When I first saw the promotional shots for Tutti Rouge, I was smitten with their use of fun, flirty, and feminine lingerie, and I have been anxiously awaiting the debut of this new DD-HH line since then. Fresh, youthful designs under $60 feel like a good fit for our shop, and I contacted them to learn more about importing the brand. They offered to send me a free sample in my size to review, and I could not pass up the opportunity! When I received the Liliana bra, I squealed with delight as the bra was packaged perfectly inside a black box with a peppermint stick and lip gloss. My pictures were accidentally erased, so I’m stealing this shot from Sweet Nothings to show the lovely packaging:
Sizing: Since Tutti Rouge is a new brand, I was not sure which size would work for me. In Cleo/Freya, I need a 30H, but in Curvy Kate or Panache’s Superbra line, I typically take a 30HH/J. Consequently, the lovely people at Tutti Rouge sent the Liliana in size 30HH. Fuller-bust companies often utilize stretchy bands, but Tutti Rouge breaks the mold. The 30 band in the Liliana feels closer to the 30 band in the Masquerade Rhea if not a little tighter. Women needing firm 28s or even 26s will appreciate the smaller band, but women wearing true 38 bands may find they are sized out of the line. Furthermore, the HH cup size is small on me. For all the pictures I have only partially scooped the tissue from the side, which is how I will wear the bra. Ideally, I would need a J or JJ, so the cups do run small.
Fit: Despite the sizing issues with the bra, I have to admit the fit is still quite good. The angled cups and somewhat flexible fabric on the top camouflages the need for a larger size, and the low center gore feels fantastic. On the day I first received the Liliana, I wore the Panache Loretta all day, and my skin still had the indentations from the underwires. The Liliana easily sits 1.5″ to 2″ lower—a refreshing change of pace for a girl accustomed to higher center gores! Because the neckline is lower and wider across, the designs works perfectly with deeper v-necks, especially because the cleavage is mild and less “in your face” than something like the Freya Deco.
Returning to the issue of the cup size, part of the problem originates from the shallower design, especially toward the center. Because my breasts are close set, I have a lot of tissue near the front of my chest, and shallow cups often require me to size up to ensure a proper fit. However, the flip side of this issue is I end up with cups and underwires which extend too far on the side of my body and chafe my arms. With the Tutti Rouge Liliana, I never feel uncomfortable, and the cups and wings are low enough on the sides to never cause rubbing or pain. In fact, I can not complain about the comfort whatsoever, and I think it would make a nice option for an everyday bra. The fit seems a little reminiscent of Curvy Kate, and fans of that brand will find something to like here. Nevertheless, Tutti Rouge has balanced the wider design and shallower cups to work for other body shapes as well—a smart design decision on their part.
The side profile on this one is more minimized than some of my other bras, like the Cleo Zia or Lucy, but it’s still rounded and lifted. Wonderful as they are, some of my Cleo bras create issues with my tops because of how forward my breast tissue is, making the Liliana a great alternative.
Materials & Design: Finding a bra with a padded cup in anything over a G cup can be a tall order, and I am happy to see Tutti Rouge added one more option to the market. The padding used in the Liliana feels lightweight and does not add any bulk. With temperatures already approaching 90F here, breathable bras are a must! Not to mention, the interior of the cup has a cotton-like quality to the fabric which caresses the skin and does not rub. Moreover, I love the choice of using a padded lower cup and paring it with an embroidered mesh top cup. The hybrid design means the cups contour better to different breast shapes while still giving women nipple protection. As I mentioned, the plunging neckline and center gore are fabulous, and the almost-cleavage look in the center bridges the gap between an open chest and the over-the-top decolletage of something like the Deco.
Firm wings and a side stay anchor to the body for excellent side support and hold, but for me, the standout feature of the Liliana is the attention to details. The bubblegum pink color complements the lace and ribbon details while the polka dot bows at the center and cream bows near the straps add flare. Heart-shaped strap adjustments replace the standard rectangle, and the brand’s moniker adorns the border on the hook-and-eye closures. Thoughtful touches like these elevate the design above the brand’s competitors.
Finally, I love how Tutti Rouge transcends age with designs that work equally well for the fuller-busted teen as they do for the woman who loves a little fun with her lingerie. I know I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of mine! For more information, check out the video below!
The Shorts: As part of my complementary package, I received a pair of the matching shorts in size UK 14 (Large). Before my days of owning a lingerie store, I was a huge fan of shorts like these and would grab packs of them on sale, but the lace always felt a bit cheap and scratchy. The Liliana shorts, however, are wonderful! With soft lace that does not irritate the skin and a flattering cut on the rear, the shorts carry forward the lovely details from the bra for a polished set. The shorts were stretchy enough that I could have sized down, but given that I absolutely hate when an elastic band digs into my hips, I’m happy with these.