About Victoria’s Secret
Victoria’s Secret is an American lingerie and women’s clothing brand that is well-known for its glamorous and extravagant fashion shows, as well as its extensive line of lingerie, sleepwear, and beauty products. The company was founded by Roy Raymond in 1977 and was named after the Victorian era, which was known for its refinement and elegance.
Victoria’s Secret became popular for its provocative and sensual lingerie designs that appealed to a wide audience. The brand’s signature product is its bras, particularly the push-up bras, which are often enhanced with padding or gel inserts to create a more flattering and enhanced bustline. They also offer a variety of panties, loungewear, swimwear, and beauty products.
Victoria’s Secret Product Review
For Victoria’s Secret, customer experience is everything and although we’ve all been used to getting everything with one click of a button by shopping online, it’s important to note that when it comes to underwear, an in-person experience is important.
Victoria’s Secret has reported that 70% of women are wearing the wrong bra size, and this statistic aligns with many more studies conducted by other brands. So, we’re all out there wearing the wrong bra and doing nothing about it?
Well, apparently that can be fixed quickly by a trip to a VS store. We decided to put the experience to the test.
Five GLAMOUR staffers with five different bra sizes (or so we thought) headed over to the Victoria’s Secret Flagship Store in New Bond Street, London for a complimentary bra fitting service (available for all customers). This is what they thought of their experience and the bras they picked up.
Dream Angels Wicked Unlined Balconette Bra
I didn’t expect the Victoria’s Secret fitting to go so well. I realised, after years of not having a bra fitting (the last time I did was when I was a teenager), I wasn’t the size I thought I was. And every bra I had pre-lockdown, I threw away, thinking I wouldn’t be going back to the office (how wrong I was).
Anne-Marie, who measured me, gave me lots of different options of bras to try on. The variety is so impressive and for every occasion, size, and shape – from sports, push up, wired, non-wired and strapless. You’ll definitely be able to find the bra you’re looking for.
I instantly went for the Wicked Unlined Balconette Bra from the Dream Angels collection. It feels so luxurious and the colour, Jade, is beautiful. I haven’t worn an underwired bra in years and I’m surprised with how comfortable it is. I also matched it with the Satin Short PJ set because, why not?
Luxe Lingerie Floral Embroidered Balconette Bra
I’ve had a bit of a complicated relationship with my boobs over the years. Having started growing them earlier than my friends, way back in primary school, I was always aware that I was bigger in the chest than all of my friends – even into young adulthood.
As a result, I’ve always wanted to make them smaller, opting for non-padded bras, minimising bras, and everything in between to take the attention off them.
Because of my relationship with my boobs, walking into the fitting at Victoria’s Secret was a little daunting, and I knew I was probably wearing a cup size too small – especially after not buying many new bras over lockdown.
Dream Angels Lace Corset Bra Top
Victoria’s Secret as a brand holds a lot of nostalgia for me – I remember going into the stores and spraying the sweet perfumes and buying my first bras there. As I got older, the brand was one I stopped seeing myself represented by (as a curvier woman), but now, in its new era, I’m back as a fan.
I tried the Dream Angels Lace Corset Bra Top in a size L, and the Lace Inset Kimono Dressing Gown in a M/L – both fitted perfectly and felt silky on my skin. The best part is the corset bra doubles up as a top that I wear layered with an oversized shirt and jeans.
The whole process, from getting fitted in-store to opening the lingerie parcel was a premium and fun experience that made me feel confident.
Love Cloud Lace Half Pad Plunge Bra
After a super-thorough fitting process in the VIP fitting room in the huge New Bond Street store, I selected the Love Cloud Lace Half Pad Plunge Bra in black from a brand-new range for Victoria’s Secret.
I am a real take-my-bra-off-as-soon-as-I-get-through-the-front-door woman, so to find an underwired bra that feels like it’s barely there seems like a miracle. The matching Modal Ballerina Robe was a nice addition to this set and doubles up as a cute summer dress.
Visiting the store was a real eye-opener, too – there is literally a style and colour for every step of a woman’s journey. I was really impressed. It’s a good idea to ask for a little help because it can be overwhelming, but the VS floor staff are on hand to navigate the different styles, shapes and functions of each bra, making the whole experience really fun.
Knockout Knockout Maximum Support Colorblock Front Close Sport Bra
Growing up in a small town, I only knew one place I could go to revamp my underwear drawer – Victoria’s Secret. Then, when I discovered Victoria’s Secret PINK, the majority of my activewear started to feature a pink polka-dotted dog [the logo at the time].
I’ve always been an athlete and sports have played a huge part in my life, so my wardrobe is 90% sportswear. Usually, I would opt for sports bras from a sports brand, but I am happy to step away from that every once in a while, in order to seek something that not only feels good but looks good, too.
I decided on the Knockout Knockout Maximum Support Colorblock Front Close Sport Bra. I was looking for a bra that made me feel confident and supported, that was also comfortable – and where the price tag aligns with the quality; I think I found it.
Best Sweet: Victoria’s Secret Heavenly
Heavenly is one of the original Victoria’s Secret scents and pays tribute to the original angel (think Candice, Adriana, Alessandro, and the like). Warm, sensual, and radiant, it’s almost like bottled confidence.
With notes of sweet vanilla, heady sandalwood, creamy musk, and a touch of peony, Heavenly is sophisticated and glamorous.
Best Woody Gourmand: Victoria’s Secret Dream Angel
What’s unique about Dream Angel is that the hero note is something called rainbow prism accord. A VS signature, the unique concept is that it’s supposed to capture the ‘brilliant flash of a prism’—in other words, something inspiring, radiant, and just a little magical.
There are also amber crystals, jasmine, vanilla, and woods to balance it out, resulting in a warm, woody gourmand scent that’s pretty irresistible.
Scent is a very personal thing, and your preferences will definitely dictate your fragrance of choice. But team Byrdie unanimously agrees that Bombshell (view at Victoria’s Secret) is pretty special.
The fruity-floral is one of America’s top-selling scents, and with delicious notes like passion fruit and orchid, we can see why.
Victoria’s Secret Love (view at Victoria’s Secret) comes in as a close second for its comforting, skin-but-better, romantic scent profile, and the fact that it’s understated but still leaves a trail.
Which fragrance is best in Victoria’s Secret?
Fragrance is personal and differs for everyone, but we chose Bombshell as the best fragrance in Victoria’s Secret’s line. It’s a romantic scent that has fruity-floral notes of passionfruit and orchid. Bombshell also happens to be one of the top-selling scents.
What are the scents of Victoria’s Secret?
Victoria’s Secret has an expansive line of scents, including the best-selling Bombshell, which is fruity and sweet. The brand also has flowery, fresh, sophisticated, and gourmand scents. Some scents are mild while others are more intense.
Are Victoria’s Secret perfumes long lasting?
Some of Victoria’s Secret perfumes are long-lasting while others are not. There are a few fragrances from the brand that reviewers say are not very long-lasting. Take longevity into consideration when choosing your scent, and keep in mind body sprays tend to be less long-wearing than eau de toilettes.