신 밴드가 좀 잘 늘어난다는것? 빨리 늘어나는데 원상태로 줄지 않아요. 곧 밴드 줄일까봐요.

Oh, and interestingly enough, Huit has 3 hooks and 4 rows. Think of having a row extra—because it feels like an average 32-band on a second hook. (Maybe this was why Nordstrom said it runs large?) I think anyone experimenting with lower band size would find this as a perk.
아, 좀 신기한게… Huit는 3후크에 4단이더라구요. 하지만 두번쨰 후크에 잠가야 보통 32밴드 같더라구요. (이래서 좀 헐렁하게 나온다고 했었나…) 만약에 더 작은 밴드사이즈로 입어보구 싶으신분들은 좋지 않을까 싶네요.

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And this is a reallllyyy small point, so that I shouldn’t even complain about it… but what’s with the tags? It’s not scratchy or anything, and I am not even looking for L’Agent level of embroidery tags. But honestly, these kind of cheap crinkly tags are stuff I’d expect from Zara. You are better than this, Huit. For god’s sake even Adore Me products have nicer tags!
그리고 이건 진짜 사소한건데… 태그가 왜이러죠? 까끌거리거나 그런거도 아니지만 L’Agent레벨의 고급태그를 바라는것도 아니고… 이런 싸구려 흰색 라벨 (자라옷 입으시면 알꺼에요)은 너무한거 아닌가요? ㅠ

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The tulles themselves are pretty soft. I mean, it doesn’t compare to my Myla “Bouquet Embroidery” (my only luxury bra I have!), but the tulle isn’t scratchy. Before lingerie, I always assumed tulle was a scratchy thing.
자체는 감촉이 좋아요. 물론, 저의 Myla “Bouquet Embroidery”와는 비교가 안되지면 (럭셔리 브라에용…) Melisande튤이 까끌거리진 않습니다. 속옷을 알기 전에는 언제나 까끌거리는 장식 천이라 생각했는데 말이죠 ㅎㅎ.

It’s a bit like steel nib vs. gold nib in fountain pen situation. For a regular ballpen user, steel nibs will be undeniably smooth. But steel nibs (Huit) will seem scratchy after using gold nibs (Myla) for awhile!
살짝 만년필의 스틸닙 vs. 골드닙 같네요. 볼펜을 쓰는 분들한테는 스틸닙 (Huit)이 장난 아니게 부드럽지만 그것 또한 골드닙 (Myla) 쓰는 분들한테는 안된다는것… 그리고 만년필 얘기하는 겸에, 저는 사실 Bouton d’Or이라는 나오는 색에 기대감이 커요.

From: http://www.gouletpens.com/jherbin-bouton-dor-30ml-bottled-fountain-pen-ink/p/H130-53

From: http://www.gouletpens.com/jherbin-bouton-dor-30ml-bottled-fountain-pen-ink/p/H130-53

(Actually, speaking of fountain pens… I have high expectations for things named “Bouton d’Or”. It’s because of J. Herbin, who also has an ink named exactly that, and is notorious for being so goddamn bright. The bra fulfills the name.)
(제이허빈이라는 잉크 회사가 저 이름으로 노란색을 파는데 색이 엄청 밝거든요 (가독성 제로…) 이 Huit 브라도 이름에 걸맞게 밝습니다.)

I almost forgot writing what this bra does to your breast. It’s funny, because it’s an integral part of a bra, but honestly, it’s so pretty that I cannot care. As long I can get it to fit me, then sure, I will wear it. The truth is—bra does nothing to my breasts: it doesn’t lift them, round them… this could work differently on some people, but there’s something about a bra that provides the same silhouette as not wearing one. And that bra is this, Huit’s “Melisande”.
브라가 가슴을 어떻게 쉐이핑 하는지도 중요하지만 쓰는걸 까먹을 뻔했어요. 사실 너무나 예쁜 브라라서 저한테 맞기만 한다면 얼마나 “보정”을 해주는지 신경 안쓰거든요. 그리고 사실… 진짜 보정따위 안해줘요 ^^. 리프트도 안해주고, 좀 라운드하게도 안만들어주고… 저랑 안맞는거 일수도 있지만 어떻게 브라가 티셔츠를 입으면 안입는거랑 똑같은 실루엣이 나올까요… 신기하네요. 아무리 볼륨업은 안해주더라도 (뽕없어도 몰드컵 자체가 볼륨을 넣어주잖아요?) 이것보다 쉐이핑을 예쁘게 해주는 홀겹은 많습니다.

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According to the picture above, my breasts are close to swooping/snoopy breast. (Not like pectus carinatum though. Which is funny, because I have one.) And that’s exactly the silhouette that appears when I wear a t-shirt.

제 가슴은 swwoping/snoopy랑 비슷한데 이 브라에 티셔프 입어도 저런 실루엣이 나와용. (이상하게도 pectus carinatum, 그러니깐, 새가슴 명칭, 쉐입은 저랑 안맞네요… 제가 있는건데…)

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The straps are… eh, good enough. I would actually prefer it to be less wider for this design (the straps themselves are pretty thin, not thick). But it’s also comfortable, and I am mollified by the little picot trims on the straps. So I will shut up about that.
스트랩은 뭐 괜찮아요. 사실 디자인에 마춰서 좀 더 여리여리한 얆은 스트랩이 예뻤을텐데 (스트랩 두께는 얆아용). 그런데 편하구 피콧 장식이 예뻐서 불평은 그만 할게요.

p.s. This was actually my first ever unlined bra. First ever.  It was quite the leap of faith for me.
p.s. 사실 이건 저의 첫 홀겹브라입니다!

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Low-Waisted Brief (XS-L)

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It’s a pretty brief. The lace trim that outlines the brief makes the cute design sophisticated than immature. And I really like the fit of this brief—the size S does not cut into me at all! That should be a warning for some people though, because I usually am between sizes and usually in a wretched spot where I can’t fit either S or M. But hey, now I know I could size down with Huit!
예쁜 속옷이에요… 윤곽을 테두리 치는 레이스가 디자인을 귀엽더라도 유치하지 않게 해주는것 같아요. 그리고 이거 핏도 맘에 들어요! 전혀 안눌리고… 저는 S와 M사이라서 S입으면 살짝 끼고 M입으면 너무 필요없는 천이… 많다고나 할까요. HKI의 Neon Waratah가 대표적 예입니다. 그래서 저처럼 중간에 껴있는 분들은 더 작은 사이즈로 사는걸 추천해요!

The interesting thing is that the brief does not have much… elasticity. It doesn’t really stretch, but the piece itself came out pretty generously, thus not cutting in. I am not sure how this will affect longevity, but I am happy for now.
이 속옷은 탄력성이 별로 없다고나 할까요. 별로 안늘어나요. 보셔도 일단 좀 크게 나왔죠? 이래서 오래 못 입을수도 있겠지만 아직은 불만 없답니다.

Now, the one “negative” about this brief that really gets me, is that this piece of clothing is fucking $46. I mean, yes—it uses a unique embroidery. Yes—its tulle is soft. Yes—the lace trim seems pretty expensive. But $46? Especially when the bra is $74? I personally think that unless the knickers are handmade and have loads of care/thought into it, knickers price should be about 30-35% of the bra’s price. But this brief is about 62% of the bra price, and I don’t think there’s anything so goddamn special.
이제… 좀 별로라고 생각하는 부분은 가격이에요. 무슨 “팬티”가 $46나 되나요, 브라는 $74인데. 특별한 자수를 쓰는것도 사실이고, 튤도 부드럽고, 레이스 트림도 꽤 비싸보이긴한데… 이게 인디 디자이너가 핸드메이드한것도 아니잖아요. 솔직히 엄청나게 디테일이 들어간것도 아니고. 이런 중간정도의 속옷은 브라 가격의 30~35%가 적당하다고 생각해요.

Look at this back:
그리고 뒤를 봐봐요:

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I am not mad about design… it’s actually pretty and I wouldn’t change much. But if I am paying $46 for a brief, I would rather have the embroidery extend towards the back. Yes, it might be gaudy, but at least I would feel like I am buying a $46 brief!
디자인만 따지면 맘에 들어요, 사실. 하지만 $46을 내고 사는거라면 뒤에 자수라도 넣으면 좋았을텐데… 세련된 디자인은 아니였겠지만 적어도 $46 팬티를 산다는 느낌은 있겠죠?!

From: Journelle

From: Journelle

Well, to put things short—if I had a choice, I would honestly just buy the thong ($38). I love matching sets, so I still have to buy the knickers. But the thong here, as you can see, is just as pretty as the brief. And it’s even $8 cheaper! I can actually even buy a cheap comfy mass-produced underwear at $8.
사실 만약에 세일때 사는게 아니였다면 그냥 티팬티 샀었을 껄요. $8나 더 싸고 티팬티도 그만큼 예쁜데 말이죠… (가끔은 브리프나 보이쇼트가 무척이나 더 예쁘고 아름다울때가 있지만 그런게 아니잖아요 ㅠㅠ).

덧) 지아나님 블로그 (링크!)를 통해 가셔서 포스트 중간쯤의 Melisande 화보사진이 나올꺼에요… 시즌의 테마라서 그런거겠지만 제가 가지고 있는 Melisande의 이미지에는 안맞네용 ㅠㅠ.

p.s. Shoutout to Journelle! When I received the bra, I found a really small staining on the bra… Upon my contact with Journelle, (with a mutual understanding of how horrible it is to lose such a beautiful bra), they gifted me with a gift certificate and a small bottle of stain remover. Gotta love Journelle. I would buy more from them if I could afford it. And the happy ending at the end was that the stain also disappeared, using the remover!