Lingerie Love – Triumph Doreen Bra

Monday, April 16, 2012

Todays Lingerie Love isn’t about pretty fillies with lace trims and pretty patterns.

It’s about probably the most boring bra I own, but one of my favourites that deserves a mention. The Triumph Doreen.

I quite often rant about modern underwear. Often just to myself when I’m alone in shops. Sometimes it feels like lingerie has somehow become a fashion statement and it’s manufacturers have forgotten that it might be quite nice for it to be comfortable to wear for long periods of time as well as coming in polka dots and looking fancy in photographs.

Created in 1967, the Triumph Doreen is what can only be described as a granny bra, but it’s comfortable, supportive and gives a great retro shape under clothing.

The seaming gives a shape that’s slightly softer than a full on bullet bra, and therefore less scary to wear every day, but avoids the modern”in and up” shape that ends up with your boobs up round your ears!

You’ll find the Triumph Doreen in boxes in department stores, rather than hung up. My advice is to go in and try some on. The sizing is classic, which means I’m a very different size in it that I am when measured by somewhere like Bravissimo. It comes in sizes 32-46 B-G, but if you think you’re a 30H I really would recommend going and having a fitting!

Even better there is also a longline version. I love longline bras as they hold in any bulges around your torso area, but they are relatively hard to find. There are actually 2 lengths, a mid length and full longline bra, though at present only the classic and longline are available on the Triumph shop online.

The regular Doreen is £29 and the longline Doreen (next on my purchase list!) is £32. The longline version is harder to find in department stores, but once you have your size from the classic version it’s easier to order it online.

So that’s todays lingerie love. It’s not particularly sexy or pretty, but it’s comfortable to wear and makes your clothes look great.


12 Responses
  • Lil Vintage Me (the1940sfamily)
    April 16, 2012

    I would definitely recommend these too, they give a great retro look under clothes and its the style i went for when looking for a ’40s bra’ recently. This type of bra is a great addition to a wardrobe of frillys!! Thanks for the heads up on the longline types – i didnt know they did those.
    My only warning is that these types of bras are higher on your breast and may be visible under some necklines.

    Maxine xx

  • Straight Talking Mama
    April 16, 2012

    I love these and didn’t know they now come in a G cup, I’m sure they didn’t used to, as I used to wish I could buy one! However I know I’m limited on when I can wear one anyway as I’m short and as Maxine just said they do come up high, even higher on someone of my short proportions. BUT thanks for mentioning they now come in my cup size I couldn’t be happier!

  • Louise
    April 16, 2012

    Last year my mum got me a Doreen bra, after that I’ve brought a couple of my own as I honestly think it’s the most comfortable bra ever. I didn’t know they did a longline verson though, must check it out. X

  • LandGirl1980
    April 16, 2012

    Long live it INDEED!!!! Fab post – I didn’t realise there was a longline version – thanks!

  • Cherise
    April 16, 2012

    Triumph has made the best fitting bras I’ve ever owned. I’m so going to need that long line bra, it’s so hard to find that style anymore.

  • MissMagpie
    April 16, 2012

    Why do so many of these bigger lingerie companies not cater for those of us without an ample bossom??

    A-cup and proud of it!

    • Desirae
      June 25, 2012

      I couldn’t agree more!

  • Paperdoll
    April 16, 2012

    I have a couple of Triumph bras and find them really comfy, think I’m going to try this one too! X

  • Abby
    April 17, 2012

    These are great!!! Very becoming as well as practical and supportive. Definitely adding to my shopping list 🙂

  • Sandy
    April 17, 2012

    I looked at a Doreen recently (must’ve been a catalogue or online!) and although I like the idea of it I detest full cup bras and I only like balconettes, I feel my boobs are making a break for it under my arms if I wear a full cup…wore one out once, by accident and I felt so uncomfortable I got roaring drunk to forget wayward boobs and subsequently was vair sick! LOL!!

    So that’s me out then. Shame, I like the look of the longline one.

  • Zola Spud
    April 18, 2012

    I’d love to see some pics of retro outfits with this sort of bra underneath then some direct comparison pics with modern undies in the supporting role..? x
    Also does Doreen come in other colours?

  • Lena
    April 19, 2012

    Oh I totally need this in my life!