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I first spotted this bra when my sister and I paid a visit to Selfridge’s Body Studio in London on my birthday earlier in the year. We explored every inch of the 37,000 square foot lingerie- and loungewear-filled space, browsing displays of La Perla and rails of Bordelle, and this Agent Provocteur Haylie bra* was easily my favourite piece of lingerie I saw that day.
I only saw the bra in white at the time, but it turns out it comes in black too and I can’t decide which I like more. Do I choose the light and airy whisper of white that coils across the bust like trails of smoke? Or the stark contrast of black on the barely-there tulle, which reminds me of wrought iron railings on fancy old buildings? Let’s face it, I wouldn’t mind having both.
Embroidery over sheer mesh is a pretty huge trend in lingerie right now so this design isn’t exactly new, but what makes it feel innovative is the way the pattern continues across a shelf-like bust panel that has no edging, no trim, so the design just seems to float atop the skin. It does mean that this is a garment best seen from a distance; when you get closer and can clearly see the outline of the mesh, the effect is somewhat ruined. And of course, the peachy-coloured mesh is only going to ‘disappear’ on pale skin tones.
The white version of this bra* costs £125. The black version*, on which the motif is made from velvet, is a little pricier at £145. The high-waisted matching brief costs £95 in white* and £125 in black*, or you have the option of a thong. I also want to give a brief shout-out to the matching bodysuit below* – it’s pretty stunning, though I do wish they’d found a way to make it without that big seam down the centre-front!
Do you like this Haylie bra by Agent Provocateur, and if so, which colour do you prefer it in?