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Longline Bras for H+ Cups: A Review of the Naoko Longline by Elomi

Naoko Longline Bra by Elomi

Naoko Longline Bra by Elomi

This bra was purchased by me and is not associated with Elomi Lingerie. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I absolutely love longline bras, but once you get above a G cup the market for them has some pretty slim pickings. I tried Elomi’s new longline bra, the Roxy, the first season it came out – I loved the idea, but had some reservations about the build.

I wanted to retry it again this season, in part due to the gorgeous pattern they released it in and in part to see if the build of the bra had changed at all. I’m so glad I did, because this season’s version is everything I wanted a longline to be.

Elomi Naoko Longline Bra

Elomi Naoko Longline Bra

I bought my bra in 36H, which is what I think of as one of my two standard sizes (I vary between a 34HH and a 36H, depending on the brand). Unfortunately, this is the largest cup size that this bra comes in! I would love to see Elomi extend their longline bras into the J+ cup range like Curvy Kate has, since I think the design would translate really well in even larger cup sizes.

My initial attraction to this bra was based on the print. Elomi says that it is based off of traditional woodblock prints, which gives it a nice graphic punch. The pink embroidery gives this bra a feminine feel that isn’t too overwhelming. I love when brands think outside the floral print box, so it’s great to see Elomi taking inspiration from new places.

So how does it fit? As I mentioned above, Elomi has actually solved all of the problems I had with the original Roxy bra. While the Roxy was made out of what felt like scuba fabric (and the fit of the bottoms was off) this fabric is soft, firm and right on target. That especially helps with the fit of the panties, but also with how supportive the bra is.

My other issue with the Roxy was that the longline portion of the bra itself would flip due to a lack of boning. This is a big issue with plus size brands, as women who carry more weight in their stomachs and ribcages will have more band flip issues. I’ve had zero issues with the band flipping up on me and creating weird lines under clothing, which is what really makes this bra a winner. The bottom doesn’t feel like it has any more boning than the original when I wear it, so I’d love to know if this is due to the fabric change or if Elomi actually did some redesigning here. Either way, it works and I’m so happy that this issue has been solved.

This bra is fairly high cut, which means it won’t be a great choice under v-neck t-shirts or dresses. However, it’s a great supportive everyday bra that has a nice retro feel and works under pretty much anything else. I’m glad I purchased it and I’ll be much more likely to pick up any future iterations of this bra that Elomi releases.

Have you tried any of the Elomi longline bras yet? What do you think of them?

 

Holly

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A Starter Lingerie Guide for H+ Cups

Size range: 28F through 38K

Size range: 28F through 38K

The D through G lingerie market is booming. More brick and mortar stores are picking up great bras in a variety of styles and sizes, which is making it easier for full busted women everywhere to try on lingerie. Sadly, if you’ve discovered you fall into the H+ cup range and need to start a lingerie collection, your life is going to be a lot harder. H+ cups are still relegated to incredibly rare speciality stores and internet retailers, many of whom are located overseas if you live in the US. Today I’ve put together a guide that includes a ton of information including recommendations, where to buy bras at a discount, how to find y0ur correct bra size and more. Read on to find out more about how to build a basic bra wardrobe if you’re in the H+ cup range!

To Start, Check Your Size:
Before you invest in a bunch of new bras, you may want to double check your size. Even if you’ve been sized in a boutique, I encourage you to double check. Not all boutiques are familiar with larger cup sizes and sometimes they get it wrong. To check, all you’ll need is a measuring tape and access to the internet. I highly recommend both the bra size calculator at A Sophisticated Pair and the calculator at Butterfly Collection. If you’re new to all of this, it’s also good to look at ways to tell that your bra doesn’t fit and what to do about them.

Size range: 30D to 38K

Size range: 30D to 38K

Start With the Basics:
I am the queen of crazy and colorful underwear, but everyone runs into those outfits and days where you need something basic that fits really well. If you’re new to buying lingerie, this is also a good place to start.

Some basic bras that are popular are (besides the Envy Bra by Panache pictured above):

Size range: 28DD to 40L

Size range: 28DD to 40L

Size range: 34H to 44G (also comes in beige)

Size range: 34H to 44G (also comes in beige)

Size range: 28D to 40K

Size range: 28D to 40K

For Trendy or More Colorful Options:

Size range: 28D to 40J

Size range: 28D to 40J

There are lots of those too! Standout brands in this size range are Curvy Kate, Elomi, Bravissimo, Panache and several brands out of Poland. Most of these can be found at any major online retailer. Bravissimo bras are sold only through their site and are well worth the investment and international shipping. You can also check places like Brastop and Zulily for sales and discounts to try new sizes and styles. If free returns and free shipping is important to you, Amazon also carries tons of lingerie these days.

There are also several places to buy bras informally, such as the Clothes for Boobs group on Facebook and the swap/sell function on Bratabase. If you see something you love but are unsure about sizing, you may be able to pick it up cheaply in an older colorway to try it. This can also be a way to source non-US brands that don’t yet have distribution here.

On Sourcing Polish Lingerie:

Size range: custom sizing available

Size range: custom sizing available

In this size range, it’s impossible to talk about where to buy lingerie and not mention Poland. Several Polish brands carry this size range; sadly, some are easier to buy from than others. If you’re new to lingerie, I’d suggest starting with some bras from various Zulily sales and swap groups. While they aren’t returnable, Polish bras in this size range are easy to resell. Older Kris Line, Comexim and Ewa Michalak bras should be available fairly easily through swap/sell groups and flash sales.

Another new option is to order Comexim through the partnership between Anna Pardal and A Sophisticated Pair. Erica is an expert on sizing and can custom order any sets that you want, as well as talk you through all the alterations that Comexim offers. She also stocks several basics so you can try them for size and not worry about international returns.

Several promising Polish brands that cater to larger cup sizes don’t have distribution here yet and are more of a challenge to buy from, namely Avocado and Samanta. If you’ve fallen in love with one of their sets, you may be out of luck as a US buyer.

A Note for L Cups and Beyond:

Size range: 30E to 40L

Size range: 30E to 40L

If you’re larger than a K cup in UK sizing, then your two sources for bras will be either Bravissimo or custom Polish bras. This severely narrows your selection. Many women in this size range are having success ordering custom bras over email from Polish companies, although you may have to make friends with someone who speaks the language to be able to communicate effectively with some companies.

If you are in the H+ cup range, I’d love if you would leave a comment and let us know what your current favorite bra is! It would be great to have more recommendations for women who are new to this size range.

Holly

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5 Bras To Help You Get Over Fauve’s Closure

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Mae Bra by Fantasie

Mae Bra by Fantasie

Goodbye Fauve! If you’ve been paying attention this past year, you’ll have seen the sad news that Fauve has closed their doors. This brand had a loyal following of full bust fans, so their closing was heartbreaking news. While now is a great time to snap up any leftover Fauve bras from various lingerie boutiques, this is also a great time to branch out and try and find some new favorites. If you love the European look and feel of Fauve, here are some other brands and bras to try out this year. As always, just click on the picture to find out more about the brand.

Star Lift Fuller Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

Star Lift Fuller Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

Full bust bras have come a long way since the days of Fauve, when they were really the only elegant and European-influenced bras available for full busted women. We can thank Fauve for encouraging other brands to step it up and create beautiful lingerie – and even more thankfully, one of those brands has been Dita Von Teese. This Star Lift bra is elegance personified.

Amelia Bra by Bosom Galore

Amelia Bra by Bosom Galore

Bosom Galore is a new brand, but one that already seems to be channeling classic European details and traditional colors. They’re also one of the few brands offering 26 bands, which makes them a standout. This gorgeous silk Amelia bra would make a lovely bridal set (or a “just because” set). Keep in mind that these bras are on pre-order for special prices – if you want to splurge, now is a great time to do so.

Ivana Bra by Fantasie

Ivana Bra by Fantasie

Fauve has said that they’ll be reincorporating some of their classic styles into both the Fantasie and Wacoal offerings, so it’s no surprise that the spring offerings from Fantasie look at bit more like Fauve this spring. This Ivana bra has a similar look and feel to classic Fauve offerings, although it has more coverage than some classic Fauve styles.

Carmen Longline Bra by Curvy Kate

Carmen Longline Bra by Curvy Kate

Sadly, there aren’t any brands making truly elegant, high-end, full bust longline bras yet. Some brands are promising them after they launch, but the market now really belongs to Curvy Kate and Elomi. Comexim has started to offer them as well, but none of the styles has really impressed me in photos. In the meantime, if you’re desperate for a beautiful longline bra, try this embroidered version by Curvy Kate. The fit is great, the profile is great and it makes a truly stunning set.

Mae Bra by Fantasie

Mae Bra by Fantasie

This is another coming soon offering by Fantasie that reminds me of classic Fauve bras. I love the gold and white colorway, the classic cut and the European-style pattern. If you’re missing the Fauve look, this is a great bra to start with.

Divine Set by Pour Moi

Divine Set by Pour Moi

This Divine Set reminds me of several older Fauve offerings, although with a much easier price tag. I also love the colors used here, as we don’t see enough brown lingerie on the market. This set is elegant and budget-friendly!

Will you miss Fauve? Which of their bras did you love the most? Do any of these grab you as substitutes?

 

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7 Mix and Match Plus Size Panties

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Pink Rose Burlesque Panties by Ravendreams

Pink Rose Burlesque Panties by Ravendreams

When you work in lingerie, people asking you for underwear-related advice becomes a professional hazard. One of the questions I’m asked most out in the real world is about where to find cute standalone plus size panties. While it’s easy to find lots of cute options as part of a set, great plus size panties that can be mixed and matched are much harder to find. Today I’m featuring seven of my favorites, from upscale bridal to superhero inspired. As usual, just click on the image to find out more about each panty!

Batman Panties by Torrid

Batman Panties by Torrid

I have a good friend who says that her favorite lingerie always reminds her of superheroes and I don’t think she’s alone in feeling that way. If you want to take your superhero flair up a notch, check out these great plus size Batman panties from Torrid.

Vintage Seduction High Waist Panty by Hips and Curves

Vintage Seduction High Waist Panty by Hips and Curves

These panties won’t provide much shaping, but they sure are pretty. I love the deep v-cut of the back, as well as the lace and garter strap details. Hips and Curves has these in a ton of different colors, which makes it easy to mix and match with your favorite bras.

High Waist Sea Glass Panties by Sandmaiden

High Waist Sea Glass Panties by Sandmaiden

I’ve absolutely fallen in love with the Sea Glass range from Sandmaiden, but these high waisted panties may be my favorite piece in the entire collection. The gather at the back is perfect and the colors are just beautiful.

Red Mimi Satin Knickers by Ravendreams

Red Mimi Satin Knickers by Ravendreams

If you want to channel your inner (albeit extremely elegant showgirl) these Mimi Panties by plus size specialist Ravendreams are for you. These would be great for lounging, wearing under vintage style skirts, or just doing your best can-can dance.

Plus Size Filigree Panty by Hanky Panky

Plus Size Filigree Panty by Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky’s plus size options used to be pretty basic, but they’ve gradually expanded to include more of their seasonal fashion stuff. I love the rose gold filigree on this thong and will probably be picking up this and the matching unlined tank top for myself. Pair this with a basic black bra for an eye-catching mix and match lingerie set.

High Waist Nautical Panties by Ohhh Lulu

High Waist Nautical Panties by Ohhh Lulu

I bought a nautical-inspired dress this week, so I may just have sailor-inspired fashion on the brain. Apparently I’m not the only one, as these panties by Ohhh Lulu seem to have been a big seller for her. Pair these with a cream-colored bra and embrace the summer early.

Pink Rose Burlesque Panties by Ravendreams

Pink Rose Burlesque Panties by Ravendreams

There isn’t a lot of talk about luxury bridal lingerie for plus size ladies, so I feel compelled to point out Ravendreams again. This UK based lingerie brand makes beautiful silk and satin pieces for all occasions, including bridalwear. I adore these romantic pink rose panties – they’re a perfect choice for a spring bride.

Which of these plus size panties is your favorite?

Holly

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9 Luxurious Full Bust Bras To Wear For Valentine’s Day

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Gwendolene Quarter Cup Bra by Playful Promises

Gwendolene Quarter Cup Bra by Playful Promises

Valentine’s Day is almost here, which means it’s a great time of year to take a look at the luxury designers making full bust bras this year. This year has seen several existing designers expand their range into full bust sizes, while several new designers are about to launch full bust luxury brands this spring. These bras would make a great gift, whether you’re treating yourself or someone else. These bras use fabulous laces, luscious silks, and other high-quality materials that make these pieces to treasure for a long time.

Savoir Faire Fuller Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

Savoir Faire Fuller Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

Red is a classic color for February, but this Savoir Faire set by Dita Von Teese does a great job of softening it with intricate lace details and sheer bra cups. Available from 38C to 44DDD/F.

Bang Bang Bra by Prima Donna Twist

Bang Bang Bra by Prima Donna Twist

If you’re looking for something pretty different, check out this Bang Bang Bra by Prima Donna Twist. It comes with the quality of a standard Prima Donna bra, but channels a bondage style look and features a charm in the shape of a gun at the gore. If all that isn’t enough, this green apple color is perfect for spring.

Classique Red Bra by Bosom Galore

Classique Red Bra by Bosom Galore

Bosom Galore is a brand new full bust luxury brand: in fact, they’re so new that this bra is currently on pre-order rather than immediately available. Its classic red color, beautiful black lace, and supportive balconette shape make it a bra worth waiting for. Notably, Bosom Galore is one of the few companies making 26 bands. Available in 26E through 34H.

Ellie Serena Bra by Pleasure State VIP

Ellie Serena Bra by Pleasure State VIP

I’ve been a big fan of the full bust division of Pleasure State for a long time. Their creations are always fashion forward, beautiful and have a wonderfully balletic feel. This Ellie Serena Bra is no exception. I love the blush silk against the blue lace, as well as the cup details and the buckles. Available in 30DD to 38G.

Lola Bra by All Undone

Lola Bra by All Undone

All Undone has had lots of success for a relatively new company. I’ve seen them popping up in boutiques like Journelle for several months, as well as being featured by several influential bloggers. It’s easy to see why their lingerie is taking off. Their silhouettes are sexy, sleek, and throughly modern. While I like all of their sets, this Lola Bra would make a great Valentine’s Day gift for a modernist lingerie lover. Available in sizes 28DD to 34GG.

Zoom Padded Maxi Bra by Mimi Holliday

Zoom Non Padded Maxi Bra by Mimi Holliday

I get lots of questions about why I don’t cover Mimi Holliday more on here. The honest answer is, since I don’t fit into their size range, I sometimes forget they’re out there. It’s a sad oversight, since their full bust options seem to be getting better and better. This silk and lace Maxi Bra is both basic enough to wear under your favorite sweater and dramatic enough to feel at home in a boudoir setting. Available in sizes 30FF to 40E.

Isabelle Bra by Harlow & Fox

Isabelle Bra by Harlow & Fox

While all of these bras are technically luxury bras, Harlow & Fox is the authoritative source for truly luxurious full bust lingerie these days. While I’m personally waiting breathlessly for their spring collection, I’d happily wait it out in this Isabelle Bra. The speciality Italian lace is stunning and the set is elegance personified. When I win the lottery (and magically shrink a cup size) this is my first stop. Available in sizes 30DD to 38G.

Rouge Edie Bra by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie

Rouge Edie Bra by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie

Like Bosom Galore, Louise Ferdinand is notable for catering to an underserved part of the full bust market: J+ cups. Her line goes up to a J cup in UK sizing and is made from classic luxury lingerie materials like silk and taffeta. My only complain thus far was that her line wasn’t showing as much color as I’d love, but that also wasn’t surprising given her market and price point. Imagine my happy surprise when this red version of her beautiful Edie bra showed up on her site! I love the idea of a red taffeta bra, but the floral appliques really take it over the top. Available in 28A to 38J.

Gwendolene Quarter Cup Bra by Playful Promises

Gwendolene Quarter Cup Bra by Playful Promises

I love the burlesque look of quarter cup bras, but they’re impossible to find in full bust sizes. Thank goodness then for Playful Promises, who have expanded some of their line up to an F cup. While this won’t fit everyone, it represents a big step forward for full bust lingerie and should be applauded (and supported!). Available in 32A to 36F.

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Silk and Lace: A Review of the Morgan Chemise by NK iMode

Morgan Chemise in Black by NK iMode

Morgan Chemise in Black by NK iMode

Review items were provided by NK iMode. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I’ll be honest and upfront: I was pretty thrilled when this review came through, as NK iMode is a lingerie brand I’ve seen often in local lingerie boutiques and never had a chance to try. Like many full busted women, I frequently find myself passing display windows of pretty luxury lingerie and thinking “Nope, no way I’ll get my boobs into that.” I’m so glad I got to try this, because now I’ll be going back to feeling adventurous and confident in boutiques rather than pessimistic.

NK iMode is a brand specializing in introductory silk lingerie and loungewear. I’ll be focusing specifically on the Morgan chemise build today, but if you want to see the rest of their collection, check out Laurie’s preview of it here.

Morgan Chemise in Red by NK iMode

Morgan Chemise in Red by NK iMode

I was given the Morgan Chemise in black to review, in size XL. The construction of the chemise is one of those pieces that either really works for full busted women or is a total disaster: if the stretch lace portion is low quality, you fall out the front. If it’s well built with good materials, then it provides a bit of lift and allows for a dramatic bust/underbust difference. I’m currently a 34HH/36H bra size, so I wasn’t sure how this chemise and I would get along.

Morgan Sweetheart Chemise in Ink

Morgan Sweetheart Chemise in Ink

Luckily, it fits incredibly well! While this piece isn’t designed to be for full busted women, it’s actually a great choice if you want a nice classic silk chemise and don’t mind not having any internal support. While this won’t give you the same lift as your favorite underwire bra, the stretch lace creates enough support to make you feel both lifted and comfortable. I’ve had this piece for several weeks now and found it comfortable enough to sleep in – without falling out the sides or the middle if I roll over at night. The stretch lace panel is also strong enough to hold you in place without your breasts falling through the bottom elastic line, which can be a problem in lesser built pieces.

The silk skirt of the chemise is light and comfortable. Silk quality can really vary among brands in this introductory luxury category and the silk that NK iMode uses is much better than a lot of the silk that you see. I especially love how breathable the whole thing is. While it’s been cold here recently, I suspect this will be a staple of my summer sleepwear due to lightness and breathability.

Morgan Sweetheart Gown in Champagne

Morgan Sweetheart Gown in Champagne

I’m definitely ready to hit up my local boutique and check out more from NK iMode, especially pieces that use this same stretch lace construction in the top. While I can’t vouch for the rest of the line, full busted ladies should be more than okay fitting into anything with “Morgan” in the name from this line.

Which lingerie lines do you full busted ladies love from your local lingerie boutique? Have you tried NK iMode?

Holly

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15 Black Full Bust Bras That Are Anything But Boring

Elixir Bra by Maison Lebjaby

Attrape-Coeur Bra by Maison Lejaby Elixir

One of my lingerie resolutions for 2015 may be a surprise if you’re a regular reader of my columns: I want to try to rediscover black lingerie. Like many full busted teens, I found myself trapped in a world of ugly beige bras at a young age. When I complained or looked for prettier solutions, I was frequently handed a plain black t-shirt bra as an alternative and told that this was as good as it was going to get. While the world of full bust bras has changed a lot, my feelings towards black lingerie of all types and styles hasn’t.

This is really unfortunate, as there are tons of beautiful black bras out there that deserve to be seen and worn. As a fan of intricate laces and creative details, I feel like I owe it to myself to try and reboot my relationship with black lingerie. It clearly doesn’t have to be boring! As usual, just click on the picture for more information about each bra.

A La Folie Bra by Huit

A La Folie Bra by Huit

I’ve been in love with Huit forever. Their design details are some of the best in the industry, as demonstrated by this set. Who would have thought a simple pattern and some stripes could look so amazing?

Annabelle Lace Bra by Ulla

Annabelle Lace Bra by Ulla

Ulla is a plus size bra line that I’ve been meaning to try for ages, so maybe 2015 will be the year it actually happens. These bras are luxurious, hand made and truly unique.

Bijou Soiree Bra by Elomi

Bijou Soiree Bra by Elomi

This bra was a love or hate it piece when it first came out, which I actually think is positive – it definitely got a ton of buzz and represented a new look for full figured bras. If you’re fussy about your beige bra matching your skin tone, this obviously isn’t for you. Others have fallen hard for the easy fit and the boudoir feel of the bra.

Carmen Bra by Figleaves Boudoir

Carmen Bra by Figleaves Boudoir

I’m channeling my inner Cora with all the black mesh lingerie today, but I really do love the details on the straps and panties of this set. It’s even better that it comes from a Figleaves house brand, which makes it extra affordable.

Carmen Longline Bra by Curvy Kate

Carmen Longline Bra by Curvy Kate

I have this set in pink and I really love it, so I’m tempted to pick up this black version as well. If you’re unsure about sizing, I’d bump up a cup size since it does run a little small.

Dame De Paris Bra by Marlies Dekkers

Dame De Paris Bra by Marlies Dekkers

Marlies Dekkers bras have always been eye-catching, but I’ve coveted this classic Dame de Paris bra for years. The details are simple yet striking and it would make a great layering piece.

Dita Bra by Curvy Kate

Dita Bra by Curvy Kate

I’m so happy to see Curvy Kate taking their love of glitz to a whole new level with actual glitter this season. This set is beautiful and perfect for under your party dress.

Idina Bra by Panache

Idina Bra by Panache

The Idina bra tends to be written off as another Panache basic, but I think it’s far too pretty to be viewed as simply another regular black bra. The lace is subtle and gorgeous, while the fit makes it work as a t-shirt bra as well.

Naoko Bra by Elomi

Naoko Bra by Elomi

This set comes in both a longline and this standard bra, but the longline stops at an H cup. While I’d love to see Elomi extend their longline size range, I’m happy that nearly everyone will be able to access this beautiful set. I just got mine a few days ago and it really pops once you get it on.

Opera Half Cup Bra by Chantelle

Opera Half Cup Bra by Chantelle

If you’re a lace fanatic, the Opera bra is for you. This is exactly what classic black lingerie should be: sultry, sophisticated and elegant.

Pure Lace Bra by Sculptresse

Pure Lace Bra by Sculptresse

Another bra in the “basic that is too pretty to be just a basic” category is this Pure Lace bra by Sculptresse. It’s also incredibly comfortable, which makes it a great set invest in.

Sheer Ribbons Bra by Elle Mcpherson

Sheer Ribbons Bra by Elle Macpherson

I’ve always really liked the Elle Macpherson lingerie look and this bra is no exception. It’s elegant and bold without being overdone.

Smoking Tuxedo Bra by Prima Donna Twist

Smoking Tuxedo Bra by Prima Donna Twist

The strap details on this bra are just amazing. Prima Donna is great at taking the standard t-shirt bra and dressing it up for different tastes.

Tantalize Bra by Figleaves Boudoir

Tantalize Bra by Figleaves Boudoir

This bra reminds me of various Art Deco patterns. I love the gold embroidery as well as the sheer panels that make up the cups. Just one more reason to give the Figleaves house brands another look – they really are doing some amazing things.

Elixir Bra by Maison Lebjaby

Attrape-Coeur Bra by Maison Lejaby Elixir

I’ve been hunting for a bra by Maison Lebjaby that will fit me for two seasons now, since I’m just one cup size off from fitting into their line. It’s bras like this that keep me hunting and trying possibilities. This set is everything that great lingerie should be.

Which black bra is your favorite? Do you love or hate black lingerie?

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5 Pieces of Full Bust and Plus Size Sleepwear To Beat the Winter Blues

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Eden Lingerie Set and Chemise

Eden Lingerie Set and Chemise

It’s been freezing all over the country this week and if you’re anything like me, you’ve had it with winter. A few months ago I was looking forward to hot chocolate and cozy sweaters, but now I can’t stop thinking about spring flowers and nice long streetcar rides with the windows open. If you’re like me and need your dose of spring now (or are just planning to get away to a warm beach this winter), this column is for you.

This column today encompasses the whole range of full bust sleepwear options, with all support levels. Some of these offer no support and some offer wireless support, while the set at the end tries to reinvent the way full busted customers see their lingerie. As usual, just click on the pictures to find out more about each item!

Core Chemise by Tia Lyn

Core Chemise by Tia Lyn

Tia Lyn has been winning awards for their plus size range for years, which is especially suited to fuller figured women with larger cup sizes. This chemise says it goes to an F cup, but reliably supports up to an H cup well. Their pieces are beautiful, comfortable and washable. The stretch lace provides good wireless support, although it won’t rival your favorite underwire bra.

Georgette Babydoll by Hips and Curves

Georgette Babydoll by Hips and Curves

I own several of these Georgette Babydolls by Hips and Curves and wear them to sleep in all the time. While they don’t offer any support, the fabric drapes in a flattering way, and it’s just sheer enough to feel sexy rather than totally exposed. Hips and Curves also sells cute matching thongs to go with them if you like having a matching set.

WIrefree Nightdress by Bravissim

Wirefree Nightdress by Bravissimo

Bravissimo’s nightdresses feature wirefree support and now come in sizes up to a J cup, which is great news for those of us with larger cup sizes. These have had a following for years, so it’s nice to see Bravissimo continually expand their offerings up to a K cup and beyond. These come in several different colors and styles, all with a fully integrated wireless bra that provides support and comfort at night.

Edwardian Cotton Chemise by Hips and Curves

Edwardian Cotton Chemise by Hips and Curves

If you want to inject a touch of the Victorian era into your life, this chemise is perfect. I love the old fashioned simplicity of the design as well as the breathable cotton fabric – this would be perfect for spring and summer lounging as well as sleeping.

Eden Lingerie Set and Chemise

Eden Lingerie Set and Chemise

Freya is taking a new approach to bra and bedroom sets, and I’m intrigued by the concept. The Eden pieces functionally form a modular lingerie set that transforms from everyday wear to the bedroom through layering. The bra and panties promise classic Freya support, while the sheer Eden chemise can be layered over it for lounging or bedroom wear. It’s a fun way to get more wear out of your favorite lingerie sets and one I very much want to try later in the season. I love the floral pattern against the mint of this set, but I like it even more in the sheer fabric chemise. Check back later in the season – I’ll definitely be trying this one out.

Which of these pieces of sleepwear is your favorite? Are you as intrigued by the three piece Freya set as I am?

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5 Full Bust Lingerie Brands To Look For In Flash Sales During 2015

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Carmen Longline Bra by Curvy Kate

Carmen Longline Bra by Curvy Kate

Happy 2015 everyone! Now that we’re back in the swing of things, I’ve been spending some time going through my underwear drawer and purging the stuff that doesn’t fit or is worn out. I suspect I’m not the only one starting the year out this way, which is why I thought I’d spend my first column of 2015 talking about flash sales and how to refill your lingerie drawer on the cheap.

I’ve talked about sales here before, and I’m actually not a fan of waiting until a regular sale to buy something if you’re in a rare size range; after all, a sale item is considered risky or unwanted stock, which means a company might discontinue it. If it’s a bra you can’t live without and can easily purchase at full price, then you should do it. Vote with your money!

However, flash sales are a different animal. Flash sale sites have really taken off and now includes lots of great full bust and plus size bra brands. The real selling point of flash sales for me is the ability to access international brands that currently don’t have regular US distribution. This includes several great Polish brands that are not to be missed if you’re full busted, but you can also pick up your tried and true favorites at a much reduced price point if you know how to look.

We’re going to talk mostly about Zulily today because they tend to have the best full bust and plus size options available. The same stuff occasionally shows up on Gilt, but Zulily regularly features lots of full bust brands up to a K cup. They also have a great notification system, so you don’t ever miss a sale that you’re really interested in.

So, without further ado, these are my recommendations for brands that you should be tracking on flash sale sites in 2015:

 

Aurora Set by Samanta

Aurora Set by Samanta

Samanta Lingerie:
Samanta Lingerie is a Polish brand which is just beginning to break into the US market. They don’t have regular distribution yet, but they do show up on a semi-regular basis on Zulily. Samanta uses EU sizing instead of UK sizing, but they also offer this handy chart on their website if you want to measure and find your size. It’s worth the extra effort since these bras are unusual, elegant and incredibly well made. While I hope Samanta either opens their own website up to US buyers or finds a regular distribution channel, I’ll be buying up everything in my size on Zulily in the meantime.

Chi Chi Bra by Sculptresse

Chi Chi Bra by Sculptresse

Sculptresse:
Sculptresse has developed a real following among lingerie lovers this season, so it’s nice to see their pieces showing up at a discount so more people can try them. Go for one of the bras based off of the Jasmine framework if they show up – they’re amazing.

The Floris by Panache

The Floris by Panache

Panache Lingerie:
I’ve recently rediscovered Panache in a big way and fallen in love with both the Envy and the Clara bras (in fact, I just picked up an older Clara color in a flash sale!). If you just want to replace your favorite tried and true bra, the Panache flash sales are a good place to look. They tend to have a fairly comprehensive inventory available as well as a nice range of sizes, so chances are you can find what you’re looking for.

Violet Floral Bra by Kris Line

Violet Floral Bra by Kris Line

Kris Line:
Kris Line is another Polish brand that can’t seem to get US distribution worked out, which is a shame as their bras are wonderful. In the meantime, they’re a regular feature on Zulily. While the same basics show up over and over again, the fashion bras are always changing. I was really tempted by this beautiful floral patterned bra that showed up in the most recent sale.

Carmen Longline Bra by Curvy Kate

Carmen Longline Bra by Curvy Kate

Curvy Kate:
Curvy Kate bras and swimwear have shown up in flash sales, which makes it a great way to pick up a discounted colorway from a past season or just a new bikini that actually fits.

Have you bought any bras through flash sales? What was your experience like?

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Luxury Loungewear Review: Peach Pajamas by Bettie Blues Loungerie

Peach Satin Bettie Pajama Top and Shirt by Betty Blues Loungerie

Peach Satin Bettie Pajama Top and Shirt by Betty Blues Loungerie

All items for this review were purchased by me. All thoughts and opinions are naturally, my own. 

I’ve been eyeing the retro offerings from luxury loungewear designer Betty Blue’s Loungerie forever, but they’re a little out of my price range. However, when the classic peach satin range went on sale, I went a little crazy and picked up both this pajama set as well as the 1940’s inspired robe. I’m so glad I did, because these pieces are even more luscious and comfortable in person.

Peach Bettie Pajamas by Betty Blues Loungerie

Peach Bettie Pajamas by Betty Blues Loungerie

I picked up the size XL, which were well within my measurements except for the bust measurement (which I maxxed out). I buy a lot of loungewear and this is a pretty typical sizing situation for me, but as you can see these pajamas look fine on and don’t have any gaping buttons or other issues on me. I’m doing my best retro beauty routine impression to try and add some authenticity to the photos!

Peach Bettie Pajamas by Betty Blues Loungerie

Peach Bettie Pajamas by Betty Blues Loungerie

These pajamas are built with a high waist and a boxier top, which is very authentic to the 1940s. I do feel like they’re ideally designed for someone who is taller than I am, but they’re still incredibly comfortable and wearable. I suspect if you were a few inches taller than my 5’4″ height, and had a longer torso than I do, they’d be perfect. There is a slimming v-shape built into the pants, with lots of flowing fabric in the legs.

What really sets this pajama set apart from the rest is the fabric. I think it’s hard for consumers to understand why luxury lingerie costs so much – in part, luxury fabrics just cost a bundle per yard. This fabric both looks and feels incredibly expensive. The satin has a high sheen, the inner side of the fabric feels like a comforting blanket and it’s nice and thick. I suspect lots of the cost of this set is in the extra yards of fabric that this flowing design takes, as well as a high cost per yard. That said, this set doesn’t feel overpriced at all in terms of the materials and workmanship that have been put into it.

This is a medium weight pajama set, which is perfect for our warmer southern winters. It probably won’t replace your favorite flannel pajamas, but it’s a great option for sleeping and lounging in milder winter weather or the autumn. I’m so glad I splurged on these, as I’ll happily wear them for years.

Peach Satin Nightgown and Reversible Bedjacket by Betty Blues Loungerie

Peach Satin Nightgown and Reversible Bedjacket by Betty Blues Loungerie

Betty Blues has added several new pieces to the peach satin collection this year, including this gorgeous nightgown and reversible bed jacket that I seriously covet. Some of last season’s pajamas and robes are still left in the sale, so it’s worth checking to see if your size is still around if you like these!

Have you tried Betty Blues Loungerie yet? What do you think of their loungewear?

 

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