Moda Favourites: Charnos and Lepel, plus a review of the Charnos ‘Isabelle’ Moulded Plunge Bra

Both of these LF Intimates brands really caught our eyes at the Show, and the lovely Francesca Walsh (their PR & Marketing girl – anyone seen her Moda posts on Lingerie Buyer?) was as lovely in the flesh as from behind the computer screen. The only bad thing about them is that their ranges usually only go up to a G so we know some of our readers can’t wear them, but for those of you lucky enough to fit into their size range they’re an absolutely top-notch lingerie set that we recommend very highly indeed.

If any of you happen to have read Becky’s Lepel Fiore review on Brastop, then you’ll know how it’s one of her favourite bras of all time – so she was really keen to see more of their collections. They’re such a reliable fit as well as being high quality and simply stunning – so for 30-38 A-G cups, they’re another great choice.


The Lingerie Buyer dollies hanging out on the Charnos stand

Charnos are a brand that we’ve not featured much on Invest In Your Chest, partially due to the fact that their size range (32-38 B-G) is a bit out of our reach (both Becky and I wear 28 or 30 bands). When we were approached by the brand to feature their drop dead gorgeous vintage inspired designs, we thought that for those of you lucky enough to fit into their ranges we’d feature a review of their fantastic Hourglass waist-nipper and long-line bra.
Of course, the Charnos sets look awesome in photographs and in the brand visuals, but nothing compared us to how stunning they are in real life and how fantastic the quality, fit and construction really is. After getting our grubby mitts on a set, our Charnos lust and curiosity grew – which has only been exacerbated by a trip to their stall at the Moda Exhibition.

The above black set with nude detailing is an absolute knockout – with its Art Deco embroidery which to me screams ‘Spirograph’, the vintage French lace, bows and triangular strap detailing is oh-so vintage.
The ‘Isabella’ set was another eye-catcher, with stark white and palest pink and green embroidery detail, it’s a subtle but gorgeously simple and girly design, available in this fabric cup up to a G or in the moulded version up to an F.
The Isabelle’s tulip detailing is an unexpected flash of floral. Becky and I have discussed in the past our particular love for a floral print or decoration which actually depicts a recognisable flower.
How about an beautiful soft ivory bra with a pop of spring-time coral?
Also available in a moulded cup style

…or in a stunning blue-toned pale pink for a pretty feminine take on the style.

Lepel’s best-seller and quintessential style, the Fiore, was showcased in this jaw-droppingly beautiful petrol blue – which is the bang on trend tone of the season. It’s such a comfortable option for ladies who need the support and coverage of foam-lined padded cups, plus the fabrics and lace is as soft as a kitten’s scruff.
Lepel combine grown-up glamour and luxurious fit like none other, and this claret-toned balconette beauty was a real show stopper for us. The blush detailing and Art Deco lace is to on trend – with vintage revival being on every corner of the show. The multi-panelled cups promise a gorgeous shape as well as a flawless fit, and there’s nothing more feminine than a skin-tone flattering shade and a flattering Marie-Antoinette cleavage and a flash of decolletage.
If you prefer a bit of plunge but you still want to keep it decadent – this richly embroidered black offering from Lepel with caramel stitching and bows will keep you looking sweet without compromising on the signature Lepel fit.

Charnos Review

Following of from my review of the Charnos ‘Hourglass’ long-line bra and waist-nipper from a month or so ago, I’ve teamed up again with my 32F model Nicola to wear-test the gorgeous Charnos ‘Isabelle’ bra set which caught our eye so much at Moda. Due to the model’s preference (and it’s her that’s going to be keeping hold of the beautiful sample, poor girl!) we opted to try the moulded plunge bra version which is available from a 32-38 band and up to an F cup.
Our model Nicola commented on how delicate and intricate the embroidery detail was, and how the set ‘functions as a plain white bra without being boring.’ The pale pink really off-sets the white perfectly, creating a very subtle pop of colour. There’s also a bit of pale green for the leaves which makes a very pretty pastel palette.
We both loved the ‘tuxedo’ effect around the top of the knickers, adding another very unique twist to what could have been a very basic bra. When working with white it’s nice to keep things simple yet have something unexpected, and with the sheer panels and crisp graphic lines I think Charnos have really nailed it with the Isabelle.

The construction quality of this set is absolutely exempliary, with ‘soft-sheen microfibre’, very fine embroidery, clean lines and no VPL technology, an expertly designed mould and well-positioned straps. Sounds too good to be true? Try this set for yourself and I guarantee you’ll turn heads.

Fit wise, Nicola found the band to be a good firm fit in her usual 32F, however she’s since reported that after a few washes the band really settles in. The cups were a perfect fit and very true to size, giving her an amazing shape and delicate cleavage which works perfectly with the subtle prettiness of the set as a whole.

Attractiveness: 8/10

Fit: 8/10

Comfort: 8/10

Styling: 9/10

Support: 7/10

Shape: 8/10

Price vs. Quality: 9/10

Re-purchasability: 9/10

Invest In Your Chest Rating: 8.5/10

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