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Today’s “Ask the Addict” featurette comes from Kristine, who’s inquiring about a waist cincher with garters that actually cinches, and mastectomy bras for a curvy friend. Thanks for your questions, Kristine! If any of you have a lingerie-related question, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I love getting messages from readers, and I try to respond to every one!
Q: 1) Any recommendations for waist cinchers w/ garters? I tried S&L’s Helen but it doesn’t cinch enough. I only saw your review of it after I tried it. 2) Any recommendations for mastectomy bra sources? I’ve a close friend who can only find her size (34F) at one US source (they carry only one style in her size. I stumbled onto Second Skin Lingerie in UK which has 1 or 2 in her size, but still I’m trying to find more options for her. If I can’t find them, then maybe I’ll have to start a small business. Thanks for any help you can give!
A: Hi Kristine! Thanks so much for writing. The Secrets in Lace “Helen” waistcincher (which is actually made by Rago) tends to be sized a bit large. If you’re interested in that style specifically, I’d first suggest going down a size and seeing if that doesn’t work better.
If it doesn’t, Kiss Me Deadly makes several varieties of cincher which may give you more waist-reducing power. I’d recommend taking a look at the L’Amour Waist Cincher, the Alouette Waist Nipper, or the Vargas longline girdle…all available through La Magia [Editor’s Note: As of January 2015, this site appears to be defunct], who always offers free worldwide shipping (and currently has 2 out of 3 of those items on sale!). You might also try a high-waisted open bottom girdle or even a mini-corset. The former is made of a very firm powermesh, and the latter is constructed of steel boning with lacing at the back for maximum waist reduction (up to several inches).