I’ve been a longtime fan of For Love and Lemons, but their pieces were usually out of my price range– until I saw a sale on at Shopbop.com, who also offers free international shipping and returns if you’re in the US or Canada, so if you’re looking for a good lingerie sale, head on over (and they didn’t even pay me to say that).
But back to the Lemons. I bought two pieces, the Bat Your Lashes body and halter bra, both of which I’d had my eye on for a while. I ordered the halter in an XS and the bodysuit in an S, so I knew at least one of the items wouldn’t fit. What I didn’t expect was for them to both not fit.
They each came in a cute little drawstring bag, and the tag is woven. However, they are TINY. They don’t look that small when you lay them flat, but the black “elastic” bands you see on the bra barely stretch. I couldn’t even wear it for that long because of the mad chaffing I was getting from the halter straps and the fact that I couldn’t breathe with the underband so tight.
You see that cleavage? Yeah, I don’t have boobs like that. They’re just being squished so much that they look somewhat impressive. From the side I was nearly flat, and it was a little bit painful.
The back closure is a sliding hook, which I didn’t mind at all. It was easy enough to put on despite how much I had to suck in to do so.
Not only did the straps not stretch, but they weren’t very long. The lace and mesh also had no stretch (or if it did, it was very minimal), so I’m not sure how forgiving the bra is for people in between sizes.
The overall construction was good, but do they ever need to re-evaluate their sizing.
The body suit, which I couldn’t even wear long enough to get photos of, was extremely poor in construction and I was greatly disappointed, especially considering the price. Not only is the waistband elastic the same barely-stretchy stuff as the halter, it almost didn’t do up on my 24.5-inch waist. The rest of the bodysuit fit fine; however, it was literally tearing at the seams when I received it.
The elastic used to bind the mesh at the back had several stitches popped, and there was a big gaping hole where the elastic was supposed to meet the mesh. I cannot for the life of me imagine why they would straight-stitch elastic instead of zigzag stitch (which is designed to allow for stretch, while straight stitching is not).
Because of who I am as a person, I forgot to take pictures of the body suit (and the horrid damage that came with it). I’d go and get a picture of it from the Internet, but I have a healthy fear of a copyright infringement lawsuit, so I encourage you to Google “Love and Lemons Bat Your Lashes Bodysuit” to see it.
With all of that being said, both the halter bra and the body suit are now on their way back to Shopbop.com and while I haven’t been completely turned off from the brand, I can’t say I’ll be eagerly trying their things any time soon.