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Ask the Addict: On Waist Cinchers and Mastectomy Bras

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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 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 two out of three 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).

As for mastectomy bras, I’d recommend the brands Royce or Anita Care. They both sell their sexy yet functional products in a variety of sizes through Figleaves. I hope this helps!

Cora Harrington

Founder and Editor in Chief of The Lingerie Addict. I started TLA in a small studio apartment in 2008. Since then, it's become the leading lingerie blog in the world, and has been featured on the websites for Forbes, CNN, Time, Today, and Fox News. I believe lingerie is fashion too, and that every who wants it deserves gorgeous lingerie.

8 Comments on this post

  1. sophie says:

    I had waist cinchers and i really love using it!

  2. MissNeira says:

    I love the recommendation..kiss me deadly really does have great ones

  3. cervin says:

    beautiful photo. I love Kiss me deadly and i go to see

    Thanks you treacle

  4. mom & son says:

    Darling, I love corsets but I can't wear it
    for now. I try to hide the fat belly after I gave birth to Mr.Freddy.

  5. Treacle says:

    @Panty Buns–I intend for all of my posts to stay up forever, dear, so no worries about the links here disappering.

    And the corset I wore in the photo you're referencing was actually custom made by SugarKitty (…an incredibly awesome corsetiere who I highly recommend.

    @Cocamia–Thank you, darling! I agree…that image is super-fierce.

  6. COCAMIA says:

    That is one hot image!!! Great info on Waist Cinchers! Hope your well…xx

  7. Panty Buns says:

    What a fantastic group of links for waist-cinchers (which I love). I checked each link, but haven't bookmarked them yet and hope you leave this post up for a long time. If I'm not mistaken, isn't the link to the mini-corset by What Katy Did the same waist-cincher you modeled in your post entitled Super Important Lingerie Addict Updates ? You really know your lingerie and look great modeling it too.

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