*Gifted Items – But all opinions are my own. When I first clicked onto Femme Luxe, which describes itself as one of the most reputable lower cost, women’s clothing brands that Manchester has to offer. I had a moment or two of hesitation, my instant reaction was that frankly, I was too old, too straight-laced and not enough of an “Insta Babe” for this brand.
Hmmm, but I really do love loungewear and as nothing about 2020 has been in the slightest bit “Normal” I decided that I had nothing to lose by trying something new. As you can imagine, I have no real plans to head out on the town any time soon and my uniform is less “Mini Dress” and more “Mini Meltdown if not home before 11 pm”. So, the natural choice really was for me to focus on going down the loungewear route.
Sizing and Fit
I strongly feel that this is a really important place to start, I wouldn’t normally go into my personal measurements in such detail, however, Femme Luxe sizes are very much on the small side. I ordered an M/L on the Lounge Wear Sets which is described as a UK 12/14 – I’m 5’6, 32E/F, 28.8-inch waist, and 38-inch hips. This means I fell in line with the measurements provided on the website, however after doing some market research it’ll come as no surprise that these measurements do vary between manufacturers. I do just want to add, that I could barely fit into the slim fit loungewear bottoms, I think that maybe my hips are just a touch too shapely.
Personally, I would say that the sizing is more in line with a UK 12 and the t-shirt I ordered was a size large, and I certainly wouldn’t have fitted into anything smaller. Having done some research on the website, I noted that the “Joggers” go up to a UK 16, which hopefully gives more scope for other shoppers interested in buying from this brand.
How about the quality?
I’m going to be entirely honest; I was at first, a little bit surprised to find that the two-piece sets were polyester, a man-made material that hasn’t appeared in my wardrobe for many years. But, there are benefits, such as the fact it’s quick-drying, it doesn’t really lose its shape and doesn’t need ironing. Which I suppose would make this ideal for the younger age range, lets be honest, time-saving by skipping ironing is never a bad thing.
Effectively, it’s exactly what it says on the box “Comfortable Lounge Wear”. Which I been more than content wearing, whilst chilling out and working from home.
What do I think of the style?
When I first opened the Pink Boxy Set, my initial reaction was “Wow, that’s seriously pink and really rather different for me” but actually, for the purpose, it’s pretty darn comfortable. In the pictures, I’ve shown the tweaks I’ve made to style the outfits in a way that’s more “Me” but, go wild, style these pieces however you please!
As previously mentioned, the bottoms in the black two-piece were too small for me, but I quite liked the top. I’ve thrown it on with jeans to give another example and although this is unpictured, I’ve worn it with the pink jogging bottoms around the house too.
My absolute favorite piece was the slogan t-shirt, I adore a good slogan t-shirt and this is something I’d wear on a regular basis. I will genuinely keep an eye out for the hoody version to come back in stock and buy myself that as well. In all honesty, the t-shirt Is something I’d buy as a gift for a couple of my girlfriends too.
As previously mentioned, I’m enjoying wearing the loungewear around the house and I think the perfect customer for Femme Luxe is probably 15 years younger than me. Saying that there’s a student discount for people between the ages of 16-26. I stand by the fact I genuinely loved the t-shirt, the postage was fast, the website is easy to use and constantly being updated. Plus, it’s just playful, low-cost clothing for hip young things, made in the UK and with the bonus of next day delivery for orders over £25.00. With this in mind, I’ll definitely be ordering something again.