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Addition Elle x Ashley Graham Review: The Plus Size Victoria’s Secret

These items were purchased by me. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Lace Underwire Bra by Addition Elle (Ashley Graham Collection)

Lace Underwire Bra by Addition Elle (Ashley Graham Collection)

I wrote about the banned ads by Addition Elle last week, so this week I’m going to go ahead and review some of their lingerie! Addition Elle has released a lingerie collection in conjunction with Ashley Graham each season for awhile now, but I’d never been able to try their lingerie since they didn’t go up to my cup size. Thankfully they’ve now made several options available in G and H cup models, which meant that I could give two sets a try.

A word about sizing: Addition Elle lists DDD sizes, which made me think they were using US sizing and I wouldn’t fit into the line. However, once I plugged my measurements into the calculator it put me into one of my two standard UK sizes (a 36H). I’m still not sure what sizing system they’re going with, but my experience shows that their calculator is pretty trustworthy.

Underwire Lace Bra by Addition Elle

Underwire Lace Bra by Addition Elle

I purchased both sets available in my size, but they fit fairly differently. While this blue set looked sort of basic to me on the website, I really love it on. It’s completely sheer, which is hard to find in plus size lingerie. The color is perfect for spring, the embroidery is pretty and the cut out gore makes the bra work for lots of different breast tissue types. The matching panties hit right at my belly button, which is my preferred height for high waisted panties. I’m 5’4″ and short waisted, so if you’re taller than me or long waisted then this may be an issue for you. The band on this bra was perfect. This is truly the closest I’ve felt to wearing a Victoria’s Secret set since, well, ever.

One quick note: If you are used to full bust/fuller figure bras with strong side support wings, this bra is going to feel really different. It’s exactly what it advertises – fully sheer stretch lace and not much else. I love this, but I know not everyone does.

Padded Lace Trim Bra by Addition Elle (Ashley Graham Collection)

Padded Lace Trim Bra by Addition Elle (Ashley Graham Collection)

I don’t own a ton of black lingerie or moulded cup bras, but I liked the cut out gore featured with this set and it was on sale for $57.00 including international shipping, so I took the plunge. While it’s pretty, the fit was incredibly different from the first set despite the size being the same.

Padded Lace Trim Bra by Addition Elle

Padded Lace Trim Bra by Addition Elle

While this set is wearable, it’s certainly not the great fit that the first one was. The band on this is much larger – I can wear it on the second set of hooks to start with and would go down to a 34 if it was available. The cups are also smaller, but the fact that they’re moulded and not stretch lace probably contributes to this as well. I have firm breast tissue and really close set breasts, which can make moulded/padded cup bras a challenge to start with. That said, I wore this for a whole day to try it and didn’t have to do much readjustment and didn’t feel like I was falling out of it. I wish the band was smaller and the cups were half a size bigger, but it’s still wearable and comfortable. Again, this bra doesn’t have the super strong side support that full bust/fuller figure companies build with, so it’s going to feel different on than an Elomi or a Panache bra. Once again, the panties are a perfect fit in a 1X (the smallest size Addition Elle makes).

In terms of cost, one of these sets will run you somewhere around $55 to $68 dollars, depending on whether you catch them on sale or not. Herein lies my one big issue with this lingerie line: it’s marketed as a luxury plus size lingerie line, while it’s really a fantastic budget option. There’s nothing wrong with that – as I said, this is the closest I’ve gotten to wearing a Victoria’s Secret bra and that’s a good thing. However, I think advertising a luxurious or luxury experience with a budget line is silly. It also helps further confuse customers about the real differences between luxury or couture lines and regular lingerie lines, which makes it harder for everyone to market their lingerie.

So what’s my verdict? The underwired lace set will get put into my regular rotation, while the padded set will be more of an occasional wear. That said, both are worth purchasing, especially if you can find them on sale. I’d eagerly go back and try more Addition Elle sets in the future, especially if they’re of the stretch lace variety.

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How Banning Plus Size Lingerie Ads Can Help Further Fat Acceptance

Criss Cross Lace Quarter Cup Bra by Cacique

Criss Cross Lace Quarter Cup Bra by Cacique

Think back to the last lingerie commercial you saw on tv – okay, can you picture it? Now take a minute and watch these.

The first ad is the latest tv spot from Addition Elle for Spring 2015 and the second is a similar ad from Lane Bryant in 2010. Both star Ashley Graham, a superstar of the lingerie world.

What else do these two ads have in common? They were both banned from major tv networks before they could even air. In 2010, networks cited “too much skin” as the reason, while the 2015 ad was deemed “too racy” and relegated to movie theaters as an ad to accompany “50 Shades Of Grey”.

These ads are notable because they’re two of the most visible attempts in recent years to show plus size women as sexual beings in attractive lingerie. While Victoria’s Secret gets major ad placement and even a fashion show, networks seem to feel that consumers will be either confused or offended by seeing plus size women in similar garments and circumstances.

Lace Underwire Bra (Ashley Graham Collection) by Addition Elle

Lace Underwire Bra (Ashley Graham Collection) by Addition Elle

This is a shame for multiple reasons, but most of all because these ads do a wonderful job of portraying plus size women as real people who are universally normal and attractive. The Lane Bryant ad shows an attractive women putting a trench coat on over a sexy lingerie set to go meet a lover, while the Addition Elle ad pairs a plus size women with a slim man. Both ads portray plus size women as sexy, stylish and attractive to people of all weights and sizes.

Personally and as a lingerie professional, I loved these ads. While I’m no Ashley Graham, the idea of seeing a woman with a body even remotely like mine rocking a sexy lingerie set on television is a thrilling novelty. I also love the idea of mainstream television viewers being exposed to these positive images of plus size people. Studies have demonstrated that frequent exposure to different body types can broaden people’s perspective when it comes to body positivity, so what better place to start than in commercials?

Lace Banded Balconette Bra by Cacique

Lace Banded Balconette Bra by Cacique

In reality, all plus size women know that this is true. I’ve lost count of how many plus size women I know who are with tall and slim partners (myself included) and plus size lingerie is booming – a sign that plus size women are rightfully seeing themselves as attractive and deserving of things like pretty lingerie. These ads portray strong women who are in charge of their own bodies, who are wearing pretty lingerie because they love it and who are excited about the sexual relationships they are in. So why do these ads keep getting banned?

In part, because while the reality of being a plus size woman is getting a tiny bit better,  the conversation about plus sizes and fat isn’t. Newspapers still cover the obesity epidemic like it’s the plague that is going to come for us all and schools even occasionally send notes home to parents when a child is considered too heavy to be acceptable. It’s impossible to read a positive article about plus size issues on the internet without some commentator immediately accusing the writer of promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. Our society has enough conflicted feelings about sex to start with: combining sexual ads and plus size women is enough to make people’s heads explode.

Padded Lace Trim Bra (Ashley Graham Collection) by Addition Elle

Padded Lace Trim Bra (Ashley Graham Collection) by Addition Elle

Realistically, ads like this won’t be able to air without comment until the entire public conversation about plus sizes, health and the “health at any size movement” changes. Television networks don’t want to deal with nasty letters about how they’re promoting obesity when they air an ad in a major time slot, so it’s easier ban these ads with flimsy excuses like “too racy” and “too much skin”. As you can see, none of these are any worse than a Victoria’s Secret ad and both are less racy than those awful Go Daddy commercials that the Superbowl keep airing. The upside is that banning the ads is part of what got them all the attention and media coverage in the first place, leading to lots of positive press coverage and several thoughtful interviews by Ashley Graham herself. As Ashley Graham points out in one of her interviews, “America is getting bigger, and women want to see themselves instead of the image of what society says they should be.”

We need stop conflating “plus size” with “self-inflicted illness” – it’s unfair to plus size people and it’s unfair to people who are actually sick. Access to pretty lingerie shouldn’t be dependent on weight or health: it’s something everyone should have without judgement. That includes anyone who is plus size, even if their health isn’t perfect.

Have you seen either of these ads? What do you think of them? What do you think needs to change to make plus size lingerie ads popular with television networks?

Holly

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20 Beautiful Beige and White Bras for DD+ Busts

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Lucille Bra by Lulu Tout

Lucille Bra by Lulu Tout
Sizes: 30E to 38G

Most of the country is starting to finally thaw out, which means people are getting ready to break out their warm weather wardrobes. For many of us, this is also the time to realize that our basic bra collection may need some updating. Today I’m featuring 20 beige and white bras full bust bras that will be perfect under all of your spring and summer outfits. This list covers a wide range of bras shapes, fashion tastes and fanciness levels. I’ve also made notes about each, including fits notes about the ones that I’ve tried as well as which ones are my personal favorites. As usual, just click on each image to find out more about each bra.

Lovebird Silk Satin Maxi Bra by Mimi Holliday  Sizes 28FF to 38F

Lovebird Silk Satin Maxi Bra by Mimi Holliday
Sizes 28FF to 38F

This is technically isn’t purely white or beige, but it sure is pretty. It would also disappear under most light clothing, so I think it’s a fair inclusion. These silk satin maxi bras have a huge following in the full bust community, so they’re a good bet if you want to splurge a bit.

Satine Bra by Bravissimo  Sizes 28DD to 38J

Satine Bra by Bravissimo
Sizes 28DD to 38J

Bravissimo’s Satine plunge was pretty revolutionary when it came out several seasons ago. While it’s not my absolute favorite plunge bra out there, it’s still a safe bet if you want an all purpose plunge that goes under everything. This runs a bit small, so you may want to try it a cup size (or two) up from your regular size.

Rebecca Bra by Fantasie  Sizes 30D to 40FF

Rebecca Bra by Fantasie
Sizes 30D to 40FF

The Rebecca Bra is a bestseller for obvious reasons: it’s comfortable, totally smooth and creates a great shape. If you’re someone who lives in t-shirt bras, this is one you shouldn’t miss out on.

St. Tropez Bra in Oyster by Pour Moi  Limited sizes available

St. Tropez Bra in Oyster by Pour Moi
Limited sizes available

I don’t know why Pour Moi doesn’t get more attention – their bras are great and the prices are too. I particularly like the embroidery on this St. Tropez set.

Envy Bra by Panache  Sizes 30E to 38K

Envy Bra by Panache
Sizes 30E to 38K

This is my favorite balconette style bra: I’ve quite literally worn through one already and will probably buy two more to replace it. The pattern is cute, but this bra is really all about the fit and support. The stretch lace top makes this a great option for tons of different builds, tissue types and sizes.

Milk and Honey Bra by Anna Pardal  Sizes 28D  to 44FF

Milk and Honey Bra by Anna Pardal
Sizes 28D to 44FF

Anna Pardal is a newer player in the full bust market, but I’ve been really impressed by her designs. I love this elegant yet basic take on the beige bra. You can order directly through the Anna Pardal site or special order through A Sophisticated Pair to access this line.

Pearl Balconette Bra by Kris Line  Limited sizes available

Pearl Balconette Bra by Kris Line
Limited sizes available

Kris Line makes my favorite range of basic bras. They’re all fairly full coverage, but they create great support and are chock full of beautiful details that make them feel really special. The trick is finding them. This one is from Brastop, but they sometimes show up on Zulily as well.

Cafe Latte Balconette Bra by Kris Line  LImited sizes available

Cafe Latte Balconette Bra by Kris Line
Limited sizes available

Another beautiful basic from Kris Line, this time in beige. That lace is just lovely.

Jana Bra by Fantasie  Sizes 30E to 40K

Jana Bra by Fantasie
Sizes 30E to 40K

I haven’t tried the Jana Bra yet, but I’ve heard it fits like a fusion of Fantasie and Elomi.

Grace Bra by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie  Sizes 28A to 38JJ

Grace Bra by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie
Sizes 28A to 38JJ

If you want a more luxurious basic bra, I love this vintage inspired Grace Bra by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie. This would also make a great bridal set.

Ginger Bra by Comexim  60C to 95D (European sizing)

Ginger Bra by Comexim
60C to 95D (European sizing)

Another elegant take on the basic beige bra, this time from Comexim.

Marvel Bra by Freya   Sizes 28D to 38GG

Marvel Bra by Freya
Sizes 28D to 38GG

I haven’t tried the Marvel bra yet, but everyone who has raves about it.

Edie Bra by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie  Sizes 28A to 38JJ

Edie Bra by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie
Sizes 28A to 38JJ

Another luxury pick from Louise Ferdinand – this Edie bra is both fun and beautiful.

Deco Bra by Freya  28DD to 38G

Deco Bra by Freya
Sizes 28DD to 38G

The Deco is the standard for plunge bras for those in the D through G range:  it’s what every other company out there is hoping to recreate.

Romance Balconette Bra by Curvy Kate  Limited sizes available

Romance Balconette Bra by Curvy Kate
Limited sizes available

This is an older Curvy Kate style, but I love the light blue against the white. This is a great choice if you want to inject more fashion into your basic lingerie sets.

Biustonosz S Rarytas Mulitiway Bra by Ewa Michalak  30F to 44GG (larger size range available by special order)

Biustonosz S Rarytas Mulitiway Bra by Ewa Michalak
Sizes 30F to 44GG (larger size range available by special order)

Multiway bras in larger cup sizes are nearly impossible to find, which makes this bra by Ewa Michalak a standout. This bra is actually available in a fairly comprehensive range, although some of those sizes are special order only (and non-returnable as a result).

Biustonosz BM Bibi Bianka by Ewa Michalak  Sizes 30F to 44GG (Larger size range available by special order)

Biustonosz BM Bibi Bianka by Ewa Michalak
Sizes 30F to 44GG (Larger size range available by special order)

Another great basic set by Ewa Michalak, with the same size range and ordering restrictions. I’ve heard nothing but good things about how this BM model fits from everyone who has tried it.

Beatrice Bra in Creme by Tutti Rouge  Sizes 28G through 38FF

Beatrice Bra in Creme by Tutti Rouge
Sizes 28G through 38FF

This is my current favorite plunge bra – I’m seriously contemplating hoarding several fashion versions of it. Thankfully, Tutti Rouge has now released this as a continuity style so I don’t have to worry about it disappearing. This bra works under even the weirdest necklines and looks great while doing it.

Audrey Bra by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie  Sizes 28A through 38JJ

Audrey Bra by Louise Ferdinand Lingerie
Sizes 28A through 38JJ

One more lovely option from Louise Ferdinand, this one more basic than the rest.

Lucille Bra by Lulu Tout  30E to 38G

Lucille Bra by Lulu Tout
30E to 38G

Lulu Tout is doing some amazing things with laces at a truly astonishing price point. If you want a beautiful basic lingerie set on a budget, this is where to start.

What’s your favorite basic bra? Are you planning to try any of the ones on this list?

Holly

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How To Help the Full Bust Luxury Market Succeed: Why Sharing Images Isn’t Enough

Available in 28B to 34HH

Bra via Blue Reign. Available in 28B to 34HH.

How many of you remember the days when full busted ladies only had ugly beige bras available to them? Not only do we now have brands that cater to a wide variety of tastes and sizes, the luxury market for full bust lingerie is exploding. This is the good news! Sadly, as consumers we need to accept this reality as well: many full bust luxury brands, in the current lingerie climate, will fold within a year or two of opening. Consumers see this, but I also see this every day reality as a lingerie copywriter. Even the nicest people with the best marketing, most amazing products and greatest customer service can’t overcome the two biggest hurdles in the industry: making sales and picking up stockists. 

Available in 32DD to 36G

Bra via Adina Reay. Available in 32DD to 36G.

Launching an independent luxury brand is hard enough, but launching one that caters to a less marketable size subset is even harder. I love and admire these brands for taking an expensive leap into what is still a developing market segment. While brands like Elomi are bestsellers in many boutiques, customers get nervous once they start to hit luxury price tags. Lots of newer brands are launching with their own e-commerce sites to get over this hump, but that requires consumers to show up and consume. Newly launched brands also face an uphill struggle based on their status as newcomers. Buyers fall in love with their lingerie and then promise to check back in two or three years when they are established enough to deal with – leaving most brands to flounder to make it to the magic lingerie season when people will see them as successful rather than as a risk.

Available in 30D to 38G

Bra via Harlow & Fox. Available in 30D to 38G.

Even if you’re not a regular luxury lingerie consumer, there are still plenty of reasons that we need to help these luxury brands survive. Independent brands are more willing to take stylistic risks (check out that leather look set from Blue Reign!) as well as to try new shapes or bra builds that can benefit the industry as a whole. Many are developing matching lingerie sets that match what the luxury industry offers other size segments – something that full bust customers have been asking about for years. In general, independent luxury brands are willing to be bold, innovative and listen to their customers carefully.

Available in 26E to 34FF

Bra via Bosom Galore. Available in 26E to 34FF.

The most obvious way to support a brand is to share their images online, but that only goes so far. I consistently hear from brands whose images are hits on platforms like Instagram or Pinterest, but don’t see any sales from all of that traffic. Sharing photos is nice, but doesn’t always translate into actual sales.

All of this is a shame, because actual sales are what these brands need to keep going. Full bust luxury brands put a ton of money into buying expensive laces and materials. Some companies have put time and money into developing new bra technology, like the custom underwires that Edwards & Millers have developed for their line. Sales not only show demand, but it helps brands recoup serious amounts of cash that are taken up by fabric, inventory and development costs.

Not yet released - size range available soon

Bra via Edwards & Millers. Not yet released – size range available soon.

So what can we do to help? Here are some easy ways to help your favorite full bust luxury brand survive – even if you can’t fit into their line or afford them yet.

  • If there is a bra you love and can afford from one of these types of companies, make sure to get it as soon as it’s available. Early sales are incredibly valuable and show demand. They can also be used to convince stockists to take a chance on a brand early on.
  • Consider saving up for one luxury bra that you love instead of buying several lower priced sets. While these bras are more expensive than the average full bust bra, the price differential isn’t as great as it is in other market segments. Consider forgoing some of your regular bra purchases and putting your money into one truly wonderful luxury piece instead.
  • If you aren’t buying because your size isn’t available, let the company know. If there is lot of demand for one size or set of sizes, this can help a smaller lingerie company figure out how to best allocate their development budget.
  • Tell your favorite lingerie boutique about what you’d like to see in their store and take advantage of any special order systems. Lots of boutiques use special orders to gauge interest for the next season along with customer feedback. You can make a huge difference by being politely vocal about what you would spend money on if it were carried in your local store.
Available in 28DD to 34G

Bra via All Undone. Available in 28DD to 34G.

Have you bought any full bust luxury lingerie? Would you? Which of these brands are you most interested in?

Holly

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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?

 

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A Starter Lingerie Guide for H+ Cups

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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?

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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?

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