Review: Fortnight Lingerie Luna Bra and Panty Set
I first discovered Fortnight Lingerie on a trip to Toronto (when you're a lingerie addict you have to visit boutiques in every city you visit). I was browsing in Secrets From Your Sister, when one of the fitters encouraged me to try a local brand called Fortnight. I didn't buy at the time, but I put the brand on my must-try list.
Fast-forward a year, and Fortnight is making a buzz in the States with the new collaboration with curvy model Candice Huffine. So I wanted to see if the line would work on me. I got the Fortnight Lingerie Luna set in black at the Journelle store during one of my annual birthday shopping trips. First, I tried the 30F and it felt a bit suffocating since the bra is a longline. The 32E fit just right (or so I thought at the time). I also grabbed the matching high-waist Luna bottoms in a medium. The entire set cost $156 without my b-day discount.
To be clear: I rarely buy bras without wires. I find that they don't have the support I need, but I wanted to give this brand a try, and this is one of their signature sets.
The Fortnight Lingerie Luna bra is made of a pretty strong power mesh. The cups are sheer with a vertical seam. The longline portion of the bralette is opaque, and there's a 4 x 3 hook and eye with a ballerina back. The sliders on the straps are also easy to adjust solo since they are in front, which is a rarity.
The high-waisted underwear are also made of mesh. The fabric is folded over, making it more opaque at the bottom. There's also a fully opaque panel in the front center for modesty's sake.
When I first tried the Luna, I was concerned that the gore (the part of the bra between the breasts that typically touches the breastbone) wasn't making contact with my skin. The fitter assured me that wasn't going to happen. Gotcha. Remember, I'm a bralette newbie.
The powerful mesh material that this bra is made of has very little give. That's what makes it good at supporting larger bust. But that's also what makes it hard for me to wear. The long band of the bra rolls up over the course of the day. By 3PM it was sitting well above my stomach in the front, and still perfectly placed in the back. (Note: I'm wearing it on the loosest hook.) Of course, I went to roll it down and decided it was actually more comfortable rolled up. My food baby had more more room to breathe and expand that way.
This being my first experience with a longline bra, I'm thinking my sister size—a 34DD—might have been a better choice. My new rule will be to go up in the band for longline styles. In hindsight I'd also go for one of Fortnight's underwire styles, like the Vega Balconette. I tried the bralette thing, but, to be honest, my money is better spent on a style that I know fits my breast and body type.
The underwear fit just fine. The mesh isn't exactly comfy as cotton, but the material is good for keeping everything smoothed out without being suffocating as shapewear. The wedgie factor is low, and I find myself reaching for these when I'm wearing form-fitting, body-hugging dresses.
TL;DR: Try a size up in the band to get more belly room in this longline style. The high-waist underwear are perfect for smoothing my stomach pooch under form-fitting outfits.