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Full Bust Bra Review: Gossard Oriental Bloom Longline

The Gossard Oriental Bloom Longline is a great design. However, Gossard's Ooh La La and Retrolution lines seem to have overshadowed it's arrival. It's a shame since Gossard has an interesting prospective on this explosive trend. Of course, I'm in the camp of "the more longlines, the better". I haven't physically tried that many of them because the trend is still evolving. In addition to Gossard's sexy contribution, Parfait's joining the fray with their Danielle longline and Freya will be releasing the beast that is the Deco Shape in April.




The Oriental Bloom is what I'd dub a "mini-longline". The titular band does not extend as far down my torso as the Freya Piper/Nieve does. It has four widely spaced hooks instead of eight closely spaced ones. It's a departure from the traditional longline bra, but I think it could be a popular feature. While many women enjoy the aesthetic of longlines, few women seem to gravitate towards them as a wearable everyday style. I think the length of the band, or the feeling it produces when you're seated, is behind this hesitation. The Oriental Bloom's underband solves that neatly with a nice compromise between an old-school longline and a modern bra.


Kudos to the Gossard designers for their discovery of a floral pattern that's suitable in winter. It's decidedly more sultry than the sweet, pastel and delicate blooms we're about to see on the market. My favorite element has to be the use of beige as a secondary color. When I saw it, the combination popped! It's a terrific use of a color that usually gets sidelined in favor of bright and black accents.  Full bust bras can start to blend together as popular frames are reproduced in multiple colors and patterns through the years. Understandably, brands don't want to reinvent the wheel each time they introduce a collection and this communal aspect is at the heart of Gossard's success. They're willing to break away from the pack and develop experimental concepts (the Glossies range, the silhouette of the Retrolution, unusual use of color) that consumers don't see everyday.


The longline did bring up some fit issues and I believe that some of them could be attributed to my shape. My close set boobs have trouble with wider center gores and longlines have more biznatch-in-the-middle than your typical balcoonette. They've never provided complete separation there and the same holds true with the Oriental Bloom. While the band was nicely firm, I think I'd change one element of the cups. The upper padded section gave me a very constrained feeling. I don't mind bras like the Curvy Kate Lottie or Gossard's Retrolution, both of which have a "hold steady" top panel, but this was a bit too much. If I could alter this, I'd put the material used on the Retrolution's top cup (that sheer, slightly patterned and malleable bit) where the padded panel is now. As always, this is a bit dependent on my breast type. I'm guessing women with softer breast tissue, or lower fullness, would be happier with the padding. This feature is extremely different from the Freya longlines I've tried which tend to let me roll a bit and don't hold me perfectly in place.

Want a second opinion? Oops! None so far, but if anyone has tried it, please let me know and I can add it in!

Who Would Like This Bra: Longline lovers, women who have had difficulty with Freya's longlines, and any lady with lower fullness or softer boobs who'd like a stable cup. Also, people who are obsessed with sexy florals (ya' know, because I'm hoping I'm not the only one...).

Who Would Not Like This Bra: Gals who prefer soft or sheer top panels, anyone with upper fullness or firmer breasts, and people who don't like florals (I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOU.) because the pattern is especially ubiquitous in the lingerie world. 

(This bra was given to me by the kind folks at Gossard and was intended for review purposes. Unfortunately, they forgot to pack a magical elf that would tell me what to write. All opinions, facts, and thoughts expressed are my own and the gift did not influence any of my babble.)

9 Comments

  1. Gosh, that is so gorgeous. But it does look like a whole lotta bra on you.

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    1. Right?! It's a great visual design, but my tits were overwhelmed by the padding. I like 1/2 padded styles the best and SOFT, thin padding is ok.

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  2. The colors of this are really pretty. I'm actually one of those people who doesn't like florals, though, hahaha! I used to like them, but I kind of overdosed on floral patterns--I mean, something like 80% of bras have them in some fashion-- and now I just crave ANYTHING else. Plaid, animal print, polka dots, tiny whales, tiny bunnies, stripes, tie-dye... there are just so many awesome patterns that get ignored in favor of all floral all the time. So it's not so much that I don't LIKE florals, I guess I just wish companies would move on.

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    1. It's hilarious to me that you commented on this! Hahahaha, when I was writing it and the florals thing came up in the "who wouldn't like this bra" I immediately thought of you. You must've mentioned in a blog post?? I thought to myself, 'Right...there ARE people who are sick of flowers'.

      While I like florals in an obsessive way, I'm right there with you on lingerie companies trying other patterns. There are TONS of patterns I'd buy --foxes, owls, giant polka dots, paisley, flamingos-- that the full bust brands must be a little intimidated by. Also, I think that's the genius of Knickerocker's new collection (preview on the Lingerie Addict).

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  3. It's a lovely bra! And without real padding for larger cups. Question for you: do you find it coming up rather snug in your usual band size? I am debating whether I should order it one size up. The 30FF feels tight. However, looks great and I have no muffin action or backfat, so I suppose it's a good fit. Thoughts?

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    1. Hi Englandia, I'd be happy to help! I think that band firmness/comfort is a personal preference, rather than something absolutely set in stone. If the 30FF looks perfect in the cups, I wouldn't advise sizing up because your sister size might not be perfectly propor. If you aren't getting any aesthetic drawbacks, I think you'll be happy with this size in the long term.

      When I'm on the fence about any size, I ask myself, "How uncomfortable am I?" and if it's just slightly, I keep that size. It's also good to know your size range. Are you on the cusp of 30/32 consistently? If you decide to keep it, there are always tricks to "open it up" and it's much easier to do that than tighten a band. First, you could buy (a VERY cheap extender on ebay). If you'd like a quicker result, there's a trick I learned at the bra store. After you wash it, if you dry it around a chair or hanger (anything with more 'shape'), it'll open up the band immediately.

      Whatever you decide, I'm right there with ya! The band was tight and I'd NEVER want a 28", even though I wear that size in some other styles. Hope this helps!

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    2. Great advice! Finding an extender for this one with the 5 hooks might be mor difficult, but I will try your washing trick. I am going to keep it. It looks pretty awesome. I can breathe and it will give over time;) Keeping things in perspective;)

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  4. This bra should give nice projection
    Is it made in a H or J CUP ?

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  5. It's so hard to find a long line bra in large sizes
    Might give this bra a go

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