Bordelle | Bondage Angela Dress

Last weekend at the bi-annual Bordelle sample sale an elusive lingerie unicorn presented itself to me and in classic style, I was unable to resist it.


In my time on Instagram talking to fellow lingerie lovers, I've come across very few people who don't have a Bordelle Angela dress somewhere on their wishlist. The craftsmanship and design that goes into Bordelle pieces is second to none, and the Angela dress is the absolute pinnacle.


The variations of Angela dresses over the years has seen the design change and morph from the original more simplistic design to seasonal specific designs and now to the fully adjustable version that is currently available. A personal favourite of mine has always been the bondage iteration of the Angela dress, with it's extra strapping and hardware, giving the signature silhouette a (very) welcome BDSM twist. So, it was a little bit of serendipity that there happened to be just one of these such pieces, in stunning cream, left at the sample sale once I (finally) got in.



A couple of years ago I had tried another Angela dress on, also at a sample sale, that had been designed as part of the Orient Belle collection, I believe. The fit really hadn't worked well for me at the time, and after that, I somewhat resigned myself to the fact that the style just didn't work well for my body shape. Until that is, the adjustable design was released. I've lusted after this style ever since that first email hit my inbox. All that put me off was the price!


So at the last sample sale when I saw how cheap the past season Angela dresses had become, I decided to dispell my previous doubts about sizing and try a couple on. I initially had tried on the original plain cream Angela dress, and while beautiful, I knew I was after a little bit more which was when luckily the (last) Bondage version had coincidently just been placed back on the rail.



Despite my initial hesitations about the sizing, both dresses fit me like a glove (even if they are a little bit difficult to get into.) I have found that I'm not able to get the dress on by myself so these maybe aren't the best purchase if you live alone as I do. I tried on my usual Bordelle size which is a small. I could do with a little more space in the cup, for an optimum fit, but this is common for me when wearing Bordelle. I will say that I was impressed at how tight the bodice part of the dress was considering that I usually find the bands of Bordelle bras to be on the looser side.


The only issue I find with the Angela dress (although not a real issue) is that they are quite long on me, being only 5ft 3. Due to this, it is quite hard to find stockings that can be attached to the suspender clips. (For these photos I simply cut down a pair of nude tights into stockings.) I will be returning to Bordelle to buy a pair of cream garters to pair with the dress once they, hopefully, are restocked. As they do help to accentuate the bondage aspect of the dress better than stockings in my opinion.



I am so ecstatic to finally be able to say I own this piece. It's been a long time coming and it feels amazing to be able to tick such a piece off of my wishlist, especially at such a great price. I think I'm going to have to get some new pieces to add to my wishlist now because it's looking a little bare now!

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