Femme Fatale Rating: 6.5 out of 8
Miss K Style score: 4 out of 4 / Miss K Wearability score: 2 out of 4
Mr. C Style score: 3 out of 4 / Mr. C Seduction score: 4 out of 4
Mr. C: It seems that Miss K and I agree on too many things, so it’s time for me to showcase some unusual designs in the hope that we’ll violently disagree with each other. Pictured above is the Johan Maurits collection thong and plunge balcony bra from Marlies Dekkers. I will argue that this is the best thing ever.
Actually, in all seriousness, for me this design stands out as unusual, yet still sophisticated and erotic. The patterned red fabric and the metallic details have a cool antiquities-from-the-Orient vibe. Clearly, this is not every day wear, but I really would enjoy a date where I knew this was being worn. The thong alone warrants a score of 4 for seduction for the ornamental detailing at the back. I don’t normally like dangly metal pendants, but for some reason I like what’s on display here.
This bra design is only practical for smaller breasted women, but if that’s you, then this is very adventurous indeed. I’ve always appreciated smaller breast as they are, but I can still appreciate how the cut outs and multiple straps add even more dimension and interest. Yeah, some might dismiss this as a Lady Gaga concert costume. But I say Lady Gaga, should be so lucky. I think this set manages to look stylish and inventive.
Maximum cup size available is 36C. Lucky me, Mrs. C is only a 34B and has the slender build to look good in this ensemble. We’ll just have to see if she’s feeling adventurous.
Miss K: Well, Mr. C, you failed. Utterly and completely. Not only do I NOT violently disagree with you, I have even gone so far as to give this a higher style score than you did. So there.
Traditionally, I have not been a huge fan of Marlies Dekkers. Her style is distinctive, which wins points, but her signature extra, decorative straps generally have not done a lot for me. And while this definitely has no shortage of extra, decorative straps, the detailing elevates this to a point where I would say lingerie starts to bridge fashion and wearable art.
The fabric and colour (termed “royal blood” by Dekkers) are gorgeous. And while all those straps, cutouts, metal accents and dangly bits could be a complete recipe for overdone tackiness, this is just beautiful.
Unfortunately it loses out on wearability, at least for me. One point is for the complications added by the straps. I am positively anal about straps not getting twisted and the lines being just so, so the degree of potential fussiness here can’t be ignored.
The second point off for wearability is more specific to me (and women like me) when it comes to the bra. As Mr. C pointed out, this style of bra is really only for smaller breasted women. (Using the word “practical” for small breasted women may be stretching the definition of the word.) Unlike Mrs. C, I am not 34B. And with the style’s sizes topping out at 36C, personally I am a good two or three cup sizes too large for it. Sucks to be me. (Although, for the style, I don’t think that is necessarily the wrong decision. I am not sure that sizing this up to a DD+ size would be a good look, for the bra or the wearer.)
Regardless of the bra, I want the thong though. (And if anyone wants to gift Lingerie Obsessives this set, I would happily take the bottom half. Mr. C can take the bra and wrestle with the straps to see what us women occasionally have to deal with for fashion.)