Honey Birdette is no stranger when it comes to making waves in the lingerie industry. Their collection of lingerie pieces is unapologetically sensual and their firery responses to critics who try to censor female sexuality and empowerment, make them the perfect choice for my first lingerie review!
If any of you know me then you know that I love lingerie shopping – and not just because I’m a boudoir photographer! Really, I think my love of lingerie started from hating clothing shopping. As a petite girl who typically fits better into clothing from the kids section than my age, lingerie was always my go-to when shopping. It was pretty easy to find something that made me feel pretty and actually fit.
Now that I’m older and have a lot more knowledge on well-fitting lingerie I can for sure tell you that not all lingerie stores are created equal or for every body type. And to be honest, I actually love that!
As a boudoir photographer who has worked with women from all over the country and in all shapes and sizes, I often get asked these common lingerie questions:
- What is the best lingerie brand?
- How does this lingerie brand fit? Are their pieces true to size?
- How to choose the right lingerie for my body type?
So to save you from having to do hours of research yourself, I’m gathering up all your questions about lingerie and sharing a few of my favorite lingerie stores for all different body types in this new Lingerie Review Series.
First up, my Honey Birdette review. Here’s everything you need to know about their lingerie collections.
About Honey Birdette
Honey Birdette is an Australian-based store that specializes in unique, high-end provocative lingerie. They have a few locations in California and London as well as their online storefront. Founder Eloise Monaghan, started the company in 2006 with the goal to create the “ultimate boudoir experience with their bespoke accessories.”
Their lingerie is always gorgeous with amazing detail and super unique pieces. I’ve purchased their pieces for myself as well as the studio closet and I’ve never been disappointed.
I highly recommend browsing through their site for your “edgy” boudoir look or if you want some investment pieces you and your hunny can enjoy later as well! I promise you won’t get tired of their lingerie- it’s gorgeous!
I love that Honey Birgette offers a wide range of sizes, especially for the hourglass petite woman. I know there is an outcry in the plus-size world when stores don’t have their sizes, but on the other end of the spectrum, many petite girls with curves cannot find their bra size in anything other than a bra that looks like something your grandmother might wear.
I promise that won’t be in issue here! Most of their bras you can find in band size 32 through 38 with a select few bras and chemises in size 40. But the wonderful part is is that even at the smaller band sizes they still have larger cup sizes available!
Available Lingerie Sizes:
- Bras | 32A – 38H, some 40D-40H
- Panties/Thongs | XS-2XL, some lingerie sets are “one size”
- Corset | XS-XL or Bra Cup 32A-38DDD/F
- Bustier | 32A-38DDD/F
- Bodysuit | XS-2XL
- Garterbelt | XS-XL
- Stockings | S-L
- Dresses/Skirts/Outfits | XS-XL
View their full sizing chart and make sure to pay attention to their international size converter.
I would compare their lingerie to the uniqueness and quality of La Perla and agent provocateur, but without the intense price tag. You can expect to pay more than your average Victoria’s Secret set, but girl I promise you will be blown away by their lingerie!
Does Honey Birdette Have Afterpay?
Yes, Honey Birdette now offers Afterpay. If you’re unfamiliar with Afterpay, it’s a newer payment method that allows you to break up your purchase into smaller monthly payments.
- Apple Pay
Honey Birdette Try-On
When you see the way the lingerie looks on different body sizes and shapes, it helps you become more confident knowing you can rock that piece too! Here’s what some of the Honey Birdette lingerie collections look like on real women who have borrowed the pieces from my boudoir studio closet.
Honey Birdette Amelie Collection Review
I purchased the Honey Birdette Amelie lingerie set in the neon pink color and holy cow is it a showstopper!! It’s such a beautiful color that somehow is very bright yet soft and delicate at the same time.
It hugs your curves perfectly and is an unexpected choice for your boudoir session. I love the colors and lace against a neutral background.
The fit is true to size and not itchy or uncomfortable. Anna wore it for her session and her blonde hair and smokey eye makeup really make it pop.
Honey Birdette Alice Collection Review
The Honey Birdette Alice lingerie set is the perfect mix of elegant and provocative, with European designed embroidery, sheer tulle, and lace-up details. I love how the lace florals are placed further apart, showing more skin and giving it a dramatic appearance. The fit is true to size with just enough wiggle room.
It looks great on different skin types and hair colors as you can see from Anna’s session (blonde hair) and Erin’s session (brunette hair).
Honey Birdette Shipping And Return Policy
Trying to find the right size bra or lingerie piece can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve never purchased from a brand and can’t try it on before buying. The wrong fit is the #1 reason most women return bras, undergarments, and lingerie pieces. Honey Birdette makes shipping and returning their products very simple. Packages are shipped in a discreet, unmarked box and your items come wrapped in a black satin case.
I’ve never had any issues with damaged boxes, lost packages, or super long delivery dates.
US Shipping Rates:
- Free standard shipping (2-5 business days) for orders over $50
- Free priority shipping (1-3 business days) for orders over $200
- Free next-day delivery for orders over $350
Additional shipping rates apply to orders that don’t meet these minimum requirements and if you’re outside the US, international shipping is a little different.
As with any undergarment return policy, items cannot be returned if A. they have been worn (because hygiene) or B. washed (because that means you wore it, so refer back to A.) The original tags must be also be attached. I haven’t had to return any pieces yet because I’ve been very happy with all my purchases. If something I purchased for myself ended up not fitting or I didn’t like it, I just add it to my boudoir studio closet (unworn of course. ;))
PRO TIP: When trying on lingerie, always wear your underwear underneath for sanitary reasons. I always bring a nude thong so I can get a better feel for what it will “really look like.”
- US returns are FREE (yay for free shipping/returns!)
- Refund or exchange full-priced items within 45 days of purchase
- Sale items can only be exchanged for store credit within 14 days of purchase
See Honey Birdette’s full return policy.
How To Clean Honey Birdette Lingerie
All of my pieces from Honey Birdette have lasted so long, even with multiple girls trying them on and wearing them, because I take extra care of them!
In general, all lingerie will need to be hand-washed in cold water or run through the washing machine on the delicate cycle in a special garment bag. You can purchase these lingerie bags from just about anywhere and they help protect the delicate lace, silk, and straps from getting damaged.
PRO TIP: Always lay lingerie flat to dry. I recommend placing them on a white towel to avoid any color transfer while the fabric is wet.
Overall, I definitely recommend purchasing your lingerie and boudoir outfits from Honey Birdette. Not only do they offer amazing lingerie, but I personally love their provocative, well-lit ad campaigns and love that they also get involved in women’s issues, when frankly, they don’t have to as a lingerie company.
Just this last month they raised over $30,000 for breast cancer research. Heck Yeah!
What’s your favorite place to shop for lingerie?