Agent Provocateur is a huge brand that most have heard of. I will admit that I fell for the advertising they put out, and did honestly have the opinion that they were a fantastic quality brand - pricey, yes, but with goods that warranted those prices. So, when I saw a couple of multiway bras in their sale cut to a price I could finally stretch to, I jumped on the opportunity to add them to my lingerie collection.
I purchased a black and a white option of the same bra, which I have now owned for about a year. They both arrived quickly, beautifully packaged (if in slightly eco-unfriendly packaging..!), with tissue paper wrapped round each item in a lovely box..opening it really did feel like opening a gift!
The contents, however, were not as impressive as the packaging. I would describe the bras as 'fine' - true to the website image, true to size, but at the same time not particularly high quality. In all honesty, I have had bras made of nicer fabrics from high street stores. I suppose I was expecting a bit of luxury, something I had previously associated with the brand - but the lace was a little bit scratchy to touch, the lining again 'fine' rather than 'wow'.
On wearing, again, I was left with a feeling of 'fine', occasionally shifting into annoyed - as multiways, the bras I bought have detatchable straps - good thing? Well, yes, but not when they are fiddly as hell to reposition, yet still manage to come undone when you are wearing them..! I have a medium bust and am of the age that 'one supported, one not' when a strap works its way free is very obvious! I now tend to use these bras just as strapless ones, as I have other multiways that don't release themselves and cause embarrassment...!
On the plus side, the bras have been fine to wash, retaining their shape and elasticity in the strap etc. They haven't 'bobbled' like some cheap lace can over time when you are a lazy 'chuck it in the machine' washer like I am xD
Overall, I would say these bras are middle of the road - there are definitely better multiway bras available, but at the same time I have had worse. I think I was disappointed as I was expecting something *more* from such a respected and fairly expensive brand. I wouldn't purchase Agent Provocateur bras in future, as I have found better quality for less on the high street.
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Having a large bust is over-rated - especially when most of the bras on the market make you feel as sexy as Hattie Jacques or Mrs Slocombe. That was until I passed through the doors of Agent Provocateur in London... a shop of delights for women (and their blokes) whatever their size. It's slightly intimidating before you go in, because it does look very slightly seedy from the outside but once you get over the fact that the assistants are wearing what seem to be pink tight lab coats with their bras visible, you soon relax. The whole shop is decorated like a gothic boudoir, and there are rails of the most beautiful lingerie you've ever seen... Most of the undies are on the flamboyant side, with a range of colours and materials beyond imagining. And if you're outside the usual range of 34B then you tell them your sign and they'll open drawers of lovely bras, knickers etc. Retire to their glamorous changing rooms and see yourself transformed... The downside is the cost: these are not cheap at all. The bras seem to come from all over the world, and that's reflected in the price. But the service and the lovely packaging makes it great for a special treat, and the lingerie itself is very well made. It's certainly not tacky, but it is sexy! There's also mail order if you can't get to London: and the people behind Agent Provocateur were consulted for the Marks and Spencers Salon Rose collection, which is considerably cheaper, but similar in design to some of the stuff. But for the real Agent Provocateur experience, head for the boutiques in Broadwick St, Soho or Pont St, Knightsbridge. Strictly for the broad-minded!