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5 Plus Size Swimsuits in Graphic Prints

The Zanzibar One Piece Swimsuit in Brown by Josephine Swim

The Zanzibar One Piece Swimsuit in Brown by Josephine Swim

I’ve discovered that my happy place for swimsuits is pretty close to my happy place for clothing: a dash retro, lots of prints bordering on kitsch and bright happy colors. All of these swimsuits make me terribly happy and come in a great size range. While this article focuses on plus sizes, lots of these have a full size range as well. All of these swimsuits go to size 3X, with some going higher.

ASOS CURVE Mexican Elephant Print Bikini

ASOS CURVE Elephant Print Bikini

ASOS CURVE Bikini Top and Bottom in Mexican Elephant Print:
I had something intellectual and smart I was going to say here, but oh my god it’s baby elephants on a swimsuit and I want it. ASOS CURVE has been hitting it out of the park with their fashion items this year, so it’s not surprising that their swimsuit collection is great as well. This bikini is eyecatching while still offering lots of coverage and a hint of kitsch.

Nala Midkini by Swimsuits for All and GabiFresh

Nala Midkini by Swimsuits for All and GabiFresh

Nala Midkini by Swimsuits for All and GabiFresh:
Gabi Gregg of the GabiFresh blog has debuted another knockout swimsuit collaboration with Swimsuits for All this season. This Nala Midkini is a great 70′s inspired print option for those of us who love lots of bright colors at the beach.

1940's Swoon Suit in Red Plaid by Pinup Girl Clothing

1940′s Swoon Suit in Red Plaid by Pinup Girl Clothing

1940′s Swoon Suit in Red Plaid by Pinup Girl Clothing:
For vintage swimsuit lovers, it doesn’t get much better than this Swoon Suit by Pinup Girl Clothing. Based on an original 1940′s swimsuit pattern, this suit is a one piece with all of the fun of a two piece. This plaid print is a completely different direction than most swimsuits go, which I love.

Swim Sexy Lips Midkini by Swimsuits for All

Swim Sexy Lips Midkini by Swimsuits for All

Swim Sexy Lips Midkini by Swimsuits for All:
This lip print swimsuit is a great option for those who like to embrace the kitsch fully. I love the fun print as well as the peek-a-boo style briefs – after all, where better to show some skin than the beach?

The Zanzibar One Piece Swimsuit in Brown by Josephine Swim

The Zanzibar One Piece Swimsuit in Brown by Josephine Swim

The Zanzibar One Piece Swimsuit in Brown by Josephine Swim:
Josephine Swim has released a knockout collection of amazing luxury plus size swimsuits – I love every last one of them. While there are lots of drama filled options, my favorite is this relatively quiet Zanzibar swimsuit. I love the beautiful colors against the brown background as well as the flattering cut.

Which of these is your favorite? Do you like to wear swimsuits with prints or do you prefer plain colors?

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Lingerie For Your Inner 1920′s Party Girl: The Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

 

This robe was provided by Trashy Diva for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I was extra excited when this review opportunity came through, because I’m a huge fan of Trashy Diva’s dresses and own a ton of them. Somehow though, I’d never gotten around to trying any of their lingerie options. I’d never even set foot in their lingerie boutique despite living close by.

The Trashy Diva Lingerie Store - Magazine Street Location

The Trashy Diva Lingerie Store – Magazine Street Location

If you’re unfamiliar with Trashy Diva, they’re a vintage reproduction clothing line out of New Orleans. Unlike some reproduction lines that focus on modern patterns and shapes, Trashy Diva tries to get as close to the classics as possible. They’ve taken this philosophy and applied it to some lingerie pieces recently, most notably this Flapper Robe that captures the 1920′s perfectly.

The Trashy Diva Lingerie Store - Magazine Street Location

The Trashy Diva Lingerie Store – Magazine Street Location

Since I live in the same city as the Trashy Diva stores, I got to actually try on several sizes of the robe before I picked the size for my sample. All of them are cut generously and as a 12/14 I fit both the medium and the large. I ended up going with the large so I could have more coverage over my chest, but I would have been happy with the medium as well. If you’re planning to wear this as an outerwear piece I’d size down, while those planning to wear it as lounge piece or as a dressing gown should pick the larger size.

Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

This robe has tons of lovely details that make it truly special. The floral embroidery is bright gold and absolutely stunning, while the fringe is decadent and lots of fun. I love how the embroidery goes all the way around, including to the back of the robe. It’s that kind of detail that adds an extra dash of luxury to the Flapper Robe.

Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

Since I work from home, I gave this robe a full try out – I wore it for an entire work day to see if it would be comfortable as well as pretty. I’m happy to report that it’s comfortable and beautiful, which can be hard to find in the lingerie world. The robe is made from featherlight rayon, which makes it great for hot weather even though it has long sleeves. The sleeves can also be cuffed to make them shorter, which is nice if you’re making tea or doing something that you’re afraid will get your robe dirty.

Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

Trashy Diva Flapper Robe

Speaking of cleaning, I did not do a wash test on this robe like I do on all of my other review pieces. The robe is labeled dry clean only and if my experience with Trashy Diva dresses holds true then they really mean it. That said, you can spot clean this rayon easily with a little soap and water, so it’s not a disaster if you spill some coffee on it. I’ve tried this and none of the colors ran, but I wouldn’t dunk it water to handwash it without at least doing a spot test on the embroidery and the black rayon.

This robe is incredibly comfortable and I’d recommend it to anyone who wants a 1920′s style lingerie piece that can actually stand up to lounging around the house. This robe is beautiful and striking, but it can also make it through Sunday brunch and the occasional dog cuddle. I really hope Trashy Diva produces more lingerie like this, as I’d absolutely buy more.

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The Best Full Bust Lingerie for A/W 2014

Paradise Babydoll by Sculptresse

Paradise Babydoll by Sculptresse

For those of us in the industry, lingerie seasons seem to move so far ahead of the current time that it’s easy to feel like all of the new stuff is really old stuff. While lots of us are preparing to deal with Spring/Summer 2015 soon, customers will finally be seeing pieces from the A/W 2014 shows in the flesh starting in early August. It was a particularly strong showing for various full bust companies, so today I thought I’d highlight the brands and sets that you might want to put on your autumn shopping lists.

Mercy Set by Tutti Rouge

Mercy Set by Tutti Rouge

Kitty Set by Tutti Rouge

Kitty Set by Tutti Rouge

Tutti Rouge:
Several brands on this list had tough first seasons. They listened to lots of feedback, revamped and are now back and leading their competition. If you tried Tutti Rouge the first season and didn’t get along with their sizing, you really need to give them another shot. Their sizing is in line with the rest of the full bust industry now and their designs ooze creativity and a sense of fun. While I know lots of people are still devoted to Cleo, I think Tutti Rouge has outdone them in terms of fashion and materials recently. One of my favorite features of Tutti Rouge is the range of matching bottoms they produce, which means there is something for everyone. From barely there thongs to skirted bottoms, it’s worth buying the whole set.

Save up for: The gorgeous leopard print ‘Mercy’ set and the luxe vampire inspired ‘Kitty’ Set.

Dottie's Delights F/W 2014

Dottie’s Delights F/W 2014

Dottie's Delights F/W 2014

Dottie’s Delights F/W 2014

Dottie’s Delights:
Dottie’s Delights had one of the few lookbooks that made me want to buy absolutely everything in it during the previews – in fact, I’m budgeting a reasonable amount of my personal spending money for several pieces. The new line channels 50′s burlesque with modern materials and gorgeous cuts that look good on a wide range of bodies. It also features several new versions of the wildly popular Mosh Playsuit, which is one of my all time favorite lingerie pieces. I already own one, but I see myself picking up at least one more this season.

Save up for: Mosh Playsuits, 50′s inspired mesh sleepwear pieces

Paradise Babydoll by Sculptresse

Paradise Babydoll by Sculptresse

Chi Chi Set by Sculptresse

Chi Chi Set by Sculptresse

Sculptresse:
If you’d told me I would have been incredibly excited about the new Sculptresse season when the brand debuted, I would have thought you were crazy. The bras have always been well made and comfortable, but it wasn’t hitting my buttons style-wise. This season brings a serious style injection to the Sculptresse line that shows it can go toe to go with brands like Elomi. While I’d still love to see larger cup sizes and a more diverse set of bra shapes (plunge bras, please!), I’m insanely excited about getting to try some of the new pieces. Panache is also making the smart decision to incorporate bestselling styles like the Jasmine into the range – you can see it here as the leopard print Chi-Chi bra.

Save up for: The Flirtini, The Chi-Chi and the Paradise babydoll

 

Roxie Camisole Set by Curvy Kate

Roxie Camisole Set by Curvy Kate

Carmen Set by Curvy Kate in Boysenberry

Carmen Set by Curvy Kate in Boysenberry

Curvy Kate:
Curvy Kate is another brand that has redone their sizing for the better. They’re releasing some incredibly strong designs for this season, as well as options that aren’t found in other brands. Their Carmen longline bra will be back in a new colorway and several gorgeous babydolls will be making their debut. They have a lovely firecracker print bra and a new strapless that may grab a unique corner of the market. In short, there’s lots to love with much less guesswork in terms of sizing. In terms of new shapes, I really love the Roxie camisole. It’s a great option for ladies who don’t love the babydoll look but want more than a bra and panty set.

Save up for: The Carmen longline, the Roxie camisole, the Roxie babydoll

Which of these pieces is your favorite? Is there anything you’re really looking forward to for autumn/winter?

Holly

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Lingerie as Outerwear: Summer Wraps and Sweaters

Glitter Wings Sweatshirt by Kriss Soonik

Glitter Wings Sweatshirt by Kriss Soonik

Summer is one of the best times of the year to try out the lingerie as outerwear look. While it’s easy to wear bodysuits as blouses during the rest of the year, summer opens up a whole new range of possibilities. I’ve seen lots of pieces that double as outerwear being sold this summer, in part due to the popularity of movies like “The Great Gatsby” and tv shows like “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” (which honestly deserves it’s own lingerie style post, but we’ll skip that today). Whether you’re channeling your inner 1920′s society detective or just looking for a great silk wrap to wear out to dinner, you’ve come to the right place. As a bonus, these are pieces that are very free with sizing and look good on a wide range of body types.

Flapper Robe by Trashy Diva

Flapper Robe by Trashy Diva

This robe has been featured around here before, but I’ve seen it in personal several times now and have become a bit more obsessed each time I walk past it in the store. It’s simply stunning and the quality is great. It could easily double as a jacket over a wide range of summertime outfits, but try it with a pair of wider legged pants if you want to accent the 1920′s look that it already has.

Gatsby Kimono by Christine Lingerie

Gatsby Kimono by Christine Lingerie

This Gatsby Kimono is fitting named, as it’s another piece that channels both the era and the decadence shown in Fitzgerald’s novel. The motifs in the print reflect the fashions of the time as well, which is a thoughtful touch.

Chandelier Sweater by She and Reverie

Chandelier Sweater by She and Reverie

This sweater combines simple colors and shapes and then injects it all with lots of glitter. It would look extra cute over a short slipdress and brightly colored socks.

Jessica Bed Jacket by Ayten Gasson

Jessica Bed Jacket by Ayten Gasson

I own several of these bed jackets and wear them all the time. They’re cute with everything from jeans to pencil skirts. I especially adore the brightly printed versions that Ayten has released this season.

French Quarter Cocoon Wrap by Dollhouse Bettie

French Quarter Cocoon Wrap by Dollhouse Bettie

There is so much drama in this simple black lace wrap! Based on a 1915 pattern, it’s another piece that channels the early 1920′s perfectly. This would be wonderful with a longer formal dress if you want a light coat to go with it.

Glitter Wings Sweatshirt by Kriss Soonik

Glitter Wings Sweatshirt by Kriss Soonik

If the 1920′s isn’t your thing, Kriss Soonik has some wonderfully wearable and modern options this season. This sweatshirt is one part greek goddess, one part glitter explosion and one part lazy day sweatshirt. The result is new, fresh and eminently wearable.

Would you wear any of these pieces as outerwear? Which one is your favorite?

Holly

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Full Bust Perspectives: How Should Companies Market Full Bust Bras?

The Bombshell Bra by Bombshell Boudoir

The Bombshell Bra by Bombshell Boudoir

I spend the rest of my life talking about marketing from a company perspective, so it seems only fitting that today I find myself writing a piece on marketing as an actual bra consumer. As the full bust bra market grows, more and more companies are bringing out new options that claim to be the result of constant innovation, superior materials and construction that will change how we full bust women feel about our bras. Every new bra seems to represent some new never seen before style or a new age of full bust bras – so why are we all still talking about the bras we’d like to see?

The answer seems to be that the full bust bra world is full of companies marketing to customers who are seen as unique unicorns in the lingerie world, while customers see themselves as just another group of consumers who would like pretty underwear. These effusive marketing strategies are actually offputting, at least to me. Today I’m going to go over some great and not so great examples of how bras are marketed to full bust women, as well as talk about full bust customers and their reactions to various marketing tactics.

Amanda Contrast Bra by Creme Bralee

Amanda Contrast Bra by Creme Bralee

The bra at the top of the article comes from a new company called Bombshell Boudoir, which specializes in what they describe as the underserved 30DD to 36F bra market. Aside from the bra at the top looking at little uh…familiar, let’s say, this is marketing talk that we’ve all heard before. I’d love to see more fashionable and supportive bras for that particular market segment, but I’m pretty sure most consumers don’t believe this kind of talk when we hear it anymore. It’s easy to feel overloaded and discouraged when all full bust bra companies seem to be saying that full bust customers are so special while replicating the same marketing speech to make us love them.

The second bra is from Creme Bralee, which has actually come a long way in terms of making cute and fashionable bras at amazing price points. They’re another company that specializes in the C through G range and markets as a company that supports and loves women in this size range. The hitch? They add a surcharge to any bra over a DD cup. I believe that Creme Bralee really does love their customers and this market segment, but it’s hard to feel respected as a customer when you see a surcharge on certain cup sizes and not others. Why not make every cup size the same price and make them slightly more expensive? Why not spread the cost out over the whole range and not make some people feel like outliers?

These companies aren’t alone in attempting to make customers feel special in some awkward ways – you can see it all over the full bust bra market. Here’s the key: full bust customers want to have the same choices as everyone else and be treated the exact same way. After all, most full busted women have had enough bad experiences standing out in a crowd due to their figures. Why would we want our bras to give us that same awkward feeling?

Bardot Plunge Lace Bra by Claudette

Bardot Plunge Lace Bra by Claudette

That said, it’s not all bad news. There are some companies who are marketing genuinely innovative products to full bust ladies by doing what every other lingerie company does to sell lingerie to customers. Claudette is a great example of this. They make bras that range from A through G and use multiple models to show off the full range. They also don’t go around putting yellow highlighter around every larger cup size. To Claudette full busted customers are the same kind of customer that their C cup customers are, which is smart and refreshing.

DD through J Cup Strappy Tank by Bravissimo

DD through J Cup Strappy Tank by Bravissimo

Bravissimo specializes in a huge range of cup sizes and has been putting out products that no one else has for years. This year they’ve taken their wildly popular built in bra tank top line up to a J cup and released new colors for the new size range. This is the image they’re using to promote it. The best part about this image is that this is one of those standard summer outfits that everyone can (and wants) to wear. It’s also the kind of outfit that you’ve been dreaming about wearing for years if you’re full busted. Instead of marketing this tank top with a speech about innovation, the implied marketing message is smart and simple: now you can wear the same things in the summer that all of your friends do. 

Addicted Half Cup Set by Pour Moi

Addicted Half Cup Set by Pour Moi

I’ve featured this Addicted Half Cup set before, but it’s another great example of bras that came out with little fanfare and really rocked the full bust lingerie world. Everyone was excited about this set because it was a look that full bust women hadn’t had much access to before. Figleaves didn’t market it in any special way: they just added it to the lineup and let the lingerie speak for itself. Even with very little marketing, it got a ton of buzz and I suspect sold extremely well as a result.

When you try too hard to make a certain market segment feel special, it can sometimes spill over into making them feel singled out instead. What popular full bust companies have in common in their marketing is really basic: they make full bust women feel included rather than excluded. Lingerie is a big world, but fashionable and supportive bras are something that lots of consumers want. By focusing on those principles rather than on technical achievements or pandering to a certain size range, the most popular full bust companies have created a real following that makes their customers feel just like everyone else.

How do you feel about the way full bust companies market their lingerie? What attracts you to a lingerie marketing campaign? What turns you off?

Holly

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Full Bust Babydoll Review: The Fortuna Babydoll by Kris Line

This babydoll was purchased by me. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Fortuna Babydoll in Ecru

Fortuna Babydoll in Ecru

Last week I talked about my favorite underrated bra brands, so it’s only fitting that my new Kris Line goodies came in this week! I’ve reviewed Kris Line bra sets here before, but I wanted to review a new option this week – their gorgeous babydoll line. These popped up on Zulily during the last Kris Line sale and I couldn’t resist trying one out. I’ve tried lots of full bust babydolls from several different lines, but this one is my favorite in terms of construction and fit so far.

Details on the Fortuna Babydoll

Details on the Fortuna Babydoll

While I love colorful babydolls with fun fashion details, sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics. The embellishment on this babydoll comes from beautiful embroidered details and contrasting lace and mesh fabrics. The ecru color is gorgeous, but hard to capture on camera. It’s a true eggshell, which a color you don’t see much in lingerie. It’s feminine and classic without feeling bridal like white does. This babydoll also comes in white and black, for those who are looking for either bridal lingerie or something more classic.

If you’re new to Kris Line’s sizing, the general rule is to stick with your “standard” band size and then go up two cup sizes. In my case, this means I bought a 34JJ rather than my normal 34HH. I bought the matching thong, which was nice and comfortable in an XXL. I’ve found that their thongs occasionally run a bit small, so if you’re between sizes try the larger one.

Fortuna Babydoll by Kris Line

Fortuna Babydoll by Kris Line

My hunched shoulders really don’t display this as well as they should, but hopefully you can get a sense of it from this picture. This babydoll is incredibly comfortable and supportive! It makes me want to pick up the bra that it is based on. I love the flyaway detail with the layer of mesh underneath it, as it both covers and allows the babydoll to have a straighter cut skirt that is still flattering.

This babydoll is comfortable enough that I’ve slept in it several times, which is high praise as I hate sleeping in underwires. It’s one of those pieces that is both beautiful and useful. If another one shows up in the next Kris Line event on Zulily, I will definitely snap it up to have an extra to sleep in.

This babydoll was $55 in the Zulily sale, which makes it cheaper than many other options on the market. The construction is superior to many of the other options out currently, so it’s definitely a worthwhile piece to add to your lingerie drawer. It’s great to know that the expanded options from Kris Line are just as well done as their bras.

Have you tried anything by Kris Line? What did you think of it?

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5 Full Bust Lingerie Brands To Try If You Haven’t

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Fortuna Babydoll by Kris Line

Image via Zulily

It’s easy to get stuck talking about all of the same brands in the full bust world. This is due in part to having fewer options than other size ranges, but also because the big players like Eveden tend to dominate the conversation. Today I’m going to talk about some incredible brands that don’t get as much press, as well as some that are worth a second look for reasons you might not expect. If you’ve never tried these brands (or haven’t tried them recently) they’re absolutely worth a look. As a bonus, most of them are easily available now, which makes purchasing from Comexim or Kris Line easier than it was even a year ago.

Lola Luxe Basque by Bravissimo

Image via Bravissimo

Bravissimo:
Bravissimo is a powerhouse brand in the UK, but doesn’t have as much of a following among US based buyers as they should. Their selection of bras is great, but it’s reasonably easy to access fashionable full bust bras in the US these days if you’re in the D through H cup size range. If you’re in the H through K cup range or you’re looking for something unique, you need to check out Bravissimo. While other companies boost about taking plunge bras up to a J cup, Bravissimo is already making basques based on them. They’re now offering this gorgeous Lola Luxe Basque up to a K cup (I bought one a few years ago and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve ever made) as well as strappy tops with built in bras in fashion colors up to a J cup. If you’re at the high end of full bust sizes, Bravissimo also regularly releases L cup bras that are cute and reasonably affordable.

Eris Bra by Comexim

Image via Comexim

Comexim: 
Comexim is one of those brands I’ve always admired and never bought from because quite frankly, purchasing from them seemed hard. Frequently buyers would have no language in common with the company while they tried to figure out sizing, payment and a whole host of custom options. Maybe I’m a wimp, but it scared me off. Luckily A Sophisticated Pair has recently struck a deal to carry Comexim, which means you can now get the best of both worlds. The owner, Erica, can help with sizing as well as negotiate special orders. You can also return bras that don’t fit, which is a huge advantage. She’s carrying some basics in her store now, but make sure to contact her if you’re interested in getting in on future fashion orders.

Beatrice Plunge Bra by Tutti Rouge

Tutti Rouge:
Tutti Rouge had lots of buzz before their launch and then suffered from serious sizing concerns. They’ve since gone back and revised their sizing system and are now making amazing bras at awesome price points – in fact, they’re my new favorite go to budget bra line. If you tried a Tutti Rouge bra the first season and it didn’t work for you, it’s time to try another from last season or the current season.

Ginger Macaroon Bra by Cake Lingerie

Image via Cake Lingerie

Cake Lingerie:
I’m childfree by choice (my dog is all the toddler I need) but I love Cake Lingerie. And it’s all because of one bra style: their flexible underwire bras. I’ve suffered from both chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia since I was a teenager, and Cake Lingerie’s flexible wire bras are the only kind that doesn’t hurt when I have flare ups that involve body pain, muscle spasms and swelling. I love that these provide great lift, so I don’t have to choose between being in intense pain and looking terrible when I leave the house. If you’re sensitive to wires or tight bra bands due to a disability or illness, Cake Lingerie’s flexible wire bras may be a godsend.

Fortuna Babydoll by Kris Line

Image via Zulily

Kris Line:
Kris Line bras used to show up once in a blue moon on Brastop, but now they’re regularly available through Zulily flash sales as well. As they’re pretty much my desert island bra brand, I’m obviously pleased. I’ve heard lots of people say that they’re put off my Kris Line’s glamour shot style photography, but it’s really worth looking past that and trying one of their great offerings if you haven’t yet. Zulily is starting to carry pieces like babydolls as well as bra and panty sets, which means there’s lots to choose from. If you’re new to the line, start with the brilliant “Brilliant” basics in black or white. Their sizing is a little different from other brands, so my usual rule is to go up two cup sizes and to stick with your regular band size. If you’re feeling brave, try some of their simultaneously sophisticated and funky fashion offerings.

Have you tried any of these brands? Which is your favorite?

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10 Fashionable Swim Coverups For Summer

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Image via Lovebaggage

Image via Lovebaggage

Navigating the world of full bust swimsuits can be full of trial and error, but luckily swimsuit coverups aren’t nearly as complicated. There are also tons of pretty options out there! I’ll admit that I tend to stick with pretty basic swimsuits, but I do tend to go for more fashion forward coverups to balance the look out. While the options are nearly endless online, today I’m showing off 10 of my absolute favorites. As usual, just click on the photos to find out more about each piece!

Image via Modcloth

Image via Modcloth

This 60′s mod style coverup is from Modcloth and reminds me slightly of a cute terrycloth Star Trek uniform. That said, I like Star Trek and other dorky sci fi shows, so this look may not appeal to everyone! I love that this coverup is made of comfy and washable white terrycloth, because anything you wear to the beach will inevitably end up full of sand.

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves

There are tons of crochet style coverups floating around this season, but the delicate patterns on this Seafolly version make it stand out. The wide neck and shoulders are flattering on all kinds of different body types.

Image via Bravissimo

Image via Bravissimo

If you do want to try out a specifically full bust option, Bravissimo makes several. This coverup comes in both turquoise and coral and would be equally at home at the beach or at lunch on a nice patio. If you’re looking for an extra curve friendly option, this comes in several curve levels – the sizing system is identical Bravissimo’s sister brand Pepperberry.

Image via Modcloth

Image via Modcloth

This coverup is the definition of a cute basic. White works with any swimsuit pattern or color and the waist tie gives some extra definition. If you want to stick one coverup in your suitcase and you want it to go with everything, try this. Modcloth has it in both standard and plus sizes too, which is nice.

Image via Swimsuits For All

Image via Swimsuits For All

Swimsuits For All has been putting out some amazing plus size bikinis, but their selection of plus size swim coverups is pretty amazing too. This Raspberry Ring Dress coverup is my current favorite, but with pages and pages of affordable options I’ll definitely be back to browse again.

Image via Modcloth

Image via Modcloth

I adore this color of pink and it’s hard to find out of holiday season! This is a beautiful and delicate coverup from Modcloth that I’d buy in a heartbeat.

Image via Lovebaggage

Image via Lovebaggage

If you’re looking for swimsuit coverups by indie designers, Etsy definitely delivers. This caftan from Lovebaggage belongs on a runway! I especially love the grecian inspired look and the criss cross straps.

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves

Figleaves continues it’s slow march towards lingerie domination with a great showing from their beachwear division this season. All of their pieces are basic, easy to wear and fill in gaps left by other designers. The cut of this caftan isn’t anything new, but the color is inspired.

Image via Figleaves

Image via Figleaves

This coverup by Seafolly is fun and fashionable, as well as an unusual color. I really love the cutouts along the neckline as well as the tassels.

Image via SavoyFaireSpa

Image via SavoyFaireSpa

This swim coverup from Etsy seller SavoyFaireSpa is beautiful and well, kind of bridal. This would be perfect for a romantic tropical getaway. It would also look great with a brightly colored swimsuit underneath for an extra pop of color.

Which of these swimsuit coverups is your favorite? 

 

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Building A Better Bra Market: The H+ Cup Conundrum

Image via Bravissimo

Image via Bravissimo

As the D through G market grows by leaps and bounds, the H+ cup market is limping along and falling behind. This isn’t a new issue: it’s discussed extensively in forums, on blogs and even in the comments around here occasionally. Today I’m going to cover this issue from all sides. Like most issues that pertain to how lingerie gets made it involves money, consumer demand, design difficulty and international markets. I’m also going to talk about what upset consumers can do to help this part of the market thrive.

The Consumer Side:

First, let’s talk about the issues. If you go to any major lingerie website, check out the availability in two representative sizes, like 34H and 34G. If we’re using a site like Figleaves as an example, it’s easy to see the difference. Searching for a 34G bra pulls up 24 pages of results, while searching for a 34H bra pulls up only 9 pages. If you search for a 34HH (my size) bra, it pulls up only 5 pages. It’s not just the number of bras that diminishes either, but the available styles. Colorful options disappear almost entirely, leaving only the dreaded beige t-shirt bra of doom.

Image via Ewa Michalak

Image via Ewa Michalak

So where can you buy fashionable bras in larger cup sizes? The UK and Poland. While sites like Bravissimo offer a wealth of great options, shipping is expensive and returns are even pricier. Polish companies are still offering lovely options, but there’s lots lost in translation and sometimes the language barrier is enough to prevent ordering by email. If your bra doesn’t fit, you’re still stuck with an expensive return or getting rid of it through a swap/sell community.

This leaves consumers in a bind: if you’re in the US, you’re forced to choose between some pretty slim pickings and the unknown of international ordering with the possibility of zero returns.

The Retailer Side:

H+ cups and 28 band bras are actually in a similar situation for most retailers. Both categories see lots of returns and both are rarer for small retailers to come across. This means that they may not be worth stocking at all if you’re a small boutique. H+ cups can be considered risky stock, which means that both online and brick and mortar retailers can have a harder time with them and end up with lots at the end of the season.

Image via Herroom. Part of the limited K cup expansion of Parfait by Affinitas.

Image via Herroom. Part of the limited K cup expansion of Parfait by Affinitas.

The Designer Side:

I know several designers personally who would love to expand their range to include K cups – and can’t because none of their retailers would be willing to stock them. H+ cup bra development is more expensive and more difficult as breast size and shape varies wildly in the larger cup sizes. From a monetary perspective, companies can’t afford to spend money developing a new style or expanding into a range that will most likely sell fewer bras than their current bestseller in a new fashion color.

Potential Solutions:

While negotiations between brands and retailers are complex, there are some things we can do as consumers to show that there is demand for these bras.

  • Don’t wait for the sale! One way to show demand for a specific bra is to buy it right away instead of on sale. I love sales as much as the next person, but a sale bra is a bra that is risky stock.
  • Show demand in small boutiques. Small boutiques can be great stockists for new brands. The great ones are also pros at listening to what their customers want, so make sure to talk to them about the sizes you want to buy and to special order them if possible through the boutique.
  • Social media can be a powerful tool to communicate with companies both large and small. Use it. Let companies know what you’d like to see in your size, whether that’s leopard print or plain white t-shirt bra.

What kinds of bras would you like to see in the H+ cup market? Where are you currently buying your bras?

Holly

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6 Pieces of Sheer Lingerie and Sleepwear for Full Busted Women

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Image via ASOS

Image via ASOS

Now that summer is nearly in full swing, it can be hard to fathom three months of bras with the built in structure of the Eiffel tower. I love to switch to more sheer lingerie in the summer, both as a way to beat the heat and as an excuse to wear lots of pretty and delicate lingerie. The lingerie in this article includes both traditional bras and pieces without built in underwire for sleeping or lounging around your house. It also includes some knockout special occasion pieces like the black slip from Dottie’s Delights.

It’s harder to find sheer lingerie in larger cup sizes, but all of these pieces would be a great starting point. If you’ve never purchased sheer silk or mesh lingerie, summer is a great time to give it a try. For more information about each piece, just click the photo.

Image via Faire Frou Frou

Image via Faire Frou Frou

Dessous Longline Bra by Claudette:

It’s impossible to talk about the full bust bra market and sheers without including the Dessous line by Claudette as part of the discussion. They’ve now expanded the line to include longline bras, which I suspect will fly off the shelves. I love the hot coral color of the polka dots against the taupe background, which is perfect for hot weather and super stylish.

Image via Dottie's Delights

Image via Dottie’s Delights

Evelyn Nesbit Slip by Dottie’s Delights:

Black lingerie is always a classic and this slip by Dottie’s Delights is absolutely timeless. The provocative sheer lace top is refined while still radiating major sex appeal. If you’re looking for a special occasion piece this summer, you can’t go wrong with this slip. Dottie’s Delights does custom sizing, so just contact the designer for more information.

Image via ASOS

Image via ASOS

Apple Tart Lace and Silk Shoulder Bra by Mimi Holliday:

Shades of green are right on trend this summer! I love how Mimi Holliday combines sheers and traditional lace elements to make a bra that is fashionable and fun. This plunge bra would also be perfect under a huge range of necklines, making it a great investment for summer.

Image via Beautiful Bottoms

Image via Beautiful Bottoms

Bold Botanics Short Night Robe by Beautiful Bottoms:

I now own two of these robes and I live in them once it gets really hot. They’re gorgeous and so breathable when the weather outside is really awful and sticky. I’m generally over florals, but this pattern based on botanical drawings is just so beautiful. Sizing is generous – a size L fits me at a size 12/14 and a 34HH bra size.

Image via Journelle

Image via Journelle

Vega Longline Bra by Fortnight Lingerie:

Fortnight Lingerie is notable for making bralettes up to an F cup, as well as 28 back bralettes. This peach longline bra is a great summer basic that will go under everything. If you hate putting on underwires during the summer, this bra is a great alternative if you’re in their size range.

Image via Sandmaiden Sleepwear

Image via Sandmaiden Sleepwear

Sheer Sleep Set by Sandmaiden Sleepwear:

This set is a new offering from Sandmaiden that is based on the colors seen in seaglass. I love the rich green hues in this set as well as the barely there sheer mesh. If you don’t care about support when you sleep or don’t like it, then this set is the perfect treat for summer.

Which piece on this list is your favorite? What’s your favorite lingerie fabric for summer?

 

Holly

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