Monday, 12 December 2016

Victoria's Secret now carries regular bras in 30A-C!

Victoria's Secret has been long maligned for having a low selection of bra sizes and dubious business practices. For some reason, America's largest retailer of lingerie insisted on only carrying sizes 32A-38E (marketed as 38DDD) . Many of us in the bra-fitting community suspect that they did this because they put profit margins over customer satisfaction. For the last couple of years they have been carrying sizes 30A-B in their Pink division, which caters primarily to girls and young women ages 15-22. 

I just noticed that this season VS now carries sizes 30A-C in their regular division! Even though I am just barely sized out of their new expanded size range, I am glad they are finally beginning to see that there are many women out there who need 30 band bras. If you need 30 band bras in cup letters D+ I highly recommend that you contact VS, tell them they are doing a great job carrying sizes 30A-C, and that they'd do even better if they offered 30D+. 

If you do need a size in the 30A-C range, check out my picks:

Bombshell Add-2-Cups Push-Up Bra - comes in all sorts of colors, gives you incredible cleavage that other 30 band bras just don't give. Not an everyday bra but perfect for special events.

Very Sexy Multi-Way Bra - If you're looking for a strapless or multi-way bra that fits your shape, it can be hard to find. Most strapless bras available at major retailers don't go below a 32 band so this one is worth a try.

Dream Angels Multi-Way Bra - Does not appear to be as open at the top edges of the cups as the Very Sexy Multi-Way but still worth a try, especially if your shape is FOB and/or short rooted.

So there you have it, my picks for Victoria's Secret 30A-C bras. Question for my readers: Does anyone know if these bras are available for sale in store, or are they available online only?

Thanks for reading! XOXO

Saturday, 10 December 2016

More Holiday Giveaways!!!

In addition to the Holiday Giveaway I did last week, I want to now add free, unworn panties to the list of goodies I am giving out. If you are interested in any of the sets of panties, please leave a comment with your paypal email address and I will send you a private email asking for your mailing address and an invoice for shipping. I still have bras listed on Bratabase for giveaway or exchange. Click the link of the bra(s) you are interested in and you will be taken to the listing on Bratabase.

32A, 32B - Aerie Scarlet - This one is a 32A on the label. It has removable padding and can fit someone who needs 32B if the padding is removed. - TRANSFERRED

30D - Gossard Superboost

XS - Victoria's Secret Pink - TRANSFERRED

S - Victoria's Secret 

OS - Victoria's Secret 

UK size 8 - Curvy Kate Elegance - this would be equivalent to a US size 4 - TRANSFERRED

Happy holidays!! <3 <3 <3

Friday, 2 December 2016

Holiday Giveaway!!!

I'm cleaning out my bra closet and doing a holiday giveaway!! I have 7 bras listed on Bratabase for giveaway or exchange. Click the link of the bra(s) you are interested in and you will be taken to the listing on Bratabase.

32A, 32B - Aerie Scarlet - This one is a 32A on the label. It has removable padding and can fit someone who needs 32B if the padding is removed.

30D - Gossard Superboost

30D - b'tempt.d Perfectly Fabulous Spacer Bra - TRANSFERRED

30D - Parfait Janet - TRANSFERRED to mslt

28DD - Freya Beau Plunge - TRANSFERRED

30D, 28DD - Gossard Glossies Padded - This one is a 30D on the label but can just as easily fit for someone who needs 28DD due to its firm band. TRANSFERRED

Happy holidays everyone!! XOXO

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Etain Retail Store Review

Etain is is a small, independently owned retailer of lingerie, underwear, sleepwear, and loungewear. It is located in Portland, ME. 

When I first walked in, the salesperson greeted me and asked me if I was looking for anything in particular. I asked to try out some bras by Fortnight, Lonely Lingerie, Claudette, and Tutti Rouge. 

Their selection of bras is really good for a small store. Etain is only about as large as Forty Winks yet the size selection and the brand selection are phenomenal. They carry styles in 28A-D, 30A-38G, and 40A-42DD. The main size range was 30A-38G though so the selection of 28, 40, and 42 band bras was a bit sparse. I'm not complaining though since the core size range that they offer is great. The brands they offer include TLBC, Fortnight, Lonely Lingerie, Lilipiache, Gossard, Claudette, Tutti Rouge, Panache, and Curvy Kate. 

The Fortnight selection was standard: a collection of Miras, Vegas, and Lunas, all fitting the way Fortnight bras ought to fit which means true to size. I found out here that Lonely Lingerie isn't what it's all cracked up to be; the salesperson said they tend to run 1 cup volume large...I found that all the Lonely Lingerie styles I tried did indeed run 1 cup volume large, except for 1 style which ran 1 cup volume small. In short, I do not recommend Lonely Lingerie. I did try a wonderful bra by the indie brand Lilipiache; it was a beatiful bralette and I look forward to seeing more offerings from this brand. 

Prices at this store varied a lot: anywhere from $20 to $110.

Verdict: 5/5

Monday, 17 October 2016

Petite Menstrual Pads! What to do if regular sized pads are too big!

Petite bloggers often talk about shopping for clothes that fit. Small bust, full bust and full figure bloggers often talk about shopping for bras that fit. But what about getting menstrual pads that fit? I have often wondered if I am the only petite woman out there who has searched for pads tailored for my small frame. I have long been using Always Slender but it was time for me to branch out and see what else is out there. I bought a package of each of these four brands during my last period and will review them based on three metrics: size, comfort, and absorbency. Here are my findings: 

Always Slender - I have been using this brand since I was a young teen. The size of the pad is definitely better than most "regular sized" pads. The length and width are pretty good considering that regular sized pads are often too wide to fit on an XS panty. The wings are a bit big though. Absorbency is fine; I have light flow so maximum absorbency is not necessary for me. It is less comfortable than two of the other brands though.

Kotex Tween - Marketed towards young girls aged 10-12, this is a pretty good buy for adult women with petite frames. The size of this pad is probably the best of the bunch. The width is small enough to fit on an XS panty (all four of the pad brands in this review met this criterion) and the short length is the best of the bunch. The wings are the smallest and thus the best. It is very absorbent; probably the (very close) second most absorbent pad of the bunch. Comfort-wise, it is also comes in at a very close second.

Always Teen - Marketed towards girls and young women 13-19. The size of this pad is the worst of the bunch. Even though all four brands have the correct width to fit on my tiny sized undies, this brand is the longest and has the largest wings. However, Always Teen pads make up for their atrocious size by being the most absorbent and comfortable of the bunch. I say dry all day, and zero leakage. Even if you have heavy flow this pad can probably take it.

CVS Petites - The only brand of the four that is marketed entirely towards petite adult women rather than young girls, these pads look and feel similar to Always Slender. Length is alright, width is good, wings are a bit big. Absorbency is fine for me; if you have medium to heavy flow go with Kotex Tween. If you have really heavy flow go with Always Teen. Comfort is similar to Always Slender. 

Here is a handy chart of the above information in condensed form: 

Verdict: Always Slender and CVS Petites each get ratings of 52% from me. Kotex Tween and Always Teen blow the competition out of the water with 90% and 83% ratings respectively. If you're looking for comfort and absorbency, go with Always Teen. If you're looking for the most physically petite pad (small width, small length, AND small wings), go with Kotex Tween.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Freya Beau Plunge - A Review

Review of Freya Beau Plunge bra

I don't often review Freya bras as I feel that most of their styles are either too narrow/projected for my shape or too broad/shallow for my shape. The Freya bras I have owned tend to be on the broad/shallow side of the spectrum, hence the Deco Strapless, Deco Soft Cup, and the Deco Half Cup. I went browsing on Bratabase again for some bra swaps and got the Freya Beau Plunge in 28DD. 

Band Size: Typical Freya bra, so good. It's a 28 band that stretches out to 30", which is normal for non-strapless, non-longline Freya bras. I like it this way, because I need 28 bands that run large or 30 bands that run true-to-size or small.

Cup Size: Good. This bra runs true to size in overall cup volume. 

Cup Shape: Okay. At first this bra felt like the Cleo Marcie. However, it is ever-so-slightly more narrow in the cups and ever-so-slightly more projected at the top parts of the cups. In my size range the Cleo Marcie has medium breadth wires, average projection and is made for FOT and/or tall rooted shapes. 

Cup Spacing and Center Gore: Not very good. Even though the distance between the cups is pretty average .625" and the center gore is only 2" high, the wires at the center gore feel really really far apart and really really high.

Color: Alright. I don't mind the candy color.

Verdict: This bra gets only a 50% rating. While it fitted my shape (just barely), it also becomes uncomfortable after a while. I can wear this bra around for a little while but not all day. It best caters to people who have slightly narrow roots, slightly above average overall projection (but immediately shallow), and an FOT and/or tall rooted shape. If you feel like the Cleo Marcie was a good fit you will like this one too.

Friday, 16 September 2016

Parfait Janet unmoulded - A Review

Review of Parfait Janet unmoulded bra

It has been almost two years since I tried on a Parfait bra. I had some bad experiences with the Jeanie (ran large in the cups) and the Charlotte (inconsistent in overall sizing) so I decided to avoid the brand for a while. I got bored of my current bra wardrobe though so I went browsing on Bratabase for some bra swaps and this 30D bra is what I got. 

Band Size: Very good. It's a 30 band that runs slightly small. The band stretches out to 29.5". This is a great buy for people who technically measure as 28 bands but find true-to-size and small 28 band bras to be too small. 

Cup Size: Good. This bra runs true to size in overall cup volume. 

Cup Shape: Almost bad. This bra is almost too immediately shallow and is almost too projected. The top parts of the cups almost cut into my flesh. That being said, it doesn't. It has broad wires, which I like.

Cup Spacing and Center Gore: Very good. The cup spacing is far apart and the underwires come up low at the center gore. 

Color: Alright. I don't mind the silver grey color.

Verdict: This bra gets an 80% rating. It best caters to people who have broad roots, medium height or short roots, with average projection and a conical shape. If you feel like the Cleo Marcie and/or the Cleo Hettie are too narrow in the wires for you, this might work. 

Monday, 29 August 2016

Fortnight Mira Longline - A Review

Review of Fortnight Mira Longline bra

I am still looking for some wireless bras as my Freya Deco Soft Cup bra is getting too shallow, and the OnGossamer Cabana Cotton Modal Wire-Free bra was a disaster shapewise. I still want something more immediate projection without being actually projected. Although I have never spent more than $60 on a bra before, I decided to bite the bullet and try the Fortnight Mira Longline as it seemed to be comfortable and offer the shape I want. I ended up plunking down $110 for a 30D bra that was Made in Canada.

Band Size: Fine. It's a 30 band that feels like a 30 band but rides up in the back a bit. I was surprised that it actually stretched to 32".

Cup Size: Great. This bra runs true to size in the cup.

Cup Shape: Good, but could be a bit better. This bra has just barely enough immediate projection, and has broad and tall cups. It's definitely more comfortable than a wired bra but I was expecting more from a wireless bra. The lace band and the wide straps make it less comfortable. Still, it is not more uncomfortable than the Freya Deco Soft Cup.

Cup Spacing and Centre Gore: Good, but could be a bit better. It's a wireless bra so it doesn't have underwire issues at the gore. The cup spacing could be a tad more far apart though.

Color: Great. I love the ivory color.

Verdict: This bra gets an 80% rating. While it offers enough immediate projection, it's only just barely. It is great if you have moderate or mild shallowness and are not FOB. It's also great if you have average projection and are not FOB. Great for broad and tall roots. I do wish the band were not lacy and the straps were thinner. If I don't find a better longline I might get this same bra in black.

In the future I might get the Dreams and Underthings Bralette and see what happens.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

OnGossamer Cabana Cotton Modal Wire-Free Bra - A Review

Review of OnGossamer Cabana Cotton Modal Wire-Free bra

It has been 10 months since I last bought a bra. I am looking for some wireless bras as my Freya Deco Soft Cup bra is getting too shallow, especially at the bottom parts of the cups. I want something that is ideally non-pushup and with more immediate projection. This would take the TOMgirl Yoga Bra, the Gossard Super Smooth and the OnGossamer Mesh Unwire Uplift out of contention. I figured there would be no harm in trying the OnGossamer Cabana Cotton Modal Wire-Free bra in 30D to see if it worked. 

Band Size: Fine. It's a 30 band that feels like a 30 band. It does ride up in the back a bit. Upon further inspection, the band stretches out to 32".

Cup Size: Awful. This bra runs large in the cup, which is pretty bad cause the OnGossamer Mesh Bump-It-Up runs small in the cup. I feel that OnGossamer might be inconsistent in their cup sizing. 

Cup Shape: Awful This bra is immediately too shallow and too projected at the apex. It's great if your shape is very conical and size is 30DD but for me it does not work.

Cup Spacing and Centre Gore: Good.

Color: Good. I like the light heather grey.

Verdict: This bra gets only a 50% rating from me. While I'm not miffed about the band running a bit larger, I am not happy with the cups running 1 full cup volume larger and the shape being very hard-to-fit. Very few people have that conical shape but if you do have this shape it might be nice to try.

In the future I might get the Lepel Lyla Soft Bra and the Fortnight Mira and see what happens.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Forty Winks Retail Store Review

Forty Winks is a small, independently owned retailer of underwear and sleepwear. It is located in Harvard Square and so I paid them a visit today to check out some different bra brands than what I usually wear.

When I first walked in, the salesperson was busy with another customer. This let me browse for a bit by myself. Once the other customer left the salesperson immediately said hi and welcome to me. She got a fitting room started for me and answered my question about which brands the store carries. I was especially interested in trying out some bras by Fortnight, On Gossamer, Skarlett Blue, and Gossard. 

Their selection of bras is okay. They carry two styles in 28A-C, both by TLBC. They have somewhat of a selection of bras from 30A to 40G by various brands. I found that while the size and brand selection is pretty decent, almost all the bras cater to shallow and broad rooted shapes. If your shape is projected and/or narrow rooted, there are fewer styles here for you to try. 

This is a tiny store, so I won't hound them too much for not having so much selection. I think it is a very positive sign that they carry 28, 30, and 40 bands at all, plus F, FF, and G cups. The prices vary; most things were between $40 - $100.

Verdict: 4/5

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Dress Cup Size is NOT Bra Cup Size!

I don't have a large bust but I do have a very small waist, which makes for a relatively high bust:waist ratio. Many people in the bra-fitting community struggle just as much with finding shirts and dresses that fit the bust as we do with finding bras outside of the matrix  (32A - 38E). I myself struggle with finding dresses that fit the top half of my body (US RTW size 2 - 4) and the bottom half of my body (US RTW size 00 or 0). One way to solve this problem is to buy RTW bust-friendly clothing. Another way we can solve this problem is by making our own clothing!

Before you get out your fabric scissors, we should go over one really important concept: Dress cup size is NOT bra cup size! In fact, when you properly measure your bra cup size and your dress cup size, you will most likely find that your dress cup size is smaller than your bra cup size! For example, 30D and 28DD are my most often worn bra cup sizes, but I need a 'C' in dress cup sizes. You might find that you normally wear 32F in bra cup sizes and a 'D' in dress cup sizes. 

Contrary to some people's ideas (I have had a commenter on my blog and on another forum guess that dress cup size is "the bra size you'd get with the +4 method"), DO NOT USE THE UNDERBUST +4" METHOD. The underbust +4" method is just as inaccurate for determining bra cup sizes as it is for determining dress cup sizes. When determining your dress cup size, use the overbust method. Getting your dress cup size is as easy as 1, 2, 3...

Step 1: Before measuring, wear the bra that you would most likely wear with the garment that you want to make. 

Step 2. Take your overbust measurement.

Step 3: Take your full bust measurement, then subtract your overbust measurement from your full bust measurement. 

Example:" if your overbust measurement is 31" and your full bust measurement is 34", 34 - 31 = 3. Therefore, your dress cup size is 'C'. Here is the chart for dress cup size progression:

Monday, 11 April 2016

Even More Bust-Friendly Clothing! Cashmerette releases Concord T-Shirt, Cup Sizes C-H

If you haven't heard by now, full-bust fashionista Jenny Rushmore took it upon herself last year to create a line of sewing patterns for people who have full busts. Her label, Cashmerette consisted of two dress patterns the Appleton Dress and the Washington Dress. As many customers wanted a top pattern, Jenny created the Concord T-Shirt for people who love knit tees and want to make versatile wardrobe staples. As always, everything in the Cashmerette brand comes in sizes 12-28, and dress cup sizes from C-H!

Just remember, dress cup sizes are totally different from bra cup sizes! I usually wear 30D or 28DD but my dress cup size is 'B' or 'C'. You may find that your bra size is 32F but you may need a 'D' in dress cup sizes. 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Aerie adds another style in 30 bands!

For a couple of years now Aerie has offered the following styles of bras in 30A-D: Blakely, Bridget, Hannah, Katie, and Sunnie. Late last year they added the Sunnie Push-up, which caters to the same basic shape has the regular Sunnie. I just noticed that the Audrey, a multiway convertible strapless bra, now comes in 30A-D! This is great news for both 30 band wearers and 28 band wearers because the Audrey is known to run small in the band. I have yet to try out this bra for myself, but it looks promising. It comes in three colors: Black, White and Natural "Nude"***

***I really wish they would stop using this term. Not everybody has this skin color and it's just plain discriminatory.