Review: American Apparel Mesh Bra and Panty Set, Cotton Thong

I’m a huge fan of American Apparel clothing, so I was very excited when the Los Angeles-based company contacted us at TLP to review some of the new intimates they have recently launched. When I think about AA's products, the following words come to mind: bold, basic, breathable cotton, metallic patent leather, hipster flair, and now with the introduction of fabrics like lace and mesh to its intimates range, sexy originality.

The pieces up for review are the “Nylon Spandex Micro-Mesh Triangle Cross-Back Bra,” the matching “Low Slung Panty” (both in fluorescent pink), and the “Screen Print Baby Rib Thong.” I’ve rated each piece on a scale of 1 to 10, taking in consideration each garment’s overall look, comfort, fit, and price. See the results below!

Nylon Spandex Micro-Mesh Triangle Cross-Back Bra:

Overall Look: 10/10. One of the great things about American Apparel is that each silhouette (whether it be intimates or regular apparel) is generally available in a wide variety of colors, giving it the ability to appeal to many customers. This bra also comes in black, white, nude, scarlet, sunshine/white, pop purple, magic pink, navy and royal blue. Plus, the new sexy mesh lets the nipples peek through, which I’m sure won’t generate any complaints from the boys.

Comfort: 7/10. Even though this bra is made of a nylon spandex micro-mesh blend, it feels like cotton on the skin. It’s virtually weightless and you can barely feel it when it’s on, which is always a quality I look for when shopping for bras. However, if you move around too much (and haven’t purchased the right size) a breast might pop right out, and since you barely feel the bra to begin with, you will not feel when this happens!

Fit: 7/10. If I were to follow the size chart provided on AA’s Web site, I would have purchased this bra in a medium, which I actually did do about a year ago when I bought the “Cotton Spandex Jersey Cross-Back Bra” version, but that was the incorrect fit.  AA sent me the small this time around, and even that, I would say, is a bit too big, which is unfortunate because the bra only comes in sizes S, M and L. If AA incorporated adjustable straps into the design, this problem would vanish and there would be more support.

Price: 10/10. Using the handy dandy cost-per-wear equation (item price divided by times worn equals the cost per wear) I decided that at only $14, this triangle bra is a super value. It is practical and comfortable enough to wear at least twice a week and it will last you at least a year, making the cost per wear as little as $0.14!

Overall score: 8.5/10

Nylon Spandex Micro-Mesh Low Slung Panty:

Overall Look: 10/10. This panty has the same appearance qualities as its matching bra: it’s sexy, sheer and available in the same 10 colors.

Comfort: 10/10. These panties manage to be far more comfortable than its matching countertop. The elastic waistband doesn’t dig into the body, which as always is a very positive attribute!

Fit: 10/10. I also wouldn’t follow the size chart AA provides on their Web site for this one — definitely aim for one size smaller. Seriously, I have a, let’s say um, plump butt (I’m Brazilian so there was no way around it!) and would normally buy a medium to get close to full-coverage, but AA sent me the small and it fit perfectly.

Price: 10/10. At only $11, if you wear these babies once every two weeks for a year, the cost per wear is merely $0.42!

Overall score: 10/10

Screen Print Baby Rib Thong:

Screen Print Baby Rib ThongOverall Look: 10/10. AA sent me a thong in lemon bearing the limited edition “Okay USA” print, and even though I don’t usually like written words on my lingerie, I think this piece is meant to be fun and a reflection of the company’s manufacturing standards, so I like it. Thumbs up. It also comes in nude, brown, orange, pink and lime.

Comfort: 10/10. Let me just start out by saying that I don’t particularly like to wear thongs. Maybe it’s a misconception, but I normally can’t see them as being comfortable undergarments. Perhaps it was the ultra-slim waistband that didn’t dig in to my body, or the fact that it’s 100 percent cotton, but whatever it was, something made me have a change of heart about thongs. In other words, it was super comfortable!

Fit: 8/10. Once again, aim smaller. AA sent me the size 0 and it fit — I normally fit anywhere between a size 3 and 7 in pants (US sizes), and always overlook any size “nothings.”

Price: 6/10. I found this piece a bit expensive at $17. If you were to wear it once a month for a year, the cost per wear would be $1.41, which, yes, is really inexpensive, but like I said I’m not a huge fan of thongs!

Overall score: 8.5/10


Anything I didn’t cover? Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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Photos: American Apparel


February 16, 2010 by  
Filed under 1/4 Cup Bra, Carla Gugino, Kelly Isaac, Nearly Nude, Thong


6 Responses to “Review: American Apparel Mesh Bra and Panty Set, Cotton Thong”
  1. Caitlyn says:

    omigosh i was JUST about to buy the mesh set after you posted about the AA sale last week. i’m so glad you warned me about sizing too because i’m buying online. good to know i;m making a good buy!

  2. Kenzie says:

    I saw this on Twitter! I’m not big on thongs either, and $14 for a scrap of fabric? Hells no! But the mesh set is super cute. And I’m sure my bf won’t have a problem with treating me to mesh underwear either 😉

  3. Luke says:

    These are totally hot

  4. Paige says:

    I have the micromesh ones and the fit is definitely a 10/10!

  5. Sammie says:

    Love their undies, love this model with the long long legs!!

  6. Natalie says:

    I live in AA clothing so the cost per wear for me is excellent but in regards to their underwear I usually go one size up because I’m 6 ft tall and have large hips but their bras are amazing and I think true to size if you have small breasts but definetely aim smaller if you have larger breasts or else you will pop out.