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8 Halloween Themed Lingerie Pieces for Full Busts

Mani Bodysuit by Erica M

Mani Bodysuit by Erica M

While I never go all out for Halloween, I do love the idea of using my lingerie to channel looks that remind me of my favorite stories and characters. Even if you aren’t planning on dressing up at the end of the month, I think it’s fun to use your lingerie as a way to channel your inner mermaid, favorite food or superwoman. All of these pieces could be used as part of a costume or as a more thematic everyday lingerie item, so there are lots of ways to incorporate them into your life. As usual, just click on the images to find out more about each item!

Food Themed Lingerie:

Takes Allsorts Bullet Bra by Frantic About Frances

Takes Allsorts Bullet Bra by Frantic About Frances

Frantic About Frances is a retro inspired Etsy brand who makes great novelty bullet bras sets inspired by whimsical subjects like candy and cars. Her current bullet bra sizing goes up to an F cup, but you can also contact her about custom sizing as well.

Mint Crop Top by Knickerocker

Mint Crop Top by Knickerocker

 

Donut Panties by Knickerocker

Donut Panties by Knickerocker

Knickerocker clearly has food on the brain this season, as her primary collection consisted of sleepdresses, crop tops and lingerie inspired by various junk food items. Each piece has a 3D element built in as well, so these sets really pop.

Animals:

Kenza Jungle Bra by Elomi

Kenza Jungle Bra by Elomi

Elomi has rediscovered their experimental side this season with this snakeskin print lingerie set that is inspired by jungles. This is a big fashion risk for them and I’m so glad to see it! I love the details as well as the unexpected colors.

Panache Jasmine Bra

Panache Jasmine Bra

If you want a great everyday bra with a fun print, this is it. The Panache Jasmine has been an incredibly popular bra shape for the past few years, so it’s hard to go wrong with any version of it. The black and graphite animal print look is just icing on the cake.

Mermaids and Other Fantasy Creatures:

Mosaique Bra by Maison Lejaby

Mosaique Bra by Maison Lejaby

Maison Lejaby makes beautiful things, but this bra is a particular favorite of mine. The color is lush yet basic, while the lace and embroidery create stunning design elements. If you want a set you can wear everyday but will still make you feel like a mermaid princess, this is it.

Amelie Bra by Lulu Tout

Amelie Bra by Lulu Tout

This bra has been around for awhile now, but I feel like it’s impossible to discuss mermaid inspired lingerie without mentioning it. While it’s more costume oriented than the Maison Lejaby set above, it’s still beautiful and fun. I actually think this would look great as part of a mermaid costume for Halloween.

Superheroes:

Serena Bra by All Undone

Serena Bra by All Undone

All Undone hasn’t gotten much press since they launched, but they’ve continued to put out sleek luxury lingerie that looks unlike anything else on the market. This set reminds me of what Wonderwoman’s lingerie drawer might look like.

Mani Bodysuit by Erica M

Mani Bodysuit by Erica M

I’ve been a fan of Erica M’s stockings for several seasons now, but more importantly Beyonce has now become a public fan! It’s given the brand a visibility they haven’t had before, so it’s great to see them expanding beyond their original stockings line. This red mesh bodysuit is a retro inspired and stylish version of the superhero singlet. I think this would look great when used as part of a costume, but would also work under a slim cut jacket for a night out.

Are you incorporating lingerie into your Halloween costume this year? If so, how?

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Organic Silk Nightwear Review: Natural Beauty Sleep

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The Empire Nightie by Natural Beauty Sleep

The Empire Nightie by Natural Beauty Sleep

I’m kind of a loungewear junkie, so I was thrilled when the opportunity to try out Natural Beauty Sleep products came along. While I’ve purchased several organic silk sets before from Ayten Gasson, I was looking forward to being able to compare organic silk qualities and how different brands approached it. In some ways, Natural Beauty Sleep is the polar opposite of a brand like Ayten Gasson. While the two are clearly united by their commitment to quality and a small carbon footprint, Natural Beauty Sleep pieces are plain instead of patterned. Silhouettes are basic and classic, while navy trim adds a dash of color to each piece.

Natural Beauty Sleep approaches organic silk from what’s essentially a health perspective – in fact, they said the founder of the brand was inspired by the healing benefits of organic silk when it came to treating various skin conditions like eczema. Organic silk is hypoallergenic, which is important to note if you’re someone who struggles with fabrics that scratch or make your sensitive skin itch. There’s clearly room for this kind of marketing in the industry: after all, why pay for expensive lotion and face wash and not add high quality nightwear into the mix?

Empire Nightie by Natural Beauty Sleep

Empire Nightie by Natural Beauty Sleep

The Empire Nightie I picked was a size L, which fits approximately a size UK 16 (US 14). As you can see, it’s simple yet beautiful. While I don’t normally gravitate towards white lingerie, I do tend to go for the simple and classic when it comes to fashion. This piece is comfortable, beautiful and feels incredibly luxurious against your skin. As a note, I’m wearing my Panache Envy under this for the photos – there’s no built in support.

The nightgown has a sheer panel in the front that gives it a nice modern feel, but this piece is fittingly all about the fabric. The organic silk used is thick and wonderfully soft. This piece comes in around $200 and is worth every penny.

The Empire Nightie and The Gatsby Robe by Christine Lingerie

The Empire Nightie and The Gatsby Robe by Christine Lingerie

Of course, being me, I couldn’t help wondering how I could use this piece to make a full loungewear outfit. In some ways it’s the perfect pairing, as so many silk loungewear brands out there now are focusing on patterns. This picture has it paired with my Gatsby Kimono by Christine Lingerie, which is one of the pieces I’ve been trying to wear with everything lately. The classic cut and color of the Empire Nightie makes it easy to incorporate into your current loungewear, even if you’re someone who leans towards colors and patterns like I do.

Lingerie for various ages isn’t discussed much, but as I get close to 30 I’ve found myself thinking about the appropriateness of clothing and lingerie more. This is one of those pieces that is truly ageless, which is rare in lingerie. I feel comfortable in it, but I could also see someone my mother’s age wearing it and feeling the same way. It’s a classic, in all of the best senses of the word.

If you’re looking for luxurious basics, it’s hard to go wrong with this piece. In fact, I like it so much I’m debating picking up a pajama set from them as well.

What do you think of this nightgown? Have you tried any organic silk lingerie or loungewear?

Holly

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5 Autumn Inspired Full Bust Bras

Rococo Charm Bra by Bravissimo

Rococo Charm Bra by Bravissimo

Fall has arrived almost everywhere, but we’re still stuck in the low 80′s here. Now that I live in a near-tropical climate, I find myself really craving those traditional autumn colors each year during October and November. While I can’t find any decent apple cider in the grocery store, I thought this week I could at least fake my way into autumn by focusing on some beautiful full bust bras that fit beautifully into the natural color scheme. Whether you’re snuggled up in a sweater already or still sweating it out in short sleeves, these bras are great choices to help you get into that autumn spirit. As always, just click on the pictures to see more about each bra!

Eris Bra by Comexim

Eris Bra by Comexim

When I was a kid cold weather meant one thing – apples. I still crave real apples and apple cider during this time of year, so it seemed appropriate to include this cute little gold and red bra with little decorative apples! Comexim is a Polish company, but you can order it by sending them a simple email to enquire if your size is left.

Portia Bra by Curvy Kate

Portia Bra by Curvy Kate

The Portia is one of the classic Curvy Kate shapes and this year it’s come back in this orange “spice” color, which seems appropriate in the pumpkin spice obsessed times that we live in. This bra is a great basic and the revamped Curvy Kate fit means that it will fit a lot more people. If you want to channel that Halloween spirit in a less literal manner, this is a great bra to pick up.

Lexi Plunge Bra by Elomi

Lexi Plunge Bra by Elomi

I’ll admit that animal prints aren’t usually my thing, but I absolutely adore this offbeat feather print from Elomi. It’s based on their Betty plunge shape, which is one of my all time favorites. I also love how appropriate it is for autumn in terms of color and feel.

Floris Bra by Panache

Floris Bra by Panache

I’ve loved each incarnation of the Floris bra, so it’s no surprise that I’m featuring this grey version today. Florals can feel weird during cold weather, but this one feels seasonally appropriate as well as unusual. You don’t see a ton of grey being used in lingerie, so it’s nice to see the Panache designers trying out some less common color combinations.

Rococo Charm Bra by Bravissimo

Rococo Charm Bra by Bravissimo

This bra is based on Art Deco styles and has been a hit for Bravissimo for several seasons. This year, the Rococo Charm is back in this totally cool and unexpected orange and pink clashing colorway. While clashing colorways have been in for awhile now, I think this is one of the smartest versions of the trend that I’ve seen so far. The lace is beautiful and the half cup cut is super flattering. My only regret is that I didn’t see this earlier, as my size is now sold out. There are still lots of sizes left, so for the rest of you it’s still available.

Have you seen any autumn inspired bras that you love? Which one from this list is your favorite?

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5 Inbetweenie Friendly Luxury Lingerie Designers

Coco Romper by Blackbird Underpinnings

Coco Romper by Blackbird Underpinnings

While I write about both full bust and plus size lingerie around here, over the years I’ve come to identify more with the “inbetweenie” category of body sizes.  I suspect I’m not alone in this, as the average women’s clothing size in the US is now a size 14. Just as bras have begun to divide up into ever more specific categories (full bust, full figured, plus size) our ideas of clothing size categories are expanding as well. Many women fall into the 10 through 16 category, which tends to put you smack in the middle of standard retail sizing and plus size clothing sizing. If you want to buy lingerie or loungewear, you’ll run across this same size division. While some designers offer custom sizing, others make lovely luxury lingerie that fits this size range already. Today I’m featuring five of my favorites, as well as some suggestions for where to start with their ranges if you haven’t tried them yet.

Burgundy Suspender Top by Kriss Soonik

Burgundy Suspender Top by Kriss Soonik

Kriss Soonik:
Kris Soonik makes a wide range of pieces in a very small size range – at least on paper. While I’ve heard that their lace and non-stretch pieces run true to size (read: small) their stretch jersey pieces are fabulous for us inbetweenies. Their suspender tops are a great way to pick up a luxury lingerie piece that also functions as a fun basic that you can actually wear out. I love this limited edition burgundy version with the marabou puff detail – just enough boudoir combined with just enough practicality.

Heather Silk Robe by Bettie Blue Loungerie

Heather Silk Robe by Bettie Blue Loungerie

Betty Blues Loungerie:
I picked up several pieces in the Bettie Blues Loungerie sale this summer and I’m now singing their praises to anyone who will listen. Their designs are insanely luxurious, extremely flattering and work on a wide variety of body shapes and sizes. Their Bettie Robe fits me well in the XL due to some really smart design details. If you want to splurge on something that you’ll treasure for years and you love the vintage look, this is the place to find it.

Cobalt Kaleidoscope Pajamas by Beautiful Bottoms

Cobalt Kaleidoscope Pajamas by Beautiful Bottoms

Beautiful Bottoms:
I pretty much lived in the silk short robes by Beautiful Bottoms during this past summer, but most of their loungewear is pretty inbetweenie friendly. I’m really excited that they’re now offering classic pajama sets in their creative and fun prints, which seems like a natural move for the brand. If you love luxury lingerie but you also want a more youthful look, this brand is perfect.

Coco Romper by Blackbird Underpinnings

Coco Romper by Blackbird Underpinnings

Blackbird Underpinnings:
You may have heard of Blackbird Underpinnings as a result of their Kickstarter campaign, but they’ve now gone ahead and launched their online store. I picked up a pair of velvet Edith Knickers as part of the Kickstarter, but I’ve currently got my eye on this classic silk romper inspired by the first lady of fashion, Coco Chanel. Their sizing is generous (my XL knickers are nearly too big on my size 14 frame) and they’re the perfect brand for those of us stuck in the inbetweenie size gap.

Emerald Deville Set by Kiss Me Deadly

Emerald Deville Set by Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly:
I always feel like it’s cheating to recommend Kiss Me Deadly yet again around here,since pretty much everyone who writes for TLA seems to be a super fan. That said, they’re a great brand for those of us stuck in the size 10 to 16 gap and I recommend their pieces highly. While the new Vargas dress is probably more practical, my heart will always belong to their classic Deville set with the suspender skirt.

What designers have you fallen in love with in this size range? Did I miss any?

Holly

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10 Plus Size Tights, Thigh Highs and Stockings for Fall

Aquarium Print Plus Size Tights by Tattoo Socks

Aquarium Print Plus Size Tights by Tattoo Socks

It’s that time of year where we all start stocking up on sweaters and tights in preparation for colder weather, so today I thought I’d cover some of the best plus size options out there. These range from fully fashioned stockings to trendy and whimsical tights, so there should be something here for everyone. If you can’t get enough of silk, there’s even a 100% silk pair of stockings thrown in at the end!

All of these stockings have some visual interest without demanding that you design your entire outfit around them, which is basically my favorite kind of legwear. You can wear these as an extra layer for warmth or use them to make a statement or jazz up a plain black dress.

Jenny Thigh Highs by Kix'ies

Jenny Thigh Highs by Kix’ies

If you hate feeling constricted by tights by also aren’t a fan of garter belts, these Kix’ies stockings are a great happy medium. They’re durable, affordable and come in an amazing inclusive size range – from small sizes up to a 35″ thigh circumference. Most importantly, they actually stay up.

Meow We're Talking Tights in Plus Size by Modcloth

Meow We’re Talking Tights in Plus Size by Modcloth

These are perfect for when you want something just a little different. This is a more subtle cat themed pair of tights, but that also lets you wear it with lots of different outfits.

Printed Top Stockings in Queen Size by StockinGirl

Printed Top Stockings in Queen Size by StockinGirl

These stockings come with lots of different color and pattern options for the printed top, which makes them a great choice for those of us who love basic stockings with a twist.

Embellished Tights by Pretty Polly Curves

Embellished Tights by Pretty Polly Curves

Pretty Polly has a plus size line now! While I wish there were some bolder fashion options, I really like this embellished pair.

Peacock Feather Tights in Plus Size by Tattoo Socks

Peacock Feather Tights in Plus Size by Tattoo Socks

Tattoo Socks has started offering plus sizes as well in some of their most popular designs, which means that everyone can (and should) own several pairs of of their tights. They’re affordable, well made and perfect for making a statement.

Marissa Seamed Stockings in Queen Size by StockinGirl

Marissa Seamed Stockings in Queen Size by StockinGirl

Fully fashioned stockings can be really hard to find in plus sizes, but these come in lots of colors! These are perfect for the retro stockings and garter belt lover.

Sweet Pins Retro Seamed Stockings

Sweet Pins Retro Seamed Stockings

If you love the retro look and want something that looks authentic but feels modern, these are my absolute favorites. These fit perfectly on larger thighs and look great with anything.

Animal Print Tights by Pretty Polly Curves

Animal Print Tights by Pretty Polly Curves

I know there are lots of animal print fans around here, so I suspect these tights by Pretty Polly Curve will be a hit.

Silk Thigh Highs Queen Size by StockinGirl

Silk Thigh Highs Queen Size by StockinGirl

And last, but certainly not least, silk stockings for plus sizes! These are basic, but who wants to mess with the perfection that is silk anyway? These are perfect for a treat over the holidays.

Which pair is your favorite? Have you tried any great plus size stockings or tights that I missed?

Holly

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Vintage Style Bras For Large Cup Sizes: A Quest

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Alice Bra by Goddess

Alice Bra by Goddess

I’ve spent the past year getting more and more involved with vintage and vintage reproduction clothes, as well as the vintage fashion community. At this point my daily wardrobe is made up of almost entirely vintage reproduction dresses, so in some ways it’s amazing that it’s taken me this long to start thinking about my vintage lingerie options. While I wear my vintage style dresses with modern bras, there are some that would benefit from a more authentic silhouette. After a fair amount of research, I’ve figured out some tips to figure out which bras that come in larger cup sizes will mimic that vintage look of the 1940′s and 1950′s. I intend to try a few of these over the course of the year, but today I wanted to talk about how to pick out good options in the sea of bras out there as well as my short list of contenders.

Claudette Bra by What Katie Did

Claudette Bra by What Katie Did

Tip One:  Forget about fashion bras. 
While you may dream of vintage bras that look like this, recreating your favorite vintage silhouette will probably require a bra that looks like the one at the beginning of the article. It will be extremely full coverage, semi-conical and usually come in only black, white and beige. It’s easy to liken this to how most people feel about vintage hairstyles – sleeping in rollers is anything but sexy, but the results are worth it!

Tip Two: Embrace the soft cup bra. 
If you wear a larger cup size, you’re probably wedded to the idea of an underwire bra. Many bras that will help you get the vintage look come in higher cup sizes, but not necessarily with underwires. This may seem like scary new territory, but think about all the positive tradeoffs: stress free airport security, nothing to dig into your skin, etc.

Tip Three: Plunging necklines and vintage style bras don’t mix.
This won’t be a huge issue if you’re buying these to wear under reasonably authentic vintage reproduction pieces or vintage pieces, but it may be something to consider if you want to wear these sorts of bras on a regular basis with more modern clothing.

What to look for:
In a nutshell, we’re looking for the quintessential granny bra. After all, our grannies were the original stylish vintage women! Look for soft cup bras with full coverage on both the sides and on the top – you want your entire breast to be encapsulated by this style of bra. Most importantly, take a look at seaming. Good vintage style bras will have a seam across the middle of the breast as well as a large seam running from the bottom of the cup to the middle. This creates the triangular or conical shape that we associate with vintage fashions. These bras will also have wider bra bands than you’re used to, which help provide added lift and shape.

While there are lots of these out there, here are some of the vintage style bras that have made my shortlist:

Alice Bra by Goddess

Alice Bra by Goddess

Jayne Bra by Goddess

Jayne Bra by Goddess

Doreen Bra by Triumph

Doreen Bra by Triumph

Jacquard Soft Cup Bra by Elila

Jacquard Soft Cup Bra by Elila

As you can see, these all have virtually identical designs and that characteristic seaming that creates the essential vintage look. I’m going to be trying some of these over the course of the year, so I’ll report back if I fall in love with any of them!

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25 Beautiful Full Bust and Plus Size Bras for Fall

Mancatcher Full Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

Mancatcher Full Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

A whole crop of new bras have arrived for Autumn/Winter 2014, so today I thought we’d take a look at a bunch of them together. This list includes it all: plus size bras, full figure bras, full bust bras,  L cup bras, D cup bras and even luxury favorites like Fortnight and Mimi Holliday. I haven’t included many babydolls, but several of these bras also have babydoll versions if you’re interested in those.

I’ve said this before, but I think that today is good time to say it again: the large cup bra market has seriously improved in the past few years. A list like this would have been much harder to come up with five years ago – in fact, there were lots of great bras that I didn’t include in today’s column. While there are still problems in large cup bra world, this section of the market has come a really long way in an incredibly short amount of time.

As usual, just click on the picture to be taken to the listing for the bra! Some of these can be found multiple retailers, so if your size is sold out don’t be afraid to Google around to see if you can find it elsewhere.

Star Lift Full Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

Star Lift Full Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

Savoir Faire Full Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

Savoir Faire Full Figure Bra by Dita Von Teese

Bijou Bra by Elomi

Bijou Bra by Elomi

RItzy Bra by Curvy Kate

Ritzy Bra by Curvy Kate

Betty Bra by Elomi

Betty Bra by Elomi

Fern Bra in Navy by Panache

Fern Bra in Navy by Panache

Daydreamer Longline Bra by Freya

Daydreamer Longline Bra by Freya

Flirtini Bra by Sculptresse

Flirtini Bra by Sculptresse

Wonderland Bra by Curvy Kate

Wonderland Bra by Curvy Kate

Amelie Bra by Lulu Tout

Amelie Bra by Lulu Tout

Mimi Holliday Neopolitan Longline Bra

Mimi Holliday Neopolitan Longline Bra

Chi Chi Bra by Sculptresse

Chi Chi Bra by Sculptresse

Kayla Bra by Goddess

Kayla Bra by Goddess

Roxie Camidoll by Curvy Kate

Roxie Camidoll by Curvy Kate

Mira Longline Bra by Fortnight

Mira Longline Bra by Fortnight

Luna Longline Bra by Fortnight

Luna Longline Bra by Fortnight

Floris Bra by Panache

Floris Bra by Panache

Bohemia Bra by Bravissimo

Bohemia Bra by Bravissimo

Satine Bra by Bravissimo

Satine Bra by Bravissimo

Cherry Blossom Bra by Bravissimo

Cherry Blossom Bra by Bravissimo

Deco Rebel Bra by Freya

Deco Rebel Bra by Freya

Alana Bra in Red by Bravissimo

Alana Bra in Red by Bravissimo

Etta Bra by Elomi

Etta Bra by Elomi

Serenity Bridal Bra by Masquerade

Serenity Bridal Bra by Masquerade

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A Short Guide to Buying International Bras Online

MOLLY set by Kris Line

MOLLY set by Kris Line

More US consumers are buying bras internationally these days than ever before. A few years ago, buying bras internationally was mostly something that was talked about in the full bust community. Some Polish bra companies were the only ones who catered to the more extreme end of small band/large cup sizes and lots of full busted ladies just liked the international options better. As the internet becomes more of a shopping resource and more communities pop up that are dedicated to bra swapping and selling, more customers are starting to explore international brands.

Despite more resources popping up online, buying a gorgeous bra from another country can still be a scary and confusing process. How do you figure out sizing? What is VAT? What if it doesn’t fit? How do you pay if they don’t take Paypal? Today I’m going to give you some tips and tricks to navigating buying bras internationally, as well as some resources and communities that you should check out if you want to start the process.

Jewel Bra by Avocado

Jewel Bra by Avocado

Some Things To Know Before You Buy:

Your size in both inches and cm:
You may know your basic bra size (make sure you know it in both US and UK sizes) but make sure you also know your measurements in both inches and centimeters as well. This will be critical if you want to buy matching panties, but can be helpful if you have to ask questions about sizing.

Not everyone speaks English, so keep your questions short and simple:
If you do want to ask questions before you get ready to purchase something, many companies will work with you. Be aware that most company hours in non-English speaking companies don’t have fluent language skills, so keep your emails restricted to something that Google can translate easily. When in doubt, send measurements in centimeters rather than inches.

Find Out How To Pay:
Some companies do sell to the US, but either aren’t e-commerce equipped outside Europe or only use a payment service like DotPay. Lots of these companies will sell you a bra, but you’ll need to email them first so they can arrange a separate Paypal invoice instead of going through their website.

Use Online Communities to Figure Out Sizing:
We’ll touch on this in more detail in the resources section, but I wanted to make a note of it here too. Like the more common bra brands, no two international brands size the same way. Google reviews of each brand for sizing notes and check out the various communities listed at the end of this section to learn more about each company’s sizing.

Where To Go For More Information and Sizing Help:

There are honestly tons of communities out there now that can help with this, but here are some of the easiest places to start with.

- The “Clothes for Boobs/Buy/Sell” page on Facebook
- Bratabase

Chevron Bra by Comexim

Chevron Bra by Comexim

 

The Money Stuff:

US Based Buyers Don’t Pay VAT:
VAT is simply a sales tax that the end buyer pays – in Europe, it’s built into the price of the item. If you’re a US buyer, it doesn’t apply to you. This means that your bra is actually cheaper than the listed price (unless a site has e-commerce and specifically lists both VAT and non-VAT prices, but that’s rare), so yay! Make sure you get an itemized listing of the fees and shipping you’re paying, as there have been issues in the past with some international companies charging a hidden combination of VAT + Paypal fees + shipping to US based customers.

Customs Fees Start Around $200:
It’s common to band together with other lingerie lovers to save money on shipping, but be aware that any total order over about $200 can be subject to some hefty customs fees. Depending on how much you order, that can add up and negate any shipping savings you’d get on a group order. When in doubt, split up any orders over $200 to avoid customs fees (even if you’re ordering as part of a group).

CHP Lawenda Bra by Ewa Michalak

CHP Lawenda Bra by Ewa Michalak

If This All Seems Scary and Complicated And You Want To Buy a International Bra in the US:

International Bras Are More Expensive Once They’re Imported:
Don’t expect that gorgeous $40 bra you see listed on a Polish site to cost the same once it’s imported to a US retailer. Paying higher prices in the US can also mean the ability to return a bra easily if it doesn’t fit, so depending on your priorities it can be worth it.

Try At A Lower Price Point Through A Swap/Sell Community:
Lots of people find selling bras in swap/sell communities easier than paying to return them, so you may be able to snag a great bra in your size brand new. If you’re willing to take a slightly used bra, you can pay a much lower price to try one out in your size so you don’t have to take chances on your next international order.

Some US Retailers Are Selling International Brands Now
While it’s still hard to access international bra brands in the US, it’s no longer impossible. Here are a list of my favorite places to check, as well as the brands they specialize in.

- A Sophisticated Pair: Comexim, both basics and fashion bras.
- Zulily: Kris Line
- Wellfitting: Comexim
- Brastop (UK site): Sells a wide range of international brands, as well as loungewear and swimwear by the same companies.

Do you feel ready to buy an international bra now? Have you bought one in the past? Do you have any tips to add to this list?

Holly

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Plus Size Shapewear Review: Ruby Ribbon

 

Image via Ruby Ribbon

Image via Ruby Ribbon

Products for this review were provided by Ruby Ribbon. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

While I wear mostly vintage style dresses, I’m actually a big fan of shapewear leggings in my down time. They’re great for playing with my dog, walking around the French Quarter and doing yoga or ballet exercise tapes. I’ve been relying mostly on Lysse products for the past year or so, so I was excited to try out a similar style of shapewear based clothing from Ruby Ribbon.

I was sent three products: the Capri Leggings, The Lace Lingerie Tank and the Full Support Cami. If you’re short on time, here’s the capsule review: while I liked the look and feel of these products, I didn’t feel like the quality was in line with similarly priced products. However, one product I absolutely loved and would purchase again.

Image via Ruby Ribbon:

Image via Ruby Ribbon:

The Capri Leggings:
I really loved the look and feel of these leggings. They were super flattering (even on my size 12/14 rear end) and made out of a lighter material than my usual go to shapewear leggings. While I was initially thrilled to have the perfect leggings for summer, I was really disappointed once I washed them once. After a short amount of wear and one time through the gentle cycle in my washer, they had substantial pilling. I know lots of leggings and yoga pants have this issue, but I have some cheaper leggings than these from Old Navy that have almost no pilling after a year. My more expensive leggings from Lysse have zero pilling after 2 years, so maybe I’m just spoiled. Either way, while I loved these to start with, there are much better leggings out there for your money.

Image via Ruby Ribbon

Image via Ruby Ribbon

The Full Support Cami:
This is the one piece from this sample set that I’d purchase for myself, especially now that I know that it comes in colors. This is the perfect layering tank for all kinds of outfits and I’m honestly glad to have found it. It’s washed well and has several features that make it really useful and unique. I love the silicone gripper edge on the bottom that keeps it from riding up, as there’s nothing more annoying than trying to tug your tank top down underneath your dress in public. It’s also a nice weight, which would make it a great underlayer for winter. While I think Ruby Ribbon’s claim that the tank top can “support any size” is pretty farfetched, it’s a great basic shapewear piece that has a place in everyone’s closet.

Image via Ruby Ribbon

Image via Ruby Ribbon

Lace Lingerie Tank by Ruby Ribbon:
This unlined lace tank comes in a variety of colors and actually looks really cute with jeans or over a pair of basic leggings. Unfortunately, this was another instance where I felt like the price didn’t justify the quality. The lace was a little scratchy, which made wearing it out in the heat uncomfortable. The floral lace pattern was also pretty basic. If this is your style I’d steer you towards similar products from Hanky Panky, which are super soft and last forever.

While Ruby Ribbon was a bit hit or miss, I’d definitely encourage people to check out their shapewear tank tops!

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5 Steps to Declutter Your Lingerie Collection

Image via SunshineCity

Image via SunshineCity

I finally set aside some time this weekend and dealt with my overflow of lingerie. My situation is obviously more drastic than other people’s, as I see lots of lingerie due to my column here and my job as a lingerie copywriter. However, almost all of us have stuff that is old, worn out, or lingerie that we just don’t wear lurking around in our lingerie drawers. Since most of us have limited storage space, clearing out the old to make room for the once in awhile is essential. It also gives you an opportunity to figure out what you really do need, as well as what lingerie you wear a lot and should pick up more of. Clearing out your lingerie collection can seem really overwhelming, so today I’ve made a list of steps that can help make it a reasonably short and easy process.

1. Throw away the obviously bad pieces.
Panties are usually the worst culprit here, as we all have a tendency to keep things that are stained or ripped. Get rid of all of the obviously bad stuff – this includes lingerie that is stained, ripped, has bad elastic or is just not wearable. Make sure you go through all of your lingerie, including stockings to check them for runs. For bras, throw out anything that is stained or where the bra is just dead.

2. Sort your lingerie into piles.
Now that you’ve gotten rid of the trash, you’re left with things you want to keep and lingerie that is in good enough shape to sell or giveaway. Pull out the stuff you wear on a regular basis and look for patterns. Is it all beige? Is it all red? Do you gravitate towards a certain bra cut? Why does this lingerie work with your wardrobe so well? These are all things you can take notes on and remember when you’re contemplating future purchases.

Now, take a look at the second pile. There are two options at this point: selling and giving things away. There are now several Facebook groups centered around selling gently used bras – if you’re full busted you should try the Clothes For Boobs group there. You can also talk to local consignment shops if you have one in your area or try Ebay.

Image via Bed, Bath and Beyond

Image via Bed, Bath and Beyond

3. Organize what you’re keeping and plan how you’re going to store it.
While it’s tempting to just shove all of your bras back in your drawers, it’s really not good for them. If you have tons of drawer space you can store them flat, but you can also look into supplies like these lingerie hangers if you have more closet space than drawer space. Take space care with moulded cup bras so they don’t get flattened when you store them. I also like to store all of my stockings together, whether it’s in their original packaging or in a protective bag so they can’t snag on anything.

Image via Journelle

Image via Journelle

4. Invest in a decent lingerie wash.
If you’re full busted or just into more expensive bra brands, this step is particularly important. You can wash your lingerie with baby shampoo (and I’m not judging people who do) but some of the more expensive lingerie washes contain components that will help preserve your bra elastics and extend the life of your bras and stockings. By moving up a step in your lingerie wash, you’re saving money by extending the lifespan of your lingerie. My current favorite is this version by Journelle that I reviewed a few months ago.

5. Fill in the holes in your lingerie wardrobe.
Now that you’ve done this, you should have a pretty good idea of what you need in your lingerie wardrobe. You may also have some extra cash if you’ve sold your gently used bras! When you contemplate new purchases, think first about what you need and what you tend to wear on a regular basis. If in doubt, look at your now edited lingerie collection and see if your new purchase fits in with the kind of lingerie you tend to reach for on a daily basis.

When was the last time you cleaned out your lingerie collection? What’s your favorite lingerie wash? Let me know in the comments.

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