Review: Playful Promises Bettie Page Retro Lace French Knickers

I received Playful Promises’,  I just could not resist adding a pair of these Retro Lace French Knickers to the basket for myself. I mean, look at them!

 

Review: Playful Promises Bettie Page Retro Lace French Knickers

 

Appearance

That is black with scalloped lace, which are all my favourite. Little fabric covered buttons? I chose a wedding dress with 83 of the things down the back because I think they’re just the prettiest design detail ever.

I quite like the contrast between the opaque top and the sheer bottom too (and yes, they are completely sheer at the crotch). Also, random observation, if you stand with your legs together they look more like a mini skirt than a pair of shorts.

Verdict: 10 / 10

Review: Playful Promises Bettie Page Retro Lace French Knickers

 

(Excuse the Christmas cones, I meant to publish this in December).

 

Construction

Not much to say here except that they’re nicely-made, to a quality level you’d expect at this price point. There’s no gusset at the crotch, but the crotch on these isn’t actually touching the body anyway.

The buttons seem securely attached, but just in case I’ve been thinking of them as a decorative rather than a functional feature, and not undoing them to take these on/off. That’s fine because the waist is elasticated and very stretchy, though if you’re also eyeing up the satin-only tap pants those are elastic-free for a more authentic retro fit. Personally, I prefer the modern convenience of the stretch waistband, so they sit nice and flush against the skin.

Verdict: 7 / 10

Review: Playful Promises Bettie Page Retro Lace French Knickers

 

 

Fit

These tap pants run from a UK 8 to a UK 18, but if you’re a UK 6 the 8 will fit you fine. My waist right now is 25″ for reference, and they’ll stretch to larger. They sit right over the belly button on me.

The lace is slightly gathered where is joins the satin, for a swooshy, spacious fit over the hips, so it’s really just the waist measurement you need to take into account for these. They’re plenty roomy enough to wear over a thong or other knickers by the way, worth noting with the gusset that they have. On the other hand, if you like knickers that feel like going commando, these work just fine on their own!

Verdict: 10 / 10

Review: Playful Promises Bettie Page Retro Lace French Knickers

 

 

Durability

The Retro Lace tap pants are hand-wash only, although I will confess to machine-washing them on a cold setting a few times over Christmas – I was staying with my fiancés family and didn’t think they’d appreciate me filling up their sink with knickers!

So far, having worn them maybe six or seven times, they still look brand new. The lace of course is delicate though, so you’ll need to handle and store these with care to avoid snagging.

Verdict: 7 / 10

 

Review: Playful Promises Bettie Page Retro Lace French Knickers

 

Value for Money

I’m selling these tap pants for £34.99 (which is the RRP, plus or minus a penny), and yes I know I’m biased, but I think they’re worth it! They’re just glorious, and whilst the fabrics may only be standard, mid-quality stuff, when a pair of tap pants in silk and French lace an easily run past the £100 mark (or, you know, closer to £500) these are a much more affordable alternative that’s still pretty.

Verdict: 10 / 10

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