When I went to Paris last year I made it my mission to visit the Chantal Thomass boutique. Her brand has such a wonderful style that I knew her boutique would be as beautiful as her lingerie. Browsing through the racks of lingerie sets, I got a feel for the brand: The different bra styles and how they lift, push and support; The types of luxurious fabric she uses; and the unique and quirky designs she creates. This is when I bought my first set and ever since I have been lusting after her over and over again.
I’ve always found it hard to locate Chantal Thomass online: Many online boutiques like Dolci Follie have their own selection of her lingerie but this is very limited and a lot of the time isn’t from the most recent season. There is a section on the Chantal Thomass website that shows all their online stockists from all over the world, so this is definitely the best place to check to try and find one in your country or continent. I found Passion’elle thanks to Marionette Mew, who had previously bought lingerie from a boutique called Glamuse. She highly recommended their service and she was right, their customer service was wonderful, my items shipped within a day of ordering with a delivery company of my choice, which then arrived within a few days. Opening the package, the order was inside this beautiful silk satin drawstring bag which is such a cute touch and great for me to store my set.
So on to the set itself! Passion’elle is utterly beautiful. The product images do not do this set justice, it is a million times more fantastic in the flesh. I ordered a size 85B, which is the french equivalent of a 32B, my sister size. I’m usually very picky about bra sizes and will only ever buy my true size (30C) but after trying on my first Chantal Thomass bra I knew that this size was a good fit. This means that the band isn’t super snug but it feels like a great fit and doesn’t dig in whilst still providing full support. The luxury elastic of the band has a very unique scroll style design woven into the elastic and follows the entire length of the band to meet at the back, with a two eye hook closure for extra support.
So my favourite thing about this bra are the foam cups. When I saw this online, I thought that the scalloped edge was a printed effect on nude but when holding it in my hands I realised how truly spectacular the design really is. The scallop cut is the foam cup itself, and either side of the cup is sheer material to enclose the foam. This material is then joined at the top seam of the bra to create the balconette shape. It is the most flattering and beautiful design I have ever seen and for this reason, it’s now my favourite piece! As well as being beautiful, the foam cups and sheer fabric provide great support and are incredibly soft on the skin. This bra comes with little removable cookies to help create the nice rounded push-up that the balconette cut is famous for.
There are 4 different style of bottoms for this set: Panty shorts with garters; high-waisted briefs; low cut briefs, and thong. I was leaning towards the high-waisted briefs but in the end went for low cut because it was more practical for me, as I rarely wear high-waisted briefs under my clothing. The briefs are also a similar cut to my first CT set so I knew that they would fit and flatter me. I purchased these in an XXS (36) and I wear a UK size 6/US 2 so if you’re looking to buy the briefs then hopefully this helps you figure out what size you’d need. The scroll style designed elastic is a front panel on the briefs, with the rest being doubled sheer material. They are so soft and incredibly comfortable, I can wear these all day and feel like I barely have anything on. They’re also very soft on the hips which means a very minimal panty line, and the sheer material on the back is seamless to help combat the dreaded VPL.
Overall, this is my absolute favourite lingerie set to date and Chantal Thomass will continue to be a designer I follow for her unique designs and great knowledge of the female form. Every piece is so well thought through, from flattering cuts to avoidable VPLs, I highly recommend browsing her collections because there are so many great designs, and I know there will be one that jumps out and steals your heart. I also recommend buying through Glamuse as their service was great they have a wide selection of her designs.